Chances are, sometime during your adolescence, you fell in love with Weird Al Yankovic. With goofy lyrics about topics as ridiculous as ice cream, the Amish, and the challenges of being white and nerdy, all set to a tune popular for its time, he hits the 8-14 year old demographic right on the head. I first became a fan of Al’s in the 1980s. His parody of the hit Michael Jackson song “Beat It” was the talk of my junior high and I’ve been a fan ever since.
While most people graduate from Weird Al as they get older, for those young at heart (or those who’ve maintained a love of silly things) there is still joy to be found from his music. Case in point is Weird Al’s latest album, which was released today. So far I’ve only listened to one song, but what a funny song it is. If you’re a stickler for grammar, you’ll get a kick out of “Word Crimes,” a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” I’m certain English teachers around the country will be putting this song to use in the fall.