A Tribute to Songs Parodied by Weird Al
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For my first three weeks at my new job (13 days in all, as we had off for the 4th of July and the day after that), the experience felt weird to me. After all, I'd been a teacher for 9 full years (and a sub before that), and had gone into work at a high school not more than 5 days before.

So naturally, I decide to listen to Weird Al. All 13 releases, not including anthologies or EPs. Everything from the self-titled debut album up to 'Alpocalypse'.

It does make me wonder how much fans of his (of which, I can only assume, a fair of number frequent websites like this) know about the songs he has parodied over the years.

I have no plans to post every parody. (If one included parodies of song style like 'Dare To Be Stupid' [Devo] and polkafied songs, the list would run into the hundreds.) But I also have no qualms about additions to this list.

So here, now, is a sample of songs that earned the right to be ... weirded.
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Let's start early, and obscure:


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Everyone knows the parody ... but how many remember the original? I'll admit: I couldn't tell you without looking it up.

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Another one parodied on the '3D' album:

 
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One from an album defined (perhaps) by its self-titled 'original' song:

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Jumping ahead a few CDs to get to one from 'Off the Deep End' that isn't "Smells Like Nirvana":

 
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Every fan knows the one that parodied "American Pie". (The short-lived music channel 'The Box' played it extensively, I remember.)

How many fans remember the parody of this one:

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I love this TV-themed parody ... but I've never heard the original on the radio.

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OK, technically this was not parodied ... but you try listening to 'The Night Santa Went Crazy' after hearing this and then tell me it's not.

Oh, and if you do count it, that makes two full songs by Soul Asylum parodied by Weird Al one on album ('Bad Hair Day') ... I don't believe any other artist could make that claim, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, or Lady Gaga.

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Before 'Straight Outta Lynwood', Weird Al already had a couple rap parodies to his credit ... including this one:

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Weird Al himself touts his parody of this as his personal best. And hey, it made VH1's Top 20 for the year (staying at #1 for two weeks). And for all that, I never heard the original. And no, I'm not counting the snippet used in some Volvo commercial!

 
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(I tried typing in 'Confess' ... but nothing came up, so I used 'Part 2' instead.)

I get a good chuckle out of "Confessions, Part III", but I admit to never hearing the original "Part II" before posting this.

BTW, I wanted to include "Trapped in the Closet" for this, but that song could make for its own GeekList!

 
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Last one I'm including, again because I never heard the original (and also because the name of the song didn't change).

 
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I was kinda pleased that I had never heard the original that Party in the C.I.A. parodied, until it eventually came on the radio, and then I was sad...

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