Erm...am I the only one who really insanely loves the recorded versions of their songs?
I think the Conchords sound absolutely great on record and are underestimated musically. I first became aware of them through the recorded album version of Bowie, my fave Conchord song for ages, til I heard Mermaids.....I can't wait for the new album, tho I'm a little disappointed they haven't written any extra tracks, since unlike the first album, it seems that the album versions will be the same as the TV versions, albeit with slightly longer edits in places.
So, I seem to be in the majority when I say - not hugely bothered about a third season, I think season two ended perfectly. But I wonder how many people would agree with me that their recorded work is their most current and interesting side. My personal preference would be for them to make a third album, nothing to do with any TV series, they should become legitimate recording artists - recording artists who write comedy songs. I'd love to see what a whole album of Conchords music would sound like, where they're free to just write what they want and not think about plotlines etc.
Let me take you deeper into my darkest fantasy. My darkest fantasy is that they actually pull out all the bells, whistles and milk bottle tops and do a massive "concept" album. Come on guys, this is a genre that's crying out for a pisstake and just imagining how the Conchords would tackle it makes me laugh already. Imagine something along the lines of Tommy, Ziggy Stardust or heaven help us The Wall - but tongue in cheek, with lyrical and
See when you listen to the music, what many don't realise is the amount of musical, non-verbal jokes the guys put in there. Like in Think About It, there's the a capella jam, a purely musical joke (slightly ruined IMHO in live performance when they explicitly describe what they're doing "this is where we break it down" etc); the office sound effects in Leggy Blonde, the steel drums on Prostitute, the opera voice on Rejected, most of Bowie, pretty much anytime Jemaine goes mental and high vocally
. I could go on with examples forever, because their musical humour is every bit as important as their lyrics and scriptwriting.
So go the whole hog dogs, please, pretty please. This is a heartfelt plea from a fan on his knees. Much as I love Sgt Pepper, SMiLE, The Wall, Ziggy etc, I do recognise that there is something pompous and overblown about them, which makes them so ripe and rife for a Conchords pisstake. Just imagine a B&J esque Mother from The Wall, or Rock N'Roll Suicide from Ziggy, or Within You Without You from Sgt Pepper
I love their music because I can actually listen to it as just music on one level, without having to think "Is this Funny?", but then there'll always be a line that shakes me out of that and makes me smirk, chuckle, quackle or all three. This is why their recording career should be their focus. Also, for all of us who love em live, they can keep doing that. I would have thought they could comfortably record an album every year or every other year, surely that would be easier than doing the TV show. And then they could tour like "regular" recording artists do.
Come on guys - I frankly view you as the comedy Beatles. You deserve the record catalogue to match.
Sorry for the long post, but in my defence I don't post here very often.
P.S: for an example of the kind of thing I'm longing for from these guys, check out Matt Berry's album, Opium. I love that album but that guy isn't half as funny or as musically talented as the Conchords. If they tackled this sort of thing they would basically rule it. So come on fellas!