The Flight of the Conchords self-titled album from 2008 is a veritable mishmash of genres. The lyrics are the musical equivalent of a fried breakfast the morning after a dangerous night out. They hit the spot every time. This album is a rollicking rollercoaster of non-stop laughs and off beat humour.
The first song, Foux du Fafa harks back to everyone’s GCSE French lessons. The song is peppered with oddments of school French, sometimes in a random nonsensical order that just adds to the whimsical nature of the song. Many of the phrases also contain grammatical errors. The laidback style of the song conjures up images of a French café along the Champs Elysees in the 1960s.
Hiphophopotomous vs Rhymenoceros is a classic send up of the hip-hop genre. The hilarious lyric ‘They call me the hiphopopotomous, my lines are bottomless’, is followed by a gaping silence. Flight of the Conchords mock the sometimes arrogant nature of the hiphop genre; ‘My rhymes are so potent they made all of the ladies in the area pregnant’. They are not afraid to mock themselves, with lyrics such as ‘I rap about reality, like me and my grandma drinking tea. There ain’t no party, like my nana’s tea party’.
The psychedelic Prince of Parties has an Eastern vibe with the mystical sound of sitars. It is like an ode to the Beatles’ 1960s hedonistic lifestyle. Robots describes a post-apocalyptic world full of robots. The year is 2000, and the robots have killed all the humans who were making them work too hard, with poisonous gasses. The song is inspired by eighties synth-inspired song is sung in a robotic style. A killer lyric, is the provocative, ‘Come on sucker, lick my battery!’
Bowie is an apt homage to the superstar. In the original HBO TV series, Bowie appears to Brett in the middle of the night as a god like guru to advise Brett about how to become a superstar. This song is an explosion of trippy space magic and glam rock. The tongue in cheek lyric, ‘Do you use your pointy nipples as telescopic antenna to transmit data back to earth?’ is inspired by Bowie’s fifth album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The anthem also references the song Changes from Bowie’s fourth album Hunkydory.
The Flight of the Conchords album is the epitome of dry humour in a musical format.