History Music / WeirdAlYankovic

27th Nov '16 10:16:23 PM NWolfman
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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, ''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 Disney XD cartoon ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw''.

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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, ''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 Disney XD cartoon ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw''.
''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw''. He's also written two children's books, ''When I Grow Up'' and ''My New Teacher and Me''.
8th Nov '16 10:36:18 PM FordPrefect
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** The only song for which he didn't have permission was "Amish Paradise", but there was nothing malicious about it; a miscommunication led Al to believe he actually did have permission, and by the time it was cleared up, it was too late. Coolio (the original artist), got over it and [[http://yankovic.org/blog/2006/01/08/weird-and-coolio/ gave Al a hug]]. As Al put it, "I doubt I'll be invited to Coolio's birthday party, but at least I don't have to wear a bulletproof vest to the mall anymore."
** With Music/LadyGaga, he announced that his 2011 album was delayed after he was given a flat "no" by her manager when he sent her a recording of "Perform This Way", a parody of "Born This Way" which was intended as the leadoff single. After several hours of backlash it was revealed that the manager never gave her the song to listen to out of the assumption she would hate it. This of course, turned out to be completely untrue and upon actually hearing it Gaga not only loved it, but considered it an "expansion" of her original song; while the original was a straight-up celebration of alternative lifestyles, Gaga considered the parody a celebration of her own CloudCuckoolander-ness.

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** The only song for which he didn't have permission was "Amish Paradise", but there was nothing malicious about it; a miscommunication led Al to believe he actually did have permission, and by the time it was cleared up, it was too late. Coolio (the original artist), artist) got over it and [[http://yankovic.org/blog/2006/01/08/weird-and-coolio/ gave Al a hug]]. As Al put it, "I doubt I'll be invited to Coolio's birthday party, but at least I don't have to wear a bulletproof vest to the mall anymore."
** With Music/LadyGaga, he announced that his 2011 album was delayed after he was given a flat "no" by her manager when he sent her a recording of "Perform This Way", a parody of "Born This Way" which was intended as the leadoff single. After several hours of backlash backlash, it was revealed that the manager never gave her the song to listen to to, out of the assumption she would hate it. This of Of course, this turned out to be completely untrue and untrue; upon actually hearing it it, Gaga not only loved it, but considered it an "expansion" of her original song; song-- while the original was a straight-up celebration of alternative lifestyles, Gaga considered the parody a celebration of her own CloudCuckoolander-ness.
8th Nov '16 10:26:09 PM FordPrefect
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Al scored another minor hit in 1980 with "Another One Rides the Bus" (a parody of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust") and decided to pursue a career in music, feeling architecture wasn't really his calling. After a modest start (including a disastrous gig opening for Music/MissingPersons), Al and his band 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 Music/KatyPerry.) Al has also won four Grammys in his career: three for various albums and one for a video.

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Al scored another minor hit in 1980 with "Another One Rides the Bus" (a parody of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust") and decided to pursue a career in music, feeling architecture wasn't really his calling. After a modest start (including a disastrous gig opening for Music/MissingPersons), Al and his band 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 to 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 Music/KatyPerry.) Al has also won four Grammys in his career: three for various albums and one for a video.
23rd Oct '16 8:51:48 AM DroKulix
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** ''The Compleat Al'' opens with a Hendrix-esque sight of Al setting fire to his accordion during a rather bizarre performance by him and his band, and the video for "You Don't Love Me Anymore" (and subsequent live performances), a ''ballad'', sees Al smashing his acoustic guitar out of pure rage.

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** ''The Compleat Al'' opens with a Hendrix-esque sight of Al setting fire to his accordion during a rather bizarre performance by him and his band, and the video for "You Don't Love Me Anymore" (and subsequent live performances), a ''ballad'', sees Al smashing his acoustic guitar out of pure rage.band.
23rd Oct '16 8:49:47 AM DroKulix
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** The video for "You Don't Love Me Anymore"—which is a sad, acoustic ballad—ends with Al (who is not holding an instrument) being suddenly overcome by the dejection expressed in the song, at which point he violently wrests the acoustic guitar from his guitarist's grasp, demolishes it ''thoroughly'' against the floor, [[AsideGlance shoots a disgusted look at the camera as if to say, "what are you looking at?"]], and finally drags his feet off the set.
22nd Oct '16 7:11:13 AM PantaroP
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21st Oct '16 8:25:30 PM Yoshiman400
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** "Jackson Park Express" has sections in 7/4, and the rare song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKZR11xVlAY "Al's Band"]] (sung by said backing band) is entirely in 7/4 and 7/2.
18th Oct '16 3:53:53 PM Jeduthun
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* InTheStyleOf: At least half of Al's non-parodies mimic the style of another significant musician, perhaps the most famous being "Dare To Be Stupid", his take on Music/{{Devo}}. In addition, every album but the first and fifth contains a medley of then-recent hit songs performed as a polka.

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* InTheStyleOf: InTheStyleOf / MusicalPastiche: At least half of Al's non-parodies mimic {{pastiche}} the style of another significant musician, perhaps the most famous being "Dare To Be Stupid", his take on Music/{{Devo}}. In addition, every album but the first and fifth contains a medley of then-recent hit songs performed as a polka.
14th Oct '16 6:06:18 PM Green_lantern40
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** From "Albuquerque": "Hey! You can't have that! That snorkel's been just like a ''snorkel'' to me!"
14th Oct '16 9:02:32 AM Tabs
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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Sports Song" can basically be summed up by saying we're great, you suck, you really suck, and in case you missed it, [[RuleOfThree YOU SUCK]].

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"Sports Song" can basically be summed up by saying we're great, you suck, you really suck, and in case you missed it, [[RuleOfThree YOU SUCK]].SUCK]].
** In "Jackson Park Express":
-->I pointed to the side of my mouth, as a way of indicating\\
"Hey, I think you got something on the side of your mouth"



** Al also mentions in the DVDCommentary for ''TheWeirdAlShow'' coming across a fansite that was distributing episodes of the show, saying that he was fine with it as long as they stopped after the official DVD release by Creator/ShoutFactory.

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** Al [invoked]Al also mentions in the DVDCommentary for ''TheWeirdAlShow'' coming across a fansite that was distributing episodes of the show, saying that he was fine with it as long as they stopped after the official DVD release by Creator/ShoutFactory.



** A perfect example is on the album ''Straight Outta Lynwood'', after his Music/RageAgainstTheMachine imitation "I'll Sue Ya." After an angry song like that one, there's an abrupt guitar chord, which is directly followed by a one-second pause going into "Polkarama," which has the DanceCraze "Chicken Dance" as an intro. Of course, THAT goes into a polka cover of "Let's Get it Started" by The Black-Eyed Peas.

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** A perfect example is on the album ''Straight Outta Lynwood'', after his Music/RageAgainstTheMachine imitation "I'll Sue Ya." After an angry song like that one, there's an abrupt guitar chord, which is directly followed by a one-second pause going into "Polkarama," which has the DanceCraze "Chicken Dance" as an intro. Of course, THAT goes into a polka cover of "Let's Get it Started" by The Black-Eyed Peas.
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