Jack’s Song Of The Day: Weird Al Yankovic

weird al yankovic Jacks Song Of The Day: Weird Al Yankovic

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Jack FM is aware that it’s hot outside.

That does not, however, give you the right to wear your Speedo to work.

There’s a saying in the music industry: you haven’t really “made it” until [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Weird Al Yankovic[/lastfm] parodies one of your songs.

Born Alfred Matthew Yankovic, Weird Al grew up an only child in the town of Lynwood, California.  He began playing the accordion the day before his sixth birthday, and at the age of 16 gave [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dr. Demento[/lastfm] a homemade tape of original and parody songs.  The first song was “Belvedere Cruisin’,” a song about the family car.  Dr. Demento played it on his comedy radio show, and Weird Al’s career was launched.

In 1979, Weird Al wrote and recorded “My Bologna,” a parody of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Knack[/lastfm]’s smash hit, “My Sharona.” Singer Doug Fieger liked it and suggested to Capitol Records they release it as a single.  Because of that, Weird Al signed a six-month recording contract with the label.

Weird Al Yankovic scored a hit on Top 40 radio in 1982 with the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rick Derringer[/lastfm]-produced “I Love Rocky Road,” and in 1983 released his self-titled debut album to a lukewarm reception.

It wasn’t until the 1984 release of his second album, Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D, that Weird Al became a household name.  The album spent 23 weeks on the charts, peaking at # 17 on the Billboard 200.  The album’s first single was “Eat It,” a parody of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Jackson[/lastfm]’s “Beat It.”  Propelled by the popularity of its video on MTV, “Eat It” went to # 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earned Weird Al a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording.

Over the years, Weird Al Yankovic has gone on to become one of the most successful comedy acts in history.  He has sold more than 12 million albums, has recorded over 150 songs and has performed more than 1,000 live shows.  Six of his albums have been certified platinum in the States, while four have gone gold.  And he has parodied such notable acts as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Madonna[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Queen[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dire Straits[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nirvana[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Red Hot Chili Peppers[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Coolio[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chamillionaire[/lastfm].

Not bad for a boy with a degree in architecture.

In June 2011, Weird Al released his 13th studio album, Alpocalypse.  It debuted in the # 9 position on the Billboard 200, his highest debuting album to date.  The album contains original songs as well as parodies of teen queens [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Taylor Swift [/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Miley Cyrus[/lastfm].  The first single is “Perform This Way,” a spoof on [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm]’s “Born This Way,” and it’s Jack’s Song of the Day. Weird Al was originally denied permission to release the song by Lady Gaga’s manager, but she quickly asserted that her manager had made the decision without her input.  Lady Gaga claims to be a huge fan and gave Weird Al the go-ahead to release it as a single. 

Weird Al Yankovic is currently out on tour.

Jack FM is hungry right now, so check out Weird Al Yankovic’s video for “Eat It.”

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