Weird Al Yankovic Overview
Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic ( ; born October 23, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter, music producer, actor, comedian, satirist satire , and a parodist. Yankovic is known in particular for his humorous songs that make light of po***r culture and that often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts. Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums—more than any other comedy act in history—recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and has performed more than 1,000 live shows. His works have earned him three Grammy Awards among nine nominations, four gold records RIAA certification , and six platinum records RIAA certification in the United States. Yankovic's first top ten Billboard Billboard charts album (Straight Outta Lynwood) and single ("White & Nerdy") were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career.
In addition to recording his albums, Yankovic has written and starred in his own film, UHF UHF (film) , and his own television show, The Weird Al Show, and directed music videos for himself and other artists including Ben Folds, Hanson Hanson (band) , Black Crowes The Black Crowes (band) , and The Presidents of the United States of America The Presidents of the United States of America (band) . He has also made guest appearances on many television shows, in addition to starring in his own Al TV specials.
The only child of Nick Louis Yankovic (June 4, 1917 – April 9, 2004)
During Yankovic's sophomore year as an architecture student at Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo California Polytechnic State University , he became a disc jockey at the university's radio station, KCPR. Yankovic said he had been nicknamed Weird Al by fellow students and "took it on professionally" as his persona for the station.
Yankovic also appeared on the Wendy Carlos recording of Prokofiev Sergei Prokofiev 's "Peter and the Wolf" as the narrator in 1988. The album also included a sequel of Camille Saint-Saëns's composition The Carnival of the Animals entitled 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. Rubén Valtierra joined the band on keyboards in 1991, allowing Yankovic to concentrate more on singing and increasing his use of the stage space during concerts.
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. When asked how he can "rationalize" performing at events such as the Great American Rib Cook-Off when he is a vegetarian, he replied "The same way I can rationalize playing at a college even though I’m not a student anymore."
On January 24, 1998, Yankovic had LASIK eye surgery to correct his extreme myopia. In the same period, he shaved off his moustache and grew out his hair, thus radically changing his signature look (he had previously shaved his mustache in 1983 for the video of "Ricky Ricky (song) " to resemble Desi Arnaz and 1996 for the "Amish Paradise" video). Yankovic reasoned, "If Madonna Madonna (entertainer) 's allowed to reinvent herself every 15 minutes, I figure I should be good for a change at least once every twenty years." He parodied the reaction to this "new look" in a commercial for his nonexistent MTV Unplugged special. The commercial featured Yankovic in the short-haired wig from the music video for Hanson's Hanson (band) "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 married Suzanne Krajewski on February 10, 2001. Their daughter, Nina, was born February 11, 2003. They also have a pet cockatiel named Bo Veaner.
On April 9, 2004, Yankovic's parents, Nick, 86, and Mary, 81, were found dead in their Fallbrook, California, home, apparently the victims of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning from their fireplace that had been recently lit. The flue was closed, which trapped the carbon monoxide gas inside the house, suffocating them. An hour after his wife notified him of his parents' death, Yankovic went on with his concert in Mankato, Minnesota, saying that "since my music had helped many of my fans through tough times, maybe it would work for me as well" and that it would "at least ... give me a break from sobbing all the time." Although Yankovic played the concert as planned, a scheduled meet and greet following the concert was canceled.
His latest three album releases feature the longest songs Yankovic has ever released. The "Albuquerque Albuquerque (song) " track from Running with Scissors is 11 minutes and 25 seconds; "Genius in France" from Poodle Hat runs for 8 minutes and 56 seconds; "Trapped in the Drive-Thru" from Straight Outta Lynwood is 10 minutes and 53 seconds long. Before 2007 (apart from a one-off performance of "Albuquerque" in Albuquerque, New Mexico), these "epic" songs were not performed live in their entirety due to their length and complexity. (See Live performances #Live performances for details)
Yankovic has also started to explore digital distribution of his songs. On October 7, 2008, Yankovic released to the iTunes Store "Whatever You Like Whatever You Like ("Weird Al" Yankovic song) ", a parody of the T.I. song of the same title Whatever You Like (T.I. song) , which Yankovic said he had come up with two weeks before. Yankovic said that the benefit of digital distribution is that "I don't have to wait around while my songs get old and dated—I can get them out on the Internet almost immediately." In 2009, Yankovic released four more songs: "Craigslist Craigslist (song) " on June 16, "Skipper Dan" on July 14, "CNR CNR (single) " on August 4, and "Ringtone Ringtone (song) " on August 25. These five digitally released songs comprise a digital EP titled Internet Leaks, with "Whatever You Like" retroactively being considered part of the EP set. The songs will also be included on Yankovic's next studio album, due to be released in 2010.
The Internet has also caused Yankovic frustration, as he has stated that websites such as YouTube undercut the impact of his work due to the ability of its users to upload material over a shorter amount of time than it takes Yankovic to create, record and release his work.
On August 28, 2009, Rolling Stone magazine released a fan poll that had asked readers to list their choices for who most deserves to be enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Weird Al was the overwhelming choice, ranking first, followed by Rush Rush (band) and The Moody Blues in the top ten."
It has been reported that Lady Gaga material may be used on Yankovic’s newest album due out late 2010/early 2011. Weird Al has acknowledged that Gaga is “a great candidate” for a parody.
While Yankovic's song parodies (such as "Eat It") have resulted in success on the Billboard charts (see List of singles by "Weird Al" Yankovic), he has actually recorded an equally large number of original humorous songs ("You Don't Love Me Anymore" and "One More Minute").
Although many of Yankovic's songs are parodies of contemporary radio hits, it is rare that the song's primary topic lampoons the original artist as a person, or the song itself. Most Yankovic songs consist of the original song's music, with a separate, unrelated set of amusing lyrics. Exceptions include "Smells Like Nirvana", which references unintelligible lyrics in "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "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", the unreleased "It's Still Billy Joel to Me", and "Confessions Part III Confessions Part III#Track listing ", which references "Confessions Confessions (Usher album) " and "Confessions Part II Confessions (Usher album) " in the first few lines.
Yankovic's humor normally lies more in creating unexpected incongruity between an artist's image and the topic of the song, contrasting the style of the song with its content (such as the songs "Amish Paradise", "White & Nerdy", and "You're Pitiful"), or in pointing out trends or works which have become pop culture clichés (such as "eBay eBay (song) " and "Don't Download This Song").
Yankovic is the sole writer for all his songs, and for "legal and personal reasons" does not accept parody submissions or ideas from fans.
In addition to his parodies, Yankovic also includes a medley of various songs on most albums, each one reinterpreted as a polka, with the choruses or memorable lines of various songs juxtaposed for humorous effect. Yankovic has been known to say that converting these songs to polka was "...the way God intended." Because the polkas have become a staple of Yankovic's albums, he has said he tries to include one on each album because "fans would be rioting in the streets, I think, if I didn't do a polka medley."
Some of Yankovic's original songs are "style parodies" for which he chooses a band's entire body of work to honor/parody, rather than any single hit by that band. Such bands include Rage Against the Machine with I'll Sue Ya (which features many aspects of the hit song, Killing in the Name), Devo with "Dare to Be Stupid Dare to Be Stupid (song) ", Talking Heads with "Dog Eat Dog", Frank Zappa with "Genius in France", Nine Inch Nails with "Germs", and Queen Queen (band) with "Ringtone". Others are style parodies in the style of a genre music genre of music, rather than a specific band (for example, country music with "Good Enough For Now" and charity records with "Don't Download This Song").
Yankovic has contributed original songs to several films ("This Is the Life This Is the Life (song) " 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 UHF (film) . Other songs of his have appeared in films or television series as well, such as "Dare to Be Stupid Dare to Be Stupid (song) " in The Transformers: The Movie.
One of Yankovic's recurring jokes involves the number 27 27 (number) ; "Al" is the chemical symbol for aluminum, and the atomic weight of that element is 27. It is seen on the covers for Running With Scissors Running with Scissors (album) , Poodle Hat and Straight Outta Lynwood. Other recurring jokes revolve around the names Bob (the Al TV interviews often mention the name), Frank (e.g. "Frank's 2000" TV"), and the surname "Finkelstein" (e.g. the music video for "I Lost on Jeopardy"). 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. Some other recurring jokes include Yankovic borrowing, or being owed, $5. In a number of Al TV interviews, he often asks if he can borrow $5, being turned down every time. This motif also occurs in "Why Does This Always Happen to Me? Poodle Hat ", in which his deceased friend owes him $5. Another recurring joke is his attraction to female nostrils or nostrils in general. This also appears in numerous Al TV interviews as well as in several of his songs ("Albuquerque Albuquerque (song) " and "Wanna B Ur Lovr Poodle Hat " to name a few.) Yankovic also asks his celebrity guests if they could "shave his back for a nickel." This also appears in the song "Albuquerque Albuquerque (song) ". Yankovic has also put two backmasking messages into his songs. The first, in "Nature Trail to Hell", said "Satan Eats Cheez Whiz"; the second, in "I Remember Larry", said "Wow, you must have an awful lot of free time on your hands."
Yankovic's career in novelty and comedy music has outlasted many of his "mainstream" parody targets, such as Toni Basil, MC Hammer, and Men Without Hats. While most novelty artists novelty song are one-hit wonders, Yankovic's continued success (including the top 10 single "White & Nerdy" and album Straight Outta Lynwood in 2006) has enabled him to escape the stigma often associated with novelty music.
While Yankovic's musical parodies generally do not include references to the songs or the artists of the original songs, Yankovic's music videos will sometimes parody the original song's music video in whole or in part. Most notably, the video for "Smells Like Nirvana" uses an extremely similar set to Nirvana Nirvana (band) 's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", including using several of the same actors. This video contended with "Smells like Teen Spirit" at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video. Other videos that draw directly from those of the original song include "Eat It", "Fat Fat (song) ", "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*", "Bedrock Anthem", "Headline News Headline News (song) ", "It's All about the Pentiums", "Amish Paradise", "Like a Surgeon", and "White & Nerdy". The video for "Dare to Be Stupid" is, as stated by Yankovic, a style parody in general of Devo videos.
Several videos have included appearances by notable celebrities in addition to Yankovic and his band. Dr. Demento appeared in several of Yankovic's earlier videos, such as "I Love Rocky Road" and "Ricky Ricky (song) ". 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". 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.
While most videos that Yankovic creates are aired on music channels such as MTV and VH1, Yankovic has also worked with animation artists to create music videos for release with extended content albums. The DualDisc version of Straight Outta Lynwood features six videos set to songs from the release, including videos created by Bill Plympton and John Kricfalusi; one video, "Weasel Stomping Day" was created by the producers of the show Robot Chicken, and aired as a segment of that program.
Reactions from original artists
Under the "fair use" provision of U.S. copyright law, affirmed by the United States Supreme Court Supreme Court of the United States , one does not need permission to record a parody. However, as a personal rule, and as a means of maintaining good relationships within the music community, Yankovic has always requested permission from the original artist before recording his parodies.
" in Auckland, New Zealand on March 10, 2007.Michael Jackson was also a big fan of Yankovic. Jackson twice allowed him to parody his songs ("Beat It" and "Bad Bad (Michael Jackson song) " became "Eat It" and "Fat Fat (song) ," respectively). When he granted Yankovic permission to do "Fat," Jackson allowed him to use the same set built for his own "Badder" video from the Moonwalker video. Though Jackson allowed "Eat It" and "Fat," he requested that Yankovic not record a parody of "Black or White," because he felt the message was too important. However, Yankovic has performed a concert-only parody "Snack All Night" in some of his live shows. Yankovic commented on the legal complications of the parody in the DVD audio commentary for UHF, explaining "We had to name that song 'Money for Nothing 'slash' Beverly Hillbillies 'asterisk' because the lawyers told us that had to be the name. Those wacky lawyers! What ya gonna do?" The Permanent Record: Al in the Box booklet referred to the song's "compound fracture of a title."
The Presidents of the United States of America The Presidents of the United States of America (band) were so pleased with "Gump", Yankovic's parody of their song "Lump", that they ended the song with Yankovic's 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. In 2008, Yankovic directed the music video for their song "Mixed Up S.O.B."
The song "The Saga Begins" (a parody of Don McLean's "American Pie American Pie (song) ") accurately states the entire plot of The Phantom Menace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace , despite being written before the film's release. Yankovic got the plot details from rumor websites. He was slightly unsure about Anakin Darth Vader proposing to Amidala Padmé Amidala , so he attended a US$ United States dollar 500 screening to confirm, and ended up making only very minor alterations to the lyrics. McLean was pleased with the parody, and even told Yankovic that the parody's lyrics sometimes enter his mind during live performances. Yankovic's parody not only replicates the music from the original Don McLean song, but it also replicates the multi-layered rhyming structure in the verses and chorus. Additionally, George Lucas loved the song and a Lucasfilm representative told Yankovic, "You should have seen the smile on his face."
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. Chamillionaire stated in an interview, "He's actually rapping pretty good on it, it's crazy [...] I didn't know he could rap like that. It's really an honor when he does that. [...] Weird Al is not gonna do a parody of your song if you're not doing it big." In September 2007, Chamillionaire credited "White & Nerdy" for his recent Grammy win, stating "That parody was the reason I won the Grammy, because it made the record so big it was undeniable. It was so big overseas that people were telling me they had heard my version of Weird Al's song."
One of Yankovic's most controversial parodies was 1996's "Amish Paradise", based on "Gangsta's Paradise Gangsta's Paradise (song) " by hip-hop artist Coolio, which, in turn, was based on "Pastime Paradise Songs in the Key of Life " by Stevie Wonder. Reportedly, Coolio's label gave Yankovic the impression that Coolio had granted permission to record the parody, but Coolio maintains that he never did. While Coolio claimed he was upset, legal action never materialized, and Coolio accepted royalty Royalties payments for the song. After this controversy, Yankovic has always made sure to speak directly with the artist of every song he parodied. At the XM Satellite Radio booth at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show Yankovic and Coolio made peace. 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. I doubt I’ll be invited to Coolio’s next birthday party, but at least I can stop wearing that bulletproof vest to the mall."
In 2003, Yankovic was denied permission to make a video for "Couch Potato Couch Potato (song) ", his parody of Eminem's "Lose Yourself":
For the Poodle Hat Al TV special, Yankovic raised the question of artistic expression in a fake interview with Eminem. As Yankovic has always done for his Al TV specials, he edited the footage of a previous Eminem interview and inserted himself asking questions for comic effect.
On numerous occasions, Prince Prince (musician) has refused Yankovic permission to record parodies of his songs. Yankovic has stated in interviews that he has "approached him every few years [to] see if he's lightened up."
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is a self-proclaimed Yankovic fan, but when Yankovic wished to create a polka medley of Led Zeppelin songs, Page refused. Yankovic was, however, allowed the very rare opportunity to re-record a sample of "Black Dog Black Dog (song) " for a segment of "Trapped in the Drive-Thru".
Paul McCartney, also a Yankovic fan, refused Yankovic permission to record a parody of Wings Wings (band) ' "Live and Let Die Live and Let Die (song) ", entitled "Chicken Pot Pie", because McCartney is a vegetarian and found the parody to be in bad taste. His concerts often feature parodies for which the artist did not give permission or could not be released for various reasons.
In 2006, Yankovic gained James Blunt's permission to record a parody of "You're Beautiful". However, after Yankovic had recorded "You're Pitiful", Blunt's label, Atlantic Records, rescinded this permission. The parody was pulled from Yankovic's Straight Outta Lynwood due to his label's unwillingness to "go to war" with Atlantic. Yankovic released the song as a free download on his MySpace profile, as well as his official website, and plays it in concert, since it was not Blunt himself objecting to the parody. The music video for "White & Nerdy" references this dispute, showing Yankovic defacing Atlantic Records' Wikipedia article with the words "YOU SUCK!"
", on August 8, 2007, at the Ohio State Fair.
Yankovic often describes his live concert performances as "a rock and comedy multimedia extravaganza" with an audience that "ranges from toddlers to geriatrics." 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.
2003 saw Yankovic on tour overseas for the first time. Before 2003, Yankovic and his band had toured only the United States and parts of Canada. Yankovic returned to Australia and toured New Zealand for the first time in 2007 to support the Straight Outta Lynwood album.
On September 8, 2007, Yankovic performed his 1,000th live show at Idaho Falls, Idaho. However, it was unsuccessful in theaters, likely due to a release in mid-1989, going up against Ghostbusters II, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman Batman (1989 film) , and others.
The film has since become a cult classic Cult film , with out-of-print copies of the VHS version selling for up to $100 on eBay until the release of the DVD in 2002. Yankovic occasionally shows clips from the film at his concerts (to which MGM Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer , the film's current owner, initially objected in the form of a cease and desist letter). In an apparent attempt to make it more accessible to overseas audiences, where the term UHF Ultra high frequency is used less frequently to describe TV broadcasts, the film was titled The Vidiot From UHF UHF (film) in Australia and parts of Europe.
UHF shows the creation of Yankovic's signature food—the Twinkie Wiener Sandwich. The snack consists of an overturned Twinkie split open as a makeshift bun, a hot dog, and Easy Cheese put together and dipped in milk before eating. Yankovic has stated that he has switched to using tofu hot dogs since becoming a vegetarian Vegetarianism , but still enjoys the occasional Twinkie Wiener Sandwich.
Notable television appearances
Yankovic had a TV series called The Weird Al Show, which aired from September 1997 to December 1997 on CBS. Though the show appeared to be geared at children, the humor was really more for his adult fans (as such, it is often compared to Pee-wee's Playhouse). The entire series was released on DVD by Shout! Factory on August 15, 2006.
Yankovic has hosted Al TV on MTV and Al Music on MuchMusic many times, generally coinciding with the release of each new album. For Poodle Hat, Al TV appeared on VH1 for the first time. A recurring segment of Al TV involves Yankovic mani***ting interviews for comic effect. He inserts himself into a previously conducted interview with a musician, and then mani***tes his questions, resulting in bizarre and comic responses from the celebrity.
VH1 produced a Behind the Music episode on Yankovic. His two commercial failures (his film UHF UHF (film) and his 1986 album Polka Party!) were presented as having a larger impact on the direction of his career than they really had. Also, Coolio's later disapproval of "Amish Paradise" was played up as a large feud. Much was also made over his apparent lack of a love life, though he got married shortly after the program aired.
Yankovic has done voice-overs for a number of animated series. He appeared in a 2003 episode of The Simpsons, singing "The Ballad of Homer & Marge" (a parody of John Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane") with his band. The episode, "Three***s of the Condo", in which Marge Marge Simpson hires Yankovic to sing the aforementioned song to Homer Homer Simpson in an attempt to reconcile their marriage, later won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)". Yankovic also had a cameo in a 2008 episode, entitled "That 90's Show", during which he records a parody of Homer's grunge hit "Shave Me" entitled "Brain Freeze" (Homer's song, "Shave Me", was itself a parody of Nirvana Nirvana (band) 's "***Me") making Yankovic one of only a handful of celebrities to appear twice on the show playing themselves. He has had one notable appearance in the animated Adult Swim show Robot Chicken voicing a kid who becomes a giant robot. The episode also featured Al's music video, "Weasel Stomping Day." Yankovic is the voice for Squid Hat List of characters in The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy#Toadblatt's Summer School of Sorcery on the Cartoon Network Cartoon Network (US) show, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. He is also the announcer of the cartoon's eponymous video game The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (video game) adaptation. Yankovic had a guest appearance voicing Wreck-Gar, a waste collection vehicle Transformer in the Transformers: Animated cartoon series; 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. He also plays local TV talent show host Uncle Muscles on several episodes of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job along with other appearances on the show. Weird Al has also supplied the voice of one-shot character 'Petroleum Joe' on The Brak Show. He also voiced himself on a Back at the Barnyard episode.
An exhaustive list of television shows on which Yankovic has appeared is available on his official website.
"Weird Al" Yankovic has directed many of his own music videos; he has directed all of his music videos from 1993’s "Bedrock Anthem" to his latest, 2006’s "White & Nerdy". He also directed the end sequence of 1986’s "Christmas at Ground Zero" (an original piece juxtaposing Christmas with nuclear warfare) from his Polka Party! album and the title sequence to Spy Hard, for which he sang the title song. Yankovic wrote, directed and starred in the short 3-D movie attraction "Al's Brain: A 3-D Journey Through The Human Brain," which premiered at the Orange County Fair Orange County Fair (California) in Costa Mesa, California in 2009. The $ USD 2.5 million project sponsored by the Orange County Fair, including a brief cameo by Sir Paul McCartney that Yankovic directed during McCartney's tour at the 2009 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Fair CEO Steve Beazley, who supported the project, considers the project a success and is considering leasing the exhibit to other fairs; the second appearance of the exhibit will be at the Puyallup Fair in Washington Washington (U.S. state) .
In addition to his own, he has directed several videos for Hanson Hanson (band) (The Titanic Titanic (1997 film) sequences in "River"), The Black Crowes ("Only a Fool Only a Fool (song) "), Ben Folds ("Rockin' the Suburbs Rockin' the Suburbs (song) "), Jeff Foxworthy ("Redneck Stomp" and "Party All Night"), Blues Explosion ("Wail"), and The Presidents of the United States of America The Presidents of the United States of America (band) ("Mixed Up S.O.B"). Although Yankovic previously wrote the script for UHF, this will be the first movie he has directed.
On November 10, 2009, Weird Al was a guest "internet scientist" on Rocketboom's "Know Your Meme" video series, in the installment on the topic of Autotune, hosted by Jamie Wilkinson.
Eric Appel produced a Funny or Die movie trailer for "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story", a fictional biographical film that parodies other films based on musicians; Yankovic (played by Aaron Paul) is seen hiding his "weirdness" from his parents (Gary Cole and Mary Steenburgen), making it big using song parodies with the help of Dr. Demento (Patton Oswalt), falling in and out of love with Madonna (Olivia Wilde), and fading into alcoholism and being arrested, where his father finally admits he is "weird" as well. Yankovic himself plays a music producer in the short.
Weird Al joined the band Hanson Hanson (band) in their music video for "Thinking Bout Somethin Thinking Bout Somethin (Hanson song) " in which he plays the tambourine.
Yankovic contributes backing vocals for the song "Time" on Ben Folds' album Songs for Silverman.
Yankovic also appeared in the recent Halloween II Halloween II (2009 film) as himself on a news channel.
Yankovic was also one of many celebrities who took part in the NOH8 Campaign against Proposition 8 California Proposition 8 (2008) banning same-*** marriage in California.PRO, showing a large number of parodies misattributed to Yankovic, as well as numerous misspellings of his surname. ( )
Songs posted to networks are often misattributed to him due to their humorous subject matter. Often, his surname is misspelled (and thus mispronounced) as "Yankovich", among other variations. Much to the disdain of Yankovic, these misattributed files include songs that are racist, ***ually explicit, or otherwise offensive. A young listener who had heard several of these offensive tracks by way of a file sharing service confronted Yankovic online, threatening a boycott due to his supposedly explicit lyrics. Quite a few of the songs, such as "Star Wars Cantina Star Wars Cantina (song)#Parody song " by Mark Jonathan Davis Richard Cheese (later of Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine), "Star Wars Gangsta Rap", "Yoda Smokes Weed", "Chewbacca" and several more have a Star Wars motif. 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.
Yankovic cites these misattributions as "his only real beef with peer-to-peer sites":
A list of songs frequently misattributed to Yankovic can be found atThe Weird Al Star Fund is a campaign started by Yankovic's fans to get him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their mission is 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." Fans worldwide have sent donations to raise the US$ United States dollar 15,000 needed for a nomination. In addition to the preferred method of cash donations, many methods were used to raise money for the cause, such as a live benefit show held April 11, 2006, and selling merchandise on the official website and eBay, including T-shirts, calendars, and cookbooks. On May 26, 2006, the campaign hit the then-$15,000 target, just five days before the May 31 deadline to submit the necessary paperwork. On February 9, 2007, the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce raised the price to sponsor a new star to $25,000
Similar to the Weird Al Star Fund, a second fan-driven campaign called "Make the Rock Hall Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 'Weird'" has tried to enshrine him into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, for which he has been eligible since 2004. Previous attempts to raise awareness for the campaign and support Yankovic's nomination included a petition drive from 2006 to 2007, which raised over 9000 signatures; an art competition in 2005; additionally, a documentary film about the campaign is currently being developed. 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. The Hall has not considered Yankovic for nomination since the campaign started in 2004.
Awards and nominations
'Gold and platinum records'
The "Eat It" single reached the #1 position on the Australian singles chart in 1984.
The "White & Nerdy" single was certified platinum for digital downloads and gold for ringtone downloads in the U.S.The following is a comprehensive list of Yankovic's long form videos to date, with the United States release date.
Awards and nominations
Cameos and special appearances in film
* 1988: Tapeheads
* 1988: The *** Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
* 1991: Parker Lewis Can't Lose
* 1991: The *** Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
* 1992: The Case: Off the Record (a Mathnet segment from the television program, Square One TV)
* 1994: *** Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult
* 1994: Space Ghost Coast to Coast (Himself)
* 1996: Spy Hard
* 1996: Space Ghost Coast to Coast (Himself, Archive Footage, Uncredited)
* 1997: Safety Patrol Safety Patrol (film)
* 1997: Eek! Stravaganza Eek! The Cat
* 1997: Space Ghost Coast to Coast (Himself, Archive Sound, Uncredited)
* 1998: Nothing Sacred Nothing Sacred (TV series)
* 2002: Desperation Boulevard
* 2002: The Brak Show
* 2003: The Simpsons
* 2003: Haunted Lighthouse
* 2003: Lilo & Stitch: The Series
* 2004: Johnny Bravo
* 2005: Extreme Makeover Home Edition
* 2006: Ren & Stimpy The Lost Episodes Ren & Stimpy
* 2006: Robot Chicken
* 2007-2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
* 2008: The Simpsons (second appearance)
* 2008: Nerdcore Rising Nerdcore Rising (film)
* 2008 - 2009: Transformers Animated as Wreck Gar
* 2009: Halloween II Halloween II (2009 film)
* 2010: Back at the Barnyard (Himself, shows in episode that he is a horse)
* 2010: Yo Gabba Gabba
* 2010: Thinkin' 'Bout Somethin' music video (Hanson)
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