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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.
 
2014-07-16 03:56:47 PM  
The guy who plays the director in the Foil video is the same guy who played the invite reply guy in Portlandia.


Ah ... Googling shows that his name is Patton Oswalt, whom I presume is famous-y. Very well, then.
 
2014-07-16 04:03:48 PM  

Dwangerous: 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.


Yeah, I gave up on that shiat after they wrote about the Iggy Azeala thing. good to know that i wasn't just reading the whole thing wrong.
 
2014-07-16 04:04:37 PM  
enry:
He needs to be the next Super Bowl halftime act.

That would be glorious.
 
2014-07-16 04:05:22 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: 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 image 850x475]


Yeah, I got a kick out of that. That and the "cunning linguist" bit were the best parts.
 
2014-07-16 04:07:00 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.


Exactly. He mentioned that in an NPR interview the other day.
 
2014-07-16 04:08:46 PM  
It sounds like Steven Hyden didn't listen to Al's non-parody music. I'm a huge fan of Alapalooza; friends and I got together for years to jam "Frank's 2000 Inch TV" and "Harvey the Wonder Hamster".
 
2014-07-16 04:12:11 PM  

DeathByGeekSquad: enry:
He needs to be the next Super Bowl halftime act.

That would be glorious.


It would be... I think I signed a petition for that very thing awhile back.
 
2014-07-16 04:13:13 PM  

Ashyukun: Al's concerts are a FANTASTIC spectacle and not to be missed.


This. You want a good show, you go see Weird Al live. I was disappointed as hell I missed him last time he was in town, I hope he'll come through again soon.
 
2014-07-16 04:16:22 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!


That would have been awesome. Too bad.
 
2014-07-16 04:17:03 PM  
Who is he calling amateur?
 
2014-07-16 04:18:20 PM  
Oddly enough, They Might Be Giants had the best live show I've ever seen. They were amazingly well practiced and prepared in every imaginable way.
 
2014-07-16 04:18:21 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.


What are you, kidding? It's one of the best about-faces Weird Al's ever done. Nearly half of his parodic content is about food. I was expecting this to be another food song, so taking things in a completely different direction was brilliant.
 
2014-07-16 04:19:00 PM  

Farker Soze: You made a powerful enemy when you disparaged the Oxford comma, Al.


Now, now, he didn't disparage the comma, he just said if you wanted to remove it, that's provisionally acceptable since the stylistic debate on its use in not quite settled.
 
2014-07-16 04:19:08 PM  

Nadie_AZ: 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!

That would have been awesome. Too bad.


A victim of his own success and influence.
 
2014-07-16 04:20:28 PM  

Ishkur: 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.

What are you, kidding? It's one of the best about-faces Weird Al's ever done. Nearly half of his parodic content is about food. I was expecting this to be another food song, so taking things in a completely different direction was brilliant.


Yes, but that requires one to be familiar with Weird Al's habits. Let's face it, this latest song is not as Al-newbie-friendly as the last two.
 
2014-07-16 04:21:32 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: 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 image 850x475]


Well that explains the grammar nazi take! I knew one of us wrote that song.
 
2014-07-16 04:21:39 PM  
I haven't seen one youtuber parody reach the heights attained by songs such as "Amish Paradise"
 
2014-07-16 04:24:09 PM  
Yes, only a talent as great as Weird Al can do such things as replace real lyrics with other words that rhyme.
 
2014-07-16 04:28:11 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: Yes, only a talent as great as Weird Al can do such things as replace real lyrics with other words that rhyme.


I live with my mom
 
2014-07-16 04:28:20 PM  

dj_spanmaster: Nadie_AZ: 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!

That would have been awesome. Too bad.

A victim of his own success and influence.


One thing I like about Al (can I call him that?) is that he takes and improves upon music already out. I don't like copyright for that reason. I like that art can be borrowed and improved upon. It leads to better art.
 
2014-07-16 04:28:48 PM  

AntonChigger: Marshmallow Jones: Yes, only a talent as great as Weird Al can do such things as replace real lyrics with other words that rhyme.

I live with my mom


dangit forgot about the filters haha

still a crappy attempt at trolling
 
2014-07-16 04:29:09 PM  

Summoner101: I haven't seen one youtuber parody reach the heights attained by songs such as "Amish Paradise"


I am still amazed at the backwards-filmed portion of that video.  So impressive.
 
2014-07-16 04:35:46 PM  
I do love Weird Al and his videos (the ones that I've seen at least), the 'bad' thing about it is that I don't know what song he is "parodying" for most of the time.  I was never huge into music (only listened to christian, classical or 'oldies' (50s, 60s)) so don't know lots of songs.


*shrugs*  Still enjoy watching/listening to him.

/white and nerdy
//amish paradise
///slashies!
 
2014-07-16 04:38:36 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: Yes, only a talent as great as Weird Al can do such things as replace real lyrics with other words that rhyme.


Counterpoint: Bob.

Checkmate via Fool's mate.
 
2014-07-16 04:40:02 PM  

Ramien: Farker Soze: You made a powerful enemy when you disparaged the Oxford comma, Al.

Now, now, he didn't disparage the comma, he just said if you wanted to remove it, that's provisionally acceptable since the stylistic debate on its use in not quite settled.


No. The Diagram will not be corrupted by the depradations of those that will sap our language of its characters. Our sentence needs breathing room.
 
2014-07-16 04:41:58 PM  
I like his Craigslist/When The Musics Over vid best.

//Doors fan
 
2014-07-16 04:49:42 PM  

Mikey1969: 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.


Is he "quality" because of actual talent or because he's been doing it longer than anyone else?

He's been doing it for decades.  The notion that someone out there in the world with some time and effort can't rival him is short-sighted.  In the past I think this was, in large part, because there wasn't enough of a market for it to be worthwhile.

Unfortunately most of the posts in this thread fall into the category of blind adoration.

The main point the article makes is that a great part of his success came from standard distribution methods which are quickly becoming less and less capable of sustaining his career.

It would be interesting to see him try and keep up without it.  If he stays with the setup he has had for decades then it's an issue of diminishing returns; can he make do with less while others take the alternative.  If he walks and does something Indie then he's going to have to compete with every single other person on YouTube.  It's a story of whether or not an old dog can learn new tricks because you know that the young pups are going to be able to when they see they can get treats out of doing it.
 
2014-07-16 04:52:10 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.


I was having a wtf reaction as he just went nuts


funny as hell though
 
2014-07-16 05:03:09 PM  

Skarekrough: Mikey1969: 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.

Is he "quality" because of actual talent or because he's been doing it longer than anyone else?


You're seriously asking this? Then you haven't listened to his music. He and his band rewrite these songs, he doesn't just lay a new vocal track on top of the existing music. And they do a damn good job of it.

He's been doing it for decades.  The notion that someone out there in the world with some time and effort can't rival him is short-sighted.  In the past I think this was, in large part, because there wasn't enough of a market for it to be worthwhile.

There was plenty of market if you had the talent. He got his start in the same place anyone with talent would have--by getting his music onto the Dr Demento show. It's not like he had an exclusive license that wasn't available to a million other comedic/novelty acts.

Unfortunately most of the posts in this thread fall into the category of blind adoration.

Actually, most of the posts on this thread are from people who haven't been living under a rock and actually pay attention to what they listen to.

The main point the article makes is that a great part of his success came from standard distribution methods which are quickly becoming less and less capable of sustaining his career.

This is like saying that water is wet. Any band that's been around for more than 15 years is running into this. TFA doesn't tell anyone anything that is new. And as far as implying that song 'X' was only popular "last summer" just shows how shallow appreciation of music actually is. A good song doesn't quit being good after a set time.

It would be interesting to see him try and keep up without it.  If he stays with the setup he has had for decades then it's an issue of diminishing returns; can he make do with less while others take the alternative.  If he walks and does something Indie then he's going to have to compete with every single other person on YouTube.  It's a story of whether or not an old dog can learn new tricks because you know that the young pups are going to be able to when they see they can get treats out of doing it.

He actually knows what he's doing, has a band that knows what THEY are doing, has contacts and knows how the production process works. You're right. 'JonnyStud987637' is going to totally destroy him on YouTube.


But yeah, probably "blind adoration".
 
2014-07-16 05:16:13 PM  

Skarekrough: Mikey1969: 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.

Is he "quality" because of actual talent or because he's been doing it longer than anyone else?

He's been doing it for decades.  The notion that someone out there in the world with some time and effort can't rival him is short-sighted.  In the past I think this was, in large part, because there wasn't enough of a market for it to be worthwhile.

Unfortunately most of the posts in this thread fall into the category of blind adoration.

The main point the article makes is that a great part of his success came from standard distribution methods which are quickly becoming less and less capable of sustaining his career.

It would be interesting to see him try and keep up without it.  If he stays with the setup he has had for decades then it's an issue of diminishing returns; can he make do with less while others take the alternative.  If he walks and does something Indie then he's going to have to compete with every single other person on YouTube.  It's a story of whether or not an old dog can learn new tricks because you know that the young pups are going to be able to when they see they can get treats out of doing it.


I would say that Weird Al has been able to make a career out of doing this, and do it longer than anyone else, precisely because of the quality of his parodies. You could assert that he's been successful despite having poor-quality parodies, but no evidence supports that, unless you're also going to assert that his record label has deliberately been taking a loss on Weird Al for 30 years, but still actively promoting him, because [some unknown reason].

"Doing something Indie" wouldn't suddenly reduce someone who's successfully been doing musical parodies for over 30 years to the same level as some random guy on YouTube. Weird Al has a name recognition that the vast majority of people on YouTube cannot match, and that's all the edge he needs. YouTube is a far, far better fit for Weird Al than a standard album-centric distribution model, precisely because his hits are individual songs and their accompanying videos, not the albums.
 
2014-07-16 05:16:26 PM  
img3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-07-16 05:35:11 PM  

Mikey1969:
Would ANYONE here shed a tear if TMZ and all of its employees were incinerated in a flaming nuclear ball?


Yes. Tears of joy.
 
2014-07-16 05:35:25 PM  
I've never been much of a fan other than a few laughs in the early 80's. After that, he got old to me. His parodies weren't all that funny to me, and it took him forever to update his image - something that really shouldn't be needed, but yeah - those glasses had to go a decade before they did. However, the stuff he's been releasing daily this week has been awesome. Engaging videos count for a lot, but it might also be that Weird Al nostalgia has entered the zeitgeist.
 
2014-07-16 05:40:24 PM  

whistleridge: 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.


Eh, maybe it's just me being old, but he's got far shiattier music to choose from now.  I can't listen to a song by that Thicke guy, and I can't listen to a parody of it, either.  It's just that Al's baseline for what was listenable has changed dramatically.
 
2014-07-16 05:42:23 PM  
Also to those of you going "LOL, but all he does are parodies, how much skil does that take?"

Have you ever *listened* to his original music on his albums? The ones where he'll often ape another artist's style, but not outright parody one of their songs?

Like, say, Dare To Be Stupid, which out-Devo'd *Devo.*
 
2014-07-16 05:47:57 PM  

Mikey1969: 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?


Depends: their headquarters, or on some abandoned rock?
 
2014-07-16 05:48:14 PM  

Felgraf: Also to those of you going "LOL, but all he does are parodies, how much skil does that take?"

Have you ever *listened* to his original music on his albums? The ones where he'll often ape another artist's style, but not outright parody one of their songs?

Like, say, Dare To Be Stupid, which out-Devo'd *Devo.*


God I love that song..

Weird Al is a legend, and a genius.. If he's not in HOF before he dies it will be a great injustice.
 
2014-07-16 05:57:46 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: whistleridge: 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.

Eh, maybe it's just me being old, but he's got far shiattier music to choose from now.  I can't listen to a song by that Thicke guy, and I can't listen to a parody of it, either.  It's just that Al's baseline for what was listenable has changed dramatically.


i think I need to remove myself from your lawn.
 
2014-07-16 06:01:59 PM  

Mikey1969: It would be interesting to see him try and keep up without it. If he stays with the setup he has had for decades then it's an issue of diminishing returns; can he make do with less while others take the alternative. If he walks and does something Indie then he's going to have to compete with every single other person on YouTube. It's a story of whether or not an old dog can learn new tricks because you know that the young pups are going to be able to when they see they can get treats out of doing it.

He actually knows what he's doing, has a band that knows what THEY are doing, has contacts and knows how the production process works. You're right. 'JonnyStud987637' is going to totally destroy him on YouTube.


I think the other key is that he had an contract to fulfill.  I don't know the terms, but it probably wasn't in his best interest to "walk" and do something Indie.

But you're right, 90% of the other "singers" on YouTube couldn't hold up to Weird Al on their best day.
 
2014-07-16 06:02:20 PM  
"Word Crimes" is a new classic and Goddamned glorious.
 
2014-07-16 06:06:40 PM  

Farker Soze: You made a powerful enemy when you disparaged the Oxford comma, Al.


He didn't.  He told people not to complain if they're misunderstood when they omit it.  Al is pro-Oxford.
 
2014-07-16 06:27:04 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: whistleridge: 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.

Eh, maybe it's just me being old, but he's got far shiattier music to choose from now.  I can't listen to a song by that Thicke guy, and I can't listen to a parody of it, either.  It's just that Al's baseline for what was listenable has changed dramatically.


You shut your whore mouth! As a grammar nerd, allow me to assure you, 'Word Crimes' is the single greatest contribution to the English language by an individual since Stephen Colbert coined 'truthiness'!
 
2014-07-16 06:27:45 PM  
I busted up laughing at Foil. That was pretty classic.
 
2014-07-16 06:32:17 PM  

styckx: Felgraf: Also to those of you going "LOL, but all he does are parodies, how much skil does that take?"

Have you ever *listened* to his original music on his albums? The ones where he'll often ape another artist's style, but not outright parody one of their songs?

Like, say, Dare To Be Stupid, which out-Devo'd *Devo.*

God I love that song..

Weird Al is a legend, and a genius.. If he's not in HOF before he dies it will be a great injustice.


"Close but no cigar" is a beautiful Cake style parody.
 
2014-07-16 06:38:33 PM  
Been going over "Word Crimes" video like the Zapruder film.  Fark tropes, Trodgor the Burninator is in there, a picture of old Al under accordion, so many goodies.  Amazing amazing work of art.

This week the Internet belongs to Weird Al and we are all just borrowing it for moments, hopefully just to enjoy his brilliance.
 
2014-07-16 06:44:09 PM  

Felgraf: Also to those of you going "LOL, but all he does are parodies, how much skil does that take?"

Have you ever *listened* to his original music on his albums? The ones where he'll often ape another artist's style, but not outright parody one of their songs?

Like, say, Dare To Be Stupid, which out-Devo'd *Devo.*


Exactly. People don't appreciate just how fantastic his band is... it takes skill to play at a level where people are willing to pay money to hear you perform. It takes an amazing amount of skill to not only do that but also have the musical chops to be able to shift your style to mimic that of numerous other artists. These guys do polka, pop, rap, you name it... and they play it just as well (if not better than) the actual artists who made the hits they're parodying.

These guys aren't playing songs by other artists. They're playing AS these other artists in some ways.
 
2014-07-16 07:06:23 PM  

AntonChigger: AntonChigger: Marshmallow Jones: Yes, only a talent as great as Weird Al can do such things as replace real lyrics with other words that rhyme.

I live with my mom

dangit forgot about the filters haha

still a crappy attempt at trolling


What word or phrase was substituted there? I haven't seen this filter before.
 
2014-07-16 07:14:56 PM  
Here's a fun experiment that shows the biggest problem with YouTube.

Go look up the video for Tacky. Feel free to include 'official video' in your search. Back? Find it? NO, because the first (at least) page is flooded with worthless twatbrained leaches' "review videos!" It's a collective "oh, this thing is popular, let me use the name to boost my own hit-counter."

/finally bit the bullet and gave Slate a click off the Fark link. Despite how shiat their mobile page is
//results may have changed since, but I doubt it
///goes to watch other new Al videos before this effect takes full hold
 
2014-07-16 07:24:22 PM  
Word Crimes

Tacky

I don't think Mr. Yankovic has anything to worry about.
i0.wp.com
 
2014-07-16 07:27:48 PM  
small confession: I did that post before going out to dinner, only previewed, and didn't post... pretend it's up there somewhere in the middle, around 4:45.
 
2014-07-16 07:33:34 PM  
Took me a few views to notice this in the corner of the "Lost Cause" shot in Word Crimes:
img.fark.net
I have a feeling I'll be noticing new little things in that video for a while.
 
2014-07-16 07:39:42 PM  

LonMead: Word Crimes

Tacky

I don't think Mr. Yankovic has anything to worry about.
[i0.wp.com image 484x253]


You forgot   Foil (just came out today)
 
2014-07-16 07:42:39 PM  

NeoCortex42: Took me a few views to notice this in the corner of the "Lost Cause" shot in Word Crimes:
[img.fark.net image 360x146]
I have a feeling I'll be noticing new little things in that video for a while.


Holy hell that's genius...
 
2014-07-16 08:07:50 PM  
Kudos, Al. You've sent out some more great work. Even when it's on youtube we buy the cd's at the concert. He does a great live show and we can all sing along if we know the words first.

/yo-yo-yo-yoda!
 
2014-07-16 08:15:20 PM  

AntonChigger: AntonChigger: Marshmallow Jones: Yes, only a talent as great as Weird Al can do such things as replace real lyrics with other words that rhyme.

I live with my mom

dangit forgot about the filters haha

still a crappy attempt at trolling


Lol. I thought you were trying to prove Jones wrong...

Replacing real lyrics with other words that rhyme.
Am I working or just wasting my time?
How can I make a living, be da bomb?
Never mind, I still live with my mom.
 
2014-07-16 08:16:40 PM  
Al's transition in the 'Foil' video is now my all-time favourite moment in entertainment.

Watch his face. hilarious.
 
2014-07-16 08:19:13 PM  
Just caught up on the latest videos (was trying to save them until I could watch them all at once) and while "Tacky" and "Word Crimes" were hilarious, "Foil" was no slouch in terms of making me laugh. Just the dramatic shift in imagery (and the end shot) while trying to guess what was going to happen based on lyrics was hilarious.

He's still got it, and I hope he comes by touring again, maybe this time I'll remember to try and bring something for him to sign...
 
2014-07-16 08:24:11 PM  

Decillion: Al's transition in the 'Foil' video is now my all-time favourite moment in entertainment.

Watch his face. hilarious.


Yup.. I was so disappointed at first he went with food again (still funny though), then soon as his transitions I started giggling like a little girl because I knew where he was going with it
 
2014-07-16 08:39:25 PM  
Anyone who doubts Weird Al's talent needs to take 40 minutes or so and listen to/watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHnTocdD7sk
 
2014-07-16 08:45:42 PM  

NeoCortex42: I have a feeling I'll be noticing new little things in that video for a while.


I had to be told to look for Trogdor, but he's there. Also, there's a split second where the words "I hate" are placed in front of the Prince symbol. That was absolutely not a coincidence.

/(Nor was it ironic.)
 
2014-07-16 08:49:25 PM  

styckx: Decillion: Al's transition in the 'Foil' video is now my all-time favourite moment in entertainment.

Watch his face. hilarious.

Yup.. I was so disappointed at first he went with food again (still funny though), then soon as his transitions I started giggling like a little girl because I knew where he was going with it


I'm glad I wasn't the only one who was like YES the minute it turned dark.
 
2014-07-16 08:55:59 PM  

Porous Horace: The guy who plays the director in the Foil video is the same guy who played the invite reply guy in Portlandia.


Ah ... Googling shows that his name is Patton Oswalt, whom I presume is famous-y. Very well, then.


Yeah, he's got a bit of a following.
 
2014-07-16 09:03:39 PM  

DeathByGeekSquad: enry:
He needs to be the next Super Bowl halftime act.

That would be glorious.


That is actually a really great idea that needs to happen.
 
2014-07-16 09:04:43 PM  
Weird Al stands a very good chance of making more money not signed to a record label now then when he was.. From what I hear Youtube pays well for high view counts.. Now that he can dump out videos on a more real time basis he stands to literally rule Youtube..
 
2014-07-16 09:57:57 PM  
Also hidden in the Word Crimes video along with Trogdor and other gags:

img.fark.net

The 8 days / 8 videos promo is 3 for 3 so far. I was on the fence about Foil until the transition, then ... genius.
 
2014-07-16 10:03:42 PM  
I was trying to explain to my kids that the crap parodies that they listen to over and over on YouTube are nothing compared to Weird Al.

"Weird who?"

"I'm old"

/Jesus, are those videos crap
 
2014-07-16 10:56:11 PM  

enry: He needs to be the next Super Bowl halftime act.


We're the Internet. We need to make this happen.
 
2014-07-16 11:28:32 PM  
DNRTFA, but thanks to this thread I have just watched Foil and Word Crimes....on Youtube. Not sure what the author's point might be.

/Weird Al is a genius
//Also loved The Saga Begins, Pentiums and most of his older stuff
///Need to acquire UHF
 
2014-07-16 11:44:17 PM  

Charlie Freak: I was trying to explain to my kids that the crap parodies that they listen to over and over on YouTube are nothing compared to Weird Al.

"Weird who?"

"I'm old"

/Jesus, are those videos crap


You already failed. Mine have been hearing weird al since they were infants. Now they love the fact that he is spoofing their music.
 
2014-07-17 12:18:51 AM  

SamFlagg: "Close but no cigar" is a beautiful Cake style parody.


I'm waiting for the day Cake actually performs that song at a concert. It's that much of a spot-on tribute to the band's style that it's not out of place. I include it in my all Cake songs" playlist.
 
2014-07-17 02:05:05 AM  

whistleridge: 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.


Done in one.  Al's still got some zip on that fastball.
 
2014-07-17 06:29:10 AM  
I was really sorry to hear about his dad.
 
2014-07-17 08:43:48 AM  

Skarekrough: Is he "quality" because of actual talent or because he's been doing it longer than anyone else?

He's been doing it for decades.  The notion that someone out there in the world with some time and effort can't rival him is short-sighted.  In the past I think this was, in large part, because there wasn't enough of a market for it to be worthwhile.


My counter to that is that is, seriously, have you tried to do what he does? I mean, anyone can learn to play all the different styles of music Al has covered over the years (pop, new wave, country, folk, rock, grunge, polka, etc.).  But the real key is, can you (a) do it convincingly and make it sound like you really are proficient in said genre, and (b) can you then, in the middle of a concert, switch it up from one to the other without having your sense of rhythm completely fark you over?

My point is, that ain't easy.  And while it's easy to just make the song, it's nowhere near as easy to make them and then have the professional career Al has had.
 
2014-07-17 09:09:18 AM  

FriarReb98: My counter to that is that is, seriously, have you tried to do what he does? I mean, anyone can learn to play all the different styles of music Al has covered over the years (pop, new wave, country, folk, rock, grunge, polka, etc.).  But the real key is, can you (a) do it convincingly and make it sound like you really are proficient in said genre, and (b) can you then, in the middle of a concert, switch it up from one to the other without having your sense of rhythm completely fark you over?


Actually, I've been playing in cover bands for almost 25 years.  Being "good" at your craft, to some degree, means being able to do exactly that.  No crowd is going to sit through one single genre for three or four sets a night.  Whether you like it or not you're going to need to change it up and what makes a really good band is doing exactly that.  Especially with the way crowds are today and the splintering of what is popular; you don't get to just play a straight ahead 4/4 beat for the whole night and expect it to work.
I've found the greater challenge is being able to change genre and styles within one song; being able to segue into something that has little more in common than, at best, a chord progression which utilizes the same root notes.  The easy example of this would be "Dead Flowers" by the Stones into "Ball and Chain" by Social Distortion.  With the Stones it's a straight ahead rock beat but once you get into SD you're looking at swinging the beat, and everyone in the band needs to be on board or you're not going to get it.  This also requires you to be an arranger of sorts as longer songs are less acceptable and you need to really think what is detrimental to the song; you can't pull out a signature bit and expect to get the same level of satisfaction out of the crowd.

If you're putting "Beat It" somewhere inside of "Get Lucky" you can't NOT do the iconic EVH solo, and you can't NOT do that solo note for note.  It's a balance between both functionality and remaining true to what elements make that song as much of a standout as it is.

I've never said he or his band aren't capable as musicians.  But to be fair what he does isn't that difficult from a playing standpoint.  They're solid and they're good, but it isn't a skill that tens of thousands of other musicians on small stages in bars and clubs on any Friday night don't have at their disposal.  Go see a "show" in Vegas or any bar in Nashville or on Bourbon Street in New Orleans and you'll find folks who do that night after night.
 
2014-07-17 09:23:30 AM  

enry: He needs to be the next Super Bowl halftime act.


And with "Sports Song" from the new album, he's even got the perfect opening number. I hope HOPE HOPE that it's one of the videos to be released.

/I also want a video for "Jackson Park Express"...
//And "Inactive"...
///And "Mission Statement"...
////And every other song on this album...
//And every other song on every other album...
//Why yes, I'm a fan. How did you guess?
 
2014-07-17 09:55:29 AM  

whistleridge: 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.


Key of Awesome does some excellent parody work and the production for the videos is pretty decent too.
 
2014-07-17 10:11:10 AM  

Charlie Freak: I was trying to explain to my kids that the crap parodies that they listen to over and over on YouTube are nothing compared to Weird Al.

"Weird who?"

"I'm old"

/Jesus, are those videos crap


Show them the videos, that will help


but start with the old stuff and work your way forward
 
2014-07-17 11:08:34 AM  

loonatic112358: Charlie Freak: I was trying to explain to my kids that the crap parodies that they listen to over and over on YouTube are nothing compared to Weird Al.

"Weird who?"

"I'm old"

/Jesus, are those videos crap

Show them the videos, that will help


but start with the old stuff and work your way forward


Although, to note..... you really need to show them the original video as well in many cases, or at least play the original song.

IE, Eat Id and Fat, you don't get anything out of those without seeing the original MJ videos  (and my daughter had seen Thriller earlier before so she got the part at the end of Eat It).   Some of the others I guess might be funny on their own, although still good to know the original source work to appreciate it.
 
2014-07-17 11:24:05 AM  
"Handy" is now out.  I'll give it an A-, maaaybe B+.  Only because after the Foil flip I was waiting for more of the same.
 
2014-07-17 11:24:44 AM  
Also,  "Handy" is now up on WeirdAl..... and I'll be expecting about 100 You Tube videos of handymen dancing to "Handy" in about 72 hours.
 
2014-07-17 12:07:02 PM  
Handy is produced by Yahoo, Tacky by Nerdist, Foil by College Humor, and Word Crimes is Vevo.  So I'm guessing tomorrow is either Lame Claim to Fame or My Own Eyes by Funny or Die.
 
2014-07-17 12:11:04 PM  

NeoCortex42: Handy is produced by Yahoo, Tacky by Nerdist, Foil by College Humor, and Word Crimes is Vevo.  So I'm guessing tomorrow is either Lame Claim to Fame or My Own Eyes by Funny or Die.


And then I'm guessing Mission Statement by Cracked.

Who else is there to produce the last couple videos then?  Who am I forgetting?
 
2014-07-17 12:43:20 PM  
I never heard (nor want to hear) "Fancy"... And unfortunately, "Handy" really doesn't deliver for me.
 
2014-07-17 12:43:23 PM  

NeoCortex42: NeoCortex42: Handy is produced by Yahoo, Tacky by Nerdist, Foil by College Humor, and Word Crimes is Vevo.  So I'm guessing tomorrow is either Lame Claim to Fame or My Own Eyes by Funny or Die.

And then I'm guessing Mission Statement by Cracked.

Who else is there to produce the last couple videos then?  Who am I forgetting?


Inactive by WTFark
 
2014-07-17 12:46:30 PM  

Nix Nightbird: I never heard (nor want to hear) "Fancy"... And unfortunately, "Handy" really doesn't deliver for me.


I think the song is okay.  The video is certainly the weakest of the bunch for me, though.  It really seems like what I would expect for something produced by Yahoo.  The production quality just didn't seem on par with the first three.

And like mentioned above, there will be an abundance of handymen creating spoof videos of this within a few days.
 
2014-07-17 01:01:46 PM  

NeoCortex42: Nix Nightbird: I never heard (nor want to hear) "Fancy"... And unfortunately, "Handy" really doesn't deliver for me.

I think the song is okay.  The video is certainly the weakest of the bunch for me, though.  It really seems like what I would expect for something produced by Yahoo.  The production quality just didn't seem on par with the first three.

And like mentioned above, there will be an abundance of handymen creating spoof videos of this within a few days.


or use it for commercials
 
2014-07-17 02:05:38 PM  

styckx: NeoCortex42: Took me a few views to notice this in the corner of the "Lost Cause" shot in Word Crimes:
[img.fark.net image 360x146]
I have a feeling I'll be noticing new little things in that video for a while.

Holy hell that's genius...


I was cheering for "Weird Al Yankovic has a big dictionary".

Anyone who thinks that Weird Al doesn't operate at a higher level than any idiot who can put words to music isn't paying attention.
 
2014-07-17 03:22:37 PM  

NeoCortex42: Nix Nightbird: I never heard (nor want to hear) "Fancy"... And unfortunately, "Handy" really doesn't deliver for me.

I think the song is okay.  The video is certainly the weakest of the bunch for me, though.  It really seems like what I would expect for something produced by Yahoo.  The production quality just didn't seem on par with the first three.

And like mentioned above, there will be an abundance of handymen creating spoof videos of this within a few days.


Already have one up putting it with something called "Happy Tree Friends"...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LALCiodyejc
 
2014-07-17 03:51:07 PM  

jim-p: Also hidden in the Word Crimes video along with Trogdor and other gags:

[img.fark.net image 850x471]

The 8 days / 8 videos promo is 3 for 3 so far. I was on the fence about Foil until the transition, then ... genius.


Also his reddit username, George-Newman, from UHF
 
2014-07-17 04:28:50 PM  

dletter: NeoCortex42: Nix Nightbird: I never heard (nor want to hear) "Fancy"... And unfortunately, "Handy" really doesn't deliver for me.

I think the song is okay.  The video is certainly the weakest of the bunch for me, though.  It really seems like what I would expect for something produced by Yahoo.  The production quality just didn't seem on par with the first three.

And like mentioned above, there will be an abundance of handymen creating spoof videos of this within a few days.

Already have one up putting it with something called "Happy Tree Friends"...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LALCiodyejc


"Happy Tree Friends" is one of the absolute sickest cartoon series ever created. It's wonderful. Find episodes. NSFW/Lunch most of the time.
 
2014-07-18 02:25:34 AM  
I'm a big fan, except for the all-too-common stalking-themed songs/parodies. Those get old fast.

Some of these songs work so much better with the videos, definitely.
 
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