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Postby Bruce the Duck » Tue Sep 07, 2004 7:11 am

Hey guys, a friend of mine recently watched the "UHF" video with me and he noticed something. He said that the thing with the TV screen is a parody of an Ozzy Ozborne video. He said there is an Ozzy Ozborne video in which you start with a very similar looking TV set which zooms in to the screen. There is a bunch of little videos within the video on the TV, just like in UHF, with the channels flipping between them. At the end of the Ozzy video, you zoom out from the TV set and the set explodes, just like in Al's version.

He didn't remember what the specific Ozzy video was called, but he swears that that was in an Ozzy video. Is this true? If so, is the parody intentional or not? After all, he doesn't list Ozzy as a parodied artist on the liner notes for the video collection. I'm thinking this is most likely a coincidence, but it's still interesting...if it's true. It wouldn't be the only time Al's borrowed an idea of Ozzy's (beginning of TNSWC). So, can anyone confirm this?
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Postby Manda » Tue Sep 07, 2004 7:17 am

That's a good ask Al question. I don't know the answer but it sounds interesting to find out.
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Postby drnick954 » Tue Sep 07, 2004 10:31 pm

interesting. im not that big of a fan of ozzy, so i dont know.
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Postby TheLazenby » Sun Nov 20, 2005 7:37 am

I'm confused about a video parody in the "UHF" video. Al is in front of the camera, dressed in black, with short hair. Behind him, four other Al's are making identical movements. What is this parodying??

Kinda reminded me of "I Can't Dance", but it's not.
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Postby Kevbo1987 » Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:17 am

TheLazenby @ Nov 20 2005, 12:37 AM wrote: I'm confused about a video parody in the "UHF" video. Al is in front of the camera, dressed in black, with short hair. Behind him, four other Al's are making identical movements. What is this parodying??

Kinda reminded me of "I Can't Dance", but it's not.


If you're thinking of the segment I think you're thinking of, then it's the Talking Heads that he was poking fun at.
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Postby Mystik Tomato » Sun Nov 20, 2005 9:06 am

Kevbo1987 @ Nov 20 2005, 07:17 AM wrote: If you're thinking of the segment I think you're thinking of, then it's the Talking Heads that he was poking fun at.


Yes. It's parodying the video for 'Once in a Lifetime' by Talking Heads, I belive.
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Postby Bruce the Duck » Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:15 pm

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Postby algonacchick » Mon Nov 21, 2005 6:35 am

Um, you linked back to this topic. Why?

The big white suit Al wears during the UHF video was from the Talking Heads concert movie "Stop Making Sense". David Byrne wore the suit for the song "Girlfriend is Better".

Btw, the INXS video that was parodied was officially called "Need You Tonight/Mediate". Al parodied the "Mediate" section.
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Postby anthontherun » Mon Nov 21, 2005 6:48 am

Jeremy was giving me the link lookup to merge another topic into this one.
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Postby algonacchick » Mon Nov 21, 2005 7:04 am

Oh, ok.
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