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Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« on: August 07, 2019, 03:11:02 PM »
As someone who unironically loves Spinal Tap and Tenacious D, are there many groups/artists out there that are a tongue in cheek ironic act but you can also appreciate unironically as being great music?

I am maybe thinking Electric Six, too, but i'm not 100%. Rammstein?

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Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2019, 03:23:23 PM »
I really love Bus Driver's Song by Flight of the Conchords, which isn't in the TV series (except as an instrumental). I think it's really nice. I love it when Jermaine comes in on the harmonies and then Bret switches to singing a few lines later. When it gets wistful about Paula I think it's a genuinely pretty song. Bret's silly 'take take take-ah me back' goes a bit far maybe but that 'yeah sorry about that' brings it back. Yeah, good on yer.

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Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2019, 03:43:38 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2019, 03:50:20 PM »
The Lonely Island have some excellent, nihilistic, stupid and accurate hip-hop parodies. I'm sure they probably get dismissed for their Jizz In My Pants silliness, but they're genuinely really good. There's lots of gems on their albums, such as 'I Fucked My Aunt' ft. T-Pain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVFjaOyAWd4

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Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2019, 03:50:38 PM »
Rammstein?

Laibach are funnier, and are actually actually brilliant at times (cf: their Germanicised version of Queen's One Vision, Geburt einer Nation).

Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2019, 03:59:23 PM »
Blues Brothers. It's sort of obvious to say they were good musically, because it was a supergroup of legendary soul/r&b session musicians, but John Belushi was also a genuinely good singer (Dan Aykroyd not as much..)

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Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2019, 04:05:27 PM »
I like Lonely Island.
They're funny and make me laugh.

Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2019, 07:21:44 PM »
The Lonely Island have some excellent, nihilistic, stupid and accurate hip-hop parodies. I'm sure they probably get dismissed for their Jizz In My Pants silliness, but they're genuinely really good. There's lots of gems on their albums, such as 'I Fucked My Aunt' ft. T-Pain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVFjaOyAWd4

Some of their best stuff isn't even on an album, like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoS8DrrlnTQ

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAYL5H46QnQ

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Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2019, 07:40:03 PM »
They Might be Giants.

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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2019, 07:58:50 PM »
Some of their best stuff isn't even on an album, like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoS8DrrlnTQ

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAYL5H46QnQ

Threw It On The Ground is on their second album, but yes they definitely should have released Iran So Far. And this one https://youtu.be/WRu_-9MBpd4

Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2019, 10:02:46 PM »
I really love Bus Driver's Song by Flight of the Conchords, which isn't in the TV series (except as an instrumental). I think it's really nice. I love it when Jermaine comes in on the harmonies and then Bret switches to singing a few lines later. When it gets wistful about Paula I think it's a genuinely pretty song. Bret's silly 'take take take-ah me back' goes a bit far maybe but that 'yeah sorry about that' brings it back. Yeah, good on yer.

Aw yeah I like that one, it's properly bittersweet.

Although I don't think 'Carol Brown/Girlfriends from the Past' is one of their better songs lyrically/comedically, I do really like the female harmonies, and the fact it's got an omnichord in it (Jemain Clement is something of an enthusiast IRL, I've heard): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U2a-Sl2IaM

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Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2019, 10:50:33 PM »
Mac Sabbath always put on a really good show.

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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2019, 11:40:32 PM »
Threw It On The Ground is on their second album, but yes they definitely should have released Iran So Far.

It might have been a sample clearance problem

Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2019, 05:30:47 AM »
There's only one I can think of,let's do the trouser press,baby.

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Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2019, 09:16:36 AM »
They Might be Giants.

Tune into Absolute Radio. They play that Birdhouse In Your Soul one every single day. Without fail. And considering that I only ever have that station on in the car, the number of times I hear it is quite frightening.

I still have a soft spot for The Barron Knights. I liked their singles when I was a kid.
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Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2019, 09:29:27 AM »
Tim Heidecker. Is he a comedy artist? Don't know.

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« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2019, 09:41:15 AM »
Boyzvoice (the movie) had songs a that re a great parody of late 90s and early 2000s pop. Catchy, clever and well produced. 

12 Year Old woman (Backstreet Boys parody)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVrHvo_OssE
We are the Playmomen (Aqua parody) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUQppklf1vM


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« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2019, 09:47:48 AM »
It might have been a sample clearance problem

Most likely.

Lots of the songs they did for Popstar were pretty hilarious, such as:
Equal Rights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh07WlB46Gw
Finest Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr9Kaa1sycs
Fuck Off https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3jKtjgRZQY
Mona Lisa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh2Lky730q0

Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2019, 01:47:30 PM »
Not so much a group but a record label, Turquoise Jeep.

I highly recommend Cavities and Go Grab My Belt but there’s a ton of great stuff on their YouTube.

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Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2019, 02:16:07 PM »
Mac Sabbath always put on a really good show.

Mac Sabbath are amazing. How the fuck they don’t die of heat exhaustion in those ridiculous outfits I’ll never know.

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Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2019, 02:39:49 PM »
Didn't Confidence Man start out as a comedy band before realising they were quite good and taking the music a bit more seriously?

https://youtu.be/gTVT7gzZ48M

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Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #21 on: August 08, 2019, 07:31:13 PM »
They Might be Giants.

They are as much a comedy band as Ween are, which is not at all.

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« Reply #22 on: August 09, 2019, 05:54:59 PM »
Do the Bonzos count?  Because them.

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« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2019, 07:48:01 PM »
Slade.

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« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2019, 07:50:27 PM »
I'm going to put my neck on the line and say that a couple of Richard Cheese's cover songs are pretty fucking good.

And of course KUNT AND THE GANG!

A Lonely Wank in a Travelodge is quite a moving song if you look beyond the filth.

Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2019, 12:09:02 AM »
And of course KUNT AND THE GANG!

A Lonely Wank in a Travelodge is quite a moving song if you look beyond the filth.

Sometimes I do it in front of the mirror
Just to feel like there’s someone else there
But all I see is my crying self
Wanking back at me in despair


Gets me every time, that.

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Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2019, 10:24:13 AM »
They are as much a comedy band as Ween are, which is not at all.

Ditto Rammstein. Having a sense of humour does not a comedy group make.

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Re: Comedy groups that are actually brilliant.
« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2019, 06:32:53 PM »
The answer is either The Black Abbots or the Barron Knights.

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« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2019, 10:29:11 PM »
This isn't a comedy group, because fuck that, but this track by Brujeria (duds from famous metal bands pretending to be mexican druglords for the laffos) is taking the piss and yet is better than anything they ever did "seriously"  Don Quijote Marijuana

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« Reply #29 on: August 10, 2019, 11:03:01 PM »
The answer is either The Black Abbots or the Barron Knights.

It's not the latter.
I accidentally heard their dentist song the other day and it caused shit to pour from my ears.