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Known for his parodies of famous songs of other artists, although about half of his released songs are original.
However, almost all parodies that ever floated around on the internet have at one or another time been attributed to him. Two good references for songs not Al are:
- http://free.house.cx/~eil/etc/notal.html (not found Feb 2011, use the wayback machine)
- http://www.com-www.com/weirdal/notbyal.html

The song often referred to as "Rye or the Kaiser" can be found under its correct name, "Theme From Rocky XIII"".

Annotation last modified on 2012-12-28 12:58 UTC.

Legal name: Alfred Matthew Yankovic

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Alfred Matthew Yankovic (/ˈjæŋkəvɪk/ YANG-kə-vik; born October 23, 1959), better known by his stage name "Weird Al" Yankovic, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, music video director, film producer, and author. He is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts, original songs that are style pastiches of the work of other acts, and polka medleys of several popular songs, featuring his favored instrument, the accordion.

Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007), recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and has performed more than 1,000 live shows. His works have earned him three Grammy Awards and a further 11 nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic's first top ten Billboard album (Straight Outta Lynwood) and single ("White & Nerdy") were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career. His latest album, Mandatory Fun (2014), became his first number one album on its debut week.

Yankovic's success comes in part from his effective use of music video to further parody popular culture, the song's original artist, and the original music videos themselves, scene-for-scene in some cases. He directed later videos himself and went on to direct for other artists including Ben Folds, Hanson, The Black Crowes, and The Presidents of the United States of America. With the decline of music television and the onset of social media, Yankovic used YouTube and other video sites to publish his videos; this strategy proved integral helping to boost sales of his later albums including Mandatory Fun. Yankovic has stated that he may forego traditional albums in favor of timely releases of singles and EPs following on this success.

In addition to recording his albums, Yankovic wrote and starred in the film UHF (1989) and The Weird Al Show (1997). He has also made guest appearances and voice acting roles on many television shows and video web content, in addition to starring in Al TV specials on MTV. He has also written two children's books.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1983 “Weird Al” Yankovic “Weird Al” Yankovic 3 4
1984 In 3-D “Weird Al” Yankovic 3 4
1985 Dare to Be Stupid “Weird Al” Yankovic 4 4
1986 Polka Party! “Weird Al” Yankovic 3 3
1988 Even Worse “Weird Al” Yankovic 3.35 5
1988 Peter and the Wolf “Weird Al” Yankovic & Wendy Carlos 1
1992 Off the Deep End “Weird Al” Yankovic 4 6
1993 Alapalooza “Weird Al” Yankovic 3.25 5
1996 Bad Hair Day “Weird Al” Yankovic 3.75 3
1999 Running With Scissors “Weird Al” Yankovic 4 2
2003 Poodle Hat “Weird Al” Yankovic 3.65 2
2006 Straight Outta Lynwood “Weird Al” Yankovic 4 4
2011 Alpocalypse “Weird Al” Yankovic 3.5 2
2014 Mandatory Fun “Weird Al” Yankovic 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1988 “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Greatest Hits Compilation “Weird Al” Yankovic 4 4
1993 The Food Album Compilation “Weird Al” Yankovic 3.5 3
1994 Permanent Record: Al in the Box Compilation “Weird Al” Yankovic 1
1994 Greatest Hits, Volume II Compilation “Weird Al” Yankovic 4 2
1995 The TV Album Compilation “Weird Al” Yankovic 4 1
1999 The Saga Begins Compilation “Weird Al” Yankovic 4 1
2009 The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic Compilation “Weird Al” Yankovic 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1989 UHF and Other Stuff Soundtrack “Weird Al” Yankovic 3.65 6

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1979 My Bologna “Weird Al” Yankovic 1
1992 Smells Like Nirvana “Weird Al” Yankovic 4
1993 Jurassic Park “Weird Al” Yankovic 1
1994 Headline News “Weird Al” Yankovic 4 2
1996 Amish Paradise “Weird Al” Yankovic 5 2
1996 Gump “Weird Al” Yankovic 4 1
1996 Spy Hard “Weird Al” Yankovic 1
1999 Pretty Fly for a Rabbi “Weird Al” Yankovic 1
2006 You're Pitiful “Weird Al” Yankovic 1
2008 Whatever You Like “Weird Al” Yankovic 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2009 Internet Leaks “Weird Al” Yankovic 4 2

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