Every Song In Weird: The Story Of Al Yankovic (And Who Sings Them) | Pretty Reel

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story features the music and public persona of “Weird” Al Yankovic throughout the film, including some of Al’s most famous parodies. The almost entirely fictionalized comedy tells the story of Yankovic’s rise from humble beginnings to become “perhaps not technically the best, but arguably the most famous accordion player in a specific genre of music.” Interestingly, the film also contains a range of other songs by artists who are not the focus of the film.

Although the plot of Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is a parody of musical biopics, it still features the songs that Weird Al actually released and involves real details of the stories surrounding their creation. Daniel Radcliffe plays Al in the film, but doesn’t actually sing the songs, except for a spoken number in the middle of an onstage breakdown. Instead, the songs in the film are Weird Al’s own renditions.

Here are all of the Weird Al songs featured in the Weird movie:

  • “My Bologna”
  • “I like the rocky road”
  • “Another takes the bus”
  • ” Eat it ”
  • “Like a surgeon”
  • “Amish Paradise”
  • ” Now you know ”

There are also a number of songs by other artists featured incidentally in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, including:

  • “The Chicken Dance” by Werner Thomas
  • “Helene Polka”
  • “Beat on the Brat” by the Ramones
  • “My Sharona” by The Knack

When Every Song Plays Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

“The Chicken Dance” by Werner Thomas – This highly recognizable tune, originally composed by Swiss accordionist Werner Thomas and memorably used as a gag in Arrested Development, plays when the other teenagers at the “polka party” laugh of Al for not wanting to play.

Helena Polka – This is a traditional polka song with many versions that young Al plays when he is finally tricked into pulling out his accordion, amazing everyone around him.

“Beat on the Brat” by the Ramones – Al performs an accordion version of this song while auditioning for a confused punk band.

“My Sharona” by The Knack – In one of Weird’s literal comedy-inspired moments, Al hears this song while making sandwiches for his housemates and is inspired to create his own song.

“My Bologna” by “Weird” Al Yankovic – As in Weird, this song was Weird Al’s first hit in real life and played frequently on Dr. Demento’s radio show. One of the few eerie scenes based on reality is when Al records the song in a bathroom, which he would also have done in real life.

“I Love Rocky Road” by “Weird” Al Yankovic – This song is a parody of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”, originally recorded by The Arrows but best remembered from the Joan Jett cover and the Blackhearts, and in real life was released in 1983. In Weird, Al plays this song to a wary club audience and wins them over with the help of his friends-turned-bandmates.

“Another One Rides The Bus” by “Weird” Al Yankovic – Weird Al composed this song on the spot when Wolfman Jack (played in a cameo by Jack Black) challenged him to write a parody of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” . In real life, “Another One Rides the Bus” was Al’s second single, but there is some basis for the movie story Weird Al of the song being composed on location, as it was recorded live on a episode of The Dr. Demento Show.

“Eat It” by “Weird” Al Yankovic – In real life, this 1984 release is of course a parody of Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It”, but Weird changes the story to make “Eat It” Al the Al’s first original hit “Eat It” and Jackson’s parody song. The song arrives at Radcliffe’s Al in a hallucination after eating LSD guacamole.

“Like a Surgeon” by “Weird” Al Yankovic – This parody of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” plays a surprisingly large role in the plot of Weird, where former True Blood star Evan Rachel Wood plays Madonna in as a campy villain who seduces Al. After much pleading to parody his songs, Al finally relents after a near-death experience and creates “Like A Surgeon”, creating with an onstage dance number in medical scrubs. One aspect of this song replicates the true story of Weird Al, as Madonna actually suggested the title for the 1985 parody, which is unusual for a Weird Al song.

“Amish Paradise” by “Weird” Al Yankovic – This is another parody song that is featured as an original in Weird, with Al basing the song on his father’s experience growing up Amish, with Al being seen performing it in an Amish costume near the end of the film. The real “Amish Paradise” was released in 1996 and parodies “Gangster’s Paradise” by Coolio, who himself heavily sampled “Pastime Paradise” by Stevie Wonder.

“Now You Know” by “Weird” Al Yankovic – A new song by Weird Al plays in the credits at the end of the Weird movie, trumpeting the film’s veracity and commenting on the events of it. Alongside “Now You Know,” Yankovic released a soundtrack album to accompany Weird, featuring new recordings of the classic parody songs used in the film.

Why Daniel Radcliffe Doesn’t Sing Weirdly: The Al Yankovic Story

All of the songs in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story are actually sung by Yankovic, with Radcliffe lip-syncing to his performance. Radcliffe sang on set, according to Variety, but her voice was never intended for use in the final version. The actor can sing, having previously starred in musicals like How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, but the film presumably decided to use Yankovic’s own voice for authenticity, and perhaps to pay homage to a another staple of the musical biopic.

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