Weird Al Yankovic is back!
The man who brought the world “Fat,” poking fun at Michael Jackson's "Bad," and “Amish Paradise,” a humourous take on the 1995 Coolio mega-hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” is at it again.
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For his 14th album, Mandatory Fun, Weird Al is pulling a Beyoncé, releasing eight accompanying videos in eight days, which means the ‘90s icon is attempting his very own “visual album.”
The initial video is titled “Tacky” and is a cheeky take on Pharrell Williams’ smash hit, “Happy.” The video shows Margaret Cho, Aisha Tyler and Jack Black, among others, performing a comparable single-take video set to lyrics like “Got my new résumé / It’s printed in Comic Sans.”
Weird Al followed up “Tacky” with “Word Crimes,” which took the subject matter of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" from the sexual arena to that of a host of grammar violations commonly found on the internet.
And he isn’t stopping there. Even Lorde is getting the Weird Al treatment. The comedic crooner, in an attempt to parody her hit “Royals,” sings, “I never seem to finish all my food / I always get a doggie bag from the waiter / So I just keep what’s still unchewed / And I take it home / Save it for later.” The song is titled “Foil” and it is, indeed, a song about aluminum foil and its many uses.
It’s obvious that the musical artist is working overtime, unlike what the lyrics to his Imagine Dragons parody, "Inactive," would imply: “My muscle’s gone / Atrophied / Always lose my fight with gravity.”
And lastly, Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” a song that long reigned the number-one spot on the Billboard 100 chart, is the subject of Weird Al’s latest funny remix. He calls it “Handy” and it’s a song about a hardworking tradesman with a diverse set of skills.
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