"Pretty Fly for a Rabbi
" (alternatively called "Pretty Fly (For a Rabbi)
" in Australia) is a song by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic is an American singer-songwriter, music producer, accordionist, actor, comedian, writer, satirist, and parodist. Yankovic is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and that often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts...
. It is a parody of "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
-Australia CD Maxi:-Europe CD Maxi:-Composition and lyrics:Beginning with a sample of the pseudo-German nonsense phrase "Gunter glieben glauchen globen" from Def Leppard's song "Rock of Ages," chanted as a replacement for the traditional "1, 2, 3, 4" to start the recording, the song ridicules a...
" by The Offspring
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, and it was released from the 1999
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album Running with Scissors
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. The song was released exclusively in Australia as a single.. Tress MacNeille
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performs the line "How ya doin' Bernie?". At one point, Yankovic references the line "Mecca lecca hi, mecca hiney hiney ho" and "Mekka-lekka hi mekka lekka chahney ho!", catchphrases of Jambi, the wish-granting disembodied head from Pee-Wee's Playhouse
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As opposed to the phrase "Gunter Glieben Glauchen Globen" in the original song, Weird Al starts this song with "Wirem Zol Fun Dir A Blintze".
The following tracks are on the Australian single:
- "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" – 3:02
- "Amish Paradise
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" – 3:20
A "music video" for the song was assembled but has not been seen outside of Australia. Al stated that his Australian record company decided to release "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" as a single and they insisted on releasing a video to go along with it. Al decided against the idea, but he told them that they could make one themselves by cutting together bits from "Weird Al" Yankovic Live!." They later did just that.
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart
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