By Kevin Rutherford
Music video No. 7 for Weird Al Yankovic in his #8videos8days promotion is perhaps the most obscure parody in his arsenal for Mandatory Fun, his newest album.
In the third straight video in which Yankovic is writing his own material while lampooning the style of a certain artist or band, “Lame Claim to Fame” presents a Weird Al song in the key of Southern Culture on the Skids, a alt rock/rockabilly act from Chapel Hill.
“Lame Claim to Fame” is about that person — and we all know at least one — who will stop at nothing to recount the vaguely close experience they had to a celebrity of some type. Whether it’s throwing up in an elevator next to Christian Slater or standing in the same checkout line as Steven Seagal, the story is apparently so juicy that it just has to be told.
But instead of having just one claim to supposed fame, Al has a whole mess of them. Arguably the best one? He got an email from the prince of Nigeria!
“Lame Claim to Fame” follows Saturday’s “First World Problems” and Friday’s “Sports Song” in the realm of Yankovic’s original material off Mandatory Fun. Before, he parodied a number of big-name artists in his video series, including Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Pharrell and Robin Thicke.
Tomorrow (July 21) marks the final music video.
Yankovic spoke with Radio.com about the new album and its promotion, including his video for “Tacky” and the song “Word Crimes,” which parodies Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
“I thought it’d be fun to do a parody of ‘Blurred Lines’ in the way that I did it because a lot of the parodies that came out on YouTube revolved around his original song being misogynistic and maybe a little rape-y, and I wanted to go the whole opposite direction and change it from a song that was offending a lot of people to a song that could ostensibly be part of a school curriculum,” he said.