"Weird Al" Yankovic On Staying Current, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
"Weird Al" Yankovic has been the mainstream music jester for children (and adults) since the early '80s. Now, anyone and their grumpy father can create parodies and become YouTube sensations, but that isn't impeding on Weird Al's career.

Mandatory Fun, Yankovic's 14th studio album, dropped this week and according to Yankovic, it may be his final "conventional" album.

"I think I will get away from traditional, conventional albums," Yankovic told musictimes.com, "because I don't think it behooves me to do 12 songs before I put them out at once... I think that digital distribution just makes more sense. It makes sense for me to just put out singles or possibly EPs instead of albums. The more quickly and frequently I put albums out, the better for everybody I think."

(Gotta love a man who uses the word 'behooves').

So far, Yankovic has released three of eight new music videos:

-"Tacky," a parody of Pharrell Williams's "Happy"
-"Foil", a parody of Lorde's "Royals"
-"Word Crimes", a parody of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"
-Plus, a bonus video: "Sports Song", an original parody of a sporting fight song.

Here's what Weird Al had to say about staying current during the age of YouTube.

Quotation above via musictimes.com.

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Jena Ardell

--via musictimes.com

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Jena Ardell

--via npr.org

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Smedley_Butler
Smedley_Butler

Weird Al is like the horror movie monster of pop music.  Just when you think he's dead and gone and you'll never have to listen to his corny, unfunny schtick ever again, he crawls back out of the grave like some brain-eating zombie.

Dear god, please make him stop!!

fishwithoutbicycle
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I've always been a sucker for a guy who could play the accordion. ;-)

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