“More Than Words” From Jimmy Fallon, Jack Black, and Weird Al

Recently Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon put together a shot-for-shot remake of the classic video of Extreme’s song “More Than Words” for The Tonight Show. The creators of the new video did a great job with both the singing and the images, even including the shot of the band member holding up a lighter.

“More than Words” originally appeared on the 1990 album Extreme II: Pornograffiti. The ballad was a bit of a departure for the rock band, but it went to number one. While the Fallon-Black remake probably will not be a number one song, the video is already popular on YouTube. Check it out.

The Fallon-Black remake is not the first time the video has been copied. “Weird Al” Yankovic did his twist on the “More Than Words” video with his video for “You Don’t Love Me Anymore.” The song appeared on Yankovic’s 1992 album Off the Deep End.

While the original song by Yankovic was not a parody of “More Than Words,” some fans mistakenly thought it was. So when the record company insisted on a parody video to accompany the release of “You Don’t Love Me Anymore” as a single, Yankovic decided to use the “More Than Words” video as the basis for his video. Check it out (trivia: the piano player who gets the bow in the eye is singer Robert Goulet).

If the parody/tribute videos leaves you wanting to see the original Extreme video, see below. Or you can play it simultaneously with the Fallon-Black one above.

What do you think of the videos relating to “More Than Words”? Leave your two cents in the comments.

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    Pop Culture Roundup for Late October 2011

    Below are links to some of the latest pop culture stories you might have missed. . .

    Halloween

    The new Dracula costume?

    The Chicago Tribune‘s listed the top 25 scariest movies for Halloween.

    Batty? Prince Charles claims he is related to Dracula.

    Salon is featuring a slide show of the top ten Halloween special moments from The Simpsons.

    Zombies rise again in pop culture. Wait, what’s that at my door. . . arrrrrr.. . .


    Literature

    Renovation of Edgar Allen Poe’s cottage in the Bronx, where he wrote “Cask of Amontillado,” is almost finished.

    Did you know the original Pinocchio is a tragedy that ends with Pinocchio’s execution?


    Movies

    The Guinness Book of World Records named Samuel L. Jackson as highest grossing actor of all time. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness.

    “He’s brought the theater of the absurd to the masses.”- Jack Black on Will Ferrell receiving Mark Twain Prize.

    Check out this review of new documentary about the band The Swell Season, which features Once stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

    Tim Burton has designed a balloon for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    A new biography delves into the life and career of Spencer Tracy.

    The Princess Bride cast reunited for a recent photo shoot.

    Betty White is now a Cougar.

    Television

    Betty White received an honorary doctorate degree from Washington State Univ. She’s a Cougar now.

    Survivor’s Rupert Boneham is running for governor of Indiana.

    Music

    U2 revisits Achtung Baby while pondering the band’s future.

    Listen to Tom Waits’s new album, Bad as Me on the NPR website.

    “I love to be in a barbershop where I know I don’t have to get a haircut.” — Tom Waits in interview about new CD.

    The Flaming Lips will pay tribute to Steve Jobs by playing “Revolution” by the Beatles at the O Music Awards.

    One writer gave a nice appreciation of Extreme’s “More Than Words” . . . with words. (from Popdose)

    If you are a fan of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, you should check out this person’s blog.

    Folk-singer Pete Seeger enters his ninth decade as an activist.

    The iPod turns 10 this month. How has it changed music?


    What are your favorite pop culture stories this month? Leave your two cents in the comments section.

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