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I Told You I Was Freaky CD (2009)

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While Flight of the Conchords first hammered out their reputation from behind the relative safety of acoustic guitars, blithely billed as a ''folk comedy'' act, nowadays their musical style runs rampant, unchecked. Judging from the range displayed on their sophomore album I Told You I Was Freaky, Flight of the Conchords have yet to unearth a genre which can withstand their artistry. Unflinching in their lyrical stance, sophisticated with their arrangements, crafting melodies which always lodge firmly in the frontal lobe: Flight of the Conchords have here created 13 best-selling ringtones, humbly masquerading as songs. Their rhymes are fearless, their thesauruses dog-eared. Only cool, confident specimens of manhood such as these could drop three-dollar vocabulary busters like ''dungarees'' and ''pantaloons'' while still mesmerizing the ladies with their undulating ''Sugalumps.'' Vivid imagery? Check: The ardent ''Angels'' should spur listeners to think twice the next time they consider catching a snowflake on their tongues. Better still, the amorous odyssey of the album's zenith, ''We're Both in Love with a Sexy Lady,'' unfolds before the listener's very ears in real time; Flight of the Conchords are making history, and You! Are! There! I Told You I Was Freaky is, among a great many other things, a genre-tripping tour de force and includes three songs from the second series of their popular and award-winning/nominated HBO TV show which are otherwise as yet unreleased (''Rambling Through the Avenues of Time,'' ''Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor)'' and ''You Don't Have to Be a Prostitute'').

Track Listing
1. Hurt Feelings
2. Sugalumps
3. We're Both In Love with a Sexy Lady
4. I Told You I Was Freaky
5. Demon Woman
6. Rambling Through the Avenues of Time
7. Fashion Is Danger
8. Petrov, Yelyena and Me
9. Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor)
10. You Don't Have To Be a Prostitute
11. Friends
12. Carol Brown
13. Angels

Specifications

Label Subpop Records/ada
SKU 212199522
UPC 098787080025
UPC 14 00098787080025
Format CD
Release Date 10/20/2009
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Author Flight Of The Concho
Artist Bio
Flight of the ConchordsFlight of the Conchords, New Zealand's self-proclaimed "fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo a cappella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo," first took shape in Wellington. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement (musician/funnyman and funnyman/musician, respectively) started crafting their unique, two-man comedy m?lange in 2002, while the two were living together as college roommates. Overcome by a dream in which a V formation of Gibson Flying Vs resembled a gaggle of Concorde airplanes, the two christened themselves Flight of the Conchords and began honing their act in local comedy and rock clubs during the late '90s. By 2002, they could be found playing such high-profile gigs as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. When they returned to the fest in 2003, they were nominated for the Perrier Award, thus making them "the almost award-winning fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo a cappella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo in New Zealand." Between those gigs, Flight of the Conchords self-released the album Folk the World Tour, and by 2005 they had become the subject of a six-part BBC Radio 2 broadcast series -- a largely improvised affair in the vein of Spinal Tap and Tenacious D. Also in 2005, the group landed a spot on HBO's Friday night series One Night Stand. In 2006, Clement was featured in a series of humorous commercials for the U.S.-based Outback Steakhouse restaurant chain, and later that year, the band penned a deal with U.S. indie imprint Sub Pop. The label released the half-studio, half-live EP The Distant Future a year later. Shortly after signing to Sub Pop, the two got their breaks as actors. Clement scored a starring role in the indie romantic comedy Eagle vs. Shark, and HBO offered Bret and Jemaine their own series. Flight of the Conchords thus became a comedy show, and it premiered in June of 2007. Combining the understated humor of Ricky Gervais' Extras with the musical slapstick of Tenacious D's six-episode HBO series, the show followed the duo's attempt to achieve success as a band in New York City, with silly songs worked into the plot lines. After 12 well-received episodes, it was announced that the boys would return for a second season in 2008. That April, Sub Pop released a full-length album of songs from the show.
Awards
Emmy (2009) Brett McKenzie, Jermaine Clement, Nominee, Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
Emmy (2008) Jermaine Clement, Brett McKenzie,, Nominee, Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
Reviews
ReviewSource AllMusicGuide.com
Review After a glorious first season that earned the HBO show six Emmy nominations, Flight of the Conchords' second run didn't quite pack the same comedic punch. Some would say it was because the premise lost its luster, but it was mostly because the music just wasn't as strong. Most of the songs in season one were pre-written and hashed out over years of stand-up, and for season two, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie were in a time crunch: forced to write a dozen or so funny songs and ten episodes from scratch. Considering the circumstances, FOTC's second Sub-Pop outing, I Told You I Was Freaky, has some worthwhile moments. In the R. Kelly-based "We're in Love with a Sexy Lady," Bret and Jemaine debate semantics while trying to determine if they're after the same lazy-eyed girl. "When'd you meet this lady?/Then./When?/Then./Right then?/Right then./Where?/There./Over there?/Over there./Over there there?/Over there there there," and so on, building up to Bret's ultimate question, "Was her name Brabra?" To which Jemaine replies, No I think it was Barbara."..."It was Barbara there's no such name as Brabra." It's the same straight-faced humor fans have grown to love. There's no satire quite as on-point as their tribute to David Bowie, but the duo busts out a hearty batch of sad-faced raps ("Hurt Feelings"), dance party hits ("Suga Lumps" and "Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor"), and the brilliantly '80s "Fashion Is Danger," along with the strange sea shanty, sung by hungry cannibals on a boat ,"Petrov, Yelyena and Me."
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Reviewer Jason Lymangrover
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Artist Flight Of The Concho
Label Subpop Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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Jamie Crossan, NewMusicalExpress.com Even shorn of their comedic context, the best of these tracks still have the power to rupture internal organs at 20 paces.
UnderTheRadar.com Freaky succeeds not just because it's hysterically funny, but because the songs themselves are authentically good...

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