Prepping for the 30th anniversary of his breakthrough album Sports, Huey Lewis turned to comedy website Funny Or Die to parody the satirical murder thriller American Psycho with “Weird Al” Yankovic. Watch the video first to see for yourself.
If you’re familiar with the movie, you know Christian Bale’s character “Patrick Bateman” is a psychopathic killer who details his appreciation for the band’s work, especially Sports and Fore!, before putting an ax into Paul’s head. Here’s the scene.
Lewis plays Bateman perfectly, from his mannerisms and speech to his walk. Notice the difference on the prescription bottles; the parody video vs. the original clip.
Huey’s “New Drug” is a reference to “I Want A New Drug,” the second single from Sports. Then Lewis directly references American Psycho by popping in the DVD; directly to the scene he is parodying, which is playing the Huey Lewis and the News song “Hip to Be Square.” So meta.
But where does “Weird Al” fit into this? His album Dare to Be Stupid features the song “I Want a New Duck,” a parody of “I Want A New Drug.”
An ax to the head? Some people might say “Weird Al” had it coming.
— E.J. Judge,WCBS-FM/NYC