[176] He also competed on Rock & Roll Jeopardy! 1 debut album on the Billboard charts the week of its release, buoyed by Yankovic's approach for releasing eight music videos over eight continuous days that drew viral attention to the album as described below. Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born in Downey, California, on October 23, 1959,[8] the only child of Mary Elizabeth (née Vivalda) and Nick Yankovic. : 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. [12], On September 14, 1980, Yankovic was a guest on the Dr. Demento Show, where he was to record a new parody live. (2013). The Knack's lead singer, Doug Fieger, said he liked the song and suggested that Capitol Records vice president Rupert Perry release it as a single. [181], From 2014 until 2017, Yankovic appeared as a celebrity contestant in eight episodes of the game show Celebrity Name Game.[182]. On his website, Yankovic wrote of this event, "I don't remember what we said to each other exactly, but it was all very friendly. Yankovic contributes backing vocals for the song "Time" on Ben Folds' album Songs for Silverman. Comedy [Listener discretion advised!] Yankovic believes that Eminem thought that the video would be harmful to his image.[120]. Lyrics to 'White & Nerdy' by 'Weird Al' Yankovic. "[108], 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. Also, Coolio's later disapproval of "Amish Paradise" was played up as a large feud. Also, a hamster called Harvey the Wonder Hamster is a recurring character in The Weird Al Show and the Al TV specials, as well as the subject of an original song on Alapalooza. Music video by "Weird Al" Yankovic performing Smells Like Nirvana. In 1985, Yankovic co-wrote and starred in a mockumentary of his own life titled The Compleat Al (the title being a parody of the 1982 documentary The Compleat Beatles), which intertwined the facts of his life up to that point with fiction. Weird Al’s 14th studio album, the Grammy® award-winning Mandatory Fun (2014), became the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and the first to even reach the top of that chart since 1963. Yankovic and his band toured as the opening act for The Monkees in mid-1987 for their second reunion tour of North America. Hij vormde in 1982 een eigen band samen met Steve Jay, John Schwartz en Jim West. Bang!, on which he had previously guest starred. Some fans have been begging song parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic to rework the Knack hit “My Sharona” into “My Corona” for the coronavirus pandemic. In October 2016, Yankovic collaborated with the Gregory Brothers to create a music video "Bad Hombres, Nasty Women" shortly after the third debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, with Yankovic singing between autotuned snippets from the candidates. To help promote his 2014 album Mandatory Fun in social media circles, Yankovic produced eight music videos for the album releasing them over eight consecutive days with release of the album, believing it "would make an impact because people would be talking about the album all week long". In 2012, he appeared as himself along with Alice Cooper, Bret Michaels, and Maria Menounos in The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange for the Christmas special, and sung with Alice, Bret, and Orange. "[106], Chamillionaire was also very pleased, even putting Yankovic's parody "White & Nerdy" (a parody of "Ridin'") on his official MySpace page before it was on Yankovic's own page. I like everybody to be in on the joke and be happy for my success. [191] The campaign raised the new target each time and applications continued to be submitted yearly, until The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced in June 2017 that Yankovic would receive a star on the Walk of Fame as one of the 2018 inductees. 3 … I had to steal my neighbor's Segway to get here today, and on the way I crashed in this dumpster, and these kids were making a video and now I'm on TikTok! [97] Jackson twice allowed him to parody his songs ("Beat It" and "Bad" became "Eat It" and "Fat", respectively). This refusal, coming shortly after the commercial failure of Yankovic's movie UHF in theaters, had initially set Yankovic back; he later recognized this as a critical time as, while searching for new parodies, he came across Nirvana, leading to a revitalization of his career with "Smells Like Nirvana". He has stated that he may forgo traditional albums in favor of timely releases of singles from the 2010s onwards. The Weird Al Show was a live action skit-based children's show hosted by Yankovic, airing from September to December 1997 on CBS, which featured several actors and bands as guests along with Yankovic and other actors. [97][109] Gaga considered herself "a huge Weird Al fan",[110] and she stated that the parody was a "rite of passage" for her musical career and considered the song "very empowering". [10] On his Behind the Music special, Yankovic stated that when he called Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain to ask if he could parody the song, Cobain gave him permission, then paused and asked, "Um... it's not gonna be about food, is it?" [65][66] He later said, "Since my music had helped many of my fans through tough times, maybe it would work for me as well [...] it would at least give me a break from sobbing all the time. [14] In 1976, Dr. Demento spoke at Yankovic's school where the then-16-year-old Yankovic gave him a homemade tape of original and parody songs performed on the accordion in Yankovic's bedroom into a "cheesy little tape recorder". [55], Yankovic became a vegetarian in 1992 when his then-girlfriend gave him a copy of the 1987 John Robbins book Diet for a New America, which he said "made a very compelling argument for a strict vegetarian diet". [14] A door-to-door salesman traveling through Lynwood offered his parents a choice of accordion or guitar lessons at a local music school. Yankovic is het enige kind van Louis Yankovic en Mary Elizabeth. Weird Al Yankovic ( @alyankovic ) is a comedian and songwriter. In 1988 Yankovic was the narrator on the Wendy Carlos recording of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. [12] Levey asked Yankovic if he had considered creating a full band and doing his music as a career. "[33] In 2009, Yankovic released four more songs: "Craigslist" on June 16, "Skipper Dan" on July 14, "CNR" on August 4, and "Ringtone" on August 25. Weird Al Yankovic’s height and weight. [98] Despite these refusals, Yankovic was able to gain permission to parody the "When Doves Cry" video as part of his music video for the song "UHF". [194] In December 2010, the price was raised again to $30,000. [169] Although Yankovic previously wrote the script for UHF, this was to be the first movie Yankovic directed. Yankovic has documented all these past lyrical attempts, first through binders and then computerized in case he needs to go back for future songs. ", "Make the Rock Hall "Weird" – Our Mission", "Make the Rock Hall "Weird" – How You Can Help", "Readers' Rock List: Who Should Be Nominated For the Hall of Fame? [198][199] In addition to these efforts, an ongoing campaign is underway in which supporters of Yankovic's nomination are requested to send "sincere, thoughtful" letters to the Rock Hall Foundation's headquarters in New York. He was not interested in sports or social events at school but was active in its extracurricular programs, including the National Forensic League-sanctioned public speaking events, a play based upon Rebel Without a Cause, the yearbook (for which he wrote most of the captions), and the Volcano Worshippers club; the latter, according to Yankovic, did "absolutely nothing" and was started "just to get an extra picture of [themselves] in the yearbook". Yankovic has contributed original songs to several films ("This Is the Life" from Johnny Dangerously; "Polkamon" from the movie Pokémon: The Movie 2000, and a parody of the James Bond title sequence in Spy Hard), in addition to his own film, UHF. Since having a comedy song aired in 1976, Yankovic has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007[update]),[3] recorded more than 150 parody and original songs,[4][5][6] and performed more than 1,000 live shows. The song was called "Another One Rides the Bus", a parody of Queen's hit, "Another One Bites the Dust". The music of “Weird Al” Yankovic doesn’t just say otherwise, it SCREAMS otherwise. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 7,037 (C) 1992 Volcano Entertainment lll, LLC "[48], After several years of fan-driven campaigns, Yankovic received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018. [36][37], Yankovic had reported an interest in parodying Lady Gaga's material,[38] and on April 20 announced that he had written and recorded a parody of "Born This Way" titled "Perform This Way", to be the lead single for his new album. [97], Separately, Yankovic needs to negotiate for royalties to the original artists for including their songs within a polka medley, which is considered a cover in copyright law. [75] Most Yankovic songs consist of the original song's music, with a separate, unrelated set of amusing lyrics. It's just a bummer to turn down that much money, you know? List of songs recorded by "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Weird Al" Yankovic Live! [141] However, it was unsuccessful in theaters due to both poor critical reception and competition from other summer blockbusters at the time such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lethal Weapon 2, Batman and Licence to Kill. [123] 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. Yankovic met The Knack after a show at his college and introduced himself as the author of "My Bologna". Spoof video has been praised by Monty Python’s Eric Idle as ‘genius’ Yankovic stated that the idea for the book was based on his own "circuitous" career path. ", "Five Reasons 'Weird Al' Yankovic Should Perform at Next Year's Super Bowl", "Fans backing Weird Al for Super Bowl halftime", "You Can Help Weird Al Headline the Super Bowl's Halftime Show", "Bill & Ted Face The Music: 45 Easter Eggs, References, And Things You Missed", "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Episode 89", "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – 51 – Episode 110", "Exclusive: See the trailer for the final episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic", Watch Animated 'Weird Al' Sing About Underpants | Rolling Stone, "Weird Al Stars and Sings on 'Uncle Grandpa, "WATCH:'Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle' Season 2 Debuts Jan. 11", "Happy! His works have earned him three gold and five platinum records in the U.S. Those wacky lawyers! [173] Yankovic worked with Harper Collins' editor Anne Hoppe—the first time that Yankovic has had an editor—and found her help to be a positive experience. [186] Some songs misattributed to him are not songs, but spoken skits, such as "Sesame Street on crack", which is also widely misattributed to Adam Sandler. In 1985 schreef Yankovic mee aan een mockumentary over zijn eigen leven getiteld The Compleat Al. Zijn carrière breidde zich al snel uit naar andere media. The tape's first song, "Belvedere Cruisin'" – about his family's Plymouth Belvedere – was played on Demento's comedy radio show, launching Yankovic's career. Ontdek de perfecte stockfoto's over Weird Al Yankovic en redactionele nieuwsbeelden van Getty Images Kies uit premium Weird Al Yankovic van de hoogste kwaliteit. were presented as having a larger impact on the direction of his career than they really had. However, after Yankovic had recorded "You're Pitiful", Blunt's label, Atlantic Records, rescinded this permission, despite Blunt's personal approval of the song. [172] The book features 8-year-old Billy presenting to his class the wide variety of imaginative career possibilities that he is considering. Zo heeft Yankovic bijvoorbeeld al meerdere keren tevergeefs geprobeerd toestemming te krijgen van Prince om een van zijn nummers te parodiëren.