"Weird Al" Yankovic, known in the '80s for parodies of Michael Jackson's "Bad", "Beat It" and Madonna's "Like a Virgin", is back in a tacky way.
Though there have been some hits from Weird Al since the '80s including "White and Nerdy", a parody of Chamillionair's "Ridin'", and "Amish Paradise", a parody of Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise", his presence and popularity in the music industry had diminished.
On July 15th, 2014 Weird Al released his latest album, "Mandatory Fun". The album went straight to the top of Amazon and iTunes downloads fueled by three videos put out days prior to the new release. These three videos posses something we have not seen or heard from Weird Al in a while - his ability to be clever and relevant.
The song "Tacky" is a parody of "Happy" by Pharrell Williams and refers to "Instagramming every meal you eat", while the song "Word Crimes", a parody of Robin Thicke's mega hit "Blurred Lines", gives us a very funny look at the breakdown of modern grammar. Then there's the song "Foil" which is a parody of "Royals" by Lorde and tackles our paranoia of the New World Order conspiracy plus our apparent need for aluminum foil.
We need Weird Al Yankovic right now. The world is taking itself too seriously. Weird Al gives us a much needed break and offers an obscure take on things. It's very hard to mix silly and smart, but with "Mandatory Fun" - he has accomplished just that.