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"Weird Al" Yankovic Mocks Doors, Casual Encounters in "Craigslist"

June 16, 2009 4:57 PM ET

"Weird Al" Yankovic is getting a hang of his whole viral video thing and called upon the power of the Doors to help him parody "Craigslist," the online classified ad site that, according to Al, is a place you can trade a Camaro for an old wheelbarrow and a slightly used sombrero. As we learned yesterday, Craiglist is also a good place to search for fake Lil Waynes.

Using Strange Days' "When the Music's Over," Yankovic mocks Jim Morrison and the Doors, from his wig to the way he holds the mic to the psychedelic images spiraling around him to the footage of Native Americans that Morrison was so obsessed with. The video also throws in a girl dancing in front of Los Angeles (L.A. Woman, natch) Yankovic loses the plot a little bit when he pokes fun at Morrison's mid-song poetry with a story about fighting with a barista, but quickly rebounds with what has to be the first verse in music history every dedicated to Styrofoam peanuts. You have to give Yankovic credit: 30 years into his career, "Weird Al" is still quintessentially himself.

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