"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Videos
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 1983
Directors: Jay Levey, Al Yankovic
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 014381-410525
Running time: 1:15 (75 Min.)
Casetype: Snapper
Format: NTSC, 1.33:1, Full Frame
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: January 21, 1998
Collection type: Owned (#2059)
Status: Available
Purchase date: June 04, 2005
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 10 / 10
Review (video): 5 / 10
Overview
1. Program Start

2. 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 April 9, 1983. Directed by Janet Greek.

3. I LOVE ROCKY ROAD
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 June 24, 1983. Directed by Dror Soref.

4. 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 February 10/11, 1984. Directed by Jay Levey.

5. I LOST ON JEOPARDY
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 May 24/25, 1984. Directed by Francis Delia.

6. THIS IS THE LIFE
This 1930's-flavored original was the theme song for the 1930's gangster spoof 'Johnny Dangerously', starring Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito. Shot November 11/12, 1984. Directed by Jay Levey.

7. LIKE A SURGEON
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 next two videos, were done as part of a home video and television special called 'The Compleat Al'. Shot May 22/23/24, 1985. Directed by Jay Levey and Robert K. Weiss.

8. ONE MORE MINUTE
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 cheezy choreography. Watch for Al ripping up a picture of the woman who inspired the song. Shot May 24, 1985. Directed by Jay Levey and Robert K. Weiss.

9. DARE TO BE STUPID
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 May 28/29, 1985. Directed by Jay Levey and Robert K. Weiss.

10. LIVING WITH A HERNIA
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 October 8/9, 1986. Directed by Jay Levey.

11. CHRISTMAS AT GROUND ZERO
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. Shot November 21, 1986. Directed by Al Yankovic.

12. 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 March 9/10/12, 1988. Directed by Jay Levey.

13. BEVERLY HILLBILLIES / MONEY FOR NOTHING
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 January 10, 1989. Directed by Jay Levey.

14. 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 June 20/21/22, 1989. Directed by Jay Levey.

15. SMELLS LIKE NIRVANA
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. Dick Van Patten also turns in a stellar performance. Shot February 28, 1992. Directed by Jay Levey.

16. YOU DON'T LOVE ME ANYMORE
Although this song is another 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 June 1, 1992. Directed by Jay Levey.

17. JURASSIC PARK
Parody of 'MacArthur Park' by Richard Harris. Teams of animators in Reseda, California and Portland, Oregon worked round-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 August 9 to October 5, 1993. Directed by Mark Osborne and Scott Nordlund.

18. BEDROCK ANTHEM
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 October 1/2, 1993. Directed by Al Yankovic.

19. HEADLINE NEWS
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 August 29/31, 1994. Directed by Al Yankovic.

20. AMISH PARADISE
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 February 24/25, 1996. Directed by Al Yankovic.

21. 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 April 3, 1996. Directed by Al Yankovic.

22. 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 the actual titles. Shot April 1/2, 1996. Directed by Al Yankovic.
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1Main Feature
Features
 • Scene Access
Crew
Direction
Jay Levey....Director
Al Yankovic....Director
Cast
"Weird Al" Yankovic....Himself/George Newman/Various roles (uncredited)
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz....The Band: Drums/Various roles (uncredited)
Steve Jay....The Band: Bass/Various roles (uncredited)
Jim West....The Band: Guitar/Various roles (uncredited)
Tress MacNeille....Lucy Ricardo (Ricky) (uncredited)
Barry Hansen....Dr. Demento/Various roles (uncredited)
Vince Patterson....Gang Leader (Eat It) (uncredited)
Greg Kihn....Himself (I Lost On Jeopardy) (uncredited)
Don Pardo....Announcer (I Lost On Jeopardy) (uncredited)
Billy Barty....Noodles MacIntosh (UHF) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc....Barney Rubble/Dino (archive (uncredited, voice)
Pat Boone....Chocolate Stealer (Gump) (uncredited)
David Bowe....Bob (UHF) (uncredited)
Peter Boyle....Jock Dundee (This Is The Life) (uncredited)
Stanley Brock....Uncle Harvey (UHF) (uncredited)
Kim Bullard....The Band: Keyboard (uncredited)
Andy Comeau....Forrest Gump (Gump) (uncredited)
Dom DeLuise....The Pope (This Is The Life) (uncredited)
Danny DeVito....Burr (This Is The Life) (uncredited)
Richard Dimitri....Moroni (This Is The Life) (uncredited)
Fran Drescher....Pamela Finklestein (UHF) (uncredited)
Danny Fehsenfeld....Michael Faye (uncredited)
Art Fleming....Himself (I Lost On Jeopardy) (uncredited)
Anthony Geary....Philo (UHF) (uncredited)
Robert Goulet....Himself (You Don't Love Me Anymore (uncredited)
Florence Henderson....Amish Wife (Amish Paradise) (uncredited)
Marilu Henner....Lil (This Is The Life) (uncredited)
Victoria Jackson....Teri (UHF) (uncredited)
Michael Keaton....Johnny Kelly (This Is The Life) (uncredited)
Mike Kieffer....Musical Mike (uncredited)
Jay Levey....Various roles (uncredited)
Doug Llewelyn....Sumo Wrestling Fan (Headline News) (uncredited)
Eric Lutes....Millard Snotkin (I Lost On Jeopardy (uncredited)
Kevin McCarthy....R.J. Fletcher (UHF) (uncredited)
Joe Piscopo....Danny Vermin (This Is The Life) (uncredited)
Ronald Reagan....Himself (Christmas At Ground Zero) (uncredited)
Alan Reed....Fred Flintstone (archive re (uncredited, voice)
Michael Richards....Stanley Spadowski (UHF) (uncredited)
Maureen Stapleton....Ma Kelly (This Is The Life) (uncredited)
Judy Tenuta....Lorena Bobbitt (Headline News) (uncredited)
Byron Thames....Young Johnny (This Is The Life) (uncredited)
Dick Van Patten....Himself (Smells Like Nirvana) (uncredited)
Lou B. Washington....Cameraman (UHF) (uncredited)
Mary Yankovic....Herself (I Lost On Jeopardy) (uncredited)
Nick Yankovic....Himself (I Lost On Jeopardy) (uncredited)