I Want a New Duck

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"I Want a New Duck"
Single by "Weird Al" Yankovic
from the album Dare to Be Stupid
B-side "Cable TV"
Released July 1985
Format 7"
Recorded February 27, 1985
Length 3:01
Label Scotti Brothers
Producer(s) Rick Derringer
"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology
"Like a Surgeon"
"I Want a New Duck"
"One More Minute"
"Like a Surgeon"
"I Want a New Duck"
"One More Minute"
Dare to Be Stupid track listing
  1. "Like a Surgeon"
  2. "Dare to Be Stupid"
  3. "I Want a New Duck"
  4. "One More Minute"
  5. "Yoda"
  6. "George of the Jungle"
  7. "Slime Creatures from Outer Space"
  8. "Girls Just Want to Have Lunch"
  9. "This Is the Life"
  10. "Cable TV"
  11. "Hooked on Polkas"

"I Want a New Duck" is a song by "Weird Al" Yankovic. It is a parody of "I Want a New Drug" by Huey Lewis and the News.

The lyrics note the traits that the singer wants in his new pet duck. Reasonable traits include not messing up his house or quacking all night, while the bizarre ones include being able to wash his car and rescue him from drowning if need be.

Writing and recording[edit]

In order to educate himself on the nature of ducks, Yankovic went to the local library and "read up on ducks for a week."[1]

Track listing[edit]

The following tracks are on the single:

  1. "I Want a New Duck" – 3:01
  2. "Cable TV" – 3:52

The promo single only contains "I Want a New Duck".

Popular culture[edit]

This song is heavily referenced in a Funny or Die skit featuring Huey Lewis and Yankovic, spoofing the movie American Psycho (2000). In the original movie, there is a scene in which Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale) gives a critique of the Huey Lewis and the News song "Hip to Be Square" to an intoxicated Paul Allen (Jared Leto), before he brutally murders him with an axe. In the Funny or Die parody, Lewis himself plays the part of Bateman, and Yankovic plays the part of Allen; however, instead of discussing "Hip to Be Square", Lewis discusses American Psycho itself. In the end, Lewis kills Yankovic with an axe before yelling: "Try parodying one of my songs now, you stupid bastard!"[2] The song was also featured in the 1987 Disney special Down and Out with Donald Duck, set to a montage of Donald's fall from stardom.


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