Album: Even Worse (1988)
Charted: 80 99
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • A parody of Michael Jackson's hit "Bad," this song is all about the state of being overweight. It's similar in concept to Yankovic's previous Jackson parody, "Eat It."

    Food is a common theme in Al's parodies - he drew inspiration from cafeterias when he started writing songs.
  • The video is based on "Bad," with Al wearing a fat suit and gorging himself throughout the clip. It was a big-budget production with special effects that required lots of ingenuity - to make Al's face expand, tubes were placed in the latex on his face and inflated by technicians blowing through them.

    The subway set is the same one used in the "Bad" video. Jackson had built an exact replica of the original set for his Moonwalker film that was used in the segment called "Badder". Before taking it down he offered it to Yankovic for use in his clip. Yankovic said that Jackson's support helped to gain approval from other artists he wanted to parody.
  • Weird Al stopped performing this song and "Eat It" in 2019 after HBO aired the Leaving Neverland documentary, which makes accusations of child abuse against Jackson.
  • His food-themed parodies of Jackson's hits earned him the chance to open for the King of Pop on tour, but he turned down the offer to work with Al on the box-office bomb UHF. Although the movie tested well with preview audiences, it couldn't compete against huge blockbusters such as Batman and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
  • This won the Grammy Award for Best Concept Music Video in 1989.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Glen Burtnik

Glen BurtnikSongwriter Interviews

On Glen's résumé: hit songwriter, Facebook dominator, and member of Styx.

Famous Singers' First Films

Famous Singers' First FilmsSong Writing

A look at the good (Diana Ross, Eminem), the bad (Madonna, Bob Dylan) and the peculiar (David Bowie, Michael Jackson) film debuts of superstar singers.

Paul Williams

Paul WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

He's a singer and an actor, but as a songwriter Paul helped make Kermit a cultured frog, turned a bank commercial into a huge hit and made love both "exciting and new" and "soft as an easy chair."

Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee JonesSongwriter Interviews

Rickie Lee Jones on songwriting, social media, and how she's handling Trump.

Who's Johnny, And Why Does He Show Up In So Many Songs

Who's Johnny, And Why Does He Show Up In So Many SongsSong Writing

For songwriters, Johnny represents the American man. He has been angry, cool, magic, a rebel and, of course, marching home.

Ian Gillan of Deep Purple

Ian Gillan of Deep PurpleSongwriter Interviews

Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan explains the "few red lights" in "Smoke On The Water" and talks about songs from their 2020 album Whoosh!