OK, so, pay attention. This is complicated. Weezer premiered a new video on Monday for their cover of Toto‘s ’80s hit “Africa’ — the band‘s first single to land in the Top 100 in a decade. The song already prompted Toto to record a response cover of their own (“Hash Pipe”), and this whole thing has been quite a big deal over the past couple of months.
But for Weezer’s “Africa” video, things got even crazier. The clip is a send-up of Weezer’s original video for “Undone (The Sweater Song),” with ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic subbing in for front man Rivers Cuomo.
To recap, Weezer’s new video for a cover is a parody of their own video from the ’90s, starring pop music’s foremost parody artist. Got it? It’s glorious, and just amazingly meta.
Here’s the original “Sweater Song” video:
One has to assume this mash-up happened in part after Yankovic turned up at Weezer’s recent show in Los Angeles to lend some accordion to “Africa”:
Just when you thought this ongoing musical saga couldn’t get any more entertaining …
This is just the latest achievement for Yankovic, who received his overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is about to announce tour plans in the near future.