I was a HUGE fan of Weird Al many years ago, but I've found his newer stuff to be unfunny (or maybe I just changed). This, on the other hand, is pretty great, and I'm ashamed I ever thought that he "lost it".
Is it sad that I recognized pretty much every "inside" nerd reference, and have probably used the math equations scattered about the video?
I have friends who go crazy when the original song comes on the stereo at a party. I hope I can find a way to slip this song into the stereo next time, as it more accurately describes them.
EDIT: After watching the video several times, I'm pretty sure the equation in the background is Schrodinger's Wave Equation, which I toiled with last semester. And a quick check to Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org) confirms it. Thank goodness, because it was driving me crazy.
"White & Nerdy" Parody of "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire (featuring Krayzie Bone)
They see me mowin' my front lawn I know they're all thinkin' I'm so white and nerdy Think I'm just too white and nerdy Think I'm just too white and nerdy Can't you see I'm white and nerdy Look at me, I'm white and nerdy
I want to roll with the gangstas But so far they all think I'm too white and nerdy Think I'm just too white and nerdy Think I'm just too white and nerdy I'm just too white and nerdy Really, really white and nerdy
They see me roll on my Segway I know in my heart they think I'm white and nerdy Think I'm just too white and nerdy Think I'm just too white and nerdy Can't you see I'm white and nerdy Look at me, I'm white and nerdy
I'd like to roll with the gangstas Although it's apparent I'm too white and nerdy Think I'm just too white and nerdy Think I'm just too white and nerdy I'm just too white and nerdy How'd I get so white and nerdy
I've been browsin' and inspectin' X-Men comics, you know I collect 'em The pens in my pocket, I must protect 'em My ergonomic keyboard never leaves me bored Shoppin' online for deals on some writable media I edit Wikipedia I memorized Holy Grail really well I can recite it right now and have you ROTFLOL I got a business doin' websites When my friends need some code who do they call I do HTML for 'em all Even made a home page for my dog, yo Got myself a fanny pack They were havin' a sale down at The Gap Spend my nights with a roll of bubble wrap Pop pop, hope no one sees me getting freaky
I'm nerdy in the extreme and whiter than sour cream I was in A/V Club and Glee Club and even the chess team Only question I ever thought was hard Was "Do I like Kirk or do I like Picard?" Spend every weekend at the Renaissance Fair Got my name on my underwear
They see me strollin', they laughin' And rollin' their eyes 'cause I'm so white and nerdy Just because I'm white and nerdy Just because I'm white and nerdy All because I'm white and nerdy Holy cow, I'm white and nerdy
I wanna bowl with the gangstas But oh, well, it's obvious I'm white and nerdy Think I'm just too white and nerdy Think I'm just too white and nerdy I'm just too white and nerdy Look at me, I'm white and nerdy
I wasn't sure if I should buy the CD, which came out last week. However, I did end up getting it when I saw it at Wal-Mart, and I'm glad I did. I'm not sure if discussing the CD is worth yet another thread, so I'll tack it onto here. Apologies for length.
The album is a Dual-Disc, in which one side is CD, and the other side is DVD. The DVD side has the entire album in Dolby 5.1, on-screen lyrics, instrumental/karaoke versions of all the songs, and videos of all the non-parody songs created by various cartoonists (more details below).
Oh yeah, and there was a 10-minute video showing him creating and mixing the album. I really thought this was interesting, and it showcased Al's musical ability. For instance, besides doing all lead vocals and nearly all background vocals, the credits say that he played the piano, harpsichord, vibraphone, tannerin, accordion, harmonica, bass harmonica, toy piano, keyboards, bulb horn, and ratchet at various points in the album. Most of those were in the song "Pancreas", which seems like it featured every instrument possible.
Now, speaking of the cartoon videos, I think the video for "Don't Download This Song", created by Bill Plympton, multi-time Academy Award nominee, is the worst of them. I get the feeling that Plympton didn't really know the subject matter of "Don't Download This Song" well enough to make a cartoon that follows it more directly, like the other videos do. The other original songs include "I'll Sue Ya" (the song is in the style of rap-rock like Limp Bizkit or Kid Rock), with a video by Thomas Lee; "Weasel Stomping Day" (which reminds me of "Christmas at Ground Zero", featuring a claymation video by the people from "Robot Chicken"; "Close But No Cigar", (about those seeking perfection in a mate) with a video by John Kricfalusi of "Ren and Stimpy" fame; "Pancreas" (a Beach Boys type song about everyone's favorite internal organ), video by Jim Blashfield, based on old black and white educational-film style footage; and "Virus Alert" (about a computer virus with increasingly unbelievable side effects), with video animated by David C. Lovelace, the creator of the "Retarded Animal Babies" flash cartoons.
Besides "White and Nerdy" the other parodies were "Canadian Idiot", based on Green Day's "American Idiot", "Confessions Part III", a parody of "Confessions Part II" by Usher, "Do I Creep You Out", based on "Do I Make You Proud" by Taylor Hicks, and "Trapped In The Drive-Thru", based on R. Kelly's "Trapped In The Closet". And of course the ever-present polka medley, this time called "Polkarama", featuring lyrics from songs by the Black Eyed Peas, Franz Ferdinand, Weezer, Coldplay, Modest Mouse, Gorillaz, the Pussycat Dolls, the Killers, Velvet Revolver, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, and Kanye West, all set to polka music.
The only parody that falls flat, in my opinion, is "Do I Creep You Out". Partly this is because I wasn't familiar with the original song, but I don't think that's the only reason. I never heard "Confessions Part II" either, but I still think that one is funny. According to the recording dates page on his website, this song and "White and Nerdy" were the last two songs to be recorded. I think this might have been a last-minute replacement for "You're Pitiful", the James Blount parody that got removed late in the process.
"White and Nerdy" continues a trend that Al has gotten very good at, namely songs where the rap tone creates a humorous juxtaposition with the lyrics (Amish Paradise, All About the Pentiums, Couch Potato). "Canadian Idiot" does a good job of cataloging the stereotypes Americans have aboot Canadians, without being deregatory (at least I think so. I'd be interested in hearing a Canadian perspective on the lyrics). "Trapped In The Drive-Thru" is nearly 11 minutes long, and all of it golden. It's not unlike "Albuquerque" off of "Running With Scissors", full of tangents to the main storyline. It also features a Led Zepplin interlude. The sequence below this had me cracking up:
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Then we drive to the drive-thru Heading off to the drive-thru We're approaching the drive-thru Getting close to the drive-thru Almost there at the drive-thru Now we're here at the drive-thru Here in line at the drive-thru Did I mention the drive-thru?
All in all, I would say if you liked any of Al's recent albums, you'll probably like this one too.
Originally posted by Mr. Boffo "Canadian Idiot" does a good job of cataloging the stereotypes Americans have aboot Canadians, without being deregatory (at least I think so. I'd be interested in hearing a Canadian perspective on the lyrics).
Same jokes we've all heard since "Canadian Bacon" came out way back when. All in good fun.
I wish Weird Al would come here during Stampede. That would be a fun show.
I decided to buy the CD as well last week. The sale price at Best Buy and the dual-disc features roped me in.
Fantastic album, and I'll concur with most of Mr. Boffo's points. Least favorite song was "Do I Creep You Out", favorite was clearly "Pancreas". I love how his original songs ape so many different musical styles. For example, "Pancreas" in the style of the Beach Boys, "I'll Sue Ya" in the style of Rage Against the Machine, and so on.
I got the album over the weekend...I couldn't resist it because I love his humor. Totally loved "White & Nerdy" as it was just great. I keep forgeting he can rap and he's been hitting rap songs the last ten years...except for parody of One Week which I thought was totally great.
I watched the DVD stuff on the Dual disc which was also fun and innovating.
Drive through reminds me of a few he's done in the past that run on forever but it had me smiling the whole time. I guess that is a good thing because it kept my attention. What else grabbed my attention? Polka! The polka stuff he does is always some of the greastest things on the album.
Well, if this is last album for some long time...more that three years. I think I can live with it so he can take some time off.
Never know who you'll find drunk, not me...I only have the goofy look, at an Irish Pub...Christie Ricci
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