Hello readers! Welcome to another installment of Weird Al Wednesdays! This month’s Weird Al song is in honor of the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron and also celebrates Spiderman’s return to the fold and up-coming arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Ladies and gentlemen, Ode to a Superhero.
I like this video because the song came out about the time of the first Spider-Man film with Tobey McGuire. I know, it’s not the best superhero movie, and certainly not the best Marvel movie. However, it’s not bad for what it is. At any rate, it seems more to the canon I’m familiar with when compared to The Amazing Spider-Man. I mean, that whole thing with Peter’s dad and the genetics… what the hell?
But, I digress. This song is good for several reasons. First, it’s a parody of Piano Man by Billy Joel. Piano Man holds a special place in my heart from my fraternity days and always seems to put a smile on my face. Another great thing about this is the way Al blends the comedy of his music with the synopsis of the movie. It’s pretty spot-on for a five minute summary. I’ve seen this song live, so I know for a fact that Al’s guitar player is the one playing mandolin on this track, and Al plays both accordion AND harmonica. Once again, Al and his band prove they can handle a wide range of musical styles.
I would like to point out that, as of writing this post, I haven’t seen Age of Ultron yet. So, I to the best of my knowledge this doesn’t spoil any teasers about Spider-man’s return to the MCU. I would be pleasantly surprised if I’m wrong, but I won’t find out for a couple days.
What do you think of this parody by Weird Al? Do you like the original better? What’s your favorite MCU movie so far? Which one are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day and stay weird!
Greetings all! It’s that time of month again when we all get a little weird. No, not like that. Get your mind out of the gutter, but not too far. In honor of Valentine’s Day this month, the selection is “Wanna B Ur Lovr” from the album Poodle Hat.
The amount of innuendo, no matter how ridiculous, in this song is, well… ridiculous. It’s a great song filled with some of the cheesiest pick-up lines you’ll ever hear. To those of you not lucky enough to have seen Al perform this song live, you really are missing quite the experience. That would include the tiger print pants and sport coat he wears.
This song is a style parody of the artist Beck. Beck is perhaps most known for songs like “Loser” and “E-Pro”, and is known for playing a lot of the instruments in his music personally. If you have ever heard any of Beck’s music, and know this is a style parody of Beck, the song starts to make a little more sense. At the very least, it explains the instrumentation of the song.
I hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day, or Singles Awareness Day, whichever you may be celebrating. To those of you starting to see winter really set in here in the States, stay warm and safe. And of course, as always, stay weird!
Welcome, friends, to another Weird Al Wednesday! Today, I have selected one of my favorite of Al’s original songs: “Hardware Store”.
This song really showcases Al’s ability to sing really well. I still haven’t memorized the lyrics to the list of all that stuff in the store, and the song is over ten years old! I’ve never seen him do this song live, so it stands to reason that he doesn’t sing that whole list in one go, but it’s still a rather impressive thing. Another thing I love about this is the rich harmonies in the chords at the end of each chorus. I have always enjoyed rich, thick harmonies in songs, which is likely a contributing factor to why I was in band all the way from 5th grade through graduating from college. Then, of course, there’s the comedy of the sheer topic of this song: the person telling us about this lives in a town so boring, that the townsfolk all get excited about a new hardware store opening up. I hope you enjoyed this week’s selection. Leave your thoughts, or suggestions, in the comments below.