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The Five: Funny music videos not featuring Weird Al - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 29th 2006 1:02PM

skeletonI caught the video for Paul Simon's "Call Me Al" on VH1 Classic the other night, the one in which Chevy Chase lip syncs to the song, and it got me thinking about other funny music videos. I thought it would be a great idea for one of these "The Five" lists we bloggers love so much, and as I was racking my brain I realized I could just simply list five Weird Al Yankovic videos.

But no, Adam loves a challenge, so Weird Al is off limits. After the jump, check out the five videos I came up with, along with a little help from my pal Wild Bill. Throw down some of your own suggestions in the comments.

Let's rock:

"Call Me Al" by Paul Simon

We knew Chevy Chase was a funny guy, but this video, directed by Lorne Michaels, is also a testament to Paul Simon's comedic chops. He plays the straight man perfectly, sitting bored and annoyed as Chevy selfishly takes over on vocals. Call me crazy, but I really miss the funny Chevy Chase.

"Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys

Before he moved on to feature films like Adaptation and Being John Malkovich, Spike Jonze was one of the most inspired music video directors of the '90s. His video for "Sabotage," an homage to the detective shows of the 1970s, is doubly fun to watch when you realize how much fun the band is having making the video.

"Keep Fishin'" by Weezer

Here's a tip for anyone who wants to make a fun music video: feature the Muppets. The boys of Weezer perform with the Muppets "singing" backing vocals while Animal plays the drums. Pat, the band's usual drummer, is nowhere to be found, bound up in his dressing room by the amorous Miss Piggy. Weezer's upbeat, bouncy song and the Muppets' zaniness mesh together perfectly in this video.

"Praise You" by Fatboy Slim

The second Spike Jonze video on this list, and a fine example of guerrilla filmmaking. Rather than go the usual route of placing an audio track over the video, the song comes from a boombox as Spike and the "Torrance Community Dance Troupe" dance in the middle of a mall to the mixed amusement and confusion of everyone. The dance moves make me laugh everytime, even though it pains me to say they still dance way better than I do.

"Just A Gigolo" by David Lee Roth

Probably the most dated video on this list, as Roth slides, shakes and gyrates through a studio spoofing '80s icons like Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper, but I love it because Roth clearly loved everything about being a rock star: the women, the tight varicolored clothing, the crazy hair, and the adoring fans. In the '90s, his kind would be replaced by moody introspective types like Kurt Cobain and Billy Corgan, and while I was a huge fan of Nirvana back in my high school days, I can't help but admire Roth's attitude that it's okay to lighten the hell up once in awhile.

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Jennifer

I love the Red Hot Chilli Peppers' video for Dani California:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL1jTjVQwR8

December 30 2006 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
beanspants1

you should also add the "i want you so hard (boy's bad news)" from the eagles of death metal for a newer funny video.
features dave grohl and jack black in funny wigs, and a guitar that blows people's clothes off.

at the end, the guitar blows off some japanese guy's clothes, and the guy is in alot of commercials, so you'll see him from then on and think of when his clothes were blown off by rockin' guitar instead of the actual product he's advertising.

oh yeah, others: new pornographers - sing me spanish techno == a guy becomes a transvestite.

broken social scene - fire eyed boy == the band is in training to overcome "fear" and geddy lee offers singing advice.

December 30 2006 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Personally, I've never been able to watch Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" without laughing HYSTERICALLY. But I get the sense that's not what you're looking for.

December 30 2006 at 10:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alan Hoffman

blink-182 - "All The Small Things"
great vid.

December 29 2006 at 7:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam Finley

Great additions, everyone.

I just remembered this one:

http://www.tvsquad.com/2006/01/08/david-cross-and-the-pornographers/

December 29 2006 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DanGarion

Great choices. Others I would add would be.

Offspring, "Pretty Fly For a White Guy"
Weezer, "Buddy Holly"

December 29 2006 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

Yo La Tengo's Sugarcube video is hilarious. Featuring a good deal of the Mr. Show cast! "I envy you. So much rocking to do."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0_ENgptnqs

December 29 2006 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mja

Jen & Kerry beat me to the Foo Fighters videos...how about Eminem's My Name Is, Just Lose It or Without Me?

December 29 2006 at 2:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jen

Add another vote for Weapon of Choice. I also like the Foo Fighters' Learn to Fly video. Jack Black and Kyle are maintenance guys on a commercial plane and accidentally put a brick of pot into the coffee maker, and everyone on the plane except for the band itself is high and out of control. Dave Grohl plays about five different characters in this one.

December 29 2006 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kerry

I would also nominate just about any of the Foo Fighter's videos, especially "big me." Outkast's "Hey Ya" also gets mad props for humor, even though it's not belly-laugh funny it's insanely fun.

December 29 2006 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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