Fegh Maha

Fegh Maha is:

1) A little know Morocan tennis player.

2) An album from Australian comedy trio Tripod

3) Both 1 & 2

Alert and interested readers (who number in the low single digits) will remember that a while back, I linked to a video by Tripod.

Which led me to order their album Middleborough Road through Amazon. Which is a pretty good album - I especially like "Hot Girl in the Comic Shop", which passes well for an Elvis Costello tune. But it's a studio album.

Studio albums are not the strength of comedy trios. It becomes more about the music - adding instruments, getting clean tracks - and less about the comedy, since there's no live audience. And yes, Tripod can sing, but like "A lonely grain of corn" by Uncle Bonsai (another comedy trio backed with a single guitar, hmm...), there's something missing in the studio. Comedians do not relate to microphones the way they do to real people.

So, after listening to M. Rd. for a while, I went on the website and ordered a copy of Fegh Maha, their live album. Which is genius.

Disc one features the 60's inspired "Krap Karate", which is about the kind of karate you learn if you only watch bad martial arts films, and the touching "Fabian", about one of the lesser known christmas characters.

Disc two features "Ghost ship", an "Iron Maiden" style song, and Maryanne, a touching ballad. Both of which are some of the funniest bits of performing I've heard in a long, long time.

Highly recommended.                            

Comments (3)

  1. Jon Skeet says:

    If you really want audio comedy, it’s *well* worth getting hold of "That Mitchell and Webb Sound" which is now available on CD. It’s a radio series on BBC Radio 4, and it’s finally available to buy. (You may need to import it if you’re not in the UK.)

    It’s hard to do it *any* justice in a description, unfortunately. Trust me though, it’s comedy genius. I was fortunate enough to see this pair at university, and will never forget Innocent Millions Dead or Dying, their first two-hander comedy show. Fabulous, fabulous stuff. "Pour me out a brandy, pour me out some cheese…" Sorry, it just really takes me back…

  2. Rick says:

    Another funny skit/song (and it may complement the "Krap Karate" tune) is "Ti Kwan Leap" by the Canadian band "The Frantics".

    If you search wikipedia for the phrase "Boot To The Head" you’ll find a page about the Frantics and a link to an MP3 of the song.

    "The Arrognat Worms" are another good group to look up.

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