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Posts Tagged ‘Weird Al Yankovic’

Weird Al’s Early Jobs Included ‘Accordion Repo Man’

ShutterstockAccordionIt’s been a long time since a comedy album topped the Billboard 200 charts. Today, Weird Al Yankovic, the man responsible for that feat, sat down for a radio interview with KFI AM 640′s Bill Handel.

Yankovic started off the conversation by talking with Handel about his earliest jobs. He reminded that while studying architecture at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, he went by the DJ name of “Al Matthews” for an off-campus, paid radio gig.

The man born Alfred Matthew Yankovic also, hilariously, talked about being an “accordion repo man.” He was a teacher at a music school, and when students discontinued their lessons, it was often up to Yankovic to show up at their door and request that they return the loaned musical instrument. “They were more than happy to give it back, for some reason,” Yankovic deadpanned.

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Take It from Weird Al: Irony is *Not* Coincidence

Each music video this week by Alfred Matthew Yankovic has been as clever as the one before it. A fact that is neither coincidental or ironic.

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That’s a reference to our favorite grammatical tip from Tuesday’s “Word Crimes” – Irony is not coincidence. A day later, FishbowlNY, as a public service, has checked to see if this portion of Video #2 was taken to heart by those toiling in the content trenches. It doesn’t appear so:

Ironically, the Smartphone is the ultimate social media tool…

Ironically, we live in a truly Golden Age of television…

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Weird Al Yankovic Commandeers Yahoo Music Instagram

The man who paved the way for The Lonely Island and so many others is now showing Yahoo the social media way.

Per the following slide show, Weird Al Yankovic was given the keys to the Yahoo Music Instagram account Thursday as he traveled for his book tour to Cincinnati. In first class, Yankovic made sure to rest up:

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The Lonely Island Drop Semicolons on La Brea

Given how much wordplay fun Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone like to have as The Lonely Island, it’s fitting that the LA listening party for “The Wack Album” Thursday night took place at Sonos Studio on La Brea. That’s a palindrome, ya’ all; Sonos backwards and forwards spells out the same double-S, double-O, single-N way.

During the Q&A moderated by Extra correspondent (and regular recent ESPN 710 AM fill-in host) Ben Lyons, Samberg reminded just how effortlessly he can take anything and make it funny. For example, when Lyons asked the gang to list their high-profile collaborators on their third album, arriving June 11 but already all over YouTube, it quickly led to a riff about fictitious rap star Ted Twobottoms. Apparently, Ted T was too busy this time around to participate.

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Weird Al Ready to Show Harold Camping How It’s Done

The Rapture never came May 21. Nor on Harold Camping‘s revised date of October 21. But switch around those numerals and swap out one weird guy for another, and you’ve got the next best thing for Angelenos–Weird Al Yankovic‘s “Alpocalypse” tour performance at the Pantages Theatre this Saturday, November 12.

One big difference between Harold’s Rapture and Al’s ‘Pocalypse is the fact that in the latter case, children under five will not be admitted. From the show’s promotional blurb:

Weird Al’s first full-length studio album in nearly five years debuted at No. 9 on the U.S. album charts, marking the highest-charting album of his storied career. Alpocalypse features the much-talked-about Lady Gaga parody “Perform This Way” as well as parodies of hits by Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, T.I. and B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars. Al and his long-time bandmates were aided and abetted in the recording studio by guest appearances from Taylor Hanson and The Doors’ Ray Manzarek.

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Weird Al Has New Album, Disconcertingly Nice Breasts

Never thought we’d live to write this sentence, but Weird Al Yankovic somehow had us questioning our sexuality after watching the early moments of his new music video. And apparently we weren’t the only ones. The YouTube comment section for Al’s new Lady Gaga parody Perform This Way is loaded with guilt-ridden confessions of uncomfortable sexual arousal. The first few shots are especially disconcerting, before you can really process all the strange and wonderful CGI being employed.

Nice work Al. Please never do this again.

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Weird Al’s Ode To Craigslist

Weird Al Yankovic pays homage to the online classified advertising giant in a Doors-inspired ditty-