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'Weird Al' Yankovic Vents Frustrations, Channels Pixies in ‘First World Problems’ Music Video
Wi-Fi troubles, itchy cotton sheets, Amazon shipping fees, forgetting the gardener’s name — these are just a few of life’s small annoyances that "Weird Al" Yankovic addresses over Pixies-inspired music in his latest video “First World Problems.”
“I got first world, first world problems,” a blonde wig-wearing Yankovic belts out during the comical song, which blends the sounds of such classic Pixies tracks as “Debaser” and “No. 13 Baby,” from the alternative rock band’s 1989 album, “Doolittle.”
The new track features backing vocals by Amanda Palmer, who does a pretty convincing impersonation of the Pixies' Kim Deal. Yankovic's Black Francis yowl is pretty spot-on, too.
“First World Problems,” released on Saturday (July 19), was directed by Liam Lynch, who has worked on other projects for Tenacious D and Sarah Silverman. The video can be streamed at PopCrush before its official Vevo release on July 21.
“I told [director Liam Lynch] that I didn’t want to be myself; I wasn’t Weird Al in this video — I was kind of like this douchey character,” Yankovic told PopCrush. “So we thought, ‘OK, we’ll find you a douchey blonde wig … [which was made of] real human hair … and I tried it on, and it fit, and we had fun with it!”
It’s no secret that the Pixies are big fans of Yankovic. The band invited the comedian on stage during a concert at Los Angeles’ Echoplex in 2009. Watch the performance below.
Yankovic is promoting his new album, “Mandatory Fun," (released July 15) with eight music videos in eight days. He's already shared parodies on Pharrell Williams' "Happy," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Lorde's "Royals" and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy." Yankovic also poked fun at overly spirited sports fans in "Sports Song."
So far, videos have featured cameos by Jack Black, Eric Stonestreet, Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Kristen Schaal, Patton Oswalt, Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant.