Mrs B and I first discovered Flight of the Conchords in late 2009 when my wife received a box set for Christmas. Entering 2010 we immediately indulged ourselves with the adventures of the New Zealand folk duo, Jemaine (Jemaine Clement) and Bret (Bret McKenzie), who are in New York trying to win an American audience after limited success back home i.e. the second most popular folk group in New Zealand. It took about two episodes but we were soon hooked and looking back now just over a year later it seemed an appropriate time to share our ten favourite Flight of the Conchords songs. If you’ve never seen the show you are in for a treat my friends.
Business Time (Series 1 – Episode 5: Sally Returns)
The return of Sally (Rachel Blanchard) an ex-girlfriend of both Jemaine (Jemaine Clement) and Bret (Bret McKenzie) causes as many problems as it did when she made an appearance in the first episode. Sally decides to give things another try with Jemaine after they bump into each other at the Laundromat but he must move out of the apartment he shares with Bret if things are to work out. While watching his laundry spinning in the washing machine Jemaine drifts off into a fantasy about married life with Sally and the song “Business Time” begins.
A typical male chauvinist depiction of married life with Sally doing all the chores while Jemaine gladly sits on the sofa. It’s Wednesday night which is the weekly making love night or business time as Jemaine calls it. The build up is amusing with brushing teeth considered foreplay while Sally sorting the recycling is not part of the process but still important. Despite Jemaine’s boasting about his sexual prowess he lasts a mere two minutes in bed, but reasons the experience is so intense you only need two minutes of it, not that Sally agrees! Bret also makes a welcome appearance in the song, hovering in the background playing the guitar.
Mrs B says
By Episode 5 of Series 1 I was utterly smitten with Bret and Jemaine as a team. However, this is probably one of the earliest episodes where we see Jemaine’s “cheeky” side and it endeared me to him. “Business time” suggests many things but not quite the romantic bedroom interlude Jemaine hopes for. It is typical of these two that their fantasies are actually more like dreary realities! Alas, so often “Business time” is to be juggled around bills, work, sleep, family, shopping, cleaning and so on, so maybe that’s why it strikes a chord with me. Nonetheless, I think we can all agree that when mundane hygiene preparations become foreplay, there’s something seriously wrong!
Top Ten so far:-
10) Business Time
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