UHF (song)


UHF (song)

Infobox Single
Name = UHF


Artist = "Weird Al" Yankovic
from Album = UHF
Released = July 1989
B-side = "Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters from a Planet near Mars"
Format =

  • Cassette (Commercial)
  • 7", CD (Promotional)

Recorded = February 24 1989
Genre = Comedy
Length =
  • 5:09 (Album Version)
  • 3:49 (Compilations/single version)

Label = Scotti Brothers
[ Writer = ]
Producer = "Weird Al" Yankovic
Chart position = none
Last single = "I Think I'm a Clone Now" (1988)
This single = "UHF" (1989)
Next single = "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*" (1989)
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = UHF
Type = studio
Tracks =
# "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*"
# "Gandhi II"
# "Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters from a Planet near Mars"
# "Isle Thing"
# "The Hot Rocks Polka"
# "UHF"
# "Let Me Be Your Hog"
# "She Drives Like Crazy"
# "Generic Blues"
# "Spatula City"
# "Fun Zone"
# "Spam"
# "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota"
"UHF" is an original song by "Weird Al" Yankovic in the key of E minor and based on several different riffs. It is the theme song from the film "UHF". It is a style parody of themes that are played to advertise television stations. The video parodies other artists and music videos popular during the 1980s, including Guns N' Roses, George Michael, Robert Palmer, Prince, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, ZZ Top, Billy Idol, The Beatles, INXS, and Randy Newman.

Track listing

7" Single

The following tracks are on the 7" single:
# "UHF (Single Version)" – 3:49
# "Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters from a Planet near Mars" – 3:28

The promo single only contains "UHF".

CD Single

The following tracks are on the CD single:
# "UHF" – 5:10
# "Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters from a Planet near Mars" – 3:28

The promo single only contains "UHF".

Music Video

The "UHF" music video is a pastiche of several other music videos. The videos parodied in the "UHF" video are:
* "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses (1) and (17):*Yankovic and his band are dressed like Guns N' Roses as they perform on a stage similar to the one in the original video.
* "Faith" by George Michael (2):* Yankovic is dressed similarly to Michael in the original, even sporting a five o'clock shadow. The back of the jacket Michael wears in the original read "Revenge," while the one Yankovic wears in "UHF" reads "Look at my butt".
* "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer (3) and (20):* The women have glasses and mustaches similar to those of Yankovic.
* "Little Red Corvette" by Prince. (4) and (9):*Yankovic is dressed similar to Prince and is performing on a stage similar to the one in the original video. He exaggerates usage of his tongue, and flails around with a guitar.
* "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads (5):*Yankovic is shown dressed like David Byrne and makes sudden flings of his arm. In the background, we see several Yankovics dancing in perfect synchronization; in the foreground, a large Al is getting further and further out of sync.
* "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel (6) and (13):*Both pixilation and stop-motion animation are used. Later, Yankovic sings next to two bumper cars, as in the original video.
* "Legs" by ZZ Top (7) and (18):*Yankovic and two members of his band appear as ZZ Top in front of a supermarket. The two guitarists spin their guitars around; the complete revolution launches into the next scene. Later, the three appear without instruments and wave at the camera.
* "White Wedding" by Billy Idol (8):*Yankovic unwraps a white towel from around himself doing Idol's pattened raised upper lip. The towel gets caught slightly and Yankovic ends up tossing it down rather roughly.
* "Your Mother Should Know" by The Beatles, from the film "Magical Mystery Tour" (10) and (19):*Yankovic and the members of his band descend a grand staircase in white tuxedos.
* "Mediate" by INXS, which itself is an homage to Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues". (11) :* Similar to Yankovic's later video "Bob", the placards that Yankovic tosses read as follows: "Sit", "Stare", "Picture", "Tube", "Brain", "Cottage cheese", and a question mark.
* "I Love L.A." by Randy Newman (12):*Al is seen driving down the street in an old convertible with a red-haired woman.
* "When Doves Cry" by Prince (14):*Yankovic is shown in a bathtub. His hairstyle is similar to that of Prince, and he is shown without glasses.
* "Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol (15):*Al repeatedly throws punches at the camera. His last punch breaks the lens.
* "Girlfriend Is Better" by Talking Heads, as performed in the concert film "Stop Making Sense" (16):*Al is dressed in an oversized white suit, and flails his arms around (waving the sleeves). (Yankovic dons a similar attire for concert performances of "Dog Eat Dog," a Talking Heads style parody.)

ee also

* List of singles by "Weird Al" Yankovic
* List of songs by "Weird Al" Yankovic


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