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The Weird Al Yankovic Appreciation Thread

Old 07-18-14, 10:13 AM
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Sports Song is probably my least favorite on the album and the weakest video so far.
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Old 07-18-14, 10:32 AM
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Yeah, I obviously haven't seen it yet, but kinda surprised that this is the one that Funny or Die chose to invest in, assuming they had a choice. I would've expected this one to be animated for sure, if it was made at all.
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So far, Al's 1/5 for the videos/songs for me. I'm thinking he should have pooled his resources into just two videos, instead of (ambitiously) going for eight.
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"Sports Song" must appeal more to people who *dislike* sports, because as a non-sports guy I think it's hilarious. The video is pretty average, though.
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Old 07-18-14, 10:38 AM
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Yeah, I kept waiting for the "joke" in the Sports Song video and it just...ended. Oh well, there are clunkers on every album.
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Old 07-18-14, 11:20 AM
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Weird Al was on the Jimmy Pardo podcast this week.
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Haw anyone here heard the darkest Weird Al song, "Those Were The Good Old Days"? For Al, it's pretty fucked up. Even darker than "The Night Santa Went Crazy".
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Old 07-18-14, 11:51 AM
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Sports Song is probably my least favorite on the album and the weakest video so far.
Definitely my least favorite song on the album (I think I mentioned that earlier). I really would have thought this would've been one of the songs to not get a video. It certainly doesn't need one.
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Haw anyone here heard the darkest Weird Al song, "Those Were The Good Old Days"? For Al, it's pretty fucked up. Even darker than "The Night Santa Went Crazy".
I love that song. Always been one of my favorites.
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I'm thinking he should have pooled his resources into just two videos, instead of (ambitiously) going for eight.
From some of the interviews he's done, I get the sense that there wasn't one big pool of resources he's dividing 8 ways. The sites he's partnering with are covering the production costs for their particular video. If he were only doing two videos, the production values probably wouldn't be any different. Someone like Funny or Die is going to spend so much on a video no matter what. You can definitely tell that a lot of these were shot on a shoestring.
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Old 07-18-14, 01:12 PM
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From some of the interviews he's done, I get the sense that there wasn't one big pool of resources he's dividing 8 ways. The sites he's partnering with are covering the production costs for their particular video. If he were only doing two videos, the production values probably wouldn't be any different. Someone like Funny or Die is going to spend so much on a video no matter what.
Well, I meant getting his friends to do cameos and such. Tacky had a bunch but, IMO, it was a waste. Those people could have all been used elsewhere on a more deserving song. I would assume that their involvement wasn't necessarily tied to any agreement with whoever covered the costs of that particular video, but I guess I don't really know for sure.

That's what I meant in regard to resources... not necessarily the money, but the talent (again, assuming they appeared as a favour to Al...)
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This might be Al's first number one Al-bum!

http://www.vanyaland.com/2014/07/18/...lboard-charts/
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I hadn't heard sports song until I saw the video but I didn't think it was a dud. It is poking fun at people who are so over the top with the typical "rah rah" musical interlude. I didn't think it was as lyrically "clever" but then again, neither is Harvey the Wonder Hamster or I Want to be Your Hog, but they are still entertaining.
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Old 07-18-14, 03:33 PM
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This might be Al's first number one Al-bum!

http://www.vanyaland.com/2014/07/18/...lboard-charts/
I'm imagining Al doing that scream he did in UHF when his station is at the top of the lists. Good 'ol Al.
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My favorite part of the Handy video is that Al dressed like Dwayne Schneider. Since I didn't know the original song, I guess that was something for the old people.
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You know he was a night time porn star. He wasn't just a handy-man with a stache like that.
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Well, I recognized the songs being parodied in Tacky and Word Crimes, Foil was completely new to me however and seems like a boring song either way.

I heard an interview with Al where he was saying he can't get nearly as much funding for videos as he used to, since MTV doesn't play them anymore. He should do a song about MTV's current state.
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Re: The Weird Al Yankovic Appreciation Thread

First World Problems is up at weirdal.com. Embed doesn't work.
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Old 07-19-14, 12:33 PM
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First World Problems is a good one, one of the better videos. It is going to suck when this is over, something to look forward to every day.
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Old 07-19-14, 01:10 PM
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I really like First World Problems too. I agree, it's been a fun week of Weird Al videos.
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Anyone have a link to the video that works? The video on weirdal.com doesn't load for me (and other people apparently). All the other videos work perfectly fine.

edit: looks like it works for me now.

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I think it's supposed to be an exclusive to a site called popcrush. It's hosted on vevo, but I think you can only watch it on popcrush and weirdal.com at the moment. Here's the popcrush link, but it's still hosted at vevo on both sites, so if it didn't work at weirdal.com, it probably won't work here either

http://popcrush.com/weird-al-yankovi...roblems-video/
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Old 07-19-14, 01:36 PM
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Actually popcrush is where I found the working embed, and it still doesn't work on weirdal.com for me. I'm guessing popcrush has it exclusive for the day, then Al's link will work tomorrow.
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Old 07-19-14, 01:39 PM
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I dunno... I watched it this morning on weirdal.com

Weird.

EDIT: Just checked and it still works for me
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Old 07-19-14, 01:43 PM
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Hmm. Could be a regional thing? the popcrush link works for me, so I'm happy.
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