Also does anyone notice how the guys dont change their vocal ranges as much in these studio versions. I really miss that.
I think their songs are much better live that the studio versions we are hearing on the HBO show. The songs have lost much in the transition I feel. They are well produced and meant to be palatable to the ears I guess. However, as you said they don't change their vocal ranges as much and when they do its much more controlled and therefore makes it less funny IMO. The humour seems to have been washed right out
That's the beauty of them live, when they let rip with the vocals and really get in to it. In these video clips I've felt they were so staged that all the funny insaneness and spontaneity has gone. Of course, the lyrics themselves are still good and laughable, but without that extra *something* the live songs have, they pale in comparison to my ears. I'm wishing they came and went throughout the show like they did with the BBC series. And that we saw them used at gigs on occasion so we could get the 'live' feel.
If Bret breaks in to song next week or whenever with If You're Into It, it'll be a similar situation as the BBC series I am sure, but that came out of nowhere and I nearly fell of my chair laughing at the twist. I wonder if it will be as funny now on TV as the whole gag about them going on each others dates has been well used in episode one, so we'd be half expecting Jemaine to be there somewhere.
Bah, Mugged was the best of the three so far, and had more 'moments' thanks to Murray and Dave (who is slowly growing on me, but his 'dick' status is going to be hard to shake now). Bret and Jemaine are good, but I'm just not finding them as funny right now. I often think Jemaine looks awkward lip synching in the videos whereas Bret appears far more comfortable and relaxed and you hardly notice his lip synching. He also appears far more relaxed anyways during those. If it is intended Jemaine be so plank like, then ok, I can understand that, but its jarring and annoying to my eyes and ears as I am so used to his stage persona where he is far more relaxed and the charmer *waggles hand* I realise in the series they made changes to their 'characters' and had Jemaine become more mean and Bret IIRC a little more dumb, so they could have a story arc and all that, but for long time fans who love their live stuff and who really dug the radio series as it was so bloody good (the BBC excel at radio productions like this anways, but hell Conchords make great radio) this TV series pales in comparison. And that is maybe where I fall down now. I try not to compare, and I made sure I read no spoilers for Mugged this week, so I could watch it cold and with no ideas in my head, and while better, it was still not grabbing me. And afterward, I sat down and compared to the radio series, which had me laughing again
I know I sound like I really am complaining about the series, but I do see some positives. Just not enough to have me laughing lots throughout the show, its more like a giggle or a smile on occasion. There have been some great moments from Murray/Brain/Rhys who has been the best thing in the show so far, but he alone is not enough to provide the funny.
I enjoy Mel's character also, but I hope they take it no further in her amourours desires as atm, that is exactly why its amusing. Anything more graphic or definate would have me cringing like I did at part 3 of the radio series.
Some of the lines in Mugged were great, The Bloke was giggling, but I wasn't feeling them
I did like the 'dead' 'did' conversation and the remembering Jemaine, after we find out Bret had not told anyone for 2 days, and then the policewoman's impersonation of Jemaine.
I'm going to watch the remainder of the series, but alas the Conchords TV show has pretty much lost me already. I live in hope I'll enjoy it as it progresses and find more funny in it, but as with lots of TV, if its not worked on you within a few episodes, chances are its not going to.
I'm really glad so many people are loving the show and I am chuffed to bits and proud as hell of the guys for making it. Its just lost on me
Of course I am still a fan and look forward to new songs, the album (live in hope its more live than studio, or if its studio they cut loose still) and hopefully when the guys are ready, see them live doing what they do best.