Time Out revisits the top five Flight of the Conchords tracks and clips in celebration of their upcoming Melbourne concerts
First published on 29 Jun 2012. Updated on 4 Jul 2012.
The breakout hit that introduced Flight of the Conchords to the world, ‘Business Time’ is a disturbingly honest account of sex in a long-term relationship. Jemaine’s baritone voice mixed with a funk riff contrast perfectly with lyrics about how brushing your teeth is now part of the foreplay process. Guaranteed to have well established couples laughing hysterically all while desperately trying to convince themselves the song doesn’t apply to them. After listening to this song you will never see business socks in the same way again.
‘Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor)’
We’ve all seen that moment at a party when a bunch of hopeful guys simultaneously realise they are together in the one place where there is not a single woman. ‘Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor)’ is a house party anthem from a male perspective about the perils of being out on the tiles whilst being surrounded by dudes and helpfully explains why dancing exclusively with blokes makes it pretty hard to meet women.
‘Think About It’
‘Think About It’ sounds as if it has come straight off Marvin Gaye’s classic What’s Going On? and uses this soulful sound to poke fun at socially-conscious music that laments the lack of love and compassion in the world. Instead of war, famine and poverty the boys tackle the big issues of monkey diseases, expensive sneakers and children calling each other names all while straining to deliver the lyrics in the most heartfelt way possible.
‘Bret, You Got it Going On’
'Bret, You Got it Going On' was released as a bonus track off Flight of the Conchords self-titled album and has since become a classic. The track begins with 'Jemaine trying to cheer up a depressed Bret with a few shallow compliments but slowly transforms into an awkward serenade with Jemaine explaining all the things he would do to Bret “if one of us was a lady”. A song that captures the exact moment when a bromance goes too far.
‘Inner City Pressure’
A parody of the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘West End Girls’, ‘Inner City Pressure’ hilariously chronicles the realities of urban life. Jemaine and Bret are battling in the concrete jungle and must confront brutal challenges such as buying muesli, learning the flute and staying at home playing synthesisers. This song is Flight Of The Conchords at their best, combining catchy music, clever lyrics and a great video clip into a song that will have you laughing stupidly all while feeling like it could have been written in the height of the 1980s synth-pop explosion.
Flight of the Conchords play The Plenary at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sat 14 Jul and Rod Laver Arena on Sun 15 Jul.