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Old July 16 2014, 10:57 PM   #31
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Re: 'Tacky' by Weird Al Yankovic

Royals has been a favorite song of mine so his "Foil" was pretty fun.

I've only listened to that and Tacky, but based on those two songs, Weird Al still has it
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Old July 17 2014, 12:16 AM   #32
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Re: 'Tacky' by Weird Al Yankovic

"White and Nerdy" is a modern era favorite, and "Bohemian Polka" used to be on regular rotation. I still watch UHF every now and then.

Hard to believe that he's been at this for more than 30 years now.
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Old July 17 2014, 12:44 AM   #33
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Re: 'Tacky' by Weird Al Yankovic

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That's one's kinda meh. I suppose they can't all be great.
The original song's an attack on materialism and conspicuous consumption, and is quite good and timely:



[Verse 1]
I've never seen a diamond in the flesh
I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies
And I'm not proud of my address,
In a torn-up town, no postcode envy

But every song's like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin' in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room,
We don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
But everybody's like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.
We don't care, we aren't caught up in your love affair.

And we'll never be royals (royals).
It don't run in our blood,
That kind of luxe just ain't for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

[Verse 2]
My friends and I—we've cracked the code.
We count our dollars on the train to the party.
And everyone who knows us knows that we're fine with this,
We didn't come from money.

But every song's like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin' in the bathroom.
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room,
We don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
But everybody's like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash
We don't care, we aren't caught up in your love affair

And we'll never be royals (royals).
It don't run in our blood
That kind of luxe just ain't for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

Ooh ooh oh
We're bigger than we ever dreamed,
And I'm in love with being queen.
Ooh ooh oh
Life is great without a care
We aren't caught up in your love affair.

And we'll never be royals (royals).
It don't run in our blood
That kind of luxe just ain't for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

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May I just say that I've appreciated him more ever since he shaved his trademark but gross looking mustache and got rid of his dad-glasses? I mean, I realize that's his classic look, but still.
I think that he looks better too and sexier (and I'm saying that as a guy.)

I dunno. I like his classic looks. There's something ... erm .. classic about it.
He occasionally brings that look out (for the Straight Outta Lynwood album:

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Old July 17 2014, 01:15 AM   #34
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Re: 'Tacky' by Weird Al Yankovic

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The original song's an attack on materialism and conspicuous consumption, and is quite good and timely:
Mediocre drivel.

Besides, it's been done.
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Old July 17 2014, 01:26 AM   #35
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Re: 'Tacky' by Weird Al Yankovic

It has a unique sound and I enjoy it. In fact I think Lorde is one of the best up and coming artists and wish great things for her.
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Old July 17 2014, 01:50 AM   #36
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It has a unique sound and I enjoy it. In fact I think Lorde is one of the best up and coming artists and wish great things for her.
Hell, she ain't even 18 yet, so who knows what's in store?
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Old July 17 2014, 01:54 AM   #37
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I think "Foil" would be better if the lyrics had stayed on food. I get where Weird Al was coming from for the second half of the lyrics, but it kind of loses me there.
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Old July 17 2014, 02:07 AM   #38
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I was thinking Foil was going to be a dud for the first half but the second part made it great.
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Old July 17 2014, 04:03 AM   #39
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Re: 'Tacky' by Weird Al Yankovic

Firstly let me say that I think Al (and indeed any artiste who does parody material) can only be strengthened when the original songs are already so good. I think the truth of the matter is that a reason this album is looking good is because Al is bang up to date on his popular music references this time round(*), and it has been a particularly good year so far for popular music. Some excellent material floating around which can only be a good foundation for Al's versions of the songs.

His Iggy Azelea parody ("Handy") had me in stitches.


(*) This is an overlooked factor. One thing about some of Al's previous albums is that the songs have been great but the references have been out-of-date by the time the album eventually gets published. But this time it seems Al is literally right on top of current music.
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Old July 17 2014, 04:43 AM   #40
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(*) This is an overlooked factor. One thing about some of Al's previous albums is that the songs have been great but the references have been out-of-date by the time the album eventually gets published. But this time it seems Al is literally right on top of current music.
I'm going to have to disagree here.

All of Al's best songs are parodies of classics:

"American Pie"
"Another One Bites the Dust"
"Bad"
"Like a Virgin"
"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
etc.

I'd bet most of these songs will be all but forgotten within ten years. And the parodies will go the way of "Amish Paradise" where the parody outlives the original. And while it's a funny song, it's nothing compared to the parodies of those I listed above.
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Old July 17 2014, 04:44 AM   #41
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It has a unique sound and I enjoy it. In fact I think Lorde is one of the best up and coming artists and wish great things for her.
Hell, she ain't even 18 yet, so who knows what's in store?
Well, if you were to base it on other teenage pop stars... a downward spiral?

I managed to know reasonably well all the songs he was parodying except for "Fancy". And that shit's so bad it's not even worth being parodied.
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Old July 17 2014, 05:01 AM   #42
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Re: 'Tacky' by Weird Al Yankovic

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Here's 'Foil' (featuring Patton Oswalt)
That's one's kinda meh. I suppose they can't all be great.
Agreed. The "twist" in it only has impact on the first watch, whereas seeing familiar actors dressed, well, tacky in "Tacky" warrants rewatching. And "Word Crimes" is just epic, I think it will be hard for him to top that one.

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May I just say that I've appreciated him more ever since he shaved his trademark but gross looking mustache and got rid of his dad-glasses? I mean, I realize that's his classic look, but still.
I dunno. I like his classic looks. There's something ... erm .. classic about it.
Now if his long, curly hair is ever trimmed, then all bets are off.

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Old July 19 2014, 06:50 AM   #43
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Re: 'Tacky' by Weird Al Yankovic

Speaking of 'Tacky', here it is.

Just a reminder, all of these videos are going to be included in the album as a DVD, so people should be buying the special edition DigiPack CD while supplies last.
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Old July 19 2014, 07:52 AM   #44
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I'm going to have to disagree here.

All of Al's best songs are parodies of classics:

"American Pie"
"Another One Bites the Dust"
"Bad"
"Like a Virgin"
"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
etc.

I'd bet most of these songs will be all but forgotten within ten years. And the parodies will go the way of "Amish Paradise" where the parody outlives the original. And while it's a funny song, it's nothing compared to the parodies of those I listed above.
I hope you're not referring to those 5 songs when talking about "these songs will be all but forgotten"... they are actual legit classics. Hopefully you're talking about some of the other songs like Blurred Lines, Royals, and Happy, which I don't see becoming classics.
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Old July 19 2014, 07:56 AM   #45
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That's because you're not a teenager right now. You aren't going to be nostalgic for the music of now in 10 years but the kids now will be.
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