- Watch this July 14
The rise of YouTube means that anyone can share their own parodies of songs like "Wrecking Ball" or "Gangnam Style" — but the undisputed king of the genre is "Weird Al" Yankovic, who has been churning out parodies of top pop hits for more than 30 years. The singer's latest album, Mandatory Fun, is on the way, and his first music video is vintage Yankovic: "Tacky," a parody of Pharrell's inescapable "Happy."
Clad in clashing colors and patterns, Yankovic and a series of comedians including Jack Black, Aisha Tyler, and Eric Stonestreet lip-sync the song. "Wear my Ed Hardy shirt with fluorescent orange pants. Got my new resume — it's printed in Comic Sans," sings Yankovic. "Think it's fun threatening waiters with a bad Yelp review. If you think that's just fine, then you're probably tacky too."
Mandatory Fun — which also includes parodies of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Lorde's "Royals," and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive — comes out tomorrow. --Scott Meslow
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- After Ferguson: Stop deferring to the cops
- Ferguson riots were terrible — but this racist reaction was worse
- The hilarious hypocrisy of Republicans complaining about the imperial presidency
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Is it now OK to have sex with animals?
- Don't argue about politics this Thanksgiving. Just don't.
- In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life — and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt
- Why the poor can't catch a break on Thanksgiving
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects
Subscribe to the Week