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"All I got right now is this box of one dozen starving, crazed weasels."

Weird Al Yankovic's ridiculous 11-minute epic musical saga ALBUQUERQUE:
Animated in Flash
Mashed up with scenes from Breaking Bad
With lyrics
Bonus: Everything You Know Is Wrong [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jan 19, 2014 - 39 comments

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominations Announced

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations are out, headlined by Nirvana, thanks to its 1988 cover of Love Buzz that just meets the 25-year eligibility requirement. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Oct 16, 2013 - 83 comments

Radio, Radio

SNL 1977 - Lorne Michaels "raised his middle finger at [Elvis] Costello and kept it up until the unapproved song was over."
From wikipedia: Costello wanted to play "Radio Radio" on SNL. Columbia Records, however, was interested in having an already-established song performed on SNL, to increase interest in the band before the American release of My Aim Is True and This Year's Model. In the event, Costello began the SNL performance by playing "Less than Zero." However, after a few bars, he turned to the Attractions, waving his hand and yelling "Stop! Stop!," then said to the audience, "I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, there's no reason to do this song here," possibly referring to the fact "Less than Zero" was written as a reply to British fascist politician Oswald Mosley. However, SNL music director Howard Shore attributes the move to Costello's bucking pressure by his music company to play "Less than Zero" on the show.[1] He then led the band in a performance of "Radio Radio." Obligatory Weird Al cover. ViaBoingBoing
posted by FiveNines on Sep 27, 2013 - 62 comments

There's Still a Little Place Called Albuquerque

Two nightmarish visions of Albuquerque collide in this Breaking Bad/Weird Al mashup [spoilers for Breaking Bad through the most recent half-season]
posted by Copronymus on Jul 29, 2013 - 21 comments

Monty Python's "Go Hang a Salami, I'm a Lasagna Hog"

38 Fake Film Titles to the Tune of "Bob" by 'Weird Al' Yankovic made by Oliver Smith in which an aspiring animator has created a tour-de-force (and tour-de-farce) showreel of kinetic typography and film homages using the palindromic lyrics of The Weird One's Bob Dylan riff (with a few actor and director credits tossed in to remind you what he's referencing). If Oliver Smith doesn't get a ton of job offers from this, the animation biz is broken.
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 19, 2012 - 16 comments

Eat It, in Japan

Weird Al performs Eat It in Japan. Stay for the giant lobster man. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Feb 27, 2012 - 11 comments

Either the pinnacle or nadir of Rock and Roll.

Steven Tyler, Alice Cooper and Weird Al Yankovic all "Come Together"
posted by oneswellfoop on Jan 2, 2012 - 36 comments

Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me

Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me
posted by hippybear on Sep 16, 2011 - 101 comments

To be fair, the desk is pretty small.

Since 2008, NPR's All Songs Considered has been doing the Tiny Desk Concert series in which they invite a musician or band or very large group to come and play a song behind the desk of the show's host, Bob Bollen, with the video camera running. The result can be intimate, absurd, raucous and just plain enjoyable. A browseable archive of all 150+ shows is here. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Aug 14, 2011 - 42 comments

Multi-Trick-Pony

Apocalypse Now ... and Then - the timeline of Weird Al Yankovic
posted by mannequito on Jul 13, 2011 - 17 comments

o.O

Weird Al: Perform this Way. (YouTube. Previously / On Vevo)
posted by zarq on Jun 21, 2011 - 132 comments

THIS POST DESIGNED TO CREATE A MEFI CIVIL WAR

"Weird" Al Yankovic wanted to do a parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," so he did what he usually does: he contacted the artist and asked permission. Lady Gaga said she'd have to hear the lyrics, so Weird Al wrote the lyrics and sent them to her. Gaga then said she's have to actually hear the song, so Weird Al went into the studio and recorded it - at which point Gaga refused to give her permission. Weird Al responded by doing something he's never done in his entire career: he's asserted his fair use rights and made an unapproved parody available to the public.
posted by mightygodking on Apr 20, 2011 - 538 comments

CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP

Pony Polka!
posted by furiousxgeorge on Apr 18, 2011 - 24 comments

I vote... DIE!

The mustache is back. (SLFODVRSVPLMNOP)
posted by Slap*Happy on Apr 15, 2011 - 26 comments

Word to your Mo-Ther!

Polka medleys are a trademark of Weird Al Yankovic in which he covers the era's most iconic songs on accordion. His next album will likely include Polka Face. But, if you like some of the older stuff... [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Oct 30, 2010 - 27 comments

"I Was Just So Overwhelmed by Its Sheer Immensity ... I Had to Pop Myself a Beer."

Greetings from the Twine Ball, wish you were here: "But you can't see out of the side of the car, because the windows are completely covered with the decals of all the places where we've already been: there's Elvis-O-Rama, the Tupperware Museum, the Boll Weevil Monument, and Cranberry World, the Shuffleboard Hall Of Fame, Poodle Dog Rock, and the Mecca of Albino Squirrels. We've been to ghost towns, theme parks, wax museums, and a place where you can drive through the middle of a tree ... " [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jul 8, 2010 - 41 comments

....Yo-da Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo-da...

"I know Darth Vader's really got you annoyed, but remember: if you kill him then you'll be unemployed...." ♫ (ML-Weird-YT)
posted by zarq on Jul 4, 2010 - 24 comments

"Weird Al" Yankovic SHREDS

Live on stage in Toledo, Ohio. (SLYT) 26 seconds that will make your day better.
posted by yiftach on Jul 1, 2010 - 36 comments

Weird.

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
posted by Greg Nog on Mar 23, 2010 - 82 comments

Weird Al Snark, now in Concentrate!

Weird Al makes up interviews with some of the finest artists in the recording industry. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Micheal Stipe, Eminem, Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, and even a rare interview with Kevin Federline.
posted by WhackyparseThis on Feb 16, 2010 - 15 comments

ACCORDION SOLO!

Be forewarned, the sound quality isn't the best. But for a dose of pure surreality strong enough to turn your socks into melted Dada timepieces, try mixing "Weird Al" Yankovic on accordion with the Presidents of the United States, performing a (non-parody) cover of Boston's "More Than a Feeling" (SLYT). (via Dave Dederer's Reddit interview)
posted by WCityMike on Oct 22, 2009 - 29 comments

Anatomically Incorrect and Not Safe For Wendell

In honor of the 5th season premiere of Grey's Anatomy on ABC:

Boobicon.Me let's you make very pink "Obamacon-styled" avatars in support of a breast cancer non-profit org called the "Feel Your Boobies Foundation" (Gallery inevitably contains NSFW images).

Accidental Dong is a single-topic blog, and the topic is things that look like penises (via Inquisitr, which perfectly calls it "a blog of dicks"). NSFAnyoneNoticingResemblances

And for your non-prurient anatomical interest, here are Weird Al's Brain (as seen at various county fairs) and his Pancreas.
posted by wendell on Sep 24, 2009 - 32 comments

Beelzebub has some music set aside for you

The Kleptones put together a version of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody stitched together from 33 different cover versions. Synthesizers, computer-generated voices, acoustic guitar, accordion, Weird Al, Star Trek.... (Direct MP3 link) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 18, 2009 - 50 comments

Giddyup, Gene!

Charles Nelson Reilly by "Weird Al" Yankovic and JibJab
posted by Del Far on Aug 4, 2009 - 59 comments

I'm in Love with the Skipper (Dan)

"I'm doing 34 shows every day and every time it's the same..." (SLWAYT) Is this, like, the most serious song Weird Al has ever come up with? NOT to be confused with this (short parody from live show).
posted by wendell on Jul 16, 2009 - 119 comments

Polka Power Digitized for Your Protection

Something to make the inner geek that is inside your inner geek do the boogie-woogie: "Weird Al" Yankovic announces that thanks to digital distribution, he will begin releasing songs as he records them, while the parodied song is still fresh in the public's mind, instead of waiting for an album release every three to four years. The first one will come out on October 7. iTunes will have first dibs on the new singles for the first 14 days, after which they'll go to other online music retailers. (via /.)
posted by WCityMike on Oct 3, 2008 - 73 comments

Donnie Osmond has it all.

You've seen the original White and Nerdy Video. Now watch two and a half minutes of pure, unadulterated awesome.
posted by Lord_Pall on Jan 27, 2008 - 59 comments

Gollum meets Johnny Cash.

You've probably seen the video of Kirk and Spock set to "Closer." You might not be familiar with the wider world of fanvids, however. It might be "Lost" set to Warren Zevon or "Heroes" set to Jonathan Coulton. Some are slashy, others are just hilarious. And some are really awesome.
posted by EarBucket on May 6, 2007 - 48 comments

Weird Al Animated: Season 2.0

Lost Rhapsody 2, Electric Boogaloo The unavoidable sequel to this, previously on MeFi with rotoscope effects and 90s Alt Rock Polka. Mashed up by this guy.
Joining the ranks of Weird Al toonage from Bill Plympton previously on MeFi, John Kricfalusi, Jim Blashfield, David Lovelace, Thomas Lee, JibJab, Robot Chicken, Will Vinton's Claymation, Albino Blacksheep and some WoW troll. Plus: Weird Anime and a cartoon interview.
posted by wendell on Dec 8, 2006 - 17 comments

:D

we've all heard the mathowie song.. but now hes got a video too!
posted by petsounds on Sep 17, 2006 - 71 comments

What do you get when you cross the greatest Atari 2600 game ever made with the greatest musical parodist of the 20th Century? Welcome to Weird Al's Great Adventure.
posted by jjg on Aug 15, 2000 - 10 comments

I love geek-rock. Weird Al is releasing his concert footage on DVD, and of course it will have all sorts of techy-loving extras like lyrics, extra movies, and 5.1 sound.
posted by mathowie on Apr 4, 2000 - 1 comment

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