Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Can a band be comical and still be taken seriously?
In the genres of parody music and comedy music, it is really tough to name an act in which you can easily listen to their album and laugh while still taking them seriously. Weird Al Yankovic is probably the easiest to name and the most popular act in the genre, and it goes without saying that most people do not take his music seriously. This is where I feel the punk band Personal and the Pizzas has changed the way things are done; they have successfully created a parody group that cannot be thought about without a snicker on your face, but at the same time the band delivers some intense rock tunes that have to be taken seriously.
It's probably the thuggish New Jersey persona that makes them easier to take seriously, but you can't help but laugh at songs like "Nobody Makes My Girl Cry But Me" and "I Can Reed". With a few slower love songs like "I Ain't Takin' You Out" and "I Don't Feel So Happy Now No More", their Album Raw Pie has more diversity than most parody albums have to offer. Every song on the album has a hint of their pizza fetish and New Jersey toughness which make it funny, but this album is seriously a great listen all the way through. It is not difficult to take them seriously and sing their funny lyrics while feeling confident in yourself.
Personal and the Pizzas interview.