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(Grantland)   Weird Al Yankovic faces something of a crisis in his career: by the time he can get an album out the old-fashioned way, a thousand amateurs have posted their own song parodies to YouTube   (grantland.com) divider line 141
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2014-07-16 11:23:28 AM  
Yes, but he does it several tens of orders of magnitude better. A parody by your cousin Steve = poorly executed and morbidly unamusing. A parody by Weird Al = comedy gold.
 
2014-07-16 11:42:53 AM  
A thousand dudebros posting "I'm on the Edge of Horny" <<<<< Weird Al

That said, this is hilarious.
 
2014-07-16 11:43:16 AM  
Cousin Steve can't get Jack Black, Kristen Schaal and Eric Stonestreet for his videos, either.
 
2014-07-16 11:50:36 AM  
He's also now free from his record contract, leaving him able to compete with the unwashed YouTube masses on an even playing field.
 
2014-07-16 11:58:43 AM  

BKITU: He's also now free from his record contract, leaving him able to compete with the unwashed YouTube masses on an even playing field.


he mentioned in a recent interview that he's going to be leaning towards digital releases now, so he can get music out faster.
 
2014-07-16 12:01:56 PM  
Done in one. The level he reaches with his parodies and their accompanying music videos just isn't something all but a precious few on YouTub can get close to. The music videos tend to be even better- 'Tacky' is an incredible piece of filming (almost feels like all it's missing is Christopher Walken...) and the video for 'Word Crimes' is even better than the motion/kinetic typography from his previous album's 'Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me'.

And finally- I'd never consider going to see some guy from YouTub in concert, but Al's concerts are a FANTASTIC spectacle and not to be missed.
 
2014-07-16 12:10:50 PM  
"The Key of Awesome" does some pretty good parodies. Don't get me wrong, I love Al but to pretend that there aren't other good parodies on youtube is just fanboiism.
 
2014-07-16 12:12:37 PM  

ManateeGag: BKITU: He's also now free from his record contract, leaving him able to compete with the unwashed YouTube masses on an even playing field.

he mentioned in a recent interview that he's going to be leaning towards digital releases now, so he can get music out faster.


Exactly my point. =)

Also makes good business sense. Keep the brand fresh in the current market, get more downloads more frequently... there's little downside to it.
 
2014-07-16 12:16:20 PM  

jst3p: "The Key of Awesome" does some pretty good parodies. Don't get me wrong, I love Al but to pretend that there aren't other good parodies on youtube is just fanboiism.


Nobody's saying there's no other good parodists. We're saying that YouTube is the epitome of Sturgeon's Law.
 
2014-07-16 12:22:47 PM  
And I doubt many of those amateurs could play such a convincing Hitler

i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-16 01:41:14 PM  
35 years on and he has a rabid fan base that will buy his albums without having heard a single or even barely knowing the source material. He's been good at doing parodies of songs that aren't parodied that much (saving them for the special polka version).

He needs to be the next Super Bowl halftime act.
 
2014-07-16 02:32:57 PM  

BKITU: He's also now free from his record contract, leaving him able to compete with the unwashed YouTube masses on an even playing field.


After reading TFA, I'm sure he can do better by himself.  The Word Crimes parody (and video) of Blurred Lines is hilarious...but how much funnier would it have been if he could have released it right after the Grammys last year when it was at the height of the public's consciousness?  He has released material on his own and free (You're Pitiful which was hilarious).

Dude is awesome and will be more awesome without the record company.
 
2014-07-16 02:36:06 PM  
Weird Al rocks, your blog sucks.
 
2014-07-16 02:42:06 PM  

slayer199: He has released material on his own and free (You're Pitiful which was hilarious).


that's because Atlantic Records was being a dick about letting him put that on the Album, but James Blundt gave hum full permission to do the parody.  Without that, though, White and Nerdy doesn't make it onto the album at all and Chamillionaire probably doesn't win a Grammy.
 
2014-07-16 02:42:09 PM  

BKITU: He's also now free from his record contract, leaving him able to compete with the unwashed YouTube masses on an even playing field.


This.

Also, yes, we still need the the king, who brings more thought into a parody than stupid Youtubers.
 
2014-07-16 03:01:09 PM  
The writer of the article is obviously biased. I like Weird AL, and the writer does not. Ergo, the writer can go fark himself. With a chainsaw.

media.salon.com
 
2014-07-16 03:01:40 PM  
In his reddit AMA yesterday someone asked why he didn't do a parody of that Frozen song and Weird Al answered:

You know what, I was very close to doing a parody called "Make It So" about ST:TNG... but then I checked online, and of course, somebody had done that already. And apparently it had gotten enough attention online to make the Disney legal department ask them to take it down! I couldn't think of an idea that I liked as much as "Make It So," so... I gave up!
 
2014-07-16 03:03:18 PM  
I listened to the Foil song. Wasn't funny. "What kind of chip you got in there, a Dorito" was funny even when I hadn't heard the original.
 
2014-07-16 03:05:18 PM  
Sure there were a lot of Tacky parodies but Weird Al's was so succinct and perfect that it's going to stand as the definitive parody of that song. Suck it Youtubers.
 
2014-07-16 03:05:53 PM  
*sigh* I mean Happy parodies. See... already I have Tacky on the brain.
 
2014-07-16 03:06:52 PM  

browntimmy: In his reddit AMA yesterday someone asked why he didn't do a parody of that Frozen song and Weird Al answered:

You know what, I was very close to doing a parody called "Make It So" about ST:TNG... but then I checked online, and of course, somebody had done that already. And apparently it had gotten enough attention online to make the Disney legal department ask them to take it down! I couldn't think of an idea that I liked as much as "Make It So," so... I gave up!


what is ST:TNG? - at work, afraid to look it up
 
2014-07-16 03:07:46 PM  

moothemagiccow: I listened to the Foil song. Wasn't funny. "What kind of chip you got in there, a Dorito" was funny even when I hadn't heard the original.


You kidding me?  I laughed my ass off when he made the transition from foil as food protector to PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE ILLUMINATI.   Subversion of expectations is one of the greatest forms of humor, though I think watching the video makes the song funnier.
 
2014-07-16 03:08:45 PM  
I tried listening to this new album and only recognized like three songs, so I guess it's onion belt time.
 
2014-07-16 03:08:50 PM  
 
2014-07-16 03:09:18 PM  

p the boiler: browntimmy: In his reddit AMA yesterday someone asked why he didn't do a parody of that Frozen song and Weird Al answered:

You know what, I was very close to doing a parody called "Make It So" about ST:TNG... but then I checked online, and of course, somebody had done that already. And apparently it had gotten enough attention online to make the Disney legal department ask them to take it down! I couldn't think of an idea that I liked as much as "Make It So," so... I gave up!

what is ST:TNG? - at work, afraid to look it up


Star Trek, The Next Generation
 
2014-07-16 03:09:33 PM  
Thirty-five years into a historic career, do we still need the parody king?

Considering the lack of quality out there, I'd say yes.
 
2014-07-16 03:09:49 PM  

p the boiler: browntimmy: In his reddit AMA yesterday someone asked why he didn't do a parody of that Frozen song and Weird Al answered:

You know what, I was very close to doing a parody called "Make It So" about ST:TNG... but then I checked online, and of course, somebody had done that already. And apparently it had gotten enough attention online to make the Disney legal department ask them to take it down! I couldn't think of an idea that I liked as much as "Make It So," so... I gave up!

what is ST:TNG? - at work, afraid to look it up


Star Trek, "Make it So" was Piccard's? (I don't watch Star Trek) catchphrase.
 
2014-07-16 03:10:21 PM  

p the boiler: browntimmy: In his reddit AMA yesterday someone asked why he didn't do a parody of that Frozen song and Weird Al answered:

You know what, I was very close to doing a parody called "Make It So" about ST:TNG... but then I checked online, and of course, somebody had done that already. And apparently it had gotten enough attention online to make the Disney legal department ask them to take it down! I couldn't think of an idea that I liked as much as "Make It So," so... I gave up!

what is ST:TNG? - at work, afraid to look it up


Star Trek: The Next Generation
 
2014-07-16 03:10:49 PM  

moothemagiccow: I listened to the Foil song. Wasn't funny. "What kind of chip you got in there, a Dorito" was funny even when I hadn't heard the original.


I think it's a video dependent song, unfortunately. I just like how it took a hard left turn there. Also Patent Oswald and Tom Lennon FTW.
 
2014-07-16 03:11:14 PM  

moothemagiccow: I listened to the Foil song. Wasn't funny. "What kind of chip you got in there, a Dorito" was funny even when I hadn't heard the original.


The video today was a bit better, gave it more context, I think some of his songs depend a bit on the video... but, certainly after the first two days video's that were A's, this felt like around a C+ at best.
 
2014-07-16 03:12:35 PM  
I saw Weird Al at Magic Mountain once.

#brushwithfame
 
2014-07-16 03:13:32 PM  
He who is tired of Weird Al is tired of life.
 
2014-07-16 03:13:48 PM  

p the boiler: browntimmy: In his reddit AMA yesterday someone asked why he didn't do a parody of that Frozen song and Weird Al answered:

You know what, I was very close to doing a parody called "Make It So" about ST:TNG... but then I checked online, and of course, somebody had done that already. And apparently it had gotten enough attention online to make the Disney legal department ask them to take it down! I couldn't think of an idea that I liked as much as "Make It So," so... I gave up!

what is ST:TNG? - at work, afraid to look it up


Unless you work for rabid Star Wars fanboys you'll be fine searching it

/Star Trek: The Next Generation
 
2014-07-16 03:15:11 PM  

bdub77: Weird Al rocks, your blog sucks.


One metric ton of this. The smarmy, hipper than thou, condescending tone in which that article was written entitles the author to no less than 10 dickpunches.
 
2014-07-16 03:16:45 PM  
But Azalea's team was slow in responding to his request, and Yankovic was under the gun to finish Mandatory Fun, so he made a personal appeal. Somebody captured the moment on video, and the video ended up on TMZ.
"I took a little offense to [TMZ] saying I was 'begging' for permission," Yankovic said. "I like to call it asking politely and with respect. I don't go to a level considered begging."

They also said that he "ambushed" her.

Would ANYONE here shed a tear if TMZ and all of its employees were incinerated in a flaming nuclear ball?
 
2014-07-16 03:17:27 PM  

browntimmy: And apparently it had gotten enough attention online to make the Disney legal department ask them to take it down!


The other day I was showing that HISHE video of Frozen to someone that didn't see it. When it got to the punchline where a bunch of characters are singing Let It Go, they were instead now singing a bastardized version of the song with lyrics like "Where'd it go? Where'd it go? That song we know isn't here..." Even though they were calling out Disney on the ridiculous copyright issue is just lost its zing and the video was like 50X less funny.
 
2014-07-16 03:18:15 PM  
I mentioned this in the Weird Al thread yesterday:


WEIRD AL IS A FARKER!!


And by that I mean he reads Fark.

img.fark.net
 
2014-07-16 03:21:09 PM  

browntimmy: p the boiler: browntimmy: In his reddit AMA yesterday someone asked why he didn't do a parody of that Frozen song and Weird Al answered:

You know what, I was very close to doing a parody called "Make It So" about ST:TNG... but then I checked online, and of course, somebody had done that already. And apparently it had gotten enough attention online to make the Disney legal department ask them to take it down! I couldn't think of an idea that I liked as much as "Make It So," so... I gave up!

what is ST:TNG? - at work, afraid to look it up

Star Trek, "Make it So" was Piccard's? (I don't watch Star Trek) catchphrase.


Considering how into pop culture and self-parody Patrick Stewart is now, I could see him making the video in full dress uniform.
 
2014-07-16 03:21:25 PM  
I'll be honest, I liked the Cosplay parody of Happy more than I did Tacky.
 
2014-07-16 03:25:31 PM  

browntimmy: In his reddit AMA yesterday someone asked why he didn't do a parody of that Frozen song and Weird Al answered:

You know what, I was very close to doing a parody called "Make It So" about ST:TNG... but then I checked online, and of course, somebody had done that already. And apparently it had gotten enough attention online to make the Disney legal department ask them to take it down! I couldn't think of an idea that I liked as much as "Make It So," so... I gave up!


I just watched that - it was pretty good.
 
2014-07-16 03:34:34 PM  
New Parody: Parodying Lorde - Foil -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-0TEJMJOhk
 
2014-07-16 03:35:29 PM  
"Thirty-five years into a historic career, do we still need the parody king? "

Sturgeon's Law says "Yes".
 
2014-07-16 03:36:18 PM  
This website sounds like my favorite website  trying to call Al an outmoded entertainer.  Clearly he isn't if the response to this album is as good as it looks.  Yes, he's held back by the traditional record method, but if he's independant he may be able to churn out the high quality parodies sooner rather than later.
 
2014-07-16 03:36:22 PM  

BKITU: ManateeGag: BKITU: He's also now free from his record contract, leaving him able to compete with the unwashed YouTube masses on an even playing field.

he mentioned in a recent interview that he's going to be leaning towards digital releases now, so he can get music out faster.

Exactly my point. =)

Also makes good business sense. Keep the brand fresh in the current market, get more downloads more frequently... there's little downside to it.


I thought every parody I downloaded was weird Al, at least that's what both Kazaa and Napster told me.
 
2014-07-16 03:40:48 PM  
I can confirm that the new album is prime Al. Weird Al doing a song a la Pixies? So good!
 
2014-07-16 03:43:01 PM  

AntonChigger: moothemagiccow: I listened to the Foil song. Wasn't funny. "What kind of chip you got in there, a Dorito" was funny even when I hadn't heard the original.

You kidding me?  I laughed my ass off when he made the transition from foil as food protector to PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE ILLUMINATI.   Subversion of expectations is one of the greatest forms of humor, though I think watching the video makes the song funnier.


And the transition works great because of all the people i've known spouting tinfoil hat type nonsense it came out of left field just like that. Apropos of nothing "you know the Jews run all the skate shops? True fact. The money is sent to salvadorean death camps to steal nazi gold the purchases a dna virus that targets only arabs."
 
2014-07-16 03:44:07 PM  
You made a powerful enemy when you disparaged the Oxford comma, Al.
 
2014-07-16 03:46:25 PM  
Back in the day you didn't hear all the Sturgeon crap that was filtered out by the natural selection of the music production process. Now we can all set the Grade D sausages on Youtube.
 
2014-07-16 03:48:04 PM  

AntonChigger: Star Trek, The Next Generation


browntimmy: Star Trek, "Make it So" was Piccard's? (I don't watch Star Trek) catchphrase.


browntimmy: Star Trek, "Make it So" was Piccard's? (I don't watch Star Trek) catchphrase.


steverockson: Star Trek: The Next Generation


scottydoesntknow: Unless you work for rabid Star Wars fanboys you'll be fine searching it

/Star Trek: The Next Generation


ArkPanda: browntimmy: p the boiler: browntimmy: In his reddit AMA yesterday someone asked why he didn't do a parody of that Frozen song and Weird Al answered:

You know what, I was very close to doing a parody called "Make It So" about ST:TNG... but then I checked online, and of course, somebody had done that already. And apparently it had gotten enough attention online to make the Disney legal department ask them to take it down! I couldn't think of an idea that I liked as much as "Make It So," so... I gave up!

what is ST:TNG? - at work, afraid to look it up

Star Trek, "Make it So" was Piccard's? (I don't watch Star Trek) catchphrase.

Considering how into pop culture and self-parody Patrick Stewart is now, I could see him making the video in full dress uniform.


I just got nerd rolled.

Just kidding, I know there are plenty of non-nerdy Star Trek people that also think Weird Al is amazing ... no, seriously these people have to exist.

Thanks for the replies
 
2014-07-16 03:52:11 PM  

styckx: New Parody: Parodying Lorde - Foil -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-0TEJMJOhk


At first I was disappointed that it was just another food parody, but the second verse is quality.
 
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