Thursday, May 13, 2010

Flight of the Conchords, NIA, Monday 11th May 2010

As cults go FOTC are clearly a much bigger deal than I thought. This NIA show sold out in about 15 minutes and I was amazed by how many of tonight’s audience seemed to know all of the words. Essentially they’re a comedy musical act (the TV show that spawned tonight’s ‘spectacular’ follows Brett and Jermaine - a struggling New Zealand band - trying to make it big in the US), who parody all sorts of genres (dance, rap, glam, folk, name it...we even got some medieval track tonight). If you’ve ever seen the TV show the live version won’t come as much of a surprise, B and J mainly sit on stools and play some of hits...then chat (in character) in between. As with the TV show I sort of preferred the chatty bits in between the songs (I know, that’s not really the point is it?) especially the ad libbed responses to the various sheep noises that some of the audience kept making (unless some sheep had actually managed to get hold of some get tickets...probably from E-Baaaaaaaay). Without an interval (and being half a mile from the stage in what is, essentially, a large aircraft hanger) I found my mind wandering a little as we reached the 1 hour 45 minute mark, still I guess if you’re going to charge nearly £40 a ticket you’ve got to put on a decent set. It was all entertaining enough though. Highlights included ‘Too Many Dicks on the Dancefloor’, ‘Sugar Lumps’ an encore...’Business Time’...basically all of the sex stuff...which probably says a lot about how my mind works.

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