By Kevin Rutherford
Weird Al Yankovic is best known for his song parodies, which lampoon the popular tunes of the day by adding new lyrics and additionally aping the original’s mannerisms. But occasionally, it’s forgotten that Yankovic will toss up his own original material on each album too, generally doing these songs in the style of a popular artist or tradition.
In the case of Mandatory Fun, Weird Al took from the styles of Foo Fighters, Crosby Stills & Nash and more — as well as the traditional marching band theme song played at sports games, which is the focus of “Sports Song,” his fifth music video in his eight-video series, released today (July 18).
“Sports Song” finds Al and his band backed up by an entire army of a marching band, sauntering down the football field as they sing the praises of their team. You know, “their team.” The team that’s going to kick the butt of your team. Because your team is inferior.
The amusing part of “Sports Song” is how it boils down every fight song you’ve heard at a sporting event to its most basic parts: we’re better than you, our team rules, yours sucks. “We’re great, and you suck!” Yankovic sings in the clip, hosted by Funny or Die, as the crowd cheers on, smashing beer mugs and generally having a raucous time applauding their team that — “full disclosure” — might not actually be that great.
“Sports Song” marks the first music video from Yankovic that isn’t a parody of one of the year’s bigger songs. First came “Tacky” (“Happy”), followed by “Word Crimes” (“Blurred Lines”), “Foil” (“Royals”) and “Handy” (“Fancy”).
Mandatory Fun is out now.