Yankovic, who calls Gaga “a huge talent, a great songwriter and a wonderful performer,” says that he has no ill feelings toward Gaga over the controversy that ensued when her camp initially didn’t give their consent to his parody.
“This is unfortunately not an isolated incident over the course of my career,” he said. “I find it’s better, whenever possible, to go directly to an artist and deal with them personally, but as it turns out I didn’t happen to have Lady Gaga’s home phone number or e-mail address.”
When Gaga finally heard the track, she immediately gave her consent, and even allowed Yankovic the rights to use her song “Poker Face” in a medley called “Polka Face”.
“I had the 11 other tracks in the can for close to a year,” Yankovic said of the rest of the album. “And I was waiting for the right lead-off single. I’ve come to learn over the course of my career that my albums are more successful if they are released concurrently with a single that’s very topical and maybe celebrates a pop culture event of serious magnitude. I thought that Lady Gaga, and specifically her new album and single, was a sufficiently large event. I thought Gaga had sufficiently rocked the zeitgeist enough for me to make that choice.”
Some of the other 11 tracks include parodies of other hit singles released by pop’s biggest names:
The album also includes parodies of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” (“TMZ”), Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” (“Party in the CIA,” also timely in the wake of the Osama Bin Laden assassination), B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You” (“Another Tattoo”) and T.I.’s “Whatever You Like,” with the same title. Yankovic also recorded stylistic homages to the White Stripes (“CNR”), Queen (“Ringtone”) and the Doors (“Craigslist,” with the group’s Ray Manzarek guesting on keyboards).
He’s not kidding when he says his other tracks were recorded a year ago – Taylor Swift’s “You Belong To Me” and Miley’s “Party In The U.S.A.” aren’t exactly the most recent tracks we’ve heard from those two. Regardless, he had us at “Polka Face”. We couldn’t be more psyched for this album.
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