Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*
Name = Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*
"Weird Al" Yankovic
from Album = UHF
August 8 1989
B-side = "Generic Blues"
- Cassette (Commercial)
- 7", CD (Promotional)
December 20 1988[ [http://weirdal.com/rcdgdate.htm Recording Dates] ]
Genre = Comedy
Length = 3:10
Label = Scotti Brothers
[ Writer = ]
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Last single = "UHF"
This single = "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies"
Next single = "
Album = UHF
Type = studio
Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*"
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"Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*" is a song by
"Weird Al" Yankovic. It is a parody of "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straitsand " The Beverly Hillbillies" theme song. The music video, which appeared as part of Yankovic's film "UHF", is also a parody of the video for "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits. The song features Dire Straits members Mark Knopfleron guitar and Guy Fletcheron synthesizer.
The song is listed in the end credits of "UHF" as "'Money For Nothing'/'Beverly Hillbillies' Parody" and credits "Mark Knopfler and Sting" (writers of the original "Money for Nothing") and
Paul Henning(writer of "The Ballad of Jed Clampett") as the writers.
The following tracks are on the single:
# "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies" – 3:10
# "Generic Blues" – 4:35
The promo single only contains "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*".
Originally the title of the song was going to be simply "Beverly Hillbillies", however the title of the song was changed to "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*" (with an asterisk), and it is legally copyrighted and registered as such. Yankovic commented on the legal complications with the titling of the song in the DVD audio commentary for the film "UHF", explaining: "We had to name that song 'Money for Nothing 'slash' Beverly Hillbillies "asterisk"' because the lawyers told us that had to be the name. Those wacky lawyers! Whatcha gonna do?" [Al Yankovic "UHF" DVD Audio Commentary (0:35:15)] Yankovic also gave the following comment on his official website in regards to the title: "That incredibly stupid name is what the lawyers insisted that the parody be listed as. I'm not sure why, and I've obviously never been very happy about it." [ [http://www.weirdal.com/aaarchive.htm#1098 "Ask Al" Q&As for October 1998] ] Al later stated he would rather have wanted the titles to be either 'Money for Nothing for the Beverly Hillbillies' or 'Beverly Hillbillies For Nothing'.
The music video for the Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies* was done in the same style as the original. However, several concepts were parodied.
*In the original video a skinny computer generated man (Sting) is watching television. In the parody Al appears as the computer generated man watching television.
*The live action scenes are similar to the original including the partially rotoscoped-animation in bright neon colors, the light emitting from the lead singers head, and the "invisible man" playing the guitar.
*In the original a portly blue-collar worker (Mark Knopfler) is shown narrating the song (along with the live-action version of Mark Knopfler). In the parody this role is played by a computer generated Jed Clampett (who is voiced by Al).
*The original's backing chorus: "I want my, I want my, I want my MTV" was parodied into "Beverly, Beverly, Beverly Hillbillies".
*A short live-action clip displays the song as "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" by George Newman (Newman was Al's character in UHF).
David Silverman, later of "Simpsons" fame, designed the characters seen in the animated music video.
*In the original videos, the guitars simply have neon-styled effects added to them. In the parody, one of the guitars is made to twist as if it was solely neon lights.
*Yankovic performed a parody similar to this in his college days entitled "Beverley Hillbillies Miss You", in which the "Ballad of Jed Clampett" was sung to the tune of
The Rolling Stones' hit "Miss You"
*According to the commentary given on the "UHF" DVD, Yankovic originally wanted
Buddy Ebsento appear in-character in the live-action portion of the video. However, Ebsen wanted too much money for the appearance and a look-alike (who can be seen briefly on stage) was used instead.
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