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Flight of the Conchords

Flight of the Conchords

Date: Apr 27 2009

Themes: Music

Grammar: Plural vs. Possessive "S"


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On their TV show, Flight of the Conchords only have one fan, a dorky woman who is obsessed with the band. But in real life, the duo plays sold out shows and has a huge international following.

Flight of the Conchords is Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, two guys from New Zealand who sing funny songs that imitate all different styles of music, from hip-hop to heavy metal. The band also developed a TV series based on their music. The show follows the two musicians as they try to attract more American fans and adjust to life in the United States. Bret and Jemaine make fun of themselves on the show by pretending they don’t have any talent and can’t understand the American way of life.

Listen to what Dale and Jason think about Flight of the Conchords.


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Dale:  Are you familiar with Flight of the Conchords?

Jason:  Oh yes.

Dale:  I watched the behind the scenes making of the first season of what they did on HBO.

Jason:  Oh, OK.

Dale:  These two guys from New Zealand actually create their own songs, write the script for their show, they actually play all the songs and the music at the same time. And every show they do so far has been sold out. And so far every single one is just a totally different group of people that you would never really pay attention to. I mean it shocks me. It’s kind of surprising.

Jason:  I mean it makes some sense because all the songs they do are from different genres. They’re just like parodies of techno, of hip-hop, of rock…

Dale:  So it really hits the whole set of genres of people. And the way they are, they’re two New Zealanders that are in the United States learning the culture.

Jason:  Right, right.

Dale:  I’m just…I’ve been a big fan.

Jason:  And I think that the parodies are really good. I mean, they’re really funny and it’s not like Weird Al, it’s not corny.

Dale:  A lot of people are shocked about it because when they say a duo that does comedic music, it actually throws everybody off. But now everybody’s like…I mean I’ll be at a club and I’ll hear “Business Time” or…

Jason:  Nice. That’s when you know it’s successful, when a parody enters the real world.


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Dale saw a behind-the-scenes show about Flight of the Conchords. He was really impressed by how hard-working and talented the band is. They not only write and perform all their own songs, but also write and act in their TV show. He’s also surprised by how many different types of people are fans of the band.

Jason thinks it isn’t surprising that Flight of the Conchords has a diverse following, since they parody so many different genres of music. Even though their songs are parodies, they’re still really good. The music is great and the lyrics are funny.

What do you think it would be like to move with your best friend to the United States from another country like Bret and Jemaine?



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Move to USA would be as good as to move to Europe. It's my dream to know them. I wish I know them someday.

07:08 PM Apr 27 2009 |




That would be perfect.I mean it's like there are a bunch of people want to move to the United States,because it's a dream country.Although the start maybe tough for the communication would be hard for us,but as time pasts,we would overcome it.Besides,with your best friend in a different country,you can always keep an eye on each other,take good care of each other;So you are not alone,furthermore you will make a lot of new friends and that's always fantastic.

02:23 PM Apr 27 2009 |




Oh, it's ok for me, the US is not bad. Can I choose to stay in LA or Dallas? :p


Flight of the Conchords is not very popular in China, but after this lesson, I think I want to give it a try. It also reminds me another duo, the South Park, those 2 guys are also talented, and after 13 season, they are even getting better and better!


It's not easy to do well in parodies, you need to be creative and you need to let people know what role you are playing, but not a copycat.


And I do like Weird Al, his don't download this song is so funny~

01:09 PM Apr 27 2009 |




It's funny and acceptable, as like a parody enters the real world.

09:17 AM Apr 27 2009 |

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