Album: I Told You I Was Freaky, 2009
Justification: I wasn’t sold on the second series of Flight of the Conchords at first. All my favourite songs were in series one, I fel like they were reaching in a few episodes, I’d already experienced the giddy thrill of discovering them for the first time and one can’t fall in love twice, etcetera. And this seemed cutesy but slight, little more than a wry retelling of Paul Simon’s ‘Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover’ (which it references in the lyrics).
However: my beloved pal Sarah loved this song. LOVED. IT. And so every time I heard it, it made me think of her and I’d grin from ear to ear. And then when I saw the Conchords live (with Sarah and her equally-awesome chap Tristan) and they started playing this, I knew Sarah would be getting her mad boogie on. And then it dawned on me just how clever – not to mention catchy – this song actually is.
Lyrically it has rhymes worthy of Carter USM (I think my favourite is “Felicity said there was no electricity / Emily, no chemistry”) while getting all meta and self-referential in the chorus – and I defy anyone not to laugh out loud at Jermaine’s soulful “mmmmm, shut up.” Also, as someone with more than a few exes, the nightmare scenario of them forming a choir does instill a certain degree of existential terror. Although to be fair, a couple of them do have excellent singing voices.
This entire episode was directed by Michel Gondry, so it’s no surprise the clip’s so damn good.
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2011: Big Audio Dynamite attempt to escape the shadow of the Clash with ‘The Bottom Line’.
AND HERE’S THE LAST FIVE…
523. Space and Cerys Matthews: The Ballad of Tom Jones (30 Jan)