Flight of the Conchords – Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros

Flight of the Conchords – Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros (Chords)

I thought I’d kick of 2008 with a series of posts on a random selection of my favourite things and notable events from 2007.

My viewing habits would suggest that Heroes was my favourite TV show of last year. I got insanely addicted to it; I became a Heroes junkie. As soon as the first series finished over here, I had to start torrenting the second series to get my fix. Since the writers strike killed off the second series and left me with nothing to watch but dead babies crawling across the ceiling, I’ve found myself in the worrying position of agreeing with Margaret Thatcher’s opinions on strike breaking. But I’m not sure I even like the show. It’s overacted, the dialogue is overblown (and often hilariously expositional) and there are gaping plot-holes all over the place. Still, can’t wait for Volume 3.

Much more satisfying was Flight of the Conchords. Who needs GCI when you’ve got a floating David Bowie? As well as being understated, lovable and hilarious, there was a ukulele connection.

I’ve already tabbed out the show’s uke song Mermaids, so here’s Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros.

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  1. Nelson January 7th, 2008 8:18 pm

    I’m beyond speechless.
    When I first saw this episode, I tried to tab it out on uke so my friend and I could perform it for our other friends…

    Only difference is yours is accurate.
    So thank you very much.
    ~Great minds think alike~

  2. Woodshed January 7th, 2008 9:43 pm

    I’m not entirely convinced mine is accurate. It’s tricky to figure out.

    I hope you’re going to be putting up a video of you and your friend doing this song on uke ;)

  3. rich January 7th, 2008 10:19 pm

    could you explain the strum pattern to the chords? should i be going down and up or just down to the bass of the song? I’m fairly new to the ukulele, so simplify any explanation you might have :)

    ukulele matter aside, FOTC are amazing

  4. Woodshed January 7th, 2008 11:11 pm

    I go with all down strums. Following the bass is a pretty good idea. You could go even simpler and just strum the chord once when it changes (which is what they do when they play it live).

    One important thing (which I should have mentioned in the post) is to keep the strums short. You can do it by resting your strumming hand against the strings shortly after you’ve strummed.

  5. zym January 8th, 2008 12:57 am

    wow – thanks for that!

    The best TV of the past few years HAS to be ‘The Wire’ – i would defiantely recommend getting it on DVD working your way though from the start

  6. rich January 8th, 2008 3:07 pm

    theres no chance of getting “if you’re into it” tabbed is there?

  7. zym January 8th, 2008 5:07 pm


    “If you’re into it” is just C & Am.

    The trick is fit the strumming to Jermaines bits

  8. rich January 8th, 2008 6:37 pm


  9. Cheerful One (Emma) January 10th, 2008 7:57 pm

    This video never fails to motherflippin cheer me up. It took me a while to warm to Flight of the Conchords, but I now await their second series even more urgently than the totally addictive Heroes.

    I am now going to make a heinous attempt at playing it. I thangew.

  10. Woodshed January 10th, 2008 9:54 pm

    Nice one, zym.

    Emma: Nothing could me more heinous than my attempts to recreate the shuffle dancing.

  11. erica ^_^ February 23rd, 2008 12:47 pm

    me loves them!
    anyone know where i can find a free downloadable version of this?

  12. flight of the chonchords fan July 30th, 2008 10:28 pm

    any more flight of the conchord tabs please?

  13. jack November 14th, 2008 9:40 pm

    um….. im not quite sure if the chords are right because they dont sound write could you maby put up a vidio so i know what its suppost to sound like. (good job though)

  14. rogelio August 28th, 2009 7:29 am

    Woodshed, these chords make you the most beautiful girl (er, guy) in the room right now. I swear, if you’re a leggy blonde, I’d get straight to business time and boom you in the back of the room with Albi and the robots. Come on, just think about it. Think think about it. ;D

    …I didn’t really mean any of the above, I just like making FotC references. xD But great job on the chords.

  15. Woodshed August 29th, 2009 10:27 am

    rogelio: So I’m not really the most beautiful guy in the room? *sadface*

  16. rogelio August 29th, 2009 6:44 pm

    Well, considering that I don’t know anyone else in the room, it’s safe to assume you’re the most beautiful guy. I think. xD

  17. MAD MARTINI January 3rd, 2010 5:12 pm

    Wow i love FOTC but when i try to play this on my uke even with every ones tips, it still dosnt sound right! please make a video and post a link :) ty sooo much!

  18. Hampers March 15th, 2010 4:30 am

    Cool gravy. I’d say that maybe the second chord in the progression is a G rather than a Bm7.
    But that’s just my two sugalumps. Er. I mean my two cents.

  19. Eddie April 26th, 2010 1:44 am

    Hey does anybody know the chords for leggy blonde…it is another great FOTC song.

  20. accentguyuk September 21st, 2010 8:25 pm

    one of my favourite FOTC songs is buisness time and i dont know about the key but the strumming would probably be quite good on the uke :)

  21. Brian June 20th, 2012 12:07 am

    The E chord finger positions that is shown on the sheet is definitely not E.

    You’d have to hold down the G string as well on the same fret as the other two fingers to make that a full E.

  22. Woodshed June 25th, 2012 11:47 am

    Brian: It definitely is an E. An E chord is a triad – it only needs three notes.

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