Take my favorite musician/recording artist ever and add in my favorite movie of 2014 and you have a recipe for greatness. “Weird Al” Yankovic has teamed up with Oscar contender for Best Picture, Whiplash, to promote his upcoming world tour “Mandatory.” Whiplash is the story of a drum prodigy tested by his abusive jazz conductor college professor played by Oscar nominee J.K. Simmons. In Weird Al Gets Whiplashed, a video produced by College Humor, Weird Al stands in for Miles Teller’s character Andrew, while his patented accordion replaces the drums. The performer is excited for his upcoming world tour and is trying to get “perfect” with the help of Simmons’ Fletcher. While Simmons’s scenes from the film remain perfectly intact, this hilarious 4-plus minutes video has Weird Al voicing to Simmons what most viewers of the film wanted to yell at the screen.
You can check out Weird Al Gets Whiplashed as well as some of Weird Al’s other new videos here below.
You get a sense for the humor and total lack of seriousness that surround Weird Al, who was my first concert when I was 13 and has been an idol of mine for more than two decades. His new album, Mandatory Fun (his 14th studio effort), features parodies of pop hits “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea, “Happy” by Pharrell, and “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke (“I hate these word crimes….like ‘I could care less’….that means you do care), as well as his “mandatory” polka song which he puts on each of his albums. In his 30-plus years of recording, he has parodied the best and most famous in the music world, including but not limited to Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Billy Joel, and Eminem. His Mandatory world tour will hit 100 cities and starts this May. For information and dates, and to buy tickets, check his website at weirdal.com. Having seen him 4 times, I can tell you, he puts on one heckuva show!
Whiplash is back in theaters now and is nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture (my pick for the film that SHOULD win), adapted screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor, for which J.K. Simmons is the favorite to win.
Without further ado….
Weird Al Gets “Whiplashed”:
You have to make a lot of sacrifices if you want to be a polka legend.