Flight of the Conchords band members Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement
Just who are the Flight of the Conchords?
The self-proclaimed “fourth best band” from New Zealand, Flight of the Conchords are a musical comedy duo composed of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. Their music is simply awesome, and they are extremely funny as well. So good, in fact, that last year HBO gave them their own show.
Their show is fantastic! A mixture of clever comedy and fabulous music, and some great costumes as well.
Their first 12-episode season was a smashing success, and is now available on DVD. The Conchords will be back in January, 2009 for season two. I can’t wait!
In the meantime, I highly suggest you pick up their self-titled Music CD which was released last April. I love listening to all the songs from their show. They do a great job paying tribute to many styles of music and artists with refreshing creativity.
Frodo is great…who is THAT?
There’s a running joke about the Lord of the Rings throughout the Conchords TV episodes. Bret McKenzie actually had a small part as an elf in Lord of the Rings, and he became famous even before Flight of the Conchords became popular.
Apparently, Bret looked quite striking as an elf, and fans gave him the name, FIGWIT (Frodo is great…who is THAT?).
In their TV show, they make jokes about New Zealand, and how it struggles in the tourist industry. They frequently show Australians getting the upper hand, and have some hilarious marketing ads for New Zealand.
Their band manager, Murray, often says lamely, “New Zealand. Like… Lord of the Rings.”
Here’s their Lord of the Rings parody song. To the delight of fans everywhere, Bret dons the Elf costume that made FIGWIT so famous.