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Band shot by Mark Seliger
Grammy #3
"Amish Paradise" Photo

Founded: b. 1959 Headquarters: Lynwood, CA

Website Link(s): Official Site // Official MySpace

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Band Biography

Weird Al is the most successful comedy artist ever, particularly in an era where comedy records don't sell like they used to. He's most known for his parodies of popular songs (like Beat It), although his albums are half-or-more original songs. He also typically puts a polka medley of popular songs on each record (only two haven't got one -- "Weird Al" Yankovic and Even Worse). He's made a film and had his own Saturday Morning TV show. He's also directed music videos for himself as well as Ben Folds, Hanson and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and produced tracks for other artists. He's currently working on a new record.

Discography

Albums

  • "Weird Al" Yankovic
  • In 3-D
  • Dare To Be Stupid
  • Polka Party!
  • Even Worse
  • UHF Official Motion Picture Soundtrack (And Other Stuff)
  • Off the Deep End
  • Alapalooza
  • Bad Hair Day
  • Running With Scissors
  • Poodle Hat
  • Straight Outta Lynwood
  • Greatest Hits
  • The Food Album
  • Permanent Record - Al In The Box
  • Greatest Hits - Volume II
  • The TV Album
  • Peter And The Wolf (with Wendy Carlos)
  • The "Weird Al" Yankovic Video Library
  • Alapalooza: The Videos
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Collection
  • Bad Hair Day: The Videos
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Videos
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic Live!
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection

EPs

Singles

  • "My Bologna" / "School Cafeteria"
  • "Another One Rides The Bus" / "Happy Birthday" / "Gotta Boogie" / "Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung"
  • "Another One Rides The Bus" / "Gotta Boogie"
  • "Ricky" / "Buckingham Blues"
  • "I Love Rocky Road" / "Happy Birthday"
  • "Eat It"/ "That Boy Could Dance"
  • "Eat It" / "I Lost On Jeopardy"
  • "King Of Suede" / "Nature Trail To Hell"
  • "I Lost On Jeopardy" / "I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead"
  • "I Lost On Jeopardy" (extended mix) / "Mr. Popeil"
  • "This Is The Life" / "Buy Me A Condo"
  • "Like A Surgeon" / "Slime Creatures From Outer Space"
  • "Like A Surgeon" / "King Of Suede"
  • "I Want A New Duck"/ "Cable TV"
  • "One More Minute" / "Midnight Star"
  • "The Touch" by Stan Bush / "Dare To Be Stupid"
  • "Living With A Hernia" / "Don't Wear Those Shoes"
  • "Christmas At Ground Zero" / "One Of Those Days"
  • "Fat" / "You Make Me"
  • "Lasagna" / "Velvet Elvis"
  • "I Think I'm A Clone Now" / "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long"
  • "UHF" / "Attack Of The Radioactive Hamsters From A Planet Near Mars"
  • "Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies" / "Generic Blues"
  • "Isle Thing" / "The Hot Rocks Polka"
  • "Smells Like Nirvana" / "Waffle King"
  • "You Don't Love Me Anymore"/ "I Was Only Kidding"
  • "Taco Grande"
  • "The White Stuff"
  • "I Can't Watch This"
  • "Jurassic Park" / "Frank's 2000" TV"
  • "Bedrock Anthem" / "Young, Dumb And Ugly"
  • "Achy Breaky Song"
  • "Spy Hard (Theme From The Motion Picture Spy Hard)"
  • "The Night Santa Went Crazy" / "Christmas At Ground Zero"
  • "The Saga Begins"
  • "It's All About The Pentiums"
  • "Headline News" b/w "Christmas At Ground Zero (Alt. Version)"
  • "Amish Paradise"
  • "Gump"
  • "You're Pitiful" (available via free download at http://www.weirdal.com)

Appears On

Compilations

  • Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 4
  • Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection: The Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time
  • Dr. Demento's 30th Anniversary Collection: Dementia 2000!
  • Besta Polka

Soundtracks

  • Spy Hard

Mix CDs

Radio Shows

Further Reading


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Muppet

Up to date as of February 02, 2010
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From Muppet Wiki

Muppet Magazine Fall 1984
celebrity interview
Weird Al and Fozzie Bear
Weird Al and Elmo backstage at Sesame Street Live at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles (2005).

Alfred Matthew Yankovic (b. 1959), also known as "Weird Al" Yankovic, is a veteran comedy musician and acclaimed parody artist. With over twelve albums, a full career spanning more than 23 years, and three Grammy awards, Yankovic is one of the best-known comedic musical performers in the world. In total, Al has sold more than 13 million albums, making him the biggest-selling comedy artist in music history.

Yankovic was the subject of a feature article, and cover line, in the Fall 1984 issue of Muppet Magazine. In the article, titled "Wocka, Wocka! It's Weird Al Yankovic!", Yankovic was interviewed by fellow comedy legend Fozzie Bear. In the article Yankovic talks about his start in performing, breaking into the music industry and his view on his success. Fozzie Bear states that his favorite of Yankovic's parody is "Eat It" (a parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It"). The article, however, incorrectly referred to Yankovic's song "My Bologna" as "My Baloney!". The article was one of the selected articles later republished in the book The Best of Muppet Magazine.

A clip from Yankovic's 1984 music video for his song "Eat It" was featured in an episode of Muppet Babies. The episode credits however misspelled Yankovic's name as "Wierd Al" instead of "Weird Al". Another of Yankovic's music videos (for his song "You Don't Love Me Anymore") was filmed at Charlie Chaplin Studios in Los Angeles, California. The studio was later purchased by The Jim Henson Company.

In 1994 Yankovic's song "Bedrock Anthem" (a parody of two Red Hot Chili Peppers songs) was featured on the soundtrack for the feature film The Flintstones, which featured characters and effects by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Although the song was not heard in the film, the song was featured on the album soundtrack, as well as Yankovic's album "Alapalooza".

As a connoisseur of pop-culture, "Weird Al" has declared his inner-Muppet inclinations on several occasions - including a 1999 LAUNCH.com chat:

Beavinator1: Al, if you were one of the Muppets which one would you be?
"Weird Al": LOL. I suppose Beaker.

Muppet Mentions

Yankovic's 1985 song "Yoda", a parody of "Lola" by the Kinks about the Star Wars character Yoda, features a minor Muppet mention:

Well, I've been around, but I ain't never seen a guy who looks like a Muppet, but he's wrinkled and green.

"Weird Al"'s 1999 promotional television special "ALTV" on MTV featured an Al News segment where Yankovic announced the long-winded title of Fiona Apple's new CD. The fictional album title included a reference to Sesame Street's classic song "C is for Cookie".

Hot on the heels of latest efforts, Fiona Apple has released yet another album. This one's called "I think I will never see a poem as lovely as a tree, chapter one call me Ishmael, some years ago never mind how long precisely having little or no money in my purse, hey who took my rice cakes, does anybody have a watch, what time is it, does anybody really know what time it is, does anybody really care, well it was the best of times it was the worst of times, cause all we are is dust in the wind, and did you ever think how like maybe our entire universe is really just a molecule in God's toenail, this world is a bunch of B.S. anyway, the important thing to remember is be your own person wear what you want to wear, if you feel good in a tube top you go girl, lather rinse repeat lather rinse repeat, I need to get toilet paper orange juice sunflower seeds Pepto-Bismol and more rice cakes, don't forget dentist appointment at 2:30, dear Cosmo my boyfriend won't leave me alone when I'm trying to come up with a album title, cut it out Paul, I'm trying to write here, I mean it cut it out, would you get the phone I'm busy, C is for cookie and that's good enough for me, shemalama ding-dong yabba dabba do zippidy do da zippidy ay, if you believe in peanut butter clap your hands, does this dress make me look fat, I'm not going to pay a lot for this muffler" - on sale Tuesday.

Yankovic's 2003 song "Couch Potato", a parody of Eminem's "Lose Yourself", features a reference to The Muppet Show in the lyrics:

Then I bet I'll watch The Bachelorette followed by Welcome Back, Kotter and The Muppet Show where they go "Mahna Mahna".

Connections

Artists Parodied:

  • "Livin' on the Edge" by Aerosmith was parodied with "Livin' in the Fridge" (1993)
  • "I Want it That Way" by Backstreet Boys was parodied with "Ebay" (2002)
  • "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt was parodied with "You're Pitiful" (2006)
  • "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio was parodied with "Amish Paradise" (1996)
  • "She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals was the parodied with "She Drives Like Crazy" (1989)
  • "Rico Suave" by Gerardo was parodied with "Taco Grande" (1992)
  • "I Got My Mind Set on You" by George Harrison was parodied with "This Song is Just Six Word Long" (1988)
  • "Bad" by Michael Jackson was parodied with "Fat" (1988)
  • "Beat It" by Michael Jackson was parodied with "Eat It" (1984)
  • "Ruthless People" by Mick Jagger was parodied with "Toothless People" (1986)
  • "Piano Man" by Billy Joel was parodied with "Ode to a Superhero" (2002)
  • "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper with the parodied with "Girls Just Want to Have Lunch" (1985)
  • "Stand" by R.E.M.'s was the parodied with "Spam" (1989)

Song Subjects:

  • Forrest Gump was the subject of Yankovic's song and music video "Gump" (1996)
  • George of the Jungle was the subject of Yankovic's song "George of the Jungle" (1985)
  • The Phantom Menace was the subject of Yankovic's song "The Saga Begins" (1999)
  • Spider-Man was the subject of Yankovic's song "Ode to a Superhero" (2002)
  • The Star Wars character Yoda was the subject of Yankovic's song "Yoda" (1985)
  • The Flintstones was the subject of Yankovic's song and music video "Bedrock Anthem" (1993)
  • "Bohemian Rhapsody" was covered as "Bohemian Polka" (1993)

Celebrities:

External links

Wikipedia has an article related to:
  • Official site
  • "Weird Al" on Twitter
  • "Weird Al" on MySpace
  • "Weird Al" on Facebook
  • "Weird Al" on YouTube

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Lostpedia

Up to date as of February 07, 2010
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From Lostpedia

Parody Alert!
This article's subject matter is parodical and non-canon in nature (but distinct from hoax and serious fanon material)
This material is generally fan-created, but occasionally from official or commercial sources.

Robert Montjoy - Fan/Creator "Lost Rhapsody"
Lost Rhapsody refers to either of two humorous Lost-themed flash animations created by Robert Montjoy (CapnBob) and set to the music of "Weird Al" Yankovic. The first version is known simply as "Lost Rhapsody", was released on October 18, 2005, and the second version is known as "Lost Rhapsody 2" and was released in December 6, 2006.

Contents

Lost Rhapsody (original)

The first Lost Rhapsody was set to the tune of "Weird Al" Yankovic's 'Bohemian Polka'. The artwork featured animation of clippings of image elements from the episodes, often accompanied by added mouth animations for speech and song. Robert Montjoy got the idea for his short video from a text version of the song which was posted by Captainaeon on the ABC Lost General board. Captainaeon outlined how the song should be sung by the cast of LOST and who should be singing which parts.

'Bohemian Polka' follows the exact lyrics of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

Robert Montjoy made an appearance on the Lost Season 2 DVD during the 'Mysteries, Theories and Conspiracies' featurette. He has stated in an interview that some of Lost's writers were fans of Lost Rhapsody, and suggested to include him on the DVD.

Author's comments

This is a little flash movie I made for fans of the show LOST. I hope you like it! SPOILER WARNING: reveals major plot points, and yet will make little to no sense for people who have not watched the first season. Watch at your own risk!

Video

Lost Rhapsody (original)

Selected Highlights

Beelzebub has a devil put aside for Charlie and Scott.
  • Starts with the institutional Lost sound, and the four letters of LOST morphing into the faces of Charlie, Locke, Kate and Jack.
  • The song starts with an eye opening, just like most episodes of the first season.
  • The lyrics "Pulled my trigger, now he's dead" are paired with the killing of Ethan by Charlie.
  • "I don't wanna die" is sung by Boone to Locke.
  • The Monster is revealed to be a cloud of black smoke which forms the face of Mr. Paik. Shortly afterwards, other concepts for the monster pass by, including a pissed-off giraffe (one of Hurley's guesses), an Elephant with cats scratching it (One of Dominic Monaghan's guesses), and a robotic dinosaur (represented by Grimlock of the Transformers).
  • The lyrics "Do you think you can love me and leave me to die?" are paired with the image of Charlie hung from a tree.
  • The lyrics "Beelzebub has a devil put aside" are paired with a demonic-looking image of Ethan, and the following lyrics, "for me, for me, for meee", are sung by Charlie, Scott, and Claire, respectively.
  • Amusingly, the image of Scott is actually an image of Steve, wearing a "Scott" nametag. He was wearing a "Steve" nametag also, but it falls off when Ethan snaps his neck.
  • All lines sung by Jin are subtitled in "Korean".
  • The island is revealed to be on the back of a giant turtle, which is a reference to the second Urusei Yatsura film, "Beautiful Dreamer." It is often mistaken for the Great A'tuin from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, due to the fact that both are derived from ancient eastern myths and folktales that are not commonly known in western society.

LOST Rhapsody 2

On December 6, 2006, Montjoy released the sequel, Lost Rhapsody II: Electric Boogaloo,[1] which also features parody music by "Weird Al" Yankovic. The song is "The Alternative Polka" from his 1996 album, Bad Hair Day, a medley of the songs Loser (Beck), Sex Type Thing (Stone Temple Pilots), All I Want To Do (Sheryl Crow), Closer (Nine Inch Nails), Bang and Blame (REM), You Oughta Know (Alanis Morisette), Bullet with Butterfly Wings (Smashing Pumpkins), My Friends (Red Hot Chili Peppers), I'll Stick Around (Foo Fighters), Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden), and Basket Case (Green Day).

The artwork in this second version is based on captured images that have been rotoscoped, retraced, and drawn from scratch, somewhat resembling cel-shaded animation. However often the entire screen has been thus captured from the episode video, rather than individual elements, such as characters or their faces, as in the first video. The characteristic syllable-based mouth animations from the opening of the first video have been used throughout the entire sequel.

During the video numbers are popping up at seemingly random intervals. So far, the following numbers have been discovered:

The Numbers
6 9 8 7 3 6 5 8 6 7 9 2 8 2 8 9 8 9 3 2 7 5 8 8 2 8 3 2 8 4 3 2 

On the blast door map is a note instructing viewers to find all the numbers for a secret message.

Author's comments

The following comments were posted by Montjoy at the video's primary distribution at newgrounds.com:

This is my second full-length flash movie. 
Most of it was drawn and/or rotoscoped by hand 
except for a few frames that I let flash autotrace. 
It'll probably only make sense to people 
who watched season two of LOST, but I hope 
the rest of you like it too!

Video

Lost Rhapsody 2

Trivia

  • Speaker is a fan and friend of Rob's, and included CD-ROMs of Lost Rhapsody & the preview for the 2nd with his special CD-ROMs "The Lost Experience Experience".
  • Sayid's schematic in the first video reads:

"SAYID'S ESCAPE PLAN #5 (This one will work!) 1. Steal Locke's trebuchet 2. Aim at California 3. Launch Sayid 4. Make out with Nadia" and "Nadia smells like flowers" (surrounded by hearts)

See Also

Dad in a Box

External links

  • Lost Rhapsody (original) - full high resolution flash version at newgrounds.com
  • Lost Rhapsody (original) - at Albino Blacksheep (faster load)
  • Lost Rhapsody II - full high resolution flash version at newgrounds.com

This article uses material from the "Lost Rhapsody" article on the Lostpedia wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Transformers

Up to date as of February 05, 2010
(Redirected to "Weird Al" Yankovic article)

From Teletraan I: The Transformers Wiki

Okay, sure... how did you get this number?

"Weird Al" Yankovic (born Alfred Matthew Yankovic on October 23, 1959) is a musician.

A multi-Grammy-winning musician for over twenty years, "Weird Al" is famous for his parodies of popular songs, as well as "style parodies" that emulate specific acts' musical styles.

Al has also directed music videos for various other musicians, including Ben Folds Five and Hanson. He has produced and starred in numerous specials on MTV and VH1, a cult-hit movie UHF, and his own one-season Saturday morning TV show. He also has a long list of cartoon voice acting cameos (particularly for Cartoon Network), appearing on such shows as Johnny Bravo, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Robot Chicken... and Transformers Animated. He once made a song about a famous website appears in the 2007 movie.

Generation One

Transformers Animated

External links

  • The Official "Weird Al" web site
  • The Weird Al Wiki

This article uses material from the ""Weird Al" Yankovic" article on the Transformers wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.







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