"Weird Al" Yankovic

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"Weird Al" Yankovic
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Weird Al performing live in 2010
Background information
Origin Lynwood, California, U.S.
Years active 1976 - present
Genre(s) Parody, satire, geek rock

"Weird Al" Yankovic started recording back in 1976 sending cassettes of his demos in to the Dr. Demento Show and still tours and records to this day.

Weezer connections

"Weird Al" is a longtime fan of Weezer and has encountered them many times. In the 1996, Yankovic encountered the band backstage to ask permission to use lyrics from the song "Buddy Holly" in his song "The Alternative Polka." In the throes of an era defined by Rivers Cuomo's self-consciousness about being considered a serious artist, the band denied him permission. Later on, in 2005, Yankovic encountered the band backstage to ask permission to use lyrics from "Beverly Hills" for his song, "Polkarama!". They gave permission and Al used the track on his album Straight Outta Lynwood the following year.

In 2008, Yankovic did a style parody song of Weezer, a general pastiche of the band in the vein of "Island in the Sun" and "Pork and Beans." The song, entitled "Skipper Dan," was released on his 2009 EP Internet Leaks and again on his 2011 album Alpocalypse. On September 24, 2018, Yankovic starred in Weezer's music video for their cover of Toto's hit "Africa." That video was in an of itself a shot-for-shot parody of Weezer's video for "Undone - The Sweater Song," originally directed by Spike Jonze.