80s, 90s, Blog, Music — July 23, 2014 11:05 am

“Weird Al” is #1

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Wow, where to begin?  After thirty-five years of recording, “Weird Al” has finally hit #1 on the music charts with his new album Mandatory Fun.  His first single “My Bologna” (parody of “My Sharona” by The Knack) was released as a one-off single for Capitol Records in 1979.  It would be another four years until his debut self-titled album would be issued in 1983, with such classics as “I Love Rocky Road” and “Ricky”.  Between then and now, he has amassed a catalog of fourteen albums, a handful of singles, a TV series, and a movie.  Still, I can’t help but think “Weird Al” woke up this morning and re-lived the “we’re number one” scene from his feature film UHF.

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So, in tribute to a career that took long enough to pay off, here’s a look back at a few of his classic music videos:

 

Smells Like Nirvana

Kurt Cobain was supposedly pretty thrilled to get the phone call that “Weird Al” was going to parody a Nirvana song. He was a little disappointed that it wasn’t about food, but the song turned out funny nonetheless.

Headline News

Whether or not you catch the new stories referenced in this song reveal if you were around or not in 1994.

One More Minute

Until this millennium, “Weird Al” didn’t often make videos for his original songs. This one was inspired by a real-life breakup.

Eat It

Finally, here’s the video that basically made “Weird Al” a household name. After getting permission from Michael Jackson to do a parody, other musicians were a little more open to the idea of having their serious hits spoofed.

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