Check Out These Two Overlooked Weird Al Classics About Tabloid News and Cartoon Cavemen
Weird Al is at the top of my list of favorite things. I want to share with you guys two of his best videos that get overlooked. There are the songs that people think of when you say Weird Al, like Eat it and White and Nerdy, but he has a ton more. Like these two videos form the early 90’s. Both are based on super serious, IMPORTANT songs from the super serious, IMPORTANT Alt-Rock era. That sweet, sweet time between New Kids and Backstreet.
The first video is for Headline News a song that came out in 1994 to promote Al’s greatest hits box set Permanent Record. The song and video are parodies of the Crash Test Dummies’s 1993 song Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm. Al’s song tell the stories of Tonya Harding, Lorena Bobbitt and that Singapore cane kid. Big news stories at the time that were the beginning of tabloid journalism.
Best line in the song:
“They got paid for their sound bites, and sold their TV movie rights”
Weird Al saw the future of news in 1994. Oh, and look for the guy making hand noises!
The other song is a parody of the Red Hot Chili Peppers song Give it Away. The orginal is song about selflessness and altruistic behavior, at least that’s what what Wikipedia tells me. The video is an avant-garde romp about the band…um…doing stuff in the desert. It is an IMPORTANT song. So, of course Al’s version is about The Flintstones.
Actually, Bedrock Anthem mixes two other IMPROTANT 90’s videos into it’s video. The intro features the dancing bee from Blind Melon’s No Rain video and a bit of the Chili Peppers Under the Bridge.
“Lucky me, workin’ down in the gravel pit
Movin’ rocks, on a big dinosaur I sit
Mr. Slate gets mad and he throws a fit
Pull the birdie’s tail, everybody knows it’s time to quit”