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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

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
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

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.