Track features original Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek 'Craigslist' video directed by Liam Lynch
NEW YORK, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest single by 3-time Grammy Award-winning Jive/Volcano recording artist "Weird Al" Yankovic drops today. It's titled "Craigslist" - and although it's technically an original composition, it's anachronistically and unmistakably in the style of The Doors. Helping to achieve an authentic sound is original Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who plays on the track.
The video for "Craigslist" was shot by Al's friend Liam Lynch, director of "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny" and "Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic." "Craigslist" marks Yankovic's first live-action music video since the 2006 Internet sensation "White & Nerdy." The video (which features a montage of psychedelic stock footage and Yankovic doing his best Jim Morrison impression) is meant to simulate a typical music video that the Doors might have released in the '60s. "We were working with a considerably smaller budget, which was consistent with the look we were trying to achieve," declared Yankovic. "We literally shot it in Liam's garage."
"Craigslist" is the first of four new songs that Yankovic has recorded and is planning to release digitally over the course of the summer. The four songs, along with the T.I. parody "Whatever You Like" (which was released last October while the original song was still #1 on the Billboard chart) constitute "Internet Leaks," a 5-song digital-only EP which previews songs that will appear on the next Weird Al album, currently slated for a 2010 release. "Craigslist" is available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster, Zune, Walmart and all other digital retailers. The "Craigslist" video is offered for sale on iTunes as well.
Over the last three decades, Yankovic has sold more comedy recordings than any other artist in history. His last effort Straight Outta Lynwood debuted in the Billboard Top 10 and went on to receive Gold certification and two Grammy nominations. The album spawned the Platinum single and hit video "White & Nerdy" which went to #1 on VH1 and iTunes, and also became a viral phenomenon on the Web, racking up over 80 million views.