Weird Al Yankovic has been all over the internet this week. He’s best known for his parodies, which he’s been putting out since the early 1980s. His most recent batch of releases includes some clever ones such as “Word Crimes” (a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”), “Tacky” (a parody of Pharrell William’s “Happy”) and “Foil” (a parody of Lorde’s “Royals”).
Weird Al Yankovic’s talent is often obscured by his, well, weirdness. But it takes some genuine talent to cover such a wide array of musical styles: writing talent, musical talent, sound-engineering talent, and promotional talent. Seriously. I’ve got respect for what he’s been able to accomplish over the course of his career.
Did you know, however, that Weird Al has also occasionally written his own songs in his own style? I know because I once happened to own his self-titled 1982 album on audio cassette, and it’s one of his earliest offerings that has long been my favorite song: “Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung.” There are no cool, choreographed, cameo-studded YouTube versions of this song on-line — but I’ve embedded a very simple (single-image) “music video” here above — and I hope you might enjoy it as much as I do.