Weird Al and some Weezer lookalikes star in the "Africa" music video which is pretty much a shot-for-shot remake of "Undone (The Sweater Song)".
I read very little about Weezer's "Africa" video beyond learning its existence. I knew Weird Al was in it, but that was it. Once I hit play I was greeted by an immediate feeling of deja vu. I have seen this before. Hundreds of times. A camera slowly trucks through a hallway before peeking in on an upside down soundstage. The camera creeps closer, spins right side up, and the black and white tableau becomes mostly blue as the singer begins the first verse. That's how Weezer's classic, Spike Jonze-directed video for "Undone (The Sweater Song)" began way back in 1993!
But wait... that's not Rivers Cuomo. By the time the lights fully kick on in the chorus, we see Weird Al Yankovic in Rivers' place. Same goes for the rest of the band. Brian, Scott, and Patrick are replaced by doppelgangers. Weird Al mimes an accordion solo and the band takes miming the song just as seriously as the original Weezer did 25 years ago. This video is either a great full-circle career moment for Weezer, or we will look back on this moment to pinpoint exactly when the Internet imploded under the weight of so much irony.
The blessings don't stop ☔️ ???? New Africa video starring Weird Al. Stream + download the song: http://fanlink.to/weezerafrica Upcoming tour dates - https://weezer.com/tour Directed by Brendan Walter and Jade Ehlers FOLLOW WEEZER Site: https://weezer.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/weezer Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/weezer Instagram: https://instagram.com/weezer Spotify: http://spoti.fi/1J3r4mw Store: https://weezerwebstore.com
Compare the "Africa" vid to "Undone".
Music video by Weezer performing Undone -- The Sweater Song. (C) 2004 Geffen Records
By the way, this is the second time recently that Weird Al teamed up with Weezer" for something "Africa" related. Weird Al joined them onstage earlier this summer for a real accordion solo performed live at The Forum in Los Angeles. You can watch that here.
And if you missed the crazy story of how Weezer covered Toto's "Africa" in the first place, bone up here.