All Hail Weird Al!

I’ve been a fan of Weird Al Yankovic ever since “Eat It”



He just keeps getting better and better. His new video, “Tacky”, a spoof of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” has just been released:



Great stuff! Be sure to pay attention to the lyrics. They’re hilarious!

I also like his palindrome song:



Comments

  1. #2 Verbose Stoic
    July 17, 2014

    He’s releasing a new video per day for a number of days due to the release of his new album. I’ve also seen part of one parodying a Robin Thicke song — not THAT one — talking about grammar instead.

  2. #3 Lenoxus
    July 17, 2014

    I hadn’t considered before how broad the meaning of “tacky” is in English. He doesn’t just sing about questionable aesthetic taste, but obnoxious behavior. I guess the whole concept is unified by “shamelessness.”

    I sort of wish he’d done something with the most memorable line from the original, “clap along if you feel like happiness (/tackiness) is the truth.” At the same time, I like how here (as he often does with his other parodies), he replaced the repetitiveness in the original with unique lyrics when possible. Repeating lyrics can work okay in feel-good anthems (“I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna bring me down”) but would be annoying in a comedy song. The unique-lyrics thing was also done to good effect in “A Complicated Song”, in which each verse and subsequent chorus involving a different rhyme with “complicated”.

    Looking at this post first thing when I woke up was a bit surreal because I had a dream last night with Weird Al. (Nothing interesting; he was on my bus and exhausted after a show. It was probably because I’d talked to a likewise tired but less-famous comedy musician about a week before. My dreams are usually just slightly-remixed versions of whatever happened a week ago.)

  3. #4 Jason Rosenhouse
    July 18, 2014

    I think it’s a nice touch that as the elevator goes down you catch a glimpse of what is happening on the other floors, and it’s just more people dancing weirdly in exotic outfits.

    There are a few references I don’t understand. What’s an Ed Hardy shirt?

  4. #5 Walt Jones
    July 25, 2014

    John of John and Kate Plus Eight favored Ed Hardy shirts, and that’s when they entered pop culture as an emblem of tackiness. (It’s bad enough that I know that – I think it replaced my memory of the rational root theorem, so I’ll direct you to Wikipedia for more details).