National treasure “Weird Al” Yankovic, in a clear effort to dominate this week’s 5 Best Videos Of The Week countdown, is in the midst of releasing eight new videos in eight days, all to promote his new album Mandatory Fun. Things started yesterday, with his amazing and cameo-heavy video for the Pharrell parody “Tacky.” Today, he follows it up with a masterfully assembled lyric video for “Word Crimes,” which transforms Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” into a slightly priggish grammar lesson. Yankovic, you see, is taking a stand against Twitter English. He’s also doing a nice take on Thicke’s smarmy falsetto and credibly delivering his version of T.I.’s verse, as well. The end result is, as you can probably imagine, a lot of fun. Lyric videos don’t generally appear on the 5 Best Videos countdown, but when the anthropomorphic Microsoft paperclip showed up, my stance began to weaken. Watch the video below.
Mandatory Fun is out now on RCA.
If you thought I didn’t know that I ended “Word Crimes” with a split infinitive… you don’t give me nearly enough credit.
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) July 20, 2014