Bedrock Anthem

"Bedrock Anthem"
Single by "Weird Al" Yankovic
from the album Alapalooza
B-side "Young, Dumb, & Ugly"
Released November 12, 1993
Format CD, cassette
Recorded July 16, 1993
Length 3:41
Label Scotti Brothers
Writer(s) Flea, Frusciante, Kiedis, Smith "Weird Al" Yankovic
Producer(s) "Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology
"Jurassic Park"
"Bedrock Anthem"
"Achy Breaky Song"
Alapalooza track listing
  1. "Jurassic Park"
  2. "Young, Dumb & Ugly"
  3. "Bedrock Anthem"
  4. "Frank's 2000" TV"
  5. "Achy Breaky Song"
  6. "Traffic Jam"
  7. "Talk Soup"
  8. "Livin' in the Fridge"
  9. "She Never Told Me She Was a Mime"
  10. "Harvey the Wonder Hamster"
  11. "Waffle King"
  12. "Bohemian Polka"

"Bedrock Anthem" is a song by "Weird Al" Yankovic which was featured on his 1993 album Alapalooza. It is parody of "Under the Bridge" and "Give It Away", both by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and features the same funk rock musical style. The song also appears on the soundtrack album for the 1994 live-action movie version of The Flintstones, with a portion of the song played during the end credits.

This was the second time Yankovic used two songs by a band in one parody, the first being "The Plumbing Song", which was a parody of Milli Vanilli's "Baby Don't Forget My Number" and "Blame It on the Rain". "Bedrock Anthem" included clips from the actual Flintstones cartoon and, after being a part of Alapalooza, was also included in the compilation album The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Track listing

  1. "Bedrock Anthem" 3:41
  2. "Young, Dumb & Ugly" 4:24


The song portrays the narrator's desire to live in Bedrock, the setting of TV's The Flintstones, citing such perks as being the first Rolling Stone subscriber. The song features an audio clip of The Flintstones, which makes a corresponding appearance in the video.

Yankovic stated that, "I knew there was a Flintstones movie coming out, and I figured that for once I'd have my song out before the actual phenomenon. So I got to predate the movie by seven months. I'd always wanted to do a tribute to the Flintstones because I think they're a big part of pop culture. I did a lot of research, really immersed myself in the Flintstones. I watched over 100 Flintstones episodes, because I had to not only re-familiarize myself with the characters, I had to find actual sound bites and animation from the series to use in the song and the video."[1]

Music video

The "Bedrock Anthem" music video is a parody of both the "Under the Bridge" video and the "Give it Away" video. The music video was Yankovic's video directing debut (Excluding 1986's "Christmas at Ground Zero") and, like many of his video parodies, was shot on the same set as the original video. Parodied concepts include:

In the "Under the Bridge" section:

The video then quickly segues into a parody of "Give it Away":

Reaction from Red Hot Chili Peppers

According to Yankovic's Behind the Music episode, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were not very impressed with the parody, although they approved of Yankovic's work.[2] Bassist Flea later stated,[3]

I didn't think it was very good. I enjoy Weird Al's things, but I found it unimaginative. It wasn't that great. Yabba Dabba Doo. I like Weird Al and everything. But you know everyone is hit or miss, except for me, of course.

See also


  1. "Permanent Record Booklet: "Bedrock Anthem"". Al Yankovic. 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
  2. Khanna, Vish. ""Weird Al" Yankovic Alpocalypse Now… and Then". Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  3. "Reactions From Original Artists". 2006-10-08. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
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