Enough with all these serious acclaimed real musicians. Let’s have some fun! I’m posting this because I love Flight of the Conchords and I love the Lord of the Rings movies, which together equals something that never fails to crack me up. Some of you might be a bit befuddled here, or think I’m having a stupid day or something, but bear with me. Flight of the Conchords, of course, are New Zealand’s greatest (if fourth most popular) parody folk duo. Their self-titled HBO series was short-lived but brilliant and their satirical songs bear the distinction of (unlike most comedy songs) being pleasant to listen to. This one isn’t musically one of their best, leaning heavily on quotes from the movies. However – and non-LOTR fanatics may be lost here – it’s still the damn funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Simply because I love anything to do with LOTR and I love making fun of it also. I don’t always appreciate jokes at the expense of things I love. It has to be done in good taste, and with due respect. This succeeds on every possibly count, having elements of so many things that tickle me – Lord of the Rings, music, funny accents. What takes to the next level is the meta awesomeness that Bret McKenzie was a real-life LOTR cast-member, appearing as an elf extra in the first movie during The Council of Elrond and then having a short scene with Liv Tyler in the third movie, again as an elf. Weirdly, though he was onscreen only a few seconds in the former and had two lines in the latter, the character has become a cult favorite, christened Figwit by fans and subject of adoring fan-sites. There’s now a Figwit trading card, an action figure, a short documentary film (made by McKenzie’s wife) and an Elvish translation of his name – Melpomaen. So popular is he that Peter Jackson has gone so far as to write him into his upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit. Ok now I’m way off my usual subject matter and I’m sure I’ve left most of you music lovers way behind. So what – I’m a geek and I can’t help going off into Rings minutiae at half a chance. I bet Robert Plant would be with me on this!