Weird Al’s first album to be #1 in the US, and it may be his last.
Mandatory Fun was released in July, and thanks to an eight day campaign by Weird Al, on sites like Nerdist, Yahoo, and Funny or Die that helped him release one new music video a day, his album shot up the billboard charts. It has a lot of hilarious songs on it, and the music videos are pure genius. They are sure to make you laugh, and will help raise you up when you are feeling down.
I have been a fan of Weird Al Yankovic since my dad introduced me to his music as a kid. It was one of the first ways we bonded, and we even saw him in concert a few times. The concerts are a sight to see, he dressed up in costume for each song, and you can tell he loves his job. Each of his songs are not only clever, but they are clean. There is few overt sexual innuendos in them or heavy cursing, which makes him the perfect artist for kids to listen to. He has been making and singing songs for almost 40 years, and they get better with each album he releases. Every kid should get the chance to hear him, they are sure to love him.
This album is truly his best yet. Some of my favorite songs on it are: Handy (spoofs Fancy by Iggy Azalea), Tacky (spoofs Happy by Pharell Williams), Foil (spoofs Royals by Lorde), and Inactive (spoofs Radioactive by Imagine Dragons). Each of these songs makes me laugh, and Handy is such a brilliant music video. I love how he made it like an ad for a handyman, it really works. The song is so catchy too, the way it flows and the shots make it a song I could listen to all day. I enjoy Tacky as well, not only for how clever the lyrics are but because of all the celebrity cameos. If you watch closely you will see Margaret Cho and Jack Black in it, and it is also a music video that was shot in only one take.
Weird Al Yankovic is a man I have always looked up to. He is not only very clever, but he sees a goal he wants to achieve and will push on until he has reached it. He is a man who took a risk to do a job he really loved, instead of taking the normal road of life and getting a mediocre job after college. He also has never been afraid to be himself, he embraces being weird and also is not afraid to admit he is a nerd. This great man has qualities that I know many men would love to have, with them we could all be the men we have always wanted to be.
This is his last album for his record contract with RCA records, and he is not sure yet what he wants to do next. He may either renew his contract, or just release his songs online from now on. He has some time to weigh his options. With the direction music is going these days, I can understand his desire to think it over. I just hope he continues to make new songs, the music community wouldn’t be the same without him.
If you are a fan of Weird Al Yankovic, you must go out and buy this album. If you are looking for an artist for your kids, look no further. Weird Al Yankovic is a one of a kind artist, who brought about a new kind of music genre. Since he started out, there are now others who sings these types of songs, but none can compare to him.
Watch the video below and let go of your Tacky side!