Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Rising (Con)chords

Image via Sharp Notes.

I know, I know, they’ve been around for ages, but I couldn’t be more in love with Flight of the Conchords if I tried. And I have tried. They are the most delightful, whimsical, and hilarious duo, and if you haven’t checked them out, I highly recommend a look.

In a great article in the latest Monthly, Luke Davies writes, “…they do a great business in point-counterpoint, taking alternate lines in strange directions and cramming words into lines that can’t contain them… There’s exuberance in the way they lay bare the neurosis of thinking out loud, and in so doing expose just how rigid and restrictive is the language of pop.”

He quotes this fabulous excerpt, which is one of my favourites.

They’re turning kids into slaves just to make cheaper sneakers
But what’s the real cost, ‘cos the sneakers don’t seem that much cheaper?
Why are we still paying so much for sneakers
When you’ve got little slave kids making them?
What are your overheads?
Have a look at Business Time and the Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros if you need even more convincing.

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