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    Whether you care for Weird Al's humor or not, this pastiche of the very apex of Doors-era poser-y is right on. The dancing Indian, the car wreck, the spoken word breakdown. Oliver Stone could have directed this.

    And yes, that is Manzarek on keyboards.

    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
    Thanks for that.
    Love Weird Al, so glad he's still working these days...:)

    -Chris D.
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    That is really great.

    Thanks Orson.
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
    The man's accuracy in his parodies is just second to none. If I had just heard the music, I wouldn't have been able to tell if it was anyone but The Doors.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
    I don't like everything Weird Al has done (probably because I'm a dweeb when it comes to music and don't know the source material), but he is brilliant, talented, and incredibly hard working. He pumps out an album of totally new parody stuff every few years. This takes beau coup work and imagination.
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    I often prefer his original stuff to his covers and most of the work they're based on. Give me "This Is the Life" or "Dare to Be Stupid" or "You Don't Love Me Anymore" over "Like a Surgeon" or "Smells like Nirvana".
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
    I agree with Brendan, but when his parodies range from funny the first time to absolutely brilliant, like his Avril parody, or his parody of Trapped In The Closet.
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
    Damn - that's beyond Todd Rundgren perfect. Whoa ...
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    In Chicago there's this great stage on Navy Pier, the Skyline Stage. It's right downtown, just near the end of the Pier (which is a tourist trap from hell) and it's simply a wonderful open-air venue. I saw Weird Al there about 10 years ago. The guy did a costume change for every song, his band was tight, he was actually singing every song and the whole thing managed to entertain kids and adults without boring the former or making the latter long for earplug and whiskey. All that, and the man was clearly having a ball.

    Again, I get that he's not everyone's cup of tea, but comedy is hard, musical comedy is really hard and pulling off a musical comedy career for over 30 years? That is impressive.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
    I really intensely dislike musical comedy. If you want to be funny, be funny. If you want to sing a funny song, please do it over there. And it better be DAMN FUNNY. Yes, when it works, it's magical. But I've seen too many twats with guitars singing unfunny songs about their ex-girlfriends.
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    @Mister Hex:

    Ah, so you've seen most of youtube.
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
    pretty darned funny
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
    @orwells_eyes (and I guess anyone):

    This guy is a serious artist. I have so much respect for him, being able to pull off pretty much ANY musical style w/ such authenticity.

    "Craigslist" isn't my favorite Weird Al song by a long shot, but it's a spot-on Doors style-parody. There's no way I can put him down for that.
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    That was so neat. I dig studio video, watching people make albums happen.

    BTW the most recent member of his band joined in 1991, most of them have been with him since like 1980 or so. They're all hard core studio musicians and clearly tight as hell.
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    Weird Al's stuff is quite amazing. I recently heard his take on the Bohemian Rhapsody...

    and I'm absolutely stunned by how equally relevant the production is to the original. Its filled with the orchestration, the appropriate crescendos and timing to keep the content but bring out the comedy. Weird Al deserves our hugs. Oh, and money. He's got my money...
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2009
    @Val - My personal favorite Weird Al song is "Pancreas". With the exception of it being in stereo, it sounds like it should have come from Pet Sounds. It's ridiculously spot on.

    @everyone else - I've always been an Al fan, saw him live once, even met him (through some string pulling.) He is and always was a totally serious musician. Considering his education (he graduated some polytechnic school with a degree in architecture at 16), his attention to detail isn't at all surprising. And then both his parents die to carbon monoxide poisoning and he comes back with his first #1 single? That's like some sort of American Dream(tm) story there.

    That being said, I found his mustache, over-sized glasses, and poodle mullet to be a little schticky. I was happy when those were addressed and subsequently deleted.
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2009
    The comedian Nick Thune was crying theft about this song over on Twitter, he said it was just like his Missed Connections song.

    He really doesn't have a case, it's one line and it's just the same subject matter, not the same words. Somebody needs to tell him he doesn't own the rights to songs about Craigslist.
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    I was actually going to see him at a nearby casino the week his parents died. I figured he'd cancel, but he didn't. Still...I declined to go. He might have done a champion job, but *I'D* have been thinking "This man's parents died this week."
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    That story about his parents was unbelievably sad. There was this shock jock fuckstick on the radio who was interviewing him a couple of years after and decided to ask him questions about it. It was like someone threw a fucking switch and suddenly Al was all but monotone in his replies. Honestly, the guy must have nerves of steel cause I would have come through the phone and eaten the fucker.
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