Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

I'll never get used to the Times calling him "Mr. Yankovic"

"Weird Al" Yankovic is interviewed by the New York Times about his career and the long road to his upcoming album Alpocalypse (including more than I'd previously heard about how his Lady Gaga parody "Perform This Way" came to be). It ends with a sign of how serious he is about his work and his humor, even when he still jokes about it:

But when he is not dressing up for his concerts as a Jedi knight or a morbidly obese gang member, Mr. Yankovic has reflected on whether, after three decades, the term novelty musician still applies to him.

“It implies here today, gone tomorrow,” he said. “But by definition, any time you’re doing humor in music, it is novelty, because it’s unexpected.”

He thought about the question for another moment, and as a grin spread across his face, he added with mock sincerity: “I prefer alternative. I am the original alternative artist.”

I'd like to imagine that he suddenly grew a beret out of his head when he said that. *grins*
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