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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
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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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