“Weird Al” Yankovic is rolling out his new album, “Mandatory Fun,” by releasing eight videos over the next eight days. The first one comes in the form of a parody of Pharrell’s “Happy,” one of the biggest singles of 2014 so far, dubbed “Tacky” — watch the send-up below (via Nerdist):
In the song, Yankovic pokes fun at the tackiest among us — the name-droppers, the over-Instagrammers, the suspenders-and-belt wearers, and those who can declare, “Got my new resume, it’s printed in Comic Sans!” The one-take music video, filmed at the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles, features appearances from Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Jack Black, and Kristen Schaal, the latter of whom lip-synchs along to Yankovic’s bridge, “Bring me shame! Can’t nothin’ bring me shame!”
“Mandatory Fun,” due out on Tuesday (July 15), is the follow-up to 2011’s “Alpocalypse,” and might be the master spoofer’s final traditional album. “I don’t know that I’m going to be doing any more traditional albums after this point, now that my record label deal is over,” Yankovic recently told NPR. “I think that digital distribution is more the way for me to go: putting out a single at a time, possibly two or three tracks or an EP. I don’t know that putting out 12 songs at once in this day and age is the best way for me to get my music out there, because if I’m waiting that long, chances are a lot of the material is going to be somewhat dated by the time it comes out.”
Yankovic’s new album also includes “Word Crimes,” a parody of Robin Thicke’s 2013 smash “Blurred Lines.” One video down, seven to go.