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.
Leggy Blonde (Series 1 – Episode 7: Drive By)
The main focus of this episode is an unfortunate encounter Jemaine (Jemaine Clement) and Bret (Bret McKenzie) have at a fruit stand where they are refused service by the vendor who believes them to be Australians. He actually refers to them as New Zealanders but has got the two countries mixed up! While Bret and Jemaine are deeply affected by the incident and look for ways to get revenge, their manager Murray (Rhys Darby) has fallen in love with Jessica (Joan Hess), who is providing temporary tech support at the office. After struggling to write a love song for her Murray learns that Jessica has gone and he is soon inspired into singing “Leggy Blonde.”
Unusually this song has Murray singing the main vocals while Jemaine and Bret provide backing vocals. It is a simple song of longing and saying farewell with the emphasis on Jessica being her hair and her legs. Fellow staff members provide help with the music by using office equipment for percussion while Jemaine even does a solo rap and dance towards the end. The best moment is surely when Murray rests his face against the photocopier and the images that are printed are of him, Jemaine and Bret in motion singing the song. Murray is a great character in this series and this is one of his best moments.
Mrs B says:
One of my favourite songs of either series for three reasons:
1) The video and innovative use of office equipment as percussion
2) The fact that this is one of the few times Murray gets into the spotlight
3) The fact that poor Murray – such a woefully inadequate manager, husband and even embassy worker! – proves to be a true romantic at heart. Even if it’s a pretty inadequate one…
Top Ten so far:-
8) Leggy Blonde
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