For a full week, “Weird Al” Yankovic has released a new music video everyday. His fans are eating it up. Let's recap day four through day seven.
On the fourth day, he gave us “Handy,” a parody of Iggy Azalea's “Fancy.” Whereas Iggy must have had fun re-enacting scenes from the movie “Clueless” for her music video, Al Yankovic clearly went over the top when playing with a green screen. He sets out to convince us about his abilities to be a handyman. This writer personally thinks he should have recreated “Super Mario Bros.” and asked permission to use a few clips from that video game franchise. Who doesn't love those plumbers?
“Funny or Die” hosted the video for the fifth day. “Sports Song” is a Weird Al original making light of sports fight songs in general. Most of the video shows a marching band doing their thing across a football field and the spectators with their signs and jovial celebration. There's only one tackle shown, which speaks to the type of audience listening to Al Yankovic. We would rather watch “Drumline” than “Varsity Blues” anyway.
“Weird Al” Yankovic has entertained us with yet another new music video on the sixth day. That day he revealed “First World Problems” with a little help from Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls). She sang back-up in Pixies style. It's important that you know your internet memes. If you have been living under a rock, the song points out the things that Americans and other industrialized nations may bellyache about if they are in the middle or upper class. These frustrations are really just minor inconveniences to well-to-do people who are used to being pampered with a life of relative ease. We thought it was somewhat funny that there were so many loading issues with this song. Add it to the list of first world problems.
It is a small disappointment that Amanda Palmer wasn't in the music video, but we can understand. She's been busy. It has been a good week for Amanda, as she just finished writing her book. Now that songwriter can can cross off “write a book” from her bucket list. Her and her husband, Neil Gaiman certainly make an authorship power couple. You can even read her blog about the experience of working with Weird Al, which was also on her to-do list.
Lastly, “Lame Claim to Fame” puts name droppers to shame with a stop motion video of scrap booking, using animation. We couldn't help but notice the seven degrees of Kevin Bacon joke in there. We also love the cowbell. There's never enough cowbell.
What will be the last video for day eight? Our vote is for “Inactive,” but “NOW That's What I Call Polka” or “My Own Eyes” could also be fun.