In this video for “Dare To Be Stupid,” released in 1985, Weird Al parodies Devo. Whether you’re a long-time Devo fan who can spot the references, someone who liked this song as a kid, or a person looking for a three-minute distraction, you’ll appreciate this visual feast.
Be on the lookout for:
- Key Devo-isms, such as goggles, radiation suits, cowboy motifs, and direct nods to specific videos (such as the man spastically dancing in front of a patterned wall, which references Devo’s “[I Can’t Get No] Satisfaction”).
- Stylized visuals, from stop-motion animation to analog video effects to animation featuring bright ’80s colors and patterns. In some cases, eye-catching visuals are a mere “background”–yes, this video has layers.
- A definite “retro” vibe, some of which is undeniably ’50s modern (and undeniably Devo-esque).
- The randomness that made Weird Al famous. In some ways, this man was meant to spoof Devo. Either that or join the band.
- A large number of edits/cuts, especially in terms of ’80s videos. This one keeps it moving, folks!
- Masked men squeezing rolls of Charmin, a xylophone of human feet, and a guitar made from a toaster.
Curious yet? Press “Play”…and Happy Friday!