Weird Al Yankovic, the gold standard of American comedic musical parody, has finally, for the first time in his now almost 40-year career (!), hit Number 1 on the Billboard chart. Mandatory Fun, Yankovic’s 14th album which was released on July 15, 2014 and went to number one last week, now has the distinction of being the first comedy record to hit that plateau since Allan Sherman’s My Son, the Nut, which included “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah,” the classic ode by way of waxing funnily about life at a kid’s Summer Camp. (That song, which was released as single, went to number one back in 1963 — you can have a listen to the track below.)
Mandatory Fun sports clever parodies of some of today’s biggest hits, like Pharrell’s “Happy” (“Tacky”) and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”) — you can watch these new Weird Al videos here below.
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