Weird al memes
“weird al” yankovic – word crimes
A fantastic Know Your Meme Auto-Tune video. With a guest appearance by Weird Al Yankovic, learn about the origins of Auto-Tune in a fun way. They cover a lot of ground, from Cher to singing kittens.
The research at Know Your Meme, which was established in December 2008, is managed by an independent specialist editorial and research staff as well as community members. In only three years, the site has grown to over 9.5 million monthly visitors and is widely regarded as the most authoritative source on viral trends and Internet memes news, history, and roots.
“weird al” yankovic – foil (official video)
The offices of Know Your Meme will be decked out in serious bling if the RIAA granted platinum certifications for web shows. The spin-off series and its accompanying website, which were first conceived by Rocketboom producers in December 2007, have gained a lot of popularity as a resource and discussion board for the study of online, cultural phenomena.
The insightful, intermittent installments of Know Your Meme record the discovery, spread, and decline of internet memes. To the uninitiated, that may seem to be a tiny, nerdy niche, but the numbers and accolades speak for themselves: the website’s traffic graph resembles a hockey stick, with well over half a million monthly visitors (and growing), and TIME named it one of the top 50 best websites of 2009.
“We were contacted by Davis Cox from Apex Exposure, who was promoting Al’s latest best-of album,” say Kenyatta “Yatta” Cheese and Jamie “Dubs” Wilkinson, stars and producers of Know Your Meme. “Davis was already familiar with the show and the Know Your Meme group that our viewers had developed, and he thought it would be a great fit.” He was absolutely right.
“weird al” yankovic – polka face (official video)
Alfred Matthew Yankovic (a.k.a. “Weird Al”) is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, author, and producer from the United States. Yankovic rose to prominence as a result of his satirical parodies of popular songs and the music videos that accompanied them.
Yankovic gave Dr. Demento (a.k.a. Barret Hansen) a handmade audio tape featuring parody songs performed with an accordion in 1976. The song “Belvedere Cruisin” from the tape was later played on the Dr. Demento radio show. Yankovic was given the nickname “Weird Al” by other students during his sophomore year of college, and he used it as his on-air persona while DJing at the university’s radio station. Yankovic released “My Bologna” in 1979 as a spoof of the Knack’s hit rock song “My Sharona” from the previous year (shown below, left). Yankovic’s song “Another One Rides the Bus” was published in 1980 as a parody of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” (shown below, right).
Yankovic released the music video for “I Love Rocky Road” in 1983, which was a spoof of Arrows’ “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” (shown below, left). Yankovic’s music video for “Eat It,” a spoof of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” was released in 1984. (shown below, right).
Must. not. touch. face.
Voices that have been amplified. Instruments that are strange. Cavemen, bathtubs, bikinis, and mothers-in-law are all included in songs. Novelty songs have been a staple of the hit parade since the beginning of rock and roll. Novelty songs may be chart-topping hits all the way into the 1970s—the era of streaking, CB radios, disco, and King Tut. By the corporate ’80s, however, goofballs were having a tougher time scoring round-the-clock hits on regimented radio playlists.
Before a perm-headed, mustachioed accordion-playing parodist known as “Weird” resurrected novelty hits for the new millennium. He may have ushered in the era of the hashtag as a video jokester before YouTube. So, this month, join Hit Parade as we take a look back at the past of novelty hits on the charts—especially if M.C.Escher is your favorite M.C.Escher.