I Love Rocky Road

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"I Love Rocky Road"
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Single by "Weird Al" Yankovic
from the album "Weird Al" Yankovic
B-side "Happy Birthday"
Released July 5, 1983
Format 7"
Recorded March 14, 1982
Genre Comedy rock, hard rock
Length 2:33
Label Scotti Brothers
Producer(s) Rick Derringer
"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology
"Ricky"
(1983)
"I Love Rocky Road"
(1983)
"Eat It"
(1984)

"I Love Rocky Road" is a 1983 song by "Weird Al" Yankovic about a man's obsession with rocky road ice cream. It is a parody of the 1981 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' cover version of the British band Arrows 1975 song, "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", originally performed, lead vocals, composition and lyrics written by Alan Merrill.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Love Rocky Road" – 2:35
  2. "Happy Birthday" – 2:26

Music video[edit]

The music video was the directorial debut of Dror Soref and parodies the "I Love Rock 'n Roll" music video, with these differences from the original:

  • It takes place in an ice cream parlor, rather than in a bar.
  • It was shot in color rather than in black and white (although the Joan Jett original was shot in color initially).
  • It was videotaped rather than filmed.
  • In "I Love Rock 'n Roll", Joan Jett says "Ow!" twice for her enthusiasm. In "I Love Rocky Road", Weird Al says "Ow!" in reaction to an ice cream-induced brain freeze; the second time, he says "Ow!" in reaction to a kid biting his leg.
  • Dr. Demento makes a cameo appearance as a cashier.
  • While Al is playing his accordion, the cover photo for the single can be seen.
  • Yankovic wears a black leather jacket with the I Love Lucy logo, as a reference to Yankovic's first music video, "Ricky".
  • The ice cream in the video was actually mashed potatoes because real ice cream would melt under the stage lights.[1]
  • When Yankovic sings the line "If I get fat and lose my teeth, that's fine with me," he smiles to reveal all his teeth have either fallen out or are rotten.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
Position
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 106

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weird Al Photo Gallery Retrieved September 6, 2012.

See also[edit]