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Weird Al tune featuring Ray Manzarek


RichieP_MechE

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I know there's some Weird Al fans here on KC, so I figured this was worth posting.

 

Al released a new song (well, about two months old now) called "Craigslist" as a homage to The Doors. It's not a specific parody of any Doors song, but a tribute tune in the Doors style. It's extra cool because he actually got Ray Manzarek to play keys!

 

Weird Al "Craigslist"

 

Enjoy!

 

 

-Rich

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I heard it a few months ago.

 

The funniest part (to me) is the fact that he drags the damned thing out forever.

 

Weird Al, when he goofs on a particular musician's style rather than a literal parody, is so crucially precise about that - listen to "Genius in France" - he so totally nailed Frank Zappa's early (Apostrophe era) writing style, that's what made it hilarious.

 

Same thing here - the best part of the humor was the fact that he took a 2 minute song and made it 5 minutes, and even that 5 minutes seemed really frickin' long. Perfect goof on "The End", "Light My Fire", and many, many other Doors tunes that could have ended a lot sooner than they did, but for the overly self-indulgent soloing and Jim's mindless beat-poetry rambling.

 

PS: When Weird Al does pieces like this, it's not a homage, it's a comedic jab. ;)

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Awesome!

 

I love Al. A geek's geek.

 

I've been reading Craigslist lately looking for a particular item, and it is a kind of weird place.

 

PS: When Weird Al does pieces like this, it's not a homage, it's a comedic jab. ;)

You think so? I'd say it's both. And more homage than rippage.

 

 

 

 

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That was perfect! The musical parody is spot-on, and the video is just as good. Hilarious stuff. The Griffinator is right - a big part of the humor is dragging the tune out forever and a day. Not one but TWO "bring it down" sections.

 

Weird Al rawks...

 

--Dave

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I wants to get funked up.

 

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That. Was. Awesome!

 

While listening, I had the following thought: You know you're a music geek when the thing that makes you laugh most in that song, is the sloppy quarter-note triplets in the organ solo.

 

I'm listening on crummy laptop speakers, so I couldn't tell: Is Ray playing left-hand bass, or is it a bass player?

 

Slightly embarrassing personal fact: the best concert seats I've ever had in my life were for Weird Al's "Dare To Be Stupid" tour. Front row center, right in front of Al. The Devo outfits were priceless.

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Actual Craigslist posting:

 

 

packing materials (pickering)

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packing materials from guitars (mostly) I've bought on ebay etc

peanuts bubble wrap some guitar boxes even a bit of styro foam

a wooden skid if you want it

if you sell and ship, this stuff could be useful, and my basement would love the extra space

come and get it if you can use it...

 

http://images.craigslist.org/3ne3k23l65Pe5S65R598md7521e1fdc5b150d.jpg

 

 

 

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While listening, I had the following thought: You know you're a music geek when the thing that makes you laugh most in that song, is the sloppy quarter-note triplets in the organ solo.

 

A little extra self-parody by Ray. He's a hell of a lot more precise player these days than he let on in this performance. I've no doubt he was mocking his former mop-topped, Lennon-spectacled young self. :D

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My sister and hubby went to a Weird Al concert awhile back and they said the show was GREAT! He did a number of costume changes and they laughed their asses off. She said she was really surprised just how good the music was. She also told me that Weird Al doesn't take himself too seriously, he's not afraid to laugh at himself. So many critics said he "wouldn't last" when he first put together his act and recorded a song. I wonder where they are working these days?

 

 

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Music critics, much like political pundits, are never held accountable for their predictions. :D
and weathermen!

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Sorry, just had to bump this. For those of us (other than me and Marzzz, for certain) who never heard this, I would venture this piece to be Weird Al's greatest work to date, if for no other reason than the intense challenge of putting together an arrangement on this level that was fully true to the target of his satire.

 

Somewhere in heaven, FZ is laughing his ass off at this every time someone spins it. And Jerry Lewis, if anyone made him aware of it, would probably laugh his ass off as well.

 

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