Weird al Yankovic has been known for his parody upon parody of hit pop songs. From such funny spoofs as “Eat It” in place of Michael Jackson’s “Beat it” to “Like a Surgeon” to take the place of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”… he has definitely been there and done that.
Yet some critics say that he may be shrewd and even perceptive but somehow he is not exactly funny. That may be because Weird Al has to twist and turn and fit every new word into the original lyrics of the song and that makes it all seem more like a forced effort.
While a few may find such kitsch stuff hilarious or even downright laughable, for the majority it is just a “weird” exercise in word games and monkey-see-monkey-do. His new album contains such pieces such as “Foil” in place of Lorde’s “Royals”. Pharrell Williams “Happy” automatically becomes “Tacky”.
Watch the music video of “Tacky” below.
Tacky video is done in just a single shot. Yankovic revealed the fact in a Reddit AMA earlier this week. "While it looks like there MIGHT have been an edit somewhere, I absolutely guarantee you, that was all done in ONE CONTINUOUS SHOT," Weird Al Yankovic said.
"That was a bit of a challenge for me, because I start the video on a 5th floor fire escape, and I reappear on street level wearing completely different clothes. That means - for EVERY TAKE - as soon as the camera was off me I had to run down 5 flights of stairs WHILE CHANGING MY CLOTHES so I could be on camera again at the end. Definitely got my workout THAT day!"
He has even parodied female rappers such as Iggy Azalea. In this case, it happens to be her song “Fancy”. Robin Thicke even commended him on the copycat act of naming his song “Blurred Lines” as “Word Crimes”.
Weird Al throws in all the grammatical rules of the English language in the song. But it is in Lorde’s parody “Foil” that he really goes beyond his ordinary range of influence. It is the third music video (all three are parodies) released by Weird Al Yankovic for his new album “Mandatory Fun”.
Watch the hillarious music video of “Foil” below.
Weird Al actually mentions the Illuminati who have been implicated in their mission of world domination. The aluminum foil that he wants to wrap sandwiches and other comestibles in so as to keep them fresh is also a device to wrap around the head in order to avoid the government’s intrusion into your private thoughts.
Now this reeks of conspiracy theories and thought control. Weird Al Yankovic admitted to Eminem once that he could only change the words and not the music to the songs he copied.
Well, it is obvious that poetry is the one and only field of literature that resists deconstruction and so his efforts come out as clever word games. But nevertheless he has his place in the pantheon of pop artists if only for taking and making something new from the old.