This week Weird Al Yankovic became the first artist in 50 years to top the Billboard charts with a comedy album. That’s no easy feat. He entered the charts at number 1, bumping Rihanna, Beyonce and all the rest of them out the way. Entitled “Mandatory Fun”, Yankovic went against convention by releasing 8 music videos for 8 songs, 8 days in a row. Utter madness if you were running a record company on the 1980s. But in the new world with new rules, it did the trick and made Yankovic the talk of the town.
Yankovic has been recording parody songs since the 1980s and had lampooned everyone from Nirvana to Madonna. My first weird Al experience was with his classic song “Fat”, a take on the Michael Jackson hit Bad. I was 10 years old, impressionable, and became a fan for life.
The songs off the new album include “First World Problems”, “World Crimes” and “Foil” – an ode to aluminum foil/tin foil based on the music of “Royals” by Lorde”. There aren’t many people who write compelling lyrics on foil, I assure you.
So if you’re looking for a good laugh go and check out Weird Al’s YouTube channel. Or even better, buy the music
“Kyk hoe kyk sy vir my!”
Die kenmerkende woorde wat almal gebruik wanneer hulle n grappie wil maak oor een van Suid-Afrika se gunstelling programme.
Noot Vir Noot is al op TV vandat ek kan onthou. Ek was al voorheen n deelnemer, en die naweek, vanaand om presies te wees, sing ek lekker saam met ander radio persoonlikhede op die show om 19h30 @SABC 2 met myself, Rian van Heerden, Johrne van Huyssteen and Lynette Francis, asook die Springbokke Jan Serfontein, Flip vd Merwe, Pierre Spies, Jannie du Plessis en Willem Alberts!
Raak ek nog steeds nervous voordat ek optree? Beslis, Niks help daarvoor nie. Maar kom ek lig jou in oor n paar besonderse feite wat jy dalk nooit van die show geweet het nie.
1. Het jy geweet, Johan Stemmet hou sy lyf vervaardiger ook, en praat self met die deelnemers en die gehoor om hulle gemaklik te laat voel? Dis baie special.
2. Johan het n boek uit,…en my man Ian, het dit vir my gekoop as geskenk. he he. Dis n moerse treat.
3. Die show word opgeneem in Johannesburg. So ek het opgevlieg en sommer weer terug op dieselfde dag.
4. Johan se rekenaar met al sy vrae en antwoorde was al gesteel al. Dis net n dom persoon wat antwoorde wil steel. ai.
5. En laastens…Hier is n voorsmakie oor wat jy vanaand kan sien!…Hou duime vas. Ek MOET wen!
Hey Hey! We have one more invite for you and a partner to join Ian and I tonight at the American Swiss Diamonds, The V.I.P Event. A night filled with glamour and fun. You have to 21 years or older, live in Cape Town and be able to attend with your partner from 6PM tonight. Send and email to email@example.com with the subject heading #Ian&Elana before 11am today!
I am pleased. I choose amazing friends and I have a great job. But I really need this. A blog. And now it’s here.
A day before I launch ChocolateFace.co.za ….my husband has a birthday. A fast passed – bright cake – music lovin – fashion filled Birthday. I married the coolest guy ever. When we were at varsity together, He looked like Ozzy Osbourne. I will show you one day. In my quest to keep his birthday simple yet amazing ( I did too much again…) I created a short film of all our friends and family wishing him a happy birthday. Why am I making you watch a personal home movie about our friends? I want to remind you that of all the people that surround you every day there are some really amazing ones that just want to love you.
As for the rest of ChocolateFace this week….
Posts without pretence I tell you. Music by IBMedia’s Ian Bredenkamp. He turns One Direction into heroes. Jules Mercer, my dear friend and kitchen goddess touches some raw steak and we are giving you a chance to win some Good and Wine tickets for all of us in Gauteng.