Pop Life

Five Appropriately Profound Weird Al Haikus

Some of us are counting the days until Weird Al Yankovic receives his much-deserved Presidential Medal of Freedom or Kennedy Center award, whichever comes with a gold-plated accordion. Until that happens we'll have to make do with Mandatory Fun, his astounding 13th album that is in stores and online today.

If it were suddenly necessary to debrief an unfrozen caveman lawyer or time-traveler from the future, all that would be necessary to catch that person (or alien) up on pop would be to play him or her (or it) the latest Weird Al record. The man is relevant. He's back wading through the soup of selfies, sequined crocs and twerking at the DMV in the brilliantly shameless "Tacky," his send-up of a certain inescapable Pharrell hit.

If the leaders of Iran didn't like the way those six young people danced in that "Happy" video that got them arrested back in May, that they're really going to hate the way Weird Al gets down with friends like Margaret Cho, 30 Rock's Kristen Schaal, Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet and Jack Black in this one.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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