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SusannaG

SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Fatal Enquiry
Will Thomas
Progress: 25/304 pages
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %

Earworms Special: Weird Al Yankovic

I thought I'd take a break from the year-by-year survey to honor(?) someone who's been making a living of parodying so much of the music I've already mentioned (and will probably parody much more I'll mention) - "Weird Al" Yankovic.

 

Weird Al first got notice on the Dr. Demento radio show in the mid-70s, but the first time I recall hearing of him was for his parody cover of The Knack's My Sharona - My Bologna -  in 1979. 

 

He has never looked back.

 

He acquired band mates (starting with a guy who volunteered to bang on his accordion case) starting in the early 80s, and has parodied everyone from Queen to Robin Thicke.

 

He also loves polka medleys, Star Wars, and "style parodies" (where the target is an entire band or genre, such as Devo or country, rather than a specific song).

 

Only a few artists have refused to be parodied - Prince most famously.  Many artists, however, like Nirvana and Lady Gaga, have considered a parody from Weird Al a mark of having "made it" as an artist.

 

Some songs I know the Weird Al parody better than the original - certainly the case with Amish Paradise.

 

So here's to you, Weird Al.  I look forward to many more years of fun.