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(Grantland)   Weird Al Yankovic faces something of a crisis in his career: by the time he can get an album out the old-fashioned way, a thousand amateurs have posted their own song parodies to YouTube   ( divider line
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2014-07-16 12:22:47 PM  
4 votes:
And I doubt many of those amateurs could play such a convincing Hitler
2014-07-16 03:44:07 PM  
3 votes:
You made a powerful enemy when you disparaged the Oxford comma, Al.
2014-07-16 03:18:15 PM  
2 votes:
I mentioned this in the Weird Al thread yesterday:


And by that I mean he reads Fark.
2014-07-16 07:33:34 PM  
1 vote:
Took me a few views to notice this in the corner of the "Lost Cause" shot in Word Crimes:
I have a feeling I'll be noticing new little things in that video for a while.
2014-07-16 05:57:46 PM  
1 vote:

whizbangthedirtfarmer: whistleridge: Yes, but he does it several tens of orders of magnitude better. A parody by your cousin Steve = poorly executed and morbidly unamusing. A parody by Weird Al = comedy gold.

Eh, maybe it's just me being old, but he's got far shiattier music to choose from now.  I can't listen to a song by that Thicke guy, and I can't listen to a parody of it, either.  It's just that Al's baseline for what was listenable has changed dramatically.

i think I need to remove myself from your lawn.
2014-07-16 05:16:26 PM  
1 vote:
2014-07-16 04:28:11 PM  
1 vote:

Marshmallow Jones: Yes, only a talent as great as Weird Al can do such things as replace real lyrics with other words that rhyme.

I live with my mom
2014-07-16 03:36:22 PM  
1 vote:

BKITU: ManateeGag: BKITU: He's also now free from his record contract, leaving him able to compete with the unwashed YouTube masses on an even playing field.

he mentioned in a recent interview that he's going to be leaning towards digital releases now, so he can get music out faster.

Exactly my point. =)

Also makes good business sense. Keep the brand fresh in the current market, get more downloads more frequently... there's little downside to it.

I thought every parody I downloaded was weird Al, at least that's what both Kazaa and Napster told me.
2014-07-16 03:16:45 PM  
1 vote:
But Azalea's team was slow in responding to his request, and Yankovic was under the gun to finish Mandatory Fun, so he made a personal appeal. Somebody captured the moment on video, and the video ended up on TMZ.
"I took a little offense to [TMZ] saying I was 'begging' for permission," Yankovic said. "I like to call it asking politely and with respect. I don't go to a level considered begging."

They also said that he "ambushed" her.

Would ANYONE here shed a tear if TMZ and all of its employees were incinerated in a flaming nuclear ball?
2014-07-16 03:15:11 PM  
1 vote:

bdub77: Weird Al rocks, your blog sucks.

One metric ton of this. The smarmy, hipper than thou, condescending tone in which that article was written entitles the author to no less than 10 dickpunches.
2014-07-16 03:13:32 PM  
1 vote:
He who is tired of Weird Al is tired of life.
2014-07-16 11:50:36 AM  
1 vote:
He's also now free from his record contract, leaving him able to compete with the unwashed YouTube masses on an even playing field.
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