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Autism and "Weird" Al Yankovic

Discussion in 'Movies, Music & Television' started by dhl02, Apr 2, 2021.

  1. dhl02

    dhl02 Well-Known Member

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    I worked in a place where the majority of the workforce was neurodiverse and one common theme was that there were a lot of people that enjoy Weird Al.

    I've liked Weird Al since I first discovered him on MTV at age 6.

    What say you?
     
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  2. Ronald Zeeman

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    Do not know much about him
     
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    FIVER Well-Known Member

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    My kids loved him!
     
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    Tom Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Don't know if there is any connection, but I like him. Doctor Demento show also, which featured him early on and many other odd things. :)
     
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    Streetwise Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I think some of his parodies are interesting not all
     
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    Like some of his stuff. More so when I was younger.
     
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    I'm not the biggest fan of Weird Al, but his was the first live concert I went to. It was at a county fair and I still remember it fondly.
     
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    Bolletje Overly complicated potato V.I.P Member

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    I thought it was funny when I was a teenager, but I don’t consider myself a fan.
     
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  9. Streetwise

    Streetwise Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    What I do like is that he gets permission to do his version
     
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    Trophonius Well-Known Member

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    Some of his videos are interesting, others are not.

    Calling his videos a parody is quite a stretch. I understand parody as a content that takes an original work and changes elements to make it humorous, turning it into a joke. While Weird Al call all his videos "parodies", I believe most don't fit into what I consider to be a parody.

    His song Amish Paradise is rightfully a parody of Gangsta's Paradise, because while the latter is a rap song, a genre associated mostly associated at the time with african american communities an representing the harsh realities of the subcultures they were born (and pushed) into, and that is precisely what Gangsta's Paradise is about, the song Amish Paradise is a rap song about the pleasant life in the Amish community, which when considering the original it's a funny twist. A similar comment applies to the song White and Nerdy, parody of Ridin'.

    His song Foil, however, can barely be called a parody of Royals. It constructs nothing based on the theme of Royals, but only takes the original song instrumentation and puts wacky lyrics on top. I find most of his songs to be of this kind: wacky lyrics bearing no relation to the original song.

    I find his originals to be more interest that his so-called parodies. I like this one
     
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    clg114 Still crazy, after all these years. Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    I love his work!
     
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    Markness Young God

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    I haven’t kept up with him. I sometimes listen to his older songs and I thought UHF was funny.
     
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    Streetwise Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Try livin with a hernia again his attention to detail is very neurodiverse
     
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  14. Markness

    Markness Young God

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    What do you mean by living with a hernia?
     
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    Streetwise Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    He did a parody of livin in America by James Brown all of James Browns band played in his video and he used the same costume designer
     
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    Markness Young God

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    That sounds funny! :)