Coloring Club Plus — 10/20/19 Weird Al Yankovic

Oct 20 letter Y

Today’s Celtic letter “Y” is dedicated to Weird Al Yankovic. Part of the reason is he was someone whose name began with that letter, but also because I’ve enjoyed his offerings over the years. They say that mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery. I’m not sure, but it would be interesting to hear what some who have had their songs covered would say.

Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic (born October 23, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, satirist, actor, voice actor, music video director, comedian, and author. He is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts; original songs that are style pastiches of the work of other acts; and polka medleys of several popular songs, featuring his favored instrument, the accordion.

Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007), recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and performed more than 1,000 live shows. His works have earned him five Grammy Awards and a further eleven nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic’s first top ten Billboard album (Straight Outta Lynwood) and single (“White & Nerdy”) were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career. His latest album, Mandatory Fun (2014), became his first number-one album during its debut week.

Yankovic received his first exposure via Southern California and syndicated comedy radio personality Dr. Demento’s radio show, saying “If there hadn’t been a Dr. Demento, I’d probably have a real job now.” In 1976, Dr. Demento spoke at Yankovic’s school where the then-16-year-old Yankovic gave him a homemade tape of original and parody songs performed on the accordion in Yankovic’s bedroom into a “cheesy little tape recorder“. The tape’s first song, “Belvedere Cruisin'” – about his family’s Plymouth Belvedere – was played on Demento’s comedy radio show, launching Yankovic’s career. Demento said, “‘Belvedere Cruising’ might not have been the very best song I ever heard, but it had some clever lines […] I put the tape on the air immediately.” Yankovic also played at local coffeehouses, accompanied by fellow dorm resident Joel Miller on bongos.

Yankovic said:
It was sort of like amateur music night, and a lot of people were like wannabe Dan Fogelbergs. They’d get up on stage with their acoustic guitar and do these lovely ballads. And I would get up with my accordion and play the theme from 2001. And people were kind of shocked that I would be disrupting their mellow Thursday night folk fest.

Here’s the song that got Weird Al’s career started, Belvedere Cruisin.

Image result for 1964 green belvedere station wagon
1964 Plymouth Belvedere


Now, you won’t find me braggin’
‘Bout my big green station wagon
Or tellin’ ’bout the traffic laws I’m breakin’
Everybody knows that I wouldn’t dare
Match my wits with a red Corvair
And just the thought of a Pinto leaves me shakin’

Now, I don’t think that I could hack
Drivin’ a big white Cadillac
With ripped up upholstery and unnecessary frills
No, I don’t think that I could bear
Drivin’ somethin’ other than a Belvedere
In a Belvedere I can really get my thrills

Goin’ Belvedere cruisin’ tonight
Just watch me pass that Porsche on the right
I can take you anywhere
In my 1964 Belvedere

Goin’ Belvedere cruisin’ tonight

I don’t think that I could cruise
In one of those small VW’s
Or zip along the highway in a classy pickup truck
There’s somethin’ ’bout a Comet
That makes me wanna vomit
And those Datsuns just ain’t worth a Fudgesicle, no

Goin’ Belvedere cruisin’ tonight
You got nothin’ to lose but your life
It can take away your blues
All you’ve gotta do is cruise
In my big green Plymouth Belvedere tonight

With red upholstery
Goin’ Belvedere cruisin’ tonight, yes indeed
Woo, goin’ Belvedere cruisin’ tonight
Yeah, goin’ Belvedere cruisin’ tonight

Here is one from  2006, called White and Nerdy.  Al didn’t write this one!  Now that is weird, Al!



They see me mowin’ my front lawn
I know they’re all thinkin’ I’m so
White and nerdy

Think I’m just too white and nerdy
Think I’m just too white and nerdy
Can’t you see I’m white and nerdy?
Look at me, I’m white and nerdy

I wanna roll with the gangstas
But so far they all think I’m too
White and nerdy

Think I’m just too white and nerdy
Think I’m just too white and nerdy
I’m just too white and nerdy
Really white and nerdy

First in my class here at M-I-T
Got skills, I’m a champion at D and D
M.C. Escher, that’s my favorite M.C.
Keep you’re forty, I’ll just have an Earl Grey tea
My rims never spin, to the contrary
You’ll find that they’re quite stationary
All of my action figures are cherry
Stephen Hawking’s in my library

My MySpace page is all totally pimped out
Got people beggin’ for my top eight spaces
Yo, I know pi to a thousand places
Ain’t got no grills, but I still wear braces
I order all of my sandwiches with mayonnaise
I’m a wiz’ at Minesweeper, and I play for days
Once you’ve see my sweet moves, you’re gonna stay amazed
My fingers movin’ so fast, I’ll set the place ablaze

There’s no killer app I haven’t run (run)
At Pascal, well, I’m number one (one)
Do vector calculus just for fun
I ain’t got a gat, but I got a soldering gun (What?)
Happy Days is my favorite theme song
I could sure kick your butt in a game of ping pong
I’ll ace any trivia quiz you bring on
I’m fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon

Here’s the part I sing on

You see me roll on my Segway
I know in my heart they think I’m
White and nerdy

Think I’m just too white and nerdy
Think I’m just too white and nerdy
Can’t you see I’m white and nerdy?
Look at me, I’m white and nerdy

I’d like to roll with the gangstas
Although it’s apparent I’m too
White and nerdy

Think I’m just too white and nerdy
Think I’m just too white and nerdy
I’m just too white and nerdy
How’d I get so white and nerdy?

I been browsin’, inspectin’ X-Men comics
You know I collect ’em
The pens in my pocket, I must protect them
My ergonomic keyboard never leaves me bored
Shoppin’ online for deals on some writable media
I edit Wikipedia
I memorized Holy Grail really well
I can recite it right now and have you R-O-T-F-L-O-L

I got a business doing websites (websites)
When my friends need some code, who do they call?
I do H-T-M-L for ’em all
Even made a homepage for my dog, yo
I got myself a fanny pack
They were havin’ a sale down at The Gap
Spend my nights with a roll of bubble wrap
Pop, pop, hope no one sees me gettin’ freaky

I’m nerdy in the extreme
Whiter than sour cream
I was in AV club, and glee club
And even the chess team
Only question I ever thought was hard
Was “Do I like Kirk, or do I like Picard?”
Spend every weekend at the Renaissance Fair
Got my name on my underwear

They see me strollin’, they’re laughin’
And rollin’ their eyes ’cause I’m so
White and nerdy

Just because I’m white and nerdy
Just because I’m white and nerdy
All because I’m white and nerdy
Holy cow, I’m white and nerdy

I wanna bowl with the gangstas
But, oh well, it’s obvious I’m
White and nerdy

Think I’m just too white and nerdy
Think I’m just too white and nerdy
I’m just too white and nerdy
Look at me, I’m white and nerdy
Songwriters: Anthony Henderson / Juan Salinas / Oscar Salinas / Hakeem Seriki


13 Comments Add yours

  1. Paula Light says:

    I loved him so much! But unfortunately because I don’t follow new music, it’s not that fun for me to see him live now.

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  2. hanspostcard says:

    Years ago in one of those things I am still shaking my head over- they had him at the Country Music Jamboree In The Hills Festival [ I would never go} a county music festival- why they had Al there ???? but a fella I know said at the time he was working at a local restaurant- and Weird Al came in to eat- and was a real prince of a guy.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m guessing he does country song parodies as well? Not sure. I almost posted, “Won’t Eat Prunes Again” but I didn’t want anyone made at me. Listened to it for the first time today and got a big chuckle out of it. I can see where Weird Al would be a prince of a guy.

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      1. hanspostcard says:

        if i recall the story correctly he signed autographs for everyone who worked there- and left a $100 tip. not sure if he does country parody’s or not but probably does

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Wow that’s so very generous of him to do, to take the time with his fans.

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  3. badfinger20 says:

    I didn’t know he started that early. I’ve heard bands love when he covers them…Nirvana was asked permission if he could cover Smells Like Teen Spirit and they were overjoyed. They said they knew they made it when Weird Al covered them.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      That’s good to know. He’s done so many!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. pvcann says:

    He makes me laugh out loud, he came to my attention with Like A Surgeon – I need that kind of thing in my day – very clever too.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Go to youtube and look for Won’t Eat Prunes Again.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. pvcann says:

        I will, I must 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

    2. msjadeli says:

      I thought Like a Surgeon was hilarious also.

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