“Weird Al” Yankovic Is Sad He Never Got To Parody Prince

Rachel Sonis | August 3, 2016 10:22 am

Wierd Al Yankovic has pretty much parodied every high-profile musician under the sun. Lady Gaga? Of course. Michael Jackson? No problem. Madonna? You betcha. But, as it turns out, there was one musician that said no. In a recent interview with People, the 56-year-old revealed that the late funk legend Prince always rejected the parodist’s requests, and it’s something Yankovic regrets more than ever nowadays.

“It’s too bad,” he told the magazine. “I hadn’t approached [Prince] in about 20 years because he always said no, but I had this fantasy that he’d come out with a new song, I’d have a great idea, he’d finally say yes and it would erase decades of weirdness between us. But that’s obviously not going to be the case.”

The singer continued, “I had a parody of ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ that was about The Beverly Hillbillies. And I wanted to do something funny with ‘When Doves Cry,’ and ‘Kiss.’ For ‘1999,’ I wanted to do an infomercial where you could get anything you wanted by dialing 1-800-something-1999.”

Read the full interview here, and watch Yankovic’s parody of Chamillionaire‘s “Ridin’.”

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