"Weird Al" Yankovic Song Smackdown, Round 3A
(Revisit Round 1 and Round 2)
Let's start with another mini-face off, just for fun. Here are two more great parodies that didn't make our smackdown because I had to limit myself to sixteen songs (for my own sanity) . . .
Ah, 80s princess pop . . .
Get your vote in before I put up Round 3B and I'll make it count as an extra entry for the "I Love My Friends" Giveaway. ;-)
Now for what you've been waiting for since last week . . .
The "Found It on Ebay" Four
Eat It . . .
What is it about Michael Jackson that made "Weird Al" Yankovic think of food??? Eat It was just the beginning; I'm Fat came next; and finally, the unrecorded Snack All Night.
Then again, the apparent disconnect is precisely what makes this such a perfect parody. And Yankovic's genius sense of humour got that and wrote more than enough of the same to make up his famous "Food Medley". My own favourite for Strangest Pairing is the music of Live and Let Die and the lyrics of Chicken Pot Pie (and not just because Sir Paul McCartney wouldn't agree to an official release because he disagrees with the idea of eating chickens--ROFL!).
Songs like Eat It are simply funny. Food is either something we take for granted or something we take very seriously, but it's not something which inspires much poetry, much less pop songs. (Relevant G.K. Chesterton quote: "Poets have been strangely silent on the subject of cheese.") And when someone goes ahead and writes a song entirely about food, it is a joke anyone in the world can understand.
Leave it to Yankovic to find the one classic theme that the Ancient Greeks completely missed.
. . . Ebay
Poor Ebay! Everyone reading this is thinking that Amish Paradise or Smells Like Nirvana should be here instead--and indeed, pitting one of those parodies of both a song and its music video against the groundbreaking Eat It would really make more sense. But, I ask, would it also make more cheese?
For despite the fact that Ebay was a radio-only single and I have nothing but the album cover to represent it, isn't a "poodle hat" precisely the sort of thing one can buy on the real Ebay?
Besides, you all know that "List Songs" do well here. (You've read/heard my Top 5 Country Music "Lists", right?) In fact the Lists page should probably have a banner with another relevant Chesterton quote: "The greatest of poems is an inventory." And lists really do appeal to us (though in a different way from food), especially when they're made of up of seemingly unrelated elements that become something more than the sum of their parts--as a constellation is always something more than the sum of its stars. However prosaic each individual element is, taken on its own, it helps make something new and beautiful when it is allowed to be part of a list.
And really, a "house . . . full of crap" can't be so bad when it has a Smurf TV tray and an Alf alarm clock! =P
Eat It vs. Ebay
Winner: Eat It--because it was (arguably!) Yankovic's true breakout single, comes with a hilarious music video send up, and is about food.
Image Sources: a) Eat It single, b) Poodle Hat album