Friday, January 30, 2009

Alien Rock Landing From New Zealand

I've been catching up on early episodes of HBO's Flight of the Conchords. Stupid yet sly humor based on a couple of lovable New Zealander rockers living in New York. Their manager, Murray, is hilariously hapless. And they have one groupie, who's actually a stalker. The songs/music videos are the best part of a show that has bursts of funniness alongside stretches of slowness.

This interview with one of the show's creators ran recently on NPR's Fresh Air. The segment features "Business Time," which was also on my Best of 2008 music mix that I make for friends and family every winter. The album is well worth getting.

Sample dialogue:
Murray: [To Jemaine] I've told you. When you are in a band, you don't get with your bandmate's girlfriend. Past or present.
Jemaine: Yes, well, thanks for that.
Murray: You get a love triangle, you know, a Fleetwood Mac situation. Although there was four of them, so more of a love square. But you know, no-one gets on.
Jemaine: Ok, I see.
Murray: Mind you, they did make some of their best music back then.
Bret: Rumours
Murray: No. No, it's all true.

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