In the most recent Barbershop Harmony Festival held in Hobart, Australia last year, Australian barbershop four piece The Electric Barbercats sang a version of a lesser known Weird Al Yankovic song “Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me.”
The track comes from Weird Al’s 2011 album Alpocalypse, and was an original composition intending to parody the general style of Jim Steinmen. As such, it’s a slow power ballad with plenty of choral harmonies and yearning vocal tones. In the hands of the Electric Barbercats, this timbre is translated into their pitch-perfect harmonies and clean vocals, which highlight how clever and funny the original lyrics are. In this format, nearly all of the song’s punchlines land, and it’s great to see and hear them feeding off the audience as they make their way through the track.
I’ve always had a soft spot for funny barbershop quartet songs, and this track hits the perfect notes.