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16 Things We Learned After a Day at 'Weird Al' Yankovic's House
Rolling Stone ^ | 07/25/2014 | ANDY GREENE

Posted on 07/26/2014 12:41:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The massive "Weird Al" Yankovic cult knew it was only a matter of time until the rest of the world joined their ranks, but few people could have foreseen what happened this past week when his new album Mandatory Fun became the first Number One comedy album on the Billboard charts since 1963's My Son, the Nut by Allan Sherman.

That was back when JFK was president and few people in America had heard of a new Liverpool band called the Beatles. There were still new episodes of The Twilight Zone on television. It was a long, long, long time ago.

We happened to be visiting Yankovic at his house in the Hollywood hills for an upcoming story for Rolling Stone when his longtime manager Jay Levey told him the album was likely to debut on top of the charts. Tears welled up in Yankovic's eyes and his wife Suzanne comforted him. "Sweetie," she said. "It's just people loving you like they always have."

Over the course of four hours, we spoke to "Weird Al" about his long career and took a tour of his entire house, down to his impressive collection of Hawaiian shirts in the basement. Here are 16 things we learned that day.

1. He's never taken illegal drugs.

"A couple of times I’ve had Morphine because I’ve been in extreme pain," he says. "But I've never done drugs recreationally. I've been around people that smoked dope, pot, Mary Jane, reefer. I enjoyed being around those people in college because it was very easy to make them laugh. But it was never my thing and my parents drilled into me not to ever take drugs, so out of respect for them I never did."

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: weirdalyankovic

1 posted on 07/26/2014 12:41:29 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
WEIRD AL YANKOVIC AND FAMILY

2 posted on 07/26/2014 12:43:53 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That shirt is a classic!


3 posted on 07/26/2014 12:45:47 PM PDT by 1FreeAmerican
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To: SeekAndFind

He puts on a great live show.


4 posted on 07/26/2014 12:46:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Saw an interview with him on Fox & Friends last week. Cool guy.

My fave: I Lost on Jeopardy . . .classic


5 posted on 07/26/2014 12:49:17 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: SeekAndFind

The man IS A GENIUS and an apparent good guy! Yet here the Rolling Stone is interviewing HIM?!?!? Wowsers!

I love “Word Crimes” but I had to get the lyrics to fully follow it, my classical music ears aren’t suited to Al’s speed!


6 posted on 07/26/2014 12:49:32 PM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: SeekAndFind

One of the few decent people in the music business.

He’s been doing this stuff through at least 4 different decades, and it is still hilarious.

I really want to know the rest of the list, but I just cant go to Rolling Stone.


7 posted on 07/26/2014 12:51:54 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: SeekAndFind

16 unremarkable things...except the first one, maybe.

Well it is Rolling Stone, so...


8 posted on 07/26/2014 12:56:10 PM PDT by subterfuge (Hey NSA snoop, get a real job you idiot!)
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To: SeekAndFind

White and Nerdy. My favorite. Even Chamillionaire who did the original “Ridin’” loved it and claims Ridin’ might not have been as big of a hit if it were not for Al spoofin’ it.


9 posted on 07/26/2014 12:57:14 PM PDT by LiberConservative (I took the red pill.)
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To: SeekAndFind

have you see VH-1 behind the music
Victoria Jackson once said she try talk Weird Al down from Chocolate high LOL! seriously that funny documentary


10 posted on 07/26/2014 1:01:24 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

I think my fav is Eat it the spoof on Michael Jackson song beat it

Like a surgeon I hear Madonna ask agent how long before Weird Al tackle that song I think that song came few months after Like a Virgin


11 posted on 07/26/2014 1:02:26 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SevenofNine

That was funny. Early to mid 1985 as I recall. We were all laughing at Al rolling around sluttily like Whordonna


12 posted on 07/26/2014 1:04:07 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: SevenofNine

“I Think I’m a Clone Now” is also a classic.


13 posted on 07/26/2014 1:04:37 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Fungi

“Trapped In the Drive-Thru” is the best, especially if you were familiar with R Kelley’s “Trapped In the Closet”.


14 posted on 07/26/2014 1:05:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

His shows are the Best!
I got to see him at a small venue (Count Basie Theater, Red Bank NJ ) last year... Didn’t want it to end!


15 posted on 07/26/2014 1:11:28 PM PDT by DivineMomentsOfTruth ("Give me Liberty or I'll stand up and get it for myself!")
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To: SES1066

And he’s got a hugh face.


16 posted on 07/26/2014 1:12:02 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Another one was Amish Paradise spoof on Coolio Gangstra paradise now that was funny

I hear Coolio didn’t appreciate it


17 posted on 07/26/2014 1:14:38 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh:

> his new album Mandatory Fun became the first Number One comedy album on the Billboard charts since 1963’s My Son, the Nut by Allan Sherman.

He sees his future (since his label contract is ending) in downloaded music, rather than CDs.


18 posted on 07/26/2014 1:17:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SevenofNine

Musicians usually consider it an honor to be spoofed by Al.

In fact his recent album had some cooperation from Pharrel Williams (HAPPY to Tacky ) and the group, Imagine Dragons (Radioactive to Inactive ).

Two major artists however refused to let him parody their songs... Paul McCartney and Prince.

Imagine how a Beatle parody album would sound like...


19 posted on 07/26/2014 1:22:41 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

al told a story yesterday on 640 AM LA radio.

He went to an award show during which he would be seated in the same row as prince.

He got a message two days ahead that he was not to make eye contact with prince.

He responded that he had the same rule and would appreciate prince’s cooperate.

Never heard back from the purple one.


20 posted on 07/26/2014 1:25:08 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: SES1066

Met him at a resort in California in the 90’s. He was doing a concert that night and was out riding a jet ski on the lake. Very gracious and posed for a picture with my kids. He seemed like a very good guy.


21 posted on 07/26/2014 1:26:25 PM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: SeekAndFind
I'm not surprised Weird Al finally landed at number one on the charts.

This was his first album in which he fully exploited digital media. He made a video of every song before the album was even released and they quickly got hundreds of millions of views on sites like YouTube. Yes, I said hundreds of millions.

He's always been a favorite with the geek crowd but after this release, he is now a major international superstar and he is now more famous than most of the artists he has parodied over the years.

I think he could be bigger than The Beatles. I'm not kidding.

I'm buying some Hawaiian shirts and growing my hair long.

22 posted on 07/26/2014 1:39:19 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SeekAndFind; Jack Hydrazine; Norm Lenhart; Salamander; spyone; To Hell With Poverty; ...
This is the Modern Music Ping List. Our topic is music from the 20th and 21st century, from Ravel and Shostokovich through to the Synth Pioneers. FReepmail or reply to this post to be added to or removed from this list.


23 posted on 07/26/2014 2:16:49 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Will steal your comments & post them on Twitter)
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To: SES1066

The video is subtitled: http://youtu.be/8Gv0H-vPoDc


24 posted on 07/26/2014 2:18:23 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Will steal your comments & post them on Twitter)
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To: SevenofNine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzwQofyOp30

A few months back he was on twitter assuring people that he was not the president of the Ukraine and hand no intent of stepping down.


25 posted on 07/26/2014 2:28:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SeekAndFind

COME ON Paul McCartney everybody know Brit sense of humor what stick in the mud

I hear one of the member of Nivarda said oh man I hope to God Weird Al spoof us


26 posted on 07/26/2014 2:38:36 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: cripplecreek

I like the Star wars spoof

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEcjgJSqSRU

ROFL


27 posted on 07/26/2014 2:42:07 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SeekAndFind
Funny movie


28 posted on 07/26/2014 2:44:08 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: SevenofNine

Amish Paradise was great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOfZLb33uCg


29 posted on 07/26/2014 3:02:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Look, I’m no fashion consultant but he definitely needs to ditch the haircut; he’s looking like Tiny Tim.


30 posted on 07/26/2014 3:02:58 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: SeekAndFind

Loved Weird Al ever since I heard him on Dr. Demento.

I think my favorite all-time not-a-romantic song of his is “One More Minute.” A classic in its own right.

I really have to give props to the band, my GOSH, the ability to mimic the music of other musicians, and sound just AS GOOD, is just fantastic! I mean Jim West on guitar!! Wow!


31 posted on 07/26/2014 3:09:50 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: SES1066
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Headline News

Kind of dated but good.
32 posted on 07/26/2014 3:14:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Weird Al's best parody is "Dare to Be Stupid"....it wasn't a direct spoof of any DEVO song, but the whole Devo style.

DEVO members said it was brilliant. They said it was better than anything they did, that he out-DEVO'd DEVO.

To me, I always use "Dare To Be Stupid" whenever I'm debating a Leftist Regressive on Facebook or some message board.

33 posted on 07/26/2014 3:23:43 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: COBOL2Java

Nothing says “I love you” like the gift of a spatula.


34 posted on 07/26/2014 3:30:39 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: SeekAndFind
It was a long, long, long time ago.

Seems like only yesterday

35 posted on 07/26/2014 3:39:40 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: cripplecreek

I can’t believe that Coolio didn’t like it
That was funny


36 posted on 07/26/2014 3:42:35 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SeekAndFind

One of his best songs is “Christmas At Ground Zero.”

A hoot.


37 posted on 07/26/2014 4:39:36 PM PDT by OldMissileer
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To: SevenofNine

Not familiar with that one, as with most of those post 80s.

His earliest ones mostly dealt with food.


38 posted on 07/26/2014 5:02:02 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: SunkenCiv

Another one rides the bus.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZkouut-9RQ

” first Number One comedy album on the Billboard charts since 1963”

WOW!


39 posted on 07/26/2014 5:11:26 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: A_Former_Democrat
His earliest ones mostly dealt with food.

I'm pretty sure I've posted this before, but "Eat It" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcJjMnHoIBI) is a favorite of mine.

40 posted on 07/26/2014 5:22:07 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: SES1066

Bm


41 posted on 07/26/2014 6:27:22 PM PDT by Vision (Living in beauty)
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To: Fungi
Living with a Hernia Alan Sherman would be proud of Wierd Al ;)
42 posted on 07/26/2014 8:01:26 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: SunkenCiv
CDs? Downloads? I guess all my Weird Al LPs and cassettes are collector's pieces now.

Actually, I still have all the old newsletters somewhere from the Weird Al Fan Club... yes, I was a Close Personal Friend of Al... I even wrote him once and he wrote back and answered every question on the back of a signed 8x10 B&W headshot... on actual photographic print paper... Sadly, the Trapper Keeper I had that in was stolen.

43 posted on 07/26/2014 9:09:35 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Impala64ssa
Never knew that existed. Hilarious! Thank you for the tip.
44 posted on 07/26/2014 9:19:20 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: WorkingClassFilth
You are obviously not a fashion consultant as the "Tiny Tim" look is perfect.

Again, we are looking at perhaps the greatest recording artist of the 21st century here. "Weird Al" has another 30 to 40 years to rack up more number one recordings. Bigger than Elvis. Bigger than The Beatles. Bigger even then Aspirin Echo - who you haven't heard of yet but will be a major force in the 2030s to 2050s.

45 posted on 07/26/2014 9:21:48 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: WorkingClassFilth
You are obviously not a fashion consultant as the "Tiny Tim" look is perfect.

Again, we are looking at perhaps the greatest recording artist of the 21st century here. "Weird Al" has another 30 to 40 years to rack up more number one recordings. Bigger than Elvis. Bigger than The Beatles. Bigger even then Aspirin Echo - who you haven't heard of yet but will be a major force in the 2030s to 2050s.

46 posted on 07/26/2014 9:21:48 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

You are correct; I am not a fashion consultant. Even so, he needs to ditch that haircut. He looks like an aerial view of a fishing tug making headway in heavy seas.

BTW, I’m the fashionista on the right: http://www.znakovi-vremena.net/Slike/dummies.jpg#twin%20idiots%20393x228


47 posted on 07/27/2014 5:58:14 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: WorkingClassFilth
It's hard for people not in show business to understand just how important appearance is. Had "Weird Al" not re-invented himself and he retained the same geeky look from earlier in his career, he'd be a washed-up middle-aged guy by now, performing at county fairs for older audiences and unknown to anybody under 40 - for which he would be nothing but a trivia question about the 1980s.

It is difficult to comprehend the enormity of Weird Al's accomplishment since he sported his new, hip look. He is idolized by millions of young fans and is a sex symbol for millions of young women. His new album is sitting atop the Billboard charts (entered at number 1 with a bullet!) and his popularity exceeds that of every "young" star of today, including Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and all the other pop stars of the current era.

Weird Al is 54 years old but he might as well be 24 because he sports a youthful appearance and is extremely relevant to the 18-34 demographic. What's even more amazing is that he has decades ahead of him to take his career to even more stratospheric heights. He's been making recordings since 1979 but you get the impression he's only getting started.

Yes, "Weird Al" looks weird and closely resembles Tiny Tim - but in show business, that's not a bad thing at all. It has separated him from the crowd and given him a virtual monopoly on song parodies (most of today's biggest music stars are literally begging him to interpret one of their songs).

Think about it. Weird Al Yankovic is more popular among the young people today than Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, and even Elvis Presley. This is an astonishing achievement and when all is said and done, Weird Al could well end up being the most popular and successful entertainer in the history of pop music - with respect to longevity and consistency.

48 posted on 07/27/2014 8:22:28 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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