As most of us are painfully aware, not all ’80s icons are still churning out high-quality musical parody. But the great ”Weird Al” Yankovic — humorist, parodist, polkaist — has remained remarkably consistent over the years, though some would argue that the notorious shave-and-Lasik of 1998 was a misstep from which he’s never recovered.
It occurred to me this morning that Al is the only artist I’ve bought consistently since 1986. This probably says more about me than it does about Al. But, if his sales figures are any indication, it says something about a lot of us. So today, I’m moved to praise Al’s “White and Nerdy,” his riff on Chamillionaire’s “Ridin’.” I listened to it in passing before, but… man, it’s actually good, isn’t it? I mean:
“Shopping 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 ROTFLOL.”
Keep it weird, Al. We laughed in ’86. We’re laughing now. Either we’re idiots or you’re a genius. Or, most likely, both.