This week the world has witnessed the career resurgence of parodist Weird Al Yankovic. It all started on Monday when he kicked off his #8videos8days campaign by releasing a video for his Pharrell Williams “Happy” parody “Tacky.” The campaign, which has also given us parodies to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Lorde’s “Royals” so far, is designed to draw attention to Weird Al Yankovic’s fourteenth studio album release Mandatory Fun, which hit stores and iTunes on Tuesday.
While it is fun to watch Weird Al catch on with a new generation of listeners, it is something that he has done in the past. He first gained significant notoriety in the 1980s with parodies of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” (his version was”Eat It”) and “Bad” (his version was “Fat”). In the nineties he...
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