What’s that? It’s the first Wednesday of the month? Well, that means it’s time for another Weird Al Wednesday! This month’s selection was picked out by my wife: Weasel Stomping Day, from the album Straight Outta Lynwood.
This is one of the shortest tracks that Al has ever done. The only shorter track I know was Harvey the Wonder Hamster from Alapalooza, but I digress. You can’t deny the comically unsettling nature of this song. I mean, it’s a whole song about a holiday where people go around stepping on weasels. Combine that with the traditional garb of a Viking helmet and oversize boots, not to mention putting mayonnaise on your lawn, it’s pretty ridiculous.
However, that’s the point. Al does a fantastic job of satirizing the constant holding on to of old ways and justification of crazy antics because things are ‘tradition.’ One of the lyrics is even “It’s tradition, that makes it OK.” Oh, it’s fine, we’ve done this for decades, or a hundred years, or centuries. That means it is what we should do for the rest of time. Really? Then why has mankind taken to using automobiles instead of beasts of burden, or walking for that matter?
It’s true, some traditions become outdated and need to be abandoned. Not all of them, though. Some of them need to remain as a means of reminding us who we used to be, and mustn’t be again. Time-honored remembrances to root us in our cultural heritage. Little things with personal meaning that tie us to major events of our lives. These things are important parts of society that keep us from fracturing into the barbarians we used to be.
Wow, that got a little deeper than I expected. Oh well, that can happen when you are pretty much free writing. Well, anyway, I hope you enjoyed the song. I’d love to hear what some of your favorite, but odd, traditions might be in the comments below. Until next month, stay weird!