Bedrock Anthem

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"Bedrock Anthem"
Single by "Weird Al" Yankovic
from the album Alapalooza
B-side "Young, Dumb, & Ugly"
Released November 12, 1993
Format CD, cassette
Recorded July 16, 1993
Genre Comedy rock, funk rock, alternative rock
Length 3:41
Label Scotti Brothers
Producer(s) "Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology
"Jurassic Park"
(1993)
"Bedrock Anthem"
(1993)
"Achy Breaky Song"
(1993)
Alapalooza track listing
  1. "Jurassic Park"
  2. "Young, Dumb & Ugly"
  3. "Bedrock Anthem"
  4. "Frank's 2000" TV"
  5. "Achy Breaky Song"
  6. "Traffic Jam"
  7. "Talk Soup"
  8. "Livin' in the Fridge"
  9. "She Never Told Me She Was a Mime"
  10. "Harvey the Wonder Hamster"
  11. "Waffle King"
  12. "Bohemian Polka"

"Bedrock Anthem" is a song by "Weird Al" Yankovic which was featured on his 1993 album Alapalooza. It is parody of "Under the Bridge" and "Give It Away", both by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The song also appears on the soundtrack album for the 1994 live-action movie version of The Flintstones, with a portion of the song played during the end credits.

This was the second time Yankovic used two songs by a band in one parody, the first being "The Plumbing Song", which was a parody of Milli Vanilli's "Baby Don't Forget My Number" and "Blame It on the Rain".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bedrock Anthem" – 3:41
  2. "Young, Dumb & Ugly" – 4:24

Lyrics[edit]

The song portrays the narrator's desire to live in Bedrock, the setting of TV's The Flintstones, citing such perks as being the first Rolling Stone subscriber. The song features an audio clip of The Flintstones, which makes a corresponding appearance in the video.

Yankovic stated that, "I knew there was a Flintstones movie coming out, and I figured that for once I'd have my song out before the actual phenomenon. So I got to predate the movie by seven months. I'd always wanted to do a tribute to the Flintstones because I think they're a big part of pop culture. I did a lot of research, really immersed myself in the Flintstones. I watched over 100 Flintstones episodes, because I had to not only re-familiarize myself with the characters, I had to find actual sound bites and animation from the series to use in the song and the video."[1]

Music video[edit]

The "Bedrock Anthem" music video is a parody of both the "Under the Bridge" video and the "Give it Away" video. The music video was Yankovic's video directing debut (Excluding 1986's "Christmas at Ground Zero") and, like many of his video parodies, was shot on the same set as the original video. Parodied concepts included:

  • At the beginning, the Bee Girl from the Blind Melon video "No Rain" is tapdancing onstage. Guitarist Jim West pokes her, causing her to fall, while he replaces her and begins to play she tries to climb onto the stage again, but is pushed off.
  • Jim West is dressed similar to John Frusciante.
  • Yankovic replaces Anthony Kiedis, shirtless, with a long brown wig similar to Kiedis' hair.
  • Yankovic has several tattoos on his arm, including one of Bamm-Bamm and Wilma. This is an obvious pastiche of Kiedis's many tattoos.
  • A drawn image of Bedrock replaces the photo of Los Angeles.
  • The video then quickly segues into a parody of "Give it Away".
  • Dick Van Patten appears in this video, as he did in "Smells Like Nirvana".
  • Jon Schwartz replaces Chad Smith. He is also dressed up like a member of the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes, complete with hat and club.
  • Steve Jay appears as Flea.
  • Black-and-white footage of The Flintstones is intercut with the video.
  • A monologue from The Flintstones along with accompanying footage is played over the backwards guitar solo.
  • The band members do crazy things, such as blowing a pinwheel, throwing up, playing ring toss with the drummer's fake horns, and playing Twister.
  • Close-ups of Yankovic's mouth are weirder than the shots of Kiedis' mouth in the original. One shot shows Al performing a chinface. Another two shots show him with false teeth (which look like zippers), as well as oddly vibrant-colored lipstick, which was also featured in the original.
  • In the split-screen shot of the members jumping, a stone-age majorette, Al's aunt Dot, a sumo wrestler, Dick Van Patten, and a poodle and a bird jump as well.
  • Near the end, Schwartz is seen with a Mickey Mouse hat on, a parody of Chad Smith's usage of a First World War German military hat.
  • The end of the video features the band running into the darkened distance, much like the original. However, this time Yankovic faints from dizziness in front of the camera.
  • One minute and forty-eight seconds into the video, one of the band members is wearing a "kick me" note on his back.

Reaction from Red Hot Chili Peppers[edit]

According to Yankovic's Behind the Music episode, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were not very impressed with the parody, although they approved of Yankovic's work.[2] Bassist Flea later stated,[3]

I didn't think it was very good. I enjoy Weird Al's things, but I found it unimaginative. It wasn't that great. Yabba Dabba Doo. I like Weird Al and everything. But you know everyone is hit or miss, except for me, of course.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Permanent Record Booklet: "Bedrock Anthem"". Al Yankovic. 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  2. ^ Khanna, Vish. ""Weird Al" Yankovic Alpocalypse Now… and Then". Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Reactions From Original Artists". Weirdalforum.com. 2006-10-08. Retrieved 2012-06-13.