The first track off his 14th album (!!!), Mandatory Fun, is “Tacky”—Weird Al’s
millionth latest single, which has also given us first of eight videos we’ll see come out over the next few days.
And look, “Tacky” sees Weird Al doing what he does best: making good jokes set to melodies we already know. And this time, his video features the sounds of Pharrell William’s “Happy” and cameos by Aisha Taylor, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, and Jack Black. Which is great! Funny people working together is the only thing better than funny people working with Internet famous cats. But let’s at least acknowledge the true star of the video: Weird Al’s fashion sense. Which has actually been a huge player in his persona since before he even began pursuing music full-time.
So with that said, here’s our round-up of the 13 most iconic Weird Al looks. And remember that if you think we’ve forgotten one, you’re wrong. (Just kidding: sound off in the comments.)
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In all his high school glory. Arguably the inspiration for Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie," Weird Al began setting style standards high over 30 years ago.
Living that sweet DJ and moustachioed life. The beginning of the Al we now know.
See also: are you there, Freddie Mercury? It's us, making comparisons.
(Screencapped for the very first time.) Having gotten a blessing from Madonna, Al went on to record and release his "Like a Virgin" parody in the mid 1980s, which he included on his debut album, "Dare to be Stupid." His look reflects our confusion about Madonna once having a sense of humour.
While we know Al's only his token Hawaiian-print threads, there's nothing cooler than the company he kept: particularly when posing alongside Daryl "D.M.C." McDaniels and Joseph "Run" Simmons. It's a look you'll never see on a fashion blog (and is still about "iconic" as it gets).
A fat suit so nice he wore it twice (or during most of his concerts, even today). So more like PHAT, am I right?
On July 21, "UHF" celebrates its 25th anniversary. Some of us will celebrate knowing we will never be as fit as Al('s costume department made him look).
Because if we didn't include Weird Al in his traditional apparel, we'd be doing a disservice to parodies and polka music everywhere.
Best claymation holiday special, or Al's iconic take on an even uniquer song? Let's just put it this way: someone shut the fence off in the rain. (And Hawaiian print looks even better in stop motion.)
It was the role Harrison Ford was born to play. But unfortunately for him, he starred in 1985's "Witness" and not this important parody of Coolio's "Gangster's Paradise," a decade later. Everything you needed to know about the Amish community, you learned from Weird Al dressed like an Amish person.
An image that finally answers the question: what if Weird Al DIDN'T let his hair down?
Having starred in two "Simpsons" episodes in the 2000s, ("Three Gays of the Condo" in 2003 and "That '90s Show" in 2008), Al adopted the ultimate look: that of a Springfield guest. An honour not even some of those he's parodied have had. (Bless.)
While Weird Al had previously racked up three Grammys, it was after a five-year hiatus and his return with "Alpocalypse" that saw him score another. Recognition (and a sweet tux) look good on you, Al. Don't ever change (and yes, this is obviously in reference to your clothes).