I’m not cryin’. It’s just been raining… on my face.


I have just spent the last 27 minutes 29 seconds watching the very first, and long awaited, episode of HBO’s Flight Of The Conchords. As you may well know, FoTC (self-described as the fourth most popular folk parody duo) is made up of Bret McKenzie & Jermain Clement. Astute readers may recognise the latter from a previous TMC post, Eagle vs Shark, in which he stars with Lauren Horsley in Taika Waititi’s feature.

As you’d expect from heavyweights HBO, FoTC is wonderfully realised, and another example of highly original TV, including the duo breaking into song at oppertune moments and having their music videos shot on mobile phones. From HBO’s website:

“Flight of the Conchords follows the trials and tribulations of a two man, digi-folk band from New Zealand as they try to make a name for themselves in their adopted home of New York City.
Bret and Jemaine have moved to New York in the hope of forging a successful music career. So far they’ve managed to find a manager (whose “other” job is at the New Zealand Consulate), one fan (a married obsessive) and one friend (who owns the local pawn shop) — but not much else.”

TVNZ certainly missed a trick here. The boys apparently came to the commisioning department a while ago, with the idea for the show, but were shot down. As FoTC explained,

“We don’t blame TVNZ for turning down our idea. In all honesty, it didn’t fit with their high quality, intriguing television programming such as Top of the Class.”

As is often the case, things have worked out in their favour in the end. HBO are world reknowned for producing fantastic , genre busting telly. Think Entourage, The Sopranos, Deadwood, Extras (ok, with the beeb, but you get my point). These two gentlemen will now be recieved by the wide audience that their talents deserves.

New Zealand viewers, unfortunately, will have to wait until later this year to watch FoTC. On Prime. If they get it. And another fine example of a trick missed by the state broadcaster.

Luckily tho, i am a geek, and i live in the intrawebnet, and can find all sorts of gems tucked away amoungst the nonsense..



p.s. did i mention that it was great? it was..


look, here are some FoTC MP3s for you!

the humans are dead

i’m not crying

hiphopapotamus vs rhymnosceros

business time



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9 responses to “I’m not cryin’. It’s just been raining… on my face.

  1. burn ! new zealand.

  2. Pip

    My best mate, who is a casting director in NYC, LOVES the FotC after I showed em to her! And she KNOWS talent…(still drunk from Friday drinks…)

  3. give her my number! i need an agent!

  4. Damn, shit and double damn. I’ve been meaning to post about FotC and Jemaine’s hot lips, you got there first. Except about the hot lips bit.

    All my American compadres have been raving about their show, well, to me anyway, I doubt they rang TVNZ to say how hard it rocks.

    PS. Prime is the new sequins.

  5. i aint get the dowlnloads to work. but i think we should devote an entire show to songs that is funny. i can play threebrain albums and also i bet you didnt know i recorded a country song once with the grey lynn separatist movement !

  6. Pip

    MC, whenever you get to NYC, I’ll introduce you to her. She’s a gem, a true gem.

  7. smittins: you might need to log out of a premium account of rapidshare, cos you might have cookies crumbs all in there screwing with the system.. i’m at rob’s and had to do just that, i’d used my account at his, and then it had expired. now they are working jim dandy.. if you open the links in a new window, there should be options for premium users and free-(down)loaders. any help?

    spip: that is reason enough for me to go to NYC.. you think she’ll be able to get me a TV series??

  8. you are a help old rabbit.

  9. romi41

    ahh…thanks for my History 1o1 on FOTC Shenanigans! Looks like it took some trials and tribulations before they finally got to make a show…that happens a lot in Canada too..we have that CBC canadian TV channel, which creates absolute shit canadian programming, forcing all talented canadian people to export their talented brains and pretty faces to the states (as will be my fate soon enough, when I am awesome and famous…for doing what, I don’t know…but for something ;-))…Lita, Jermaine does have hot lips, but there’s something to be said about Bret’s spindly frame..I just wanna pounce on his super-hot skinny-ass bod..is that horrible?