"Craigslist" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Doors-inspired spoof of Internet community is right on.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The lyrics poke fun at timely topics like online bartering and Internet dating. The song's concept gives kids a good introduction to satire.

Sex

References to online romance refer to Craigslist's infamous Missed Connections section: "Come on, let's find that love connection that we missed." The music video shows a model gyrating in a mini-dress.

Consumerism

One could argue that this song is anti-consumerist for its celebration of bartering and trading in used goods.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
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Parent of a 2 year old Written byAdministrators August 12, 2010
Adult Written byNEVER SIGN UP F... October 29, 2010

Rated 17-18+

Da Most Indeproepre8 site in de whole world!
Teen, 16 years old Written byhamstergurl09 November 27, 2010

THIS IS A REVIEW PAGE FOR THE SONG, NOT THE SITE, OTHER PEOPLE REVIEWING.

I love this song! I was looking at the reviews for this, and they all seem to think that this is the page for the website craigslist. This is the page for the W... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 3, 2010

Perfect for 15+

Has Some punch lines.

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Weird Al Yankovic
  • Release date: June 16, 2009
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Volcano
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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