Pretty sure they've been playing the same song for the past hour
Inner City Pressure, Perth #fotctour2012
BTW, the boys were playing 'Hallelujah' during their soundcheck. #flightoftheconchords
Venus wrote:Credit to @Naidos on TwitterBTW, the boys were playing 'Hallelujah' during their soundcheck. #flightoftheconchords
SheWolf wrote:Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah?? I'd pay $$ to hear that.
I think we're gonna need to do a Jemaine Sock Smack down rather than a shirt smack down this year.
MinorMajorStalker wrote: They kept playing the Bus Driver's song, which they didn't play during the show, "Short People" and "Another One Bites the Dust". Actually, most of the songs they played weren't songs they did at the actual show. So I got a pre-concert-concert. Also, the ONE SONG i thought they would have absolutely no need to practice because they played it every time(Sugalumps) they practiced for like 20-30 minutes. Also, they went into the audience in the soundcheck so I knew to grab an aisle seat.
Flight of the Conchords gets down to business
by: Kristy Symonds, entertainment reporter From: PerthNow July 19, 2012 9:52AM
Flight of the Conchords performed at Challenge Stadium. Picture: Thomas Roy Photography. Source: PerthNow
Arj Barker was the support act for Flight of the Conchords. Picture: Thomas Roy Photography. Source: PerthNow
IT had been a long time coming but the first ever Australian headline tour of Flight of the Conchords was well worth the wait.
The daggy New Zealand musical comedy duo, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, brought their brilliant brand of singing, songwriting and boundless banter to a sold out crowd at Challenge Stadium last night.
And the faux rock stars were worth their weight in awkward laughter as they delivered geeky tunes including fan favourites such as Too Many D**ks on the Dancefloor, Business Time, Robots, Sugar Lumps and Inner City Pressure.
Between the silly songs the laughs kept coming as the pair stumbled their way through weird and wonderful tales about their lives on the road where they have acted with the all the reckless abandon of cool musos – if eating muffins falls into that category.
Hilarious “costume changes”, delightful instrumentals and vocals ranging from silky smooth lows to high-pitched harmonies topped off over two hours of comedy gold.
A special mention must go to the support act, American stand-up comedian Arj Barker, who had the audience in stitches during his opening slot and made a couple of cool cameos during the main act.
With over 15 years in the spotlight, including a start in stand-up comedy, a BBC radio series and a hugely successful HBO TV series, the Conchord lads had a lot to live up to, but it’s hard to imagine they left anyone disappointed.
Kooky Conchords a crowd pleaser
By Sara Fitzpatrick
Arj Barker and Flight of the Conchords at Challenge Stadium.
THEY’RE the adorably clueless Kiwis with guitars and synthesisers who last night flapped into Perth for the first of three shows.
So how does the Flight of the Conchords live act compare to the HBO series that saw Bret with his distinctive woolly jumpers and Jemaine with striking facial features “too deep set to be considered classically handsome” try and drum-up fame in the Big Apple with the ‘help’ of manager Murray and stalker Mel?
Well, when it came to ‘business time’, they soared, much to the delight of a doting crowd that happily braced the cold to relish in “New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo.”
After San Franciscan heartthrob Arj Barker – also known as pawnshop Dave from the program – kicked off the laughs with a cracking set on gaming, pot and picking up, Wild Card (Bret) and Mad Dog (Jemaine) casually emerged with reversible cardboard boxes on their heads – and we knew we were in for a treat.
Between bouts of banter – stories like the time they received complimentary muffins on tour seven years ago – the couple strummed all their best songs: Inner City Pressure, Robots, The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room, Hurt Feelings and Too Many D*cks on the Dance Floor (described as “pavlov-ian” and “Mars Bar-ian” because of its many evocative layers).
A few newbies were added to the bill, including medieval marvel Woo a Lady set in the summer of 1353, and for a touch of class, Nigel from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra joined in, taking the band total to a whopping three (I wonder if manager Murray would have approved?)
Quite simply: if Perthians didn’t enjoy the show – possibly the kookiest rock concert we’re likely to see – they weren’t there.
Musical comedy review: Flight of the Conchords
JACQUI BAHR, The West Australian
July 20, 2012, 1:04 pm
Picture: Jacinta Mathews © Flight of the Conchords
Flight of the Conchords
Wednesday, July 18
You know a show has reached a new level of intimacy when a performer grinds his gonads in an audience member's face and everyone else is jealous it's not them. "This lady is glad she got so close to my gonads," Jemaine Clement improvised during a rendition of raunchy rap Sugar Lumps as he stood in front of the stage and humped the air.
Clement and his pint-sized partner in crime Bret McKenzie had the sold-out Challenge Stadium crowd eating out of the palms of their hands when they rolled up for their first live headline tour. It was well overdue. After two seasons of a hit TV series, radio spots and a string of albums, the daggy Kiwi double act's popular appeal has hit cult proportions.
And the Conchords were in pitch-perfect form as they returned to their live roots, cementing their roles as masters of musical parodies, vocal impressions and acting like epic dorks.
The show kicked off spectacularly as they performed Too Many Dicks (on the Dance Floor) in homemade robot suits. This was followed by a lengthy analysis of the metaphors in what they termed a "tiramisaic" song, setting the tone for some low-key banter.
There seemed to be a fair bit of adlibbing between songs, most of which built on their established schtick and involved what the deluded musicians considered rock'n'roll excess, though their exploits didn't get any more debauched than eating free muffins and having an out-of-tune guitar. These tales got plenty of chuckles.
Playing for two hours straight with a range of twee instruments and accompaniment by serious cellist Nigel Collins , they dipped into their full decade-plus back catalogue. The Conchords performed hits including hilarious rap Hurt Feelings, Hiphopopotamus vs Rhymenoceros, electro-dance track Inner City Pressure, the David Bowie-inspired Bowie and the Most Beautiful Girl in the Room. Extra lyrics were cleverly added to many of these well-known hits. They tried out some new songs too, such as a racy male/female duet.
The less appealing Bus Driver's Song appeared to be the only miss among the songs. The pair also attempted a four-part singalong with the crowd to the Elton John-esque charity ballad Song for Epileptic Dogs but it didn't quite gain traction.
A major highlight was Clement channelling Barry White in Business Time. Some hilarious extra lines were added to the song - an extended verse about his girlfriend's unflattering bedclothes. You could feel the mood rising as the crowd guffawed at the added lyrical treats to what has become an anthem for long-term live-in relationships. There were plenty of costume changes, which added to the humour, one including jewel-encrusted hotpants and a scarf and cape as the duo performed rock song Demon Woman. "That song satirises a common convention of rock music to demonise the female gender. It's also about a b…. I used to go out with," Clement quipped.
The crowd was big but the performance felt intimate, each fan bringing with them a relationship already forged in their living rooms.
The Conchords have somehow hit a special mark to gain such mass appeal. It's a formula containing relatable awkwardness and an ability to make fun of themselves. Add to that some well-crafted songs performed with polished musicianship, demonstrating expert knowledge of musical genres.
What's more, each song tells a story combining the mundane with so much kooky absurdity you can't help but laugh.
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