The wifey-person and I just finished watching Weird Al on the Biography channel.Â I know there are folks who don’t like Weird Al.Â Of course, I’m not much of one to care what others think, so I’ll go ahead and post about him anyway.Â Every time I think about Weird Al, I think about this, one of his two finest videos:
Rumor has it that Coolio wasn’t too happy with Weird Al over this video.Â Although all reports are that later they worked things out, perhaps minus hugs and kisses.
Although Yankovic traditionally secures permission from the artists he parodies (even though this is not legally required), and was told by his record label that Coolio had given permission, Coolio later claimed that he had not given such permission. This created a minor controversy, as speculation surfaced that Coolio had actually given permission but later claimed he had not in the fear that allowing the parody would not be seen as “cool”, or that Yankovic’s record label had lied to Yankovic in the hopes that the song would become popular.
During the show, one of Weird Al’s cohorts mentioned that pretty much every artist Weird Al contacts now is willing to let him create parody works.Â Nearly everyone says yes, although Prince is apparently the perpetual holdout.Â I wonder why that is.
And while I’m sure you don’t actually care what his other best video is, I’m going with The Saga Begins.
But I must say, some of his latest songs and videos are quite good, too.