The track list for Mandatory Fun, Weird Al's 14th studio album, was recently released – and now we're going to tell you what songs Al is parodying.
Here's the tracklist:
2. "Lame Claim to Fame"
4. "Sports Song"
5. "Word Crimes"
6. "My Own Eyes"
7. "NOW That's What I Call Polka!"
8. "Mission Statement"
10. "First World Problems"
12. "Jackson Park Express"
What we do know: Weird Al asked Iggy Azalea if he could parody a song of hers, and Patton Oswalt has heard the new album and revealed Al took on a band Patton has loved since the 90s. We also know the "rules" of a Weird Al album: odd numbered tracks are direct song parodies, and even numbered tracks are song style or band style parodies. There's also always one Polka-based compilation of songs.
Just listened to @alyankovic's upcoming album & I am in awe. He satirizes a band I've worshiped since the 90s & it...is...beautiful.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 16, 2014
With those things known, that means the tunes that are parodies of popular songs are: Handy, Foil, Word Crimes, Inactive, and Tacky (NOW That's What I Call Polka! Is obviously the polka compilation).
Our guesses: Foil is a parody of Royals by Lorde, Word Crimes is a parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines (what rhymes with hug me?), and Inactive will be aping Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. Tacky and Handy are parodies of two songs: Happy by Pharrell and Fancy by the aforementioned Iggy Azalea – but which one is which? Our best guess is Tacky will actually be a parody of Happy, as the bridge "Happy, Happy, Happy," works better with the word "Tacky." To get really technical, Iggy breaks down the title of her song as "Fan-cy," which makes more sense with the word "Han-dy."
That leaves Patton Oswalt's comments, which we think refers to one of the indirect parodies. It's almost impossible to guess what Weird Al has up his sleeve with those cryptic song titles, so we'll just have to wait until next Tuesday to find out for sure.