Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

New Weird Al Videos




Weird Al Yankovic is out with a new album of parody tunes and it has earned him the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart! "Mandatory Fun" spawned the following two hugely popular videos - "Word Crimes" which is set to the tune of "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, and "Tacky" which parodies "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. I love the clever and funny Word Crimes; not as impressed by Tacky -- but they are both here for you to watch.

Word Crimes has Weird Al commenting on the current state of writing in the Western World. We make a lot of mistakes as we text, blog and chat with each other! Like "I could care less!" Which means you DO care. At least a little!

The video starts off as a breeze blows pages of a dictionary. At 4 seconds we see the word "accordion" with an accompanying picture of Weird Al playing an accordion. This is an allusion to his earliest videos. He played the accordion to his first song, "My Bologna" which was his version of "My Sharona" by The Knack; both songs are from 1979.

Since this is a parody of Blurred Lines, a video with nudity and sexual innuendo, it's no surprise that Weird Al has several sex references in here. Did you see them? Watch the video and see if you spot the sex jokes!

The Blurred Lines innuendo, "What rhymes with 'Hug Me'" becomes "What's a contraction?" which could be considered a sex allusion in a stretch. After all, the act that rhymes with Hug Me could result in Contractions 9 months later. :P Also, "Your particliple's dangling" is portrayed in a certain way in the video; might be a stretch again. But the 2 clear sex references I saw were #SomeCunningLinguist at 2:20 - referring to the word play on an oral sex act. Just a little sex pun! The other sex reference is blatant and is straight from any Middle School lunch room or playground. "Weird Al" has a big dic-tionary, at 3:32. Did you catch these? See any others?

Word Crimes currently has over 12 Million views. The other viral video from Weird Al's latest offering is "Tacky". It features some fairly well known celebrities dressing tacky and dancing tacky. More goofy than funny or clever, in my opinion, but really not bad! What do you think?

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