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Thursday, July 25, 2013

“Weird Al” Yankovic: The Alpocalypse Tour

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“Weird Al” Yankovic knows how to flatter music royalty—if imitation is indeed the highest form of flattery. The industry’s court jester has spoofed everyone from the King of Pop (“Eat It”) to Queen (“Another One Rides the Bus”) in a 30-year career that arguably remains more relevant than that of the dour Prince.

Yankovic’s rise from cult hero to minor celebrity to mainstream music satirist has stemmed from a seemingly simple formula—take popular tune, tweak lyrics, rinse and repeat—yet three decades later “Weird Al” remains the unquestioned leader of the spoof-song genre.

In a business known for quickly dishing up new talents, only to chew them up and spit them back out, perhaps the secret of Al’s longevity lies in the sheer number of his food-centric songs (“Fat,” “Eat It,” “I Love Rocky Road,” “Lasagna,” “Spam,” “Taco Grande,” “Livin’ in the Fridge,” “My Bologna,” “Grapefruit Diet,” “Girls Just Want to Have Lunch”).

Then again, it could be his penchant for hopping all over the musical spectrum, from folk and polka to rock and rap.

Or maybe we just love a talented goofball who’s committed to being silly (“Polka Power!,” “Pretty Fly for a Rabbi,” “Toothless People”). With so many people caught up in their own self-importance, Al isn’t afraid to  “Dare to Be Stupid.”