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Encyclopedia > Headline News (song)
"Headline News"
"Headline News" cover
Single by "Weird Al" Yankovic
B-side "Christmas at Ground Zero (Alternate Mix)
Released September 27, 1994
Format CD, cassette
Recorded July 27, 1994
Genre Comedy
Length 3:46
Label Scotti Brothers
Producer "Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology
"Achy Breaky Song"
(1993)
"Headline News"
(1994)
"Amish Paradise"
(1996)

"Headline News" is a parody song by "Weird Al" Yankovic. It is a parody of the Crash Test Dummies's provocative 1993 hit "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm". Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... This article is about the musician himself. ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... Nuclear fireball World War III is the name given to a hypothetical world war that would be fought after World War II. Most usages of the term include the use of weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear weapons. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Scotti Brothers Records was a California-based record label founded by Tony and Ben Scotti. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... This article is about the musician himself. ... This article is about the musician himself. ... Achy Breaky Song is a song by Weird Al Yankovic. ... Amish Paradise is Weird Al Yankovics parody of the hip hop song Gangstas Paradise by Coolio. ... This article is about the musician himself. ... This article is about a music group. ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 // Date Unknown- Christian Rock label Tooth and Nail Records is formed. ... Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm is a single by the Canadian folk-rock group Crash Test Dummies, featured on their 1993 album God Shuffled His Feet. ...

Contents

Track listing

The following tracks are on the single:

  1. "Headline News" – 3:46
  2. "Christmas At Ground Zero (Alternate Mix)" – 3:07

The promo single only contains "Headline News".


Release

The song was never officially released on a studio album and is only available as a CD single, the cover of which was a parody of the Crash Test Dummies album God Shuffled His Feet. The song does appear on Yankovic's Greatest Hits Volume II album and a box set entitled Permanent Record: Al In The Box. A CD single is a music single in the form of a compact disc. ... This article is about a music group. ... God Shuffled His Feet is a 1993 album by the Crash Test Dummies. ... Greatest Hits Volume II is a compilation CD of songs by Weird Al Yankovic that features his best known songs that did not appear on Weird Al Yankovics Greatest Hits, plus the new single Headline News which first appeared on disc four of the boxed set Permanent Record: Al...


Lyrics

Part of the humor of the song lies in that it, being a reworking of the Crash Test Dummies hit "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" which told the story of three abnormal children, tells the story of three famous tabloid stories of the mid 1990s: Singapore caning American delinquent Michael Fay, Tonya Harding's boyfriend beating her figure-skating rival Nancy Kerrigan, and Lorena Bobbitt removing her husband's penis with a knife. This article is about a music group. ... Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm is a single by the Canadian folk-rock group Crash Test Dummies, featured on their 1993 album God Shuffled His Feet. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the physical punishment. ... Michael Peter Fay (born May 30, 1975) is an American who was caned in Singapore on May 5, 1994, for theft and vandalism despite pleas from the United States government and press for clemency. ... Tonya Harding performs a triple axel jump at the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. ... Figure skaters Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy Figure skating is a sport in which individuals, couples, or groups perform spins, jumps, and other moves on ice. ... Nancy Kerrigan (born October 13, 1969 in Stoneham, Massachusetts) is a two-time American Olympic figure skating medalist and 1993 U.S. champion. ... Lorena Bobbitt, née Lorena Gallo (born in 1968 or 1969 in Bucay, Ecuador) is an American woman who became famous after cutting off the penis of her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt. ... The penis (plural penises, penes) is an external male sexual organ. ...


Other humor revolves around the fact that many of the parody lyrics mimic the lyrics of the original song:

Original: Once there was this kid who got into an accident and couldn't come to school
Parody: Once there was this kid who took a trip to Singapore and brought along his spray paint
Original: Once there was this girl who wouldn't go and change with the girls in the changing room
Parody: Once there was this girl who swore that one day she would be a figure skating champion

And of course more humor is derived from the fact that Yankovic imitates the Crash Test Dummies lead vocalist, Brad Roberts' low baritone voice and his peculiar vocal expressions. Brad Roberts Brad Roberts (born Bradley Kenneth Roberts, January 10, 1964, in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is the lead singer and guitarist for the Canadian rockers, Crash Test Dummies. ...


Concert lyrics

Yankovic's Straight Outta Lynwood concert tour contains new lyrics as part of the medley, referencing Britney Spears, dealing with her 2007 head-shaving shock and underpants-less limousine trip in late 2006: Singles from Straight Outta Lynwood Released: August 21, 2006 Released: September 12, 2006 Released: September 26, 2006 Released: March 19, 2007 Straight Outta Lynwood is the twelfth album by Weird Al Yankovic. ... Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is a Grammy Award-winning[1] American pop singer, dancer, actress, author and songwriter. ... For the song from the band: Brand New, see Limousine (MS Rebridge). ...

Once, there was this girl who
Rode around in limousines and didn't wear her undies
And when she finally cracked up
She shaved all of the hair off of her head
We couldn't understand it
It'd always just been there
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Later in the tour, he changed it to reference Paris Hilton's DUI and imprisonment, and subsequent interview on Larry King Live: Paris Whitney Hilton (born February 17, 1981) is an American celebrity and socialite. ... Larry King Live is a nightly CNN interview program hosted by broadcaster and writer Larry King. ...

Once, there was this girl who
Got herself a DUI and went away to prison
And when she finally came back
She spoke with Larry King on his talk show
Can someone tell me why we
Should give a crap about her
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Music video

The music video for Headline News parodies the "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" video. The video uses the original video's theme of telling each news story as a one act play on stage before an audience of people. The video is included on "Weird Al"'s DVD "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection. A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ...

  • In the very beginning a midget is seen handing out programs instead of a child.
  • Al, throughout the video, parodies the Crash Test Dummies lead vocalist Brad Roberts' rather peculiar facial expressions.
  • The video features several cameos, including an appearance by Doug Llewelyn of People's Court fame, and long time radio show host, and Yankovic supporter, Dr. Demento.
  • The terminal that Michael Fay steps off of has the number '27' on it, a number which Yankovic often hides somewhere in his music, videos, or albums.
  • In the middle of the video, Rubén Valtierra is seen wearing a wig while playing the piano, an obvious jest at Ellen Reid, the main keyboard player for the Crash Test Dummies.
  • The book that Michael Fay supposedly wrote was called "Ouch, My Butt" and had a picture of him pointing to his afflicted area. He also 'signs' the books by spraying spray paint on the inside jacket.
  • Judy Tenuta is uncredited as Lorena Bobbitt.
  • At one point in the video, a picture of Elvis is seen hanging on the wall.
  • The second time Al hums, black duct tape can be seen taped over his mouth.
  • Near the end, the camera moves to a different viewpoint. Al, still humming, leans back on his stool to remain in view and eventually falls off.
  • As the video closes, instead of parents as in the original video, odd couples are seen leaving; an insane man with a dog puppet on his hand with an attractive women, an elderly upperclassman (Dr. Demento) with a lower class overweight woman with curlers, a man with a "goth" girlfriend, and a man with a large sumo wrestler (possibly WWF's Yokozuna) wearing an unbuttoned shirt.

Judge Marilyn Milian, the current judge, has presided over cases since 2001. ... Judge Joseph Wapner, who presided over cases from 1981 to 1993. ... Dr. Demento is the stage name of Barret Eugene Hansen (born April 2, 1941),[1] a radio disc jockey specializing in novelty songs and pop music parodies. ... Judy Tenuta (born November 7, 1956) is a comedienne. ... Lorena Bobbitt, née Lorena Gallo (born in 1968 or 1969 in Bucay, Ecuador) is an American woman who became famous after cutting off the penis of her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt. ... Dr. Demento is the stage name of Barret Eugene Hansen (born April 2, 1941),[1] a radio disc jockey specializing in novelty songs and pop music parodies. ... Rodney Anoai (October 2, 1966 – October 23, 2000) was a Samoan-American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Yokozuna. ...

Notes

  • "Headline News" was added to Yankovic's concert sets in the summer of 1994, months before it was officially released, making it one of only a few songs that Yankovic has performed live first, then later went on to be officially recorded and released.
  • One of many of Al's hit songs that feature the talents of manualist "Musical Mike" Kieffer.
  • Yankovic has performed this song in concert with backing from the Crash Test Dummies. As Yankovic's version uses Kazoos, the Crash Test Dummies went out and got Kazoos, much to the surprise of Yankovic. He later said that the group were particularly good sports.
  • The picture of Al on the single's cover is the same picture that appeared on the cover of his "In 3-D" album.

Manualism: Squeezing air through the hands to play musical notes Manualism is the little-known art of playing music by squeezing air through the hands. ... For the visual effects technology, see ZOO Digital Group. ... Singles from In 3-D Released: February 28, 1984 Released: April 1984 Released: June 4, 1984 Weird Al Yankovic In 3-D, sometimes referred to simply as In 3-D, is the second album by Weird Al Yankovic, released in 1984. ...

See also

Weird Al Yankovic (born October 23, 1959) is an American musician best known for his parodies of contemporary radio hits. ... Weird Al Yankovic Weird Al Yankovic is a multi-Grammy award winning American musician, satirist, parodist, accordionist, and television producer. ... Neil Cicierega (born August 23, 1986), a. ...

References

  • "Weird Al's" Official Page
  • Al's Official MySpace Page

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