Mimicry!


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One of the things that makes “Weird” Al Yankovic so great is not just his ability to put his finger on the zeitgeist (Nirvana famously commented that they knew they’d “made it” when Yankovic parodied them), but a real gift for mimicry, so that the style of music being parodied is immediately-recognizable.

Here’s a YouTube prankster, Andy Rehfeldt, working a similar vein.

Yes, it’s all mostly the same joke – take a well-known song, then re-record its music in an incongruous style – but it still made me laugh like an idiot. And like Yankovic, it works in part because of the musical skill in creating the bed.

(NSFW lyrics, obviously):


Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name (Less Angry Version)

Rage Against The Machine-Killing In The Name(Less Angry Version)

(Is it just me, or does that start out like “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now?”)

The YouTube comments on there are pretty golden – referring to the track as “Chilling In The Name”, or this one from user “zsupersaiyan”:

I am terribly sorry to announce that, despite my best attempts to maintain a friendly and cooperative environment with The Machine, its most-certainly righteous intentions have not complemented mine to a satisfactory level, and this has affected our collective productivity and spirit. I sincerely hope I and The Machine can quickly find a solution to this unfortunate misunderstanding, and keep our delightful-as-ever relationship.

I probably would have listened to Alice In Chains a lot more if this was what it sounded like:


Alice In Chains – Man In The Box (Funk Version)

Alice In Chains-Man In The Box(Funk Version)

Sheer genius:


Motorhead – Ace Of Spades (Orchestral Version)

Motorhead-Ace Of Spades(Orchestral Version)

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13 thoughts on “Mimicry!

  1. In feel like in that version, Zack is telling me that now is the time I should do what they tell me, which puts a different spin on that song entirely.

    That Alice in Chains track, unfortunately, remains unlistenable.

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    • True. Something about keeping the original vocals really works for me though. It feels less like someone mocking the original, and more like a parallel-universe version of the original. Like if you were out somewhere and it came on, it might take you a few seconds to realize something was wrong.

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    • Also, the use of the original video adds something to it. Seeing the shirtless, sneering boys from RATM stomp and thrash about the stage while hearing the “Politely-Complain-About-The-Machine” version of “Killing in the Name of…” (and to see the crowd jumping around enthralled to it) adds to the surreal humor.

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