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Weird Al Wednesday – January 2016

Readers!  Holy crap, Batman, how did 2016 sneak up so fast?!  I apologize for my delays in posts, as the holidays proved to do the opposite of give me lots of time to write up some things.  Well, it’s a new year, and the first Wednesday of that year (it’s still ~6:15pm as I write this), so let’s dive in with a song that sort of applies to all those holiday leftovers that should probably be gone by now: Foil from the album Mandatory Fun.

This is probably my favorite song from Al’s final contract album.  It’s a fantastic parody of Lorde’s Royals song about everyone’s favorite metallic food cover.  The first verse is more or less the kind of subject matter I expected when I first saw the title and listened to the song.  The second verse?  Well, that took a hard left turn into ‘what the hell is going on’ territory before finally arriving at it’s connection to foil.  I actually laughed out loud when the second chorus started!

To me, this is one of the best examples in Al’s entire discography of his brilliance as a song writer.  I would have loved to be in the meeting with the rest of his band the first time they talked about this.   Honestly, were you wondering how he was going to make a three minute song about food storage that didn’t get old after the first verse?  I know I was.  Thankfully, this is Weird Al we’re talking about, so the writing was in good hands.

Let me know what you think of this song in the comments.  Do you agree with me about how this song reflects on his career as a whole?  What’s your favorite song from Mandatory Fun?  Until next month, stay weird, my friends!

Weird Al Wednesdays 8-6-14

Welcome to another installment of Weird Al Wednesdays!  For today’s post, I decided to go with something from his newest album, Mandatory Fun, which I spoke about here.

Al’s song “Tacky” is, as you’ve heard, a parody of Pharrell Williams’s song “Happy” and is about people who are, well, tacky.  But it doesn’t just cover people who dress tacky, it covers actions people do that are tacky.  This was the first song the world heard off of Al’s last album under contract, released as part of his massively successful 8 Videos, 8 Days promotional campaign.

This song is a brilliant parody of Pharrell’s widely-popular hit song.  It also does a brilliant job at pointing out the bold ‘couldn’t care less’ mentality seen amongst a lot of today’s youth.  It’s amusing that a man who has branded himself as weird for roughly 30 years is poking fun at how shameless some people are nowadays.  The irony is quite striking.

What are your thoughts on this selection?  Do you have the new album?  Have you listened to it all the way through 20 times, or is that just me?  Let me know in the comments below!

A Quick Word on “Weird Al” Yankovic

I have been a fan of Al Yankovic’s career from the first time I heard “The Saga Begins” back in 1999.  So, as a true fan, I went out Tuesday and bought his newest, and last under contract, studio album: Mandatory Fun.  I have listened to the whole CD a few times now, and have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Admittedly, I do not love every song on the album, and I can sympathize with some fans longing for the good old days before YouTube made parodying a quick and multitudinous thing.  None the less, I recommend the album and suggest checking out the videos Al is releasing all this week (8 videos in 8 days, starting 7/14/14).

Cover art from Weird Al's last studio album under his contract.  Image from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/32/MandatoryFun.jpg
Cover art from Weird Al’s last studio album under his contract. Image from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/32/MandatoryFun.jpg

Are you a Weird Al fan?  If so, what’s your favorite song of his?  Also, am I the only one that thinks it would be  awesome if he, or at least someone, did full polka versions of some of the songs from the polka medleys?