"Weird Al" Yankovic
|"Weird Al" Yankovic|
Weird Al performing live in 2010
|Born||October 23, 1959|
|Origin||Lynwood, California, U.S.|
|Years active||1976 - present|
|Genre(s)||Parody, satire, geek rock|
Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. He is known for humorous songs that are often specific parodies of contemporary musical acts.
"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." Rivers Cuomo was, at the time, self-conscious about being considered a serious artist, and so the band denied him permission. In 2005, Yankovic encountered the band backstage to ask permission to use lyrics from "Beverly Hills" for his song, "Polkarama!". The band gave him permission and Yankovic used the song on his album Straight Outta Lynwood in 2006.
In 2008, Yankovic recorded a song in the style of Weezer (particularly the song "Pork and Beans"). The song, "Skipper Dan," was released on his 2009 EP Internet Leaks and again on his 2011 album Alpocalypse. On September 24, 2018, Weezer's music video for "Africa" was released, starring Yankovic as Rivers Cuomo.
This video, directed by Brendan Walter and Jade Ehlers, is a shot for shot remake of Spike Jonze's video for "Undone - The Sweater Song." It features Yankovic and band members dressed as Rivers Cuomo and the other members of Weezer, respectively, albeit dressed to resemble Weezer as they appeared in 2018.
Yankovic discussed the song's inspiration in an interview in 2010.
Unused "Buddy Holly" snippet from "Alternative Polka"