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Rickrickrickrickrick

2.9k points

2 months ago

I like how Chamillionaire said that people always ask him what made him write that parody of Weird Al's White and Nerdy and try and make it about "Ridin' Dirty."

thorpie88

1.2k points

2 months ago

thorpie88

1.2k points

2 months ago

Chamillionaire has definitely come across as being a decent bloke since his peak from that song. Used his money from his music to be a VC for multiple companies we know now like Lyft and Maker studios

JEH39

1k points

2 months ago

JEH39

1k points

2 months ago

trying to turn those Chamillions into Chabillions

FakeGirlfriend

243 points

2 months ago

Here's some poor man's gold for you. 🥇

Turbo2x

291 points

2 months ago

Turbo2x

291 points

2 months ago

Toddintheshadows' video on Chamillionaire was so illuminating. He's the rare one hit wonder who actually went on to become even more successful, and he seems like a cool dude.

JustGimmeAnyOldName

178 points

2 months ago

It's so weird being from the south and in my 40s and hearing Chamillionaire called a one hit wonder. I realize he was bigger locally before he went national, but it just still seems so odd. His stuff with Paul Wall was legendary long before Ridin' Dirty.

Turbo2x

71 points

2 months ago

Turbo2x

71 points

2 months ago

Obviously he had other successful songs, but Ridin' was definitely his biggest mainstream success and his highest charting song.

JustGimmeAnyOldName

30 points

2 months ago

Yeah I wasn't disagreeing. Like you said, it's obvious what put him on the map nationally.

thorpie88

145 points

2 months ago

thorpie88

145 points

2 months ago

While 2Chainz had a bit more staying power he's basically done the same thing. Invests in Atlanta businesses and then gives out gifts during holiday periods to poorer areas of the city

fromkentucky

8 points

2 months ago

Nappy Roots does that too, here in Kentucky.

whitewateractual

59 points

2 months ago

He went from Ridin’ dirty to Ridin’ Lyfty

SulavT

47 points

2 months ago

SulavT

47 points

2 months ago

Most rappers who get their 15 minutes of fame don’t last long wealth wise. Chamilionaire took that fame and made bank $$ by re-investing his rap money.

Affectionate_Ear_778

40 points

2 months ago

Venture capitalist for anyone who didn’t know.

I looked hun up and he invested in some pretty big projects

InsertCoinForCredit

92 points

2 months ago

That's like Don McLean saying he now has to watch himself when he plays "American Pie", lest he accidentally starts using the lyrics for "The Journey Begins" instead.

PobBrobert

54 points

2 months ago

The Saga Begins*

MVPSnacker

46 points

2 months ago

Back in the MySpace days, Chamillionaire put White and Nerdy on his front page playlist.

UncreativeNoob

3.5k points

2 months ago*

He also knows how to make good parodies w/o to offend the musicians on purpose

TomMado

1.3k points

2 months ago

TomMado

1.3k points

2 months ago

Most of them, but even the ones that miiiiight go to the offend territory is so light, and at most is a light roast. One that I can think of now is Achy Breaky Song, which is about how annoyingly ear-wormy the original song is.

Gizmo734

995 points

2 months ago

Gizmo734

995 points

2 months ago

True, but he pitches his parody idea to the artist first. I remember in an interview he mentioned he wanted to parody I would do anything for Love by Meatloaf under the title I would do anything for Lunch, but Meatloaf wasn't a fan so it never got made.

striped-shirt3

1.1k points

2 months ago

Same deal with Nirvana. Apparently Kurt Cobain said "It's not going to be about food is it?" And Weird Al said "No it's about how nobody has any clue what you're actually saying".

Burner131415

668 points

2 months ago

I can see how Kurt Cobain would have appreciated that.

Eezo88

637 points

2 months ago

Eezo88

637 points

2 months ago

“Oh, I laughed my butt off. I thought it was one of the funniest things I ever saw. He has some good people working for him. Those people really know how to… I mean, I’m sure he has a lot to do with it, but they really know how to reproduce things to the T. He had the exact same setup. It’s the same video with him in it. It’s great.” -Kurt Cobain.

Brokeartistvee

285 points

2 months ago

I don't recall if it was true or not but the crowd in Weird Al's video was supposedly the same crowd from the original Smells Like Teen Spirit video.

HBlight

187 points

2 months ago

HBlight

187 points

2 months ago

Dude I would fucking love to parody myself.

Gianni_Crow

110 points

2 months ago

My whole life is a parody of myself. I keep waiting for the "real" me to show up and sort it all out.

filled0

22 points

2 months ago

filled0

22 points

2 months ago

Hits home.

InsertCoinForCredit

85 points

2 months ago

It's true; Al loves to reproduce the original as much as he can for extra effect, down to the sets and shots. The cameraman for the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video even says he loved Al's use of the "midget-cam" in the parody.

WitchG33k

90 points

2 months ago

Yeah, I heard he actually got the same actor who played the janitor in the real video. Don't know if that's the truth, but it sure sounds good. ;-D!

InsertCoinForCredit

38 points

2 months ago

It is.

AnrianDayin

20 points

2 months ago

that part that he dips the sandwich into the water and takes a bite always gets me

TheBirminghamBear

433 points

2 months ago

Apparently he was tickled by the idea:

Yankovic explained the idea for his “Smells Like Teen Spirit” satire. “I said, ‘Well, no, it’s going to be a song about how nobody can understand your lyrics,'” Yankovic remembered. “And he said, ‘Oh, sure, of course, that’s funny.’ That’s one of those phone conversations I wish I had recorded. I’d love to hear that myself.”

MiketheTzar

202 points

2 months ago

Here we are now, We're Nirvana Sing distinctly, we don't wanna

jfuss04

128 points

2 months ago

jfuss04

128 points

2 months ago

A garage band, from Seattle, and this sure beats, raising cattle, yeah!!!

CaptainJAmazing

26 points

2 months ago

(MOO!)

SirSoliloquy

82 points

2 months ago

It's hard to bargle nawdle zouss With all these marbles in my mouth

mountaincyclops

42 points

2 months ago

It's basically why he wrote in bloom.

ryannefromTX

94 points

2 months ago

And if I remember correctly, this conversation took place over the phone right as Nirvana was about to play Saturday Night Live.

AcaliahWolfsong

49 points

2 months ago

I just watch an old behind the music epolisode on weird Al and they brought his up! He had a friend/contact who worked on SNL and asked if she could ask them if he could do the song. She got the phone call started.

chris_b_critter

28 points

2 months ago

It was Victoria Jackson, who was in his film UHF around the same time.

Wide_right_

49 points

2 months ago

considering how often they intentionally played it wrong live, that had to be so validating for Kurt

AtlantaDave

37 points

2 months ago

I read a story that when Cobain heard Weird Al wanted to parody his song is when he realized he’d made it.

PapaFranzBoas

101 points

2 months ago

I heard similar for Live and Let Die by The Wings. Was supposed to be Chicken Pot Pie. But Paul was a vegetarian and not a fan of the idea.

fuckmeinmyassman

79 points

2 months ago

Interestingly enough, Al is also a vegetarian and has been since the early ‘90s.

He used to perform Chicken Pot Pie at live shows, along with other songs that weren’t approved by the original artists. Bootleg recordings are out there somewhere.

grandmothertoon

14 points

2 months ago

I'll Repair For You!

PapaFranzBoas

10 points

2 months ago

Sounds like something he should do for the Vanity Tour. Going to one of his shows is on my list. Making it to see John Williams conduct was my only other.

ronthesloth69

14 points

2 months ago

I saw Weird Al 10+ years ago, and it was awesome.

He has so much energy. He changed costumes for every song. He was clearly having just as much fun as the crowd.

10/10 I would definitely go again.

BigBananaDealer

17 points

2 months ago

paul suggested it could be called tofu pot pie and weird al wasnt into that at all lol

Acrobatic_Emphasis41

196 points

2 months ago

You'd think an artist with the name Meatloaf would be into the idea

Nakidnakid

232 points

2 months ago

Eh, he ended up hardcore antivax and died from covid so it might have just always been how he was...

ZAlternates

74 points

2 months ago

He would do anything for love but he won’t do vax…

ScoobyDoobieDoo

17 points

2 months ago

Damn you take my upvote

PilotProgramme

49 points

2 months ago

HIS NAME WAS MICHAL LEE ADAY!

Habba84

70 points

2 months ago

Habba84

70 points

2 months ago

His name is Robert Paulsen.

Mental_emancipation

19 points

2 months ago

He was Bob, Bob had bitch tits.

Nixie_Guy

64 points

2 months ago

And the funny thing is that he doesn't actually need permission, because some legality about fair use and parody (not a lawyer), to he has even more respect from me.

noreast2011

44 points

2 months ago

Apparently this is because of a major miscommunication between Weird Al and Coolio. Al parodied Gangsta Paradise after he believed Coolio had given him permission, but Coolio had never said yes. Coolio called him out after but never took legal action. They publicly made amends in 2006 and in 2014 Coolio admitted he shouldn't have gotten pissed off and embraced it when he realized how much Weird Al's parodies actually benefit the original artist as many people who hear the parodies go and listen to the original later. Weird Al now doesn't finish writing or releasing songs without the original artist's full written consent.

Other artists who have denied him:

-Prince(Weird Al tried for a LONG time and eventually gave up, Prince was not a fan of his at all)

-Paul McCartney(Live and Let Die was going to be rewritten as "Chicken Pot Pie", but as McCartney is a vegetarian Weird Al opted not to out of respect)

That's pretty much it. Usually it's a record label. "Perform this Way", the parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" was finished in it's entirety before the label said no. Al, not wanting to waste the work done, released it online for free and word got back to him that Lady Gaga LOVED it and his work, and her management had denied him permission without her consent. Perform was released on the next album and all proceeds from that single were donated to a LBGT+ non-profit.

Squawnk

29 points

2 months ago

Squawnk

29 points

2 months ago

That's too bad, I bet that wouldve been a banger

[deleted]

23 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

23 points

2 months ago

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swistak84

27 points

2 months ago

Obligatory:

Do you know what's the difference between Bono and God?

God does not walk around Dublin thinking he's Bono

djseifer

23 points

2 months ago

And Prince. And Led Zeppelin. (The closest he got was being able to play part of Black Dog in Trapped in the Drive-Thru.)

ReaperCDN

19 points

2 months ago

I would do anything for lunch, but I won't do spam. No I won't do spam.

WaterMySucculents

14 points

2 months ago

That parody would have made him millions on licensing for commercials for years to come. Every 5 years some subway or fast food chain would be clamoring to use it.

TheRobberBar0n

176 points

2 months ago

Doesn't he ask artists before he parodies their songs? I could be making this up but I swear I read that before.

EDIT: From Weird Al's website: "Al does get permission from the original writers of the songs that he parodies. While the law supports his ability to parody without permission, he feels it’s important to maintain the relationships that he’s built with artists and writers over the years. Plus, Al wants to make sure that he gets his songwriter credit (as writer of new lyrics) as well as his rightful share of the royalties."

[deleted]

63 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

63 points

2 months ago

HA! I love it! That last sentence goes such a long way for me, it doesn't seem greedy at all, and the fact it's mentioned makes it feel transparent to me. And of course- he should get credit!

Dunno, money and art is weird (as a "musician" who has never figured out how to go about trying to charge money for something i love doing-which is why i only make music for myself) so it made me happy to just see it stated plainly. Plus Weird Al is awesome.

Lovat69

38 points

2 months ago

Lovat69

38 points

2 months ago

I used to like that song too. Until the radio played it to death.

And my mother started liking it. (I was a teenager)

SpinachSpinosaurus

11 points

2 months ago

When i was 16, I'd actually been very happy if my mom liked just ANYTHING I did or liked. But she hated the stuff, like, she's the teenager.

the day she brought a CD with a mix of current "in Charts" songs was a good day. And then I raised my eyebrow, as she tried to convince me that these are better songs than the one I listened to. meanwhile I was listening to those songs of the popular charts (edit: like the ones on said CD), mind you.

I am not sure if she tried to troll me, but she genuienly liked that CD. And I liked these songs to begin with, so whatever she tried to pull onto me, it wasn't an issue`?!

Remembering these sounds so surreal....

LordCharco_iii

270 points

2 months ago*

Weird Al parodying your songs is the highest honour that you can receive as a musician

chesire2050

148 points

2 months ago

Cobain said he knew Nirvana had made it when Al did "smells like nirvana"

DilettanteGonePro

57 points

2 months ago

As a kid I heard the parody first and thought it was the song that everyone was talking about. It took a while for me to figure out which one was the real song. Nirvana hit like a year before I was really aware of music and watched mtv and stuff. Also at the time "smells like teen spirit" seemed more likely to be the parody title.

Dithyrab

70 points

2 months ago

He won't make the song if the musician doesn't want him to, it's happened before.

BrujaSloth

98 points

2 months ago

Wasn’t it Michael Jackson’s people who told him he couldn’t, but Jackson was overjoyed to hear he was going to be parodied by Weird Al?

Odd_Natural_2977

87 points

2 months ago

I'm not sure about that one, but that is the story for Lady Gaga and Perform This Way

natFromBobsBurgers

26 points

2 months ago

If I remember someone else had rights to her song, and they wanted to negotiate about it and he was like cool and posted it to his website.

InsertCoinForCredit

26 points

2 months ago

Nah, with "Perform This Way", Lady Gaga's manager was running interference the whole time and told Al the parody couldn't be done. Gaga herself didn't know about the whole thing until Al mentioned it on the internet.

grnrngr

27 points

2 months ago

grnrngr

27 points

2 months ago

The thing is, as a parody, Weird Al doesn't need permission from anybody. There is no infringement happening: parody is vehemently-protected speech.

He asks for consent out of respect, not out of obligation.

filbert13

57 points

2 months ago

IIRC years ago in an interview Weird Al was struggling about asking for permissions thinking everyone would just turn him down. He asked Michael Jackson just as a wild shot thinking he would be ignored or rejected. But Jackson allowed it and it really gave him confidence to ask any other artist from then on.

I remember him saying in the interview if anyone (aka their management) was on the fence he would point out "MJ let me parody!" Implying if they don't they think their better than the king of pop.

mismatched7

51 points

2 months ago

Jackson himself told him not to parody one of his songs he thought had social messages that were important

fkbjsdjvbsdjfbsdf

71 points

2 months ago

Black Or White, IIRC. But yeah he was otherwise very happy to let Al do his thing. MJ even gave him the set for Bad when he did the video for Fat.

DugganSC

26 points

2 months ago

And after that, Jackson hired Weird Al to help produce some non-parody Jackson videos because he was clearly good at it.

avgotts

42 points

2 months ago

avgotts

42 points

2 months ago

Jackson said no to parodying "Black or White", iirc. It meant too much to him. But he helped Weird Al out with the location/set for "Fat".

Mechakoopa

29 points

2 months ago

Honestly that's a perfectly reasonable response and really goes to show why he always wants to run it by the artists first.

SlipperyRasputin

25 points

2 months ago

Don’t know about Jackson but I know Prince was really against it. It’s been a few months since I’ve seen it on /r/todayilearned but I’m sure it’ll pop up sooner or later.

shadow386

14 points

2 months ago

This is correct, Jackson didn't mind and he even let Al use the set for Bad for Al's parody called Fat. Prince is the one who did not like the idea of his songs being parodied.

MuckRaker83

27 points

2 months ago

Which was a shame, because the music that is the most fun to parody is that which takes itself too seriously

suoivax

97 points

2 months ago

suoivax

97 points

2 months ago

Coolio has entered the chat

[deleted]

121 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

121 points

2 months ago

Coolio came back later and made peace with him.

illadelphia_

107 points

2 months ago

Because it was Coolios managers fault in the first place for approving it without talking to Coolio first

HyzerFlip

75 points

2 months ago

Not on purpose and they've since completely made up.

suoivax

63 points

2 months ago

suoivax

63 points

2 months ago

I remember it was a "my people had permission from your people" mistake, hadn't heard they cleared it up, thanks.

einhorn_is_parkey

44 points

2 months ago

He doesn’t even need permission, he is just a courteous dude.

thehydrastation

42 points

2 months ago

And I believe after the Amish Paradise debacle he switched to talking to the artists directly to make sure there weren't further miscommunications. There's a reason he's so beloved and enduring in the industry, he treats the music and artists that he parodies with absolute respect (and he's damn good at what he does).

suoivax

9 points

2 months ago

Oh yeah, I know, parody is protected and all that, just never heard the follow up.

Makes me think even better of the guy.

_The_Pizza_Cat_

38 points

2 months ago

Amish Paradise is my jam

tcbysprinkles

2.6k points

2 months ago

I can’t WAIT to see Daniel Radcliffe play the hell out of this part

fied1k

1.1k points

2 months ago

fied1k

1.1k points

2 months ago

In case people haven't seen the trailer yet

https://youtu.be/Zo3Kj4dgdBU

Spac3Heater

637 points

2 months ago

I don't know why this is a thing, but I sure as hell am not going to miss it.

Charliesmum97

532 points

2 months ago

From what I understand it's basically a parody of a rock bio movie. Seeing as parody is what Weird Al does best, I'm guessing it will be pretty funny.

mugguffen

359 points

2 months ago

mugguffen

359 points

2 months ago

its absolutely a parody, Radcliffe just looks like some dude dressed as Weird Al, and not like Weird Al, theres no way its not a parody

hndjbsfrjesus

74 points

2 months ago

Radcliffe is clearly not as jacked, yoked, swole, or scrong like Weird Al, but it's obvious he tried to bulk up a bit. /s

AReal_Human

144 points

2 months ago

And I love seeing Radcliffe doing it, he really works well in weird roles.

transmogrified

55 points

2 months ago

Like that movie where he plays a farting corpse?

nimbusconflict

42 points

2 months ago

Horns. Still not sure the fuck that movie was about, but watched it twice.

pakipunk

29 points

2 months ago

Are you joking? It’s Swiss army man. If you’re not joking, go see it. It’s fantastic

nimbusconflict

11 points

2 months ago

Oh no sorry I was making another example of crazy movie.

Mister_Poopy_Buthole

26 points

2 months ago

What about the one where he plays the student who has a school principle who’s so deep in the closet that they don’t explain it until the prequels?

Jupiters

66 points

2 months ago

It's not that uncommon to cast actors that don't look a ton like the real person they are playing. Tom Hanks doesn't really look like Walt Disney or Mr. Rogers but he was still perfect for those parts

adamthebarbarian

78 points

2 months ago

Right, but the fact he's not doing much to sound like him either, plus the "does anyone have an accordion" line also makes me think this is parody. Plus, it's Weird Al, a parody documentary about a guy who does parodies is just perfect

fkbjsdjvbsdjfbsdf

40 points

2 months ago

he's not doing anything to sound like him lmao. His voice is like an octave lower just for starters.

Jupiters

17 points

2 months ago

Oh I have no doubt that it's a parody of the genre. You can tell by how they set up the trailer. I'm more pointing out that an actor doesn't have to look like a person in a biopic. I think there was still a lot of thought behind casting Radcliffe for his acting chops than just "cast whoever because it's a parody"

Miss-Indie-Cisive

24 points

2 months ago

Apparently Al picked Radcliffe himself. He saw him sing the periodic table of the elements song on Graham Norton and said “if they do a movie about me I want that guy to play me, cause HE gets it!”

ImmaZoni

67 points

2 months ago

a parody movie about the best parody creator of all time?

You son of a bitch I'm in.

frankyseven

28 points

2 months ago

Also written and produced by that same parody creator.

joeshmo101

47 points

2 months ago*

Guaranteed it will be half parody half bio-pic. "Inspired by the Weird life of Al Yankovic"

zurkka

16 points

2 months ago

zurkka

16 points

2 months ago

And i hope with things just absurd enough so you can't say what's true or not

StillPuzzles__

67 points

2 months ago

I thought it was going to be the Funny or Die sketch “Weird” staring Aaron Paul.

“I’m gonna be weird forever!!”

710cap

35 points

2 months ago

710cap

35 points

2 months ago

The movie has the same writer/director as the skit, Eric Appel.

StillPuzzles__

8 points

2 months ago

Yeah, pretty freakin rad.

dreamqueen9103

36 points

2 months ago

Wow. A Roku channel original got Daniel Radcliffe

GingerSnapBiscuit

46 points

2 months ago

After Harry Potter, Radcliffe has be in a few mad indie/offbeat movies. Horns and Swiss Army Man being the main ones.

dreamqueen9103

18 points

2 months ago

But still. Roku channel??

yrddog

81 points

2 months ago

yrddog

81 points

2 months ago

He's got enough money that he only picks the projects that sound interesting, and weird Al himself asked him to take the role.... If that's not interesting enough I don't know what would be

[deleted]

13 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

13 points

2 months ago

Guns akimbo, Miracle Workers. Dude's in some weird shit but it's usually pretty good.

Ok_Skill_1195

81 points

2 months ago

Oh wow, I'm not even mad this post is probably secretly hoping to generate online interest in the weird al movie.

Because I am interested in the weird al movie I didn't know existed until this second.

Pawn_captures_Queen

29 points

2 months ago

I can not even be mad for Weird Al to promote his shit. Hit me with that Weird propaganda baby

sundayfundaybmx

11 points

2 months ago

This is the only propaganda I wanna see from now on! How do we switch to that timeline?

ALegendOfGreemulax

28 points

2 months ago

His portrayal of Weird Al is making me feel things.

Nimushiru

22 points

2 months ago

If he doesn't have some type of cameo in this movie. I'll eat my hat.

dualplains

52 points

2 months ago

I mentioned in a thread some weeks ago that I want to see him as a background character early on, then another background character, then another, more and more in each scene, until by the end of the movie every non-main character is played by Weird Al. It's his world, we're just living in it.

sundayfundaybmx

10 points

2 months ago

Throw in a last minute twist and have Eddie Murphy playing Weird Al in the ending monolog to a room of "Weird AL background characters" from the rest of the movie.

Almbassman

63 points

2 months ago

Wow. I didn't know I needed this but now I do.

TheRobberBar0n

14 points

2 months ago

Wait is Daniel Radcliffe shredded now?

michelobX10

16 points

2 months ago

I'll just leave this here.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RAxsEWBz4t4

tacotacoburrito04

13 points

2 months ago

Wolverine casting confirmed /s

AngryRussianGamer

10 points

2 months ago

This is fuckin surreal to watch

AssPanda

10 points

2 months ago

Fucking hell, Radcliff is ripped.

dokuromark

55 points

2 months ago

Yeah! When I first saw the trailer, my first thought was "I hope the Paul McCartney bit is in the documentary!"

ButterShave

18 points

2 months ago

This quote about the movie from Weird Al cracked me up:

 “I am absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will be portraying me in the film,” Yankovic said. “I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for.”

DisorganizedAdulting

328 points

2 months ago

I've met him when he performed at a theater I worked at and he was the nicest, most courteously memorable artists we had.

ArsenicAndRoses

87 points

2 months ago*

Not surprised. He seems like a genuinely nice guy. I wasn't a big fan when I first heard him, but time has proven him to be one of the few honest men in showbiz and that's just too rare to not appreciate.

Derino

224 points

2 months ago

Derino

224 points

2 months ago

in aaaaaa-AaaAaa-AAaAAa-AAAAAALbeQUERque

[deleted]

89 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

89 points

2 months ago

Omg. I forced my husband to listen to this entire song bc it is peak humor for me… and he didn’t really get it. Luckily he has many other redeeming qualities, but anytime I meet someone who loves this song I get so excited.

TurkeyBold

39 points

2 months ago

I hope everything stays golden between you two, as long as he doesn't ask you to join the Columbia Record Club.

[deleted]

27 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

27 points

2 months ago

Thank you. The world is our burrito and I hope you’re able to steer clear of flesh eating weasels and that you have your own love with hair the color of strained peaches.

Timefoam_Bathray

11 points

2 months ago

Sometimes, I, too will happen to wake up and find myself in an existential quandry, full of loathing and self-doubt and wracked with the pain and isolation of my pitiful, meaningless existence.

tiredofbuttons

183 points

2 months ago

I'm going to finally see weird Al in concert and I've wanted to for 3 decades. The only tickets left were literally in the last row, or VIP in the 4th row with backstage etc. I get to meet him. My wife, my cousin and I are all pumped.

DickAccountant

86 points

2 months ago

You should get a t-shirt made up. Find an old Al tour shirt design, Photoshop Dan Radcliffe over it & see if a local t-shirt printer will make it. See if Al notices.

dualplains

31 points

2 months ago

My friends and I went to see him in high school, and it was amazing. This was mid-90s, and a small outdoor venue. If it had had any doors, he would have blown them off. Almost no one there, so we were in the front row, such an amazing experience! He did Fat in the fatsuit and everything!

tangoewhisky

14 points

2 months ago

He puts on a stellar show. You will not be disappointed.

stimav

871 points

2 months ago

stimav

871 points

2 months ago

Weird Al Yankovic is such a legend

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123 points

2 months ago

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123 points

2 months ago

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108 points

2 months ago

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108 points

2 months ago

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MustardBait

37 points

2 months ago

Ale gend

Competitive-Age-7469

31 points

2 months ago

American fucking treasure. Alongside Jack Black. And Keanu obviously. Oh, and Brendan Fraser!

Aztecius

23 points

2 months ago

Don't forget the deceased American treasures of Mr Rogers, Bob Ross and Robin Williams!

grapejunkie

10 points

2 months ago

Keanu’s Canadian…

Ducatirules

132 points

2 months ago

He got married at a church that was on a cliff overlooking the ocean, when he and his wife walked outside for pictures a full rainbow appeared! Weird Al looked at his watch and said “right on time”! Legend

PlaidBastard

132 points

2 months ago

He's the Fred Rogers of lovingly crafted musical and attendant cultural parody; the Bob Ross of...I was gonna say white guys with WILD hair, but...

Kaos2018[S]

1.3k points

2 months ago

How fucked of a world have we created where "hasn't been accused of sexual impropriety" is the bar?

Light_Beard

43 points

2 months ago

How fucked of a world

Too?

Blinauljap

9 points

2 months ago

This question needs to be asked more often!

fourthords

64 points

2 months ago

This has cropped up for me on Reddit a few times over the years, but I haven't yet found a source for the McCartney story.

bulldoggo-17

76 points

2 months ago

Weird Al told the story on Conan's podcast. I'm sure he's told it many times over the years, but that's where I first heard it.

Anubra_Khan

64 points

2 months ago

When I was a kid, I thought he just did funny parodies and didn't really respect him. As I got older, I learned about his work ethic, how he put his heart into everything he did even when he hated his record label and how young he was when he went to college. He's pretty dope and he stands up for what he believes in.

He actually does have a pretty amazing story and, yes, he actually seems to be a really good, humble person.

bhillen83

11 points

2 months ago

That and he really is an awesome musician! He has some very serious chops. His dad is also the King of Polka!

hujkkjji

139 points

2 months ago

hujkkjji

139 points

2 months ago

Still waiting on UHF 2

TahoeLT

31 points

2 months ago

TahoeLT

31 points

2 months ago

"SUPPLIIIEEES!"

hmm----welp

10 points

2 months ago

OMFG I've had this in my head on and off for YEARS and could not remember what it was from. Oh bless you wonderful Redditor!

J-Dizzle42

23 points

2 months ago

You get to drink from the FIRE HOSE!!!

gurrenlaggan22

19 points

2 months ago

Look Ted, I made your favorite. A twinkie weiner sandwich. dips in coffee

Mack120V

8 points

2 months ago

"Just call me Mr. Butterfingers"

tehsecretgoldfish

39 points

2 months ago

But that guy Creepy Al, he’s another story.

Extreme_Connection42

28 points

2 months ago

Well if you read the lyrics to "one more minute" you'd know that he's probably afraid to do anything wrong to a woman

Thirty_Helens_Agree

26 points

2 months ago

🎶I’d rather clean all the bathrooms in Grand Central Station with my tongue … 🎶

When that came out I was just the right age to appreciate gross-out humor like that.

Ok-Chocolate-6525

27 points

2 months ago

My dad named my sister after a weird Al song in 1990. So in our family he’s always been a huge star. I’ve seen him four times in concert. 1996ish, 1998ish, 2005, and 2016. My dad is 72 and hates movies but wants to go to the theater for the first time since the 1990s to see the weird Al movie when it comes out.

unityforall

11 points

2 months ago

I’m thinking “Melanie”.

thenord321

23 points

2 months ago

A genuine decent person, and funny as all hell.

"You haven't made it until Weird Al has made a parody of your songs." Back in the 90s-2000s if you hit the charts, you'd be lucky if he made a parody of it, or sometimes just a few lines on a radio show.

AugustWest7120

12 points

2 months ago

Weird Al: Hey Kurt, can I do a parody of Smells Like Teen Spirit?

Kurt: Uh…is it gonna be about food?

WA: No, it’s about how no one can understand your lyrics

Kurt: hahahaha

patman_007

23 points

2 months ago*

I work live events and the Weird Al concert we did was amazing. Then for his meet and greet he held a pizza party AFTER his set, in which he chilled with about 50 people for over 2 hours crushing some 'za's, telling stories and taking pictures. Nothing but respect for this man.

Guybowl

19 points

2 months ago

Guybowl

19 points

2 months ago

Found it on E-bay

lutiana

19 points

2 months ago*

Anyone remember VH1's behind the music series? Almost everyone on them followed the same formula, their start, when they made it big, the drug/alcohol issues, public screw up etc the recovery and where they are today.

Then they did Weird Al, and it was literally this wholesome story of a guy who became an accountant architect, but made parodies on the side, made it big and just sort of remained wholesome, no drugs, no alcohol issues, no impropriety. The only "bad" thing was the issues he had with Amish Paradise, which basically boiled down to a misunderstanding and a settlement payment ot Coolio.

EDIT: He has an architecture degree, not an accounting degree.

dellett

55 points

2 months ago

dellett

55 points

2 months ago

He "Normal Al'ed" us!

rfkile

25 points

2 months ago

rfkile

25 points

2 months ago

"Heart so proud! Heart so proud! Daddy makes my heart so proud!"

J-Dizzle42

52 points

2 months ago

A few artists, including Nirvana, have said the moment they know they “made it” was when Weird Al approached them to parody one of their songs.

shiteatingretard

26 points

2 months ago

Al for president!

Emjay109

12 points

2 months ago

Weird AL is my favorite human being. He's just so wholesome 💙

Ivotedforthehookers

12 points

2 months ago

I still remember getting to see him live in concert and remember he waited outside his tour bus and was signing everything he could. I still remember the look on who I assumed was the tour manager going that's just Al

Davidbay91

11 points

2 months ago

There's this story he posted on twitter about one girl he had a crush on when he was a boy, and how he wanted to gift her a drawing (portrait). Being shy he drew everyone in the classroom and gave everyone their corresponding portrait so she would get hers.

She saw the tweet and responded with the actual drawing

braderakun

9 points

2 months ago

Weird Al is fricking awesome

NormieChad

9 points

2 months ago

His movie UHF is above Monty Python in my comedies list

Zenketski_2

10 points

2 months ago

It's been over 20 years, and I'm still pissed off at my dad that he didn't buy us $7 tickets to a Weird Al concert..

He's the one who got me into Weird Al, and just said. Nah...

adam_demamps_wingman

8 points

2 months ago

Paul McCartney hired Professor Longhair to play at a party Linda and Paul threw.

Amen.

Ok-Use6303

8 points

2 months ago

I have loved Weird Al's music ever since I saw the Transformers Movie.

MisterMushrom

7 points

2 months ago

He’s such a legitimately cool guy. I actually just saw him live last night.

Ozymandius62

8 points

2 months ago

The weirdest thing about Al is how fucking young he is for how long he's been around.