Wednesday, 27 April 2011

W is for Weird Al Yankovic

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To be fair looking at these two pictures it is hard to tell which one is truly weird, but only one uses the description in his name. Weird Al Yankovic has release his latest parody song based on Gaga's single, Born this way. It would appear that for a time the song was being blocked by her agent (Al's Gaga Parody Blog) but now it has been given the thumbs up. Most artist accept being parodied by Al as a mark of having "made it"

There is no image to go with the song as yet, but Al's YouTube channel has the music with lyrics available..

I have always liked a bit of Weird Al, Michael Jacksons 'Bad' vs Al's 'Fat' is up there, but I think my favourite is his mickey take of Coolio's 'Gangsta's Paradise'... 'Amish Paradise'  This is a very clever video in that it actually takes from many sources, references to Harrison Fords Witness being one.

Things to look out for:

Up at 4:30 milking cows, but only into his breakfast bowl !
Look what he is feeding the chickens .. Pizza !
Tonight we're going to party like its 1699, Prince has never allowed him to Parody one of his records.
When he looks at the sundial watch the guy behind is playing golf but follows through with a scythe
The newspaper is Lancaster PA, a reference to Witness
In the Barn raising scene, when the wall falls over him, this is a reference to Buster Keaton one of Al's Hero's

There are lots of others and it really does deserve a close watch to catch it all, with nearly 7million views you wont be the first !

So as we close on W for Weird Al there are only 3 letters left and the A-Z challenge will be over..

Until tomorrow.......

Als image source Gaga image source


Crystal Pistol said...

Ha! Love the Lady Gaga parody. "I perform this way" was super funny!

Lady Gaga is a nut. Makes you wonder what the future holds for entertainment. Anything goes!

Anonymous said...

We're all a little wierd in our own sweet ways. Good old Al.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Thank you! Thank you! I love Amish Paradise!
I'm a big fan of Weird Al's parodies. He is brilliant.

Jennee said...

I think Weird Al is funny! There are some lines from the real songs that I don't know and will end up singing Weird Al's words. Great post!

Amber said...

Great post for such a gloomy Wednesday! Amish Paradise is now the song of the day!

Rae said...

For some reason I've always liked him, too. Maybe because he didn't take himself (or others) so seriously. There's always room for fun!

Cathy said...

My kids were just telling me about Weird Al and Lady Gaga. They love Al. Some of his stuff is a riot. Lady Gaga on the other hand is a little scary!

M.J. Fifield said...

The second I saw the name Weird Al, I immediately began singing "Fat"

Amish Paradise is fantastic but I really love his songs "White and Nerdy" and "Don't Download This Song"...which, ironically, I downloaded.

Nate Wilson said...

Since my parents only listened to classical and jazz, Weird Al was my first introduction to modern music. And thus, he'll always hold a place in my heart (not literally).

Interestingly enough, although I'm not a big fan of rap, my favorite recent(ish) Weird Al songs are his parodies of Coolio, Puff Daddy, and Eminem. Weird.

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