History Music / WeirdAlYankovic

5th May '16 1:59:25 PM aye_amber
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He eventually sent three songs to the ''Creator/DrDemento Show'': "Belvedere Cruisin'", "Dr. D Superstar" (never aired), "My Bologna", a parody of The Knack's "My Sharona". Knack lead singer Doug Fieger heard "My Bologna", contacted Al, and got "My Bologna" released as a single. After a modest start (including a disastrous opening for Music/MissingPersons), Al released his first album on Scotti Bros. Records in 1983, hit it big with his second album thanks to "Eat It" (a song and music video parody of Music/MichaelJackson's "Beat It") peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and hasn't looked back since. Most of Al's albums during the '80s and '90s went platinum; Al shrewdly used ViralMarketing to saturate social media with publicity for his 2014 album ''Mandatory Fun'', and he was rewarded with that album debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 (his first number one album ever). The success of ''Mandatory Fun'' launched an online petition asking for Al play the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, which eventually gathered over 125,000 signatures. (Despite this, Al would be the first to admit he was never seriously in the running due to behind-the-scenes politics; the gig eventually went to KatyPerry.) Al has also won four Grammys in his career: three for various albums and one for a video.

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He eventually sent three songs to the ''Creator/DrDemento Show'': "Belvedere Cruisin'", "Dr. D Superstar" (never aired), "My Bologna", a parody of The Knack's "My Sharona". Knack lead singer Doug Fieger heard "My Bologna", contacted Al, and got "My Bologna" released as a single. After a modest start (including a disastrous opening for Music/MissingPersons), Al released his first album on Scotti Bros. Records in 1983, hit it big with his second album thanks to "Eat It" (a song and music video parody of Music/MichaelJackson's "Beat It") peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and hasn't looked back since. Most of Al's albums during the '80s and '90s went platinum; Al shrewdly used ViralMarketing to saturate social media with publicity for his 2014 album ''Mandatory Fun'', and he was rewarded with that album debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 (his first number one album ever). The success of ''Mandatory Fun'' launched an online petition asking for Al play the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, which eventually gathered over 125,000 signatures. (Despite this, Al would be the first to admit he was never seriously in the running due to behind-the-scenes politics; the gig eventually went to KatyPerry.Music/KatyPerry.) Al has also won four Grammys in his career: three for various albums and one for a video.
29th Apr '16 5:57:49 PM ANTMuddle
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* CarSong: "She Drives Like Crazy."
29th Apr '16 12:56:20 PM KimiFW
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* AdolfHitlarious: Played Hitler in an episode of ''DrunkHistory''.

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* AdolfHitlarious: Played Hitler in an episode of ''DrunkHistory''.''WebVideo/DrunkHistory''.
26th Apr '16 1:07:57 AM aye_amber
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The ''UHF'' video, in which the parodied musicians include Robert Palmer (''Addicted to Spuds" never got its own video), {{Prince}}, and Music/TheBeatles.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The ''UHF'' video, in which the parodied musicians include Robert Palmer (''Addicted to Spuds" never got its own video), {{Prince}}, Music/{{Prince}}, and Music/TheBeatles.
26th Apr '16 12:32:22 AM aye_amber
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* RockersSmashGuitars: At the end of the "Smells like Nirvana" video, Al smashes his guitar, the audience smashes plates on a guy's head, and then Al pushes a plunge-detonator to [[StockFootage demolish a building]]. He also used to smash his accordion at the end of his polka medleys in concert when they ended with TheWho's "My Generation".

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* RockersSmashGuitars: At the end of the "Smells like Nirvana" video, Al smashes his guitar, the audience smashes plates on a guy's head, and then Al pushes a plunge-detonator to [[StockFootage demolish a building]]. He also used to smash his accordion at the end of his polka medleys in concert when they ended with TheWho's Music/TheWho's "My Generation".Generation."
22nd Apr '16 9:57:14 AM MusicManSamwise
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* RealTrailerFakeMovie: [[https://youtu.be/vcNuiri2dV0 This hilarious trailer from Funny Or Die]] for a heavily fictionalized (to put it mildly) biopic, which depicts Al (portrayed by [[BreakingBad Aaron Paul]] as an alcoholic who has a torrid affair with {{Madonna}}. The real Weird Al makes a cameo.

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* RealTrailerFakeMovie: [[https://youtu.be/vcNuiri2dV0 This hilarious trailer from Funny Or Die]] for a heavily fictionalized (to put it mildly) biopic, which depicts Al (portrayed by [[BreakingBad Aaron Paul]] Paul]]) as an alcoholic who has a torrid affair with {{Madonna}}. The real Weird Al makes a cameo.
22nd Apr '16 9:54:55 AM MusicManSamwise
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* RealTrailerFakeMovie: [[https://youtu.be/vcNuiri2dV0 This hilarious trailer from Funny Or Die]] for a heavily fictionalized (to put it mildly) biopic, which depicts Al (portrayed by [[BreakingBad Aaron Paul]] as an alcoholic who has a torrid affair with {{Madonna}}. The real Weird Al makes a cameo.
22nd Apr '16 12:53:34 AM MusicManSamwise
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He eventually sent three songs to the ''Creator/DrDemento Show'': "Belvedere Cruisin'", "Dr. D Superstar" (never aired), and "My Bologna", a parody of The Knack's "My Sharona". Knack lead singer Doug Fieger heard "My Bologna", contacted Al, and got "My Bologna" released as a single. After a modest start (including a disastrous opening for Music/MissingPersons), Al released his first album on Scotti Bros. Records in 1983, hit it big with his second album thanks to "Eat It" (a song and music video parody of Music/MichaelJackson's "Beat It") peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and hasn't looked back since. Most of Al's albums during the '80s and '90s went platinum; Al shrewdly used ViralMarketing to saturate social media with publicity for his 2014 album ''Mandatory Fun'', and he was rewarded with that album debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 (his first number one album ever). The success of ''Mandatory Fun'' launched an online petition asking for Al play the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, which eventually gathered over 125,000 signatures. (Despite this, Al would be the first to admit he was never seriously in the running due to behind-the-scenes politics; the gig eventually went to KatyPerry.) Al has also won four Grammys in his career: three for various albums and one for a video.

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He eventually sent three songs to the ''Creator/DrDemento Show'': "Belvedere Cruisin'", "Dr. D Superstar" (never aired), and "My Bologna", a parody of The Knack's "My Sharona". Knack lead singer Doug Fieger heard "My Bologna", contacted Al, and got "My Bologna" released as a single. After a modest start (including a disastrous opening for Music/MissingPersons), Al released his first album on Scotti Bros. Records in 1983, hit it big with his second album thanks to "Eat It" (a song and music video parody of Music/MichaelJackson's "Beat It") peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and hasn't looked back since. Most of Al's albums during the '80s and '90s went platinum; Al shrewdly used ViralMarketing to saturate social media with publicity for his 2014 album ''Mandatory Fun'', and he was rewarded with that album debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 (his first number one album ever). The success of ''Mandatory Fun'' launched an online petition asking for Al play the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, which eventually gathered over 125,000 signatures. (Despite this, Al would be the first to admit he was never seriously in the running due to behind-the-scenes politics; the gig eventually went to KatyPerry.) Al has also won four Grammys in his career: three for various albums and one for a video.



* SitcomArchnemesis: Music/{{Prince}} is a regular target in Al's works, as he is the only artist who has consistently refused permission for any parodies of his songs, allegedly due to the Purple One having NoSenseOfHumor[[note]]Al once recieved a telegram from Prince's lawyers before the American Music Awards, demanding that he did not make eye contact with Prince[[/note]]. The antagonism is [[ForTheFunnyz played for laughs]] by Al, and typically consists of throwaway song lyrics or quick jokes in interviews.

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* SitcomArchnemesis: Music/{{Prince}} is a regular target in Al's works, as he is was the only artist who has consistently refused permission for any parodies of his songs, allegedly due to the Purple One having NoSenseOfHumor[[note]]Al once recieved a telegram from Prince's lawyers before the American Music Awards, demanding that he did not make eye contact with Prince[[/note]]. The antagonism is [[ForTheFunnyz played for laughs]] by Al, and typically consists of throwaway song lyrics or quick jokes in interviews.


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** Following Prince's untimely death in 2016, Al took the high road, simply saying in a tweet that "the music world will miss his prolific genius."
1st Apr '16 10:33:30 PM nombretomado
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** Al himself has relayed a story of a television appearance he had soon after the surgery and shaving off his moustache (''TheDrewCareyShow'', season 4 episode 4, "Drew Between the Rock and a Hard Place"). The people at the TV studio wanted him in his "classic" look, and got him prop eyeglasses and a fake moustache. Al described the experience as surreal, "like I was wearing a Weird Al Halloween costume". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE3vIE5QBo4 See it here]].

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** Al himself has relayed a story of a television appearance he had soon after the surgery and shaving off his moustache (''TheDrewCareyShow'', (''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', season 4 episode 4, "Drew Between the Rock and a Hard Place"). The people at the TV studio wanted him in his "classic" look, and got him prop eyeglasses and a fake moustache. Al described the experience as surreal, "like I was wearing a Weird Al Halloween costume". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE3vIE5QBo4 See it here]].
27th Mar '16 10:23:05 PM Prfnoff
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In 1989, Weird Al starred in the film ''Film/{{UHF}}'', and he had a short-lived Creator/{{CBS}} "kids' show" in the 1990s, ''TheWeirdAlShow''. He provided the voice of the Squid Hat on ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' (as well as being the announcer in the fighting game based on the show). He has been involved with the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise twice: his song "Dare To Be Stupid" was played in the [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie 1986 movie]], and he provided the voice of Wreck-Gar in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. His voice has appeared both before and since the latter in a number of cartoons, with his roles ranging from one-off gag characters to the title characters of the ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' AnimatedAdaptation and the upcoming Disney XD cartoon ''Milo Murphy's Law''.

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In 1989, Weird Al starred in the film ''Film/{{UHF}}'', and he had a short-lived Creator/{{CBS}} "kids' show" in the 1990s, ''TheWeirdAlShow''. He provided the voice of the Squid Hat on ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' (as well as being the announcer in the fighting game based on the show).''Series/TheWeirdAlShow''. He has been involved with the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise twice: his song "Dare To Be Stupid" was played in the [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie 1986 movie]], and he provided the voice of Wreck-Gar in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. His voice has appeared both before and since the latter in a number of cartoons, with his roles ranging from one-off gag characters to the title characters of the ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' AnimatedAdaptation and the upcoming Disney XD cartoon ''Milo Murphy's Law''.
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