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"Weird Al Yankovic" is an American songwriter, parodist, music producer, actor, comedian, and accordion player.

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Best known for his parodies of popular songs (such as Fat), Weird Al has sold over 12 million albums,

recorded over 150 parodies and original songs, and has received three Grammy Awards and nine nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the U.S. Contrary to music, "Weird Al" has also starred in his own film, UHF, and has his own television show, The Weird Al Show.



List of AlbumsEdit

"Weird Al" Yankovic

"Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D

Dare to be Stupid

Polka Party!

Even Worse

"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits

UHF- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff

Off the Deep End

The Food Album

Alapalooza

Permanent Record: Al in the Box

Greatest Hits Volume II

The TV Album

Bad Hair Day

Running with Scizzors

Poodle Hat

Straight Outta Lynwood

Internet Leaks

The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic




MisattributionEdit

Songs posted to file sharing networks are often misattributed to Yankovic due to their humorous subject matter. Often, his surname is misspelled (and thus mispronounced) as "Yankovich", among other variations. Much to the disdain of Yankovic, these misattributed files include songs that are racist, sexually explicit, or otherwise offensive. A young listener who had heard several of these offensive tracks by way of a file sharing service confronted Yankovic online, threatening a boycott due to his supposedly explicit lyrics.[72] Quite a few of the songs, such as "Star Wars Cantina" by Mark Jonathan Davis (later of Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine), "Star Wars Gangsta Rap", "Yoda Smokes Weed", "Chewbacca" and several more have a Star Wars theme.[73] Some songs misattributed to him are not songs, but spoken skits, such as "Sesame Street on crack", which is also widely misattributed to Adam Sandler.

Yankovic cites these misattributions as "his only real beef with peer-to-peer file sharing sites":

If you do a search for my name on any one of those sites, I guarantee you that about half of the songs that come up will be songs I had absolutely nothing to do with. That particularly bothers me, because I really try to do quality work, and I also try to maintain a more-or-less family-friendly image—and some of these songs that are supposedly by me are just, well, vulgar and awful. I truly think my reputation has suffered in a lot of people's minds because of all those fake Weird Al songs floating around the Internet.[74]

A list of songs commonly misattributed to Yankovic can be found at The Not Al Page[73] and a list of all commercially released songs recorded by Yankovic can be found on his website.[75]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Grammy Awards[83]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1984 "Eat It" Best Comedy Recording won
1985 Dare to Be Stupid Best Comedy Recording nominated
1987 Polka Party! Best Comedy Recording nominated
1988 "Fat" Best Concept Music Video won
Even Worse Best Comedy Recording nominated
"Peter and the Wolf" Best Recording for Children nominated
1992 Off The Deep End Best Comedy Album nominated
2003 Poodle Hat Best Comedy Album won
2006 Straight Outta Lynwood Best Surround Sound Album nominated
Best Comedy Album nominated
2009 Internet Leaks Best Comedy Album nominated

Gold and platinum records[83][84]

Recording Gold Platinum Double

Platinum

"Weird Al" Yankovic U.S.
"Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D Canada

U.S.

U.S.

"Eat It"1 Australia

Canada U.S.

Dare to be Stupid U.S. U.S.
Even Worse Canada

U.S.

U.S.

"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits Canada
Off the Deep End Canada

U.S.

Canada

U.S.

The Food Album U.S.
Alapalooza Canada

U.S.

Canada Canada
Greatest Hits Volume II Canada
Bad Hair Day Canada

U.S.

Canada

U.S.

Running With Scissors Australia

Canada U.S.

U.S.

Straight Outta Lynwood U.S.
"White & Nerdy"2 U.S. U.S.

^1 The "Eat It" single reached the #1 position on the Australian singles chart in 1984.

^2 The "White & Nerdy" single was certified platinum for digital downloads and gold for ringtone downloads in the U.S.

VideographyEdit

The following is a comprehensive list of Yankovic's long form videos to date, with the United States release date.

Video title Release date
The Compleat Al August 1985
UHF July 21, 1989
The "Weird Al" Yankovic Video Library May 1992
Alapalooza: The Videos December 1993
"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Collection 1993
Bad Hair Day: The Videos June 1996
"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Videos January 1998
"Weird Al" Yankovic Live! November 23, 1999
"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection November 3, 2003
The Weird Al Show - The Complete Series August 15, 2006

Awards and nominationsEdit

Grammy Award winners

[85]*"Fat" – Best Concept Music Video (1988)

Grammy Award nominees
Australian gold long form videos

[83]*The Ultimate Video Collection

U.S. gold long form videos

[83][84]*The "Weird Al" Yankovic Video Library

U.S. platinum long form videos

[83][84]*The Ultimate Video Collection

Cameos and special appearances in filmEdit

External LinksEdit

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