Gangnam Style - "Weird Al" Yankovic - Mandatory Fun (CD, Album)

A week before the album's official release, eight of the album's twelve tracks had music videos released, each on a different website. It's aggravating to have to repeatedly explain how to give the term its proper use. Example of: Grammar Nazi. Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes. You need to login to do this.

Get Known if you don't have an account. Records inhit it big with his second album thanks to "Eat It" a song and music video parody of Michael Jackson 's "Beat It" peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hotand hasn't looked back since.

Most of Al's albums during the '80s and '90s went platinum; Al shrewdly used Viral Marketing to saturate social media with publicity for his album Mandatory Funand he was rewarded with that album debuting at number one on the Billboard his first number one album ever. Despite this, Al would be the first to admit he was never seriously in the running due to behind-the-scenes politics; the gig eventually went to Katy Perry.

Al has also won four Grammys in his career: three for Gangnam Style - "Weird Al" Yankovic - Mandatory Fun (CD albums and one for a video. He has been involved with the Transformers franchise twice: his song "Dare To Be Stupid" was played in the movieand he provided the voice of Wreck-Gar in Transformers Animated. His voice has appeared both before and since the latter in a number of cartoons, with his roles ranging from one-off gag characters to the title characters of the Animal Man Animated Adaptation and the Disney XD cartoon Milo Murphy's Law.

Init was confirmed that Al would be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was awarded his star on the 27th of August Al usually releases a new album and goes on tour once every three to four years, which led John Garabedian of Open House Party to say that "every album is [Al's] comeback album, and then he goes away until the next one". With the release of Mandatory FunAl fulfilled his record contract, and he now plans to go with completely digital releases in the future, which gives Album) the opportunity to release new songs as they're completed instead of waiting until he has enough material for a full album.

Unlike other parody-centric artists, Al and his band who have been together since the 80s from the second album on — the first album used accordion on every track, in keeping with Al's trademark talent — stay extremely close to the original melodies and instrumentation of the song they parody. In the most extreme example of this attention to detail, "Trapped in the Drive-Thru" based on R.

Kelly 's "Trapped in the Closet" sounds exactly like the original. Al is very sympathetic to geek communities and frequently gives them recognition in his songs.

The popularity of his work eventually created the "Weird Al" Effect where a parody remains popular long after the originaland his habit of using pop culture metaphors AKA "Pulling a Weird Al" led to his being the former trope namer for that. The Not Al List was created to catalog these songs and give them the proper attribution.

Lots of these songs contain raunchy or offensive lyrics, and the lead vocal vaguely sounds like Al; since Al is the most visible parody musician alivehis name gets attached to them, despite having subject matter and lyrics he would never touch. Even with the occasional dip into raunchy subtext, he still aims to be in his words a "more-or-less family-friendly" performer. The best way to tell if Al performed a given song is to look for music videos of them on YouTube.

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Daring to be stupid since the 80's! Below: His current appearance, starting from Running With Scissors. When Kurt finally watched the music video, his former bandmate confirmed that he was on the floor laughing so hard from the video. Al has since disowned "It's Still Billy Joel to Me" although Joel himself admitted to loving the parody, and he even Album) it a few times.

Adam Westing : Pal. Plays a version of himself who is Julia Sweeney 's husband in Work in Progress. Affectionate Parody : Most of his original works fall under Affectionate Parody. Michael Jackson gave Al permission to parody any of Gangnam Style - "Weird Al" Yankovic - Mandatory Fun (CD work that he wanted for the rest of his life. The only condition was that Al not record a version of his "Black or White" parody titled "Snack All Night" as he felt it would cheapen the message of the song.

Al agreed and plays the song only at his live shows. The only song for which he didn't have permission was "Amish Paradise", but there was nothing malicious about it; a miscommunication led Al to believe he actually did have permission, and by the time it was cleared up, it was too late. Coolio the original artist got over it and gave Al a hug.

As Al put it, "I doubt I'll be invited to Coolio's birthday party, but at least I don't have to wear a bulletproof vest to the mall anymore. After several hours of backlash, it was revealed that the manager never gave her the song to listen to, out of the assumption she would hate it.

Of course, this turned out to be completely untrue; upon actually hearing it, Gaga not only loved it, but considered it an "expansion" of her original song— while the original was a straight-up celebration of alternative lifestyles, Gaga considered the parody a celebration of her own Cloud Cuckoolander -ness.

Lady Gaga : I actually really appreciate the philosophy behind the song. The Hot Rocks Polka Polka Your Eyes Out Bohemian Polka The Alternative Polka Polka Power! Angry White Boy Polka Polka Face However, most of the lyrics were retained, so it's not all that hard to sing this to the original melody. Demento performance was used. Both this and the Nirvana album ended with a hidden track that consisted only of loud guitars and screaming.

The well-buried snippet of this song is most likely the result of "Bite Me" being dubbed onto a previously used tape. Homer's song was spoofing Nirvana's "Rape Me. However, some fans doubt its existence. Later editions of this book don't show this statistic. Ray Stevens Stan Freberg Roger Miller Jerry Reed Last edited by DynastyMasters; February 2, at pm. March 5,pm 2. He's the greatest and I've been a fan since "Eat It"! I saw him last summer and he put on an amazing show! A must see for fans of all ages!

Thanks for a wonderful Power-Con! March 5,pm 3. And the point of this thread is? March 5,pm 4. See ya', He-Bro. March 5,pm 5. Originally Posted by wolfsfang. March 5,pm 6. Track your MotU collection at shmax. Almost Comics : Occasionally updated. Occasionally funny. March 5,pm 7. I appreciate the time and effort you put into this thread. I like to head over to youtube. I could go on and on and on about the other songs I like.

I will add that two of his newest ones "tacky" and "foil" are ones i like. I am the wrong person to ask if the lis is missing anything.

Guess it's just called "pac-man" i quickly corrected it. March 5,pm 8. March 5,pm 9. March 5,pm 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. 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 says I doubt it!

Then I said, but the lyrics are his. Then she said, "Um…no they're not! Weird Al is one of my favorite singers. Even a lot of his "original" songs are style parodies, though. I've bought all of his albums over the years on either cassette tape or CD since elementary school. Last edited by Neophron; March 5, at pm. Try to reach inside of me, Album) to drain my energy Let me show you just what I'm made of Simple curiosity trying to take a bite of me Let me show you just what I'm made of now March 6,am Melanie Melanie What can the problem be?

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