One day, not so long ago, I was driving home from work listening to the radio when I realized that ‘Mr. Popeil’, a song from Weird Al’s 1984 opus “Weird Al in 3-D” was in fact a style parody of the B-52s.  The parallels are obvious, from his Fred Schneider intonations to the use of a guitar riff sounding like ‘Rock Lobster’, but somehow it never came together for me.  That strange disconnect made me wonder if normal people (y’know, folks who don’t remember the exact plot of ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths’, issue by issue) feel like this all the time, leading to today’s parodical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) really enjoyed the recent ‘Riverdale’ parody on ‘Family Guy’, even though I feel like I’ve never been able to sit through an entire episode without zoning out, asking: Which parody you didn’t get ended up being hilarious somewhere down the road?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. One Punch Man didn’t sound that great on paper, but once I got around actually watching it, turned out to be amazing super hero parody.

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