Weird Al Yankovic's 10 Greatest Songs...About TV

By Nick Venable 2014-07-15 13:57:35 discussion comments
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If I could go back in time to when I was a young boy and tell myself that I would be a 31-year-old adult still semi-obsessed with the career of parody extraordinaire “Weird Al” Yankovic, I would give myself the biggest high five. (Or I might think I was a clone now.) His 14th and perhaps final album, the insta-classic Mandatory Fun, was released to a rabid public today, so we thought it’d be a great time to look back on Weird Al’s fondness for the boob tube and present his ten most memorable treks into the world of television.

We’ll go in chronological order to avoid me just jamming all of my favorites up top. It’s quite a capsule of TV’s evolution over the years, from the golden age of sitcoms to cable infomercials. One has to wonder if Netflix and Hulu could possibly exist in a world where they haven’t been humorously jabbed by mankind’s most successful comedic musician. Perhaps a House of Cards riff, with Kevin Spacey singing backup? Anyway, get those hands ready to start clapping.

Ricky
If you or your child is a generation or two removed from the era in which Lucille Ball was the fire-headed queen of comedy – and repeats just don’t do it for you – Weird Al’s self-titled 1983 debut album started off with the only refresher course you’ll ever need. Tony Basil’s 1981 bopper hit “Mickey” is one of the most insufferable songs I’ll ever know, yet it somehow becomes infinitely more tolerable once "Ricky" puts it in the context of an I Love Lucy episode, even with the hammy impersonations. (Fun fact: that’s the legendary voiceover actress Tress MacNeille as Lucy.)

The Brady Bunch
Though the title may have you believe that this is Weird Al’s love poem to the 1970s' most gee-golly blended family, this "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D song is actually about how much he’d rather watch anything but The Brady Bunch. Spoofing the synth-filled “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats, "The Brady Bunch" slowly narrows its focus to the series itself – its second verse is the theme song – but I like to think he’s just going insane rather than showing reverence. It felt like that show would never leave syndication, so I get how he feels.
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