I’ve been a huge fan of parodies since I first discovered “Weird Al” some thirty years ago. So why I haven’t written about them on here before (at least in any systematic way) is beyond me. I’ve been saving these for some time so I could do just that. And given how many new ones I found while writing about the old ones, I have a distinct feeling this will actually be part one of an ongoing series.
A Capella Science – “Bohemian Gravity”
Given that Brian May holds a PhD in astrophysics, it makes perfect sense that someone would combine Queen and string theory. Of course, I don’t completely understand the lyrics, but I can bang my head along at the appropriate place!
Gemeni – “Thorsday”
Do some “Asgardian partyin’” with this parody of Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” And be sure to stick around after the credits for a “bonus scene”!
Insane Ian (feat. The Stacey) – “Joss, Give Me a Season”
Insane Ian perfectly captures fans’ frustrations with Joss’s shows never quite getting the breaks they deserve in this parody of “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink. I’m so glad that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. got better (and got renewed) so we can learn to love again!
Not Literally Productions – “Sorted This Way”
I discovered this awesome parody of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” via io9, which featured another video, “I Ship It” (a parody of Icona Pop’s “I Love It” about ’shipping characters across fandoms). I noticed that Not Literally Productions have many other parodies, and I felt like this is one of the best; probably because I actually like the original song and also because I’m a Harry Potter fan. I may be a Ravenclaw, but I have full respect for the Hufflepuffs out there. I mean, Cedric Diggory was a Hufflepuff after all. Of course, there are house pride songs for Gryffindor, Slytherin, and, hopefully soon, Ravenclaw (there was a successful Indiegogo to fund it; that video link goes to the pitch video for it. I wish I’d known about it sooner so I could support my house!).
SFU Choir – “Every Major’s Terrible”
I think it probably says something about me that when I read the original XKCD comic that this was based on, I could actually hear the song in my head. Of course, I was hearing the version from The Pirate Movie (which, interestingly enough, has an average rating of 4.5 stars on Amazon and is itself a parody of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance), so it’s probably not saying anything good about me… (h/t to io9 for this one).
Debs & Errol – “Make It So”
Someone had to make this parody of Frozen’s “Let It Go” (even Weird Al thinks so). And I’m so glad it was Debs & Errol ‘cause it’s just wonderful. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen First Contact, but the passion in Debs’s vocals really makes me want to rewatch it soon.
SydneyAmber & Hesychia7 – “Do You Wanna Kill the Batman?”
Like “Let It Go,” there are quite a few parodies of “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” from Frozen. I’ve always liked Harley Quinn, so I’ll go with her version, sung to Mr. J in, I assume, Arkham Asylum.
The Hillywood Show – “Doctor Who Parody”
Doctor Who. Time Warp. Amazing cosplay / crossplay. You’re welcome! (OK, this sort of straddles the line between cover and parody, but given their own title, I decided to include it here rather than a covers list.)
P.L. Boucher – “Get Loki”
It seems so obvious when you hear the title (but, just in case you didn’t get it, it’s a parody of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”). And of course, there are plenty of YouTube videos with the same name, but I like this one the best. Clever lyrics that actually fit with the Marvel movie timeline coupled with some pretty cheesy cosplay make for a highly enjoyable video.
Steven Seller – “The Doctor Who Fiftieth Anniversary Song (The Doctor Who Musical Experience)”
This might be a tiny bit dated since it was (obviously) written for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, but that doesn’t make it any less cool. How can you go wrong with cheap, low budget, cardboard versions of the Doctor and his foes? Very nicely done!