What do you do when you weirdly score a huge hit with a cover of Toto’s “Africa”? Up the ante on the weirdness by enlisting the help of Weird Al Yankovic. That’s exactly what Weezer did for the video of their surprise hit cover of ’80s tune. We’ve reached peak weirdness.
The cover came after the Twitter handle @WeezerAfrica began an online campaign requesting that the band cover the famous earworm. Weezer uploaded a cover of Toto’s huge 1982 hit “Africa” in May and then played it live in June while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
— weezer cover africa by toto (@weezerafrica) May 29, 2018
The cover continued to pick up steam, with Weezer performing “Africa” at their Los Angeles tour stop at the Forum in August, where they invited musician and comedian Weird Al Yankovic on stage to join them with his accordion.
Striking a chord with music fans who want to hear something old and something new all at once, Weezer’s “Africa” is now the band’s first song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Airplay Chart and their first song to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in over a decade. So naturally, a video must be made.
Once again calling on Yankovic, the famous parody artist performs as lead singer Rivers Cuomo in the new video for “Africa,” which is a shot-by-shot remake of Weezer’s 1994 “Undone – The Sweater Song,” minus the dogs. If you’re wondering why Weezer would remake one of their own videos and not a Toto clip, the answer is probably because that would have made too much sense for such an odd chart-topping song.
As for Toto, they responded to the “Africa” cover by uploading their own cover of Weezer’s 2001 single “Hash Pipe.” So, we should expect to see Weird Al starring in a remake of “Rosanna” any day now, right? That’s how this works?