I would like to go on record about the “age-old debate” regarding who shot first, Han or Greedo. There is no debate. Those who misguidedly think Greedo shot first have only seen the versions of A New Hope released since the 1997 Special Edition. In the original theatrical release, Han shoots Greedo without a second thought. No self defense for being shot at, just plain, old-fashioned murder. Han’s a smuggler, living on the fringe of society in one of the seediest places in the galaxy. This kind of behavior should be expected from smugglers, scoundrels, and the scum that live in places like Mos Eisley and on Nar Shadda and Nal Hutta. Han murdering Greedo is important to his character development from devil-may-care fringer to hero of the Rebellion. Adding the special effects to make Greedo shoot first and miss because of Han’s apparently Force-assisted reflexes diminishes his character in a big way.
Ok, I’m stepping g down from my soap box now.
Hello readers, and welcome to another installment of Weird Al Wednesday! In this series, I talk about a Weird Al Yankovic song on the first Wednesday of each month. This month, we are going to look at a track off the Alapalooza album: Jurassic Park.
In honor of the upcoming release of Jurassic World, I picked this parody of MacArthur Park by Richard Harris. It seemed appropriate to me. I’ll be honest, until writing this post, I had never heard the original song with the lyrics. Once, at a Maynard Ferguson concert, I heard the song as an instrumental jazz piece. That was it. Now that I’ve listened to the whole over-seven-minute song, the instrumentation is amazing, but the lyrics are a bit confusing and odd.
This is perhaps the best reason this song should be parodied by Weird Al. Granted, Al cuts down the song by about half. However, this shortening is quite fitting. Al succinctly sums up the Jurassic Park movie in his three and a half minute song. He touches on the major points of the movie, including how they make the dinosaurs, the Tyrannosaurus Rex eating the lawyer, and even pipes in the Rex’s roar at the end of the song.
Of course, no Al song would be complete without the comedy element. Al throws this in with lyrics like “I’m afraid these things will harm me / ‘Cuz they sure don’t act like Barney” and “Well I suppose that proves they’re really not all bad” in regards to the lawyer being eaten. There’s also the musical break in the song which features various screams of terror and pain mixed with dinosaur roars, implying the chasing that happens throughout the movie.
All in all, this is one of my favorites from Mr. Yankovic. I mean, who doesn’t love dinosaurs, comedy, and big orchestral songs? And this song combines those three things! Well, that’s all for now, folks. Keep an eye out for more the June Loot Crate unboxing later this month and a report on Indy PopCon 2015 at the end of the month/possibly early July. Until next time, stay weird friends!