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A young listener who had heard several of these offensive tracks by way of a file sharing service confronted Yankovic online, threatening a boycott because of his supposedly explicit lyrics. A list of songs frequently misattributed to Yankovic can be found at The Not Al Page [] and a list of all commercially released songs recorded by Yankovic can be found on his website. Yankovic cites these misattributions as "his only real beef with peer-to-peer file sharing sites":.

If you do a search for my name on any one of those sites, I guarantee you that about half of the songs that come up will be songs I had absolutely nothing to do with. That particularly bothers me, because I really try to do quality work, and I also try to maintain a more-or-less family-friendly image—and some of these songs that are supposedly by me are just, well, vulgar and awful. I truly think my reputation has suffered in a lot of people's minds because of all those fake Weird Al songs floating around the Internet.

In the Mr. Show with Bob and David episode "Rudy Will Await Your Foundation", Bob Odenkirk plays a character called Daffy "Mal" Yinkleyankle, a parody of Yankovic, who later claimed it was the only genuine parody act on himself he has ever seen and told Odenkirk in an email that he was "flattered in a weird way" and "found it very funny".

Their mission was to "solicit, collect, and raise the necessary money, and to compile the information needed for the application to nominate "Weird Al" Yankovic for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame".

In addition to the preferred method of cash donations, many methods were used to raise money for the cause, such as a live benefit show held April 11,and selling merchandise on the official website and eBayincluding T-shirts, calendars, and cookbooks.

In an official induction ceremony on August 27,[] Al received the 2,rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony was attended by 1, fans. A smaller ongoing effort has been made by fans to have Yankovic perform at the halftime show of a Super Bowl game.

Grammy Awards []. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Weird Al Yankovich. American comedy musician and actor. For the album, see "Weird Al" Yankovic album.

Comedy parody polka geek rock [1]. Vocals accordion keyboards harmonica theremin tambourine. Demento Jon Schwartz Jim West. Musical artist. Main article: List of songs recorded by "Weird Al" Yankovic. Main article: UHF film. Main article: "Weird Al" Yankovic videography. Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on February 11, Retrieved October 28, Not so with Weird Al Yankovic, the true, unabashed and remarkably enduring king of a now growing genre of nerd rock — a man who's had a pretty remarkable year career wearing his uncoolness on his accordion strap.

Retrieved July 24, The Washington Post. Archived from the original on October 2, Retrieved August 10, Archived from the original on September 22, Retrieved March 14, Archived from the original on November 10, Archived from the original on November 13, Retrieved November 10, Archived from the original on July 24, July 30, Retrieved September 29, Archived from the original on March 21, He grew up in Lynwood, California a suburb of Los Angelesalthough the hospital he was actually born in was in the neighboring town of Downey Al's grandparents on his father's side were Yugoslavian.

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Yankovic's first accordion lesson, which sparked his interest in music, took place on the day before his seventh birthday.

Yankovic claims that his parents chose the accordion over the guitar because "they figured there should be at least one more accordion-playing Yankovic in the world", referring to Frankie Yankovic[15] [14] to whom he is not related.

Demento Radio Show. Yankovic began kindergarten a year earlier than most children and skipped second gradelater saying, "My classmates seemed to think I was some kind of rocket scientist so I was labeled a nerd early on. He was not interested in sports or social events at school but was active in its extracurricular programs, including the National Forensic League -sanctioned public speaking events, a play based upon Rebel Without a Causethe yearbook for which he wrote most of the captionsand the Volcano Worshippers club; the last, according to Yankovic, did "absolutely nothing" and was started "just to get an extra picture of [themselves] in the yearbook".

Yankovic received his first exposure via syndicated comedy radio personality Dr. Demento 's Southern California-based radio show, saying "If there hadn't been a Dr. Demento, I'd probably have a real job now. Demento's program and banning him from listening to it again in the future, he found ways to hear it discreetly.

Demento spoke at Yankovic's school where the thenyear-old Yankovic gave him a homemade tape of original and parody songs performed on the accordion in Yankovic's bedroom into a "cheesy little tape recorder". The tape's first song, "Belvedere Cruisin'" — about his family's Plymouth Belvedere — was played on Demento's comedy radio show, launching Yankovic's career.

Demento said, "'Belvedere Cruising' might not have been the very best song I ever heard, but it had some clever lines [ They'd get up on stage with their acoustic guitar and do these lovely ballads. And I would get up with my accordion and play the theme from And people were kind of shocked that I would be disrupting their mellow Thursday night folk fest.

During Yankovic's second year as an architecture student at Cal Poly, he became a disc jockey at KCPRthe university's radio station. Yankovic had been called "Weird Al" originally as a more derogatory nickname from others within the dormitory he shared, as he was seen as the strange outcast compared to other residents. The song mocked famous nearby landmarks such as Bubblegum Alley and the fountain toilets at the Madonna Inn.

In mid, 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 ". Demento, who played it to good response from listeners. Yankovic met The Knack after a show at his college and introduced himself as the author of "My Bologna". The Knack's lead singer, Doug Fiegersaid he liked the song and suggested that Capitol Records vice president Rupert Perry release it as a single.

Yankovic, who was "only getting average grades" in his architecture degree, began to realize that he might make a career of comedic music. On September 14,Yankovic was a guest on the Dr. Demento Showwhere he was to record a new parody live. While practicing the song outside the sound booth, he met Jon "Bermuda" Schwartzwho told him he was a drummer and agreed to bang on Yankovic's accordion case to help Yankovic keep a steady beat during the song. They rehearsed the song just a few times before the show began.

Yankovic's record label, TK Recordswent bankrupt about two weeks after the single was released, so Yankovic received no royalties from its initial release. Demento's stage show. His stage act in a Phoenix, Arizonanightclub caught the eye of manager Jay Levey, who was "blown away".

Yankovic admitted that he had, so Levey held auditions. Schwartz continued on drums. Yankovic's first show with his new band was on March 31, InYankovic's first self-titled album was released on Scotti Bros. The song " Ricky " was released as a single and the music video received exposure on the still-young MTV.

Yankovic released his second album "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D in The first single " Eat It ", a parody of the Michael Jackson song " Beat It ", became popular, thanks in part to the music video, a shot-for-shot parody of Jackson's "Beat It" music video, and what Yankovic sarcastically described as his "uncanny resemblance" to Jackson. InYankovic co-wrote and starred in a mockumentary of his own life titled The Compleat Al the title being a parody of the documentary The Compleat Beatleswhich intertwined the facts of his life up to that point with fiction.

The movie also featured some clips from Yankovic's trip to Japan and some clips from the Al TV specials. The book, resembling a scrapbook, included real and fictional humorous photographs and documents. Yankovic and his band toured as the opening act for The Monkees in mid for their second reunion tour of North America. Yankovic claims to have enjoyed touring with The Monkees, even though "the promoter gypped us out of a bunch of money".

Yankovic's success led to a deal to make his film UHFwhich premiered in July While the film had since become a cult title, its initial release was against mediocre reviews, and it was up against several other summer blockbusters, including Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeGhostbusters IIBatmanand Licence to Kill.

Yankovic fell into a slump over the next three years as a result of the poor performance of the film. Yankovic had returned to the studio to prepare songs for his next album Off the Deep End around Further, Yankovic took over production from Rick Derringer in While Derringer had produced six of Yankovic's previous albums, for which he won two Grammy AwardsDerringer's drug-related issues had become an issue, along with Yankovic's more complex musical scores involving horns and other instruments.

Bymost of the original songs for Off the Deep End were complete, but Yankovic still did not have a strong parody and was waiting for the next big hit to work from, as he was still in a slump post- UHF. When Jackson released his next album, Dangerousand its hit single " Black or White ", Yankovic had quickly written a parody, "Snack All Night", from it, and hoped Jackson would allow him to use the parody.

Jackson denied Yankovic this, as Jackson felt "Black or White" carried a serious message that would be undermined by the parody. Around this time, Nirvana and the grunge music scene began to take off. Yankovic wrote a parody of Nirvana's hit " Smells like Teen Spirit ", " Smells Like Nirvana ", and was able to secure the band's permission for the parody; Nirvana's lead singer Kurt Cobain was said that getting Yankovic to parody their work was a sign their band had "made it".

Yankovic's next two studio albums were modest successes in light of Off the Deep End. Alapalooza was released inand led with " Jurassic Park ", a spoof of " MacArthur Park " by Richard Harris while mocking the film of the same name.

Alapalooza peaked at 46 on the Billboard In addition, Yankovic released a number of compilation works during this period, including Permanent Record: Al in the Boxa four-CD collection which included most of Yankovic's previous works as well as an informational booklet with contributions from Dr. In addition to shedding his glasses, he had shaved off his moustache and grown out his hair. He had previously shaved his moustache in for the video of " Ricky " to resemble Desi Arnazin for segments of the " UHF " music video, and in for the "Amish Paradise" video.

Yankovic reasoned, "If Madonna 's allowed to reinvent herself every 15 minutes, I figure I should be good for a change at least once every 20 years. The commercial featured Yankovic in the short-haired wig from the music video for Hanson's "River", claiming his new look was an attempt to "get back to the core of what I'm all about", that being "the music". Running with Scissors was followed by his next studio album Poodle Hat in Poodle Hat was met with average reviews without any standout singles, though the album did peak at number 17 on the Billboard The album as a whole reached 10 in the Billboardand by was Yankovic's first certified platinum album, having reached over one million sales.

Following Straight Out of LynwoodYankovic started to explore digital distribution of his songs. Yankovic said that the benefit of digital distribution is that "I don't have to wait around while my songs get old and dated—I can get them out on the Internet almost immediately. These five digitally released songs were packaged as a digital EP titled Internet Leakswith "Whatever You Like" retroactively included in the set.

InYankovic completed his thirteenth studio album, titled Alpocalypsewhich was released on June 21, Yankovic had reported an interest in parodying Lady Gaga 's material, [43] and on April 20 announced that he had written and recorded a parody of " Born This Way " titled " Perform This Way ", to be the lead single for his new album.

However, upon first submitting it to Lady Gaga's manager for approval which Yankovic does as a courtesyhe was not given permission to release it commercially. As he had previously done under similar circumstances with his parody of James Blunt's " You're Beautiful ", which was titled " You're Pitiful "Yankovic then released the song for free on the internet. Soon afterwards, Gaga's manager admitted that he had denied the parody of his own accord without forwarding the song to his client, and upon seeing it online, Lady Gaga granted permission for the parody.

Yankovic has stated that all of his proceeds from the parody and its music video will be donated to the Human Rights Campaignto support the human rights themes of the original song. Yankovic stated in September that he was working on a new album, but gave no details. In a interview with Rolling StoneYankovic said, "I can't tell you when any material is coming out.

Inspiration could strike tomorrow and I might have something out next month. There's no plan. It's just going to be whenever it winds up being. After several years of fan-driven campaigns, Yankovic received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in In MarchAl released a new song, "The Hamilton Polka", a polka medley consisting of several songs from the musical Hamilton.

Yankovic became a vegetarian in when his then-girlfriend gave him a copy of the John Robbins book Diet for a New Americawhich he said "made a very compelling argument for a strict vegetarian diet". If there's a cheese pizza on the band bus, I might sneak a piece. Yankovic married Suzanne Krajewski, a marketing executive with 20th Century Foxafter they met in They were introduced to each other by their mutual friend Bill Mumy. Margolis and rapper Heavy D.

On April 9,Yankovic's parents were found dead at their home in Fallbrook, Californiathe victims of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning from their fireplace.

He considered the Appleton show and subsequent tour dates therapeutic: "If I didn't have anything to distract me, I probably would have spiraled into an even deeper depression. For a couple of hours each night, I could go onstage and put on a big fake smile and pretend like everything was just okay.

Yankovic is well known for creating parodies of contemporary radio hits, typically which make up about half of his studio releases. Unlike other parody artists such as Allan ShermanYankovic and his band strive to keep the backing music in his parodies the same as the original, transcribing the original song by ear and re-recording the song for the parody.

Yankovic considers his body of work to primarily feature parodies, rather than satires of the original song or artist, as he found that satire of songs or artists has already been done before. Yankovic claims he has no intention of writing "serious" music. In his reasoning, "There's enough people that do unfunny music. I'll leave the serious stuff to Paris Hilton and Kevin Federline. Yankovic considered that his first true satirical song was "Smells Like Nirvana", which references unintelligible lyrics in Nirvana's " Smells Like Teen Spirit ".

Yankovic is the sole writer for all his songs and, for "legal and personal reasons", does not accept parody submissions or ideas from fans. Madonna's friend was a mutual friend of Yankovic's manager, Jay Levey, and eventually Yankovic himself heard the story from Levey. He says that some songs have taken him weeks to compose the lyrics to as he permeates the various choices, sometimes entering a "zombie phase" as he mulls these over in his home. He has also done significant research for other song parodies to get facts and keywords for certain areas of knowledge, such as for "I Think I'm a Clone Now" or hospitals for "Like a Surgeon".

Yankovic has documented all these past lyrical attempts, first through binders and then computerized in case he needs to go back for future songs. Most of Yankovic's studio albums include a polka medley of about a dozen contemporary songs at the time of the album, with the choruses or memorable lines of various songs juxtaposed for humorous effect.

In Yankovic's early career, before recording his first album, he had performed such polka medleys in live shows in California, though Life As A Father - Jeff Foxworthy - You Might Be A Redneck If. (CD using songs from lesser-known bands like Bad Brains and the Plasmatics. He had been inspired to do so from Spike Jones, who had transitioned classical music into polka.

The resulting "Polkas on 45", which featured songs from DevoDeep PurpleBerlinand The Beatleswas popular, and the polka medley became a staple of all but one of Yankovic's future albums. Yankovic stated that he does not have any unreleased original songs, instead coming up and committing to the song ideas he arrives at for his albums and other releases. One of Yankovic's recurring jokes involves the number It is mentioned in the lyrics of several songs, and seen on the covers for Running with ScissorsPoodle Hat [89] and Straight Outta Lynwood.

He had originally just pulled the number 27 as a random figure to use in filling out lyrics, but as his fans started to notice the reuse of the number after the first few times, he began to purposely drop references to 27 within his lyrics, videos, and album covers.

He explains that "It's just a number I started using that people started attaching a lot of importance to. A number of songs use the phrase "internal organs". Another recurring joke is his attraction to female nostrils or nostrils in general. Yankovic also asks his celebrity guests if they could "shave his back for a nickel".

This also appears in the song "Albuquerque". Yankovic has also put two backmasking messages into his songs. While Yankovic's musical parodies generally do not include references to the songs or the artists of the original songs, Yankovic's music videos will sometimes parody the original song's music video in whole or in part. The video for " Dare to Be Stupid " is, as stated by Yankovic, a style parody in general of Devo videos. Several videos have included appearances by notable celebrities in addition to Yankovic and his band.

The video for " I Lost on Jeopardy " includes an appearance by Greg Kihnthe artist whose song, "Jeopardy", was being parodied, along with Don Pardo and Art FlemingJeopardy's original announcer and host, as themselves. Florence Henderson plays an Amish seductress in "Amish Paradise".

While most videos that Yankovic creates are aired on music channels such as MTV and VH1Yankovic worked with animation artists to create music videos for release with extended content albums. The DualDisc version of Straight Outta Lynwood features six videos set to songs from the release, including videos created by Bill Plympton and John Kricfalusi ; one video, "Weasel Stomping Day" was created by the producers of the show Robot Chickenand aired as a segment of that program.

For the AlpocalypseYankovic produced videos for every song; four of those were previously released for each of the songs on the EP Internet Leakswith the videos for the remaining songs released via social media sites and included in the deluxe edition of Alpocalypse.

These live-action and animated videos were produced by both previous collaborators such as Plympton for "TMZ", [42] video content providers like Jib-Jab and SuperNews! To help promote his album Mandatory Fun in social media circles, Yankovic produced eight music videos for the album releasing them over eight consecutive days with release of the album, believing it "would make an impact because people would be talking about the album all week long".

If there's a cheese pizza on the band bus, I might sneak a piece. Yankovic married Suzanne Krajewski, a marketing executive with 20th Century Foxafter they met in They were introduced to each other by their mutual friend Bill Mumy.

Margolis and rapper Heavy D. On April 9,Yankovic's parents were found dead at their home in Fallbrook, Californiathe victims of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning from their fireplace. He considered the Appleton show and subsequent tour dates therapeutic: "If I didn't have anything to distract me, I probably would have spiraled into an even deeper depression. For a couple of hours each night, I could go onstage and put on a big fake smile and pretend like everything was just okay. Yankovic is well known for creating parodies of contemporary radio hits, typically which make up about half of his studio releases.

Unlike other parody artists such as Allan ShermanYankovic and his band strive to keep the backing music in his parodies the same as the original, transcribing the original song by ear and re-recording the song for the parody. Yankovic considers his body of work to primarily feature parodies, rather than satires of the original song or artist, as he found that satire of songs or artists has already been done before. Yankovic claims he has no intention of writing "serious" music.

In his reasoning, "There's enough people that do unfunny music. I'll leave the serious stuff to Paris Hilton and Kevin Federline. Yankovic considered that his first true satirical song was "Smells Like Nirvana", which references unintelligible lyrics in Nirvana's " Smells Like Teen Spirit ". Yankovic is the sole writer for all his songs and, for "legal and personal reasons", does not accept parody submissions or ideas from fans.

Madonna's friend was a mutual friend of Yankovic's manager, Jay Levey, and eventually Yankovic himself heard the story from Levey. He says that some songs have taken him weeks to compose the lyrics to as he permeates the various choices, sometimes entering a "zombie phase" as he mulls these over in his home.

He has also done significant research for other song parodies to get facts and keywords for certain areas of knowledge, such as for "I Think I'm a Clone Now" or hospitals for "Like a Surgeon". Yankovic has documented all these past lyrical attempts, first through binders and then computerized in case he needs to go back for future songs. Most of Yankovic's studio albums include a polka medley of about a dozen contemporary songs at the time of the album, with the choruses or memorable lines of various songs juxtaposed for humorous effect.

In Yankovic's early career, before recording his first album, he had performed such polka medleys in live shows in California, though then using songs from lesser-known bands like Bad Brains and the Plasmatics. He had been inspired to do so from Spike Jones, who had transitioned classical music into polka. The resulting "Polkas on 45", which featured songs from DevoDeep PurpleBerlinand The Beatleswas popular, and the polka medley became a staple of all but one of Yankovic's future albums.

Yankovic stated that he does not have any unreleased original songs, instead coming up and committing to the song ideas he arrives at for his albums and other releases.

One of Yankovic's recurring jokes involves the number It is mentioned in the lyrics of several songs, and seen on the covers for Running with ScissorsPoodle Hat [89] and Straight Outta Lynwood. He had originally just pulled the number 27 as a random figure to use in filling out lyrics, but as his fans started to notice the reuse of the number after the first few times, he began to purposely drop references to 27 within his lyrics, videos, and album covers. He explains that "It's just a number I started using that people started attaching a lot of importance to.

A number of songs use the phrase "internal organs". Another recurring joke is his attraction to female nostrils or nostrils in general. Yankovic also asks his celebrity guests if they could "shave his back for a nickel". This also appears in the song "Albuquerque". Yankovic has also put two backmasking messages into his songs. While Yankovic's musical parodies generally do not include references to the songs or the artists of the original songs, Yankovic's music videos will sometimes parody the original song's music video in whole or in part.

The video for " Dare to Be Stupid " is, as stated by Yankovic, a style parody in general of Devo videos. Several videos have included appearances by notable celebrities in addition to Yankovic and his band. The video for " I Lost on Jeopardy " includes an appearance by Greg Kihnthe artist whose song, "Jeopardy", was being parodied, along with Don Pardo and Art FlemingJeopardy's original announcer and host, as themselves.

Florence Henderson plays an Amish seductress in "Amish Paradise". While most videos that Yankovic creates are aired on music channels such as MTV and VH1Yankovic worked with animation artists to create music videos for release with extended content albums. The DualDisc version of Straight Outta Lynwood features six videos set to songs from the release, including videos created by Bill Plympton and John Kricfalusi ; one video, "Weasel Stomping Day" was created by the producers of the show Robot Chickenand aired as a segment of that Album).

For the AlpocalypseYankovic produced videos for every song; four of those were previously released for each of the songs on the EP Internet Leakswith the videos for the remaining songs released via social media sites and included in the deluxe edition of Alpocalypse. These live-action and animated videos were produced by both previous collaborators such as Plympton for "TMZ", [42] video content providers like Jib-Jab and SuperNews!

To help promote his album Mandatory Fun in social media circles, Yankovic produced eight music videos for the album releasing them over eight consecutive days with release of the album, believing it "would make an impact because people would be talking about the album all week long".

He chose to distribute the videos to different portals to avoid burdening any single one with all of the costs and work needed to produce them. This approach proved to be successful, as the total collection of videos had acquired more than 20 million views in the first week. Under the " fair use " provision of U. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. I don't want to be embroiled in any nastiness.

That's not how I live my life. I like everybody to be in on the joke and be happy for my success. I take pains not to burn bridges. Separately, Yankovic needs to negotiate for royalties to the original artists for including their songs within a polka medley, which is considered a cover in copyright law.

This created difficulties in recording his first medley "Polkas on 45" since it involved thirteen different royalty schemes, but since then he has established a relationship with most large music publishers to easily secure the license to use their songs.

Many artists parodied by Yankovic have considered this as a rite of passage to show they have made it in the music industry. Michael Jackson was a big fan of Yankovic, and Yankovic claimed Jackson "had always been very supportive" of his work. When Jackson granted Yankovic permission to do "Fat", Jackson allowed him to use the same set built for his own " Badder " video from the Moonwalker film.

This refusal, coming shortly after the commercial failure of Yankovic's movie UHF in theaters, had initially set Yankovic back; he later recognized this as a critical time as, while searching for new parodies, he came across Nirvana, leading to a revitalization of his career with "Smells Like Nirvana". Additionally, Cobain described Yankovic as "America's modern pop-rock genious [sic]" in his posthumously released personal notebook.

Those wacky lawyers! What ya gonna do? I'm not sure why, and I've obviously never been very happy about it. 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.

InYankovic directed the music video for their song " Mixed Up S. 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.

Additionally, George Lucas loved the song and a Lucasfilm representative told Yankovic, "You should have seen the smile on his face. Chamillionaire stated in an interview, "He's actually rapping pretty good on it, it's crazy [ It's really an honor when he does that.

It was so big overseas that people were telling me they had heard my version of Weird Al's song. InYankovic 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.

Yankovic states that his style parodies have also been met with positive remarks by the original artist. He also noted positive reactions he got through friends his band members have, such as from Frank Black of The Pixies for "First World Problems" and Southern Culture on the Skids for "Lame Claim to Fame", and a similar praise when he encountered Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, and Nash on the street, and was able to play his recently completed "Mission Statement" for him.

One of Yankovic's most controversial parodies was 's "Amish Paradise", based on " Gangsta's Paradise " by hip-hop artist Coolio, which, in turn, was based on " Pastime Paradise " by Stevie Wonder. Reportedly, Coolio's label gave Yankovic the impression that Coolio had granted permission to record the parody, but Coolio maintains that he never did. While Coolio claimed he was upset, legal action never materialized, and Coolio accepted royalty payments for the song.

After this controversy, Yankovic has always made sure to speak directly with the artist of every song he parodied. On his website, Yankovic wrote of this event, "I don't remember what we said to each other exactly, but it was all very friendly.

I doubt I'll be invited to Coolio's next birthday party, but at least I can stop wearing that bulletproof vest to the mall.

InRed Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea told Behind the Music that he was unimpressed and disappointed by Yankovic's song "Bedrock Anthem", which parodied two of the band's songs. He was quoted as stating, "I didn't think it was very good. I enjoy Weird Al's things, but I found it unimaginative.

On numerous occasions, Prince refused Yankovic permission to record parodies of his songs. Yankovic had stated in interviews prior to Prince's death in that he had "approached him every few years [to] see if he's lightened up".

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is a self-proclaimed Yankovic fan, but when Yankovic wished to create a polka medley of Led Zeppelin songs, Page refused. Paul McCartneyalso 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".

While never Life As A Father - Jeff Foxworthy - You Might Be A Redneck If. (CD for an album, Yankovic did play parts of "Chicken Pot Pie" as part of a larger medley in several tours during the s.

InYankovic was denied permission to make a video for " Couch Potato ", his parody of Eminem 's " Lose Yourself ". Yankovic believes that Eminem thought that the video would be harmful to his image. However, after Yankovic had recorded "You're Pitiful", Blunt's label, Atlantic Recordsrescinded this permission, despite Blunt's personal approval of the song. Yankovic released the song as a free download on his MySpace profile, as well as his official website, and plays it in concert, since it was not Blunt himself objecting to the parody.

Yankovic was considering a complete polka medley with only U2 songs, but was denied the rights by the band. Yankovic often describes his live concert performances as "a rock and comedy multimedia extravaganza" [] with an audience that "ranges from toddlers to geriatrics". InYankovic toured overseas for the first time. BeforeYankovic and his band had toured only the United States and parts of Canada.

Yankovic has invited members of the st Legion on stage during performances of his Star Wars -themed songs " Yoda " and "The Saga Begins", recruiting members of local garrisons club chapters while on tour.

In appreciation, the st inducted Yankovic as a "Friend of the Legion" in September He performed his first ever European mini-tour, including an appearance at the All Tomorrow's Parties music festival in MineheadEngland in December Yankovic was picked to perform by the Canadian band Godspeed You! Black Emperorwho curated the festival's lineup. Yankovic played three other dates in the UK around his festival appearance before performing a single date in the Netherlands.

A second concert film, "Weird Al" Yankovic Live! As before, video clips apart from those for his own videos and unreleased songs were edited out for legal reasons. Following the release of Mandatory FunYankovic toured across the United States, Canada, and selected overseas venues in the " Mandatory World Tour " from throughprincipally featuring songs from this album.

On this tour, he performed mostly original songs not parodies and did not use costumes, props, or video screens. Comedian Emo Philips was the opening act. Starting in JuneYankovic went on his "Strings Attached Tour", where he performed every show backed by a forty-one piece orchestra assembled from local musicians. The concerts finished with a large flashy production around Star Warsincluding his songs "The Saga Begins" and " Yoda ".

With his four-decade career, Yankovic's work has also influenced newer artists. InMark Riedl, Life As A Father - Jeff Foxworthy - You Might Be A Redneck If. (CD researcher at Georgia Techcreated an algorithm that generates lyrics to match the rhyme and syllable schemes of preexisting songs. The algorithm was called "Weird A. Yankovic" in reference to Yankovic's similar song parodies. A satire of the television and film industries, also starring Michael RichardsFran Drescherand Victoria Jacksonit brought floundering studio Orion their highest test scores since the movie RoboCop.

The snack consists of an overturned Twinkie split open as a makeshift bun, a hot dogand Easy Cheese put together and dipped in milk before eating. Yankovic has stated that he has switched to using tofu hot dogs since becoming a vegetarian, but still enjoys the occasional Twinkie Wiener Sandwich.

These shows typically included some of Yankovic's videos to date and previews of songs on the upcoming album. A recurring segment of Al TV involves Yankovic manipulating interviews for comic effect.

He inserts himself into a previously conducted interview with a musician, and then manipulates his questions, resulting in bizarre and comic responses from the celebrity. The Weird Al Show was a live action skit-based children's show hosted by Yankovic, airing from September to December on CBSwhich featured several actors and bands as guests along with Yankovic and other actors.

It was designed to be part of CBS's mandated Educational or Informative programming to teach children morals. The show had a troubled production due to this requirement and the desire by CBS to follow in the success of Pee-wee's Playhouseleading to the show's cancellation after one episode season.

The entire series was released on DVD by Shout! Factory on August 15, VH1 produced a Behind the Music episode on Yankovic. Also, Coolio's later disapproval of "Amish Paradise" was played up as a large feud. Much was also made over his apparent lack of a love life, though he got married shortly after the program aired. The episode was updated and re-released in early as part of the "Behind the Music Remastered" series.

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