Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Artist of the Week: Weird Al Yankovic


"Everything you know is wrong"

I have been an enormous Weird Al fan since 5th grade and I don't plan on stopping any time soon. This dude is completely hilarious and actually very talented. Everyone knows him for his parodies, which are incomparable, but he also has a sizable amount of original works. Weird Al has never done something, be it his music, music videos, or movie, that I did not thoroughly enjoy.

A staple of Weird Al's music is the Polka medleys which he includes on every album. He is a superior accordion player and assembles some of the year's most popular music into a speedy and goofy polka. It's awesome and often reveals how ridiculous and empty modern lyrics can be. 

Weird Al has the uncanny ability to imitate and poke fun at other artists. It's hilarious. Plus he's so out-of-the-box and just weird, I think that's what attracts me to his work the most. I love the nonsensical farce that he often puts out there. Artists with an IQ higher than a sheep know that when Al wants to do a parody of one of your songs it's a huge honor. 

There's so much more I could say about Al and his work, but for the sake of time I'm going to leave it at what I've got and encourage you so become consumed by his music. I have all of his albums except two and his complete music video collection and every track is priceless. I'd also like to say in closing, that he has one of the most awesomely talented bands around from top to bottom. CHECK 'EM OUT!!!!!!

My Top 5 Songs:
1. You Don't Love Me Anymore
2. Why Does This Always Happen To Me?
3. Trapped in the Drive-Thru
4. One More Minute
5. Amish Paradise

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