Growing up in the 90s meant that I was yet another kid who grew up loving Weird Al Yankovic. I was a complete Weird Al junkie. I'd wait for a new parody song with baited breath, all the while creating my own from whatever was popular on the radio. (Alas, my Weird Al-esque parody "I Believe I Can Fry" really couldn't compare.)
Weird Al had his own MTV special, Al TV. He had his own movie. He was even a voice on an episode of 'The Simpsons'. He got to play himself!
Weird Al ruled the 90s, and considering I've seen pretty much every video he's come out with, I thought it might be fun to make a list of my top 5 favorite Weird Al videos.
#5: "Gump" (1996)
Original Song: "Lump" by The Presidents Of The United States
Best Lyric: "Gump sat alone on a bench in the park / 'My name is Forrest,' he'd casually remark."
Weird Al was a champion when it came to taking all the 'jaded cool' aesthetic out of 90s grunge-rock, and this song is a perfect example - all of the reverb of the original 'Lump' now layered beneath the synopsis of the 1994 blockbuster "Forrest Gump".
#4: "Like A Surgeon" (1985)
Original Song: "Like A Virgin" by Madonna
Best Lyric: "I can hear your heartbeat / For the very last time."
This song and music video are so equally ridiculous. It's through the lyrics of this song where I first learned what 'waivers' and 'malpractice suits' were. See? Weird Al isn't only hilarious (and a little - or a lot - goofy), but he's educational for the children.
#3: "Smells Like Nirvana" (1992)
Original Song: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
Best Lyric: "It's hard to bargle nawdle zouss / with all these marbles in my mouth."
Weird Al spends the entire time singing about how he has no idea what the lyrics to the song are about. This is so accurate because it justifies how most felt when first listening to the original of this song or anything else on 'Nevermind'. (Also the janitor is the best part of this.)
#2: "Fat" (1988)
Original Song: "Bad" by Michael Jackson
Best Lyric: "Ham on, ham on / ham on whole wheat, all right!"
This song would never survive in today's society, but it still remains a really, really funny classic Weird Al song. My favorite part is the entire beginning dialogue and how well it syncs up with Michael Jackson's original. "YOU AIN'T FAT! YOU AIN'T NOTHIN'!"
#1: "Amish Paradise" (1996)
Original Song: "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio
Best Lyric: "So don't be vain and don't be whiny / Or else, my brother, I might have to get medieval on your heinie."
This is by far the ultimate Weird Al song, as it perfectly showcases his versatility. He doesn't just pick on rock songs or pop songs, but even the 'gangsta anthem' of the movie 'Dangerous Minds'. Shout-outs to Florence Henderson for playing an epically Amish Michelle Pfeiffer.