If you were on the cutting edge of cool in the mid-2000s, you were finding torrents for Flight of the Conchords whenever possible, since you likely couldn’t afford HBO. According to A.V. Club, New Zealanders Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie announced at Sundance Festival this week that it’s likely they’ll tour in the States in late 2015, though McKenzie admitted “it isn’t very solid yet.”
Flight of the Conchords balanced the perfect dose of ridiculousness and music in the original series, which ran from 2007 to 2009 after an original successful run on BBC Radio as well as providing one of Kristen Schaal’s earliest breakthrough roles as Bret and Jermaine’s friend Mel. Since the show ended, McKenzie won an Oscar for his song “Man or Muppet” from the latest Muppets movie and has appeared in The Hobbit franchise, while Clement has done voice work for major films like Rio and Despicable Me.
So, will they or won’t they? The Conchords thrive on live performance, so our fingers are crossed. In hot anticipation of their return to the stage, here are our five favorite songs from the series.
#5: “Bret, You’ve Got It Goin’ On”
Think Bret McKenzie was humming this to himself when he won that Oscar?
#4: “Foux du Fafa”
This weird New Zealander take of French culture actually got some radio airplay back in the day. The Conchords guys always had a perfect ear for parody, and “Foux du Fafa” is the perfect vaguely European elevator music.
#3: “If You’re Into It”
Remember that time Sutton Foster, queen of Broadway, played Bret’s girlfriend and NEVER SANG ON THE ENTIRE SERIES? Oh well, can’t fight a lyric like “bein’ lewd with two dudes and food.”
#2: “Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros”
Remember those couple of years where skinny white dudes couldn’t stop parodying rap? Bret and Jermaine did it first and did it best.
#1: “It’s Business Time”
Pitch perfect depiction of sex after marriage, and a rare Jermaine solo song.
Bonus: “Frodo, Don’t Wear the Ring”
Because if you were a New Zealand entertainer in the 2000s and The Lord of the Rings wasn’t your favorite thing in the world, you could be excommunicated.
Here’s to coming the Conchords take flight before the year is through!