I’m coming out of the closet, I’m a “Weird Al” Yankovic fan. I don’t listen to him much these days, but I do keep up with some of his latest hits like my post from yesterday.
So here are some of his more enjoyable hits that some may not be aware of…
[Warning: The following videos are without profane lyrics or any form of nudity. You may finally realize that you can enjoy “contemporary” or “pop” music without all the vileness that emanates from the black hole that is MTV.]
In 2006 AD the music video “White & Nerdy” re-introduced “Weird Al” back into the mainstream of American culture. This video was his first Top 40 single since 1992’s “Smells Like Nirvana”. It also eclipsed the greatest single he ever had, “Eat It”.
In between those to seminal hits he has been very active releasing albums every other year or so, but this new hit of his re-established himself as an icon of parody videos and clean fun.
“White & Nerdy” is the second single from “Weird Al’s” album Straight Outta Lynwood. It parodies the song “Ridin'” by Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone. (OK, I’ll admit it, I have no idea who Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone are, but that’s what it said in Wikipedia)
This song makes fun of nerds everywhere from Houston, Texas to Springfield, Illinois. It includes constant references to stereotypically “nerdy” things, such as collecting comic books, playing Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), and editing Wikipedia, as well as stereotypically “white” things, like watching Happy Days and playing ping pong.
Chamillionaire himself put “White & Nerdy” on his official MySpace page, and commented that he enjoys the parody. In an interview, he also stated he was pleasantly surprised by “Weird Al”‘s rapping ability, saying: “He’s actually rapping pretty good on it, it’s crazy … I didn’t know he could rap like that.”
Enjoy the cameo’s, especially from Donny Osmond!
Yes, there are more funny and highly entertaining video’s from Weird Al. I compiled a short list of his most creative hits.
“Smells Like Nirvana” is a parody of Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. It helped to reenergize (again) Yankovic’s career, and Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain considered the parody a sign that they had “made it” as a band. The video mocks the “Smells like Teen Spirit” video, including using the same sets and extras.
And now “Smells Like Nirvana”:
Weird Al‘s concerts are clean and very entertaining.
Yankovic often describes his live concert performances as “a rock and comedy multimedia extravaganza” with an audience that “ranges from toddlers to geriatrics.”
Apart from Yankovic and his band performing his classic and contemporary hits, staples of Yankovic’s live performances include a medley of parodies, many costume changes between songs, and a video screen on which various clips are played during the costume changes.
Here is one of his cult hits that wasn’t accompanied by a music video. It is a live performance of “Yoda”!
“Yoda” is a parody of the song “Lola” by The Kinks. It is about Luke Skywalker’s relationship with Yoda and is very much based on the events of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. It is featured on Weird Al’s third album, Dare to Be Stupid.
(Hat Tip: Wikipedia)