Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic describes the beginnings of the eponymous parody musician, albeit with some fantastic twists. Like much of Yankovic’s popular discography, the information presented in this so-called biopic is intended to be satirical and should be taken with a large grain of salt. Weird Al’s career is legendary. He shot to fame with “My Bologna,” a parody of The Knacks’ “My Sharona,” before moving on to bigger names in the industry.
Armed with his trusty accordion, Yankovic parodied some of the greatest artists in music history, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Green Day and the Backstreet Boys. Yankovic’s song videos are as devastating and hilarious as his lyrics and deserve just as much attention.
The “Word Crimes” music video contains an offensive word.
10/10 Weird Al dives deep into nerd culture with “White & Nerdy”
“White & Nerdy” is a masterful adaptation of “Ridin” by Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone, a huge 1990s hit. lots of Weird Al songs, “White & Nerdy” delves deep into people’s lives and their apparent thirst for popularity. This number reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, the only one of Yankovic’s songs to achieve this honor.
The music video includes cameos from Seth Green, Donny Osmond, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, all of whom were said to be thrilled to appear in a parody of Weird Al. “White & Nerdy” draws its humor from the intersection between rap music tradition and stereotypical nerd culture.
Tony Basil’s “Mickey” is a seminal example of the synth-based new wave genre that eventually became a hallmark of 80s music. Weird Al satirized this chart-topping pop song as “Ricky”, an emphatic reference to Ricky and Lucy Ricardo from the influential sitcom i love lucy.
“Ricky” was the first of Yankovic’s songs to receive a video, available on YouTube in most countries. A line note in Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection Called him “the first comedy video ever aired on MTV.Weird Al’s version effectively breaks up the sultry undertones of Basil’s original, but it’s still one of the funniest lyrical parodies ever written.
8/10 Weird Al Yankovic Slams Lady Gaga’s Hyperbolic Fashion Choices In ‘Perform This Way’
Weird Al considered parodying Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” but rejected the idea because the original piece was “such a serious human rights anthem.“As a result, he decided to satirize Lady Gaga insteadplunging into his public life with a sense of sarcastic sarcasm that only he can pull off.
In the video for “Perform This Way”, Yankovic wore iconic outfits associated with Lady Gaga, such as the bubble dress and the red meat dress. He also incorporated a tongue-in-cheek caricature of Madonna into the video, as fans had previously commented on the musical similarities between “Born This Way” and “Express Yourself”.
7/10 “Tacky” is all about bad aesthetics and the worst taste
Pharrel Williams’ “Happy” took 2013 by storm, reaching number one on countless charts around the world. In an email response to Weird Al, Williams gladly allowed him to parody “Happy”, writing that “he would be honored.” “Tacky” was included in Compulsory funYankovic’s 14th studio album, and satirizes terrible aesthetic decisions.
Various comedic actors appeared in the music video, such as Margaret Cho, Jack Black, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, and Aisha Tyler. Ironically, some of the supposedly flamboyant outfits in the video don’t look so tacky. That said, no one should ever print their “new resume […] in Comic Sans.”
6/10 Madonna actually helped Weird Al create ‘Like A Surgeon’
2022 Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic weaves a complicated story of love and loss around its protagonist, almost nothing of which has happened in real life. Although Yankovic never had a relationship with Madonna, she actually played a significant role in her parody of her single “Like a Virgin.”
In a podcast for WNYC Studios, Weird Al admitted that Madonna originally came up with the title for her parody song. The video for the song “Like a Surgeon” depicts many bizarre sequences, from a lion walking down a hospital hallway to a man washing dirty dishes in the sink. In a review for all musicEugene Chadbourne described “Like a Surgeon” as the “best parody ever.”
5/10 “Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies” Blends Mark Knopfler’s Intoxicating Guitar With Beverly Hillbillies Theme Song
“Money for Nothing” is a caustic analysis of famous musicians and their fabulous lifestyles, performed by a disgruntled workman. Weird Al covered this Dire Straits song keeping the heady guitar solo but changing the lyrics to The Beverly Hillbillies‘ topic number.
‘Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies’ video features several fun Sims-style animation sequences and talks”about a man named Jed [who] barely fed his family.“Jed eventually discovers oil on his land and settles in Beverly Hills, where he basks”its own cement basin.”
4/10 ‘Smells Like Nirvana’ Is All About Nirvana Frontman Kurt Cobain’s Mumbled Lyrics
Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” launched the grunge music genre of the early 1990s and is consistently ranked among the most influential songs in recent memory. Weird Al parodied it as “Smells Like Nirvana,” with a hilariously listless Yankovic playing Cobain in the video.
Weird Al mocks the original number’s “unintelligible” lyrics, mumbling that he doesn’t”know what [he’s] singing“because the group is”so strong and incoherent.“Yankovic goes even further with the line”it’s hard to haggle nawdle zouss with all these marbles in it [his] stuffy.“Kurt Cobain would have expressed his admiration for the parody, calling out Yankovic”America’s modern pop-rock genius.“
3/10 “Craigslist” Borrows Elements From Doors’ Iconic Aesthetic and Kaleidoscopic Atmosphere
The Doors had long disbanded when Weird Al decided to parody them in 2009, but fans of Jim Morrison could instantly recognize the parallels between the band’s music and Yankovic’s “Craigslist.” Ray Manzarek, resident keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, lent his talents to Weird Al’s Parody Masterpiece.
“Craigslist” doesn’t specifically ridicule any part of the band’s extensive discography, but rather borrows The Door’s signature aesthetic and psychedelic vibe. The background is filled with kaleidoscopic imagery, almost as if Weird Al is trapped in a 1970s lava lamp during the recording session.
2/10 “The Saga Begins” is a hilarious tale of the Phantom Menace
It is almost impossible to grasp the cosmic essence of the star wars universe in a single parody song, but Weird Al does a pretty spectacular job with “The Saga Begins.” This beautifully written parody follows the plot of The Phantom Menacethe first installment in the star wars prequel trilogy. Yankovic plays Obi-Wan Kenobi, singing about Anakin Skywalker’s childhood and youth.
“The Saga Begins” follows the melody of Don McLean’s “American Pie,” one of the most famous songs in modern rock history. Dressed in Kenobi’s Jedi garb, Weird Al performs this piece to a motley crowd at Tattooine’s Mos Eisley Cantina, complete with a comedic rendition of Emperor Palpatine banging on the piano. Most fans can agree that “The Saga Begins” is a far superior retelling of history than The Phantom Menace himself.
1/10 Weird Al pokes fun at common grammatical errors in ‘Word Crimes’
Although a triumph on the Billboard charts, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has been harshly condemned for its openly misogynistic tone. On the other hand, Weird Al dispels the controversial elements of Thick’s song by rewriting it as a rant against bad English. Some may call him a grammar fan for rigidly defining the rules of linguistic syntax, but “Word Crimes” remains an expertly framed parody song, even by Yankovic’s lofty standards.
This Weird Al video doesn’t feature any singers, as it uses a special technique called kinetic typography to highlight the most common grammatical errors in English. The best part of “Word Crimes” has to be the cheeky allusion to Alanis Morrisette’s “Ironic,” who mistakenly uses “rain on your wedding day” as a representation of irony.
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