Actor Dick Van Patten is featured in both "Smells Like Nirvana" and "Bedrock Anthem"; Drew Carey, Emo Philips and Phil LaMarr appeared in "It's All About the Pentiums"; Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Donny Osmond, Judy Tenuta and Seth Green appeared in "White & Nerdy"; and Ruth Buzzi and Pat Boone appeared in "Gump". [10] His father, who was born in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas, was of Slovene descent (the original surname spelling being Janković)[10][11] and began living in California after earning two Purple Hearts for his service as a medic during World War II. "[68][69] Their deaths occurred following the release of Poodle Hat, which was Yankovic's lowest-selling album in 20 years. Yankovic played three other dates in the UK around his festival appearance before performing a single date in the Netherlands. [62][63] His religious background is reflected in his abstinence from using profanity, alcohol, and drugs. Their mission was to "solicit, collect, and raise the necessary money, and to compile the information needed for the application to nominate "Weird Al" Yankovic for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame". [14], Yankovic began kindergarten a year earlier than most children and skipped second grade, later saying, "My classmates seemed to think I was some kind of rocket scientist so I was labeled a nerd early on. The comedic singer revealed that he recently reconnected with his ninth-grade crush — who saved a portrait he had sketched nearly 50 years ago. [36][158][159][160] Yankovic later appeared in another Funny or Die short alongside Huey Lewis which parodied the ax murder scene in the movie American Psycho, in which Christian Bale's character Patrick Bateman discusses the nature of Lewis's musical work before killing his victim.[161][162]. In 2006, Yankovic gained James Blunt's permission to record a parody of "You're Beautiful". "[105], The Presidents of the United States of America were so pleased with "Gump", Yankovic's parody of their song "Lump", that they ended the song with his last line instead of their own ("And that's all I have to say about that") on the live recording of "Lump" featured on the compilation album Pure Frosting. [173] The book features 8-year-old Billy presenting to his class the wide variety of imaginative career possibilities that he is considering. [98] Among parodies that Yankovic had ideas for included one based on "Let's Go Crazy" about The Beverly Hillbillies, "Yellow Snow" as a parody of "Purple Rain", "1999" as an infomercial with a call-in number ending in −1999, and parodies of "Kiss" and "When Doves Cry". Yankovic was considering a complete polka medley with only U2 songs, but was denied the rights by the band. [99] Though Jackson allowed "Eat It" and "Fat", he requested that Yankovic not record a parody of "Black or White", titled "Snack All Night", because he felt the message was too important. I take pains not to burn bridges. He says that some songs have taken him weeks to compose the lyrics to as he permeates the various choices, sometimes entering a "zombie phase" as he mulls these over in his home. A list of songs frequently misattributed to Yankovic can be found at The Not Al Page[187] and a list of all commercially released songs recorded by Yankovic can be found on his website.[188]. [79] Yankovic said that converting these songs to polka was "...the way God intended". Yankovic stated that he does not have any unreleased original songs, instead coming up and committing to the song ideas he arrives at for his albums and other releases.[83]. These live-action and animated videos were produced by both previous collaborators such as Plympton for "TMZ",[37] video content providers like Jib-Jab and SuperNews!, and other directors and animators. Yankovic's success comes in part from his effective use of music videos to further parody pop culture, the song's original artist, and the original music videos themselves, scene-for-scene in some cases. [12] In 1978, he released his first recording (as Alfred Yankovic), "Take Me Down", on the LP, Slo Grown, as a benefit for the Economic Opportunity Commission of San Luis Obispo County. , Did you catch Al moderating the First Presidential Debate? Madonna's friend was a mutual friend of Yankovic's manager, Jay Levey, and eventually Yankovic himself heard the story from Levey. The song mocked famous nearby landmarks such as Bubblegum Alley and the fountain toilets at the Madonna Inn. He appeared in the animated Adult Swim show Robot Chicken, which provided him with a music video for the song "Weasel Stomping Day". The star is located at 6914 Hollywood Blvd, directly across the street from TCL Chinese Theatre. [7] Several days later, Yankovic and his band were the opening act for Missing Persons. Yankovic, who was "only getting average grades" in his architecture degree, began to realize that he might make a career of comedic music. Yankovic was picked to perform by the Canadian band Godspeed You! The same year, he appeared as himself in the How I Met Your Mother episode "Noretta". [124] For legal reasons, video clips (apart from those for Yankovic's own music videos) could not be shown for the home release, and unreleased parodies were removed from the parody medley for the performance. [192] Fans worldwide have sent donations to raise the US$40,000 needed for a nomination. Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic (né le 23 octobre 1959 à Lynwood, California, US) est chanteur, musicien, acteur, parodiste, compositeur, accordéoniste et producteur de télévision américain. The video for "Dare to Be Stupid" is, as stated by Yankovic, a style parody in general of Devo videos.[89]. [78] Other satirical songs include "Achy Breaky Song", which refers to the song "Achy Breaky Heart", "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long", which refers to the repetitious lyrics in "Got My Mind Set on You", and "Perform This Way", set to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" that drew inspiration from Lady Gaga's outlandish but confident attitude. Trouvez les Weird Al Yankovic Wife images et les photos d’actualités parfaites sur Getty Images. [95] Yankovic himself was amazed with the response he got from the album and video releases, stating that "I've been doing the same thing for 30 years and all of a sudden I'm having the best week of my life"[95] and that he "kind of stumbled on my formula for the future". In 1988 Yankovic was the narrator on the Wendy Carlos recording of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. Yankovic performed at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards singing a comedic medley of songs based on the themes of several Emmy-nominated shows such as Mad Men and Game of Thrones.[148]. [71] In some cases, in requesting the original band to allow for his parody, the band will offer to help out with the recreation: Dire Straits members Mark Knopfler and Guy Fletcher perform on "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*", Yankovic's parody of Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing", while Imagine Dragons provided Yankovic with advice on how to recreate some of the electronic sounds they used for "Radioactive" in Yankovic's parody "Inactive". [144], The film has since become a cult classic, with out-of-print copies of the VHS version selling for up to $100 on eBay until the release of the DVD in 2002. Inspiration could strike tomorrow and I might have something out next month. As he had previously done under similar circumstances (with his parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful", which was titled "You're Pitiful"), Yankovic then released the song for free on the internet. [22] Yankovic said: It was sort of like amateur music night, and a lot of people were like wannabe Dan Fogelbergs. Regular price $25.00 Sale price from $12.50 Save $12.50 VIEW. In 2008, Yankovic directed the music video for their song "Mixed Up S.O.B. [98][22], Michael Jackson was a big fan of Yankovic, and Yankovic claimed Jackson "had always been very supportive" of his work. Yankovic believes that Eminem thought that the video would be harmful to his image.[121]. He also voiced himself on a Back at the Barnyard episode, and he appeared as a ringmaster who helps the regular characters of Yo Gabba Gabba! [174] The book is illustrated by Wes Hargis, who, according to Yankovic, has "a childlike quality and a very fun quality and a very imaginative quality" that matched well with Yankovic's writing. In addition to recording his albums, Yankovic wrote and starred in the film UHF (1989) and the television series The Weird Al Show (1997). In mid-1979, shortly before his senior year, "My Sharona" by The Knack was on the charts and Yankovic took his accordion into the restroom across the hall from the radio station to take advantage of the echo chamber acoustics and recorded a parody titled "My Bologna". [202] This inspired Yankovic to write the fight song parody "Sports Song" for Mandatory Fun to help round out his repertoire. iTunes, Amazon, and everywhere else music is streamed or sold. [114], In 2000, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea told Behind the Music that he was unimpressed and disappointed by Yankovic's 1993 song "Bedrock Anthem", which parodied two of the band's songs. [29] The album also included a sequel to Camille Saint-Saëns's composition The Carnival of the Animals titled "The Carnival of the Animals Part II", with Yankovic providing humorous poems for each of the featured creatures in the style of Ogden Nash, who had written humorous poems for the original. "[113] In an interview in 2014, Coolio extended his apology for refusing his permission, stating that at the time "I was being cocky and shit and being stupid and I was wrong and I should've embraced that shit and went with it", and that he considered Yankovic's parody "actually funny as shit". The commercial featured Yankovic in the short-haired wig from the music video for Hanson's "River", claiming his new look was an attempt to "get back to the core of what I'm all about", that being "the music". Yankovic became the first guest editor for Mad Magazine for their 533rd issue, published in April 2015.[176]. VH1 produced a Behind the Music episode on Yankovic. Other songs of his have appeared in films or television series as well, such as "Dare to Be Stupid" in The Transformers: The Movie. Yankovic initially stated that he would instead shop the script around to other potential studios,[171] but in 2013 revealed that the project had been scrapped as "it was really geared for Cartoon Network" and that he had "cannibalized jokes from that script to use for other projects". Yankovic met The Knack after a show at his college and introduced himself as the author of "My Bologna". "Weird Al" Yankovic: King Of Suede ‎ (7", Single, Promo) Epic, Rock 'N' Roll Records: ES 968: Australia: 1984: Sell This Version: Recommendations Reviews Add Review [m5865] Master Release. A factual biographical booklet of Yankovic's life, written by Dr. Demento, was released with the 1994 box set compilation Permanent Record: Al in the Box. In 1983, Yankovic's first self-titled album was released on Scotti Bros. The episode, "Three Gays of the Condo", in which Marge hires Yankovic to sing the aforementioned song to Homer in an attempt to reconcile their marriage, later won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)". Weird Al Yankovic parodie "Happy" de Pharrell Williams. The show had a troubled production due to this requirement and the desire by CBS to follow in the success of Pee-wee's Playhouse, leading to the show's cancellation after one 13-episode season. He explains that "It's just a number I started using that people started attaching a lot of importance to. In 2011, Al appeared as himself in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases! "[109], In 2011, Yankovic was initially denied permission to parody Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" for his song "Perform This Way" for release on a new album, but through his release of the song on YouTube and subsequent spread via Twitter, Lady Gaga and her staff asserted that her manager had made the decision without her input, and Gaga herself gave Yankovic permission to proceed with the parody's release. Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born in Downey, California, on October 23, 1959,[8] the only child of Mary Elizabeth (née Vivalda) and Nick Yankovic. Super Show!, playing two different characters as the superhero SuperMagic PowerMan and as the President of the United States. [166] He has cameo appearances in his videos for Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Hanson (as the interviewer), and Ben Folds (as the producer fixing Folds' "shitty tracks"). [61] In stark contrast to his stage persona, Yankovic is known by friends and associates to be polite, shy, and introverted, even among family. WEIRD AL YANKOVIC Accordion Logo Navy Polo. Titres. Yankovic had a guest appearance voicing Wreck-Gar, a waste collection vehicle Transformer in the Transformers: Animated cartoon series;[151] previously, Yankovic's "Dare to Be Stupid" song was featured in the 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie, during the sequence in which the Wreck-Gar character was first introduced; as such, the song is referenced in the episode. ", Don McLean was reportedly pleased with "The Saga Begins", a parody of "American Pie", and told Yankovic that the parody's lyrics sometimes enter his mind during live performances. Yankovic has done voice-overs for several animated series. Factory on August 15, 2006. [94] ABC World News elaborated that Yankovic's success is in part due to the Internet's interest in viral and humorous videos catching up with what Yankovic has been doing for his entire career. [10] Many of these songs are style pastiches of specific bands with allusions to specific songs. Listen to albums and songs from Weird Al Yankovic. [170] Although Yankovic previously wrote the script for UHF, this was to be the first movie Yankovic directed. Yankovic had stated in interviews prior to Prince's death in 2016 that he had "approached him every few years [to] see if he's lightened up". In his early career, Yankovic hosted the specials Al TV on MTV and Al Music on MuchMusic many times, generally coinciding with the release of each new album. "Eat It" was also aided by the first of Yankovic's Al TV specials that aired on MTV on April 1, 1984, the network looking to Yankovic's rising popularity to help fill its programming time. [14] Peaking at No. Le fils de père Nick Louis Yankovic et mère Mary Elizabeth Yankovic est comédien, musicien & comédien de stand-up, anno 2021 célèbre pour Animal Man, The Tomorrow Show, I Love Rocky Road. Those wacky lawyers! Bang!, on which he had previously guest starred. The video for "I Lost on Jeopardy" includes an appearance by Greg Kihn, the artist whose song, "Jeopardy", was being parodied, along with Don Pardo and Art Fleming, Jeopardy's original announcer and host, as themselves. For The Nerdist Podcast, Weird Al began hosting a new comedic celebrity interview web series, Face to Face with 'Weird Al' Yankovic, on April 3, 2012. [14] Television producer Michael Schur considered that Yankovic's music represented a "deep egalitarian spirit of our culture" that allowed his comedy writers to reflect on society within his shows. 1 album during its debut week. "[31] He parodied the reaction to this "new look" in a commercial for his nonexistent MTV Unplugged special. [30] When Running with Scissors debuted in 1999, he unveiled a radically changed look. Additionally, the song "Word Crimes" (a parody of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines") reached No. He directed later videos himself and went on to direct for other artists, including Ben Folds, Hanson, The Black Crowes, and The Presidents of the United States of America. : IAmA", "Children's Picture Books – Feb. 20, 2011", "MAD magazine names its first guest editor in its seven-decade history: 'Weird Al' Yankovic", "Weird Al Yankovic Talks About Beer Endorsement He Turned Down", "This headline is inaccurate – I NEVER regretted the decision. 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