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Weird Al Yankovic is back, parodies Pharrell’s “Happy”

For the readers who have never gone through the 80s (or early 90s in Malaysia), just think of Weird Al as some sort of an Ylvis predecessor and all his real songs (seriously, he has albums filled with these actual songs) are exactly like “What does the fox say”.

Well, if that fox song is a parody of another famous song. 

That’s what Weird Al does, he takes other current hit songs and parodies the life out of them. Can’t say it’s a bad formula as it’s worked well for him over the years. Instead of disappearing like many 80s acts, Weird Al is still going strong.

In his latest music video, he brings us this glorious parody of Pharrell William's song “Happy”.

By cleverly substituting the lyrics, the parody has turned into one filled with “Tacky” statements.  Have a go at singing along to these lyrics.

“(because I’m tacky)
43 Bumper Stickers and a YOLO license plate
(because I’m tacky)
Bring along my coupon book whenever I’m on a date
(because I’m tacky)
Practice my twerking moves in line at the DMV
(because I’m tacky)
Took the whole bowl of restaurant mints. Hey, it said they’re free”

These are not just mindless words. Weird Al usually pens down straightforward social and cultural commentary into his lyrics.

Believe it. Even though sometimes he looks like a man who can barely form coherent sentences.

“Tacky” is the first video released from Weird Al’s new album, Mandatory Fun. 

Other songs on his new album include “Handy”, a parody of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”, and “Word Crimes”, a parody of “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. The first one is a boastful handyman’s theme song and the second song laments the diminished writing skills of today’s society.

For more lighthearted fun, check out these other works from the fun-loving Weird man.

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