"Weird Al" Yankovic

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2004 (The 2005 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2020 (ranked #252) .


Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Eat It (1984)
Smells Like Nirvana (1992)
White and Nerdy (2006)

"Weird Al" Yankovic @ Wikipedia

"Weird Al" Yankovic Videos

Will "Weird Al" Yankovic be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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Absolutely should "Weird Al" Yankovic get inducted. He is rock and roll's foremost humorist, having sold more comedy records than any other artist. Artists now consider it an honor for Al to make fun of them, as Kurt Cobain once said that he didn't really feel that Nirvana had "made it" until they had their own Weird Al parody.

Weird Al is in a class all to himself, however odd that class may be. But to ignore his contribution to the genre would leave a sizable gap in rock's history and heritage.

Make the Rock Hall "Weird"
http://www.allthingsyank.com/rockhall

Posted by Greg Method on Sunday, 07.30.06 @ 10:08am


"Weird Al" should definitely be inducted. He brought comedy-pop (or what ever you want to call it) to mainstream light, not to mention that the wit he shows in all his songs, parody or original, is undeniable.

Posted by Tom on Monday, 07.31.06 @ 06:49am


Absolutely! The bigger question is why isn't Al in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame already?

Posted by Elvis on Tuesday, 08.1.06 @ 08:43am


"Weird Al" has done the near impossible. He and his band have endured over two and a half decades in the turbulent music industry. They have amassed a very loyal following with their versatility of music and humor and have very rightfully earned a place in the Hall of Fame.

Posted by squirrelygirl on Sunday, 08.6.06 @ 11:59am


If God smoked Cannibus, Weird Al would be Jesus.

Posted by Elizabeth on Saturday, 12.16.06 @ 18:50pm


Critics could say that all he did was copy Alan Sherman, but Weird Al goes way beyond just parodys.
He reintroduced Polka back into the mainstream. He writes original songs ie: "That's Your Horoscope for Today." He has also been a producer, director and an actor.
Unfortunately he might only be considered only a comedy performer and not a "Rock Star". Which would just show the short sightedness of some people.

Posted by Mari on Tuesday, 01.9.07 @ 15:07pm


Actually, all of his "original songs" are still style parodies (that particular song parodies the styles of band like Reel Big Fish and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones).

Posted by William on Tuesday, 01.9.07 @ 17:56pm


Bottom Line:

His new album had his highest debut yet.

White and Nerdy is his biggest hit song ever.

Can anybody else say that they still haven't peaked after 27 years?

Posted by Jesse Hicks on Saturday, 01.27.07 @ 12:01pm


Look, plain and simple, Weird Al is the first to do what he does successfully, and that is take a song, and parody it to where when you hear that song again, you aren't singing the song, you're singing the parody that was done courtesy of Weird Al. He has made it almost 30 years in the music business, and he still doesn't get the respect he deserves. He doesn't even have a star on the Walk of Fame. Donald Trump has a star for cryin out loud. Weird Al may not have been the biggest selling artist, but he has broken through the walls of tradition and brought something new to the table, if he doesn't get in, then I don't think that you should let others who have done the same thing in. You let Grandmaster Flash in, you should let Weird Al in.

Posted by Daniel on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 10:47am


He's the ultimate parody master...just look at his polkas (music videos actually exist for 4 of them...yup, official ones too). He started out playing parodies on accordians...he's collaboarted with Ben Folds (both ways). Easy pick...he should have been in by now though.

Posted by maplejet on Thursday, 04.5.07 @ 14:08pm


Weird Al is great mix btween Steve Martin and Frank Zappa

Posted by James on Friday, 04.6.07 @ 10:36am


It's great and all that Weird Al has so many fans, but there is no way he's ever going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The HoF takes itself waaayyy too seriously for it to ever happen. It would be like Johnny Knoxville winning an Oscar or something.

Posted by c.w. on Wednesday, 04.11.07 @ 13:10pm


No need of parodies-maker in the hall. Come on he is funny, a great imitator but serious people need to enter before. Honnestly maybe when all the great groups that came before him would be inducted we could think of him

Posted by roméo on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 09:46am


Weird Al simply deserves to be in the Hall, no two ways about it.

Posted by jbracciante on Monday, 05.28.07 @ 13:29pm


Yeah that's about right.... Wierd Al gets in, and Rush stays out.

Posted by ZOSO on Sunday, 07.1.07 @ 20:31pm


It's not an either/or proposition. No one is required to stay out for Al to go in. And the fact of the matter is that Weird Al is one of the most enduring pop artists in history to begin with, and is in a unique genre besides that. Frank Zappa never took himself very seriously, and remains in the Hall. Weird Al should be there.

Posted by Strangef8 on Friday, 07.13.07 @ 19:52pm


Al should get into the Rock Hall. Plain and simple, no buts. He's serious at what he does, even if the music is silly. He works hard to put out each album with a band who plays serious music. Al deserves to get it and I can't help but wonder why he isn't in it yet.

Posted by Meli on Monday, 11.5.07 @ 19:29pm


I have always thought that Weird Al's funniest songs were his original ballads. This is the true power of Weird Al's writing.


One More Minute

Well I heard that you’re leaving
Gonna leave me far behind
‘Cause you found a brand new lover
You decided that I’m not your kind
So I pulled your name out of my Rolodex
And I tore all your pictures in two
And I burned down the malt shop where we used to go
Just because it reminds me of you
That’s right you ain’t gonna see me cryin’
I’m glad that you found somebody new
‘Cause I’d rather spend eternity eating shards of broken glass
Than spend one more minute with you.

I guess I might seem kinda bitter
You got me feeling down in the dumps
‘Cause I’m stranded all alone in the gas station of love
And I have to use the self-service pumps
Oh, so honey, let me help you with that suitcase
You ain’t gonna break my heart in two
‘Cause I’d rather get a hundred thousand paper cuts on my face
Than spend one more minute with you.

I’d rather rip out my intestines with a fork
Than watch you going out with other men
I’d rather slam my fingers in a door
Again and again and again and again and again.
Oh, can’t you see what I’m tryin’ to say, Darlin…
I’d rather have my blood sucked out by leeches
Shove an icepick under a toenail or two
I’d rather clean all the bathrooms in Grand Central Station with my tongue
Than spend one more minute with you.

Yes, I’d rather jump naked on a huge pile of thumbtacks
Or stick my nostrils together with crazy glue
I’d rather dive into a swimming pool filled with double-edged razor blades
Than spend one more minute with you
I’d rather rip my heart out of my ribcage with my bare hands
and then throw it on the floor and stomp on it ‘till I die
Than spend one more minute with you.

Alfred Yankovic, 1985
AKA Weird Al

Melanie

Melanie
What can the problem be?
Sweet Melanie
Why won’t you go out with me?

She lived across the street on the fifteenth floor of the Gilmore building
I saw her in the shower reaching for some soap
I knew she had to be the girl for me
And to think I probably never would have found her
If I hadn’t bought that telescope

I just can’t understand it
Why won’t you return my phone calls?
Are you still mad I gave a Mohawk to your cat?
If you’d just say the word
I’m certain that our love would last forever and ever
Or are you too dumb to realize that?

How can you ignore me when you know that I can’t live without you?
I have to go through your garbage just to learn more about you

You weren’t impressed when I tattooed your name across my forehead
You wouldn’t listen when I promised to be true
I couldn’t stand it so I jumped out from the sixteenth story window
Right above you
Now I may be dead but I still love you

Alfred Yankovic, 1988
AKA Weird Al

The Good Old Days

Oh sometimes I think back to when I was younger
Life was so much simpler then
Dad would be up at dawn
He’d be watering the lawn
Or maybe going fishing again
Mom would be fixing up something in the kitchen
Fresh biscuits or hot apple pie
And I’d spend all day long in the basement
Torturing rats with a hack-saw
And pulling the wings off of flies.

I can still remember good old Mr. Fender
Who ran the corner grocery store
Oh, he’d stroll down the aisle with a big friendly smile
And he’d say “Howdy” when you walked in the door
Always treated me nice, gave me kindly advice
I don’t know why I set fire to his place
Oh I’ll never forget the day I bashed in his head
Well you should’ve seen the look on his face.

Do you remember sweet Michelle?
She was my high school romance
She was fun to talk to and nice to smell
So I took her to the homecoming dance
Then I tied her to a chair and I shaved off all her hair
And I left her in the desert all alone
Well sometimes in my dreams
I can still hear the screams
I wonder if she ever made it home.

Those were the good old days
Those were the good old days
The years go by but the memories stay
And those were the good old days.

Alfred Yankovic, 1988
AKA Weird Al

You Don't Love Me Anymore

We’ve been together for so very long
But now things are changing
Oh I wonder what’s wrong
Seems you don’t want me around
The passion is gone and the flame’s died down
I guess I lost a little bit of self-esteem
That time that you made it with the whole hockey team
You used to think I was nice
Now you tell all your friends that I’m the Antichrist
Oh, why did you disconnect the breaks on my car?
That kind of thing is hard to ignore
Got a funny feeling you don’t love me anymore.

I knew that we were having problems when
You put those piranhas in my bathtub again
You’re still the light of my life
Oh darling, I’m beggin’, won’t you put down that knife?
You know, I even think it’s kinda cute the way
You poison my coffee just a little each day
I still remember the way that you laughed
When you pushed me down the elevator shaft
Oh, if you don’t mind me asking,
What’s this poisonous cobra doing in my underwear drawer?
Sometimes I get to thinking you don’t love me anymore.

You slammed my face down on the barbecue grill
Now my scars are all healing, but my heart never will
You set my house on fire
You pulled out my chest hairs with an old pair of pliers
Oh, you think I’m ugly and you say I’m cheap
You shaved off my eyebrows while I was asleep
You drilled a hole in my head
Then you dumped me in a drainage ditch and left me for dead
Oh, you know this really isn’t like you at all
You never acted this way before
Honey, something tells me you don’t love me anymore
Got a funny feeling you don’t love me anymore.

Alfred Yankovic, 1992
AKA Weird Al

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 12.6.07 @ 06:38am


Parodies--great parodies--are no simple feats to accomplish. That Al manages to not only write fantastic lyrics with the same meter as the originals isn't what makes him genius. It's the fact he takes the time to actually sound like the original artist. How many people have morphed their styles as dramatically as he has? From polka to rap, people, and with well established rappers giving Al serious props for his rapping skill says a lot about his talent.

And don't even forget that a number of the artists he's parodied owe a portion of their success to what he's done with their music.

Put Al in, Cleveland! I want to see the tribute show where the original artists sing his parodies!

Posted by Gary on Saturday, 12.22.07 @ 00:11am


WEIRD AL IS GOD!

Posted by SSR on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 11:03am


If nothing else, Weird Al founded possibly the greatest cover band in the history of cover bands. He's done more styles than anybody else, learned to play the guitar left handed just to play one song, and kept being funny long after many people just stop being entertaining.

Long Live Al

Posted by The Glen on Tuesday, 01.8.08 @ 17:03pm


I love Weird Al Yankovic's original, funny and mentally twisted ballads about human relationships. Those are his best songs. I wish he would write more of them. Those songs really tug at your heart. One More Minute is performed in a Doo-Wop style. Melanie, The Good Old Days, The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota, and You Don't Love Me Anymore are FOLKSY.

He needs to write five more songs in the style of Ome More Minute, Melanie, The Good Old Days and You Don't Love Me Anymore, in order to make a Ballads Collection Album. That would be cool.

01. One More Minute
02. Melanie
03. The Good Old Days
04. The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota
05. You Don't Love Me Anymore

I don't think Don't Download This Song should be added to the list because it doesn't really tug at your heart. It's not about relationships and it's not that funny. Do I Creep You Out? is a parody, not an original.

I wish someone would make a cover album of all of Weird Al Yankovic's ballads and take it seriously as a tribute to Yankovic's powerful writing, just like Jennifer Warnes did in 1987 when she released Famous Blue Raincoat (recently remastered) an album covering the songs of Leonard Cohen, a true genius.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 01.19.08 @ 08:05am


Half Man Half Biscuit > Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al is a funny guy, but some of his songs are just hineously boring and unfunny.

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 04.6.08 @ 15:02pm


I'm gonna have to go ahead and say yes, he should be inducted.

Artists consider it an honor to have Al parody their work.

Kurt Cobain went on record saying that he didn't realize that they had "made it" until Weird Al asked for permission to do a parody.

The Prince of Parody should make it in at some point, I think.

Posted by K-Money on Sunday, 04.13.08 @ 08:50am


To exclude Al from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is to ignore thousands of albums and tickets sold.

Al, and his band, are excellent musicians who can adapt to many different genres and styles. Many bands have a sound, Al's has many sounds. 50% of the work on his albums is original, and each song is in a different style. Additionally, Al is a powerful lyricist.

Posted by norwalkctguy on Wednesday, 05.21.08 @ 11:41am


The ultimate comedy concert:

Weird Al

Spinal Tap

Tenacious D

Spike Jones

Can't think of anymore right now (at least not anyone doing intentionally funny stuff - lots of unintentionally funny stuff out there as we speak). Feel free to add on if you wish.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 09.3.08 @ 17:08pm


I think it would be great to see the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame get in on the joke and induct both Weird Al and Spinal Tap.
What these artists represent historically is the importance (and some would say redundance) of pop/rock music as it established itself as the primary popular artform of the late 20th century.

What is more indicative of the exalted position of rock 'n' roll than the presence of these artisits (whose work actually required more thought and more work than that of the artists they were lampooning)?

Posted by Jack on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 08:37am


i'd vote for al
to me he is the "clown-prince" of music

Posted by baw "the lumberjack" on Monday, 09.29.08 @ 16:03pm


Al should get in. Not only is he hilarious and culturally relevant the history of pop music, but he is also the best white rapper there is.

Posted by Mike on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 00:33am


Okay There is many reasons Weird Al won't go.

1.He sucks
2.He's only polka and parody
3.Posers only like him
4.There are better artists who deserve to go
5.who buy's his albumes



For all the people who voted for Weird Al...WOW!

Posted by Mike on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 15:25pm


NO WAY!!!Why is he having a chance to go into the hall of fame when there should be more deserving artist.Who likes "Wierd Al" anyway,he is a parody person,and he is terrble.

For all people who voted for Weird Al...WOW!
-Mike

Please do not make the RN'R hall of fame "Weird"

Posted by David on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 17:30pm


I don't want it Green ethier. (har-har)

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 11.11.08 @ 12:58pm


Consider this...

In the last five years pretty much some of the greatest muscians of all time have stayed out of the hall of fame. "Hey lets make Wanda Jackson and Madonna inductees and leave out KISS, Rush, Styx, Iron Maiden, and Ozzy". There are many better bands then Weird Al and on that list of people that should be in I can name way more.

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 02.4.09 @ 14:36pm


The hall has shown their irrelevance this year, and lost any presumption of 'Rock and Roll Purity'.
Run DMC???????

Posted by Dave on Friday, 03.6.09 @ 09:37am


THE 1980s "Weird Al" Yankovic Parodies

01. My Bologna
02. Another One Rides The Bus
03. I Love Rocky Road
04. Ricky
05. Stop Draggin' My Car Around
06. Eat It
07. The Brady Bunch
08. I Lost On Jeopardy
09. King Of Suede
10. The Rye Or The Kaiser
11. Like A Surgeon
12. I Want A New Duck
13. Yoda
14. Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch
15. Living With A Hernia
16. Addicted To Spuds
17. Here's Johnny
18. Fat
19. This Song is Just Six Words Long
20. I Think I'm A Clone Now
21. Lasagna
22. Alimony
23. Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies
24. Isle Thing
25. She Drives Like Crazy
26. Spam

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 03.10.09 @ 20:13pm


THE 1990s "Weird Al" Yankovic Parodies

01. Smells Like Nirvana
02. I Can't Watch This
03. The White Stuff
04. Taco Grande
05. The Plumbing Song
06. Jurassic Park
07. Bedrock Anthem
08. Achy Breaky Song
09. Livin' In The Fridge
10. Headline News
12. Amish Paradise
13. Cavity Search
14. Gump
15. Syndicated Inc.
16. Phony Calls
17. The Saga Begins
18. Pretty Fly For A Rabbi
19. Jerry Springer
20. It's All About The Pentiums
21. Grapefruit Diet

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 03.11.09 @ 10:06am


Roy, so you now are a proponent for Mr. Yankovic?!! Actually the more I think about it, YES, the Rock Museum could stand to have a jester (Bob Dylan never really wore a coxcomb hat). But now, Weird Al, he is a true jester! Have you seen his video "Stuck in the Drive-Thru" (a take-off on "Stuck in the Closet")? Here's the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmGVYki-oyQ
The graphics in it are great.

Posted by Telarock on Wednesday, 03.11.09 @ 14:18pm


Yes and Yes!

I won't stop until Chicago, Bernie Taupin and "Weird Al" Yankovic are all inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 03.11.09 @ 14:45pm


Definitely. It's time to lighten the mood of the place. There has to be someone to stand opposite Bob Dylan, and Al is just that man.

Sometimes his brilliance surpasses Bob... in it's own unique fashion.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 03.11.09 @ 17:12pm


you think people complain about Madonna getting in now? Imagine if Weird Al gets in before Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Rush, etc, etc. People will go apeshit.

Posted by Al on Wednesday, 03.11.09 @ 17:53pm


lol maybe. But I think enough recognize Weird Al's comedic genius that it would balance out.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 03.11.09 @ 18:02pm


If you don't put the San Diego Chicken in the Baseball Hall of Fame, then why would you put Weird Al Yankovic in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Posted by Chris on Wednesday, 03.11.09 @ 20:57pm


The Ballads of "Weird Al" Yankovic (1985-1992)

01. One More Minute
02. Good Enough For Now
03. Christmas At Ground Zero
04. Melanie
05. Good Old Days
06. The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota
07. You Don't Love Me Anymore

Posted by Roy on Monday, 04.6.09 @ 16:52pm


This "Weird Al" guy is an Anti-Semite! He should have his schlong cut off for making fun of rabbis. Oy vey!

Posted by denyo on Wednesday, 05.20.09 @ 19:29pm


First, only SOME of Weird Al's originals are
"style" parodies: "You Don't Love Me Anymore",
for example, is a style parody of Extreme's
"More Than Words".
Second, the all-time musical comedy concert
would also have to include
Julie"The Homecoming Queen Has Got A Gun"Brown,
Tom Lehrer & Henry Phillips.
Finally, so many of those deserving have been rejected,the earliest eligible should be the earliest inducted.

Posted by laustcawz on Monday, 06.15.09 @ 18:30pm


Love him or hate him he has to be in. He's survived a very long time and is the King of Parodies. The only songs of him I like are White & Nerdy, Amish Paradise, Fat, Canadian Idiot ,and Smells Like Nirvana, and Coach Potato. The rest are pretty much childish and not very funny at all but his longevity, influence, and brilliance on those songs definitely earn him a spot.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 08.3.09 @ 21:05pm


Love him or hate him he has to be in. He's survived a very long time and is the King of Parodies. The only songs of him I like are White & Nerdy, Amish Paradise, Fat, Canadian Idiot ,and Smells Like Nirvana, and Coach Potato. The rest are pretty much childish and not very funny at all but his longevity, influence, and brilliance on those songs definitely earn him a spot.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 08.3.09 @ 21:05pm

YES a must be IN

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 08.3.09 @ 21:57pm


Sam, it will be a cold day in Hell (a very cold day) when Mr. Yankovic is elected to the Hall.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 08.4.09 @ 06:56am


we agree on this one mrxyz. don't know if Weird Al can go in as a Performer, but there must be a way to get him in - for comic relief. maybe a special induction for "Comic Laureate" or something?

Posted by Telarock on Monday, 08.24.09 @ 10:18am


I was at the RnR HoF recently and, surprisingly, in one of the presentations a brief clip of "Fat" is played.

I say yes for Weird Al for sheer talent.

Posted by Breaker on Monday, 09.7.09 @ 16:28pm


http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/09/28/readers-rock-list-who-should-be-nominated-for-rock-hall/?rand=67245#comment-1734364

Readers’ Rock List: Who Should Be Nominated For the Hall of Fame?
9/28/09, 1:11 pm EST
Photo: McConnell/Getty

Last week, after revealing that Kiss had finally been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we asked our readers what other acts have been overlooked by Rock Immortality. We expected Rush to dominate this poll, but it was the fans of “Weird Al” Yankovic who came rushing to Rolling Stone, demanding that the king of musical satire get a HOF nod. Frustrated fans of the Smiths, Tom Waits and Television also had their say, as did those who felt Lou Reed should be recognized for his solo works. For the full Readers’ Rock List, check below:

1. “Weird Al” Yankovic
2. Rush
3. The Moody Blues
4. The Smiths
5. Alice Cooper
6. Television
7. Beastie Boys
8. Deep Purple
9. Lou Reed
10. Jethro Tull
11. MC5
12. New York Dolls
13. Roxy Music
14. Tom Waits
15. Sonic Youth

Rolling Stone

Posted by Roy on Monday, 09.28.09 @ 18:31pm


Yes Yes Yes!!!!!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 09.29.09 @ 06:02am


"...it will be a cold day in Hell (a very cold day) when Mr. Yankovic is elected to the Hall." - Paul in KY
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Well Paul in KY, ya just never know, maybe there is gonna be some very cold weather in Hell? The Devil even must get a kick out of Weird Al.

Posted by Telarock on Thursday, 10.8.09 @ 08:54am


Telerock, it matters not a wit that Wierd Al's fans mobbed a Rolling Stone poll & got him in #1 position for 'needs to be inducted'.

I stand by the comment you quoted. He will never be inducted.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 10.9.09 @ 06:12am


http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/01/09/fans-to-rock-hall-induct-this-weirdo/

Fans to Rock Hall: Induct this Weirdo!
1/9/07, 4:08 pm EST

Is Weird Al — the guy that brought you “Eat It” and made sure the melody from that Chamillionaire song was stuck in your head for a month longer than it would have been — worthy of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? A great many of his fans think so, and some of them have organized a grassroots’ campaign to get Al elected to the Hall — complete with a downloadable petition and requests for “field operatives” to go around collecting signatures. While we admire the spirit behind a good grass-roots initiative, we can’t quite get behind this one. Granted, homeboy is the most famous parody artist of all time and also managed to make a two-decades-plus career of it. He’s made us laugh several times. But he’s also pop music’s answer to “Mad Magazine” — a guy whose entire creative process involves simply rejiggering the lyrics to huge pop hits for parodies that really ain’t all that clever. For some perspective, check out this classic fake article from the Onion, “’Weird Al Yankovic Nears Completion of ‘Livin La Vida Mocha’.”

Christian Hoard

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.9.09 @ 08:47am


Happy Birthday, Weird Al!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 10.23.09 @ 17:29pm


There is no doubt that Weird Al Yankovic should get in-He is innovative, The songs are well written, and the videos are a riot!!

Posted by David on Thursday, 10.29.09 @ 15:42pm


There is no doubt that Weird Al Yankovic should get in-He is innovative, The songs are well written, and the videos are a riot!!

Posted by David on Thursday, 10.29.09 @ 15:42pm

The video for "Smells Like Nirvana" is a classic

Posted by Keebord on Thursday, 10.29.09 @ 16:08pm


How dare anyone diss Weird Al? He is the MONSTER OF POLKA! And don't anyone forget it!

Now, what did I just write? Must have forgotten. Oh well.

Happy New Year, everyone! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Bud Light!

Posted by Joe on Thursday, 12.31.09 @ 20:55pm


he is awsome

Posted by tron on Monday, 01.18.10 @ 18:57pm


http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?id=1582929974&gv=12#/group.php?gid=104511467809

I have started a petition to get Weird Al into the Rock Hall on Facebook. I feel strongly the the history of music would be vastly different without him. ROCK ON Weird AL!!!!!!

~ The FRED

Posted by Fred on Sunday, 01.31.10 @ 14:24pm


Definitely weird al, hes been over 30years and outlasted the careers of the artists he parodied, he is the most overlook its a crime not putting him in rockandroll as well as hollywood hof

Posted by Edge on Friday, 02.26.10 @ 10:04am


I want to say Weird Al should be inducted, but at the same time I feel like that if they haven't all ready considered or are even simply refusing to consider him, why would he want to? It wouldn't really be an honor if they did it just to get people to shut up about it. Love him or hate him, he is very talented, and to say that he is "a guy whose entire creative process involves simply rejiggering the lyrics to huge pop hits for parodies that really ain’t all that clever" is just really...well..wrong. He changes lyrics, but not clever? Some of the most clever lyrics I've heard in my life have come from Weird Al. His voice isn't like the angels, but it has a range comparable to some of the best. He pays homage to many of the greats through his direct parodies and his style parodies, and his live shows are so much fun! If the rock and roll hall of fame doesn't want him, that's their thing, keep saying no, but if they can't recognize him for the really good things he's done for pop over the past 25 years, it's not worth sweating over.

Posted by Timbo on Saturday, 04.3.10 @ 11:48am


Yankovic has received letters from depressed children who have stated that listening to Yankovic's work have brought them back from the brink of committing suicide.
If that isn't good enough reason to let him in for his music then I don't know what is!

Posted by Scott on Friday, 04.23.10 @ 02:32am


Before there was Weird Al there was Frank Zappa and before Zappa was Spike Jones. I still certainly wouldn't mind seeing Weird Al in though, he's probably got a better shot than Spinal Tap too so that isn't hurting

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 07.7.10 @ 11:09am


The 1996 edition of Joel Whitburn's Billboard 100 Top Pop Singles 1955-1996 lists the Top 10 charting Novelty/Comedy Artists on page 850. Later editions of this book doesn't show this statistic.

01. Dickie Goodman (Buchanan & Goodman)
02. Ray Stevens
03. David Seville/Chipmunks
04. Cheech & Chong
05. "Weird Al" Yankovic
06. Stan Freberg
07. Sheb Wooley/Ben Colder
08. Roger Miller
09. Jerry Reed
10. Allan Sherman

Posted by Roy on Monday, 08.16.10 @ 12:01pm


Though the Keltner analysis process is partially flawed, I'm going to tackle Weird Al anyways (Warning: Fans of Weird Al, of which myself is one, please don't take offence to any of this, it's merely me trying to analyze things over)


1) Was Weird Al ever considered to be best artist in rock music? (Did anyone ever seriously suggest Weird Al was the greatest artist of all time in rock and roll?)

If anyone seriously (the key word) ever did, I'm not aware of it and upon conducting research I found nothing, so I'm going to go with a no for this point.

2) Was Weird Al ever the best artist in rock music in his genre?

This is arguable, one make a case for Spike Jones or even Frank Zappa being the Master of Comedy but in his specific style I think Weird Al is unsurpassed. Taking this into consideration, I'm going to say yes for point two.

3) Was Weird Al ever considered to be the best at his instrument?

Vocals? Accordion? Keyboards? It's doubtful.

4) Did Weird Al have an impact on a number of other artists?

He's had plenty of imitators, Kurt Cobain praised him for parodying Nirvana, many people admire him, sure he's had impact.

5) Was Weird Al good enough to play regularly after passing his prime?

Yes, absolutely. Just look up Straight Outta Lynwood. I'm sure there are some who'll argue he hasn't even passed his prime yet.

6) Is Weird Al the very best artist artist in history that is not in the Hall of Fame?

I'm not particularly a fan of this point as it enters into far too subjective areas so I'll ignore it.

7) Are most singers who have comparable recording history and impact in the Hall of Fame?

Frank Zappa is sort of comparable and he is. Spike Jones isn't, but Weird Al as he has been for the last few decades hasn't exactly had any rivals.

Points 8-12 I'm going to ignore as they fall into either too subjective areas for me, or deal with areas that aren't criteria for the Hall of Fame (like record sales).

13) What impact did Weird Al have on rock history? Was he responsible for any for stylistic changes? Did he introduce any new equipment?

His musics most successful (both commercially and critically) for a comedian/parodist of rock and roll. He has brought comedy to the forefront and has shown it to be culturally significant.

14) Did Weird Al uphold the standards of sportsmanship the RRHOF in its written guidelines instruct us to consider?

Influence and Innovation? He may not have begun comedy but he certainly took it to new areas. His sound has made him essentially a household name. Yeah, sure.


And for the final point, courtesy of me, did Weird Al display "unquestioned musical excellence" (the de facto criteria for the Hall). Think it over, take some of the previous points into consideration if you want. So what's the conclusion? I know these points are not necessarily very accurate but I'm glad I went through the process. I'll let people think all of this over and decide for themselves, if they even care to read all of this in the first place.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 08.21.10 @ 12:32pm


Spike Jones
The Rutles
Spinal Tap

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 08.25.10 @ 05:30am


I called the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and asked them if Weird Al Yankovic qualifies and the person who responded, April Anderson, who is in charge of media relations and press releases (the coordinator) says....

I doubt it!

Then I said, but the lyrics are his.

Then she said, "Um...no they're not!"

Is it just me or are the lyrics to Eat It, Like A Surgeon, I Lost on Jeopardy, Living With A Hernia and Fat different from the lyrics to Beat It, Like A Virgin, Jeopardy, Living In America and Bad?

I don't understand how she can say the lyrics are not his? He wrote them. Most of the words are different from the words in the original songs.

The strength of his originals alone should get him inducted: One More Minute, Christmas At Ground Zero, Velvet Elvis, Melanie, The Good Old Days, The Biggest Ball of Twine In Minnesota, You Don't Love Me Anymore and on and on...

I don't think she knows what she's talking about.

Weird Al wrote his own music too on other songs.

I'll have to ask Peter Bliss, moderator of the Song Hall Forum, nominating committee member, and coordinator of the Song Hall's writers workshops for the public.

I'll try asking Linda Moran as well, president of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 08.27.10 @ 08:01am


But the music is the same, and that is part of songwriting too.

And who, outside of his fanbase, knows about his original songs?

Unless one of the committee is a fan, unlikely as it is, it's going to be an uphill battle. And I mean, "completely vertical."

Posted by TMBJon Mystik Tomato on Friday, 08.27.10 @ 08:03am


Theoretically, I'd say Weird Al is as much a lyricist as Bernie Taupin.

I don't think he belongs in the Hall (or our Hall), but he puts his own lyrics to other's tunes.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 08.27.10 @ 10:30am


Where Will Weird Al Yankovic Be Inducted First?

This is all he qualifies for:

THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
THE HIT PARADE HALL OF FAME
THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

Posted by Roy on Friday, 08.27.10 @ 11:19am


You never hear anyone in the media call Weird Al Yankovic, Singer/Songwriter. It is always parodist Weird Al Yankovic, never singer/songwriter Weird Al Yankovic. The Song Hall and Rock Hall should induct him for some controversy.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 08.27.10 @ 20:08pm


If there's any Hall of Fame that Weird Al will probably never get into, this is the one, The Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Posted by DMU on Sunday, 08.29.10 @ 05:23am


"You never hear anyone in the media call Weird Al Yankovic, Singer/Songwriter." - Roy

Just to see if that was indeed true I went over to his wikipedia page and they refer to him as a singer-songwriter (together with several other labels) in the opening line.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 08.29.10 @ 07:19am


"Weird Al" Yankovic Studio Albums with Original Songs Written by "Weird Al" Yankovic:

01. "Weird Al" Yankovic

01. Gotta Boogie
02. Buckingham Blues
03. Happy Birthday
04. The Check's In The Mail
05. I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead
06. Such A Groovy Guy
07. Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung

02. In 3-D

08. Midnight Star
09. Buy Me A Condo
10. Mr. Popeil
11. That Boy Could Dance
12. Nature Trail To Hell

03. Dare To Be Stupid

13. Dare To Be Stupid
14. One More Minute
15. George of the Jungle
16. Slime Creatures from Outer Space
17. This Is the Life
18. Cable TV

04. Polka Party

19. Dog Eat Dog
20. One Of Those Days
21. Don't Wear Those Shoes
22. Good Enough For Now
23. Christmas At Ground Zero

05. Even Worse

24. Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White
25. You Make Me
26. Melanie
27. Velvet Elvis
28. Twister
29. Good Old Days

06. UHF

30. Gandhi II
31. Attack Of The Radioactive Hamsters From A Planet Near Mars
32. UHF
33. Let Me Be Your Hog
34. Generic Blues
35. Spatula City
36. Fun Zone
37. The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

07. Off The Deep End

38. Trigger Happy
39. I Was Only Kidding
40. When I Was Your Age
41. Airline Amy
42. You Don't Love Me Anymore

08. Alapalooza

43. Frank's 2000" TV
44. Traffic Jam
45. Talk Soup
46. She Never Told Me She Was A Mime
47. Harvey The Wonder Hamster
48. Waffle King
49. Young, Dumb & Ugly

09. Bad Hair Day

50. Everything You Know Is Wrong
51. Callin' In Sick
52. Since You've Been Gone
53. I'm So Sick Of You
54. I Remember Larry
55. The Night Santa Went Crazy

10. Running With Scissors

56. My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder
57. The Weird Al Show Theme
58. Germs
59. Your Horoscope For Today
60. Truck Drivin' Song
61. Albuquerque

11. Poodle Hat

62. Hardware Store
63. Party At The Leper Colony
64. Wanna B Ur Lovr
65. Why Does This Always Happen To Me?
66. Bob
67. Genius In France

12. Straight Outta Lynwood

68. Pancreas
69. I'll Sue Ya
70. Virus Alert
71. Weasel Stomping Day
72. Close But No Cigar
73. Don't Download This Song

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 08.29.10 @ 08:13am


"Weird Al" Yankovic Parodies with Lyrics by "Weird Al" Yankovic and Music by Other Artists:

01. "Weird Al" Yankovic

01. Ricky
02. I Love Rocky Road
03. Stop Draggin' My Car Around
04. My Bologna
05. Another One Rides The Bus

02. In 3-D

06. Eat It
07. The Brady Bunch
08. I Lost On Jeopardy
09. King Of Suede
10. The Rye Or The Kaiser: Theme From Rocky XIII

03. Dare To Be Stupid

11. Like A Surgeon
12. I Want A New Duck
13. Yoda
14. Girls Just Want To Have Lunch

04. Polka Party

15. Living With A Hernia
16. Addicted To Spuds
17. Here's Johnny
18. Toothless People

05. Even Worse

19. Fat
20. (This Song's Just) Six Words Long
21. I Think I'm A Clone Now
22. Lasagna
23. Alimony

06. UHF

24. Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies
25. Isle Thing
26. She Drives Like Crazy
27. Spam

07. Off The Deep End

28. Smells Like Nirvana
29. I Can't Watch This
30. The White Stuff
31. Taco Grande
32. The Plumbing Song

08. Alapalooza

33. Jurassic Park
34. Bedrock Anthem
35. Achy Breaky Song
36. Livin' In The Fridge
37. Headline News

09. Bad Hair Day

38. Amish Paradise
39. Cavity Search
40. Gump
41. Syndicated, Inc.
42. Phony Calls

10. Running With Scissors

43. The Saga Begins
44. Pretty Fly For A Rabbi
45. Jerry Springer
46. It's All About The Pentiums
47. Grapefruit Diet

11. Poodle Hat

48. Couch Potato
49. Trash Day
50. A Complicated Song
51. Ode To A Superhero
52. Ebay

12. Straight Outta Lynwood

53. White & Nerdy
54. Canadian Idiot
55. Confessions Part III
56. Do I Creep You Out
57. Trapped In The Drive-Thru

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 08.29.10 @ 09:02am


The King of Parody

Posted by DDD on Sunday, 08.29.10 @ 09:33am


"Weird Al" Yankovic Studio Albums with Original Songs Written by "Weird Al" Yankovic:

01. "Weird Al" Yankovic

01. Gotta Boogie
02. Buckingham Blues
03. Happy Birthday
04. The Check's In The Mail
05. I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead
06. Such A Groovy Guy
07. Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung

02. In 3-D

08. Midnight Star
09. Buy Me A Condo
10. Mr. Popeil
11. That Boy Could Dance
12. Nature Trail To Hell

03. Dare To Be Stupid

13. Dare To Be Stupid
14. One More Minute
15. Slime Creatures from Outer Space
16. This Is the Life
17. Cable TV

04. Polka Party

18. Dog Eat Dog
19. One Of Those Days
20. Don't Wear Those Shoes
21. Good Enough For Now
22. Christmas At Ground Zero

05. Even Worse

23. Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White
24. You Make Me
25. Melanie
26. Velvet Elvis
27. Twister
28. Good Old Days

06. UHF

29. Gandhi II
30. Attack Of The Radioactive Hamsters From A Planet Near Mars
31. UHF
32. Let Me Be Your Hog
33. Generic Blues
34. Spatula City
35. Fun Zone
36. The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

07. Off The Deep End

37. Trigger Happy
38. I Was Only Kidding
39. When I Was Your Age
40. Airline Amy
41. You Don't Love Me Anymore

08. Alapalooza

42. Frank's 2000" TV
43. Traffic Jam
44. Talk Soup
45. She Never Told Me She Was A Mime
46. Harvey The Wonder Hamster
47. Waffle King
48. Young, Dumb & Ugly

09. Bad Hair Day

49. Everything You Know Is Wrong
50. Callin' In Sick
51. Since You've Been Gone
52. I'm So Sick Of You
53. I Remember Larry
54. The Night Santa Went Crazy

10. Running With Scissors

55. My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder
56. The Weird Al Show Theme
57. Germs
58. Your Horoscope For Today
59. Truck Drivin' Song
60. Albuquerque

11. Poodle Hat

61. Hardware Store
62. Party At The Leper Colony
63. Wanna B Ur Lovr
64. Why Does This Always Happen To Me?
65. Bob
66. Genius In France

12. Straight Outta Lynwood

67. Pancreas
68. I'll Sue Ya
69. Virus Alert
70. Weasel Stomping Day
71. Close But No Cigar
72. Don't Download This Song


"Weird Al" Yankovic Parodies with Lyrics by "Weird Al" Yankovic and Music by Other Artists:

01. "Weird Al" Yankovic

01. Ricky
02. I Love Rocky Road
03. Stop Draggin' My Car Around
04. My Bologna
05. Another One Rides The Bus

02. In 3-D

06. Eat It
07. The Brady Bunch
08. I Lost On Jeopardy
09. King Of Suede
10. Theme From Rocky XIII

03. Dare To Be Stupid

11. Like A Surgeon
12. I Want A New Duck
13. Yoda
14. Girls Just Want To Have Lunch

04. Polka Party

15. Living With A Hernia
16. Addicted To Spuds
17. Here's Johnny
18. Toothless People

05. Even Worse

19. Fat
20. (This Song's Just) Six Words Long
21. I Think I'm A Clone Now
22. Lasagna
23. Alimony

06. UHF

24. Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies
25. Isle Thing
26. She Drives Like Crazy
27. Spam

07. Off The Deep End

28. Smells Like Nirvana
29. I Can't Watch This
30. The White Stuff
31. Taco Grande
32. The Plumbing Song

08. Alapalooza

33. Jurassic Park
34. Bedrock Anthem
35. Achy Breaky Song
36. Livin' In The Fridge
37. Headline News

09. Bad Hair Day

38. Amish Paradise
39. Cavity Search
40. Gump
41. Syndicated, Inc.
42. Phony Calls

10. Running With Scissors

43. The Saga Begins
44. Pretty Fly For A Rabbi
45. Jerry Springer
46. It's All About The Pentiums
47. Grapefruit Diet

11. Poodle Hat

48. Couch Potato
49. Trash Day
50. A Complicated Song
51. Ode To A Superhero
52. Ebay

12. Straight Outta Lynwood

53. White & Nerdy
54. Canadian Idiot
55. Confessions Part III
56. Do I Creep You Out
57. Trapped In The Drive-Thru
58. You're Pitiful

Posted by Roy on Monday, 08.30.10 @ 04:46am


Honor the master, give him his due. He has not only produce music but movies and television shows. His following are as loyal as disciples, perhaps it's the way you get to enjoy shear genius and never are bored/always amazing/sarcastic edge with an affectionate sweet center. His delivery is brilliant and he has been doing it for 25 years. He is as Americana as Star Wars, he is hilarious and his uncanny focus is America. GIVE HIM HIS DUE.

Posted by samuel phoenix/diane vilsmeier on Friday, 10.22.10 @ 09:22am


He's actually a good musicain and really the only comedy artist the hall will ever need.
And how often do Comedy artists last for 30 years with mainstream sucess?

Posted by GFW on Monday, 10.25.10 @ 11:52am


The Digital Dream Door website does not have a critique on Weird Al Yankovic or a qualifications rating for his chances of being inducted into the Rock Hall. He would fall under their categories of 50 Unlikely Candidates or Outside Genre Possibilities.

I`m not sure how I would rate him.

QUALIFICATIONS

1 - Non-existant
2 - Mostly Insignificant
3 - Recognizable, But Minor Credentials
4 - Modest Accomplishments
5 - Worth Examining, But Will Often Fall Short
6 - Strong Case To Be Made
7 - Solid Choice
8 - Unquestioned Credentials
9 - Dominant Artist
10 - The Immortals

Posted by Roy on Monday, 11.29.10 @ 04:42am


Weird Al Yankovic has a new album out!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 06.28.11 @ 23:07pm


01. Dickie Goodman (Buchanan & Goodman)
02. Ray Stevens
03. David Seville/Chipmunks
04. Cheech & Chong
05. "Weird Al" Yankovic
06. Stan Freberg
07. Sheb Wooley/Ben Colder
08. Roger Miller
09. Jerry Reed
10. Allan Sherman
11. Spike Jones
12. The Rutles
13. Spinal Tap

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 08.9.11 @ 21:34pm


01. Dickie Goodman (Buchanan & Goodman)
02. Ray Stevens
03. David Seville/Chipmunks
04. Cheech & Chong
05. "Weird Al" Yankovic
06. Stan Freberg
07. Sheb Wooley/Ben Colder
08. Roger Miller
09. Jerry Reed
10. Allan Sherman
11. Spike Jones
12. The Rutles
13. Spinal Tap
14. Buckner & Garcia

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 08.10.11 @ 07:16am


"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Polka Medleys

01. Polkas On 45
02. Hooked On Polkas
03. Polka Party
04. The Hot Rocks Polka
05. Polka Your Eyes Out
06. Bohemian Polka
07. The Alternative Polka
08. Polka Power!
09. Angry White Boy Polka
10. Polkarama!
11. Polka Face

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 08.10.11 @ 07:55am


Weird Al Yankovic belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because he brought Comedy and Humor to the Rock and Roll Genre, Comedians and Tv Comedy Variety Shows liked Saturday Night Live and Mad Tv followed Weird Al footsteps by parodied pop music just like Weird Al did. If Weird Al were get inducted, His Band should be inducted with him.

Posted by Dan Windler on Friday, 08.26.11 @ 23:49pm


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/thirty-years-in-weird-al-yankovic-shows-hes-still-got-it-20111012

Thirty Years In, Weird Al Yankovic Shows He's Still Got It. New Jersey concert features classics like 'Fat' and 'Eat It,' plus newer cuts like 'Canadian Idiot'

By ANDY GREENE
OCTOBER 12, 2011 12:15 PM ET

Weird Al Yankovic only sang about one minute of his 1988 classic "Lasagna" at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey last night, but he made it count. Clutching an accordion, Yankovic delivered the song (to the tune of "La Bamba") with the same look of crazed intensity in his eyes that Bruce Springsteen has when he belts out the beginning of "Backstreets." Now, it's pretty tough to be hysterically funny when singing a G-rated song about lasagna. In fact, Weird Al might be the only man on the planet who can pull it off. The man is a national treasure.

Weird Al fans are the kind of people who cheer for songs long before the band plays a single note. They can tell what's coming next solely by the costume the band is wearing when they walk onstage after video interludes. If they have on long beards, it's time for "Amish Paradise." Flannel shirts mean "Smells Like Nirvana" and pocket protectors mean "White and Nerdy."

The show is as rehearsed as much as any Broadway play. It doesn't vary one note from night to night, but nobody expects him to pull a Pearl Jam and yank out "Taco Grande" without adequate preparation. One of Weird Al's wonderful contradictions is how seriously he takes the absurd. If you talk to him offstage, he's as serious as a heart attack. It goes a long way towards explaining his longevity. At the show, he parodies R.E.M., the White Stripes, Michael Jackson, the Knack, Dire Straits and many other acts that he's somehow managed to outlast. The "Eat It" guy was supposed to quickly fade into obscurity along with every other novelty act in history, but somehow we're three decades after "My Bologna" and he's as popular as ever.

(Incidentally, I didn't have time to grab dinner before the show, and the only offering at the concession stand was a bag of Doritos. A little bag of Doritos isn't a very satisfying dinner – and a Weird Al concert is the wrong place to go when you're hungry. I could practically taste the lasagna, the rye, the kaiser, the bologna and even the ding-dongs from the "Fat" video.)

Unfortunately, some of the newer songs don't measure up to the classics. "Skipper Dan" – an original about a frustrated actor who works as a tour guide at a jungle theme park – barely elicited a chuckle. His Green Day spoof "Canadian Idiot" is also disappointing, and his Lady Gaga tribute "Perform This Way" fails to deliver a punch. His White Stripes-inspired "Charles Nelson Reilly" does score some laughs, but the jokes about the amazingly invincible Match Game panelist seem awfully similar to the Chuck Norris jokes from a few years back. But "Party In The CIA" (to the tune of "Party In The USA") proves he's still got his chops, and "White and Nerdy" from 2006 remains one of the best songs in his vast catalog.

During a long medley of his older songs, Al sang his 1984 deep cut "Theme From Rocky XIII." It's about an elderly, retired Rocky working in a restaurant. Twenty-two years after that song's release, Sylvester Stallone actually made a movie about a elderly, retired Rocky working in a restaurant. Does anybody need more proof that Weird Al is a prophet? If Ghandi II ever hits the big screen, he'll prove it beyond any doubt.

Weird Al shows have as many rituals as a Jimmy Buffett or AC/DC concert. There's always cheerleaders for "Smells Like Nirvana," he's always going to close out the main set singing "Fat" in a fat suit and there's always a clip from UHF. This time around, he showed the Wheel of Fish scene from his 1989 film. A huge percent of the audience knew every line, and they screamed out "Stupid! You're so stupid!" with incredible glee. It's well past time for Weird Al to make another movie. It'll be impossible to top his debut, but he needs to try.

As always, the show ended with an encore of Yankovic's two Star Wars songs. This time around, he had members of the crew dressed as storm troopers and one as Darth Vader. It kicked off with "The Saga Begins," which tells the entire story of Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace to the tune of "American Pie." Lines like "we caught a ride back to Naboo 'cause Queen Amidala wanted to" make me laugh every time. Things wrapped up with "Yoda." It's a parody of "Lola" by the Kinks and Weird Al must have performed it well over 1,000 times by this point, but you'd never know that by watching the passion and energy he pours into every line.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.12.11 @ 21:03pm




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Posted by duvet on Thursday, 11.24.11 @ 02:08am


Yes, I vote for Weird Al to be in, no matter that so many "deserving" bands are waiting. He uneekly (sp?) is comedy and the Rock Hall will be a better place for him. Put Weird Al in the pyramid. Not just that he does parodies, but does them extremely well. You want to have this freak take shots w/ your song, he will get people laffing, plus he actually has great musical talent. I never bougt a recording of his ever but his concerts are bigtime - Fat. Give this clown space.

Posted by Cokey on Thursday, 11.24.11 @ 10:00am


Weird al is a queer, and it would be a dishonor to all rock legends if he got accepted into the rock n' roll hall of fame!

Posted by Your dad on Tuesday, 12.27.11 @ 01:54am


I agree with everything after the comma. And you should be embarrassed for what came before it.

Posted by DarinRG on Tuesday, 12.27.11 @ 02:16am


Weird Al is married to a woman and they have a daughter!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.27.11 @ 07:46am


Just because he's 'married and they have a daughter' doesn't mean the man isn't gay. Let's be honest. (although I do not think he is)

Regardless -- what does that have anything to do with his RRHOF worthiness? Some of the posters on this site truly scare me.

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 12.27.11 @ 08:45am


Absolutely...Al should be inducted...not only are his works hilarious and topically relevant, but Al and the musicians he works with are some of the most talented performers in the industry. Not to mention Al's brilliant ability to write lyrics for his parodies that are spot on with the rhythms and melodies of the originals. Put him in!

Posted by noyb on Tuesday, 01.3.12 @ 21:25pm


Rolling Stone Readers Poll: Favorite Weird Al Yankovic Songs

Selections include 'White and Nerdy,' 'Amish Paradise' and 'Eat It'

Quick, how many musical acts can you name that hit the scene in the very early Eighties and are still going strong? It's a pretty short list. U2, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Prince and Madonna probably came to mind, but it would be wrong to not include Weird Al Yankovic. As the massive success of "White and Nerdy" proved in 2006, he's clearly as popular as ever. VH1 Classic just updated Weird Al's Behind the Music, so we figured this was a good time to poll our readers on their ten favorite Weird Al songs. Click through to see the results.

By Andy Greene

10. 'One More Minute'

Many people think that Weird Al writes nothing but parody songs, but his albums are actually filled with numerous original comedy tunes. This 1985 song, "One More Minute," is in the style of Elvis Presley and doo-wop groups of the Fifties, but it's not modeled after any particular song. Weird Al is often completely G-rated, but there's an actual masturbation reference in this one: "I'm stranded all alone in the gas station of love/And I have to use the self-service pumps."

9. 'It's All About The Pentiums'

Weird Al is often at his funniest when he's lampooning nerd culture. In 1999 he parodied Puff Daddy's hit "It's All About The Benjamins" with "It's All About The Pentiums." He revisited the idea of a rap song about nerds seven years later with "White and Nerdy" and scored the biggest hit of his career. The video for "It's All About The Pentiums" features Emo Phillips, whose appearance as local high school shop teacher Joe Earley is one of the funniest scenes in the history of the moving image.

8. 'Smells Like Nirvana'

By 1992, Weird Al's career was in a bit of a downward spiral. He scored a gigantic hit in 1988 with "Fat," but then people foolishly stayed away from the theater when his masterpiece UHF hit theaters in the summer of 1989. (I'm not being sarcastic, the movie gets funnier every time you see it.) He spent 1990 and 1991 licking his wounds and waiting for his next target. Then Nirvana released "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and he knew it was time to return. The video for the song actually features the same janitor from the original clip and managed to spoof it almost shot-for-shot. It made the album Off The Deep End a massive success, showing the world that Weird Al was no flash in the pan.

7. 'Dare To Be Stupid'

The two nerdiest musical acts in history may well be Devo and Weird Al Yankovic, so the combination of the two is almost unimaginable. In 1986 Yankovic released "Dare To Be Stupid." It's not a parody of any specific Devo song, but rather a style parody that encapsulates their sound. The video also recreates some of their most iconic looks. The whole song is a long stream of stupid advice that goes against conventional wisdom: "You better put all your eggs in one basket/You better count your chickens before they hatch/You better sell some wine before it's time."

6. 'Yoda'

Long before I knew anything about the Kinks, I knew every word to Weird Al's "Yoda." I remember asking my friend Matt Neff what the song parodied. He went, "Uh...I think it's some real old song." There was no Internet back then, so information was hard to come by. The song is, of course, a parody of "Lola" by The Kinks. I remember hearing it on the radio and being like, "Oh, so THAT'S where Weird Al got 'Yoda' from." (I had a similar experience seeing Spaceballs long before I ever saw Star Wars. "Oh, Chewbacca is like Barf!") The 1985 song is a longtime favorite of Weird Al fans, and it's closed out his concerts for the last quarter-century. That's always a real bittersweet moment because you're sad the show is over, but you're delighted to hear "Yoda."

5. 'The Saga Begins'

When Weird Al prepped his 1999 LP Running With Scissors he knew that the pop culture story of the summer was going to be Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace. He learned everything he could about the plot from the Internet, and wrote a song about it to the tune of Don McLean's "American Pie." The fact that the movie was so terrible makes the song even funnier, especially when he delves into the intricate details of the stupid plot: "And in the end some Gunguns died/Some ships blew up and some pilots fried/A lot of folks were croakin'/The battle droids were broken."

4. 'Eat It'

Weird Al's 1984 Michael Jackson parody "Eat It" forever changed his life. Before the video hit MTV, Yankovic was a moderately successful parody songwriter destined for the Dr. Demento Hall of Fame and a lifetime of obscurity. But "Eat It" was so incredibly funny that it charted around the world and turned him into a legitimate celebrity. It was just one of Yankovic's many great Eighties songs about food. There are many people who can write a funny song about sex and drugs, but it takes a mad genius to write hysterical songs about potatoes, lasagna and rocky road ice cream.

3. 'Albuquerque'

Weird Al and Neil Young don't have very much in common, but they both wrote amazing songs called "Albuquerque." Both songs are about journeys to the New Mexico city and both see the city as a place to escape their troubles, and eat some food. Neil Young dug their fried eggs and country ham. Weird Al, predictably, delved deep into the cuisine. He sings about apple fritters, bear claws, Bavarian cream-filled donuts, sauerkraut and warm root beer. Also, Neil Young's "Albuquerque" is 4:02 and Weird Al's is 11:23. It's the longest song in his catalog and one of the craziest, but his fans love it and he's done it live in concert quite a bit.

2. 'White And Nerdy'

Weird Al didn't realize it at the time, but when one-hit-wonder wuss-rockers James Blunt and Daniel Powter made it difficult for him to parody their shtty songs for his 2006 LP Straight Outta Lynwood, they did him a huge favor. It forced him to think of a new song to parody, and he focused his sights on "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire. He transformed the song about driving with drugs in the car to the greatest ode to nerd culture every written. The song has been viewed nearly 68 million times on YouTube, and it actually hit the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100. Sadly, none of his singles over the past six years have managed to be this riotously funny.

1. 'Amish Paradise'

I've heard Weird Al sing the lines "I've been milking and plowing so long that even Ezekial thinks that my mind is gone" about 400 times, and I think I've laughed every single time. This maybe his single funniest song, and our readers definitely agree. It crushed most of the competition, though "White and Nerdy" did come in a relatively close second. This is also supposedly the song that caused Weird Al his greatest controversy, though the whole thing was really blown out of proportion. Weird Al always gets permission for his songs, and in this case, the record label did give their okay. After it came out, however, Coolio complained to the press a few times that Al had "desecrated" the song. The two of them were photographed together at an event in 2006, and the whole issue seems to be long in the past.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 01.24.12 @ 05:04am


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/weird-al-yankovic-sues-sony-over-royalties-20120402

'Weird Al' Yankovic Sues Sony Over Royalties
Parodist is seeking 50 percent of net receipts from digital downloads

By Rolling Stone
April 2, 2012 9:10 AM ET

"Weird Al" Yankovic is suing Sony Music Entertainment for $5 million over royalty disputes, Billboard reports. The music parodist alleges that Sony took improper and duplicate recoupments resulting in underpayment of his royalties, has not paid him his fair share of revenue from his YouTube hits and the label has not shared money from settlements with Napster and Kazaa. Yankovic is also seeking a 50 percent cut of net receipts from digital downloads of his music, as his deal classifies that as a license rather than a traditional sale, which has a much lower royalty rate.

Yankovic's company, Ear Booker Enterprises, filed the lawsuit in Federal court in the Southern District of New York. The musician's suit is likely to hold up in court, as a case last year on behalf of Eminem established a legal precedent that downloads count as a license, meaning that many artists signed to major labels before the early 2000s are entitled to 50 percent of net receipts on those sales.

“Weird Al” Sues Sony Music For $5 Million

Musical parody master “Weird Al” Yankovic is suing Sony Music Entertainment, the parent company of his label Volcano Records, for $5 million over digital royalty disputes, Billboard reports.

In a lawsuit filed Friday (March 30) in New York City, Yankovic — via his company Ear Booker Enterprises — claims that Sony “took improper and duplicate recoupments that has resulted in underpayment of his royalties.” According to the suit, Sony counted downloads of his music as “sales” rather than as “licenses,” which pay at a higher royalty rate of 50 percent of total revenue.

Yankovic is not the first artist to sue for this kind of payment, and the lawsuit could hold up, thanks to a 2011 precendent-setting case involving Eminem. That case established that digital downloads count as licenses rather than traditional sales, which yield lower royalty rates.

Yankovic is also seeking money from Sony’s settlements with Napster, Kazaa, Grokster and other file-sharing services to recoup lost revenue. Also on the digital front, the comedian-meets-musician seeks $2.5 million from Sony’s share of the 2006 sale of YouTube. When YouTube was sold to Google for $1.65 billion, major labels Sony, Universal and Warner Music Group reportedly made a collective $50 million from the sale, thanks to their respective shares in YouTube, which they received because they provided content to the video-sharing site. Yankovic claims that his 2006 video for “White & Nerdy” — which has racked up nearly 70 million views on YouTube — was among the most popular content on the video-sharing site, thus yielding him revenue he hasn’t been paid.

Weird Al’s most recent album, Alpocalypse, was released on Sony subsidiary Volcano Records last year.

–Jillian Mapes, CBS Local

Posted by Roy on Monday, 04.2.12 @ 22:26pm


I asked Sampson of Digital Dream Door how he would rate "Weird Al" Yankovic's worthiness/chances of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and this was his response:

Yankovic would get a 0, which isn't even on the list of qualifications. Novelty artists are cute, not important. If there was to be a novelty artist getting in it'd be Buchanan and Goodman for introducing a form of sampling to rock ("break-in records"), but even them I'd give a 1 at best. Weird Al is not an Unlikely Candidate because those are for artists who actually have a CHANCE at getting in, oftentimes with less than deserving credentials, or borderline credentials. He has no credentials, other than a handful of hits which are simply (clever?) re-workings of other bigger hits, and more importantly he has no CHANCE, so adding him there would defeat the entire purpose of the 50 Unlikely Candidates.

As for why the Unlikely Candidates and Outside Genre Possiblities aren't rated... think about it. I write about them specifically because they might get in DESPITE not having the credentials. To give any of them scores would run counter to the entire object of those two pages.

Now to be fair, on the 50 Unlikely Candidates there are SOME artists listed who I could put in the 150 Candidates with a "5" (the lowest I'll go for naming someone as a candidate). The Shangri-Las for instance would deserve a five and I considered moving them to the 150 this past week if I needed another spot to bring it to that number, then I'd have named someone less deserving to take their place on the 50 Unlikely Candidates who the Hall might consider. But remember that the point is to predict which candidates with lesser credentials actually might get nominated and elected and they have a better chance than some of the other fives on the 150 list. Therefore it makes sense to include them in a way that tells people this, rather than lump them in with all of the rest of the fives in the Top 150, if that makes sense.

DIGITAL DREAM DOOR'S OLD ROCK HALL QUALIFICATIONS SCALE

1 - Non-existant
2 - Mostly Insignificant
3 - Recognizable, But Minor Credentials
4 - Modest Accomplishments
5 - Worth Examining, But Will Often Fall Short
6 - Strong Case To Be Made
7 - Solid Choice
8 - Unquestioned Credentials
9 - Dominant Artist
10 - The Immortals

THE NEW SCALE

10 - The Immortals
9 - Deserves To Be A First Ballot Lock
8 - Should Be Guaranteed An Induction
7 - An Eventual Induction Is Likely
6 - Should Be Nominated At Some Point
5 - Worthy Of At Least A Debate For A Nomination
4 - Not Insignificant, But Shouldn't Be Nominated
3 - No Business Being Debated By Committee
2 - No Business Being Even Mentioned
1 - No Business Visiting The Hall Of Fame Without a Ticket

Posted by Roy on Friday, 04.6.12 @ 11:54am


I'd have to do this eventually.

Influence: I'd say Weird AL is an influence on pretty much all song parodys. 20
Innovation: From what I know he was the first to do song parody's outside of an one off. 10
Critical Acclaim: He's gotten three grammys but grammy's do not = critical acclaim. To be on the safe side, 10.
Commercial: Recently he's been getting more and more popular. 10

50, not really worthy.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 07.1.12 @ 13:08pm


"Weird Al" Yankovic Studio Albums with Original Songs Written by "Weird Al" Yankovic:

01. "Weird Al" Yankovic

01. Gotta Boogie
02. Buckingham Blues
03. Happy Birthday
04. The Check's In The Mail
05. I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead
06. Such A Groovy Guy
07. Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung

02. In 3-D

08. Midnight Star
09. Buy Me A Condo
10. Mr. Popeil
11. That Boy Could Dance
12. Nature Trail To Hell

03. Dare To Be Stupid

13. Dare To Be Stupid
14. One More Minute
15. Slime Creatures from Outer Space
16. This Is the Life
17. Cable TV

04. Polka Party

18. Dog Eat Dog
19. One Of Those Days
20. Don't Wear Those Shoes
21. Good Enough For Now
22. Christmas At Ground Zero

05. Even Worse

23. Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White
24. You Make Me
25. Melanie
26. Velvet Elvis
27. Twister
28. Good Old Days

06. UHF

29. Gandhi II
30. Attack Of The Radioactive Hamsters From A Planet Near Mars
31. UHF
32. Let Me Be Your Hog
33. Generic Blues
34. Spatula City
35. Fun Zone
36. The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

07. Off The Deep End

37. Trigger Happy
38. I Was Only Kidding
39. When I Was Your Age
40. Airline Amy
41. You Don't Love Me Anymore

08. Alapalooza

42. Frank's 2000" TV
43. Traffic Jam
44. Talk Soup
45. She Never Told Me She Was A Mime
46. Harvey The Wonder Hamster
47. Waffle King
48. Young, Dumb & Ugly

09. Bad Hair Day

49. Everything You Know Is Wrong
50. Callin' In Sick
51. Since You've Been Gone
52. I'm So Sick Of You
53. I Remember Larry
54. The Night Santa Went Crazy

10. Running With Scissors

55. My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder
56. The Weird Al Show Theme
57. Germs
58. Your Horoscope For Today
59. Truck Drivin' Song
60. Albuquerque

11. Poodle Hat

61. Hardware Store
62. Party At The Leper Colony
63. Wanna B Ur Lovr
64. Why Does This Always Happen To Me?
65. Bob
66. Genius In France

12. Straight Outta Lynwood

67. Pancreas
68. I'll Sue Ya
69. Virus Alert
70. Weasel Stomping Day
71. Close But No Cigar
72. Don't Download This Song

13. Alpocalypse

73. CNR
74. Skipper Dan
75. Craigslist
76. Ringtone
77. If That Isn't Love
78. Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me


"Weird Al" Yankovic Parodies with Lyrics by "Weird Al" Yankovic and Music by Other Artists:

01. "Weird Al" Yankovic

01. Ricky
02. I Love Rocky Road
03. Stop Draggin' My Car Around
04. My Bologna
05. Another One Rides The Bus

02. In 3-D

06. Eat It
07. The Brady Bunch
08. I Lost On Jeopardy
09. King Of Suede
10. Theme From Rocky XIII

03. Dare To Be Stupid

11. Like A Surgeon
12. I Want A New Duck
13. Yoda
14. Girls Just Want To Have Lunch

04. Polka Party

15. Living With A Hernia
16. Addicted To Spuds
17. Here's Johnny
18. Toothless People

05. Even Worse

19. Fat
20. (This Song's Just) Six Words Long
21. I Think I'm A Clone Now
22. Lasagna
23. Alimony

06. UHF

24. Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies
25. Isle Thing
26. She Drives Like Crazy
27. Spam

07. Off The Deep End

28. Smells Like Nirvana
29. I Can't Watch This
30. The White Stuff
31. Taco Grande
32. The Plumbing Song

08. Alapalooza

33. Jurassic Park
34. Bedrock Anthem
35. Achy Breaky Song
36. Livin' In The Fridge
37. Headline News

09. Bad Hair Day

38. Amish Paradise
39. Cavity Search
40. Gump
41. Syndicated, Inc.
42. Phony Calls

10. Running With Scissors

43. The Saga Begins
44. Pretty Fly For A Rabbi
45. Jerry Springer
46. It's All About The Pentiums
47. Grapefruit Diet

11. Poodle Hat

48. Couch Potato
49. Trash Day
50. A Complicated Song
51. Ode To A Superhero
52. Ebay

12. Straight Outta Lynwood

53. White & Nerdy
54. Canadian Idiot
55. Confessions Part III
56. Do I Creep You Out
57. Trapped In The Drive-Thru
58. You're Pitiful

13. Alpocalypse

59. Perform This Way
60. TMZ
61. Party In The CIA
62. Another Tattoo
63. Whatever You Like

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.24.12 @ 19:13pm


"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Polka Medleys

01. Polkas On 45
02. Hooked On Polkas
03. Polka Party
04. The Hot Rocks Polka
05. Polka Your Eyes Out
06. Bohemian Polka
07. The Alternative Polka
08. Polka Power!
09. Angry White Boy Polka
10. Polkarama!
11. Polka Face

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.24.12 @ 19:18pm


I: "Weird Al" Yankovic

Ricky
* Song parody of "Mickey" by Toni Basil

I Love Rocky Road
* Song parody of "I Love Rock and Roll" by Joan Jett

Buckingham Blues
* Lyrical parody of "Jack and Diane" by John 'Cougar' Mellencamp
[This song started out as a parody of "Jack and Diane," but problems with permission
caused Al to change his idea. However, most of the lyrics were retained, so it's not
all that hard to sing this to the original melody.]

Happy Birthday
* Style parody of "The Funky Western Civilization" by Tonio K.

Stop Draggin' My Car Around
* Song parody of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty
[It should be noted that the original demos more closely matched the original song;
for the album, Al added his own personal touches, such as the accordion solo.]

My Bologna
* Song parody of "My Sharona" by the Knack

Another One Rides The Bus
* Song parody of "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen
[This is the only album-released parody that did not directly copy the music of the
original version, because the original Dr. Demento performance was used.]

Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung
* Style parody of "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie



II: "Weird Al" Yankovic In 3-D

Eat It
* Song/video parody of "Beat It" by Michael Jackson

The Brady Bunch
* Song parody of "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats

Buy Me A Condo
* Style parody of Bob Marley and the Wailers

I Lost On Jeopardy
* Song parody of "Jeopardy" by the Greg Kihn Band

Polkas On 45
* Polka medley consisting of:
* "Jocko Homo" by Devo
* "Smoke On The Water" by Deep Purple
* "Sex (I'm A...)" by Berlin
* "Hey Jude" by the Beatles
* "L.A. Woman" by the Doors
* "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly
* "Hey Joe" by Jimi Hendrix
* "Burning Down The House" by Talking Heads
* "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner
* "Bubbles In The Wine" by Lawrence Welk
* "Every Breath You Take" by the Police
* "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?" by the Clash
* "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by the Rolling Stones
* "My Generation" by the Who

Mr. Popeil
* Style parody of "Private Idaho" the B-52's
[Unless someone can find a B-52's song that's closer??]

King Of Suede
* Song parody of "King Of Pain" by the Police

Theme From Rocky XIII (The Rye Or The Kaiser)
* Song parody of "The Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor



III: Dare To Be Stupid

Like A Surgeon
* Song/video parody of "Like A Virgin" by Madonna

Dare To Be Stupid
* Style/video parody of "Big Mess" and "Deep Sleep" by Devo

I Want A New Duck
* Song parody of "I Want A New Drug" by Huey Lewis and the News

Yoda
* Song parody of "Lola" by the Kinks

Slime Creatures From Outer Space
* Style parody of "Hyperactive" by Thomas Dolby

Girls Just Want To Have Lunch
* Song parody of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper

Hooked On Polkas
* Polka medley consisting of:
* "12th Street Rag" by Pee Wee Hunt
* "State Of Shock" by The Jacksons with Mick Jagger
* "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top
* "What's Love Got To Do With It?" by Tina Turner
* "Method Of Modern Love" by Hall and Oates
* "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" by Yes
* "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister
* "99 Luftballons" by Nina
* "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins
* "The Reflex" by Duran Duran
* "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)" by Quiet Riot
* "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood



IV: Polka Party!

Living With A Hernia
* Song/video parody of "Living In America" by James Brown

Dog Eat Dog
* Style parody of "And She Was" by Talking Heads
[The "you may tell yourself" section parodies "Once In A Lifetime" by Talking Heads.]

Addicted To Spuds
* Song parody of "Addicted To Love" by Robert Palmer

One Of Those Days
* Style parody of "Ducks On The Wall" by the Kinks

Polka Party!
* Polka medley consisting of:
* "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel
* "Sussudio" by Phil Collins
* "Party All The Time" by Eddie Murphie
* "Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie
* "Freeway Of Love" by Aretha Franklin
* "What You Need" by INXS
* "Harlem Shuffle" by the Rolling Stones
[Rewritten by Al to be the "Harlem Polka."]
* "Venus" by Bananarama
* "Nasty" by Janet Jackson
* "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco
* "Shout" by Tears For Fears
* "Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna

Here's Johnny
* Song parody of "Who's Johnny?" by El DeBarge

Don't Wear Those Shoes
* Style parody of "Father Christmas" by The Kinks

Toothless People
* Song parody of "Ruthless People" by Mick Jagger



V: Even Worse

Fat
* Song/video parody of "Bad" by Michael Jackson

(This Song's Just) Six Words Long
* Song parody of "Got My Mind Set On You" by George Harrison

You Make Me
* Style parody of "Grey Matter" and "Little Girls" by Oingo Boingo

I Think I'm A Clone Now
* Song parody of "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany

Lasagna
* Song parody of "La Bamba", Los Lobos

Alimony
* Song parody of "Mony Mony" by Billy Idol
* Samples "Money" by Pink Floyd

Velvet Elvis
* Style parody of "Don't Stand So Close To Me" and "Synchronicity II" by the Police

Twister
* Style parody of "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" by the Beastie Boys

Good Old Days
* Style parody of "Only One" by James Taylor



VI: UHF Soundtrack & Other Stuff

Money For Nothing / Beverly Hillbillies
* Song/video parody of "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits

Gandhi II
* Background music is a style parody of "Theme From Shaft" by Isaac Hayes

Isle Thing
* Song parody of "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc

The Hot Rocks Polka
* Polka medley consisting of:
* "It's Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)" by the Rolling Stones
* "Brown Sugar" by the Rolling Stones
* "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones
* "Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones
* "Under My Thumb" by the Rolling Stones
* "Ruby Tuesday" by the Rolling Stones
* "Miss You" by the Rolling Stones
* "Sympathy For The Devil" by the Rolling Stones
* "Get Off My Cloud" by the Rolling Stones
* "Shattered" by the Rolling Stones
* "Let's Spend The Night Together" by the Rolling Stones
* "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones

UHF
* Style parody of "State Of Shock" by the Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger

She Drives Like Crazy
* Song parody of "She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals

Spam
* Song parody of "Stand" by R.E.M.

The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota
* Style parody of "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" by Harry Chapin



VII: Off The Deep End

Smells Like Nirvana
* Song/video parody of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana

Trigger Happy
* Style parody of the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean

I Can't Watch This
* Song parody of "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer

Polka Your Eyes Out
* Polka medley consisting of:
* "Cradle Of Love" by Billy Idol
* "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega
* "Love Shack" by the B-52's
* "Pump Up The Jam" by Technotronic
* "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.
* "Unbelievable" by EMF
* "Do Me!" by Bel Biv Devoe
* "Enter Sandman" by Metallica
* "The Humpty Dance" by the Digital Underground
* "Cherry Pie" by Warrant
* "Miss You Much" by Janet Jackson
* "I Touch Myself" by the DiVinyls
* "Dr. Feelgood" by Motley Crue
* "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice

I Was Only Kidding
* Style parody of "Hatred" by Tonio K.

The White Stuff
* Song parody of "The Right Stuff" by New Kids On The Block

When I Was Your Age
* Style parody of "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" and "Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley

Taco Grande
* Song parody of "Rico Suave" by Gerardo

Airline Amy
* Style parody of "Switchboard Susan" by Nick Lowe

The Plumbing Song
* Song parody of "Baby Don't Forget My Number" by Milli Vanilli
[Middle section parodies "Blame It On The Rain" by Milli Vanilli.]

You Don't Love Me Anymore
* Video parody of "More Than Words" by Extreme

Bite Me
* Style parody of "Endless, Nameless" by Nirvana
[Sort of. Both this and the Nirvana album ended with a hidden track that consisted
only of loud guitars and screaming.]
* Samples "Tears Of The Earth" by David Hallyday
[Again, sort of. The well-buried snippet of this song is most likely the result of "Bite
Me" being dubbed onto a previously used tape.]



VIII: Alapalooza

Jurassic Park
* Song parody of "MacArthur Park" by Richard Harris

Young, Dumb And Ugly
* Style parody of AC/DC

Bedrock Anthem
* Song/video parody of "Give It Away" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
[Intro section parodies "Under The Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers.]

Frank's 2000" TV
* Style parody of R.E.M.

Achy Breaky Song
* Song parody of "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus

Traffic Jam
* Style parody of "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince

Talk Soup
* Style parody of "Steam" by Peter Gabriel

Livin' In The Fridge
* Song/video parody of "Livin' On The Edge" by Aerosmith
[There was no formal music video, but a short clip mimicking the original video
appeared on "The Weird Al Show."]

Waffle King
* Style parody of "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel

Bohemian Polka
* Polka cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen



Headline News single

Headline News
* Song/video parody of "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies



IX: Bad Hair Day

Amish Paradise
* Song/video parody of "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio

Everything You Know Is Wrong
* Style parody of They Might Be Giants

Cavity Search
* Song parody of "Love Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" by U2
[Ending is a style parody of "Have A Cigar" by Pink Floyd.]

Callin' In Sick
* Style parody of "Come As You Are" and "Lithium" by Nirvana

The Alternative Polka
* Polka medley consisting of:
* "Loser" by Beck
* "Sex Type Thing" by Stone Temple Pilots
* "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
* "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails
* "Bang And Blame" by R.E.M.
* "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette
* "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" by Smashing Pumpkins
* "My Friends" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
* "I'll Stick Around" by Foo Fighters
* "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden
* "Basket Case" by Green Day
[An unreleased version also exists that includes "Buddy Holly" by Weezer, which
was edited from the final mix due to permission issues.]

Gump
* Song parody of "Lump" by the Presidents of the United States of America

I'm So Sick Of You
* Style parody of Elvis Costello

Syndicated Inc.
* Song parody of "Misery" by Soul Asylum

I Remember Larry
* Style parody of "Calling All Girls" by Hilly Michaels
[This has been finally confirmed as a Hilly Michaels spoof, though some people
have also compared it to the very similar "See The Constellation" by TMBG, and
the remotely similar "Pleasant Valley Sunday" by the Monkees.]

Phony Calls
* Song parody of "Waterfalls" by TLC

The Night Santa Went Crazy
* Style parody of "Black Gold" by Soul Asylum




Gump single

Spy Hard
* Style/video parody of "Thunderball" by Tom Jones



X: Running With Scissors

The Saga Begins
* Song parody of "American Pie" by Don McLean

Pretty Fly For A Rabbi
* Song parody of "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)" by the Offspring

Jerry Springer
* Song parody of "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies

Germs
* Style parody of "Terrible Lie" and "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails

Polka Power!
* Polka medley consisting of:
* "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls
* "Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger
* "Ghetto Supastar" by Pras Michel with Ol' Dirty Bastard and Mya
* "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" by Backstreet Boys
* "Walkin' On The Sun" by Smash Mouth
* "Intergalactic" by the Beastie Boys
* "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
* "Ray Of Light" by Madonna
* "Push" by Matchbox-20
* "Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind
* "The Dope Show" by Marilyn Manson
* "Mmmbop" by Hanson
* "Sex And Candy" by Marcy Playground
* "Closing Time" by Semisonic

Your Horoscope For Today
* Style parody of Goldfinger

It's All About The Pentiums
* Song/video parody of "It's All About The Benjamins (Rock Remix)" by Puff Daddy

Grapefruit Diet
* Song parody of "Zoot Suit Riot" by Cherry Poppin' Daddies

Albuquerque
* Style parody of "Dick's Automotive" by the Rugburns



XI: Poodle Hat

Couch Potato
* Song parody of "Lose Yourself" by Eminem

Trash Day
* Song parody of "Hot In Herre" by Nelly

Party At The Leper Colony
* Style parody of Bo Diddley

Angry White Boy Polka
* Polka medley consisting of:
* "Last Resort" by Papa Roach
* "Chop Suey!" by System Of A Down
* "Get Free" by the Vines
* "Hate To Say I Told You So" by the Hives
* "Fell In Love With A Girl" by the White Stripes
* "Last Nite" by the Strokes
* "Down With The Sickness" by Disturbed
* "Renegades Of Funk" by Rage Against The Machine
* "My Way" by Limp Bizkit
* "Outside" by Staind
* "Bawitdaba" by Kid Rock
* "Youth Of The Nation" by P.O.D.
* "The Real Slim Shady" by Eminem

Wanna B Ur Lovr
* Style parody of "Peaches and Cream" by Beck

A Complicated Song
* Song parody of "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne

Why Does This Always Happen To Me?
* Style parody of the Ben Folds Five

Ode To A Superhero
* Song parody of "Piano Man" by Billy Joel

Bob
* Style parody of "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" by Bob Dylan; video parody of "Subterranean Homesick Blues" by Bob Dylan

eBay
* Song parody of "I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys

Genius In France
* Style parody of several songs by Frank Zappa, including:
* "I'm The Slime"
* "Catholic Girls"
* "You Are What You Is"
* "Keep It Greasey" (or possibly "Pick Me, I'm Clean")
* "The Adventures of Greggary Peccary" (or possibly "Montana")
* "City Of Tiny Lights"
* "Dog Breath (In The Year Of The Plague)"
* "Frogs With Dirty Little Lips"
* "Disco Boy"
* "Nanook Rubs It"
* "In France"



WeirdAl.com Freebie

You’re Pitiful
* Song parody of “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt



XII: Straight Outta Lynwood

White And Nerdy
* Song parody of "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire

Pancreas
* Style parody of several songs by Brian Wilson, including:
* "Our Prayer"
* "God Only Knows"
* "Wind Chimes"
* "Roll Plymouth Rock" (aka "Do You Like Worms?")
* "Heroes And Villains"
* "Good Vibrations"

Canadian Idiot
* Song parody of "American Idiot" by Green Day

I'll Sue Ya!
* Style parody of "Bombtrack" and "Killing In The Name" by Rage Against The Machine

Polkarama!
* Polka medley consisting of:
* "The Chicken Dance" (traditional)
* "Let's Get It Started" by the Black Eyed Peas
* "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand
* "Beverly Hills" by Weezer
* "Speed Of Sound" by Coldplay
* "Float On" by Modest Mouse
* "Feel Good, Inc." by Gorillaz
* "Don't Cha" by the Pussycat Dolls
* "Somebody Told Me" by the Killers
* "Slither" by Velvet Revolver
* "Candyshop" by 50 Cent
* "Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg
* "Pon De Replay" by Rhianna
* "Gold Digger" by Kanye West
[Al also received permission to include "Photograph" by Nickelback, but decided
against it.]

Virus Alert
* Style parody of "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us" by Sparks

Confessions, Part III
* Song parody of "Confessions, Part 2" by Usher

Close, But No Cigar
* Style parody of "Short Skirt, Long Jacket" by Cake

Do I Creep You Out?
* Song parody of "Do I Make You Proud?" by Taylor Hicks

Trapped In The Drive-Thru
* Song parody of "Trapped In The Closet" by R. Kelly
* Samples "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin

Don't Download This Song
* Style parody of "We Are The World" by USA For Africa and "Hands Across America" by Voices Of America



XIII: Alpocalypse

Perform This Way
* Song/video parody of "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga

CNR
* Style parody of the White Stripes

TMZ
* Song parody of "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift

Skipper Dan
* Style parody of "Pork and Beans" by Weezer

Polka Face
* Polka medley consisting of:
* "Liechtensteiner Polka" by Will Glahe
* "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
[Rewritten by Al as "Polka Face".]
* "Womanizer" by Britney Spears
* "Right Round" by Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha
* "Day 'n' Nite" by Kid Cudi
* "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
* "Baby" by Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris
* "So What" by Pink
* "I Kissed A Girl" by Katy Perry
* "Fireflies" by Owl City
* "Blame It" by Jamie Foxx
* "Replay" by Iyaz
* "Down" by Jay Sean featuring Li'l Wayne
* "Break Your Heart" by Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris
* "The Tick Tock Polka" by Frankie Yankovic
* "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha

Craigslist
* Style parody of "When The Music's Over," "Light My Fire," and "Twentieth Century Fox" by The Doors

Party In The CIA
* Song parody of "Party In The USA" by Miley Cyrus

Ringtone
* Style parody of Queen

Another Tattoo
* Song parody of "Nothin' On You" by Bruno Mars featuring B.O.B.

If That Isn't Love
* Style parody of Hanson

Whatever You Like
* Song parody of "Whatever You Like" by T.I.

Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me
* Style parody of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman



Rare and Unreleased Songs

A Matter Of Crust
* Song parody of "A Matter Of Trust" by Billy Joel

Avacado
* Song parody of "Desperado" by the Eagles

Baby Likes Burping
* Song parody of "Baby Talks Dirty" by the Knack

Bad Date
* Song parody of "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter
[Scrapped idea originally intended for "Straight Outta Lynwood."]

Beverly Hillbillies / Miss You
* Song parody of "Miss You" by the Rolling Stones

Born To Be Mild
* Song parody of “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf

Brain Freeze
* Song parody of "Shave Me" by Sadgasm
[A parody of a parody... Homer's song was spoofing Nirvana's "Rape Me."]

Burger King
* Song parody of "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger

Cheerios, Apple Jacks, Cheerios
* Song parody of “Cheerio, Cherry Lips, Cheerio” by Gordon Wallace

Chicken Pot Pie
* Song parody of "Live And Let Die" by Paul McCartney and Wings

Crampton Comes Alive [aka Do You Eat Like We Do?]
* Song parody of "Do You Feel Like We Do?" by Peter Frampton

Don't You Forget About Meat
* Song parody of "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds

Dr. D Superstar
* Song parody of "Superstar" from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar

Electric Shaver
* Song parody of "Favorite Flavor" by the Flavor Girls

Fairfax Avenue
* Song parody of "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant

Fast Food
* Song parody of "Thank U" by Alanis Morissette

Feel Like Throwin' Up
* Song parody of "Feel Like Makin' Love" by Bad Company

Fillings
* Song parody of "Feelings" by Morris Albert

Flatbush Avenue
* Song parody of "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant

Free Delivery
* Song parody of "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion

Gas Line Blues
* Song parody of "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran

Gee, I'm A Nerd
* Song parody of "Free As A Bird" by the Beatles

Gilligan's Island (Stairway)
* Song parody of "Stairway To Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
[However, this was not written by Al; it was originally performed by Little Roger
and the Goosebumps.]

Give A Little Bit Of Your Lunch To Me
* Song parody of "Give A Little Bit" by Supertramp

Gotta Open The Door
* Style parody of James Brown

Green Eggs And Ham
* Song parody of "Numb" by U2

HairyBack
* Song parody of "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake
[Scrapped idea originally intended for "Straight Outta Lynwood."]

Hey Food
* Song parody of "Hey Jude" by the Beatles
[Most likely NOT the same song as Sesame Street's "Hey Food."]

Hit Me With A Rock
* Song parody of "Loves Me Like A Rock" by Paul Simon

Holodeck Girl
* Song parody of "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani
[Scrapped idea originally intended for "Straight Outta Lynwood."]

Hot Beets
* Song parody of “Heartbeat” by Don Johnson

Hot Dog & Apple Pie
* Song parody of "Dog & Butterfly" by Heart

House Of The Sesame Seed Bun
* Song parody of “House Of The Rising Sun” by the Animals

If I Could Make Love To A Bottle
* Song parody of "Time In A Bottle" by Jim Croce

I Guess That's Why They Call It The Zoo
* Song parody of "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" by Elton John

I’m Fatter
* Song parody of “Shattered” by the Rolling Stones

I'm N Luv Wit Da Skipper
* Song parody of "I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper)" by T Pain

I.R.S.
* Song parody of "S.O.S." by Rhianna
[Scrapped idea originally intended for "Straight Outta Lynwood."]

It's Still Billy Joel To Me
* Song parody of "It's Still Rock 'N' Roll To Me" by Billy Joel

I Will Comply
* Song parody of "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

Laundry Day
* Song parody of "Come Out And Play" by the Offspring

Let's Go Crazy / Beverly Hillbillies
* Song parody of "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince

Lousy Haircut
* Song parody of "Firestarter" by Prodigy

Make Me Steak #3
* Song parody of “Mistake #3” by Culture Club

Moldy Now
* Song parody of “Hold Me Now” by Thompson Twins

More Than A Filling
* Song parody of “More Than A Feeling” by Boston

Now It Is The Christmas Season
* Song parody of "Deck The Halls"

Pac-Man
* Song parody of "Taxman" by the Beatles

Rocky Road Hoochie-Koo
* Song parody of "Rock 'N' Roll Hoochie Koo" by Rick Derringer

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut
* Song parody of “Suddenly Last Summer” by the Motels

Snack All Night
* Song parody of "Black Or White" by Michael Jackson

Spameater
* Song parody of “Maneater” by Hall and Oates

Sweet Home Albuquerque
* Song parody of "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Take Me To The Liver
* Song parody of "Take Me To The River" by Talking Heads

Take The L Out Of Liver
* Song parody of “Take The L (Out Of Lover)” by the Motels

The Ballad Of Chuck And Diane
* Song parody of "Jack And Diane" by John 'Cougar' Mellencamp

The Ballad Of Homer And Marge
* Song parody of "Jack And Diane" by John 'Cougar' Mellencamp

Theme From 'Home Improvement' [aka I'll Repair For You]
* Song parody of "I'll Be There For You" by the Rembrandts

Throw Gravy On You
* Song parody of “Crazy On You” by Heart

We Got The Beef
* Song parody of “We Got The Beat” by the Go-Go’s

We Won’t Eat Another Hero
* Song parody of “We Don’t Need Another Hero” by Tina Turner

When Eggs Fry
* Song parody of “When Doves Cry” by Prince
[This was said to be an early concert-only song, possibly included in a Food
Medley. However, some fans doubt its existence.]

Whole Lotta Lunch
* Song parody of "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin

Won't Eat Prunes Again
* Song parody of "Won't Get Fooled Again" by the Who

Year Of The Fat
* Song parody of "Year Of The Cat" by Al Stewart

Yesterday, All My Stubble Seemed So Far Away
* Song parody of "Yesterday" by The Beatles

You Don't Take Your Showers
* Song parody of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" by Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond

You Never Gave Me A Tune-Up
* Song parody of "You Never Give Me Your Money" by the Beatles

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.24.12 @ 19:21pm


Trinidad Silva, Jr. (January 30, 1950 – July 31, 1988) was an American actor who played small supporting roles in a number of films of the 1980s. His television work includes the role of Jesus Martinez on the television series Hill Street Blues. Silva was born in Mission, Texas. He died in a car accident involving a collision with a drunken driver in Whittier, California while filming the "Weird Al" Yankovic film UHF, parts of which had to be rewritten since he hadn't finished filming his part. The film was dedicated to his memory. Silva is buried at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.9.12 @ 21:17pm


I hope he makes it in someday but I fear not for a long time. His best chance was probably during his mid 2000s career revival but I'm not sure. It's worth mentioning he has inspired many (Flight of Conchords, The Lonely Island) and has outlasted many acts he parodied

Posted by Eric on Wednesday, 04.3.13 @ 17:45pm


I honestly believe the man deserves to be inducted, and eventually will be.

Posted by Sunking278 on Wednesday, 04.24.13 @ 09:13am


"Weird Al" Yankovic * Wendy Carlos: Peter and the Wolf - Carnival of the Animals - Part II - 1988

1. "(Peter and the Wolf) Introduction"
2. "Peter and the Wolf"
3. "Introduction (Carnival of the Animals - Part Two)"
4. "Aardvark"
5. "Hummingbirds"
6. "Snails"
7. "Alligator"
8. "Amoeba"
9. "Pigeons"
10. "Shark"
11. "Cockroaches"
12. "Iguana"
13. "Vulture"
14. "Unicorn"
15. "Poodle"
16. "Finale"

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 06.12.13 @ 17:16pm


"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC ALBUMS

01. 1983 "Weird Al" Yankovic
02. 1984 "Weird Al" Yankovic In 3-D
03. 1985 Dare To Be Stupid
04. 1986 Polka Party
05. 1988 Even Worse
06. 1988 "Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits
07. 1988 "Weird Al" Yankovic / Wendy Carlos: Peter and the Wolf
08. 1989 UHF: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack And Other Stuff
09. 1992 Off The Deep End
10. 1993 The Food Album
11. 1993 Alapalooza
12. 1994 Permanent Record: Al In The Box
13. 1994 Greatest Hits Volume II
14. 1995 The TV Album
15. 1996 Bad Hair Day
16. 1999 Running With Scissors
17. 2003 Poodle Hat
18. 2006 Straight Outta Lynwood
19. 2009 The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic
20. 2011 Alpocalypse

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 06.12.13 @ 17:17pm


If Weird Al is inducted it certainly shouldn't be for music because he never developed any music, he just parodied what was already out there.

And if he is inducted, Doctor Demento should go first.

Posted by D. Stroy on Friday, 06.21.13 @ 15:56pm


I love Weird Al, but he probably won't get in anytime soon, whether he deserves to or not.

After looking at Roy's list of "rare" Weird Al songs, I'm doing a search for those. They look priceless!

Posted by CP on Wednesday, 07.24.13 @ 11:23am


Those songs were never actually released anywhere.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.24.13 @ 11:42am


I actually have some of those rare songs on my computer (back when the old and 'real' Napster was in business). I'm sure someone by now has uploaded them to Youtube

Posted by Jason Voigt on Thursday, 10.3.13 @ 14:47pm


http://blogs.mcall.com/lehighvalleymusic/2013/06/weird-al-yankovic-says-next-album-will-be-his-last-.html

Weird Al says his next album will be his last. He wants to go all digital. No more CDs!!

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 12.15.13 @ 00:45am


"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC ALBUMS

01. 1983 "Weird Al" Yankovic
02. 1984 In 3-D
03. 1985 Dare To Be Stupid
04. 1986 Polka Party
05. 1988 Even Worse
06. 1988 "Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits
07. 1988 Peter and the Wolf
08. 1989 UHF
09. 1992 Off The Deep End
10. 1993 The Food Album
11. 1993 Alapalooza
12. 1994 Permanent Record
13. 1994 Greatest Hits Volume II
14. 1995 The TV Album
15. 1996 Bad Hair Day
16. 1999 Running With Scissors
17. 2003 Poodle Hat
18. 2006 Straight Outta Lynwood
19. 2009 The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic
20. 2011 Alpocalypse

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 01.4.14 @ 12:07pm


You really think Weird Al should be taken seriously? All of his stuff is the music of others with his own parody lyrics. Other than those parodies, he hasn't created any music, or moved music forward one step. He basically helped keep the Dr. Demento show going for a number of years, but other than that, pfffft. If you want to get someone in from the Dr. Demento show, it should be either Dr. Demento himself or Alfred E. Newman for "It's a gas."

Posted by D. Stroy on Thursday, 01.23.14 @ 12:30pm


"You really think Weird Al should be taken seriously?"

Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Mark Knopfler, the Presidents of the United States of America, Chamillionaire, Don McLean and Lady Gaga all thought enough of him to be fans or allow him to parody their songs. George Lucas reportedly enjoyed "The Saga Begins", and the Presidents changed the ending of "Lump" to what Al did. It's not US taking him seriously...it's the people he parodied.

Posted by SotN on Thursday, 01.23.14 @ 20:22pm


Also, one could argue that his music has exposed fans to some artists through his parodies.

Posted by Steve Z on Thursday, 01.23.14 @ 21:56pm


I think the true "Unquestionable musical excellence" of "Weird Al" Yankovic is focused in his style parodies. The brilliance of his mimicry of others in original styles is truly a gift. Song like "Trigger Happy", "Pancreas", "Dare To Be Stupid", and "Bob" show a keen observation and analysis of music itself. Additionally, I think his lyrical style has evolved and matured over the years. I think his songs have gotten more bite over the years. You may not think so because they are still comedy/novelty songs, but satire and mockery can still be powerful social motivators and/or commentary. It kind of began with "Another One Rides The Bus", using stereotypical annoyances of public transit. But I think it really began to blossom with "Trigger Happy" about the dangers of gun nuts. I think it continued on later in the '90s with songs like "Your Horoscope For Today", poking fun at astrology; "Everything You Know Is Wrong" which is both deep in its own metaphysical and semi-scientific hypotheses and interestingly hilarious in its ridicule of metaphysical and semi-scientific hypotheses. "Don't Download This Song" which not only pokes fun at the whole supergroup exploit, but also poke fun at the whole Napster upheaval.

I think Alpocalypse shows his best social observations to date. Granted they're more "first-world" problems, but that's the society he's in and sings about. "Skipper Dan", my personal favorite is about crushed dreams. "Craigslist" in addition to pointing out the absurdities you can find, but also mocks its usage as a social medium. "Ringtone" is pretty self-explanatory, as we've all heard some really obnoxious ringtones in our day. "TMZ" openly mocks the paparazzi and the American culture of obsession with being obsessed. "Party In The CIA", well, I think that would have been more potent a social commentary if he'd made it "Party In The TSA", but it's still a funny song. "Another Tattoo", while not my favorite song of his does make fun of the tattoo-nistas. And "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me" is an undisputed masterpiece, as many of us have been both the offending party and the offended party in our internet social experiences, while also attacking the very existence of memes and viral cybermaterial. It's sheer genius.

So while he's not the textbook definition of "original" a little abstract thinking points out the absolute originality and genius of "Weird Al" Yankovic. So yes, I'd be ecstatic if he got in the Hall.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 01.23.14 @ 23:33pm


My favorite Yankovic song in that vein would have to be "Headline News" considering it seemed to anticipate the news media turning into entertainment and focusing on trivial stories and beginning to ignore hard news RIGHT as it was happening (but you could say that song didn't do anything that Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry" hadn't accomplished well over a decade earlier, or movies like "Network", etc...) Even better, it mocked "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" which was quite possibly the dumbest of all the faux-alternative hits of the '90s.

"Genius in France" has to be the best style parody simply because of how hard it is to mimic Frank Zappa.

As for the Hall, I can fully understand why somebody would argue passionately either way, but I don't really have any opinion myself.

Posted by Sean on Friday, 01.24.14 @ 13:59pm


Is this working?

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 02.1.14 @ 20:47pm


Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Who Have Been Parodied By "Weird Al" Yankovic:

01. Queen
02. Tom Petty
03. Stevie Nicks
04. The Police
05. Michael Jackson
06. Madonna
07. The Kinks
08. James Brown
09. Mick Jagger
10. George Harrison
11. R.E.M
12. Nirvana
13. Donna Summer
14. Red Hot Chili Peppers
15. Aerosmith
16. U2
17. Billy Joel

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 03.22.14 @ 21:31pm


Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees With Songs That Have Been Parodied By "Weird Al" Yankovic:

01. Queen
02. Tom Petty
03. Stevie Nicks
04. The Police
05. Michael Jackson
06. Madonna
07. The Kinks
08. James Brown
09. Mick Jagger
10. George Harrison
11. R.E.M
12. Nirvana
13. Donna Summer
14. Red Hot Chili Peppers
15. Aerosmith
16. U2
17. Billy Joel

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 04.23.14 @ 14:07pm


http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00L326LTI/wwwweirdalcom-20

New Weird Al Yankovic album

MANDATORY FUN

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 06.24.14 @ 08:17am


http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00L326LTI/wwwweirdalcom-20

New Weird Al Yankovic album

MANDATORY FUN

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 06.24.14 @ 08:19am


http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/honors/history.cfm

THE KENNEDY CENTER WANTS TO KNOW!!!

CHECK OUT THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE - THEY ARE ASKING FOR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 2014 - RECOMMEND "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC

Submit a Kennedy Center Honors Recommendation

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Thank you for your Kennedy Center Honors recommendation. You have submitted "Weird Al" Yankovic for consideration. Your recommendation will be sent to the Special Honors Advisory Committee. All eligible names will be reviewed by the committee. The Honors recipients are typically announced in early September. For more information about the Kennedy Center Honors please visit us on the web. Thank you again for your interest in the Kennedy Center Honors.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 06.24.14 @ 18:46pm


I went back and checked all the credits of Weird Al's songs again. Weird Al never had any help with the lyrics to his parodies or his original songs. Weird Al wrote all the lyrics! Weird Al also wrote all the music for his original songs. So, "Weird Al" Yankovic should qualify for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 06.29.14 @ 20:11pm




Mandatory Fun - # 1 on iTunes and Amazon. We'll have to wait until next Thursday for the debut on Billboard!!!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.15.14 @ 09:42am


Mandatory Fun # 1 on iTunes, Amazon (U.S. and Canada) and Barnes & Noble. We'll have to wait until next Thursday for the debut on Billboard!!! This could become Weird Al's first # 1 album on Billboard.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.16.14 @ 16:13pm


http://www.nerdist.com/vepisode/weird-al-yankovic-gets-tacky-with-pharrells-happy/

Here is new "Weird Al" video, pretty big production w/ major celebrity guests - the tune is "Tacky" -parody of Pharrell's "Happy". Pretty funny!

Posted by Telarock on Thursday, 07.17.14 @ 18:19pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzwQofyOp30

"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC VH1 BEHIND THE MUSIC

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 07.17.14 @ 22:53pm


I’d rather rip my heart out of my ribcage with my bare hands and then throw it on the floor and stomp on it ‘till I die than spend one more minute with you.

-One More Minute, Dare To Be Stupid, 1985

Now I may be dead but I still love you.

-Melanie, Even Worse, 1988

My brothers and sisters all hated me because I was an only child.

-Generic Blues, UHF, 1989

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 07.19.14 @ 21:42pm


My brothers and sisters all hated me because I was an only child = Impossible irony?

Now I may be dead but I still love you = Reverse necrophilia?

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.22.14 @ 13:34pm


http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/sales/salescht.cgi

Mandatory Fun could give Weird Al his first # 1 album!! Official Billboard 200 chart this Thursday at 10 AM.

Mandatory Fun will be Weird Al's last album to be released on CD. Al is going all digital. iTunes and so forth.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.22.14 @ 13:40pm


http://host.madison.com/entertainment/music/weird-al-on-his-weirdly-successful-week-in-music/article_2c9eaf03-51f2-5b02-a94c-d33a92ebee5b.html#ixzz38Djb0R7f

'Weird Al' on his weirdly successful week in music
'WEIRD AL' ON HIS WEIRDLY SUCCESSFUL WEEK IN MUSIC

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.22.14 @ 13:47pm


Mandatory Fun will be "Weird Al" Yankovic's third Top 10 album and first # 1 album!!!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.22.14 @ 22:29pm


http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6176745/weird-al-yankovic-billboard-200-mandatory-fun-number-one

'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.23.14 @ 17:12pm


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/mandatory-one-weird-al-tops-chart-for-first-time-in-30-year-career-20140723#ixzz38KKShd1y

Mandatory One: 'Weird Al' Tops Chart for First Time in 30-Year Career

Parody king is first comedy performer to hit Number One since 1963

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.23.14 @ 17:14pm



NUMBER ONE COMEDY ALBUMS

01. 1960 - The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
02. 1963 - Allan Sherman - My Son, the Nut
03. 2014 - "Weird Al" Yankovic - Mandatory Fun

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.23.14 @ 17:28pm


The 1996 edition of Joel Whitburn's Billboard 100 Top Pop Singles 1955-1996 lists the Top 10 charting Novelty/Comedy Artists on page 850. Later editions of this book don't show this statistic.

01. Dickie Goodman (Buchanan & Goodman)
02. Ray Stevens
03. David Seville/Chipmunks
04. Cheech & Chong
05. "Weird Al" Yankovic
06. Stan Freberg
07. Sheb Wooley/Ben Colder
08. Roger Miller
09. Jerry Reed
10. Allan Sherman

OTHERS

Spike Jones
The Rutles
Spinal Tap
Buckner & Garcia

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.23.14 @ 19:19pm


http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/chart-alert/6176803/magic-rude-no-1-hot-100-sam-smith-surges

Word Crimes # 39 on the Billboard 100 Singles Chart. 4th Top 40 Hit for Weird Al.

Hot 100 debuts include 5 Seconds of Summer's "Everything I Didn't Say" (No. 24) and new Billboard 200 leader Weird Al Yankovic's grammar-lesson parody of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," "Word Crimes" (No. 39). The comic icon scores his fourth top 40 hit on the Hot 100, following "Eat It" (No. 12, 1984), "Smells Like Nirvana" (No. 35, 1992) and "White & Nerdy" (No. 9, 2006). Reinforcing his longevity, he's, thus, now sent a new single into the top 40 in each of the last four decades, something that only two other acts have done: Michael Jackson and Madonna, both of whom, he's, of course, ribbed in his inimitable good-natured way. (Jackson's streak actually stretches back to the '70s, as, earlier this year, "Love Never Felt So Good," with Justin Timberlake, rose to No. 9. The peak made the late King of Pop the first artist with top 10s in five distinct decades, and six if including his hits with the Jackson 5.)

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.23.14 @ 19:33pm


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