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post #1 of 56
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Quit acting like this isn't your most anticipated music release of the year.  Here's an odd teaser depicting Al as a Soviet general.

 

 

This will supposedly be Al's final traditional album, meaning that in the future he'll probably release new tracks digitally.  Makes sense considering the timeliness his parodies often rely upon.

post #2 of 56

OH HELL YES.

post #3 of 56
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Al transforms Pharrell Williams' "Happy" into "Tacky" in this cameo-laden, single take music video:

 

http://www.nerdist.com/vepisode/weird-al-yankovic-gets-tacky-with-pharrells-happy/

 

Dude is still relevant and hilarious.

post #4 of 56

That was pretty great.  Thanks for the link.

post #5 of 56

How this motherfucker manages to stay relevant and hilarious for this long is amazing.

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How this motherfucker manages to stay relevant and hilarious for this long is amazing.

 

Talent.  The guy's a borderline genius.

post #7 of 56

Awesome.  I expected the worse and he killed it.  

post #8 of 56
I love this guy. Why he isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame I'll never know. If KISS can get in, he should be there. He's better than half of the groups in there anyway.
post #9 of 56
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 Quit acting like this isn't your most anticipated music release of the year.

It's not. That honor would go to the new Pink Floyd record / albumn / cd.

post #10 of 56

"Weird Al" is my goddamn hero. And I mean that professionally.

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"Weird Al" is my goddamn hero. And I mean that professionally.

This song is one of the best possible things in this day and age.  How is Weird Al so consistently good?  The man is super talented.  It's not a conventional talent, but it's there.

post #12 of 56
I love that Al has had a career that has outlasted at least 75% of the artists he's parodied...perhaps if Coolio had been more receptive to Amish Paradise he wouldn't be a 200 dollar question on Jeopardy these days.
post #13 of 56

OK, that was amazing.

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I love that Al has had a career that has outlasted at least 75% of the artists he's parodied...perhaps if Coolio had been more receptive to Amish Paradise he wouldn't be a 200 dollar question on Jeopardy these days.


It's so great.  The only person he parodied back in the day that's still releasing music and giving huge live shows is somehow Michael Jackson.

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It's so great.  The only person he parodied back in the day that's still releasing music and giving huge live shows is somehow Michael Jackson.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers.

post #16 of 56

"Word Crimes" almost makes up for that skeevy tripe Robin Thicke released...almost.

 

I missed you so much Al.

post #17 of 56
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The album is remarkably consistent.  "Jackson Park Express" may be my new favorite Weird Al song.

 

I love how "Foil" starts off as a classic food-related Al parody, then suddenly goes in a bizarre direction.  "Mission Statement" is a CSNY tribute consisting of hollow corporate jargon - genius.  And his Pixies pastiche "First World Problems" is fantastic.

 

The thing that makes Al endure where other comic musicians don't is that it's clear he sets out to make good music as a priority.  He's a clever wordsmith, but there's more at work with him, or he'd be interchangeable with the people who do Youtube one-off parodies.  He validates comedy as a legitimate genre of music rather than exclusively the province of novelty or gag songs.  This guy can somehow tap authentically into any style of his choosing, and it doesn't hurt that his band, which has been with him from the beginning, is aces.

 

Fun fact: He apparently considered parodying "Let It Go" from Frozen as "Make It So" about Star Trek: TNG, but someone online beat him to the concept so he scrapped it.

post #18 of 56

This is a good week.

 

post #19 of 56

Did anyone ever watch that show Weird Al had back in the 90s? I vaguely remember watching it when I was a kid.

post #20 of 56
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It had its moments (and I own the DVD), but here was the problem:

 

post #21 of 56
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Say what?

 

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This month marks the 25th anniversary of UHF. How are you celebrating that?

 

We are doing something which I’m not at liberty to talk about right now. It’s happening later this year. I wish I could say what it is, but there will be something marking the anniversary.

post #22 of 56

Good God, 'Mission Statement' may be Weird Al's masterpiece.  I hope he does a video for it, but just in case:

 

 

 

 

It's like he's attended every single one of my company meetings.  

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This is a good week.

 

I love this song.  It just goes strange places out of nowhere.

 

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Good God, 'Mission Statement' may be Weird Al's masterpiece.  I hope he does a video for it, but just in case:

 

 

 

 

It's like he's attended every single one of my company meetings.  

As soon as they started the Suite Judy Blue Eyes bit at the end, I was grinning from ear to ear.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers.


I'd argue that they're in the waning part of their career.  When was their biggest hit, back in the 90's?  Al's was just a few years ago with White & Nerdy.  I'm not saying they're bad, just that it's crazy Al is still going and as big as he is.

post #25 of 56
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I guess the fourth decade's the charm.  Al stands a chance at topping the chart this week.  It would be his first #1 album in a thirty-five year career.  Who does that?  His viral campaign of dropping a daily video through the week is brilliant.

post #26 of 56

Listening to it, dude hasn't changed a bit still entertaining stuff! My Favorites are : Tacky, Sports Song, and Word Crimes.

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Not my favorite either.  I hope that 'Mission Statement' and 'Inactive' are the final two.

post #29 of 56
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First World Problems is great!  Also, anyone else see Weird Al's vain attempt to be the weirder one in this FOX interview?

 

post #30 of 56

Funny-- I was just watching a later-season episode of "30 Rock" the other day, where Jenna was upset that Weird Al had parodied one of her songs. She and Tracy then produced a song (food-related) that could not be parodied.

 

Al responded by turning the song into a sincere tribute to America and the Troops.

 

"He Normal Al-ed us!"

post #31 of 56

The latest:

 

post #32 of 56
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That video apparently represents a year's work from stop-motion artist Tim Thompson.  And here's a few behind-the-scenes images.  Damned impressive.

 

The rumor is that the final video this morning will be "Mission Statement."  I'm happy about that, but I too wanted an "Inactive" video, which could have easily replaced "Sports Song" in my opinion.  We really got spoiled this time - when there are this many videos for a Weird Al album only one or two of them tend to be live action.  He really went out with a bang.  I'm hoping that this future of digital singles that he's pursuing means he'll be able to put out content more frequently.

post #33 of 56

I hope you're right on 'Mission Statement'.  That's far and away my favorite song on the new album, but that's probably because I've actually seen 90% of the lyrics to that song used in real life.  It's genius and is probably the best vocal performance that Al's ever done.

post #34 of 56
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Oh, the meaningless corporate jargon speaks to me too, unfortunately.  I like how many times the song uses "synergy" in increasingly less relevant ways.

post #35 of 56

It's the whole 'we must mooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonetize our assets' section in the middle that kills me.

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First World Problems is great!  Also, anyone else see Weird Al's vain attempt to be the weirder one in this FOX interview?

 

 

That is one of the most painful interviews I've seen in a while.  I don't know who that host is, but he is horrible.

post #37 of 56
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As a salve, there's nice chemistry between Al and Craig Ferguson in this interview from years back.

*repeated swearing*

"My eight year old daughter's in the green room..."

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I get some weird looks when my car mp3 player cycles to Weird Al, but I don't care. It's awesome that he's going as strong as ever.

 

That Tacky video's going to be playing in my head all day. Aisha Tyler was unrecognizable, and that was Jack Black's funniest performance in years. Great stuff!

post #40 of 56
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Al has come under fire from some quarters for using the word "spastic" in Word Crimes.  Apparently in the UK it's a highly offensive slur against those afflicted with cerebral palsy.  Gotta say, I was as ignorant of that particular cross-cultural issue as Weird Al.  Here it's about as offensive a pejorative as "klutz" or "dufus."

post #41 of 56

I'm sort of upset at this album for making me aware of Iggy Azalea and Fancy.  That song's supposed to be super-obnoxious, right?  I mean, I'm just not in on the joke, like I'm too old or don't get the cultural point-of-view this song/video is mocking.  Right?

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post #43 of 56

I always thought he directed UHF?   I was surprised he didn't.  

post #44 of 56
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I'm sort of upset at this album for making me aware of Iggy Azalea and Fancy.  That song's supposed to be super-obnoxious, right?  I mean, I'm just not in on the joke, like I'm too old or don't get the cultural point-of-view this song/video is mocking.  Right?

You're not out of touch HypnoToad, it's the children that are wrong.
post #45 of 56

Mandatory Fun is Al's best since Running with Scissors.  I'm glad he was able to deliver one last time before ending the album-making part of his career.  I hope he still makes original songs in the future because the ones on Mandatory are all good.  "My Own Eyes" is one of the catchier tracks "Weird Al" has released, and I'm really into "Jackson Park Express."  Oh, and he better keep the polka tradition going ("NOW That's What I Call Polka!" is seamless fun).

post #46 of 56

Also, I recently picked up a copy of Al's self-titled debut, which is still loads of fun.  "Stop Draggin' My Car Around" is truly one of his best parodies.

post #47 of 56

I made a workout playlist of all of his polka parodies and it's exhausting to listen to in the best way possible.

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I made a workout playlist of all of his polka parodies and it's exhausting to listen to in the best way possible.


I swear, it's one of the most useful ways of tracking the trajectory of pop music over the years.

post #49 of 56
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Don't watch the Grammys, but was happy to hear that Weird Al won last night.  Here he is being all humble and classy, which may serve as an antidote to whatever Kanye thing Google News flashed at me.

 

 

post #50 of 56

Didn't watch it either, but did that actually air?  The place is half empty, and he's literally running against people exiting to get up to the stage.  Ugh.  Awesome he won, but the visuals are just depressing.  Guess the seat filler budget got slashed this year.

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