One of my true pleasures this summer has been watching "Flight of the Conchords" on HBO each Sunday night. Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie never fail to crack me up playing versions of themselves in a struggling folk parody duo — New Zealand's fourth most popular folk parody duo, in fact — as they navigate New York life and try to shake off their one persistent, stalker-ish fan.
Their songs, which satirize everything from French pop to soul to power ballads, are a highlight of the show, and now a bunch of them have been collected on the band's EP, The Distant Future, which hit stores this week. The album is currently streaming over at AOL's Listening Party, and it's got some of the greatest hits from the show, including "I'm Not Crying" ("it's just raining/on my face"), as well as three live tracks, one of which is "Robots," a personal favorite.
I was worried the songs wouldn't be as funny without Bret and Jemaine's facial expressions and awkward dances, but luckily for all of us, they hold up just fine. If you'd rather watch an awkward dance, though, you can check out the guys' take on a cutesy French pop song from the most recent episode of the TV show if you read more