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Fat

A screenshot of the Fat music video

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Song: Fat

Running Time: 4:56

Year: 1988

Album: Even Worse, Greatest Hits 1, Food Album, Al-In-The-Box, Fat

Parody of: Bad by Michael Jackson

Lyrics: Lyrics

Video: See Visuals

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Download/Listen: Mp3

TriviaEdit

  • The video set was a recreation of the set of Michael Jackson's Bad video, which had recently been constructed for use in Jackson's film Moonwalker. Jackson let Al use the set for free.
  • A sequel for this song, Fatter was planned, but not released.
  • This is one of the "Weird Al" songs where the theme is Obesity.
  • When Al performs this song in concert, he wears the fat makeup and suit.
  • "Weird Al"’s fat makeup took three hours to apply each day for the music video.
  • One of the dancers was just an obese pizza delivery guy who needed the paycheck.
  • The taunters were none other than the Fat Boys.

Music Video Edit

  • The lighting in Jackson's video is much darker. Yankovic filmed his parody video with much brighter lighting, and it appears, as thought it was filmed in the daytime.
  • The video begins with a non-musicial black-and-white scene, as in the original, but it is much shorter. It starts at the subway station with a gang of obese men (led by Lou B. Washington, who soon after joined the cast of Al's film UHF) criticizing Al for not eating much unhealthy food lately (possibly a parody of real gangsters pressuring unsuspecting kids to try drugs). They try to get Al to eat a slice of pizza, a hamburger, and a ding dong, which they pull out of their pockets. The original video showed Jackson coming back from high school, and his old street friends bugging him about going to school, and becoming soft.
  • The lines "are you fat, or what", and "you ain't fat, you ain't nothin'", mimicking lines in the original, only using the word "fat", instead of "bad".
  • After the non-musical black-and-white scene, the dancers can be seen goofing off. Two of them lost a high five, and another one can be seen waving and mouthing the words "Hi Mom" over and over again, and then, he gets his nose pinched by the other dancers. As a whole, the group looks disorganized and fidgety, as a parody of the precise choreography in Michael Jackson's video.
  • The song's music video consisted of Yankovic with six dancers. The original video consisted of Jackson with at least twenty dancers.
  • The six dancers from Jackson, which are now with Yankovic in the video are obese, instead of skinny.
  • Instead of a troupe of dancers sliding along the ground, the beginning of "Fat" shows Yankovic being transformed into a fat guy.
  • Yankovic's black outfit looks just like Jackson's, but the buckle and zipper ornamentation is exaggerated.
  • Yankovic does Jackson's famous "crotch-grab", but with humorous sound effects added, such as a "boing", and a cowbell.
  • When Yankovic tries to jump over the turnstiles on the first bridge of the song, he can't get over. Jackson by contrast, easily jumps on, then off.
  • In one musical interlude, Yankovic jumps on a dancer and crushes him, while Jackson merely jumps on his shoulder.
  • In "Bad", Jackson moves in a circle while the camera follows him. In "Fat", Yankovic does the same thing, but for much longer. Eventually, Yankovic moves too fast, and begins to fly. He grabs a hold of the tripod not to fly away. But loses his grip, and flies off with a startled cry.
  • When Yankovic flings his arms around, sound effects are heard. This is direct reference to the noises heard when Jackson flings his arms. Yankovic acts confused testing out the sound effect movements, and moves other parts of his body, making other sound effects. Al's dancers also appear confused.
  • The camera follows Yankovic and the other dancers as they run through the station, when Yankovic is handed the gardening tool. After a brief pause, he and the others realize, the camera is still moving, and they start to run again, moving even faster to try to get into the camera's viewpoint (now yelling "Ho" to get the camera to slow down). Eventually, they disappear off-camera. Upon returning to where they left off is discovered that they are now catching their breath from the running that Jackson and his troupe are able to do easily. Yankovic leans against a pillar, and tilts it.
  • When Yankovic runs up the steps and removes the air vent cover. He spins and flourishes excessively in a parody of Jackson's dancing advance towards the vent. Also, the wind in this video is much stronger. Several dancers gets blown away, and Yankovic holds up a small pinwheel-type fan and stays standing as his dancers are blowing out of sight. A chicken is seen passing by the camera.
  • At one point near the end, Jackson whoops three times in a row. The third time, Yankovic holds up a speech bubble contain the word "WOO!" instead of actually singing it.
  • Instead of dancers dancing near the end, the dancers can be seen bumping into each other. In this scene, the word "FAT" is spray painted on the wall, instead of "BAD".
  • The wanted poster near the end is different. Instead of "WANTED FOR SACRILEGE" with the word "BAD" below, the poster reads "WANTED FOR GLUTTONY" with the word "FAT" underneath.
  • The man in the roller skates walks very slowly, and with much difficulty, instead of smoothly.
  • When Jackson and his troupe run up the stairs near the end, one of the dancers does a continuous amount of backflips. In "Fat", one of Al's dancers tries to do a single cartwheel, and barely makes it (Although, he celebrates though this is a great success).
  • In "Bad", Jackson screams at the end of the video. In "Fat", Yankovic screams for a reason: his fingers are caught in a mousetrap that seemingly came out of nowhere. The same sound effect is used for the trap as from earlier when Yankovic was waving his arms around.
  • Finally at the very end, Yankovic says "Who's fat?", while Jackson says "Who's bad?". Officially, the video stops with a closeup shot of Yankovic holding his fist. In "Bad", it stops with Jackson a foot away from the screen. Although on the full version of the video, he sings a bit longer, as the parts are in the original song, while the parts are not in "Fat".

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