Well, I will admit that I didn’t see this one coming. Weird Al today released the final video in his #8videos8days promotion, and it’s an animated music video for the song “Mission Statement”.
The song is done in the style of Crosby, Stills and Nash, and features rich harmonies basically singing a company’s mission statement, and all the corporate jargon that goes with it. On the album, this one is interesting to me because while I can definitely get into the music of it, and all of Al’s harmonies blended together, I usually just end up tuning out the words because they are not particularly funny. Maybe that’s the point.
It’s been fun, but Weird Al’s #8videos8days promotion has almost come to an end. Today’s video from the new album Mandatory Fun is “Lame Claim To Fame”, the third original song that has been released. If I’m counting correctly, today was day 7 of 8, with one remaining video coming tomorrow. There is also a rumor going around that following the 8 videos there will also be something special to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Al’s film UHF.
With only one video to go, my bets are actually on a video for the polka medley “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!”, but it could very well also be a video for the one remaining parody on the album, “Inactive” (parody of “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons).
There have already been some amazing videos released for the new “Weird Al” Yankovic album Mandatory Fun, but this one might actually be my favorite of the bunch.
“First World Problems” is an Al original, done in the style of The Pixies, and was an instant standout track on the album when I first listened to it. The great thing about the video is that Weird Al has handed over the directing duties on this one to Liam Lynch (Al generally directs all of his own music videos) and it’s sometimes good to see someone else’s vision of a song or video. I’ve also been impressed with the fact that (with the exception of “Word Crimes”) the rest of these videos have all been live-action, instead of done in animation. When did they find the time to make all of these?
After four previous days of parody videos from the new Weird Al release Mandatory Fun, today sees the first original song released from the album.
“Sports Song” is probably just what you’d expect it to be. Performed in the style of a college marching band, this song says what everybody is usually thinking anyway: “Our team is great, and your team sucks!” We can only hope that some college decides to actually start playing/performing this at their games!