He has also directed several videos for other artists, including Hanson (the Titanic sequences in "River"), The Black Crowes ("Only a Fool"), Ben Folds ("Rockin' the Suburbs"), Jeff Foxworthy ("Redneck Stomp" and "Party All Night"), Jon Spencer Blues Explosion ("Wail"), and The Presidents of the United States of America ("Mixed Up S.O.B"). 9 in October 2006.[27]. [174] The book reached the No. [174] The book allows Yankovic to apply the humorous writing style found in his music in another medium, allowing him to use puns and rhymes. R.I.P. iTunes, Amazon, and everywhere else music is streamed or sold. [166], Yankovic wrote, directed and starred in the short 3-D movie attraction "Al's Brain: A 3-D Journey Through The Human Brain", a $2.5 million project which was sponsored by and premiered at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, California, in 2009. With the decline of music television and the onset of social media, he used YouTube and other video sites to publish his videos; this strategy helped to boost sales of his later albums. 1 debut album on the Billboard charts the week of its release, buoyed by Yankovic's approach for releasing eight music videos over eight continuous days that drew viral attention to the album as described below. "[109], In 2011, Yankovic was initially denied permission to parody Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" for his song "Perform This Way" for release on a new album, but through his release of the song on YouTube and subsequent spread via Twitter, Lady Gaga and her staff asserted that her manager had made the decision without her input, and Gaga herself gave Yankovic permission to proceed with the parody's release. [78] Other satirical songs include "Achy Breaky Song", which refers to the song "Achy Breaky Heart", "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long", which refers to the repetitious lyrics in "Got My Mind Set on You", and "Perform This Way", set to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" that drew inspiration from Lady Gaga's outlandish but confident attitude. The book, resembling a scrapbook, included real and fictional humorous photographs and documents. "[107], Chamillionaire was also very pleased, even putting Yankovic's parody "White & Nerdy" (a parody of "Ridin'") on his official MySpace page before it was on Yankovic's own page. In 2012, he appeared as himself along with Alice Cooper, Bret Michaels, and Maria Menounos in The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange for the Christmas special, and sung with Alice, Bret, and Orange. [citation needed] Yankovic occasionally shows clips from the film at his concerts (to which MGM, the film's current owner, initially objected in the form of a cease and desist letter). Yankovic contributes backing vocals for the song "Time" on Ben Folds' album Songs for Silverman. Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic (né le 23 octobre 1959 à Lynwood, California, US) est chanteur, musicien, acteur, parodiste, compositeur, accordéoniste et producteur de télévision américain. Toadblatt's School of Scorcery/Educating Grim/It's Hokey Mon! On October 7, 2008, Yankovic released to the iTunes Store "Whatever You Like", a parody of the T.I. Retrouve toutes les chansons pour Weird Al Yankovic ainsi que de nombreux clips. VH1 produced a Behind the Music episode on Yankovic. Yancovic" in reference to Yankovic's similar song parodies. This approach proved to be successful, as the total collection of videos had acquired more than 20 million views in the first week. : 'Weird Al' Yankovic Is 'Smoking Man Baby' — 2019 FIRST LOOK", "Great job, Internet: Weird: The Weird Al Yankovic Story", "1 Quick Way to Become an Internet Sensation", "Wheel of Fortune w/ Special Guest WEIRD AL – Guest Grumps", "Mon Hid My Game w/ Special Guest WEIRD AL – Guest Grumps", "'Weird Al' Yankovic—Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction? The snack consists of an overturned Twinkie split open as a makeshift bun, a hot dog, and Easy Cheese put together and dipped in milk before eating. Add all to Wantlist Remove all from Wantlist. In 2011, Yankovic guest starred as the character "Banana Man" in an episode of Adventure Time. [14] Though he initially took it as an insult, Yankovic eventually "took it on professionally" as his persona for the station. Inspiration could strike tomorrow and I might have something out next month. [143] The failure of the film left Yankovic in a three-year slump, which was later broken by his inspiration to compose "Smells Like Nirvana". [79] Yankovic said that converting these songs to polka was "...the way God intended". [92] This release strategy was considered by The Atlantic as a "web-enabled precision video delivery operation, and evidence of some serious digital distributional forethought" as it allows the videos to be seen by different sets of audiences for each site. They rehearsed the song just a few times before the show began. [128], A second concert film, "Weird Al" Yankovic Live! [80] Yankovic did not include a medley on his first album, but considered this for his second, In 3-D, recognizing that it would only work if he used well-known songs. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! [202] This inspired Yankovic to write the fight song parody "Sports Song" for Mandatory Fun to help round out his repertoire. 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[14], Yankovic began kindergarten a year earlier than most children and skipped second grade, later saying, "My classmates seemed to think I was some kind of rocket scientist so I was labeled a nerd early on. 39 on the Top 100 singles for the same week; this is Yankovic's fourth Top 40 single, and made him the third musical artist, after Michael Jackson and Madonna, to have a Top 40 single in each decade since the 1980s. "[80] More current polka medleys features songs that Yankovic had wanted to parody but proved difficult, such as Daft Punk's "Get Lucky", which lacked sufficient lyrics to parody. Black Emperor, who curated the festival's lineup. 's 'Rude' No. [149][150] Yankovic is the voice for Squid Hat on the Cartoon Network show, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. "[105], The Presidents of the United States of America were so pleased with "Gump", Yankovic's parody of their song "Lump", that they ended the song with his last line instead of their own ("And that's all I have to say about that") on the live recording of "Lump" featured on the compilation album Pure Frosting. For example, "First World Problems" from Mandatory Fun is a style take on the Pixies, with the opening stanza reminiscent of the Pixies' "Debaser". , Did you catch Al moderating the First Presidential Debate? $24.95 VIEW. And people were kind of shocked that I would be disrupting their mellow Thursday night folk fest.[23]. 2020 has been less than a stellar year for many, so “Weird Al” Yankovic wants to round out the year with a little positivity. Yankovic has done voice-overs for several animated series. [10] On his Behind the Music special, Yankovic stated that when he called Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain to ask if he could parody the song, Cobain gave him permission, then paused and asked, "Um... it's not gonna be about food, is it?" [92], Under the "fair use" provision of U.S. copyright law, affirmed by the United States Supreme Court in the 1994 case Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., artists such as Yankovic do not need permission to record a parody. I'll leave the serious stuff to Paris Hilton and Kevin Federline. [170] Although Yankovic previously wrote the script for UHF, this was to be the first movie Yankovic directed. The song was called "Another One Rides the Bus", a parody of Queen's hit, "Another One Bites the Dust". ", Don McLean was reportedly pleased with "The Saga Begins", a parody of "American Pie", and told Yankovic that the parody's lyrics sometimes enter his mind during live performances. [61] In stark contrast to his stage persona, Yankovic is known by friends and associates to be polite, shy, and introverted, even among family. In a number of Al TV interviews, he often asks if he can borrow $5, being turned down every time. In mid-1979, shortly before his senior year, "My Sharona" by The Knack was on the charts and Yankovic took his accordion into the restroom across the hall from the radio station to take advantage of the echo chamber acoustics and recorded a parody titled "My Bologna". Weird Al Yankovic est le premier album du parodiste Weird Al Yankovic sorti en 1983. [203] Subsequent to the success of Mandatory Fun, another fan-driven campaign pushed for Yankovic to headline the then-upcoming Super Bowl XLIX at the highlight of the artist's career, which was noticed by many media outlets, including CNN and Wired, though the decision for this selection would reside within the management of the NFL (who instead chose Katy Perry for that position). However, after Yankovic had recorded "You're Pitiful", Blunt's label, Atlantic Records, rescinded this permission, despite Blunt's personal approval of the song. [144], The film has since become a cult classic, with out-of-print copies of the VHS version selling for up to $100 on eBay until the release of the DVD in 2002. [12], On September 14, 1980, Yankovic was a guest on the Dr. Demento Show, where he was to record a new parody live. Yankovic had turned it down because he believed that "a lot of my fans were young and impressionable". Yankovic also had a cameo in a 2008 episode, titled "That '90s Show", during which he records a parody of Homer's grunge hit "Shave Me" titled "Brain Freeze" (Homer's song, "Shave Me", was itself a parody of Nirvana's "Rape Me") making Yankovic one of only a handful of celebrities to appear twice on the show playing themselves. [32], Yankovic has also started to explore digital distribution of his songs. Yankovic has contributed original songs to several films ("This Is the Life" from Johnny Dangerously; "Polkamon" from the movie Pokémon: The Movie 2000, and a parody of the James Bond title sequence in Spy Hard), in addition to his own film, UHF. This also appears in the song "Albuquerque". The comedic singer revealed that he recently reconnected with his ninth-grade crush — who saved a portrait he had sketched nearly 50 years ago. Yankovic competed on a week of Wheel of Fortune taped at Disney's Hollywood Studios in March 1994. [96], In 2003, Yankovic was denied permission to make a video for "Couch Potato", his parody of Eminem's "Lose Yourself". I don't want to be embroiled in any nastiness. His two commercial failures (his film UHF and his 1986 album Polka Party!) There’s even an audio version of the , CLICK HERE TO RECEIVE UPDATES AND INFO ON AL. Yankovic's parodies are often satirical of popular culture, including television (see The TV Album), movies ("The Saga Begins"), and food (see The Food Album). [99] Though Jackson allowed "Eat It" and "Fat", he requested that Yankovic not record a parody of "Black or White", titled "Snack All Night", because he felt the message was too important. [120], Paul McCartney, also a Yankovic fan, refused Yankovic permission to record a parody of Wings' "Live and Let Die", titled "Chicken Pot Pie", because, according to Yankovic, McCartney is "a strict vegetarian and he didn't want a parody that condoned the consumption of animal flesh". ", Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Collection, "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection, Peter & the Wolf/Carnival of the Animals – Part II, The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late), An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp), To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With, Those of You with or Without Children, You'll Understand, Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion, Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents ... America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. On this tour, he performed mostly original songs (not parodies) and did not use costumes, props, or video screens. [192] However, Yankovic was not included on the list of inductees for 2007. Schwartz continued on drums. [12] The Dr. Demento Society, which issues yearly Christmas re-releases of material from Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes, often includes unreleased tracks from Yankovic's vaults, such as "Pacman", "It's Still Billy Joel To Me" or the live version of "School Cafeteria". Leave it to "Weird Al" Yankovic to give us a theme song for the first presidential debate. "[70], Yankovic is well known for creating parodies of contemporary radio hits, typically which make up about half of his studio releases. [56], Yankovic became a vegetarian in 1992 when his then-girlfriend gave him a copy of the 1987 John Robbins book Diet for a New America, which he said "made a very compelling argument for a strict vegetarian diet". "Ricky" broke the top 100 videos on MTV at the time, which Yankovic took as a sign that his career was in music, quitting his job as a mailroom clerk at the local offices of Westwood One to pursue the music career. "[113] In an interview in 2014, Coolio extended his apology for refusing his permission, stating that at the time "I was being cocky and shit and being stupid and I was wrong and I should've embraced that shit and went with it", and that he considered Yankovic's parody "actually funny as shit". [25] On the show, Yankovic played his accordion, and again, Schwartz banged on the accordion case and provided comical sound effects. 1 album during its debut week. [8] He has also written two children's books, When I Grow Up (2011) and My New Teacher and Me! In 2008, Yankovic directed the music video for their song "Mixed Up S.O.B. "[12][21] Yankovic also played at local coffeehouses, accompanied by fellow dorm resident Joel Miller on bongos. [10][16] Other sources of inspiration for his comedy came from Mad magazine,[12] Monty Python,[17] and the Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker movies. 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