Weird Al gets geeks

Weird Al Yankovich has been around for ages. I remember when he was just a budding parody artist back in the 1980s, appearing on the Dr. Demento Show (on radio), when all he had was an accordian, some bandmates, some objects to bang on, and some squeaky cute fart noises. He was singing songs like “I Love Rocky Road” (“I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett), and “Another One Rides the Bus” (“Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen). A few years later he really upgraded his act. He got better instruments, and more people. He started doing music videos, singing songs like “Eat It” (“Beat It” by Michael Jackson), and “Like A Surgeon” (“Like A Virgin” by Madonna). As time passed he just kept getting better and better.

The Trivia Geek at TechRepublic recently embedded Weird Al’s latest video in one of his blog posts, giving it mucho props. So I figured it was okay for me to embed a couple.

In the late 90s Weird Al really showed off his geek cred with “It’s All About the Pentiums” (“It’s All About the Benjamins” by P. Diddy)

Is it just me? Does the guy in the green jacket (the one waxing his modem to “try to make it go faster”) look like Andrew a younger Anders Hejlsberg?

Weird Al recently came out with his latest and greatest, “White and Nerdy” (“Ridin’ Dirty” by Chamillionaire)

Can you pick out the celebrities in this video? I know the video quality isn’t the greatest, so it can be hard to tell. There are at least 3 that haven’t been in the limelight for a while. And by the way, what is that equation behind him and the other guy dancing? The Trivia Geek said it was integral calculus. I’m embarrased to say I haven’t had that (just kidding). I had (2-dimensional) integral calculus years ago but that equation doesn’t look familiar.

Funny how in both cases Weird Al takes hip hop and turns it into an excuse to poke fun at and celebrate geekdom. Sheer genius! Weird Al understands us. I’m glad somebody out there does, even if he is a comedian. 🙂

Edit 2/1/07: The equation behind Weird Al and the guy dancing behind him is called Schrodinger’s Wave Equation for a hydrogen atom. I found this and answers to many other bits of trivia for this video here.


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