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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas At Ground Zero - Weird Al Yankovic - NEW

December 4th, 2008, day 4 of the 25 days of Christmas here on "Do The Right Thing" blog. This is Weird Al Yankovic's weird version of Christmas at Ground Zero, written by him. Its his way of telling the story of a nuclear fallout and what our country went thru during the cold war.My interpretation of it, at least.
Ann Boston

Christmas At Ground Zero is an original song by "Weird Al" Yankovic. It is done in the style of a Christmas carol, with bells and a saxophone section, but is one of Yankovic's darker songs.
The music video was made during the 1980's at the time of the Cold War. This music video was also Yankovic's directing debut. The video is a montage of old film, television, and news footage, capped off with a live-action scene of Yankovic and some carolers wearing gas masks, singing with rubble around them. It was edited with Yankovic by Darren Bramen with final edits and effects by John Peterson. The video seems to be set in the 1950s, using quite a bit of recycled footage circa-1940s government issued videos that instructed people to "duck and cover" during the threat of a nuclear attack. * The video montage is a mixture of various film clippings, some of which depicts Christmas cheer whereas others show a nuclear attack. Notably, several clips are taken from the propaganda film Duck and Cover. * The video features a clip of pre-president Ronald Reagan, due to the Cold War theme. * The live action finale was filmed in the Bronx, New York, in an area that looked like a bomb recently went off.