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Friday, February 22, 2008

Flight of the Conchords' Grammy-Winning...EP?

submitted by Deena

One Grammy category Scott probably doesn't do predictions for is the Best Comedy Album. This is likely because there's often not much to give a crap about in this category.

I've now finally caught up with all the Grammy hubbub and discovered that someone I did give a crap about won Best Comedy Album--Flight of the Conchords.

Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie round out the group who touts themselves as "Formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo." FOTC produces hilariously funny pop/folk/parody music that takes me back to my days of Weird Al uber fandom (can I just say that sometimes I think Scott and I are on the same wavelength with our posts?)--only Weird Al never got his own HBO series (though UHF did kick ass).

As much as I love the music of FOTC, I was disappointed to learn that the "album" that won the Grammy wasn't even an album at all--it was a 5-song EP. I kind of thought that wasn't right, for two reasons:

  1. An EP is not an album, or at least not in my estimation.
  2. FOTC absolutely has enough material to make a fantastic full-length album. Each episode of their TV series has two or three songs featured in it, and most of them are stand-alone funny.
And now I will post the videos (taken from the HBO series) for two of the many songs that Flight of the Conchords should put on a full-length album...

YouTube: Flight of the Conchords - Bowie's in Space

YouTube: Flight of the Conchords - Inner City Pressure


BeckEye said...

I remember the first time I saw Inner City Pressure, I thought it was one of the greatest '80s parodies I had ever seen. I guess I still think that. Havne't seen the Bowie one...must watch it...right...now.

Scott said...

Actually I used to pick the comedy category, but I didn't recognize any of the nominees this year so I declined. My best memory was when I correctly predicted Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks to upset Jerry Seinfeld in 2001.

I agree it's cheap for an EP to win. I've been hearing buzz about these guys, I'll have to check them out.

Deena said...

Hope you guys enjoy! I highly recommend picking up the first season on DVD if you liked what you saw.