With over 100 bands performing at Bonnaroo 2013, it's nearly impossible for anyone to be familiar with all of them. Fortunately, sites like Youtube, Spotify, and Pandora have made it easier than ever to discover a band's catalog.
But where to begin? In this series, we will profile notable songs from selected Bonnaroo 2013 performers. These won't necessarily be the biggest hits or the songs most likely to be played live, but a selection of songs that showcases every facet of the artist's work. We've already profiled Jim James, who will be playing two sets at Bonnaroo 2013. Today, we look at Weird Al Yankovic.
While some people may dismiss Yankovic as a novelty act, he's been one of the more enduring musical icons of the last 30 years, with 12 albums going gold or platinum and a string of hit songs and videos that were some of the most famous of the MTV generation.
Almost everyone knows at least a few Weird Al Yankovic songs, but here are 5 to check out if you're looking for a good sampling of his entire catalog.
Dare to Be Stupid
Some of Yankovic's best songs are the ones that aren't direct parodies but "style" parodies. This song, a riff on the work of Devo, is a fan favorite.
Smells Like Nirvana
Yankovic's riff on Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was all about how no one could understand the lyrics of their songs. While some saw it as disrespectful, Yankovic says that Kurt Cobain actually loved the song, giving enthusiastic permission for Yankovic to parody the song.
One of several Yankovic parodies of his friend Michael Jackson's work, "Fat" has long been a live favorite. Yankovic's quick change into the fat costume is a sight and the song, complete with chubby dance routine, is a great showstopper.
White and Nerdy
One of Yankovic's most recent hits is also one of his biggest ever. A parody of "Ridin' Dirty," Yankovic's version is an anthem to geeks everywhere. The accompanying video, with a Segway riding Weird Al attempting to hang out with a gang, is the icing on the cake.
Polka Your Eyes Out
All of Yankovic's albums feature a polka medley of popular hits. Any are a good introduction to the required live medley. We chose "Polka Your Eyes Out" simply because it begins with a polka version of "Cradle of Love" by one of Weird Al's Bonnaroo 2013 comrades, Billy Idol.
What are your favorite Weird Al Yankovic songs? Let us know in the comments section.