The Prince Of Parody

Not this Prince. He’s just an asshole who doesn’t appreciate good humor.

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#6. Anything by Weird Al Yankovic

When I put this novelty song countdown together waaaaay back in the Spring, one of the biggest problems I had to tackle was what to do about the undisputed king of the popular novelty song…. one Alfred Matthew Yankovic.  Weird Al, as he likes to be called, has been entertaining us for nearly four decades with his hilarious takes on the hottest radio hits of the day… even earning a quartet of Top 40 hits himself (one in each of the last four decades!).  Trying to pick my favorite Weird Al song is like trying to decide which unruly Black Friday customer needs the shit slapped out of them the most.

Someone needs a Weird Al song enema.

Any legitimate countdown of novelty songs would be at least half Weird Al songs.  I wanted to stick to my one song per artist condition, so I decided to dedicate an entire upper tier notch to the genius behind the accordion.  I’ll post some of my favorite and underappreciated Weird Al gems, as well as provide a link back to what is my favorite of Al’s original songs (Yes, he could write his own songs to parody a genre!).

For early, unrefined Al, I absolutely love this song… even if I don’t share The Weird One’s sentiments on the ice cream flavor…

True story: Last week at work, as I was stocking some rocky road ice cream, they played “I Love Rock & Roll” over the store PA.  That made me laugh and got this song in my head…

A bit later in Al’s career, and apparently off an album nobody liked.  But this song introduced my 11 year old self to a medical term I’d never heard before…

If “He says that any day I might have to wear a truss!” isn’t Weird Al’s best line ever, I don’t know what is…

To get you in the Cyber Monday mood… a song that Mecca Radio introduced me to over a decade ago…

I had that exact Pac Man lunchbox sometime around third grade…

And to conclude this extremely small sample of the legend’s greatest work… this more recent parody that can be described as nothing short of utter genius.  And I normally despise grammar nazis…

Any song that sneaks in the term “cunning linguist” and makes fun of Alanis Morrisette and her stupid “Ironic” song is alright in my book…

And it helps that I love the original song too… so sue me!

Thank you Weird Al for many years of mocking the world one parody at a time.  Please return next Monday as we enter the hallowed Top 5 of my novelty song countdown!

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About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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21 Responses to The Prince Of Parody

  1. I like it…. and to be honest als’ songs are much better than the originals…

  2. I’ve been waiting for the Weird Al songs to show up-you have not disappointed me this Cyber Monday.

  3. ghostmmnc says:

    Just made my day with all the Weird Al songs! 🙂

  4. Hadn’t heard all of these – imagine that! 🙂

    Pam

  5. franhunne4u says:

    My fav Weid Al song must be Eat it – given that I am 150 kg heavy … Have some more chicken, have some more rice …

    • That’s the song that put him on the map, and was his first big hit. It also started the gag that Weird Al only did songs about food. I’ve heard that when he let Nirvana know that he was writing a parody of their song “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” while they were honored to have one of their songs become a Weird Al parody, they had to ask him “It’s not gonna be about food, is it?”

  6. Reblogged this on Serendipity – Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth and commented:
    No one really gets weird music the way Evil Squirrel gets it. Have a laugh and enjoy!

  7. And you are my reblog for the week 😀

  8. Pingback: The Prince Of Parody from the Evil Squirrel’s Nest – A Reblog for Lovers of Weird Music – Serendipity – Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

  9. Ally Bean says:

    Never cared for Weird Al. He might be clever, but I dunno… However if you tell me he’s worthy of note, I shall believe you. Just not bother to listen to him, but believe you.

    • Interesting… I think that is the first time I’ve heard of someone not liking Weird Al. Well, other than Prince, but Prince only likes himself. Thank you for admitting your feelings, as it just goes to show you there are no universal opinions about anything in this world.

  10. I remember the first time I hear a Weird Al song. It was his first. At the time I had no idea he was still a student at Cal Poly. I was in the college parking lot thinking “This guy is crazy. I love it. I’m going to tell all my friends about this.” It was “My Bologna”. I’m still telling my friends. At the time I had no idea we were the exact same age. I saw him live a few years ago. I saw the Knack live too LOL and they totally sucked (I had free tickets.) We all have our favorites. There are too many to choose. This makes me smile so much.

    • I’ve found some great ones by going on Weird Al kicks on YouTube that I’d never heard before. So much great material… it’s a crime he isn’t considered to be a serious artist by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, because few popular musicians have had the success he’s had.

  11. draliman says:

    The eBay song will always be my favourite. It was nice to see the old Word “staple assistant” one more time, though.

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