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Weird Al Yankovic & Sci-Fi: A Perfect Match Made In Albuquerque

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“Yoda”
Back in the early 1980s, George Lucas wasn’t quite ready to have people making fun of his Star Wars franchise, so he held Weird Al at bay for a couple of years, finally allowing “Yoda” to be added to the 1985 album Dare to be Stupid. A Jedi-powered spoof of The Kinks’ 1970 hit “Lola,” “Yoda” was a fun and simple song, and somewhat prophetic, too. Just look at these lyrics, in light of the original trilogy’s stars coming back for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII: “The long-term contract I had to sign/Says I’ll be making these movies till the end of time/With my Yoda.”

“The Saga Begins”
Though Lucas’ trilogies were 16 years apart, Weird Al only went forward a single year for the source of his Phantom Menace parody “The Saga Begins.” On the album Running With Scissors, he used Don McLean’s “American Pie” to structure this tale of a small-fry soon-to-be Jedi and his high midi-chlorian count. Qui-Gon Jinn’s death in the song, however slight, is just as effective as the film version.

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