"Parody is, almost by nature, disposable. And yet, people like it so much. Especially if you hear it at a certain point in your life, and then hear it like a decade later, there's nostalgia attached to it. I'm sure people like a lot of my early parodies, but I think their enthusiasm at hearing it at a concert has as much to do with their personal attachment to the song as it does to the song itself."
- Weird Al in a new lengthy interview with Vice, in which he breaks down the making of his album Mandatory Fun, his recent Fox News interview, when Beyoncé [...]
We're halfway through Weird Al's exciting week of music video releases for his album Mandatory Fun — watch "Tacky," "Word Crimes," and "Foil" if you haven't yet — and today he dropped the video for his Iggy Azalea parody "Handy," which includes a few scenes of Eddie Pepitone getting attacked by household appliances. Probably the coolest thing about the Mandatory Fun videos is how Yankovic has been spreading the love by releasing them on different platforms — Nerdist, VEVO, CollegeHumor, and now Yahoo Screen — because he is just the best.
Weird Al dropped his first Mandatory Fun music video today for "Tacky," which turns out is a parody of Pharrell's hit single "Happy." It includes a bunch of great comedy people happily dancing around while dressed up in awful neon getups too.
"Weird Al" Yankovic's 13th album, entitled Mandatory Fun, is set to come out on July 15th. There are few details about the album, his first since 2011's Alpocalypse, right now beyond the recently-unveiled cover art, which depicts "Weird Al" as a military leader on a Russian propaganda poster. A track listing has yet to be released, but there are two tiny pieces of information out there right now:
1. Patton Oswalt listened to the album early back in May and tweeted, "Just listened to Al Yankovic's upcoming album and I am in awe. He satirizes a band I've worshiped since the 90s and it…is…beautiful."
2. TMZ caught "Weird Al" [...]