Thread: "Weird Al" Yankovic - "I Lost on Jeopardy" (1984)

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    • 8 years 4 months ago
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    A parody of the Greg Kihn Band's 1983 "Jeopardy" song, Weird Al takes us into an era set back in time, on the 1964-75 Jeopardy! game show (where he literally, but satirically, lost), competing against an architect named Millard Snofgen from Carbondale, IL, and a plumber named Leroy Finkelstein from Brooklyn, NY. At the end of the video, we see the song's originator (Kihn) driving the same car that Weird Al gets thrown into, with the license plate reading "LOSER."

    Don Pardo's dialogue on Al's losing the game cracks me up:
    "That's right Al, you lost! And let me tell you what you didn't win: a 20-volume set of the Encyclopedia International! A case of Turtle Wax! And a year's supply of Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco Treat! But that's not all! You also made yourself look like a jerk in front of millions of people! And you brought shame and disgrace on your family name for generations to come! You don't get to come back tomorrow! You don't even get a lousy copy of our home game! You're a complete loser!!!"

    It is after this part that Al concludes the song, singing that he hopes his bad luck will change next weekend on The Price is Right ("Don't know what I was thinkin' of/I guess I just wasn't too bright/Well, I sure hope I do better/Next weekend on The Price is Right-ight-ight...". Not sure what Bob Barker would think, though.

    Among the funniest bits in this video:
    The clue "This German baroness could suck the chrome off a fender" under the category "Famous Accordion Players." Answer: Who is Jeanette Schmid?

    A mathematical equation under the category "Potpourri." Answer: What is the Lorentz Transformation?

    Two Chinese characters that literally translate into broccoli, under the category "TV Themes." Answer: What is the Vegameatavitamin Girl?

    The above dialogue Don Pardo says to Weird Al which, while it happens, Al's scoreboard is going down to read -$6,750 and smoking.

    An episode of Rock 'n' Roll Jeopardy! (hosted by Jeff Probst) featured Weird Al, in which he, of course, lost. This song appropriately played in the closing credits on this episode.

    A 2009 episode of Jeopardy!, during the Double Jeopardy! round, featured categories using titles from Weird Al's songs: My Bologna, I Lost On Jeopardy!, Like a Surgeon, White & Nerdy, Eat It, and, of course, Weird "Al."

    This song (and Pardo's ending spoken dialogue) is dedicated to Ken Jennings and other long-streakers on Jeopardy! whose winning streaks were finally broken.

    "I am such a purist for old information on anything '70s and '80s."
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    • 8 years 3 months ago
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    I love all things related to Weird Al! I got to meet him and Steve Jay in Toronto back in July! Very exciting! One lucky woman. Hooray!

    I'm still waiting for HMV to get the arrival of his Alpocalypse DVDs (not "Blueray".

    The weird thing is whenever Al's cds come out, we get them that day as well - it is the same release date as the USA. Whereas the shipment of dvds of his tour haven't arrived yet!

    The good thing is a guy from the store said he'd call me when they come in. I hope he remembers to call. He entered contact info on their store computer so..

    I've been a Weird Al fanatic since I was 4 years old! I have all of his studio albums CDs plus his new dvd with music vids from this year's album, just 2 compilations, his Ultimate DVD collection, The Weird Al Show and UHF.

    I'm really wanting that dvd to get here pronto!! I'm sure I know what the bonus features are, plus, I'm going to try to see if I was captured in any concert shots. That'd be cool.

    I always wondered if we were supposed to know the people in the car at the end. Al's videos are so fun to watch and the majority of the time his parodies are a million times better than the originals. Al's original songs kick major ass! So much fun, songs for every mood that's for sure!
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