The war is still raging in Ukraine. Inflation has made avocados $7. Elon Musk is the head of Twitter. And if it couldn’t get any worse, now we learn this: Weird Al Yankovic says he’ll probably never release another parody song.
We learn this in a day of Weird Al hope and hype, as his biography Weird: The Al Yankovic Story drops today (Nov. 4) on the Roku channel. Weird Al narrates Rolling stones “I’m not that focused on (parody songs…) If a brilliant idea pops into my head, I think I’d do it. But I’ll leave it to other people for now. I’m not retiring. I’m not saying I’ll never do another one. But it’s just not my focus right now.”
The undisputed king of parody songs, (Weird Al has done more than 150!,) with bangers like “My Bologna”, “Smells Like Nirvana” and “White and Nerdy”, Weird Al has actually been silent on the new parody front since 2014. On that year’s Mandatory fun album, he took Lorde’s “Royals” and turned it into “Foil” (like aluminum), turned Pharrell’s “Happy” into “Tacky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” became “Word Crimes.” Since then he has been the bandleader Comedy Bang! Bang!, went on four trips and helped write Strange movie. But no new parody songs. What?!!! Has the world never had a “Jello” from Adele’s worldwide smash “Hello”? Agghhhhhh!!!!!!!
And we’ll probably never get one. “I spent decades of my life obsessed with Billboard charts and living and breathing musical trends,” says Weird Al. “I just take a little break from it and try to do other things that I’m interested in. And again, if a good idea strikes me, I’ll definitely do it. But I’m not going to try to force it just to supply the pipeline.”
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story movie, starring Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame, has a new original song in it called “Now You Know.” Yahoo says it plays over the end credits, and puts a bow on the biopic by explaining: “Now you know all my dirty secrets ’cause we wasted all the tea / There’s nothing left to hide baby / How do you like the real me?” That Strange The soundtrack also includes “I Love Rocky Road,” “Another One Rides the Bus” and “Like a Surgeon,” all re-recorded for the film.
And Weird Al says, although it’s unannounced, that there are more live shows in store for 2023 and he has a few things on his plate that he can’t talk about just yet. But no “About Ham Time” (“About Damn Time” Lizzo) or “Bad Rabbits” (“Bad Habits” Ed Sheeran?) criminal.
Watch the video for the new song “Now You Know” below, as well as the trailer for the new film.
Weird Al Yankovic’s “Now You Know” from Weird: The Al Yankovic Story on the Roku Channel
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Movie trailer
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