Thursday, March 05, 2009


Weird Al Yankovic's 5th studio album, UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff, came out in 1989. Sometimes referred to simply as UHF, it is the soundtrack to the comedy cult film UHF which starred Weird Al. A true cult film in every sense of the word the film's humour is not appreciated by everyone. Personally it is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Also starring in this film is Michael Richards as Stanley Spadowski before his Seinfeld fame. The Rambo sequence in the movie is one of the funniest things I have ever seen and I always laugh out loud every time I see it. There are a couple interesting things about some of the songs on this album.

Yankovic revealed in the DVD commentary for "UHF" that the concept "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies" was originally a parody of the Prince song Let's Go Crazy. Prince refused and although an artist doesn't need permission to do parodies, Al has always asked permission and respects the artists wishes. So after the reworking of the tune to Money for Nothing, the only caveat that was attached was that Mark Knopfler insisted he be allowed to play guitar on the track. Then there is the awesome original composition Generic Blues, a blues-style song with deliberately cliched lyrics. Now here is how good a song it is. According to Yankovic in the liner notes of Permanent Record: Al in the Box collection, B.B. King has mentioned this song as one of his ten favorite blues songs of all time. Now that is high praise coming from the master and just goes to show that even though Al is famous for his parodies, his original compositions are damn good too.

Generic Blues
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