Another day, another new and hilarious “Weird Al” Yankovic music video. The Mandatory Fun release party continues with “Lame Claim to Fame,” which takes aim at all the name-droppers as well as boasters of viral achievements. (“I posted ‘First!’ in the comments of a YouTube video.”) Inspired musically by Southern Culture on the Skids’ “Camel Walk,” the trucker hat-wearing star of Yankovic’s stop-motion animation video brags about having jury duty with Art Garfunkel and sharing an elevator with Christian Slater. “My best friend’s brother was an extra in Wayne’s World 2,” Yankovic sings. “I got me an email from the prince of Nigeria… well, he sure sounded legit.”
“Lame Claim to Fame” is the Sunday delivery of what has been “Weird Al” Week 2014. So far, Yankovic has also dropped the Lorde-parodying “Foil,” the Pixies-informed “First World Problems,” the Iggy Azalea-spoofing “Handy,” the Pharrell satire “Tacky,” the satirical fight song “Sports Song,” and “Word Crimes,” an attack on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” Hopefully, his takeoff of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” dubbed “Inactive,” is around the corner.
“Weird Al” opted to release a barrage of videos rather than spacing them out due to the 24-hour lifespan of a viral video, and this visual onslaught appears to be working: Mandatory Fun is on pace to top the Billboard 200 for the first time in Yankovic’s career, as long as he can hold off Jason Mraz’s Yes! One thing’s for sure: According to Billboard, Mandatory Fun will definitely give “Weird Al” his best first week album sales since Neilsen SoundScan started keeping track in 1991.