If you haven’t seen Edgar Wright’s The Sparks Brothers yet, what are you waiting for? During production of this most excellent documentary, Wright convinced “Weird Al” to perform an accordion cover of Sparks’ track This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us from their 1974 classic album Kimono My House.
Awesome Weird Al
“Weird Al” Yankovic narrates this film about the enigmatic and entertaining showman known as Tiny Tim. Known by most for his falsetto voice and ambiguous appearance, Tim brought joy to millions with his ukulele and Tip Toe Through the Tulips, but also helped pave the way for other performers who refused to be pidgeonholed.
Since 1980, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s friend and drummer Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz has been documenting Al’s misadventures, capturing images of the world’s greatest novelty singer in the studio, on tour, and on video sets. Schwartz’s 208-page hardcover book is filled with never-before-seen photos shot between 1983 and 1986.
“Weird Al” Yankovic has already done a great send-up of the musical juggernaut Hamilton with “The Hamilton Polka.” As good as that is, we also love The Weird Alphabet’s parody, which is more of a prototypical novelty song, changing the lyrics to tell the origin story of the man behind “Another One Rides the Bus.”
Binging with Babish specializes in replicating, then improving upon meals that appear in TV shows and movies. In this episode, he digs into the comedy vault for Weird Al’s 1989 cult classic UHF, and serves up a dish that sounds way more disgusting than it actually tastes. Grab the recipe for Babish’s version here.
With celebrities locked down at home, we’ve had a barrage of collaborative music videos hitting our screens daily. This clip from David Cross‘ Mr. Show Zoomtacular Annual Business Call Event for Charity is our favorite so far, featuring a veritable Who’s Who of talent, including the song’s creator himself.
While at home during California’s shelter-in-place mandate, “Weird Al” Yankovic decided to bust out his accordion and serenade his neighborhood in the hills with a little impromptu concert. His performance of Mason Williams’s 1968 instrumental Classical Gas is wonderfully expressive and heartfelt.
Fans of “Weird Al” Yankovic finally have a Chia Pet to call their own. NECA’s officially-licensed clay head lets you grow the novelty musician’s iconic ‘fro atop his noggin, so you can watch your plants grow as you crank up some White & Nerdy. We wonder if you could get some seeds to sprout from his mustache.
While we love “Weird Al” Yankovic for his silly novelty songs, he’s got other talents too. Here, he pays a tribute to the late George Harrison with a fantastic performance of What Is Life during George Fest. Randumbify did a great editing together various cellphone vids.
Fans of “Weird Al” Yankovic will be excited to hear snippets of the 23 tracks on the bonus 15th album that comes with Squeeze Box. It’s packed with obscure and previously unreleased tunes from the master of novelty music. That Prodigy parody from ALtv is priceless.