Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Flight of the Conchords

Okay - I guess I have to start by saying that I got rid of HBO and Showtime about 3 years ago. Alan Ball's brilliant "Six Feet Under" had ended on HBO (in the single best series finale in television history, I might add) and "Queer as Folk" was about to have it's final season on Showtime (the show - always little more than an extra-sexy soap-opera - had become stale, anyway, so I didn't feel like I was missing much. I didn't watch any of the channels' other series ("The Sopranos" had already jumped the shark two seasons earlier) and they both played the same crappy, old movies, over and over. I cut a huge a huge chunk off my cable bill and got DVR, which is the best invention since the VCR.
But lately, I'd been reading about an HBO comedy called "Flight of the Conchords," about two Kiwi (New Zealander) musicians who move to New York to make a name for themselves. The critics were calling it fun, quirky and original and as I read more about the show and the duo, I got curious. Now, I'm too lazy to go watch them on YouTube (I can't access YouTube at work, and just don't bother at home), but I was desperate to at least hear songs with hilarious titles like "Hiphopodomus vs. Rhymenoceros" and "Mutha 'uckas." So, when I was in New York last weekend, while browsing the bizarre assortment of fun items at Urban Outfitters in Union Square, I came across their CD. On a whim, I bought it (I also bought a couple of other CDs at the Virgin Megastore, too).
Here's the deal: I still haven't listened to it. Don't know why. I opened it, took out the disc and looked at the very colorful, 2-sided mini-poster that came along with it, then put the disc back in the jacket and set it on my desk. I'm looking it at as I type this. Don't know why I haven't played it yet. Fear of disappointment, maybe? Maybe it's that my subconscious thinks that if I don't listen to it, I won't know that I've wasted my money on something I don't like. I honestly have no idea. I've listened to the other CDs I bought that day.
Maybe I'll listen to a song tonight. If I like it, I'll try some more. Maybe not. Help me. Please, help me.

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