Flight of the Conchords

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Buddy Holly – Listen To Me (YSI)

I have a confession to make. I really love comedy music. i know you’re not supposed to, but I always have, and a good comedy song will always be on just as much rotation on my iPod as the best new tracks. Comedy music is a much-maligned genre, sneered at for its apparent lack of authenticity and artistry. But the best comic songs will always be those with the best musical backing and the most intelligent linguistic flair, and why is that any different to the greatest “serious” music? With that in mind, here’s a little rundown of my personal favourites.

Weird Al Yankovic is the Godfather of the comedy song. He’s been making it since the ’70s, and whilst some of it misses the mark, he’s made just as much that’s just hilarious.

Weird Al Yankovic – The Saga Begins
Weird Al Yankovic – Bedrock Anthem

Tenacious D never fail to make me laugh. The ridiculously crude lyrics and their attention to detail in making some actually pretty amazing technical metal is brillaint, and their live show is truly something to behold.

Tenacious D – Master Exploder
Tenacious D – Rock Your Socks

Flight of the Conchords are relatively new on the comedy music scene, but they’ve already hit mainstream popularity and got themselves a Perrier nomination. They’re constantly commended for the quality of their songwriting, and with good reason.

Flight of the Conchords – Inner City Pressure
Flight of the Conchords – Think About It

The Lonely Island created probably the funniest song of last year in their Timbaland-aping “Jizz In My Pants”, but their collaboration with Justin Timberlake was just as amazing.

The Lonely Island – Jizz In My Pants
The Lonely Island – Dick In A Box

So there you have it, it might be immature, it might not be the height of art, but it’s bloody funny, and sometimes that’s all you need.

It’s the end of the year, and sure as eggs is eggs there are music lists, polls and debates galore. I’m a sucker for a good end-of-year list, so I’m sure as hell gonna contribute my own. So without further ado, here are my top ten albums of the year:

10. Does It Offend You, Yeah? – You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into

A triumph of genre crossovers, from Daft Punk to ’80s pop, there was hardly a dud track on here.

Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Weird Science

9. Ida Maria – Fortress Around My Heart

Explosive, effervescent pop-punk from the amazing Miss Maria, her live show is just as good.

Ida Maria – Stella


8. Lightspeed Champion – Falling Off The Lavender Bridge

Dev Hynes truly manages to shake off the Test Icicles tag to mould himself as a brilliant, twisted folk troubador.

Lightspeed Champion – Galaxy Of The Lost


7. Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords

I know comedy records shouldn’t count, but this is such a well-formed album, the fact that it’s funny doesn’t even matter that much.

Flight of the Conchords – The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)


6. Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires

The perfect blend of house, indie, funk and any other genre you want to name, this album manages the seemingly impossible task of making a hugely coherent album without ever becoming samey.

Friendly Fires – Photobooth


5. Mumford and Sons – Lend Me Your Eyes EP

Alright, it’s an EP not an album, but all four tracks are just so beautiful, so unbelievably heart-wrenching and glorious that I can’t not include it.

Mumford and Sons – Awake My Soul


4. Laura Marling – Alas, I Cannot Swim

New-folk’s true pioneer, this album delivered exactly what everyone wanted, the old demos produced beautifully, as well as some wonderful new tracks.

Laura Marling – Night Terror


3. Johnny Flynn – A Larum

Three new-folk albums in a row eh? I’d been waiting for an album from Johnny Flynn since his first demo of Tickle Me Pink, and the album was everything I’d wanted and more.

Johnny Flynn – Leftovers


2. Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip – Angles

Hip-hop doesn’t have to be corporate, gangstafied shite, it can be poetry, it can be dance music, it can be funny or tragically sad. In short, this album’s brilliant.

Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip – The Beat That My Heart Skipped

1. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

To be honest, I don’t think there was ever a doubt in my mind that this would be first place. When it came out it was just so different. Totally summery, totally African and totally incredible.

Vampire Weekend – Bryn