Sunday, July 12, 2015

Videos of Summer: UHF (1989)

"Weird" Al Yankovic's lone feature film, "UHF", wasn't exactly a critics' darling when it was released in 1989, released during a pretty busy summer season that also included "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and "Batman". 'Nuff said there. The title song, on the other hand, is Yankovic at his best. Instead of the usual song parodies, Yankovic tweaks some of the 80's biggest names, including Billy Idol, Guns 'N' Roses, Prince, George Michael, Peter Gabriel, and the Talking Heads, in short scenes interspersed with movie footage. Keep an eye open for Michael Richards (ex-Fridays) as janitor-turned-kid's show host Stanley Spadowski. This gig eventually landed him an even bigger role a few years later on Seinfeld.

The film itself was a hoot, with an ensemble that also included Victoria Jackson (Saturday Night Live), Anthony Geary (General Hospital), Kevin McCarthy, Emo Phillips, a longtime friend of Yankovic's, and a pre-Nanny Fran Drescher. It was just released at the wrong time of the year.

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