Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Revenge of the Nerd: Weird Al Does "A Little Jig"

I think this blog needs a little comic relief from time to time. How opportune then that Weird Al has broken into the top 10 with his new album "Straight Outta Lynwood." "I literally danced a little jig (when I found out)," Yankovic says.

To be more specific, Al has just received the jig-worthy news that his album debuted this month at #10 on the Billboard 200. His "Chamillionaire parody 'White and Nerdy,'" also hit No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. That beats (or eats?) his 1984 heavy metal classic "Eat It."

This milestone event has many critics scratching their heads wondering if Americans just sharpened their comedy sense over the last twenty years or if there's something else to blame. As for Al, he attributes YouTube with a lot of the credit (click here to see his video of "White n Nerdy").

"It seems like he's come full circle," says Dan Mackta, a marketing director at Zomba Label Group. "A lot of the artists he's parodied have come and gone, but Al is kind of a pop culture icon at this point."

Chapeaux, Al. It's high time you got the respect you deserve.

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