Sunday, July 29, 2007

Flight of the Conchords: MY tears turn into jolly ranchers

Tonight on Flight of the Conchords, the guys learn a valuable lesson about racism, or xenophobia, or Australians, or something, when they cross paths with a Kiwi-hating fruit stand operator. More importantly, tonight marked the Flight of the Conchords debut of my favorite Conchords song that they hadn't performed on the show yet: "Albi the Racist Dragon" (which introduced the adverb "racistly" into my vocabulary). It was amazing. I mean, the animation left out the humor of the guys' expressions when they're performing the song (see here), but the disfigured Albanian boy was better than I ever could have imagined. Best line: "Albi began to cry dragon tears, which, as we all know, turn into jelly beans!" Magical.

Another hilarious product of the "race war": Dave trying to teach Bret and Jemaine how to flip someone the bird. Jemaine's version involves flapping his hands together in an imitation of an actual bird. Bret just tries to give Dave's "bird" wings. Although they manage to learn the classic bird, I hope that one day they can move on to more advanced bird-flipping techniques, such as the "ah-ah-ah-CHOO!" Sneeze Flip, or the Finger Crank, or the venerable Read Between the Lines. Ah, middle school.

Of course, in the end, the race war ends because the fruit dealer simply confused New Zealanders with Australians. I think we've all learned a valuable lesson here, much like Albi: Australians are smelly and dirty. And you shouldn't be fooled by their hot accents. If you need any more convincing, try watching Age of Love. Trust me and the racist/xenophobic fruit dealer, and stick with Kiwis like Bret, Jemaine, and Phil (I love you, Phil!). Man, I feel like a better person already. You guys?

Moving on, how much do I love that Murray got his own song this week?! I mean, I feel for him losing his leggy blonde from tech support, but the song made his disappointment worthwhile for all of us: "Wish you knew how much I loved your legs and your hair/Leggy blonde, goodbye." I am totally in favor of expanding songs to other characters (especially as they run out of original Conchords songs, and have to write all new material anyway). I'm just sad they didn't do it before Sutton Foster's character left the show.

On the other hand, I'm not sure what to think about the "Mother Uckers" song. Are they trying to make a point about censorship? They've cursed some on this show, but it's no Deadwood, especially since they've said "flippin'" a few times in place of stronger language. Perhaps HBO is trying to make this into a family-friendly show? At any rate, I thought it was really funny that they were actually singing the words "mother uckers." Like, their mouths weren't mouthing the letters that are supposedly getting bleeped out. Not quite funny enough to be worth an entire song, but funny all the same. Because really, are these guys capable of anything less than funny? (Answer: No, no they are not.)


Dugga said...

I thought the same thing that you did about the f-word song until I did a google search for "leggy blonde" which led me to their awesome fan site On there, someone posted a thread about the song "Mother*uckers". It seems that the boys wrote the song exactly that way. Mother Uckers. They never put it on any albums because everyone thought they were self-censoring, but they actually wrote it that way on purpose as a joke - a joke that nobody (including me and you) understood.

Now that I know that, it seems brilliant.

Man, I love these guys. I sure do hope they do a season two. The show is so great. I can't wait for the DVD release.

Liz said...

Hmm...good catch. I hadn't heard that one before, so I assumed it was new to the show. Yeah, this show is all kinds of awesome