Given how smoothly the fanbases of science fiction and “Weird Al” Yankovic groove together, it’s a wonder his main appearance on Giant Freakin’ Robot has been as part of an Epic Rap Battle video. That’s getting remedied in a big way as we celebrate the release of his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, which hits stores and retailers today, July 15. (If you haven’t seen his newest video, “Tacky,” poking fun at Pharrell’s “Happy,” then you’re doing it wrong.)
Below are the parody genius’ contributions that veer into the realm of science fiction. Some are classics. Some are lesser-remembered ditties. They’re all better than whatever is on the radio right now.
We might as well start with the best, right? A parody of the schlock-ridden 1968 hit “MacArthur Park,” Weird Al’s “Jurassic Park” told a simple story of a man being chased by dino abominations of science. This Claymation video is one of Weird Al’s best, as created by Scott Nordlund (The PJ’s) and Mark Osborne, co-director of Kung Fu Panda. I remember liking it more than Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park at the time. Was it the best song on Alapalooza? Sorry. That prize goes to “Bohemian Polka.”