Weird Al Yankovic Rethinks Lorde’s Royals
Lorde should feel honoured, according to Billboard magazine, because on Weird Al Yankovic’s new album Mandatory Fun, Royals is the only song the professional parodist reimagines as a song about food, called Foil.
“Fortunately, he doesn’t stop by telling us why aluminum foil is the best way to store that leftover sandwich. He goes on to poke fun at foil-hat-wearing, black-helicopter-fearing conspiracy theorists – a segment of the population that probably contains more than a few ‘Weird Al’ super fans.”
Rolling Stone writes: “The goofy clip finds Yankovic hosting a TV cooking show with comedy friend Patton Oswalt playing a frustrated director. ‘That kind of wrap is just the best / to keep your sandwich nice and fresh,’ Yankovic sings in the first verse, mimicking Lorde’s sultry croon. But the second verse finds the parody master shifting his focus, teaching viewers how to shield their thoughts from government spying and the Illuminati with an aluminum foil hat.”
Yankovic’s Eat It, a parody on Michael Jackson’s 1982 single Beat It, earned him a 1984 Grammy Award in the Best Comedy Recording category.
Original article by Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, July 15, 2014.
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