Weird Al Yankovic is an American music legend who parodies popular songs by changing the words. He tackled the wild world of grammar with his parody ‘Word Crimes.’ The song changes the words to the hit ‘Blurred Lines,’ popularized by Pharrell and Robin Thicke.
‘Word Crimes’ is featured on Al’s fourteenth studio album titled ‘Mandatory Fun.’ The song spoofs the misuse of proper English grammar. The song’s video uses kinetic typography similar to the classic ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ cartoons.
The video shows pages of a dictionary being turned constantly while focusing on certain words that Al sings in the tune. There are also cartoon dancing punctuation marks with arms and legs.
There are points in the video that show the lyrics on test papers, college degrees, and on social media. The entire song rages against those who refuse to use proper English in a comical way that highlights Al’s own impressive semantics.
Weird Al sings, “It’s a good time to learn some grammar. Now, did I stammer? Work on that grammar. You should know when it’s less or it’s fewer, like people who were never raised in a sewer.”
Al doesn’t appear in the video, but his humor is displayed throughout. He has been a successful singer/songwriter since 1976, when his comedy song aired on ‘The Dr. Demento Radio Show.’
Al has gone on to sell over 12 million albums and record more than 150 parodies and original songs. Al has performed over 1,000 live shows over the years and won five Grammy Awards during his impressive career.