The Life Of An Oddball: Weird Facts About Weird Al Yankovic

Jackson Sawa | August 21, 2018 9:58 pm

Living in a pop culture world where being “cool” is everything, “Weird Al” Yankovic has never shied away from being the black sheep of the industry. Known for his parodies of some of the world’s most popular songs, Yankovic has managed to create quite the reputation for himself throughout his life. However, nobody can do what Yankovic does by having a boring or average life. See the road Weird Al has taken to get where he is today and why they don’t call him “Weird Al” for nothing.

He Doesn’t Need Permission To Parody Songs But Asks Anyway

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Because of the “fair use” provision of the U.S. copyright law, Yankovic, as well as others, do not need permission from original artists of songs to satirize their work, as long as they are paid royalties. However, Yankovic has never been out to make enemies in the music industry, so he’s sure to ask the artists anyway.

When Yankovic was still new to the game, he learned that if you don’t have the original artist’s blessing, it can be hard to get a label to release your music. He learned this the hard way after parodying Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” with “Another One Rides the Bus.” TK Records was hesitant to release it, although Queen later said it was okay.