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"Weird Al" Yankovic

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Alfred Matthew Yankovic (nascido em 23 de Outubro de 1959), mais conhecido como “Weird Al” Yankovic, é um músico com diversas premiações do Grammy, humorista, parodista, arcordeonista, e produtor de televisão. Ele é particulamente conhecido por suas músicas satirizando a cultura popular e paródias de músicas contemporâneas. Seus trabalhos lhe renderam três discos de ouro e cinco de platina nos Estados Unidos.

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Filho único de Nick Louis Yankovic (um Sérvio-Americano) e Mary Elizabeth Vivalda (de descendência Italiana e Inglesa),[1] Alfred Matthew Yankovic nasceu em Downey, California, mas viveu em Lynwood. Começou a tocar acordeão um dia após seu sétimo aniversário. Quando um vendedor de rua veio oferecendo aulas de acordeão e guitarra, seu pai optou pelo acordeão dizendo que seria mas um Yankovic acordeonista no mundo do lado do “rei da polka” Frankie Yankovic (com quem ele não tem nenhuma relação). Ele dominou o intrumento aos dez anos, depois que deixou as lições para treinar sozinho. Ele agora usa um acordeão pequeno, que ajuda a pular mais vigorosamente pelo palco.

Depois de escutar o programa de rádio do “Dr. Demento” (um programa de comédia, com músicas humorísticas), Yankovic mandou para o “Doutor” uma fita K7 contendo uma música entitulada “Belvedere Cruisin’”, que falava sobre o automóvel de sua família (um Plymouth Belvedere), em 1976.

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  • Kinga_Vicious

    My Sonicare won't recharge, now I gotta brush my teeth like a NEANDERTHAL!

    Ontem 12:47 Responder
  • WaddleDoo777

    Can't believe he just turned 55 ! He still looks and sounds so young!

    28 Out 2014 Responder
  • Washtali

    Mission Statement is dope as shit

    19 Out 2014 Responder
  • DrownedGreg

    rare weird al shirt up on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Weird-Al-Yankovic-It-039-s-All-About-the-Pentiums-rare-vintage-large-tee-shirt-/261626566304?

    14 Out 2014 Responder
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Specific era? I actually don't like the material 2005 onwards as such because of the pop shoved down my throat while at high school and such and am more drawn towards the '90s material since that was the only true popular music on an era I enjoyed greatly.

    12 Out 2014 Responder
  • sls

    MC Frontalot in the similar artists :) Not similar, but similarly awesome

    2 Out 2014 Responder
  • scott_sea

    I love the new album, Mandatory Fun, but Off the Deep End is still his best album (IMHO).

    19 Set 2014 Responder
  • RoomForSymmetry

    "every Al fan has their "era" of his that they grew up with, for me 90s Al is where my heart lies" I have great memories of going to buy his albums. I bought "Bad Hair Day" on cassette and "The Saga Begins" on CD. Now he's toping iTunes and digital music charts. That is so awesome!

    4 Set 2014 Responder
  • auron3000

    This man is an amazing artist!

    3 Set 2014 Responder
  • iPowers

    Handy > Fancy

    25 Ago 2014 Responder
  • Farouchette

    FIRST WORLD, FIRST WORLD PROBLEEEMS

    11 Ago 2014 Responder
  • John__Lemon

    REALLY not feeling the new album

    9 Ago 2014 Responder
  • BreakfastPills

    New album almost couldn't be more relevant. Incredible. Many of the parodies/polka songs can still be heard on radio.

    8 Ago 2014 Responder
  • FjordSweetFjord

    every Al fan has their "era" of his that they grew up with, for me 90s Al is where my heart lies (and 80s since I had all his records from an early age) but I do still enjoy whenever he puts out new material. He is indeed the gold standard!

    7 Ago 2014 Responder
  • Sanity_Theorist

    I think if rap had better lyrics, it'd have more appeal, considering that's essentially all it is. 'Good' hip hop has breaks, but just simple phrasing doesn't really add parts...just emphasizes certain vocal lines. Pop music is in a similar position, but not quite as intensely. Hip hop DOES have Ontologics, to be fair...which fuses progressive rock rhythms well, but I think between niche and well written pop there are timeless artists. Depeche Mode has some poorly aged material, but Violator aged amazingly well, as did Songs of Faith in Devotion. A pattern I'm seeing is that the pop artists that continue to have appeal are either nostalgic or experimental. A lot of rock is pretty confrontational, just not the mainstream, radio bands...Egypt Central's first album comes to mind. It's not sad that a parody artist hit #1, though that does reflect somewhat poorly on serious music. Sometimes parody is even better than what it's parodying, though, like Carach Angren.

    6 Ago 2014 Responder
  • LukarioXO

    (cont.) Rock and pop have always had more crossover appeal than hip hop, too, so it makes sense that even a popular hip hop artist might not be well-known to the general public while a successful rock/pop artist will. Pretty much any place where adult contemporary thrives, artists like Florence + The Machine will, too. The music is inoffensive, isn't confrontational, and doesn't really sound unpleasant. Meanwhile, you're not going to hear stuff like "Turn Down for What," or "Up Down (Do This All Day)," or "Fancy" at a restaurant or mall any time soon.

    3 Ago 2014 Responder
  • LukarioXO

    This is totally just my opinion, but I think the reason that artists like T-Pain don't have as much staying power as people like Florence Welch and Lizzy Grant is because T-Pain is pretty much only a singles artist while the other two put a lot of effort behind marketing their albums. Then again, aside from a few songs, I don't think Florence + The Machine will be that well known in twenty years. Lizzy Grant tries to be a lot edgier with her music, so I don't know where she'll be in twenty years.

    3 Ago 2014 Responder
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Pop music always had its share of poor artists and a handful of good ones that stand the test of time...the only real difference is that these days it's based on repetition and the past pop musicians were more focused on catchiness. Florence + The Machine and Lana Del Ray will be remembered, T-Pain and such...not as much.

    2 Ago 2014 Responder
  • Akyde

    It's okay to like Weird Al now because Fan-Fan does too.

    1 Ago 2014 Responder
  • Filthytaste

    Mandatory Fun is pretty clearly one of his best albums in a while. Pop music for too long has been flash in the pan crap, and by the time Weird Al did the song it was just sort of that "oh yeah he covered that song that's so 20lastyear". Thankfully recently their's been a slew of pop music with staying power [Happy, Blurred Lines, Radioactive, all of the songs on the Polka] and it's a far superior album to anything since.. Poodle Hat? I give Mandatory Fun a strong 7 to a light 8.

    1 Ago 2014 Responder
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