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Flight of the Conchords: A Texan Odyssey

New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo.

by boomqueen » Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:00 am

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In March 2006, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement aka Flight of the Conchords embarked on a revealing and hilarious odyssey into the political and musical heart of the United States of America. The result is a very amusing comedy documentary jam-packed with the Conchords’ classic hit songs.

With a Gibson Group documentary crew in tow, they travelled from Wellington, New Zealand to Austin, Texas to launch their folk parody act upon one of the toughest music industry events in the world: the South By SouthWest music showcase.

Superstars Morrissey, Neil Young, Peaches, Lyle Lovett and Kinky Friedman appear alongside New Zealanders Coco Solid, The Brunettes and Flight of the Conchords themselves in this enlightening look at what it takes to break into the ruthless American music market.

In their first experience as documentarians, McKenzie and Clement meet famous folk and political candidates, real cowboys and regular musicians, as well as their own management and fans. Important questions are asked. Is it better to be called a band, or a duo? Can one good rock show change the world? Can a comedy act break through onto the ruthless music circuit? Has anybody in America heard of any bands from New Zealand? Is stage-diving a good idea? The answers can be shocking.

In its 20 years of existence, SXSW has become widely regarded as the most important showcase of contemporary music in the world. Held every March in the state capital of Texas, approximately 1500 bands line up to tout their wares to record labels, managers, tour promoters, festival bookers and venue owners.

Flight of the Conchords had a greater head-start than most when they hit the ground in Austin this year: they already had a record contract (with Sub Pop – the legendary US indie label that signed Nirvana); management (the guy behind Good Charlotte and My Morning Jacket); a legal team (who also represent the South Park lads), and a personal invitation from SXSW head honcho, Roland Swenson (who saw them on HBO and loved them). Yet this still wasn’t enough to guarantee them decent sound at their gigs, fancy accommodation close to town, or cool bodyguards like Morrissey has to protect them from their fans. Things could go wrong – and they did.

Flight of the Conchords: A Texan Odyssey features live performances of the Flight of the Conchords hits “Business Time”, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room”, “Boom, She’s So Hot!”, “Think About It, Think, Think About It” and Coco Solid’s hit single “Denim & Leather”.

http://www.throng.co.nz/documentary/flight-of-the-conchords-a-texan-odyssey

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by Amily » Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:35 am

Just a little montage I found on youtube with some of the best clips from the documentary.


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by Amily » Tue Jan 08, 2008 1:36 pm

A Texan Odyssey can be watched in parts on YouTube. :)
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by boomqueen » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:55 pm

besides the famous "Jemaine's Lips" part of the documentary, my favorite part is when they are in the NZ tent performing on a box and they're joking about how good their manager is when everything that could go wrong, did go wrong lol.
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by Amily » Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:49 pm

I love that part too but I think my most favorite part is when Jemaine interrupts Bret's quiet time and is annoying him without even realising it. :P
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by boomqueen » Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:46 pm

Oh yeah! haha, and Jemaine is like...."could this be the end of the band?", "fortunately....its not...10 minutes later.." and so on lol
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by emira » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:28 am

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RilUdXqE1s[/youtube]

the lost interview Brett and Jemaine did with The Bats at the 2006 SXSW Festival during their "Bats at the National Grid" tour. Flight of the Conchords at the time were starting to make big waves in USA and where themselves playing gigs at SXSW. The Bats have been making ripples in USA since 1986 when they featured on the cover of Billboard Magazine with their first album, Daddy's Highway- the biggest ripple since happened in 2011 with The Bats most recent release, Free All The Monsters.


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by caiknbake » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:22 pm

sylwia! #glomp# how'd you find this?
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by onlyalways » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:53 am

Wow, nice find! I wish Jemaine didn't cut off The Bats interviewing them so early.
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by emira » Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:38 am

caiknbake wrote:sylwia! #glomp# how'd you find this?


It's just been uploaded on YouTube. :)


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