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Flight of the Conchords (BBC Audio) [Audiobook, Import] [Audio CD]

Flight of the Conchords
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1 May 2006 BBC Audio
The complete "BBC Radio 2" series from Perrier Award nominated duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement features Rob Brydon and Neil Finn. "Flight of the Conchords" are Bret McKenzie (guitar and vocals) and Jemaine Clement (vocals and guitar) and they're New Zealand's fourth best folk guitar-based jazz, techno, hip-hop duo. Over six episodes we follow their attempts to crack the UK's novelty music scene with songs such as "Frodo", "Don't Wear The Ring" ('Magical Bling Bling'), "Fudafafa", "Hiphopapotamus and Think About It" ("Think, Think About It"). "The Conchords" have travelled the world and become one of the best-loved double acts on the circuit. Having secured the talents of Rob Brydon, Daniel Kitson, Greg Proops, Nina Conti, Rhys Darby and Neil Finn, they can - for the first time - tell their story...The Perrier nominated "Flight of the Conchords" are currently being developed by HBO in America.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846070708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846070709
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.4 x 13.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conchords got it goin' on! 3 Sep 2007
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If you want proof that Flight of the Conchords are not only the current kings of character comedy but true genii, watch their new HBO sitcom. Don't be put off by the Guardian calling them the funnest thing ever, these guys are one of the only comedy teams to try out an idea on the radio then IMPROVE it for TV (for proof of how rare this is listen to the Mighty Boosh, Little Britian, every other radio to TV comedy transfer since Tony Hancock).

This mockumentary radio series established most of the themes of the TV series (innocents abroad, the manager, stalker fans, the Yoko experience, etc) and features most of the Conchords best songs. It's not as sharp as the TV show, and there are a lot less gags per episode but that Conchord magic is still there through out. New Zealand stand up Rhys Darby's performance as their manager is a joy to hear and worth the asking price alone. Crowded House front man Neil Finn features in every episode and he's a surprisingly effective straight man. Quite possibly the best in the whole wide room. Credit should also go to Rob Brydon for the brilliant dead pan delivery of his linking voice over, the man was clearly wearing his business socks during the recording.

So why only 4 stars?
Well.....
....(with the noted acception of Mr Brydon) all of the british comedy actors are awful. Most of the series was apparently improvised. When the Kiwi comedians are in full flow it's hilarious. But the brits sound like public school kids making things up on the spot. Honestly, you will not believe how weak some of their lines are.

In an effort to be more constructive with my feed back I have thought for far to long about why this is and here is my conclusion: the brits didn't get what the show is about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 21 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Despite having seen all of the first TV series and most of the second before I listened to this I still found it very funny.
The Neil Finn cameo's in each episode are brilliant and it's such a shame they couldn't be written into the TV series
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's business time! 22 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
What a little gem this is. I can't believe this passed me by (well it was on the radio so that's probably why). This is probably better than anything I have seen on TV for the last couple of years. I must admit that I haven't seen the HBO TV series and I'm not sure if I really want to because this is so good that I don't want to be disappointed.

For those of you who don't know, Flight of the Conchords are a real band, they even have an album out on the sub pop label. Though this radio series is a fictitious account of their attempt to break into the UK scene. They are described as a novelty band and indeed their songs are very funny but the music is still good as well. The only thing I can compare them to are Tenacious D but then they aren't really like that. They are less blue and their style is less rock more pop and hip hop, and their lyrics are also a lot more clever. The actual style of the radio show is a bit like the Office US, with a lot of the comedy coming from Brian the band's manager and his unsuccessful attempts at everything.

I have to disagree with the reviewer who said that the performance of the British comedians in this show was poor. Daniel Kitson (Phoenix Nights) puts in a great performance in the York episode and there is also a good cameo from Andy Parsons (Mock the Week) as a music venue owner. Though to be honest these parts are quite small and most of the air time is dedicated to the Conchords and their manager. Rob Brydon is also fantastic as the narrator, which is something that the HBO series won't have. Some episodes are funnier than others though and that's why I haven't given this five stars. The York episode and the Pie episode though are probably two of my favorite comedy episodes of all time. You really do have to hear this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. What more can I say? 24 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you liked the TV series then you'll love this. The TV series follows a similar set of plot lines to this original radio series, but there are enough differences here to keep you entertained and laughing thoughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant the more you listen to it. 28 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I often listen to audio CDs in the car. This cd was not only hilarious and well scripted. Its fun, well acted, instantly loved and recognizable It differs slightly from the tv series - but whether you think it's better or not is up to you. In my opinion it only adds to flavor of the instinctively funny and smart comedy duo that is Jermaine Clement and Bret Mackenzie. Rob Bryden is brilliant as a dead pan narrator ( "I often watch top of the pops through the serving hatch whilst making a cup of tea and I am a big fan of the Blur.")
Neil Fin is utterly believable as the weary and unasked mentor. The phone calls between the eager manager (Rhys Derby) and the caustic Neil are one of the many high lights of this radio series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maiden Flight 9 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
Witness the birth of the FOTC here on this CD. You will hear a lot of the raw material that featured on the TV show plus much more! It's perfect for a long car journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
Laugh out loud good. Love it, only critisism is that once I listen to this I find it quite hard to enjoy anything else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 Dec 2011
By MariaH
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic series,just as good if not better than the television series in places. Superbly narrated by Rob Brydon, well worth a purchase if you are a FOTC fan!
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