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Weird Al vs. Charles Nelson Reilly

Video: "Weird Al" Yankovic -- CNR

"Weird Al" Yankovic - CNR

"Weird Al" Yankovic - CNR

Weird Al pays homage to Match Game guest star Charles Nelson Reilly via the White Stripes in his latest video. Unfortunately, Al’s guitar tone doesn’t even come close to Jack White‘s, even if the riff is spot on. What’s the deal, Al? Couldn’t find a rental shop in L.A. with a vintage Airline? Giddyup, Gene!

Equally disappointing is the fact that Al has disabled embedding of the video. Boo! [Updated to embed the video, which now Al graciously allows. -ed. 8/4/2017] Get some real Charles Nelson Reilly relief after the jump… Go!

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New Weird Al – Craigslist

Video: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic -- “Craigslist”

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Craigslist

“I thought it would be anachronistically weird to have me as Jim Morrison screaming about Craigslist,” Yankovic told Spinner. “That just seemed so completely wrong that I thought I had to do it.”

You have to sit through a 15-second ad before the video will play, but it’s worth it. Not sure if the Doors get songwriting credit, but musically, it’s a perfect pastiche of “Soul Kitchen” and all the Ray Manzarek cliches Al could throw in to one song. Gotta admit that the guitar tone sounds awesome, and Yankovic’s voice sounds so great he might want to consider starting a cover band: Crystal Shit. You’d be really impressed.

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Weird Al vs. MTV Censors

Nothing pleases the seventh-grade boy in me more than the recent resurgence of Weird Al Yankovic during this, the twenty-fifth anniverary of his first hit, “Ricky.” There’s been the profile in Wired, and more recently, the coverage of his release of a parody while the original was still #1 on the Billboard singles chart (and its aftermath).

And now, the Grey Lady is getting in on the action: Censorship, or What Really Weirds Out Weird Al. Apparently, his 2006 video for “Don’t Download This Song” has been censored by for MTV, and it’s starting to cause a bit of an uproar:

In an e-mail message on Sunday, Mr. Yankovic wrote that he had bleeped out the names to the file-sharing sites in his song two years ago, after MTV “told me that they would refuse to air my video” otherwise. “Instead of subtly removing or obscuring the words in the track,” he wrote, “I made the creative decision to bleep them out as obnoxiously as possible, so that there would be no mistake I was being censored.”

He complied, “because I was proud of the song and the accompanying Bill Plympton video, and I wanted to do everything I could to maximize exposure for it.”

All of this would have been largely forgotten, if not for the introduction last week of mtvmusic.com

The names of peer-to-peer services Morpheus, Grokster, Limewire, and Kazaa are apparently too controversial for MTV to air. Do any of those still even work anymore?

Video: Weird Al Yankovic – “Don’t Download This Song”

MP3: Weird Al Yankovic – “Don’t Download This Song” (Courtesy of download.com)

Weird Al Yankovic vs. YouTube

Wired interviews “Weird Al” Yankovic, Forefather of the YouTube Spoof:

“Back in the ’80s, ‘Purple Rain’ would be number one for half a year,” Yankovic says. “You still have Top 40 radio now, but it’s 40 different stations. There aren’t many hits that everybody knows, and there aren’t many real superstars. That makes it more difficult for me.” […]

Yankovic’s most fertile targets were global stars—mega-artists like Jackson and Madonna who had distinctive musical and visual styles that Yankovic could exaggerate for effect. “Everybody was watching the same videos,” he says of the pre-Laguna Beach era on MTV, when the network functioned as a sort of national radio station. “Viewers memorized every detail, every nuance, which made my job so much easier: If you’ve got those images ingrained in your head, all you have to do is tweak them a little bit and it’s comedy gold.”

You can watch a ton of Al’s videos on his very own YouTube page.

MP3: “Weird Al” Yankovic – “You’re Pitiful” (James Blunt parody)

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