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Weird Al Wednesday – September 2015

It’s that time again!  The first Wednesday of the month! Weird Al Wednesday is upon us again.  To think that it’s already September of 2015… my, how the time flies.  Well, this month, we go back to the album Even Worse for a big helping of Lasagna.

This is a parody of the hit song by Ritchie Valens, La Bamba, which is an adaptation of a Mexican folk song.¹  Al starts out with a very Italian sounding melody on his most famous instrument: the accordion.  He plays a few bars of something in a minor key with some mandolin accompaniment, then the mandolin strums us into the parody.

As with a lot of Al’s songs, the parody revolves around food.  In fact, he has so many food parodies & songs in his discography, that he even released an album called The Food Album.  One of the things that makes this song great is his ever-shining ability to parody lyrics so well.  He keeps the same lyrical rhythm as the original song.  Another great thing about this song is the good ole accordion.  This is arguably the instrument Al is most known for using in his music, and sadly one he uses less and less nowadays.

All in all, this is a song that is just as fun and upbeat as the original.  The band, once again, showcases their ability to play any style of music Al can throw at them.  It comes from a great album from fairly early in Al’s career.  What’s not to like about this song?  Let me know what you think in the comments.  Until next month, stay weird!

 

¹Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Bamba_%28song%29

Weird Al Wednesdays 8-13-14

Greetings friends!  Welcome to this week’s Weird Al Wednesday post!  For this week, I have chosen a classic hit in both its original form, and Al’s version: “Fat.”

One of the greatest parts about this song, is the music video and how closely it mirrors Michael Jackson’s video for “Bad.”  If you don’t believe me, see for yourself.

The link above doesn’t have the whole “Bad” video, but has enough to convey how good Al is at his craft.  From recreating the clothes Michael wears to the set itself, Weird Al shows his chops by taking the parody all the way.  He goes the extra mile to poke fun at the ridiculous sound effects from Michael’s movements and the shouting as the guys move through the subway station.  This is also one of several Weird Al songs on the topic of obesity.  Al uses this subject pretty regularly, seemingly jabbing at Americans in general.  Not only do his parodies on obesity lend themselves to social commentary, but they remind us to laugh at ourselves.