When I saw this week’s topic for the GBE2 challenge, “Parody” my mind went one direction, toward the king of parodies himself, Weird Al Yankovic.
Like him, love him, or hate him—he knows how to sing a great parody. I first heard his “Eat It” song—a spoof of Michael Jackson’s, “Beat It”, I was forever a fan. I actually got to the point, when I heard “Beat It” being played on the radio—I’d want to hear “Eat It” to erase the former’s lyrics from my brain. Yes—at one time I preferred the parody to the original. I think it was because the lyrics fit the song so well…and let’s face it they were more fun!!
And if it wasn’t enough for someone to come along and parody the revered King of Pop—Weird Al made sure to parody the Queen of Pop as well when he released “Like a Surgeon” which was sung to the familiar tune of “Like a Virgin” by Madonna.
Weird Al hasn’t stopped entertaining us with his parodies either—he has a whole slew of songs he’s parodied over the years. Here are some of my favorites:
“Amish Paradise” parodies “Gangsta’s Paradise”
“Smells Like Nirvana” parodies “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
“The Saga Begins” parodies “American Pie”
“Gump” parodies “Lump” (this is really hillarious)
“Do I Creep You Out” parodies “Do I Make You Proud” (great animation!)
“A Complicated Song” parodies “Complicated” by Avril (I have to include the video).
There are so many more great parodies by Weird Al. Go to You Tube and type in Weird Al Yankovic and start watching—you’ll be sure to find a familiar tune!!
Do you have a favorite parody?
What is your favorite parody by Weird Al?