Dare to Be Stupid (song)

"Dare to Be Stupid"
Single by "Weird Al" Yankovic
from the album Dare to Be Stupid & The Transformers The Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
A-side The Touch (Stan Bush)
Dare to Be Stupid
Released August 1986 (1986-08)
Recorded January 3, 1985
Length 3:23
Writer(s) "Weird Al" Yankovic
Producer(s) Rick Derringer
"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology
"Hooked on Polkas"
"Dare to Be Stupid"
"Living with a Hernia"
Dare to Be Stupid track listing
  1. "Like a Surgeon"
  2. "Dare to Be Stupid"
  3. "I Want a New Duck"
  4. "One More Minute"
  5. "Yoda"
  6. "George of the Jungle"
  7. "Slime Creatures from Outer Space"
  8. "Girls Just Want to Have Lunch"
  9. "This Is the Life"
  10. "Cable TV"
  11. "Hooked on Polkas"

"Dare to Be Stupid" is an original song by "Weird Al" Yankovic. It is a musical pastiche (or "style parody") of the band Devo.[1]

Lyrically, the song dares the listener to be stupid in various ways; mostly by advising the listener to do the opposite of common idioms (e.g. "let the bedbugs bite" or "put all your eggs in one basket"), with the occasional absurd non sequitur (e.g. "stick your head in the microwave and get yourself a tan").

In an interview on VH1's Behind the Music, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh stated in reaction to the song that: "I was in shock. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. He sort of re-sculpted that song into something else and... I hate him for it, basically."[2][3]

The song was featured in The Transformers: The Movie.[4] It was later released as a double a-side along with "The Touch" by Stan Bush.

Track listing

  1. "The Touch" by Stan Bush 3:54
  2. "Dare to Be Stupid" 3:23

Music video

The music video is, according to Yankovic, also a "style parody" of Devo's works:[5]

Relation with Transformers

See also


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