Weird Al Parodies Robin Thicke, Iggy Azalea, Pharrell AND Lorde All In One Week

Weird al royals parodyIn 1996, after hearing a spot-on parody of “Gangster’s Paradise” on the radio, I bought a glorious tape by the man who wrote it, called Bad Hair Day. It didn’t change my life, but it was funny. I all but forgot about Weird Al until 2006’s brilliant comeback, Straight Outta Lynwoodbut the admiration never left.

The thing to respect about Yankovic besides his work ethic (he just dropped his 14th album), is that he’d rather go for a “poke in the ribs than a punch in the face,” which isn’t easy. Just ask any comedian.

This year, Al’s pulling a Beyoncé, throwing out music videos as if they were birdseed in the park. Four parodies are already out, with four more on the horizon. So far there’s…

“Handy” (Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”)

I’m so handy, you already know
I’ll fix your plumbing when your toilets over flows
I’m so handy, I’ll bring you up to code
When your dishwasher’s about to explode

“Word Crimes” (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”)

I hate these word crimes
Like I could care less
That means you do care
At least a little
Don’t be a moron
You’d better slow down
And use the right pronoun
Show the world you’re no clown

 “Foil” (Lorde’s “Royals”)

With aluminum foil (foil)
Never settle for less
That kind of wrap is just the best
To keep your sandwich nice and fresh
Stick it in your cooler (cooler)
Eat it when you’re ready
But maybe you’ll choose (you’ll choose, you’ll choose, you’ll choose)
A refreshing herbal tea

“Tacky” (Pharrell’s “Happy”)

(Because I’m tacky)
Wear my Ed Hardy shirt with fluorescent orange pants
(because I’m tacky)
Got my new resume it’s printed in Comic Sans
(because I’m tacky)
Think it’s fun threatening waiters with a bad Yelp review
(because I’m tacky)
If you think that’s just fine, then, you’re probably tacky, too


It’s no “White & Nerdy,” but “Foil” is my favorite, if only for the part about “Microbes, enzymes, mold and oxidation.” 

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