Tuesday, October 10, 2006
"In praise of 'Weird Al' Yankovic"
Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Times included an interesting cultural analysis of the impact of Weird Al in contemporary culture: "In praise of 'Weird Al' Yankovic." Here is an excerpt:

Yes, it's time to give Weird Al Yankovic his due as one of the key forebears of the pop-culture obsessed pop culture we know and love today.

Weird Al is famous for his parodies (and unfairly maligned for his originals, many of which are catchy, clever pop). But he isn't great because he wrote stinging, hilarious satire - he doesn't. Eat It, Amish Paradise and most of the rest aren't actually satire, if they're related at all to the song being parodied.

He's great because by writing them at all, he showed that pop culture was something to be talked about, mocked, ironically loved, obsessed over. To be treated like any other topic of conversation, in other words.

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