It's All About the Pentiums
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|"It's All About the Pentiums"|
|Single by "Weird Al" Yankovic|
|from the album Running with Scissors|
|B-side||"The Saga Begins"|
|Released||August 4, 1999|
|Recorded||April 4, 1999|
|Genre||Comedy hip hop, Nerdcore, Rap rock|
|Writer(s)||"Weird Al" Yankovic|
|Producer(s)||"Weird Al" Yankovic|
|"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology|
"It's All About the Pentiums" is a song by "Weird Al" Yankovic. It is a parody of "It's All About the Benjamins (Rock Remix)" by Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and focuses on the narrator's obsession with his computer's hardware.
- "It's All About the Pentiums" – 3:34
- "The Saga Begins" – 5:28
- "The Saga Begins" (Music video)
Yankovic spoke to Sean Combs personally on the phone to make sure that the parody would not emulate the 1996 Coolio incident. Yankovic has admitted to writing the song a few days before the entire album had to be mastered:
"I almost always record the lead vocals first. The only exception that comes to mind is 'It’s All About the Pentiums.' I had pitched Puff Daddy on the parody idea, and by the time I finally got his official approval, we were already in the final studio sessions for 'Running With Scissors'! It was such a last minute addition to the album that I had no choice but to record all the instrument tracks and background vocals first, just to buy me some time to come up with the lyrics. We were mixing the last few songs on the album by the time I finished writing the lyrics to 'Pentiums,' and I wound up recording the lead vocals just a couple days before the album had to be mastered. It’s a good thing I work well under pressure!"
The music video is a parody of several rap videos.
- The video features several "as live" performance scenes. The crowd consists of office workers and features a large WELCOME TO COMDEX sign behind the band.
- The scene in front of the glass building and the office scenes were shot at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Headquarters Building in Alhambra, CA.
- At the video's beginning, an "old school" car is seen pulling up outside the offices. Initially, the camera is angled at the car's front, yet when it switches to a side view of the car, we see it is ridiculously small. Out of it steps Yankovic, accompanied by four doves. Weird Al used the same car (a Nash Metropolitan) in his earlier production, the movie "UHF".
- As the video is about computers, most of the scenes take place in an office. Yankovic's drummer, Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, is seen in several of these bits as an office worker yelling "YEAH!" over and over.
- The humoristic cartoon "You want it when?" at 00:37 is one of the many drawings by French IBMer Jacques Touboul all along the 80's, most of them intended at first for IBM internal use.
- Emo Philips, who had worked with Yankovic on UHF and The Weird Al Show, is seen as the object of ridicule, sitting in front of a computer in a small orange room and doing things that are mentioned in the song. He waxes his modem, "trying to make it go faster," takes out correction fluid and dabs some on his computer screen, takes an Etch-a-Sketch as if it was the monitor and shakes it to clear it, and proudly shows a picture of Sarah Michelle Gellar from his printer.
- During one concert scene, Yankovic can be seen smashing computer equipment with a sledgehammer, including a monitor and a laptop.
- John Ranlett (A Bill Gates look-alike) plays a role at the line "I'm down with Bill Gates, I call him 'money' for short". He answers the phone when Yankovic calls him to "make him do [his] tech support," and responds by rolling his eyes.
- Yankovic and Drew Carey are seen in a fluorescent-lit tunnel. This and the outfits they wear are based on the performances of Mase and Sean Combs (aka. P. Diddy) in the music video for the Notorious B.I.G.'s song, "Mo Money Mo Problems".
- "Behind the Scenes". thepentiums.com. Nov 28, 1999. Archived from the original on February 29, 2000. Retrieved Jan 1, 2011.
- Yankovic, Alfred (November 15, 2005). "The Ask Al Archive". weirdal.com. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
- "John Ranlett as "Bill Gates"". The Kim Brooke Group. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
- ""Weird Al" Enlists Drew Carey For New Video". MTV. August 4, 1999. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011.
- "Weird Al's" Official Page
- Al's Official MySpace Page
- Al's Official Facebook Page
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics