The King of parodies, Weird Al Yankovic strikes back with his latest album,” Alpocolypse.” Since its release in stores on Tuesday, 12 million albums have already been sold!
The quick-witted and ridiculous songs featured are spoofs of many well known artists from the alternative band White Stripes to sweet country singer Taylor Swift which made the album quite diverse.
In celebration of “Alpocolypse” Weird Al set off with “Perform this Way” ( a lampoonery of Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way”) which sings of the outlandish outfits of the Gaga. In “Perform this Way” he sings of strange outfits or walking around naked relating to the out of this world styles and ideas that pop into Lady Gaga’s head. It has already become a huge hit but for a moment there, it was almost banned from the album.
Originally Yankovic asked for permission from Lady Gaga but the question was intercepted by her manager and unproved without her consent. Yankovic told Wired Magazine, “I remember very clearly the morning that I uploaded the song, thinking that my album was postponed indefinitely and that this song that I’d been working on for weeks and weeks was never going to see a proper release.”
Gaga, an avid follower on Twitter, found the parody and having listened to it fell in love. She immediately approved the song calling it, “empowering.”
In the video, Weird Al playfully mocks the flamboyant Lady Gaga by stretching the possibility of fashion. How far can one go for fashion? There are outfits ranging from a unicorn headdress, a live beehive and porcupine hat, and much more. In one part he sings, “I’ll wrap my small intestine ’round my neck and set my fire to myself onstage.” It’s impossible yet hilarious, and captures the insanity of both Yankovic and Lady Gaga. In a good way, of course.
The funny thing is when Lady Gaga saw the music video, she probably actually liked some of the outfits.
In respect of Lady Gaga’s song Yankovic expressed,”I try not to do parodies that are in bad taste, and the fact that ‘Born This Way’ was a gay rights anthem, I just felt a little strange poking fun at it. ”There’s something a little wrong about that. The way I could justify it personally was by donating my proceeds.”
Weird Al generously intends to give all the profits of “Alpocolypse” to the Human Rights Campaign.
Check out the video here, courtesy of YouTube.com!
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