Weird Al Yankovic

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Weird Al Yankovic

Born

10/23/1959, Downey,California

Birth Name

Alfred Matthew Yankovic

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Prince of Parodies, Weird Al, Al Yankovic, Weird Al Yankovic
9.8
out of 10
User Rating
109 votes

Biography

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Weird Al is famous for copying other people's music, and changing the words, to make the song his own, with loads of comedy. Weird Al also writes his own music, which he does not copy from anybody else. He is one of the funniest music artists and the…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • As of 2006, Weird Al has been produced 13 albums.

    • His father Nick Yankovic and his mother Mary Elizabeth both died on April 9th, 2004.

    • Weird Al's parents had the choice to give Weird Al guitar or accordion lessons.

    • Weird Al has received three Grammy Awards and nine nominations in the U.S. in his career.

    • Weird Al started to play the accordion one day before his 7th birthday.

    • Weird Al's band members include
      Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz
      Steve Jay
      Jim West
      Rubén Valtierra

    • When Weird Al was a kid he used to have license plate collection.

    • Weird Al has over 11 CDs out in stores.

    • Weird Al has one daughter and a wife.

    • A similar message to the one in, "Nature Trail to Hell" can be found in his Bad Hair Day song, "I Remember Larry" where he says backwards at the end of the song, "Wow, you must have a lot of free time on your hands."

    • Even though it is not required by law, Weird Al asks the musicians for permission to parody them.

    • The White and Nerdy sweater can be purchased on the Weird Al website.

    • Al's, "White and Nerdy", reached the number 20 spot on VH1'S, "40 Greatest videos of 2006".

    • "White and Nerdy" is Werid Al's most successful song to date. It was his first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, its peak being at #9. Al's previous high was 1984's Eat It, which was #12.

      "White and Nerdy" also has reached #2 in song downloads on iTunes. And the video reached #1 on video downloads on iTunes, and the video was #1 on VH1's top 20 video countdown.

    • "Straight out of Lynwood" was Weird Al's highest charting album, reaching #10 on the Billboard charts in it's first week of release. Prior to that, his 1996 album "Bad Hair Day," had been #14.

    • Weird Al's song Weasel Stomping Day was shown on an episode of Robot Chicken, which he guest starred in the episode.

    • Al Yankovic has been miscredited in various song parodies, in which he has never written.

    • Al made a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" into "You're Pitiful" which can however only downloaded on Weird Al's website.

    • Al is released his album "Straight Outta Lynwood" in September 2006.

    • Weird Al's television show was released on DVD August 15th, 2006.

    • Weird Al faced Al Gore in MTV'S Celebrity Deathmatch, but lost.

    • In January 1998 Al got LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) surgery to correct his near-sightedness, so he no longer needs to wear glasses. He decided to get rid of the facial hair about the same time, although he sometimes grows it back.

    • Al attended Lynwood High school, where he was a straight-A student and graduated as Valedictorian at the age of 16. From there he went to the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, where he got a degree in Architecture.

    • Al was given the key to the city Wausau, Wisconsin.

    • Grammys: Eat It (Best comedy recording 1984), Fat (Best concept music video 1988), Poodle Hat(Best comedy album 2003)

    • Weird Al's "The Ultimate Video Collection" went platinum.

    • Weird Al's videos that went "Gold"-

      The "Weird Al" Yankovic Video Library
      Alapalooza: The Videos
      "Weird Al" Yankovic - Live!
      Bad Hair Day: The Videos
      The Ultimate Video Collection

    • Weird Al's Grestest Hits Volume 1 and 2 did not go "Gold".

    • The following Weird Al's CDs went "Platinum": Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D, Dare to be Stupid, Even Worse, Off the Deep End, Bad Hair Day, Running with Scissors

    • Al's Cd's which went "Gold"-

      Weird Al Yankovic
      Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D
      Dare to be Stupid
      Even Worse
      Off the Deep End
      The Food Album
      Alapalooza
      Bad Hair Day
      Running with Scissors

    • As of 2006, Al has sold over 12 million records, tapes and CDs.

    • Al's most recent tour was in the year 2004.

    • The music artist Prince is one of the only people to not grant Al permission to use his music.

    • A subliminal message can be found in Weird Al's song, "Nature Trail to Hell". It states that "Satan eats Cheez Wiz"

    • Al was offered the opening spot for the European leg of Michael Jackson's "Bad" tour. However, he was involved in the production of his movie "UHF" at the time, and respectfully declined

    • Al has directed music videos by other artists, most notably the boy-band Hanson.

    • Al has been a vegetarian ever since 1992, when a fan presented him with the book "Diet for a New America" at one of Al's concerts.

    • Al was the subject of a "Behind the Music" documentary by cable channel VH1. Unlike other such celebrity documentaries in this series, his did not include any mention of alcoholism, drug abuse, divorce, gambling, religious cults or sexual escapades.

    • Daughter Nina Yankovic born to Al and Suzanne on February 11, 2003.

    • Al produced the album "Babalu Music", a collection of musical numbers from the TV series "I Love Lucy", and includes a Yankovic-edited medley of Desi Arnez melodies.

    • Al launched into a phenominal career that has spanned multiple studio albums, numerous compilations, a box set, movies, videos, and edible underwear.

    • Al attended the California Technical Institute in San Luis Obispo in order to study architecture

    • He first took up the accordian when a salesman came around to solicit business for a music school.

    • Al wrote and starred in the movie, "UHF", which jumpstarted the career of Michael Richards (Kramer) of Seinfeld fame.

    • Al has directed the following videos:

      REDNECK STOMP (Jeff Foxworthy, 1994)
      PARTY ALL NIGHT (Jeff Foxworthy, 1995)
      WAIL (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, 1996)
      RIVER – "Titanic" sequences only (Hanson, 1998)
      ONLY A FOOL (Black Crowes, 1999)
      ROCKIN' THE SUBURBS (Ben Folds, 2001)

    • Al made the music video "Amish Paradise", which was a spoof to Coolio's "Gangsta Paradise". Weird Al Yankovic thought he had permission from Coolio to produce his video, but he didn't have it, but produced it anyways. Coolio was angered by it, since his "Gangsta Paradise" video was a really strong song.

    • Al graduated from high school at the age of 16.

    • Al's favorite superhero is Spider-Man. Coincidentally, Yankovic was born on exactly the same day as Evil Dead director Sam Raimi, who also helmed the Spider-Man movie trilogy.

  • Quotes

    • Weird Al: (Talking about the controversy between him and Coolio) 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.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • This guy is talented.

    10
    Weird Al is one of the greats.I mean how could you not like him he parodies his songs and he also makes his own this guy is so talented he guest starred in Lilo and Stitch on the episode Tank as that annoying singer.I mean songs such as ''Phony Calls'' and ''The Hardware Store'' they rock if this guy was never around there would be no such thing as parodying(whatever it's spelled) songs and some people ACTUALLY think this guy sung Barney's on Fire but he sadly did'nt Tony Mason did wish this guy sung it he would of made it more funny anyway this guy is so talented i wish he was popular over here in the UK this guy is better than most of the singer on the X Factor like Kerry and the McDonald Bros yes there both scottish but i don't hate them but i do hate the scottish contestants on there they are dead boring no offence i don't hate scottish people but i do think the country is boring and i do feel sorry for them and i do not hate scottish people anyways this guy needs to make more songs.moreless
  • Weird Al is whacky! He's well known for his song parodies and starring in the Weird Al Show.

    9.0
    Weird Al Yankovic is the whackiest, most talented, most recognized person because of his musical parodies. Al has a knack for playing accordion. I have heard lots of Al's parodies like "I Lost on Jeopardy", "The Saga Begins", "Yoda", "Ricky", and many more.



    The first time I saw Weird Al on TV is when he was on Square One TV singing his "Patterns" song. I had a feeling he'd do his own TV show. He has done the Weird Al Show on CBS. He's just as whacky as Pee-wee Herman.



    I can recognize some of the original songs from where Al's parodies come from. Try finding his videos on YouTube.moreless
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