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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song is a parody that makes fun of the Internet community site for which the song is named. This song keeps the punch lines pretty mild, with jokes about trading junk and finding Internet love. There are some mild off-color moments, like when Weird Al mentions someone "having a bad case of gas" and a stalker-like character wearing a speedo and a hockey mask, but there's nothing gross or offensive.
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What's the story?
Channeling the spirit of Jim Morrison and the psychedelic sound of the The Doors, Weird Al celebrates the eccentricities of Internet commerce with his song CRAIGSLIST. Backed by original Doors member Ray Manzerak, Yankovic pokes fun of the peculiar culture that's particular to users of Craigslist, like haggling over used goods, finding a love connection, and offering up free junk: \"Got a trashcan of Styrofoam peanuts, you can have 'em for free, you can drop by on the weekend, and pick 'em up from me.\"
Is it any good?
Weird Al's songs seem to hold sway over a certain demographic (usually boys aged 10 - 15) due to their pitch-perfect parody of popular songs. "Craigslist" may not offer the laugh-out-loud moments of Weird Al's other songs, but it's a timely and dead-on satire that works as a concept piece. Weird Al's parodies based on real songs might have a slight edge in humor and audience interest among kids. Also, in the song's video, Weird Al's impersonation of Jim Morrison comes off kinda creepy -- not unlike the famed lead singer himself. Still, if kids are interested in satire, there's really no better example than Weird Al's work, which -- while occasionally rude and crude -- rarely approaches raunchy. And they're usually always funny.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about being safe online on sites like Craigslist. Read our Internet Safety Tips for Middle School Kids. Although this is a silly song, craigslist has been implicated in high-profile cases. What are some of the basic safety rules to follow when visiting a site like this?
Families can talk about visiting Web sites like Craigslist. Has the Internet created a certain kind of culture around buying and trading in used stuff? Is that a good or bad thing?
Can you think of another aspect of digital culture that should be spoofed? What about social networking or blogging? If you were writing the song, what would you say about these sites?
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