Weird Al Yankovic has never exhibited questionable taste — well, maybe once or twice — but, he sure knows how to be tacky, as he demonstrates in his parody of Pharrell William’s hit song, Happy, which he calls Tacky. The video, from Weird Al’s upcoming album Mandatory Fun, proves that Tacky is almost as catchy as the original song it is based on, Happy.
Also appearing in Weird Al’s video are comedians Kristen Schaal, Jack Black, Eric Stonestreet, Margaret Cho and Aisha Tyler. They lip sync to the words and wear…naturally…tacky clothing, to match the nature of the song.
Paul Simon wrote and sang the song 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, but Weird Al, it seems from his latest release, Tacky, knows at least 100 ways one can be tacky. Some of the examples he sings about include live-tweeting a funeral and taking Selfies with the deceased, wearing stripes with plaid, going to a show with a date and making her pay, never letting someone forget a favor you have done, asking a chick if she is pregnant or just fat, Instagramming every meal and practicing twerking moves at the DMV.
Though Tacky deals with people doing, as the title suggests, quite tacky things, it is a gleeful song and also quite a funny video. Weird Al has done many masterful parody videos in the past, like Eat It, Fat and the amazing and very cool video for Amish Paradise. Tacky is as tacky does — everything is in the eye of the beholder. Whether or not Tacky eventually will be thought as as among Weird Al’s best videos of all time, it definitely is very catchy.
Though Weird Al has been making parodies of hit songs for almost 40 years, it is hard to tell his age just by looking at him, seeing him in concert or watching his latest video, Tacky. The revolution that Weird Al is televising, if that can be said to be his goal with the humorous videos he keeps releasing, is a fun one. It is also a…mandatory one.
Tacky is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. It is the first of eight songs from Mandatory Fun which Weird Al will release over eight days. Besides Tacky, the parody of Pharrell’s Happy, some of the other songs that Weird Al will also have parodies of on Mandatory Fun are Fancy by Iggy Azalea, Royals by Lorde and Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke and Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. Word Crimes is what he calls his parody of Blurred Lines.
After Mandatory Fun (RCA), Weird Al has decided that he will digitally distribute his music on his own in the future. According to Weird Al, he is thinking about “putting out a single at a time, possibly two or three tracks or an EP.”
Tacky, a very funny and catchy parody of Pharrell William’s song Happy, is the first of eight songs Weird Al Yankovic will be releasing over eight days from his upcoming album Mandatory Fun. The next eight days will be blissful ones for Weird Al fans.
Written By Douglas Cobb