Hello, and welcome back (finally) to another installment of Weird Al Wednesdays! For today’s selection, we go back to Al’s first album that didn’t have his name in the title: “Like a Surgeon” from Dare to be Stupid.
This is the first track off of Al’s third studio album, and a great parody of one of the 1980s’ biggest artists, Madonna. Al’s lyrics mirror Madonna’s very well, with the exact phrasing and structure, and some great line reversals. For example, at the end of the song, Al’s lyric “I can hear your heartbeat for the very last time” is a great reversal of Madonna’s “Can’t you hear my heartbeat for the very first time”.
The video also has a lot of nods to Madonna, as well as Al’s comedic nature. Fans of the Three Stooges will note that in the opening sequence there is a page for Doctors Howard, Fine, and Howard. Also present, is a lion wandering the hospital, in much the way it wanders Venice in Madonna’s video. Al even does a respectable imitation of Madonna’s singing style, with the higher, nasally, whiny sound that a few female artists of the 80s had.
So, what do you like about this song? Or do you not like it? Have a suggestion of a song I should post in the future? Let me know in the comments below, and stay weird folks!