"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection - Liner Notes

1.   FAT
parody of “Bad” by Michael Jackson
This Grammy Award-winning video was shot on a Culver City soundstage on a subway set generously donated by the Gloved One himself. Special effects wizard Kevin Yagher designed Al’s fat makeup, which took nearly three hours to apply each day. (Shot 3/9, 3/10, 3/12/88)
directed by Jay Levey
parody of “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio
The inimitable Florence Henderson plays the Michelle Pfeiffer role in this tale of life on the mean streets of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. One shot in this video required Al to phonetically sing the lyrics backwards while walking in reverse through a busy barnyard. (Shot 2/24, 2/25/96)
directed by Al Yankovic
parody of “It’s All About The Benjamins” by Puff Daddy
Shot at the Department of Public Works in Alhambra, California, this video features cameos by two of the funniest people in the world – Emo Philips and Drew Carey. (Shot 6/30,7/2/99)
directed by Al Yankovic
parody of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana
Rolling Stone put this on their list of the Top 100 Videos Of All Time, Spy Magazine dubbed it Video Of The Year, and Al was nominated for Best Male Performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. Shot on the same soundstage as the original Nirvana clip, this video used the same janitor and many of the same extras as well. Dick Van Patten also turns in a stellar performance. (Shot 2/28/92)
directed by Jay Levey
Although this song is an Al original, the video for “You Don’t Love Me Anymore” was closely modeled after “More Than Words” by Extreme. It was filmed on the famous Charlie Chaplin soundstage in Los Angeles and features Robert Goulet getting fake blood all over his nice, clean tux. (Shot 6/1/92)
directed by Jay Levey
parody of “Under The Bridge” and “Give It Away” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
This video was shot on the exact same patch of desert (about two hours outside of L.A.) as the original. The Bee Girl from the Blind Melon videos makes an appearance, as does Al’s Aunt Dot and, once again, Dick Van Patten. (Shot 10/1, 10/2/93)
directed by Al Yankovic
7.   GUMP
parody of “Lump” by “The Presidents of the United States of America”
Al tells the complete story of Forrest Gump in just a little over two minutes. Andy Comeau plays the title character, while Laugh In’s Ruth Buzzi and pop icon Pat Boone appear in bench cameos. (Shot 4/3/96)
directed by Al Yankovic
parody of “MacArthur Park” by Richard Harris
Teams of animators in Reseda, California and Portland, Oregon worked around the clock to produce this amazing Steven Spielberg-approved tribute to his megahit dino-movie. The video went on to be nominated for a Grammy and is still a big favorite in animation festivals around the world. (Produced 8/9 – 10/5/93)
directed by Mark Osborne and Scott Nordlund
parody of “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by Crash Test Dummies
Shot on an ice rink in Paramount, California and an elementary school in Pasadena, this video sets the legends of John Wayne Bobbitt, Tonya Harding and Singapore caning victim Michael Fay to the tune of 1994’s most hummable hit. Al’s curly locks were temporarily straightened for this shoot. Look for comedienne Judy Tenuta as Lorena Bobbitt and The People’s Court’s Doug Llewelyn as a sumo wrestling fan. (Shot 8/29, 8/31/94)
directed by Al Yankovic
Although an original composition, “Dare To Be Stupid” is obviously an homage to the group DEVO, as well as, of course, Al’s motto in life. (Shot 5/28, 5/29/85)
directed by Jay Levey and Robert K. Weiss
11.   EAT IT
parody of "Beat It" by Michael Jackson
Al’s Grammy Award-winning parody “Eat It” was an immediate international success, thanks largely to this tremendously popular video. Choreographer Vince Patterson, who played a gang leader in the original Michael Jackson clip, reprises his role here. (Shot 2/10, 2/11/84)
directed by Jay Levey
parody of “Like A Virgin” by Madonna
“Like a Surgeon” was filmed in an actual hospital that had recently gone out of business. This, along with the videos for “Dare To Be Stupid” and “One More Minute,” were done as part of a home video release and television special called “The Compleat Al.” (Shot 5/22, 5/23, 5/24/85) br>directed by Jay Levey and Robert K. Weiss
13.   UHF
The video for this original theme song from Al’s movie was perhaps his most ambitious to date. Between clips from the film (which also featured Michael Richards, Fran Drescher and Victoria Jackson), Al and his band parody (in order): Guns n’ Roses, George Michael, Robert Palmer, Prince, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, ZZ Top, Billy Idol, The Beatles, INXS and Randy Newman. (Shot 6/20, 6/21, 6/22/89)
directed by Jay Levey
parody of “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits
The centerpiece of Al’s 1989 feature film UHF, this video features the computer animation of master editor Rick Morris. Band member Jim West is seen playing guitar in the video, but the actual track was recorded by Dire Straits’ own Mark Knopfler. (Shot 1/10/89)
directed by Jay Levey
This original sick and twisted Elvis-like doo-wop love ballad has become a perennial favorite among the relationship-impaired. Al’s long-time band members (Jim West, Steve Jay and Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz) supply the cheesy choreography. Watch for Al ripping up a picture of the woman who inspired the song. (Shot 5/24/85)
directed by Jay Levey and Robert K. Weiss
parody of “Jeopardy” by Greg Kihn
A nostalgic tribute to the old Jeopardy game show, this video features cameos by original host Art Fleming, original show announcer Don Pardo, Al’s mentor Dr. Demento, Al’s real parents and Greg Kihn himself. (Shot 5/24, 5/25/84)
directed by Francis Delia
This 1930’s-flavored original was the theme song for the 1930’s gangster spoof Johnny Dangerously, starring Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito. (Shot 11/11, 11/12/84)
directed by Jay Levey
parody of “Living In America” by James Brown
This James Brown parody was shot on the very same stage (Bally’s Hotel, Las Vegas) where the Godfather of Soul shot his scenes for Rocky IV. (Shot 10/8, 10/9/86)
directed by Jay Levey
19.   SPY HARD
Al’s third movie theme was the title song from Hollywood Pictures’ action spoof Spy Hard starring Leslie Nielsen. Included here is the complete opening title sequence, minus (for legal reasons) most of the actual titles. (Shot 4/1, 4/2/96)
directed by Al Yankovic
20.   RICKY
parody of “Mickey” by Toni Basil
Besides being Al’s music video debut, this was arguably the first comedy video ever shown on MTV. Talented voice-over actress Tress MacNeille (The Simpsons, Animaniacs) plays Lucy, and yes, that’s Al sans moustache as Ricky Ricardo. (Shot 4/9/83)
directed by Janet Greek
This cheery Phil Spector-inspired original tune about death, destruction and the end of the world was largely banned by broadcasters, who somehow decided that it was a tad morbid to play a song about nuclear annihilation during the holidays. This compilation of Cold War-era scare tactic footage is capped by a live-action shot filmed in the Bronx. (Shot 11/21/86)
directed by Al Yankovic
parody of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
This tribute to Al’s favorite ice cream flavor was shot in a defunct restaurant beside a deserted air strip in Agua Dulce, California. “Musical Mike” Kieffer is seen showcasing his “musical hands.” (Shot 6/24/83)
directed by Dror Soref
23.   BOB
This homage to Bob Dylan’s seminal “Subterranean Homesick Blues” video (which was part of the documentary Don’t Look Back) was filmed in an alley in downtown L.A., with Bermuda Schwartz playing the Allen Ginsberg part and Jay Levey playing the other guy. It was shot as part of an AL-TV special that aired on VH1 ten days later. (Shot 6/7/03)
directed by Al Yankovic
parody of “American Pie” by Don McLean
This MTV Unplugged-inspired takeoff on Star Wars - Episode 1, The Phantom Menace was shot in the blistering hot Mojave Desert and on a comfy air-conditioned soundstage in North Hollywood, California. (Shot 6/15, 6/17/99)
directed by Al Yankovic

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