“Weird Al” Yankovic Makes An Icky Thump In Honor Of Charles Nelson Reilly

Aug 4th, 2009 // 4 Comments

The latest effort from “Weird Al” Yankovic pays homage to the late “celebrity-panel” staple Charles Nelson Reilly, transforming the Match Game old reliable into a superhuman who can not only swallow German crafted automobiles, he can skip the line at the DMV. (Now that is power.) In case the image above didn’t hint at it, Al here is paying tribute to the White Stripes, and the song is a pretty spot-on take on their minimalist thrash-and-bash style. Clip after the jump.

Al has taken on the White Stripes before—in “Angry White Boy Polka,” which also pulls off the amazing feat of making a Staind song somewhat enjoyable to listen to.

“Weird Al” Yankovic – CNR [YouTube]
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Angry White Boy Polka [YouTube]


  1. Okay this is a cool subject for Weird Al though he’s not the first musician to tell the story of Charles Nelson Reilly as someone greater than us all (kinda)! Back on their first album Big Lizard in My Backyard (the one with “Bitchin’ Camaro” on it), the Dead Milkmen did a great song called “Serrated Edge” — the lyrics are slightly rude so I’ll just link ‘em. Meanwhile, here’s a live performance of same from 1987:


  2. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay had no idea what they were starting with their Bill Brasky sketches for SNL.

  3. Also, it’s really tripping me out but I swear the drummer in this vid is the drummer for Kings of Leon.

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