Just An Old Fashioned Love Song

It's time to take your weekly musical suppository, children.

It’s time to take your weekly musical suppository medicine, children.

Holy cow!  It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for The Nest to dig up something even rarer than a Chicago Cubs World Series appearance straight outta the room that once doubled as Al Capone’s vault, the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  You’ll find no goats in our studio, just one spunky unicorn disc jockey and a pair of sparkly hybrid helpers who are ready to make the call to the bullpen for the next lost treasure we’ve called up from the minors for your listening pleasure.  Batter up!

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Last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame located in that other World Series city announced its list of nominees eligible for induction for the class of 2017.  The roll call of potentially lucky artists is the usual assortment of critical darlings (Pearl Jam), pop superstars (Janet, Miss Jackson if you’re nasty), groups who should have been elected years ago (ELO), groups nobody has ever even heard of before (Bad Brains), a whole bevy of shitty bands who were more influential than successful (Steppenwolf, Jane’s Addiction, Kraftwerk) bands who should only be allowed in the R&RHoF if they buy a ticket (Journey), and artists who instantly spring to mind when you think of the phrase “rock and roll”…

Excuse me, but I did sample Bruce Hornsby & The Range!

Excuse me, but I did sample Bruce Hornsby & The Range!

There are many, many legendary bands and musicians that deserve inclusion in the Hall of Fame who are lucky to ever even get a token nomination from the Rolling Stone reading music snobs that make up the ballot…. but do you know who the most egregious snub of them all is?  An artist who not only has never been nominated before, but almost certainly never will see his name included along with the likes of Joan Baez, Joe Tex and Chaka Khan…

Probably sold more albums than Depeche Mode.

Probably sold more albums than Depeche Mode.

Yes, I’m talking about living legend “Weird” Al Yankovic, who turned 57 yesterday!  Only the undisputed king of the song parody, one of the elite comic musicians the world has ever seen… and an artist who has been going strong for three and a half decades now!  What, you think writing “serious music” is difficult?  Any idiot can pen a song without constraints and have it be successful… go listen to “MacArthur Park” and tell me I’m wrong.  As an amateur parodist myself, I can tell you that the art of humorously mimicking anything takes a lot of creative talent and a twisted mind to keep your take fresh while also keeping the original source recognizable…

Charles Dickens is rolling over in his grave.

Charles Dickens is rolling over in his grave.

Unfortunately, nobody considers parody to be a serious art form… and that’s what Weird Al is known best for.  All of his songs that became popular were send-ups of radio hits of the day.  But dig deep into Weird Al’s albums, and you’ll find a whole treasure trove of original music he came up with.  These were the songs where Weird Al took on certain genres or the unique sounds of other musicians and wrote his own material to honor it.  My absolute favorite of these Weird Al originals is his spoof of 50’s doo wop that was included on the 1985 album Dare To Be Stupid… here’s an anthem for the heartbroken, “One More Minute”…

As usual with Weird Al productions, the video is just as hilariously ingenious as the song itself is.  I first found this song several years ago at the perfect time for it to really endear itself to me…

ripped heart from chest

Oh well, finding a full service pump outside of Oregon or New Jersey is pretty hard anyway…

Maybe if the Cubs can win the World Series, Weird Al can also finally take his rightful place among rock legends like Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Gene Pitney.  I’ll be back next Monday with another song that only gets played when Hell freezes over…

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34 Responses to Just An Old Fashioned Love Song

  1. Happy Birthday Al… I loved his eBay song and his version of the titanic tear jerker song… and mostly when we hear music we remember the lyrics of Al first LOL

    • A lot of Al’s parodies were better than the original songs! Even songs I really love like “Living in America” and “Blurred Lines,” Al somehow managed to top. Just another reason I think he deserves music’s highest honor…

  2. 1jaded1 says:

    Hahahaha. I remember this song. Mom would get so angry when I played it. I would try to calm her down by telling her that it was doo wop. Somehow, it didn’t work.

    Love Depeche Mode, though (in reference to the caption).

    • I like some of Depeche Mode’s music as well, and will probably feature one of their songs on a Monday at some point. I didn’t really become familiar with a lot of their stuff until VH1-Classic hit the air last decade…

      • 1jaded1 says:

        I’m going home in a couple weeks. I’m definitely saving this for mom. Thank you for another laugh! Those doo wop guys are priceless

  3. Weird Al is frequently on Craig Ferguson’s Celebrity Name Game game show. He’s hysterical.

  4. Piglove says:

    Squeals with piggy laughter! OMP – OMP – OMP. This is one guy that we all know here at the Hotel Thompson. We love him and his creative ways. Dad has a lot of his music. So much fun for sure!! We can actually say we know this one. How about that! XOXO – Bacon

  5. Ah yes…..Weird Al…..always wondered if his hair was naturally curly or what…..I have to hand it to him – he definitely is entertaining!

    Pam

  6. Trisha says:

    I didn’t know Weird Al wrote any original music. He’s hilarious! I like good parodies, although I’m more familiar with the twisted tunes of Bob Rivers since he’s local and our stations used to play him quite a bit. The video for Dirty Deeds Done With Sheep is so stupid…and always makes me laugh.

    • OMG! I will have to look that one up! I do know some great non-Al parodies, at least one of which I’ll be featuring before the year’s over.

      We had a few Weird Al cassettes that we wore out in the family van back in the day, and that’s how I learned he did more than funny parodies. He’s a lot more talented than he’s given credit for…

  7. ody & biskit…..we haza ear werm frum de title oh yur post… let a lone de post it self…{ three dog night ~~~~~~ ☺☺☺

  8. I saw Weird Al on some TV show not long ago and we enjoyed him again. He is still funny, still weird, and you’re right. I doubt he’ll make it into the HOF, but I don’t think any musical humorist has ever made it. i could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure I’m not wrong. Those guys don’t HAVE a sense of humor.

    • While I’m not intimately familiar with the roster of inductees, I’m very sure you’re right. It’s a shame… Weird Al’s music (And that of the other comedy greats) is just right for so many moments no different than that more serious stuff put out by everyone else!

  9. Gah…NOT Weird Al!! Puleeze. And for the record…there’s nothing wrong with Journey. You must have just ‘stopped believing’ somewhere along the way. LOL
    P.S. Go Cubs, Go Indians. Either team would deserve the win and hopefully we can all get behind generational underdogs. 😉

    • LOL, I like to tease another one of my friends here who is a big Journey fan. I’m just not that into them, and “Don’t Stop Believin'” is a big part of the reason why. I’ll start believin’ again when radio stations stop playing that song!!! I do have a lesser-played Journey hit I plan on featuring sometime, though….

  10. Merbear74 says:

    I really loved “Amish Paradise” by Weird Al. Churnin’ butter and building barns.
    May I praise you for your knowledge of old music. Gene Pitney!!

  11. draliman says:

    Aw, what a sad yet heart-warming song 🙂
    Loved the backing singers!

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