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.
I’m Not Crying (Series 1 – Episode 1: Sally)
In the opening episode to Flight of the Conchords Jemaine (Jemaine Clement) falls for Sally (Rachel Blanchard) and all seems to be going well for the couple before Bret (Bret McKenzie) appears. It turns out Bret and Sally used to be a couple which leads to some awkward moments. Meanwhile Murray (Rhys Darby) wants to increase the band’s fan base of one person and the band decide to make a music video though depleted funds means it has to be filmed on a camera phone! The developing love triangle between Jemaine, Bret and Sally ends when Sally dumps Jemaine and walks away from them both. Jemaine faces rejection by singing a song of denial “I’m Not Crying.”
Both Jemaine and Bret are visibly crying in this song but they deny it’s out of sadness for Sally. Jemaine blames the sight of tears on his face as rainfall while the quick-thinking Bret says he’s crying because a friend is dying. I’ll let Mrs B tell you her favourite bit! It’s a well-shot video particularly the moment we have Bret and Jemaine change perspectives with one looking at the camera while the other is in profile in the same shot before they swap other. By the end when the emotion has really built up I think it’s safe to say that Bret and Jemaine are definitely crying despite the song’s title. One of the best moments in Flight of the Conchords.
Mrs B says:
I’m. Making. A. Lasagne.
Surely we’ve all done it? You’re caught having a sniffle and – either in shame or stubbornness – you make up a story. ‘My eyes are tired’ or ‘I got salt in my eye’ or ‘I just used some Optrix’. As Murray would say ‘all good examples’ and all just as lame as the excuses used in I’m Not Crying. The moral of the song? You ARE crying, so own up!
Top Ten so far:-
4) Not Crying
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