The Process of Polka

Is AL-TV returning or did you find a nice interview? Just tell the folks here.

Moderator: Moderators

The Process of Polka

Postby TMBJon » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:20 pm

Check out this excerpt by famed Weird Al author Nathan Rabin on the process Al goes through to write and produce his polka medleys:
https://www.avclub.com/exclusive-book-e ... 1819695905

Lots of new nuggets in here!
I couldn't tell a dirt clod from a plate of caviar.
User avatar
TMBJon
Deliriously Dedicated
 
Posts: 20471
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 0 post
Joined: Fri Jun 13, 2003 4:24 pm
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Re: The Process of Polka

Postby minnick27 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:08 pm

Yeah I really want to hear these local polkas he did!

Sent from my LG-K550 using Tapatalk
Talking about music is like fishing about architecture- FZ
User avatar
minnick27
Off The Deep End
 
Posts: 6483
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 0 post
Joined: Tue Jan 15, 2002 2:00 am
Location: philly

Re: The Process of Polka

Postby TMBJon » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:52 am

minnick27 wrote:Yeah I really want to hear these local polkas he did!

I know. Al covered Bad Brains!?!?!
I couldn't tell a dirt clod from a plate of caviar.
User avatar
TMBJon
Deliriously Dedicated
 
Posts: 20471
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 0 post
Joined: Fri Jun 13, 2003 4:24 pm
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Re: The Process of Polka

Postby HalifaxKat » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:06 am

Thanks, that was a great read! Definitely some nuggets there.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
― Albert Einstein
User avatar
HalifaxKat
Regular
 
Posts: 343
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 0 post
Joined: Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:10 pm
Location: Vancouver, Canada

Re: The Process of Polka

Postby Margarita » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:48 am

When Yankovic finishes recording a polka medley, they figure out exactly what percentage each song takes up, and negotiate with that song’s publisher to pay that percentage of the regular royalty.

For instance, on that first polka, The Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” takes up roughly 7 percent of the song. The Clash’s publisher would have to agree to take 7 percent of their usual fee. Instead of paying 13 royalties, Al would pay one royalty, split 13 ways.

It's a great article, but I didn't quite get this percentage counting system. Do they count the percentage of the song they took from the original song, or the percentage the song takes up in the polka medley? :huh:
User avatar
Margarita
Occasional
 
Posts: 125
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 0 post
Joined: Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:25 pm
Location: Siberia

Re: The Process of Polka

Postby minnick27 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:15 pm

Margarita wrote:
When Yankovic finishes recording a polka medley, they figure out exactly what percentage each song takes up, and negotiate with that song’s publisher to pay that percentage of the regular royalty.

For instance, on that first polka, The Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” takes up roughly 7 percent of the song. The Clash’s publisher would have to agree to take 7 percent of their usual fee. Instead of paying 13 royalties, Al would pay one royalty, split 13 ways.

It's a great article, but I didn't quite get this percentage counting system. Do they count the percentage of the song they took from the original song, or the percentage the song takes up in the polka medley? :huh:
They pay based on how much time it takes up on Als version. So if Al did a 15 minute polka with 3 5 minute songs hes using 100% of their song, but its only 33% of his song. Obviously this is an extreme example, but the math was easy for this early

Sent from my LG-K550 using Tapatalk
Talking about music is like fishing about architecture- FZ
User avatar
minnick27
Off The Deep End
 
Posts: 6483
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 0 post
Joined: Tue Jan 15, 2002 2:00 am
Location: philly

Re: The Process of Polka

Postby Margarita » Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:25 pm

minnick27 wrote:Margarita wrote:
When Yankovic finishes recording a polka medley, they figure out exactly what percentage each song takes up, and negotiate with that song’s publisher to pay that percentage of the regular royalty.

For instance, on that first polka, The Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” takes up roughly 7 percent of the song. The Clash’s publisher would have to agree to take 7 percent of their usual fee. Instead of paying 13 royalties, Al would pay one royalty, split 13 ways.

It's a great article, but I didn't quite get this percentage counting system. Do they count the percentage of the song they took from the original song, or the percentage the song takes up in the polka medley?
They pay based on how much time it takes up on Als version. So if Al did a 15 minute polka with 3 5 minute songs hes using 100% of their song, but its only 33% of his song. Obviously this is an extreme example, but the math was easy for this early

Ok, now I can see it! Thank you! :)
User avatar
Margarita
Occasional
 
Posts: 125
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 0 post
Joined: Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:25 pm
Location: Siberia


Return to TV & Media

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 18 guests