Greetings all! Welcome to a new year, and another Weird Al Wednesday post! I would like to apologize for again changing the scheduling of this post. Due to my schedule at work, and the upcoming baby arrival, I will be cutting back to doing this post on the first Wednesday of every month. So, without further adieu, this month’s selection: Dare To Be Stupid.
This is the title track to the album of the same name and is a style parody of the band Devo. The connections to Devo are quite obvious from the music video, as well as the music itself. You hear lots of digital sounds, common to songs of the 1980s, and popular among bands like Devo. Similarities in the video to images of Devo’s music videos are glaringly obvious too, from the yellow jumpsuits, to the odd color combinations and juxtaposed images.
Perhaps a lesser know fact to the younger fans of Al, was this song’s connection to the 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie. This was a fact I literally found out about as I was writing this post. The song plays during part of the movie as the theme song for the Junkions, strange transformers with a speech impediment who live on a planet of junk. They only respond positively to the Autobots after a very bizarre ‘universal greeting’, and behave very strangely (based on the three minute clip of the movie I found on YouTube).
I am particularly found of this song because Dare To Be Stupid was among the first few albums of Weird Al’s that I owned, so I listened to it frequently and on repeat for quite a while. This song also fits as an unofficial theme song of a lot of people now-a-days. It seems anymore that it’s a goal to be the dumbest person on the planet because you might become accidentally famous on the internet. In fact, I will probably start hearing this in my head more often when I see something incredibly stupid.
What are your thoughts on this song? What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever done? Suggestions for next month’s song? Let me know in the comments. I’ll leave you with a bonus video of Al on “The Meltdown” doing the song with a string quartet. Stay weird, friends!