The Official Weird Al Yankovic Thread

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by puglover, Nov 16, 2007.

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How many Weird Al songs are better than the originals?

  1. "Achy Breaky Song" (parody of "Achy Breaky Heart")

    4 vote(s)
    8.5%
  2. "Amish Paradise" (parody of "Gangsta's Paradise")

    26 vote(s)
    55.3%
  3. "Bohemian Polka" (parody of "Bohemian Rhapsody")

    5 vote(s)
    10.6%
  4. "Canadian Idiot" (parody of "American Idiot")

    12 vote(s)
    25.5%
  5. "A Complicated Song" (parody of "Complicated")

    14 vote(s)
    29.8%
  6. "Eat it" (parody of "Beat it")

    18 vote(s)
    38.3%
  7. "I Can't Watch This" (parody of "U Can't Touch This")

    6 vote(s)
    12.8%
  8. "Jurassic Park" (parody of "MacArthur Park")

    3 vote(s)
    6.4%
  9. "Lasagna" (parody of "La Bamba")

    5 vote(s)
    10.6%
  10. "Like a Surgeon" (parody of "Like a Virgin")

    13 vote(s)
    27.7%
  11. "The Saga Begins" (Star Wars parody of "American Pie")

    11 vote(s)
    23.4%
  12. "White & Nerdy" (parody of "Ridin' Dirty")

    28 vote(s)
    59.6%
  13. "Yoda" (parody of "Lola")

    8 vote(s)
    17.0%
  14. Weird Al isn't any good

    3 vote(s)
    6.4%
  15. Other

    12 vote(s)
    25.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. puglover

    puglover Disturber of Worldviews

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    Weird Al, in case you live in a hole in the ground, is THE master of parody music and making fun of popular culture.

    Sometimes, however, especially considering the quality of a lot of songs, Weird Al's parodies turn out more bearable than the actual song. He's that good at parody.

    So vote for your favorite Weird Al songs (If you haven't already heard them, look them up on youtube!) Discussion of the movie, "UHF" is also allowed. :D
     
  2. LightFang

    LightFang "I'm the hero!"

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    I like Virus Alert and pretty much all of his polkas.
     
  3. Yuri2356

    Yuri2356 Test Screening

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    You can keep your Red Snapper, or...

    ...you can trade it all for whatever's in the box that Hiro-san is bringing down the aisle!
     
  4. puglover

    puglover Disturber of Worldviews

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    STUPID! :aargh:

    ;)
     
  5. Che Guava

    Che Guava The Juicy Revolutionary

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    I always loved his 'originals' too. Anyone remember "One more minute"?

    Or Al-Music? (was that only on MuchMusic in Canada?)
     
  6. Ansar

    Ansar Détente avec l'été

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    How could I forget about Virus Alert?! :eek: :blush:

    Anyways, I voted:
    - Complicated
    - White and Nerdy
    - The Saga Begins
    - I Can't Watch This
    - Eat It
     
  7. Tycoon101

    Tycoon101 Loves being STRONG

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    LucyDuke staring at the clock

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    It's All About The Pentiums
    Spoiler :
    It's all about the Pentiums, baby
    Uhh, uh-huh, yeah
    Uhh, uh-huh, yeah
    It's all about the Pentiums, baby
    It's all about the Pentiums, baby
    It's all about the Pentiums!
    It's all about the Pentiums!
    (Yeah!!)

    Whatcha wanna do?
    Wanna be hackers? Code crackers? Slackers?
    Wastin' time with all the chatroom yakkers?
    9 to 5, chillin' at Hewlett Packard?
    Workin' at a desk with a dumb little placard?
    Yeah, payin' the bills with my mad programming skills
    Defraggin' my hard drive for thrills
    I got me a hundred gigabytes of RAM
    I never feed trolls and I don't read spam
    Installed a T1 line in my house
    Always at my PC, double-clickin' on my mizouse
    Upgrade my system at least twice a day
    I'm strictly plug-and-play, I ain't afraid of Y2K
    I'm down with Bill Gates, I call him Money for short
    I phone him up at home and I make him do my tech support
    It's all about the Pentiums, what?
    You gotta be the dumbest newbie I've ever seen
    You've got white-out all over your screen
    You think your Commodore 64 is really neat-o
    What kinda chip you got in there, a Dorito?
    You're usin' a 286? Don't make me laugh
    Your Windows boots up in what, a day and a half?
    You could back up your whole hard drive on a floppy diskette
    You're the biggest joke on the Internet
    Your database is a disasta
    You're waxin' your modem, tryin' to make it go fasta
    Hey fella, I bet you're still livin' in your parents' cella
    Downloadin' pictures of Sarah Michelle Gella
    And postin' "Me too!" like some braindead AOL-a
    I should do the world a favor and cap you like Old Yella
    You're just about as useless as jpegs to Helen Kella

    It's all about the Pentiums!
    It's all about the Pentiums!
    It's all about the Pentiums!
    It's all about the Pentiums!

    Whatcha wanna do?
    Wanna be hackers? Code crackers? Slackers?
    Wastin' time with all the chatroom yakers?
    9 to 5, chillin' at Hewlett Packard?

    Uh, uh, loggin' in now
    Wanna run wit my crew, hah?
    Rule cyberspace and crunch numbers like I do?
    They call me the king of the spreadsheets
    Got'em all printed out on my bedsheets
    My new computer's got the clocks, it rocks
    But it was obsolete before I opened the box
    You say you've had your desktop for over a week?
    Throw that junk away, man, it's an antique!

    Your laptop is a month old? Well, that's great
    If you could use a nice, heavy paperweight
    My digital media is write-protected
    Every file inspected, no viruses detected
    I beta tested every operating system
    Gave props to some, and others, I dissed 'em
    While your computer's crashin', mine's multitaskin'
    It does all my work without me even askin'
    Got a flat-screen monitor, 40" wide
    I believe that yours says, "Etch-A-Sketch" on the side
    In a 32-bit world, you're a 2-bit user
    You've got your own newsgroup, alt.total-loser
    Your motherboard melts when you try to send a fax
    Where'd you get your CPU, in a box of Cracker Jacks?
    Play me online? Well you know that I'll beat you
    If I ever meet you I'll control-alt-delete you
    What?

    It's all about the Pentiums!
    It's all about the Pentiums!
    It's all about the Pentiums!
    It's all about the Pentiums!

    What y'all wanna do?
    Wanna be hackers? Code crackers? Slackers?
    Wastin' time with all the chatroom yakkers?
    9 to 5, chillin' at Hewlett Packard?
    WHAT?

    The Night Santa Went Crazy
    Spoiler :
    Down in the workshop all the elves were making toys
    For the good Gentile girls and the good Gentile boys
    When the boss busted in, nearly scared 'em half to death
    Had a rifle in his hands and cheap whiskey on his breath
    From his beard to his boots he was covered with ammo
    Like a big fat drunk disgruntled Yuletide Rambo
    And he smiled as he said with a twinkle in his eye
    "Merry Christmas to all - now you're all gonna die!"

    The night Santa went crazy
    The night Saint Nick went insane
    Realized he'd been getting the raw deal
    Somethin' finally must've snapped in his brain

    Well, the workshop is gone now, he decided to bomb it
    Everywhere you'll find pieces of Cupid and Comet
    And he tied up his helpers, and he held the elves hostage
    And he ground up poor Rudolph into reindeer sausage
    He got Dancer and Prancer with an old German Luger
    And he slashed up Dasher just like Freddy Krueger
    And he picked up a flamethrower and he barbecued Blitzen
    And he took a big bite and said "It tastes just like chicken!"

    The night Santa went crazy
    The night Kris Kringle went nuts
    Now, you can't hardly walk around the North Pole
    Without steppin' in reindeer guts

    There's the National Guard and the FBI
    There's a man from the Eyewitness News
    In a helicopter circlin' 'round in the sky
    And the bullets are flying the body count's rising
    And everyone’s dying to know -"Oh Santa, why?"
    My, my, my, my, my, my - used to be such a jolly guy.

    Well, Virginia, now Santa's doing time
    In a Federal prison for his infamous crime
    Hey little friend now, don't you cry no more tears
    He'll be out on good behaviour in seven hundred more years.

    But now Vixen's in therapy and Donner's still nervous
    And the elves all got jobs working for the postal service
    And they say Mrs. Claus, she's on the phone every night
    With a lawyer negotiating the movie rights.
    They talk about

    The night Santa went crazy
    The night Saint Nicholas flipped
    Broke his back for some milk and cookies
    Sounds to me like he was tired of getting gypped

    Wo, The night Santa went crazy
    The night Saint Nick went insane
    Realized he'd been gettin' the raw deal
    Somethin' finally must've snapped in his brain
    Wo, Somethin' finally must've snapped in his brain
    Tell ya, somethin' finally must've snapped in his brain.
     
  9. Tycoon101

    Tycoon101 Loves being STRONG

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    Which version of The Night Santa Went Crazy do you prefer; the one where he went to jail, or the version where he was capped by a member of the SWAT team?
     
  10. LucyDuke

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    I'm fond of the SWAT team, though I don't have that version. :sad:
     
  11. Harald

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    Voted same as Ansar:
    - Complicated
    - White and Nerdy
    - The Saga Begins
    - I Can't Watch This
    - Eat It

    and other:
    - The Night Santa Went Crazy
    - It's All About The Pentiums
    - Ebay
    - Ode To A Superhero

    Hmmm, can't think of any others right now.
     
  12. classical_hero

    classical_hero In whom I trust

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    You got "Fat" a Parody of "Bad". There are just so many good Weird Al songs. Missing on the list, "Rice, Rice Baby a parody o Ice, Ice Baby. "Internet Sandman" a parody of Metalica and the fact that they sued Napster. "She Gotta pee a parody of It wasn't me. Pitiful a parody of beautiful.
     
  13. nivi

    nivi Call me Ishmael

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    Bob


    10char
     
  14. Catharsis

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    These are better: eBay, The Saga Begins, Smells Like Nirvana, White and Nerdy, Amish Paradise, All About the Pentiums, Pitiful, Complicated Song, Canadian Idiot.

    I also like Bob and Don't Download This Song, but I'm not sure what they're based on (Bob's a parody of Dylan, I know, but which song?).
     
  15. The Fjonis

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    I like his originals too. Albuquerque is one of my favourites. More than ten minutes of total craziness. Inside the CD cover the lyrics of the first couple of verses are printed, and then it just says "and so on" or something. :lol:
     
  16. downtown

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    When I was young, I used to be really into Weird Al. In fact, one of his shows was the first concert I had ever attended. I grew out of most of his songs though, and stopped listening after Running With Scissors

    I don't think very many Weird Al songs are better than the originals, (which isn't to say that they aren't good). I mean, The Saga Begins is actually pretty funny, but you honestly can't say its a better song than American Pie, which is a total rock classic. On that list, I voted for Amish Paradise. The original wasn't that great, and its WA's best song. I still think its funny.

    Like others have said, the guy doesn't really get credit for his originals. He's actually not a half-bad *musician*.The betters ones, I think, are:

    Albuquerque
    One More minute
    Horoscopes

    I'm sure there's a good one or two that I forgot from Bad Hair Day, or Running with Scissors.
     
  17. Che Guava

    Che Guava The Juicy Revolutionary

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    Totally! He even got props from wassisname (Mr 'Ridin' Dirty') for his rap skills! I find I tend to get sick of the parodies after awhile, but I can always come back to the originals. THey remind me of They Might Be Giants somehow..

    Other great Al Originals:

    Frank's 2000' TV

    I was Only Kidding!

    Trigger Happy


    EDIT: OOOOOO! Just found a bit from Much Music's AL MUSIC special: an interview with Madonna! I just watched it and nearly cried laughing...
     
  18. Yuri2356

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    I don't think bob was any particular song. Sometimes Al just does the overall style of an artist, rather than a single work of theirs.
     
  19. classical_hero

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    Bob is a parody of Bob Dylan's Song "Subterranean Hometown Blues."
     
  20. Serutan

    Serutan Eatibus Anythingibus

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    Another original I like is "Slime Creatures from Outer Space".

    "Smells like Nirvana" (How dare you neglect that one, Pug! :p) is his best parody. I haven't been able to take the original seriously since.
     

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