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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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  • RoomForSymmetry

    "every Al fan has their "era" of his that they grew up with, for me 90s Al is where my heart lies" I have great memories of going to buy his albums. I bought "Bad Hair Day" on cassette and "The Saga Begins" on CD. Now he's toping iTunes and digital music charts. That is so awesome!

    4 Sep 9:11pm Reply
  • auron3000

    This man is an amazing artist!

    3 Sep 12:39am Reply
  • iPowers

    Handy > Fancy

    25 Aug 2:31pm Reply
  • Farouchette

    FIRST WORLD, FIRST WORLD PROBLEEEMS

    11 Aug 1:59am Reply
  • John__Lemon

    REALLY not feeling the new album

    9 Aug 8:24am Reply
  • BreakfastPills

    New album almost couldn't be more relevant. Incredible. Many of the parodies/polka songs can still be heard on radio.

    8 Aug 2:58am Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    every Al fan has their "era" of his that they grew up with, for me 90s Al is where my heart lies (and 80s since I had all his records from an early age) but I do still enjoy whenever he puts out new material. He is indeed the gold standard!

    7 Aug 6:43pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    I think if rap had better lyrics, it'd have more appeal, considering that's essentially all it is. 'Good' hip hop has breaks, but just simple phrasing doesn't really add parts...just emphasizes certain vocal lines. Pop music is in a similar position, but not quite as intensely. Hip hop DOES have Ontologics, to be fair...which fuses progressive rock rhythms well, but I think between niche and well written pop there are timeless artists. Depeche Mode has some poorly aged material, but Violator aged amazingly well, as did Songs of Faith in Devotion. A pattern I'm seeing is that the pop artists that continue to have appeal are either nostalgic or experimental. A lot of rock is pretty confrontational, just not the mainstream, radio bands...Egypt Central's first album comes to mind. It's not sad that a parody artist hit #1, though that does reflect somewhat poorly on serious music. Sometimes parody is even better than what it's parodying, though, like Carach Angren.

    6 Aug 5:07am Reply
  • LukarioXO

    (cont.) Rock and pop have always had more crossover appeal than hip hop, too, so it makes sense that even a popular hip hop artist might not be well-known to the general public while a successful rock/pop artist will. Pretty much any place where adult contemporary thrives, artists like Florence + The Machine will, too. The music is inoffensive, isn't confrontational, and doesn't really sound unpleasant. Meanwhile, you're not going to hear stuff like "Turn Down for What," or "Up Down (Do This All Day)," or "Fancy" at a restaurant or mall any time soon.

    3 Aug 10:18am Reply
  • LukarioXO

    This is totally just my opinion, but I think the reason that artists like T-Pain don't have as much staying power as people like Florence Welch and Lizzy Grant is because T-Pain is pretty much only a singles artist while the other two put a lot of effort behind marketing their albums. Then again, aside from a few songs, I don't think Florence + The Machine will be that well known in twenty years. Lizzy Grant tries to be a lot edgier with her music, so I don't know where she'll be in twenty years.

    3 Aug 10:17am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Pop music always had its share of poor artists and a handful of good ones that stand the test of time...the only real difference is that these days it's based on repetition and the past pop musicians were more focused on catchiness. Florence + The Machine and Lana Del Ray will be remembered, T-Pain and such...not as much.

    2 Aug 8:16pm Reply
  • Akyde

    It's okay to like Weird Al now because Fan-Fan does too.

    1 Aug 4:28pm Reply
  • Filthytaste

    Mandatory Fun is pretty clearly one of his best albums in a while. Pop music for too long has been flash in the pan crap, and by the time Weird Al did the song it was just sort of that "oh yeah he covered that song that's so 20lastyear". Thankfully recently their's been a slew of pop music with staying power [Happy, Blurred Lines, Radioactive, all of the songs on the Polka] and it's a far superior album to anything since.. Poodle Hat? I give Mandatory Fun a strong 7 to a light 8.

    1 Aug 12:08pm Reply
  • 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
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