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(Onion AV Club)   Weird Al Yankovic can finally afford that diamond-encrusted swimming pool   (avclub.com) divider line 20
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8880 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 18 Dec 2013 at 8:47 PM (31 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-12-18 11:30:25 PM
6 votes:
WEIRD AL FOR THE SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW!!!

/srsly!
2013-12-18 08:12:54 PM
3 votes:
Bah! The Admins put "Weird" into the headline text itself. The tag was supposed to carry it. =/

/OK, enough biatching over a green
2013-12-19 02:14:28 AM
2 votes:

whosits_112: Does that motherfarker not age? Is he immortal or some shiat??


No, just a vegan who doesn't drink or do drugs.  He is the most straight-laced musician out there.  He should perform at Super Bowl L with no questions asked.

He writes brilliant parodies, more brilliant style parodies, and original songs that are still pretty good.  Sony was so stupid to not pay him for his best, most popular album of the 90's (Running with Scissors) and only the 3rd album to win him a grammy (Poodlehat) with some of the most brilliant styles (NIN=Germs; Frank Zappa=Genius in France) and parodies (Saga Begins, Coach Potato, Grapefruit Diet; All About the Pentiums, eBay) he has ever put out.  Weird Al Yankovic should be paid what he wants and more for the joy and non-controversy he produces.
2013-12-18 11:48:53 PM
2 votes:

Precious Roy's Horse Dividers: NeoCortex42: Irving Maimway: Can we finally get "Nature Trail to Hell in 3D" made now?

That whole album is amazing.  Easily my favorite.

King of Suede is a timeless piece of art


Mr. Popeil was such a perfect style parody, I couldn't believe it wasn't using an actual B-52s song.

Different album, but I'm still amazed how well he nailed the Devo sound for Dare to Be Stupid. Weird Al doesn't get half the props he deserves for his musical talent. I don't think most people realize how many of his songs are not direct parodies of individual songs.
2013-12-18 11:14:55 PM
2 votes:

FirstNationalBastard: How many repackagings of Eye of the Tiger can you do before it quits being profitable?


Don't you mean "Rye or the Kaiser"?
2013-12-18 10:21:52 PM
2 votes:

Mobius strip of human stupidity: Remember. It' OK to sue over "ownership" of a bunch of zeroes and ones if the money goes to Weird Al. It's the other people that survive on royalties that should just relax and embrace continuous thievery without question.


Wait, did you seriously just equate fans downloading music to a record label keeping money that was supposed to go to a musician?
2013-12-18 10:13:32 PM
2 votes:
Can we finally get "Nature Trail to Hell in 3D" made now?
2013-12-18 10:12:41 PM
2 votes:
He left his previous label, Scotti Brothers, because they issued compilations without his consent and tried to control the content of his albums.

Seriously, fark record labels. I'm looking forward to a future without them.
2013-12-18 09:00:39 PM
2 votes:
Does that motherfarker not age? Is he immortal or some shiat??
2013-12-18 08:05:38 PM
2 votes:
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Seriously. Al is a great guy.
2013-12-19 09:42:26 AM
1 votes:

Miss Stein: Ayup.


Hahahahahaha, I'd never seen that cover before. Oh, man.
2013-12-18 11:22:06 PM
1 votes:

NeoCortex42: Irving Maimway: Can we finally get "Nature Trail to Hell in 3D" made now?

That whole album is amazing.  Easily my favorite.


King of Suede is a timeless piece of art
2013-12-18 10:43:53 PM
1 votes:

BHShaman: Lots of this going around lately. I guess musicians hired some better accountants to look at their numbers and accounts receivables.


Artists have done it for years, and the label's usual response was to cut off all payment and start a series of lawsuits until the artist settled.  Tom Petty was in and out of court with his label for years, and about Once a decade, the Beatles sue EMI and then settle a few months later.  Lesser artists can't hold out as long as big name stars.  Labels usually only pay nothing when they're dealing with massive one-hit wonder acts, like Milli Vanilli.

Weird Al is in an interesting position, as he's usually ignored or looked down upon by labels, but every few years he has a massive hit. Sony probably thought he be happy with whatever they gave him and didn't take into account that he's been at this for 40 years.

And withholding iTunes payments is the depth of stupidity on the part of the label, because everyone can see how many copies of a song or album have been sold, and Apple has a simple royalty structure.
2013-12-18 10:19:44 PM
1 votes:
Thing is though, after this next album will be his last studio album. After this he'll just release digitally. He can come up with any number of songs and just release them whenever he wants. Plus it will be more timely as he usually releases albums three or four years apart. So a song that is popular now that he may want to make a parody of may just be forgotten by the time the album comes out.
2013-12-18 10:05:48 PM
1 votes:

soporific: FirstNationalBastard: soporific: He also sued Ben Affleck. Does he really need a reason?

/saw him in concert
//will see him next time he's in town
///even if I have to sit next to the guy who knows ALL the lyrics

It's okay unless they know all the lyrics to Albuquerque.

That's when you run.

He knew all the lyrics to the concert-only songs, so I have no doubt he knows Albuquerque by heart.


Um, I've seen Al 3 times in concert and one third of the time he plays Albuquerque.

Twas GLORIOUS.
2013-12-18 10:03:19 PM
1 votes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1n5XqwUkYw

Does he eat filet mignon seven times a day?
2013-12-18 09:53:16 PM
1 votes:

Jambalaya James: Has anyone listened to Alpocalypse? I used to listen to Weird Al as a kid but is it just goofy and kinda stupid or is he a  tiimeless musical legend?


This original song is on Alpocalypse. Decide for yourself.
2013-12-18 09:25:31 PM
1 votes:
Well, he warned them that he'd sue ya!
2013-12-18 08:59:33 PM
1 votes:
Lots of this going around lately. I guess musicians hired some better accountants to look at their numbers and accounts receivables.
2013-12-18 08:39:06 PM
1 votes:
Good for him.
Fark Sony.
 
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