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Monday, October 12, 2009

52 Songs #6: Flight of the Conchords Bus Driver's Song

This week: Flight of the Conchords, Bus Driver's Song from the LP Folk The World Tour, released in 2002. My path to the Conchords was a long and windy one. It started, innocently enough, with the Lord of the Rings movies, and my geeky desire to know all the trivia about them (this included watching all the extra features on all the DVDs). from there I discovered Figwit, sometime after The Two Towers, and I was thrilled to see him have some speaking lines in Return of the King. More research showed that Bret wasn't just an actor, and eventually I watched hours and hours of You Tube videos, and got an actual Kiwi person to send me Folk the World Tour from a record store in NZ.

Oh, they're famous and famously hip now, but out of all their songs I prefer this one. It's funny and sweet and sad, and even though it's stuffed with Kiwi-only jokes, anyone can see Tony is just like any guy from any small town around the world. A lovely melody and rather Finn-ish harmonies on the chorus and the bridge, don't you think? BTW, if you like FotC and haven't heard the BBC radio series, you must get it. Neil Finn is in it and he's hilarious.

"But some things just don't work out that way
Well, that's the most important thing you'll learn on the tour today..."

Truer words were never spoken.

Come back next Monday for another of the 52 songs!

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