Weird Al Yankovic - Mandatory Fun

A couple of weeks ago, comedy-rock god “Weird Al” Yankovic teased the forthcoming release of his new LP Mandatory Fun, which will be his 14th studio album and which may turn out to be his last. All we knew about it was that it would include a perhaps-inevitable Iggy Azalea parody. Yankovic has just unveiled the album’s tracklist, and while it doesn’t specify what songs he’s satirizing, we can draw our own conclusions. The Iggy parody, for instance, has to be “Handy,” right? Similarly, we can surmise that “Foil” is his take on Lorde’s “Royals,” that “Word Crimes” takes on Robyn Thick’s “Blurred Lines,” and that “Tacky” spoofs Pharrell’s “Happy.” These are just guesses, though. And you can make your own projections based on the tracklist below.

01 “Handy”
02 “Lame Claim To Fame”
03 “Foil”
04 “Sports Song”
05 “Word Crimes”
06 “My Own Eyes”
07 “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!”
08 “Mission Statement”
09 “Inactive”
10 “First World Problems”
11 “Tacky”
12 “Jackson Park Express”

Mandatory Fun is out 7/15 on RCA, and Yankovic plans to release eight music videos in eight days, starting 7/14.

Comments (14)
  1. I would flip your Pharrell and Iggy guesses. “Handy” is probably Pharrell, because it’s the biggest crossover hit of the year, so it makes sense that he’d lead with it. And “Tacky” is an antonym of “Fancy,” so it must be Iggy. I’ll also throw out that “Inactive” might be a take on “Radioactive”?

  2. “Tacky” would fit a lot better as the Pharrell parody. Think about the breakdown that goes “Happy, happy, happy, happy” – “Handy” just seems like too much to say fast, whereas “Tacky” is a faster word…if that makes sense. And “Handy” would work perfectly as the Iggy song because she almost splits the word “fancy” into two words. I’m so fan-cy. Handy would fit.

  3. Weird Al has been getting his despot on. Anyone catch him as Hitler on Drunk History?

  4. I’m curious what song Amanda Palmer is on…

  5. This is excellent news. It would be awesome if “First World Problems” spoofs “F**kin’ Problems” by A$AP Rocky, Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar. OWWWOOOOOOOO!

  6. Wait!!!, what do you mean “….which may turn out to be his last.” ? Where are you getting this information?

  7. It’s not his last, the echo chamber media just keeps repeating the same out of context info. Imagine that.

    Read Al’s actual words on the matter here:

  8. Alright, after a couple of listens, this is what I’ve come up with.

    Handy is Izzy’s Fancy
    Foil is Lorde’s Royals
    Word Crimes is Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines
    Inactive is Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive
    Tacky is Pharrell’s Happy

    Also, Mission Statement seems to be Crosby, Stills & Nash inspired, while First World Problems is obviously a fake Pixies song.

    Finally, the Polka rapid fires through Wrecking Ball, Pumped Up Kicks, Best Song Ever, Gangnam Style, Call Me Maybe, Scream And Shout, Somebody That I Used To Know, Timber, Sexy And I Know It, Thrift Shop, and Get Lucky.

    I may have missed connections in a few of the other songs, if anyone figures something out, please let me know.

    Isn’t it crazy he’s been doing this for over 30 years? And he’s still crunching it. Thank you Weird Al!

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