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Postby Yankovic-Gretzky » Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:48 am

Watch 'Weird Al's Perfect Postgame Press Conference Parody
Yep, that's Yankovic starring as 'Grizzled Coach' in a seriously spot-on spoof of every sports presser ever
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'Weird Al' Yankovic's Dream Super Bowl Show: Coolio on Wires, All-Star Duets, Thousands of Amish People
The comic singer gives us an idea of what is perfect Super Bowl halftime show would look like
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Watch 'Weird Al' Record Surreal 'Yoda' Chant in Third Man Booth
A cappella breakdown has become live staple of pop parodist's 'Star Wars' homage
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Postby Genius in Maine » Sun Nov 01, 2015 1:20 am

Yankovic-Gretzky wrote:Watch 'Weird Al's Perfect Postgame Press Conference Parody
Yep, that's Yankovic starring as 'Grizzled Coach' in a seriously spot-on spoof of every sports presser ever
http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/vide ... z3q02jZSa9


Funny, because it's true :lol:
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Postby Yankovic-Gretzky » Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:32 am

'Weird Al' Succeeds Kid Cudi as 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Bandleader

Parody master will co-host fifth season of Scott Aukerman's absurdist IFC talk show

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"Weird Al" Yankovic has signed on as the new bandleader/co-host of Comedy Bang! Bang!, Scott Aukerman's absurdist IFC talk show. The parody master will follow rapper Kid Cudi, who held the position for 20 episodes, and musical improv-comic Reggie Watts (now James Corden's side-kick at The Late Late Show), who appeared in the first 70 episodes.

"If you would have told me, when I was a teenager, listening and laughing along to Al's In 3-D album, that one day I would partner up with him, I would have asked who you were and how you got in my room. Then I would have politely shown you the door. Because that's how I was raised," Aukerman said in a statement.

Production is underway for the show's upcoming fifth season, which will air 20 half-hour episodes starting this spring. Yankovic made five Bang! Bang! appearances since the program's 2012 debut, most recently as the featured guest on the aptly titled 2015 episode "'Weird Al' Yankovic Wears a Different Hawaiian Shirt." Comedy Bang! Bang! marks the comic musician's first weekly TV series role since The Weird Al Show in 1997.

Yankovic's most recent LP, 2014's Mandatory Fun, includes parodies of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," Lorde's "Royals," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive." The album, his 14th overall, won Best Comedy Album at the 2015 Grammys.

"It never gets old," Yankovic said during his acceptance speech. "For the first week after I've won a Grammy, I have it fixed to my forehead with woodscrews, like a Grammy unicorn. Then I take it off and put it on a shelf somewhere."
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Postby Yankovic-Gretzky » Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:26 am

'Weird Al' Yankovic Schedules Second Sprawling 'Mandatory Fun' Tour

78-date trek set to begin in June and continue throughout summer

By Jon Blistein February 23, 2016

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"Weird Al" Yankovic will follow his massive 2015 world tour with a 78-date North American trek in support of his 2014 Grammy-winning album, Mandatory Fun.

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The proceedings begin June 3rd at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida, continue throughout the summer and end with a September 24th date at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The trek also includes a concert at Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry House on June 16th, and a two-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, July 22nd and 23rd. A complete list of dates is below.

Pre-sale tickets for the Return of the Mandatory World Tour will be available February 24th at 10 a.m. local time. General sale dates have yet to be announced, though information will be made available on Yankovic's website.

Along with his extensive tour itinerary, "Weird Al" is also set to appear as the new bandleader and co-host of Comedy Bang! Bang!, Scott Aukerman's surreal IFC talk show. Yankovic has made several appearance on the show — and Aukerman's podcast of the same name — but the gig marks his first regular TV series role since The Weird Al Show in 1997. Season Five of Comedy Bang! Bang! will feature 20 half-hour episodes and is set to begin this spring.

"Weird Al" Yankovic Tour Dates

June 3 — St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
June 4 — West Palm Beach, FL @ Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
June 5 — Fort Myers, FL @ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
June 7 — Mobile, AL @ Saenger Theatre
June 9 — Lakeland, FL @ Youkey Theatre
June 10 — Miami, FL @ Adrienne Arsht Center
June 12 — Birmingham, AL @ BJCC
June 15 — Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater
June 16 — Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry
June 17 — Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center
June 18 — Greensboro, NC @ White Oak Amphitheatre
June 19 — Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
June 21 — Portsmouth, VA @ Portsmouth Pavilion
June 22 — Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome Theatre
June 24 — Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Theatre
June 25 — Bay City, MI @ Veterans Memorial Park
June 26 — Ft. Wayne, IN @ Foellinger Theatre
June 28 — Evansville, IN @ Victory Theatre
July 1 — Toledo, OH @ Toledo Zoo Amphitheater
July 2 — Aurora, IL @ RiverEdge Park
July 3 — Merrillville, IN @ Star Plaza Theatre
July 6 — Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
July 7 — Indianapolis, IN @ White River State Park
July 8 — Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
July 9 — Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theatre
July 10 — Southaven, MS @ BankPlus Amphitheater
July 12 — Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
July 14 — Houston, TX @ Brown Theater at Wortham Center
July 15 — Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live
July 16 — Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House
July 17 — Enid, OK @ Enid Event Center
July 19 — El Paso, TX @ Plaza Theatre
July 21 — San Diego, CA @ CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
July 22 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
July 23 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
July 24 — San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
July 26 — Seattle, WA @ Woodland Park Zoo
July 27 — Seattle, WA @ Woodland Park Zoo
July 28 — Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
July 29 — Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater
July 30 — Rohnert Park, CA @ Sonoma State University
August 2 — Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
August 3 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
August 5 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
August 7 — Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
August 9 — Cedar Rapids, IA @ McGrath Amphitheater
August 10 — Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Theater
August 13 — Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip Campground
August 14 — Regina, SK @ Conexus Arts Centre
August 15 — Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
August 18 — Thunder Bay, ON @ Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
August 19 — Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
August 20 — Appleton, WI @ Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
August 21 — Madison, WI @ Overture Hall
August 23 — Rockford, IL @ Coronado Performing Arts Center
August 24 — Paducah, KY @ The Carson Center
August 26 — Grand Rapids, MI @ DeVos Performance Hall
August 27 — Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
August 28 — Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center
August 30 — Wilmington, DE @ The Playhouse Theatre
September 1 — Lowell, MA @ Boarding House Park
September 2 — Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire
September 3 — Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
September 4 — Big Flats, NY @ The Budweiser Summer Stage at Tag’s
September 7 — Columbia, SC @ Koger Center for the Arts
September 8 — Wilmington, NC @ Cape Fear Community College
September 9 — Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
September 10 — Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
September 11 — Vienna, VA @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
September 13 — Hershey, PA @ Hershey Theatre
September 14 — Providence, RI @ Providence Performing Arts Center
September 16 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center
September 17 — Schenectady, NY @ Proctor’s Theatre
September 18 — Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theatre
September 22 — Charleston, WV @ Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences
September 23 — Atlantic City, NJ @ Caesars Atlantic City
September 24 — New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall

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"Weird Al" Yankovic will hit the road again in support of his 2014 album 'Mandatory Fun,' scheduling a 78-date trek set to span the entire summer C Flanigan/Getty

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Postby Yankovic-Gretzky » Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:21 pm

'Weird Al' Yankovic on Parodying 'Star Wars,' Joining 'Comedy Bang! Bang!'

"I couldn't have picked a more unlikely route to pop stardom," says singer-accordionist, gearing up for summer tour

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In a new interview, 'Weird Al' Yankovic looks ahead to his summer tour, assesses the legacy of 'UHF' and estimates how many times he's performed "Fat." Andrew Hetherington/Redux

"Weird Al" Yankovic played about 100 concerts last year in support of Mandatory Fun — the first Number One album of his career — but it turns out that was just the warmup. He just announced an additional 78 shows that will keep him on the road steadily from early June all the way through late September, a pace that would make even road warriors Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson gulp. Instead of resting up, he's spending his time right now working as the new co-host/bandleader on Comedy Bang! Bang! He somehow found time to call into Rolling Stone for a chat.

What drives you to do these long tours?

You kind of have to take advantage of the heat. Mandatory Fun was my biggest album, and it behooves me to tour as much as I can behind it. I've learned from experience that after two years, we see diminishing returns. If I went back for a third year, people would go, "Haven't we seen this already?" But two years feels about right. As long as people want to see the show, I want to provide it for them.

They are long long tours. It is a big stretch and it does kind of wear and tear on everybody, but we're still having a blast. The crowds are great. We're selling out virtually everywhere. It keeps the adrenaline going every night.

Will the show be similar to the one last year?

It's the same tour. It's probably going to be the very same set list. We might change some of the film bits around to update it a bit, but it is a continuation of the Mandatory Tour. People should not be expecting anything radically different.

It's always bittersweet whenever I announce the tour dates. People are always like, "How come you're not playing Denver on this tour?" "Well, we played Denver twice on this tour. It was last year. It's the same tour." "And how come I don't see Australia on the list?" "That's because I was there last month." People don't seem to understand that I can't be everywhere at all times.

What occupies your day on tour when you're not onstage?

I basically take it as easy as I possibly can because when I'm doing a four- or five-month tour, the last thing you wanna do is wear yourself out or lose your voice. I lead a fairly monk-like existence. I spend most of my waking hours surfing the Internet or watching satellite TV or reading a book, resting my voice and taking it very easy. I don't generally go out sightseeing. I made an exception when we played Europe last year because I figured, "How often do I get a chance to go out and see what Belgium is like?" But more often than not, it's me just keeping to myself and keeping an extremely low profile.

Does your family travel with you?

They don't come on extended runs with me. They toured with me before my daughter was of school age, but she just turned 13. Not only does that make it harder, but I certainly wouldn't want to take her out of school to go on the road with me. And plus, it's not the kind of thing that's really fun for your family for an extended period of time. Going on the road is mostly travel or being backstage. The novelty wears off very quickly.

I see you're playing two night at the Hollywood Bowl. I know those are going to be special shows.

Really special, yeah. We're doing a shorter set because the Bowl will not let you go over. I think 84 minutes is the cutoff. It's going to be a truncated set, but on the positive side, the show show is with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. So as we speak there is an arranger that is arranging my set for them. I'm extremely excited about it. I'm going to be playing all the hits with an orchestra. I never imagined "Smells Like Nirvana" with strings before, but you're gonna hear it that night.

How many times do you think you've played "Fat" at this point in your life?

Oh, gosh [laughs]. I'd have to do that math. It's possibly a thousand. I've done over 1,500 shows at this point. And since that song came out in 1988, we're probably getting to four figures.

Why do you end every show with "Yoda?"

It's become kind of traditional. It's an old-school hit. It's something that I've almost literally done at every show I've done since 1980. It generally feels good at the end of the set. For one tour, we tried it in the middle of the show, and it just didn't feel right. It feels like a show closer.

Were you tempted to do a new Star Wars song when the last movie came out?

It's a thought that crossed my mind, certainly, and everybody on my Twitter feed was like, "Oh! You have to do another Star Wars song." In fact, a few years ago I teased, "You know, I do a Star Wars song every 20 years like clockwork. It could be about that time." But I looked at it practically. I've already got two Star Wars songs in my set, both of which I pretty much have to play because of fan demand. If I had a third Star Wars song, it just sort of becomes the Star Wars show. So for that reason alone, I kind of feel like I probably should just keep it at two.

There's something so great about the fact "The Saga Begins" is detailed breakdown of the plot of the absolute worst one. And I gotta give you credit for working the word "Midi-chlorians" into a song. That's no easy feat.

[Laughs] I saw something online about a certain order you're supposed to watch the Star Wars movies in.

Machete Order?

Yeah, that's it. Some people have amended it to, instead of watching Phantom Menace, just listen to my song.

So your album deal is officially over? You're no longer signed to any label?

It is, yeah. I fulfilled it with Mandatory Fun. So I signed it in 1982 and I fulfilled it in 2014.

Are you going to sign to another label or are you done making albums?

My record company came to bat and offered me quite a nice deal to sign with them again. It was very tempting. But I've been under contract for so long, I just kind of want to not be under contract for awhile. It's part of my personality. I don't like being in debt. I don't like feeling like I owe people things. The whole time I was under my record contact, there was this thing in the back of my mind like, "I've got so many albums to go to fulfill this contract. I owe them so many albums." And I sleep a little better at night just knowing that I don't owe anybody anything.

In the future are you just going to put out songs when you feel like it?

Yeah. That's the plan. I mean, I'm in no hurry. That's the other nice thing. I'm not on a schedule. Nobody is breathing down my neck going, "When's the next song coming out? When is the next album coming out?" It's purely going to be on my own schedule. That could be aggressive or it could be very relaxed. And so far, it's been pretty relaxed because a lot of other projects are taking up my time. The general plan is that at some point I'll start recording songs and just releasing them online. We'll see what happens.

I imagine that you can get a song out when the original is still high on the charts if you wanted.

I certainly have that potential now since I don't have to wait to release music until I have 12 songs. And if I'm talking about doing something digitally, I don't even have to wait until product is manufactured. I can just put it up online. I've already done that once with my T.I. parody, "Whatever You Like." It was exciting for me to have that quick response. Hopefully when I jump back into it, I'll be doing more of that.

You can get your music to millions of people with Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, so a label really can't offer you all that much.

My label has been extremely helpful and supportive for many years, and there's a definitive advantage to being with a label. But if you're a well-known artist, you can also hire third party vendors to fulfill the many tasks that a label would provide. And you don't have to give away a large chunk of your royalties or be beholden to anybody. I'm not going to draw any hard lines and say that I'll never do that again, but I feel like being an independent artist at this point in my career. It's a comfortable way for me to go.

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"Nobody was more surprised that I wound up having a career than me," says Yankovic. Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns/Getty

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How is Comedy Bang! Bang! going?

It's going great. I haven't had "day job" in 20 years. Working on a TV series is hard. It's getting up at the crack of dawn every morning, which is certainly going against my personal body clock, and working long days. But every day is a thrill for me. I get to work with the funniest people in the world. We do written sketches, we do improv. I am really having a blast. Scott [Aukerman] is great. He's a genius, and the writers are phenomenal, and I'm having the best time.

Was it a hard decision to take the job?

No. It was literally the day after I got off the road from my big five-month summer tour. I didn't have any plans going forward. I thought, "I'm going to take some time off. I'm sure something will come up. I'll be offered something I can't turn down." And the next morning, I check my e-mail and the first e-mail is from Scott saying, "Hey. You wanna be the new bandleader on Comedy Bang! Bang!" Comedy Bang! Bang! is one of my all-time favorite shows. How often do you get offered the chance to co-star in one of your favorite shows? I said to him, "I'm gonna have to run this by some other people that are personally vested in my career, but I'll tell you right now this is something that I want to do."

For once, it's not something that totally rests on your shoulders.

It's Scott's show. He's running the show, and I'm basically there to support him. But I'm certainly featured in the show. I write and play all the musical bumpers in and out. Scott has written me into a lot of sketches. It's nice to not have the burden or everything falling on me. I'm not directing. I'm not writing. I'm just there to have a good time.

Are you there indefinitely? Are you going to do next season?

We'll see. I'd like to. Scott actually said to me, "How are you feeling about doing this beyond Season Five?" I think I said to him, "I'll do this show until I'm dead. And even after that, you can Weekend at Bernie's me a few seasons after that."

Any chance you'll ever write and direct another movie?

I would love to. I've always been very open to the idea of doing another feature film. I had written a script for Cartoon Network about a decade ago. They hired me to do that and I was in the process when they had a regime change and it got tabled. It's difficult for me to justify spending a long time writing a script when I can spend that time on so many other things. I don't want to be just another guy in L.A. with a script in his drawer.

I mean, I would love to do another movie. If somebody made me an offer and creatively it felt like a good fit, I would love to do it. But I like to spend my time doing things that I know are going to come to fruition.

I would imagine the huge success of the last album would make it easier for you to get future projects off the ground going forward.
I certainly have a leg up on other people that haven't had this level of success. But at the same time, it's an uphill battle for me because I don't have a track record in feature films. I mean, UHF was a popular cult movie, but it wasn't a box-office success — that's what most people that run studios look at primarily.

It must be nice to just have a single movie, and it's one that has become so beloved.

It's nice, you know? It was very gratifying to me, and certainly healing after the box-office failure of UHF, that it's become such a big cult movie. I mean, the people that love it really, really love it. They have UHF tattoos. There are people that have seen it in the three digits. It's like Rocky Horror with some people. They have the whole thing memorized. It's nice the movie has had such a positive effect on so many people.

Wrapping up here, do you think you could have possibly picked a career less likely to give you long-lasting success then song parody artist?
Well, nobody was more surprised that I wound up having a career than me. I couldn't have picked a more unlikely route to pop stardom [laughs] than playing accordion in my bedroom into a cassette tape recorder. That was how it all started. Then in college I got a postcard from Dr. Demento saying that "My Bologna" had been number one on the Funny Five for two weeks in a row. And I just danced a jig. I thought to myself, "It's never going to get any better than this."
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Postby Yankovic-Gretzky » Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:29 am

'Weird Al': 5 Songs to Scare the Neighbors
Pop-parody king on his favorite off-color sonic oddities

BY ROLLING STONE March 16, 2016

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"Weird Al" Yankovic knows a good song when he hears one — four decades' worth of spot-on parodies can attest to that. But the singer-accordionist, who's gearing up for a summer tour in support of 2014's hit Mandatory Fun LP, also has an ear for the offbeat, as this playlist demonstrates. "I want to stress that these are not bad songs," Yankovic told Rolling Stone of his selections. "I personally really like all of them. All I'm saying is, this is a sampling of tunes that most people wouldn't particularly appreciate hearing through their bedroom wall at two o'clock in the morning."

I think most critics at Rolling Stone would probably agree that the creative pinnacle of Styx's body of work would have to be the unlisted track on their third album, The Serpent is Rising, known as "Plexiglass Toilet." It's a jaunty little calypso number told from the perspective of a caring mother who admonishers her son not to sit down on a Plexiglass toilet, and also that he should "wipe his butt clean with the paper, to make it nice for everyone." Certainly sound, solid advice, and a catchy tune to boot. But I imagine if need be this song could be used as a nonviolent way to torture political prisoners, sort of the audio equivalent of waterboarding.

I don't think that Styx are particularly proud of this one. It's a deep cut. I don't think they do that very much in concert these days, but it was big on the Dr. Demento Show back in the day. I certainly enjoy it more than some of their hits.

This is a 30-second song by Parry Gripp from Nerf Herder. He creates short and insanely catchy jingles and Internet memes, and he’s a master at producing earworms. “Up Butt Coconut,” is particularly subversive. If you listen to the song on repeat long enough, you actually start to think that it might be a good idea to stick a coconut up your butt, or maybe that's just me. I don't know."

This is probably the most obscure one on the list. When I was nine years old, I loved The Blob, the original 1950s movie with Steve McQueen. A local TV station in L.A. played it every night for a week, and I watched it every single time. And for me, the best part was always the theme song by the Five Blobs, which played over the opening credits. "Beware of the blob/It creeps, it leaps, and glides and slides across the floor." I found out much later that the song was written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David. Not Hal David, mind you, but Mack, his brother. One of the very first Burt Bacharach hits, actually. It's a really catchy tune, and it has a great, memorable, iconic sax solo, but if you listen to it for 10 hours on a continuous loop, there's a good chance it'll drive you clinically insane.

John Hartford, you might remember, was an extremely well-respected folk, country and bluegrass artist. He was a regular on the Smothers Brothers variety show back in the 1960s, and he also composed the huge Glen Campbell hit "Gentle on My Mind." But for me, John Hartford will always be remembered as the guy who recorded "Boogie." It's an aggressively weird solo a cappella track on which he repeatedly grunts and growls about exactly how and where he'd like to "boogie woogie woogie with you." It's equal parts funny and disturbing, and I would think the ideal thing to use to break your lease when played at high volumes.

Larry "Wild Man" Fischer was a certified bipolar, acute schizophrenic street musician who was discovered by Frank Zappa in the late 1960s. Zappa produced his first album, which is called An Evening With Wild Man Fischer. The album's long been out of print, and from what I've been told, the Zappa estate has chosen to never re-release it. I guess you could say "Merry Go Round" was the "hit" from that album. Over loopy percussion, Larry yelps — I'm gonna say, an infinite number of times — that we should join him as he goes up and down on a merry-go-round. It's a really joyous song. It's primal, and certainly impassioned, but I imagine that if you had to listen to it on repeat for an entire weekend you might need to be institutionalized yourself.
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Postby Yankovic-Gretzky » Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:37 pm

Flashback: Weird Al's Rejected Wings Parody, 'Chicken Pot Pie'

Paul McCartney wouldn't approve a "Live and Let Die" parody that condoned consumption of animal flesh

BY ANDY GREENE May 26, 2016

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Although he's never tested it in a court of law, "Weird Al" Yankovic doesn't technically have to get permission from the artists he parodies. The 1994 Supreme Court case Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. established that parodies are protected by fair use laws, even if they make money for the creator of the parody. Still, "Weird Al" says he doesn't want to test any possible legal gray areas and doesn't want to anger anyone he's parodying, so he always makes sure they're cool with it before he goes ahead with a new song. They then share the money it generates.

Prince was the most famous person to consistently turn down Yankovic, rejecting his proposal to gently mock "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy," "Kiss" and many of his other hits. Paul McCartney was more open to the idea of a "Weird Al" parody, but he drew the line about 25 years ago when he was approached about a "Live and Let Die" take-off called "Chicken Pot Pie." Sample lyrics: "When we were young Bernie's Deli was down the block/He made great liver pâté/But if there's one thing in this world that I like better than a corn beef on rye/It's chicken pot pie."

"Paul didn't want me to do it because he's a strict vegetarian and he didn't want a parody that condoned the consumption of animal flesh," Yankovic recently told Conan O'Brien. "He said, 'You can do something else like tofu pot pie.' I said, 'No, the chorus of my song will be 'Bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk' and tofu doesn't make any noise. It's not going to work."

The complete rendition of "Chicken Pot Pie" never surfaced, but he did do a big chunk of it on a few 1990s tours as part of a medley. You can hear a recording of one right here. Just don't get inspired to eat an actual chicken pot pie because, you heard this: Paul McCartney wouldn't approve.
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Postby TMBJon » Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:08 am

Al is mentioned in the cover article on Lin-Manuel Miranda this week, as one of the "who's who of music legends" who has caught a performance of Hamilton.
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Re: Weird Al Yankovic on Rolling Stone

Postby Big Spoon » Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:52 am

Wow! A Rolling Stone article that someone posted before Yankovic-Gretzky! I never thought I'd see the day...
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Re: Weird Al Yankovic on Rolling Stone

Postby Yankovic-Gretzky » Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:36 am

See 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Hilarious Debate Parody 'Bad Hombres, Nasty Women'

"To stop a Cold War, what should we be doin'?/ Would you go thumb-wrestle Vladimir Putin?" he sings mocking third presidential debate

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... eo-w446071

"Weird Al" Yankovic teamed with Songify to relive the insult-laden third presidential election in the key of Bb minor for "Bad Hombres, Nasty Women."

"Weird Al" Yankovic teamed with Songify to relive the insult-laden third presidential election in the key of Bb minor for "Bad Hombres, Nasty Women."

Named after two of Donald Trump's more quotable moments, Yankovic serves as moderator for the Autotuned showdown, with Trump and Hillary Clinton "singing" about Russia, the Supreme Court and how "our country is dying big league, big league."

"Can everyone achieve for the American dream, or should they sign up for my Ponzi scheme," the parodist sings as moderator. "To stop a Cold War, what should we be doin'?/ Would you go thumb-wrestle Vladimir Putin?/ We have so many adversaries overseas/ Can we all agree to be frenemies?"

"Bad Hombres, Nasty Women" also features many of the third debate's better burns, from Clinton's quip about "Chinese steel" and Trump being Putin's puppet to the Republican nominee's proclamation that the election is "rigged." Still, Trump's quintessential "bad hombres" line gets the most play.
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