Parody pro Weird Al Yankovic is launching his new album, “Mandatory Fun,” with eight new videos every day this week, including Monday’s “Tacky,” a clever spoof of Pharrell’s “Happy.”
“It might seem crazy wearin’ stripes with plaid. I Instagram every meal I’ve had. All my used liquor bottles are on display. We can go to see that show, but I’ll make you pay,” Yankovic sings on the first video. “Because I’m tacky. Wear my belt with suspenders, and sandals with my socks.”
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Baeble Music called the "Tacky" video "perfect."
“Yankovic brilliantly ingested the overplayed phenomenon and revamped both its lyrics and video as ‘Tacky,’” wrote Baeble’s Matt Howard. “The video features doofy dance appearances by Jack Black, Kristen Schaal, Eric Stonestreet, Aisha Tyler, and Margaret Cho, who lip Al's words while dressed in outrageous costumes. The video is the first of Yankovic's #8videos8days project, so we should expect a daily dose of musical comedy throughout the entire week.”
In an interview with NPR, Yankovic said
he wanted to come out big with the eight videos, which he said are vetted in part by his sixth-grade daughter.
“I wanted to really do what is ostensibly my last album with a big splash,” he said, referring to the fact that this last album is the final of a “32-year-old record contract.”
“I wanted the first week to be big; I wanted every single day of release week to be an event. I wanted a video to go viral for an entire day and have people talking about that video, and then the next day they're talking about a new video,” he told NPR.
Yankovic also shared his process for coming up with parody candidates with NPR, including going through Billboard charts, listening to the radio, and making a master list of possibilities.
“Then I'll go down that list and do variations on a theme. I'll think, 'What are all the possible ways I could go with this song to make if funny? What are the puns based on the title? What are the directions I can do?'” he told NPR. “I'll generate ideas, and 99 percent of those ideas are horrible. I have no problem coming up with ideas, but good ideas are hard to come by.”
Apparently, Weird Al's still got it.
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