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!
Yankovic’s take on the Amish is just too funny!
This parody of the Michael Jackson song is funny, especially for people who like food!
This parody of things we buy on eBay is brilliant!
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!
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.