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Old August 4 2014, 12:06 AM   #61
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Re: 'Tacky' by Weird Al Yankovic

Has Al ever done a Trek parody before? I can't remember...

Also I thought it was pretty funny that Madonna herself gave him the idea to do "Like A Surgeon."
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Old August 4 2014, 02:55 PM   #62
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Both of these are fantastic.

The problem with modern-day Al is I haven't a fucking clue what he's parodying.
Umm, I think the problem isn't with Al, it's with you. And those darn young Whippersnappers.


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Didn't recognise that was Aisha Tyler in the video.

Al was also in one of the recent Epic Rap Battles videos as Sir Isaac Newton.
I also had no idea it was Aisha in that video either!

I gotta see that epic rap battle video

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^ Oh, I could look them up, but the original songs aren't anything I would ever listen to.

Al's 80's stuff was all based on songs I would hear all the time, so I "got" those.

At least he's staying current.
I think that's one thing that I appreciate about his work: the music is topical, but the writing is (relatively) timeless. We can still sing "Eat It," for one thing.

Oh, and there's so much more thought put into "Word Crimes" than "Blurred Lines." So once again, I prefer the parody over the original.
Definitely some timeless stuff. Love it... started sharing videos like "Eat It" with my kids...

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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.
I think she speaks perfectly to the superficiality in pop & hip hop, and it sounds great.

Also, surprised no one mentioned the story of how Al tried to contact her people to get permission, but never got a response. So he flew to a concert in Austrailia and asked her personally for permission (one of the other great things about Weird Al -- getting permission. Which, for any respectable artist, should be an automatic yes).


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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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Hey, check this out!
[Yankovic] On doing a parody of Frozen's "Let It Go":

You know what, I was very close to doing a parody called "Make It So" about Star Trek: The Next Generation… but then I checked online, and of course, somebody had done that already. And apparently it had gotten enough attention online to make the Disney legal department ask them to take it down! sI couldn't think of an idea that I liked as much as "Make It So," so… I gave up!
Man...that's a shame...I think they'd let Weird Al go ahead and do it...



"That's What I call Polka" was a great take on 2013 song "Polka Gangnam Style!"



Also, I went to Northwestern University in the early 90's. "Sports Song" would've totally been perfect for us.
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Old August 4 2014, 05:49 PM   #63
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Re: 'Tacky' by Weird Al Yankovic

I love this take off. As indeed I do 'Word Crimes'.

Dare I say it, but I also really like 'Happy' too. Does that make me tacky?
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Old August 4 2014, 06:19 PM   #64
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Sports Song is wonderful.

My favorite Weird Al songs tend to be the ones that stand up on their own without knowing the source song.

Mission Statement is also a really good one. You don't need to know that it's Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young style and that they wrote a lot of hippieish stuff in the 60s to enjoy it, but knowing that makes it funnier.

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Old August 4 2014, 06:54 PM   #65
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Re: 'Tacky' by Weird Al Yankovic

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I love this take off. As indeed I do 'Word Crimes'.

Dare I say it, but I also really like 'Happy' too. Does that make me tacky?
I like Happy, too, as well as the warm fuzzies it gave me the first time I heard it. But I think the major faults are:

1. that it's played EVERYWHERE, ad nauseum
2. that that overplaying was engineered by Pharrell himself, since he made the "World's First 24 Hour Music Video" for the song (though the occasional celebrity cameos and seeing all types of people dancing to the song was infectious).
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Old August 4 2014, 07:00 PM   #66
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Another thing I like about Mandatory Fun, all the songs are satire. None of them are about food. Weird Al finally understands that the food songs aren't that funny.
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Old August 4 2014, 10:13 PM   #67
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Re: 'Tacky' by Weird Al Yankovic

"Eat It" and "Fat" are some of the funniest songs he's ever written!
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Old August 4 2014, 10:43 PM   #68
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Re: 'Tacky' by Weird Al Yankovic

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Has Al ever done a Trek parody before? I can't remember...

Also I thought it was pretty funny that Madonna herself gave him the idea to do "Like A Surgeon."
He's never done a parody, but he mentions "bowling on the starship Enterprise" in Stuck in a Closet with Vanna White, and trying to decide if liked Kirk or Picard in White and Nerdy.

I would have loved to have heard Make It So, though
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Old August 4 2014, 11:19 PM   #69
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"Eat It" and "Fat" are some of the funniest songs he's ever written!
Yeah, and the other fifty are lame.
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Old August 5 2014, 04:53 AM   #70
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Re: 'Tacky' by Weird Al Yankovic

I don't get the complaints about not knowing the songs. Weird Al has always done parodies of contemporary songs. Sure he might occasionally go back a few years, but I don't think Mandary Fun would be #1 on the charts if it was filled with parodies of songs from the 80's. Are they funnier if you know what they are parodying? Of course! But, I don't think that should handicap him to only parodying songs from the past. And judging by album sales, it's not likely he'll change if he does make another album.

Besides, he usually parodies songs that are a part of the zeitgeist. I don't listen to the radio anymore, though I do have kids, and through them, I've become acquainted with some of these songs. After hearing all last summer about the song, I first heard "Blurred Lines" in full during Stephen Colbert's "Colbchella 2013" episode.

I first heard "Royals" and "Fancy" when my oldest daughter showed me the videos for each. Though not being a fan of "Fancy" or Iggy Azalea, I did enjoy the video since it is based on "Clueless." I do love "Royals" and Lorde, though. I learned about "Happy," through my youngest son, who sang it in music class in Kindergarten.

There is the possiblity, that it could work in reverse. Hearing the parodies could prompt you to check out the original songs. You might even find you like a few of them. Or not.
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Old August 5 2014, 09:10 PM   #71
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Also Mission Statement is a parody of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Weird Al doesn't only parody contemporary songs.

There are a lot of people who grew up listening to Weird Al and were introduced to the source material THROUGH Weird Al. I heard Like A Surgeon long before Like A Virgin and Dog Eat Dog long before Once In A Lifetime, and in a way they led me to the original songs. It shouldn't work any differently just because you're older now.

Just, when you were a kid it led you to your dad's music, and when you're an adult it leads you to your kids' music.
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Old August 6 2014, 04:07 AM   #72
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'Genius in France' I think parodies Zappa, and shows he has a truly excellent band.
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Old August 8 2014, 03:33 PM   #73
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Another thing I like about Mandatory Fun, all the songs are satire. None of them are about food. Weird Al finally understands that the food songs aren't that funny.
His food songs are amazing and funny, and 'Foil' was partially about food to begin with.
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Old August 8 2014, 05:46 PM   #74
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A couple of his food songs are good, if he's doing something interesting with them. Usually all he's doing is listing out the names of foods, like with Lasagna or Grapefruit Diet. Weird Al's most boring songs tend to be the ones where he's just listing out things around a theme to the tune of a popular song instead of really making any jokes about them. I think in the period of time when he released Bad Hair Day and Running With Scissors he really started falling into that rut.

He doesn't just do that with food either, with All About The Pentiums he's pretty much just throwing out computer terms. Boring.

But most of Mandatory Fun he's making jokes instead of just listing things.
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Old August 9 2014, 09:18 AM   #75
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A couple of his food songs are good, if he's doing something interesting with them. Usually all he's doing is listing out the names of foods, like with Lasagna or Grapefruit Diet. Weird Al's most boring songs tend to be the ones where he's just listing out things around a theme to the tune of a popular song instead of really making any jokes about them. I think in the period of time when he released Bad Hair Day and Running With Scissors he really started falling into that rut.

He doesn't just do that with food either, with All About The Pentiums he's pretty much just throwing out computer terms. Boring.

But most of Mandatory Fun he's making jokes instead of just listing things.
All About the Pentiums is brilliant. Hell, the first part of the song is pure gold!


What y'all wanna do?
Wanna be hackers? Code crackers? Slackers
Wastin' time with all the chatroom yakkers?
9 to 5, chillin' at Hewlett Packard?
Workin' at a desk with a dumb little placard?
Yeah, payin' the bills with my mad programming skills
Defraggin' my hard drive for thrills
I got me a hundred gigabytes of RAM
I never feed trolls and I don't read spam
Installed a T1 line in my house
Always at my PC, double-clickin' on my mizouse
Upgrade my system at least twice a day
I'm strictly plug-and-play, I ain't afraid of Y2K
I'm down with Bill Gates, I call him "Money" for short
I phone him up at home and I make him do my tech support
It's all about the Pentiums, what?

You've gotta be the dumbest newbie I've ever seen
You've got white-out all over your screen
You think your Commodore 64 is really neato
What kinda chip you got in there, a Dorito?
You're usin' a 286? Don't make me laugh
Your Windows boots up in what, a day and a half?
You could back up your whole hard drive on a floppy diskette
You're the biggest joke on the Internet

Your database is a disaster
You're waxin' your modem, tryin' to make it go faster
Hey fella, I bet you're still livin' in your parents' cellar
Downloadin' pictures of Sarah Michelle Gellar
And postin' "Me too!" like some brain-dead AOL-er
I should do the world a favor and cap you like Old Yeller
You're just about as useless as jpegs to Hellen Keller
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