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.
Think About It (Series 1 – Episode 3: Mugged)
Bret (Bret McKenzie) and Jemaine (Jemaine Clement) have a nasty encounter in this episode when they are attacked by two muggers. Trying to escape Jemaine gets his clothes caught in a fence but Bret decides to abandon him. When the police arrive one of the muggers Mickey (Luther Creek) abandons his friend John (Lenny Venito). In prison Jemaine and John bond over their mutual experiences of abandonment by friends. Later in the episode Bret tries to redeem himself for leaving Jemaine by finding the muggers and getting Jemaine’s phone back. Wandering the streets Jemaine and Bret begin the song “Think About It.”
A thoughtful but at times amusing reflection on the ills of modern society. Bret sings of people on the streets armed with guns and knives and forks, while Jemaine becomes fixated on different themes, beginning with monkeys giving people diseases (presumably a misunderstanding of AIDS) while later he sings of child slaves making trainers for meagre wages but goes onto lament the high retail price of the trainers. For all the smiles the song raises there is an important and thought-provoking underlying message here, even when the song ends with Bret and Jemaine singing of a man with a knife and fork in his legs and asking for them to be pulled out!
Mrs B says
When I first listened to this I was rolling around with tears in my eyes because I was laughing so hard. As a result, I missed a lot of the lyrics. Further listens have enlightened me further: some of the lyrics are enough to make me laugh until my belly hurts but others almost make you stop and think. On the surface, Flight of the Conchords is, well, flighty. Dig a little deeper though and you’ll see a reflection of some of the more difficult aspects of modern life. Think About It may be a hoot but it also makes you do just that: think about the world around you.
Top Ten so far:-
9) Think About It
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