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Weird Al Wednesday – November 2015

Greetings, readers!  Welcome to another installment of Weird Al Wednesdays!  I can’t believe it’s already November.  Where has the time gone?  Ah, but let’s get back to it.  This month’s choice was partially random, and partially influenced by my overly frequent lunch trips to Taco Bell.  From the album Off the Deep End, we have the parody of Gerardo’s Rico Suave: Taco Grande.

I won’t begin to discuss how many different Mexican dishes this covers.  I think nearly every Mexican restaurant I’ve been to has at least 95% of them on their menus.  Man, I really shouldn’t have written this on an empty stomach.  I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

Admittedly, I quite enjoy Mexican food.  My palette isn’t very sophisticated, and I don’t stray from what I know very often, but it’s rare for someone to suggest Mexican food and I say no.  That might be why I like this song.  Granted, the food parody is a path often traveled by Al throughout his career.  However, that doesn’t lessen the impact of his food parodies.  This particular food parody, though, is set apart by one simple fact: it doesn’t focus on American obesity.  Most of Al’s food songs are about how rotund Americans are, and how much they obsess over food.  This song is devoid of any mention of weight anywhere in this song.  He does talk about eating all the food he can and even getting “a doggy bag if you wanna; you can finish it mañana.”

Unfortunately, we don’t have an official video for this song from Al.  I think it would be hysterical to see Al dressed up like Gerardo in his Rico Suave video eating gobs of Mexican food.  Oh, but the poor video girls that would undoubtedly end up covered in salsa.  That could be quite painful on the sensitive areas, depending on the heat level.

I’m going to wrap things up for this month.  What do you think  of this song?  Did it leave you hungry?  Are you going out for Mexican now?  Let me know in the comments, and until next month, stay weird!

Weird Al Wednesdays 11-05-14

Greetings all, and Happy Guy Fawkes Day!  It’s time once again for an installment of Weird Al Wednesdays!  I tried to think of something to fit the day, and I kept going back to one song.  It’s not inherently revolutionary in nature, but I think it works: Smells Like Nirvana.

In case you didn’t know, or couldn’t tell, this is a parody of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit hit of the ’90s.   The song is arguably Nirvana’s biggest hit and most recognizable song.  Nirvana was also one of the most influential grunge bands of the ’90s and still hold a special place in the hearts of many who grew up in that decade.  Smells Like Teen Spirit‘s angst captured the majority of a generation and gave them a new outlet for their teenage angst: loud, rambunctious, raspy music.

Al’s version holds true to the musical style of Nirvana incredibly well.  As I have said before, Al’s band are all fantastically talented musicians.  It also beautifully hits on several key things related to Nirvana.  He pokes fun at the ever-present grunge mechanic of loudly yelling the lyrics, sometimes making them hard to understand.  This is the primary point that Al hits on throughout his song.

The video itself also does a great job at parodying the music video for Smells Like Teen Spirit.  The iconic cheerleaders and mosh-pit dancing are seen throughout Al’s video.  Of course, we see plenty of humorous twists and additions to make it a real Weird Al video.  Some of these include the janitor eating a doughnut out of his mop bucket, and the basketball team knocking one of the band members over.

Overall, this video and song are fantastic snapshots of the era.  It also served to bring Al’s career back onto the up and up after the pretty unsuccessful UHF film.  Al’s album, Off the Deep End, featured cover art similar and parody to Nirvana’s own album with a baby floating in a pool.  Kurt Cobain was even quoted as saying that he knew Nirvana had made it when Weird Al did a parody of one of their songs.  In short, it’s a great parody of one of the most influential songs of its time.

So, tell me your favorite Weird Al song in the comments below, or let me know what you think of this post.  Enjoy you some Al?  I have some more posts about him and his music elsewhere on this blog.  Until then, I hope you enjoyed the post and stay weird out there!