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"Weird Al" Yankovic

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Downey, Los Angeles CA, United States (1976 – present)

Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic (born October 23, 1959 in Downey, California) is an American singer-songwriter, music producer, actor, comedian, satirist, accordian player and kazooist. Yankovic is known in particular for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and that often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts. Since his first-aired song parody in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums—more than any other comedy act in history—recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and has performed more than 1,000 live shows. His works have earned him three Grammy Awards among nine nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic’s first top ten Billboard album (Straight Outta Lynwood) and single (“White & Nerdy”) were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career.

In addition to recording his albums, Yankovic has written and starred in his own film, UHF, and his own television show, The Weird Al Show, and directed music videos for himself and other artists including Ben Folds, Hanson, the Black Crowes and The Presidents of the United States of America. He has also made guest appearances on many television shows, in addition to starring in his own Al TV specials.

Though parodies earned him his fame, Yankovic has recorded a greater number of humorous songs with original tunes. Some of these pieces are pastiches (or style parodies), where he chooses a band’s entire body of work to emulate rather than any single hit, although Yankovic has many completely original pieces. Most of his albums include a medley which juxtaposes the choruses of various songs in a polka style to accordion music.

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  • Mearick

    All those dissing the new album are just tacky. :P

    29 Jul 11:53pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Wow, I know mandatory Fun clips the worst of his album, but his worst? As far as the actual song quality goes, it's very strong...unless you mean mainstream music gives him little to work with these days. Takes a lot to make songs like Foil amusing despite not having much to go off of the original, he did amazing given the state of modern radio.

    29 Jul 10:18pm Reply
  • Lewiswontdie95

    My response to most of these comments. "Everybody Shut up"...

    29 Jul 2:30pm Reply
  • Jonnyplops

    It's amazing his worst album made #1. Where was everyone for Bad Hair Day, Alapalooza, Running With Scissors, Even Worse, etc?

    28 Jul 1:27pm Reply
  • kelseymillz

    So happy to see Al is back in the music game! Mandatory Fun is absolutely genius :) My favorite is Tacky :P

    28 Jul 2:41am Reply
  • LukarioXO

    "You know music is bad mainstream wise when weird al is #1." It just means his viral marketing campaign via social media was successful. I generally like Weird Al's music, but I can't help but feel many people listen to it because it's a way for them to like mainstream music without having to admit they like mainstream music.

    26 Jul 9:18pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    From his Facebook: "Just announced at the San Diego ComicCon: This November, Shout! Factory will be releasing "UHF" on Blu-ray (finally!!) - and they'll also be releasing the long out-of-print mockumentary "The Compleat Al" on DVD." Awesome news!

    26 Jul 3:36pm Reply
  • WaddleDoo777

    So happy he is #1! :)

    24 Jul 7:20pm Reply
  • ddddbbbb

    #1 BILLBOARD WEIRD AL YEEEEEEEEEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    24 Jul 2:46pm Reply
  • jckdvnprt

    Don't be talking shit about Al

    24 Jul 12:02pm Reply
  • TylerSymes

    You know music is bad mainstream wise when weird al is #1.

    24 Jul 4:26am Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    Thanks for making crappy music fresh again, Al.

    22 Jul 9:34pm Reply
  • freya_ivyleaf

    Word Crimes is perfect!

    21 Jul 9:27pm Reply
  • Farouchette

    New album is awesome.

    20 Jul 9:37pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    New album is pretty awesome indeed, Word Crimes might be among his best songs ever.

    20 Jul 1:08am Reply
  • SunNeverDies

    dynamic polka song best in new album!

    19 Jul 10:11am Reply
  • Jonnyplops

    The only song I recognize on the new album is Happy by Pharrell lol. I knew a few in the polka song though.

    17 Jul 1:03am Reply
  • kungfulasers

    Really quite pleased with this new album.

    16 Jul 4:09pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    That's because older pop has a retro goofiness to it that modern pop doesn't have...and older pop used to have more transitions/less repetition and more catchiness.

    16 Jul 3:09pm Reply
  • jrs1991

    But the new album is still good.

    15 Jul 7:15pm Reply
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