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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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  • KingNoCrown


    14 May 10:12pm Reply
  • MsMoonlightt

    "It's all about the pentiums", "Amish Paradise" and "White and Nerdy" are the best parodies ever xD

    12 Apr 9:08pm Reply
  • mouthymerc

    Does anyone else want to wear his suit from I'm tacky?

    18 Mar 8:21am Reply
  • Foresterregn

    "foil" is glorious

    9 Mar 3:22pm Reply
  • ChristFollower3

    Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) –Romans 2:15

    12 Feb 9:13pm Reply
  • Kinga_Vicious

    My Sonicare won't recharge, now I gotta brush my teeth like a NEANDERTHAL!

    31 Jan 12:47pm Reply
  • WaddleDoo777

    Can't believe he just turned 55 ! He still looks and sounds so young!

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Washtali

    Mission Statement is dope as shit

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • DrownedGreg

    rare weird al shirt up on ebay:

    14 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Specific era? I actually don't like the material 2005 onwards as such because of the pop shoved down my throat while at high school and such and am more drawn towards the '90s material since that was the only true popular music on an era I enjoyed greatly.

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • sls

    MC Frontalot in the similar artists :) Not similar, but similarly awesome

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • scott_sea

    I love the new album, Mandatory Fun, but Off the Deep End is still his best album (IMHO).

    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • 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 2014 Reply
  • auron3000

    This man is an amazing artist!

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • iPowers

    Handy > Fancy

    25 Aug 2014 Reply
  • John__Lemon

    REALLY not feeling the new album

    9 Aug 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
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