Album: Alpocalypse (2011)


  • Lyrically this song is about the comic actor Charles Nelson Reilly, whilst musically it parodies The White Stripes. Yankovic explained to Spinner UK why he decided to combine the two: "Sometimes I just do stuff because I think it's funny. And you can't second guess what other people will think is funny too much or what people are going to get. I know if you did a Venn diagram of people who are familiar with both the White Stripes and Charles Nelson Reilly that's probably a pretty small sliver. But for some reason that juxtaposition seemed really funny to me."
  • Whilst Jack White's first band, The White Stripes, will be familiar to most, Reilly will be unknown to many of the younger generation. The comedian was best known for his TV work, appearing regularly on games shows in the 1960s and was also a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Chris Isaak

Chris IsaakSongwriter Interviews

Chris tells the story of "Wicked Game," talks milkshakes and moonpies at Sun Records, and explains why women always get their way.

Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles

Timothy B. Schmit of the EaglesSongwriter Interviews

Did this Eagle come up with the term "Parrothead"? And what is it like playing "Hotel California" for the gazillionth time?

Jeff Trott

Jeff TrottSongwriter Interviews

Sheryl Crow's longtime songwriting partner/guitarist Jeff Trott reveals the stories behind many of the singer's hits, and what its like to be a producer for Leighton Meester and Max Gomez.

Brandi Carlile

Brandi CarlileSongwriter Interviews

As a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She still puts her heart into her songs, including the one Elton John sings on.

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo Lyric

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo LyricMusic Quiz

In this quiz, spot the artist who put Romeo into a song lyric.

Julian Lennon

Julian LennonSongwriter Interviews

Julian tells the stories behind his hits "Valotte" and "Too Late for Goodbyes," and fills us in on his many non-musical pursuits. Also: what MTV meant to his career.