Music Thursdays: The Top Weird Al Yankovic Music Videos


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On this Music Thursdays, on a Friday, still trying to catch up from the winter storm this week, I am going to talk about Weird Al Yankovic, who is an American singer-songwriter, musician, parodist, record producer, satirist, music video director, film producer, actor, and author.  Yankovic is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts.  Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007), recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and has performed more than 1,000 live shows.

His works have earned him three Grammy Awards and a further 11 nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States.  And this Saturday, Weird Al Yankovic will be guest starring on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as a pony called Cheese Sandwich.  I have already seen the episode and it is very good!  Weird Al does a fantastic job voicing his character, so what happens when two party ponies try to throw a party for Rainbow Dash, watch this Saturday at 9:30 am Central on the Hub Network.  Here is two preview clips!

Now for his music videos!  Yankovic’s success comes in part from his effective use of music video to further parody popular culture, the song’s original artist, and the original music videos themselves, scene-for-scene in some cases.  I have seen all of Yankovic’s music videos and they are all very funny.  And some of the videos almost describes what I am like, so let’s countdown the top 10 Weird Al Yankovic music videos!

White & Nerdy

This music video and everything in it, is almost an exact copy of my life!

Amish Paradise

Yankovic’s take on the Amish is just too funny!

Eat It

This parody of the Michael Jackson song is funny, especially for people who like food!

eBay

This parody of things we buy on eBay is brilliant!

Fat

This parody of another Michael Jackson song talks about people who are obese, and it’s funny!

Smells Like Nirvana

This parody takes place at a different school I don’t want to attend!

Perform This Way

This parody of a Lady Gaga song is too brilliant!

Couch Potato

Yankovic’s spoof of what is on TV today is funny!

Like A Surgeon

This parody of a Madonna song, is a hospital I would never want to visit!

Trapped In The Drive-Thru

This 10 minute music video is why I never go through a drive-thru.

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Shape Up! – Week 44


This is week 44 in my series of Shape Up!  The weekly post on what I did over the last week in my quest to getting healthier.

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Many people across the country have not taken the news of Hostess Brands going out of business lightly.  Across eBay auctions for boxes of Twinkies have gone through the roof!  I have seen online auctions where they want you to bid up to $10-$15 million!  All of this panic will soon be for nothing by the way.  Someone is going to buy the rights to make all the Hostess products again.  Sure it might take a year or two to see the snacks in stores again.  But I do think we all can live without this junk food for a while.  Did you know there are recipes to make a Twinkie online.  And by making them yourself they would be much healthier and without all those chemicals.

A Twinkie has 37 ingredients.  Some of these ingredients should shock you.  Did you know the B vitamins in enriched flour come from Chinese petroleum.  Or the phosphoric acid comes from a mine in Idaho.  Or the Polysorbate 60 which is an emulsifying agent is used in cosmetics.  Or the cellulose gum, Polysorbate 60, and calcium sulfate which are ingredients that are used in sheet rock, shampoo, and even rocket fuel!  The Twinkie is basically made from a bunch of chemicals!  Yes I did enjoy a few Twinkies before they were scooped up by everyone else.  Watch the video below!

Here is every ingredient in a Twinkie:  Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour [Flour, Reduced Iron, B Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid)], Corn Syrup, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable and/or Animal Shortening (Soybean, Cottonseed and/or Canola Oil, Beef Fat), Whole Eggs, Dextrose. Contains 2% or Less of: Modified Corn Starch, Glucose, Leavenings (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate), Sweet Dairy Whey, Soy Protein Isolate, Calcium and Sodium Caseinate, Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60, Soy Lecithin, Soy Flour, Cornstarch, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness), Yellow 5, Red 40.

Why read that list; let opera singer Hai-Ting Chinn sing it for you!

I think we will all live and we don’t have to spend thousands of dollars for a Twinkie.  Sometimes eating something healthier like a fruit can be better for you than a processed snack food.  I think this is a big reason the obesity epidemic is huge right now!  Maybe it would be a good thing if the Twinkie and the other Hostess products would never come back!  As for the last week for me; it’s been the normal things.  Since I am low on money I am only walking.

The other bad thing is I went 48 hours without eating anything.  Right now I pretty much don’t have a choice.  I have been unemployed for 16 months and I am still searching for my 14th job in seven years.  There is just no one out there who is willing to hire me.  So to save money I went two days without eating anything.  I know this is not good if you are trying to stay in shape and lose weight.  But what can I do?  If something does not change soon I will be going hungry 24/7.  I guess I better get used to not eating anything.

Here is what I ate last week:

Saturday: Party Pizza, Diet Coke.

Sunday: Steak Sandwich, Diet Coke.

Monday: Steak Sandwich, Diet Coke.

Tuesday: Nothing!

Wednesday: Rice, Popcorn, Diet Coke.

Thursday: Burgers, Diet Coke.

Friday: Tacos, Mountain Dew.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Meapless in Seattle and Charity Auction


Well tonight at 9/8c on Disney Channel the sequel to the Phineas and Ferb episode The Chronicles of Meap airs called Meapless in Seattle.  If you have never seen the first episode; at the end they aired a preview on what this episode might have looked like.  Voiced by the late Don LaFontaine.  It was originally a teaser trailer and a joke but the fans thought this was going to be a real episode.  So the creators made it happen!

Tonight Lorenzo Lamas returns to voice Meap.  And this time a southern Meap voiced by Jeff Foxworthy is going to be in the episode.  Plus we will get to see what Peter the Panda has been up to.  So set your DVR’s tonight for this special episode!

Also this weekend; Bob Boyle from GeekLife put together a charity art auction.  Including art from many animated shows from My Little Pony, Ren and Stimpy, SpongeBob, Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, Dilbert, Phineas and Ferb, and many more!

The auction is in Los Angeles but for people here in Alabama who can’t fly out there; you are in luck!  The auction is also on eBay starting on Friday night!  This is going to a great cause as storyboard artist Joey Adams and his family really needs some help.  This is from the website:

To be brief, he nearly lost his twin boys over the Christmas holidays, due to a possible genetic illness. Two years ago, he and his wife Ginger, lost their daughter, under similar circumstances. The boys survived, but baby Ian is currently undergoing grueling chemo, while undergoing extensive genetic testing. He will need a bone marrow transplant, and his brother Henry may need one as well.

So everyone please head over to this link to see the great items that are available for bidding. http://joeyadamsartauctionbenefit.blogspot.com/

And to learn more about Joey Adams and his family and to help support him click on this link.  http://supporttheadams.com

Please bid generously and good luck to everyone!  I wish I could bid on some of this awesome art but I have been unemployed for 10 months now and still searching for my 14th job in 6 years.