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As for the glut of music trends that have appeared on the show, that’s just the byproduct of the writers’ own interests.
“Noel will be into a certain type of music or I’ll be into a certain type of music and we’ll bring that in — ‘What if this character is into this or does this?’ ” Barratt continues. “We’re not trying to make a show that appeals to everyone. It’s just our own interests.”
Consider The Mighty Boosh required viewing for music freaks who dream of journeying down the rabbit hole. Like all good Absurdist fantasies, the show makes sense because it doesn’t make sense, because underneath the layers of psychedelic characters and bizarre plot twists, there is a strangely logical explanation for everything (of course a ninja would deliver Noir’s magazines. How else could he stay at the height of fashion?). It’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland set to a postmillennial soundtrack.
“When I was a kid, I was more influenced by the drawings, actually — the original ones — John Tenniel,” says Fielding, who attended art school before becoming a comedian. “I always found them to be quite frightening because they were quite real but quite disturbing. The Mad Hatter and stuff, he looked like a real person. They were quite odd, those drawings.”
“I’ve always been interested in that stuff that’s on the borderline between making you laugh and making you scared,” Barratt adds. “We could go darker still, but there’s a fine line, you know. We like that sort of line, a bit weird and a bit scary, but makes you laugh at the same time.”
It’s the Boosh’s knack for thoughtful weirdness that has made them the comedic counterpart to today’s underground music scene. “The basis of it is very simple,” Barratt explains. “It’s very old-fashioned really, like Laurel and Hardy or any of those things. We’re not trying to do anything crazier than that.”
“It’s not a narrow sort of concept,” Fielding notes. “We can go on adventures to other worlds, have different styles of music, different people, different characters. It’s sort of quite free in that way, but it’s almost that we’ve created a world that is bigger than the world, which is quite frightening. It took a long time. It took 10 years to create that.”