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Weird Al Wednesday – December 2015

My apologies, dear readers. Thanksgiving and many hours devoted to Star Wars: Battlefront have put me a week behind, but I now present to you December’s Weird Al Wednesday!  In honor of the holiday season, we have a fantastic song from the album Polka Party!

This song is full of nuances that tie it to the classic rock ‘n roll Christmas songs of the 1940s and 50s.  Everything from the upbeat rhythms, to the bleating tenor saxophone is the same kind of thing you expect from songs like Jingle Bell Rock or Run Run Rudolph.  It also pairs stylistically with the constant mindset of the 1950s and the threat of nuclear war.  This pairing is brilliantly illustrated in this music video as the happy music is played against images of classic Christmas and classic paranoia.

Another reason I picked this song is how well it goes with one of the most popular games out there.  It’s similar enough, stylistically, to the soundtrack for Bethesda’s Fallout 4 that it could easily be the Christmas song of the game.  That also ties in my Unboxing of November’s Loot Crate, which features a Vault-Tec bobble head.  I hope to enjoy the game whilst playing this song in the coming weeks, as I hope you will too.  Merry Christmas to you and yours!  Enjoy whatever holiday you celebrate this month, and remember to stay weird!

Weird Al Wednesday 11-19-14

Hey all, and welcome to another Weird Al Wednesday!  For today’s selection, I have chosen Dog Eat Dog from the album Polka Party!

*DISCLAIMER* I would like to apologize because this is going to be a short entry.  At the time I’m writing this, I have been home about 15 minutes after a 13-hour work day.

This style parody of the Talking Heads does a wonderful job at capturing the ridiculous musical styling of the original artist, but also the stereotypical corporate workplace.  It’s a fun song to listen to, and will get stuck in your head.  The Talking Heads influence is obvious from the start.  However, if you weren’t sure, I would refer you to the lyrics “Sometimes I tell myself, ‘This is not my beautiful stapler’; Sometimes I tell myself, ‘This is not my beautiful chair’.”  These lyrics are a direct play on the lyrics from the Talking Heads’ song Once In A Lifetime (which you can hear here).

As I said, today’s entry is a short one, but that doesn’t mean I don’t welcome your comments!  Let me know what you think of this song, or the Talking Heads, or any of the random thoughts that come to mind as you listen.  Until next time, stay weird!