Free Music from Weird Al Yankovic

Looking for something different? Something funny? A spoof or two? Something oh, I dunno, weird? Well, look no further. Freegal, the free and legal music website that brings you 5 free downloads a week that are yours to keep forever and 3 free hours of commercial-free streaming music daily has plenty of Weird Al Yankovic music and videos to choose from.

I watched an interview on 60 Minutes recently that got me re-interested in Weird Al’s music. In his interview, with Morley Safer, Weird Al talked about being bullied and getting the nickname of Weird Al and then using it himself to promote his own career as a DJ. While that was touching, what really made me take notice was the fact that he does not make fun of artists or their music. He might tease but he is never mean. In fact, he gets their permission before he does a parody of their song. According to the interview, Michael Jackson even let Weird Al use his video set for Beat It and Weird Al made the video Eat It and dressed up like Michael and even danced like him a little. I downloaded the video from Freegal and I laughed out loud. So I decided to listen to more of Weird Al’s music and here is what I found on Freegal.

“Yoda”-a parody of Star Wars borrowing the melody (not the theme) of “Lola”, “Jurassic Park”-a parody of the movie, “Smells Like Nirvana”-a parody of Nirvana and not being able to understand their words complete with musical gargling, “The Achy Breaky Song”-a song in which Weird Al sings he would rather hear Donny & Marie, The Village People, a Yoko Ono marathon, or fingernails on a blackboard than to hear Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Achy Breaky Heart” one more time-ouch!, “My Bologna”-a song regaling balogna using the music of The Knack’s “My Sharona”, “Ode to a Superhero”-a parody of Spider Man using Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”, “I Can’t Watch This”- commentary on the state of the selection on TV using MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This”, “Theme From Rocky XIII” which is a parody of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky, “Livin’ in the Fridge”-a crazy song about something growing in his refrigerator (and he thinks it’s alive!), “Ebay”-a song about all the really important and necessary stuff you can find on Ebay like an old used pink bathrobe, a pet rock, and an Alf alarm clock, “TMZ” a parody of the paparazzi stalking the stars to catch their next wardrobe malfunction or mug shot, or when they accidentally shave their head,“Party at the Leper Colony”-well, this one’s too awful to explain but it has you laughing in spite of yourself. Some of his song titles alone have me laughing. And you don’t necessarily need to know the song he is parodying to think the song is funny.

And if you like the silly songs you should try a few videos. Freegal has many of the accompanying videos to these songs and it is hysterical to see the crazy parody of the song. Remember videos take two of your five downloads. Videos: White & Nerdy, Word Crimes, Eat It, Amish Paradise, I Love Rocky Road, UHF, Sports Song, Polka Face, I Lost On Jeopardy, Like A Surgeon, Ricky, Headline News, Perform This Way-a parody of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, Smells Like Nirvana, Spy Hard, Jurassic Park, Living With A Hernia, CNR, Bedrock Anthem, Handy, The Saga Begins

Search Tip: You can get different albums depending if you type in Weird Al Yankovic or “Weird Al” Yankovic.

✷The Library also has Weird Al Yankovic’s movie UHF and his kid’s show The Weird Al Show.

Remember, everything is free so try listening or downloading Weird Al or any artist you may like. All brought to you by the Beauregard Parish Library.