We love television almost as much as Weird Al Yankovic does -- after all, the popular song parodist has recorded a dozen songs about specific TV shows ("Isle Thing," "I Lost on Jeopardy"), and even more about how much he loves TV in general. Unfortunately, it seems like he hasn't watched TV in several decades, because his brand-new single, the White Stripes-esque "CNR" is all about... Charles Nelson Reilly, the campy actor who was a panelist on Match Game from 1973 to 1984. Reilly was hysterical, and the song is great, but didn't Alec Baldwin give the final parodic word on Reilly when he played him on Saturday Night Live in 2001? All we're saying is, television existed after 1986, Al, and there's plenty of shows out there that deserve to be mocked in song. Here are a few we think Mr. Yankovic should watch and write songs about -- we've even provided ideas for existing songs to parody!
Song Title: "American Idol"
To the Tune Of: "American Woman" by the Guess Who
Sample Lyrics: "American Idol, said get away. / American Idol, don't wanna watch today. / I don't wanna see "Disco Week," I don't wanna hear Kara speak. / I got more important things to do, than see who's in the final two..."
Song Title: "Livin' on the Fringe"
To the Tune Of: "Livin' on the Edge" by Aerosmith (we know, we know, Al's already done "Livin' in the Fridge," but the fit was too perfect)
Sample Lyrics: "There's something wrong with the world today, I don't know what it is. I thought Josh Jackson died... / If you can get a copy from a parallel New York, then Walter, you're a smarter man than I..."
Song Title: "Gossip Girl"
To the Tune Of: "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield
Sample Lyrics: "And Chuck's got those bedroom eyes. / And he and Blair will hook up, I just know it. / And I'm watching my DVDs until late, late at night / Because I think I'm hooked on Gossip Girl. / I love myself some Gossip Girl. / Where can I find a headband like that?"
Song Title: "Holding Out for a Heroes"
To the Tune Of: "Holding Out for A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler
Sample Lyrics: "Where have all the writers gone, and where are all the plots? / Where the hell is Kristen Bell, and why'd you kill her off? / Isn't there a white knight, upon a shining steed / who can write an episode that won't make our eyes bleed?"
Song Title: "Private Practice"
To the Tune Of: "Private Dancer" by Tina Turner
Sample Lyrics: "We're your Private Practice, give us your money, we'll put a baby in you. / But wait a minute, you're brother and sister? Here's who to write the check to..."
Song Title: "Dollhouse"
To the Tune Of: "Our House" by Crosby Stills, Nash & Young
Sample Lyrics: "The Dollhouse is a very, very, very fine house / with yoga and a spa, and Dolls in their sports bras / relaxing 'til it's time to go to work..."
Song Title: "Kryptonite Sandwich"
To the Tune Of: "Kryptonite" by Three Doors Down
Sample Lyrics: "It's been eight seasons, and they still don't call me 'Superman.' / I'm just the "Red-Blue Blur," it's not like blurs can get lots of fans. / The guy I thought was Jimmy Olsen was a guy named 'Hank.' / Then he got shanked..."
C'mon, you know you've written a parody song about a TV show you watch. Share them below.
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