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by emira » Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:28 pm

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by gezyka » Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:39 pm

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by gezyka » Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:47 pm

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by gezyka » Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:57 pm


hellomyfriend wrote:Old (2003) Edinburgh review:


Flight of the Conchords - High on Folk
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I was herded out of the close where I had been waiting for twenty minutes into a dank dripping cave by a shrill Aussie sheepdog woman. This was neither promising nor conducive to having a good time. And yet it was worth every minute - even being loudly barked at to sit in the front row since I was "ON MY OWN".

There were many sheep flocking to see the Flight of the Conchords last night. Flight of the Conchords are not strictly speaking what you'd expect from a folk parody duo. Neither of them look like you could knit them yourself. They're too trendy to be pure folkies and, thank folk, that was a sign of things to come. Who wants to experience deja vu, with tired and faded routines involving cords, flares, bodhrans and piccolos?

Jermaine Clement is the big salty one with a mammoth octave range and Brett Mckenzie is the shy weedy needy one. Their fans are known as Jermainiacs or Brettalysers. I would have to have a foot in both camps. Their material covered a wide and perfectly rendered assortment of customised musical genres. From Jermaine's soulful ballad "I'm not crying. (It's just been raining on my face)", where his voice reached a falsetto pitch that was genuinely moving, to Bret's studied cool and reserve during his solo song of man - flower love. The combination of talent, ingenuity and charisma oozing all over the floor was deeply unfolky.

Lyrically, their meeting of minds produces some of the funniest parodies I've heard. The line "Why can't a heterosexual guy tell a heterosexual guy that his booty is fly" wraps up their psychobabbling, big girls blouse, dudes' persona in a nutshell.

Their "Devil went down to Georgia" number, where the man whose name was an anagram of Satan was saved from self-destruction by meeting his alter ego and learning to love himself left the realms of hackneyed cliche for the heights of lyrical virtuosity and technical skill.

This self- professed, digi - bongo - acapella - rap influenced - guitar based - bongo - funk band have fused straight - faced mindless banter and finely crafted talent to savage proportions. An hour of hardcore, straight edge, razor sharp fun.

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... Bret's studied cool and reserve during his solo song of man - flower love.


Their "Devil went down to Georgia" number, where the man whose name was an anagram of Satan was saved from self-destruction by meeting his alter ego and learning to love himself left the realms of hackneyed cliche for the heights of lyrical virtuosity and technical skill.

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by accordions » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:28 pm


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They are really lurking here :P Jemaine's face...[image]

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by emira » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:44 pm

the story from 2002


Edinburgh Diary
DAY 4
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22:30 Humourbeasts show! Performers: Taika and Jemaine (Clement), Bret's partner in Flight of the Conchords. Setting: The Caves, which resembled a cross between a giant pizza oven and…well, a cave. Damp, drippy, high, domed ceiling, and brick-lined. Very old. If you sat in the right (or wrong, depending on your point of view) spot, you got dripped on. A lot. Roheryn kept looking for salamanders on the walls. Taika and Jemaine are an outrageous riot! Laughter non stop. Our favorite part; – a hilarious skit with nothing but four straws, two paper cups, and a lot of grunting.

23:45 Flight of the Conchords show! Still in The Caves. Sitting under a drip. Flight of The Conchords are New Zealand's 4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo; this was their Folk The World tour. Thoroughly enjoyed the show. Bret and Jemaine put on a delightful and hilarious performance, and we giggled, snickered, and outright howled with laughter all through the show. Highlights include songs like "Mother*uckers" [that is the unedited song title – it's a self censored song] and "Frodo", a tribute to LoTR. Still can't believe Peter Jackson turned them down when they tried to get it on the official soundtrack.

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01:00 Up in the bar above The Caves, which became a favorite late-night hangout for the rest of our stay (truth is we were too lazy to look for a better place). Met Jemaine, who seems to be a natural Figwit (minus the pouting).
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DAY 8
22:30 Went to see Humourbeasts and Flight of The Conchords again – thanks to the guys, who gave us free tickets (woohooo!) Very odd FoTC show – some 60 year old lady majorly heckled them! I think she was insulted because they stole her chips bag. After inquiring whether they believe in God, she left in a huge huff. Classic Fringe moment, really.


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by emira » Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:59 pm

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by Amily » Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:46 am

From 2003.

The Living Room : Series 1 Episode 6 : (clip 2)
Join Flight of the Conchords as they leave to go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Living Room : Series 1 Episode 7 : (clip 2)
Flight of the Conchords in Edinburgh.

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by emira » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:16 pm

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by emira » Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:25 pm

Flight of the Conchords High on Folk 2003

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Highlights from Gilded Balloon's 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival programme!

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Flight of the Conchords Lonely Knights 2004

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Highlights from Gilded Balloon's 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival programme!

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by sargifster » Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:05 pm


In 2002, I remember Flight of the Conchords performed a secret gig as Like of the Conchords, "their more successful tribute band".


Source - The Guardian - ever happy to promote the Conchords :)

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by emira » Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:46 pm

Flight of the Conchords

Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

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The Guardian, Thursday 7 August 2003

Last year's from-nowhere smash, this Kiwi duo has accrued a cult following that seems to include every other comedian on the fringe. You can see why: their show, High on Folk, is a late-night gem. Armed with two acoustic guitars and a choice line in muttering deadpan, Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie are reinventing folk music. You want gangsta folk? You've got their rap odyssey The HipHopapotamus Versus the Rhymenoceros. You want soul folk? Here's Jermaine's ballad I'm Not Crying (It's Just Been Raining on My Face).

They know they're supposed to banter between songs, but about what? For parodists, the pair take themselves unflinchingly seriously. Their songs range freely over unlikely subjects: man-flower love, Lord of the Rings, a robot takeover of Earth.

But it all boils down to the tunes. You can't do Proclaimers meets Kraftwerk without musical skill. Clement and McKenzie have that in abundance. And the lyrics are a joy. "How come we've reached a fork in the road, and yet it cuts like a knife?" sings Clement. And "Why can't a heterosexual guy tell a heterosexual guy that his booty is fly?" It's a delicious combination and the perfect way to see in midnight on the fringe.

· Until August 25. Box office: 0131-226 2151.

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by emira » Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:08 pm

Monsters of... folk

They play comedy songs on glockenspiels and acoustic guitars. Brian Logan meets Flight of the Conchords, this year's most unlikely hit

Brian Logan
The Guardian, Tuesday 12 August 2003

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'We've been trying to come up with banter that's as boring as possible.'
Bret McKenzie (left) and Jermaine Clement. Photo: Murdo Macleod

It wasn't the obvious hot ticket at this year's fringe. Flight of the Conchords are "the fourth most popular folk parodist act in New Zealand". Their show is tucked under a railway arch on Cowgate, in the dead of night. If they have any posters in Edinburgh, I haven't seen them. And yet Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie are this year's buzz comedy act.

It all started with the duo's British debut at last year's fringe. When the stand-ups who preceded them in their Gilded Balloon venue started staying behind to watch Clement and McKenzie, word spread, and "we became a kind of show for other comedians to see after their shows", says McKenzie. "I guess we were quite surprised," says Clement. "They liked it," says McKenzie, "because it was quite different to what they do."

High on Folk, the pair's 2003 offering, comprises about a dozen comedy songs played on acoustic guitar and digital glockenspiel. The musicianship is impressive: Clement and McKenzie's folk-rap crossover, The Hiphopopotamus Meets the Rhymenoceros, sounds like a beatbox Bohemian Rhapsody. And there's more, from Ennio Morricone to acoustic electronica and beyond. There are also blissfully funny lyrics.

It's hard to connect the Conchords in person with the blazing talents on stage. "Kiwis are pretty understated and dry," says McKenzie. This pair are Kiwis through and through: laid-back, unfazed by their success and clueless about what to do with it. They downplay their musical skill. "You can tell when we've learned a new chord," says Clement, "because we'll use it in our next three songs." They didn't even want to play Edinburgh this year. "It costs so much money," says McKenzie. And they think this year's show inferior to its predecessor. "We're surprised," he says, "that people like it so much."

The double-act came together when, as struggling young actors, the two flatmates began learning guitar. "We decided to form a band," says Clement. "It takes ages to learn somebody else's song because you have to remember it all. But if you make up your own, who's gonna pull you up for being wrong?" It is characteristic that their move from music to musical comedy was accidental. "We were supposed to be supplying the music for a comedy night," says McKenzie, "but - and I can't remember how it happened - we ended up being one of the acts."

They are now "one of the major comedy acts in New Zealand", they say. But it doesn't pay their way, and both have other lives: Clement as an actor, McKenzie in non-comic band The Black Seeds. McKenzie also enjoys cult status as the background elf Figwit in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings. Although he is on screen for only a handful of seconds, Figwit has scores of websites dedicated to him. "It's because of my elvish looks," McKenzie suggests. He shows me a photograph of two Hebridean dolphins that the Scottish Tolkien Society has sponsored. "One's named after Peter Jackson," Clement tells me, "and one's named after Bret."

So are the pair folk fans? "Only a little bit," says Clement. "I listen to Donovan from time to time." To the Conchords, folk just means acoustic. The joke, says Clement, is that "we're aware that that's not very cool, but we're trying to pretend it's cool". Their act is all about that gap between self-image and reality. They take folk parody deadly seriously. "If we can act as though we're the genuine article, people will find it funnier," says McKenzie. That's why they deliver between-song banter with such hilarious earnestness. "We've been trying to come up with banter that's as boring as possible," says McKenzie. "Last night," giggles Clement, "I think we may have taken that too far."

It's anyone's guess how the Conchords will capitalise on their fringe success. There's a Radio 4 pilot in the offing, about which they profess themselves "excited", albeit in a Kiwi way. "We went to Los Angeles last year," says McKenzie, "and had these really funny interviews with casting directors and people like that. They'd ask us, 'So, what do you guys wanna do?' It was a dream opportunity to say, 'We want to make a film'. And they would have gone, 'Well, here's 20 million'. But we were like, 'Oh, we're not sure. We like going out and watching bands... '"

"It was really exciting," he concludes. "But you needed to have a clear idea of what you wanted to do. And we didn't really have any idea at all."

· At the Gilded Balloon Caves until August 25. Box office: 0131-226 2151.

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by emira » Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:09 pm

Edinburgh reports: it's time to get serious
The Perrier award for comedy is decided this week. Mark Monahan picks his leading contenders
Mark Monahan
18 Aug 2003

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Fringe benefits: top comics include from top left, Flight of the Conchords, Lucy Porter, Reginald D Hunter, Count Arthur Strong, Adam Hills and Demetri Martin

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And so, finally, to Kiwi guitar-playing duo Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, aka Flight of the Conchords. In High on Folk, they demolish virtually every genre of pop music, uttering priceless lines in such quantities that it's hard to know where to start ("How come we've reached this fork in the road," they wail at one point, "and yet it cuts like a knife?"). Lou Reed, Eminem, drippy ballads - little escapes their attention, and, as both musicians and an ultra-dry double act, they're faultless. In fact, Bret and Jermaine would get my vote for the prize, if only for having wilfully invented "folk parody", the most unpromising comic genre imaginable, and honed it to such side-splitting perfection.

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Perrier Awards 2003: The nominees
The shortlist for this year's Perrier Awards has been announced, with Australian Adam Hills leading the race.
20 August, 2003

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Widely praised for 2002 Edinburgh show

Flight of the Conchords

Flight of the Conchords have been described as New Zealand's "foremost digi-bongo-acapella-rap-influenced guitar-based bongo-funk folk band".

The duo, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, are both drop-outs from Wellington University and made a big splash with their show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival last year.

The pair describe themselves as "fourth most popular folk-parodist duo in New Zealand".

The Guardian's Brian Logan said of their show, High on Folk: "Armed with two acoustic guitars and a choice line in muttering deadpan, they are reinventing folk music."

Odds on winning: 4-1

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