For some artists, the fact that one of their songs was parodied by “Weird Al” Yankovic was a defining moment in their careers. From Nirvana to Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga, tributes like “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Eat It” and “Perform This Way” are the posts they really went to.
In fact, in a 2012 interview, Yankovic revealed that after Jackson blocked the release of his “Black or White” remake of “Snack All Night,” he decided to take on the grunge superstars by faking his breakout hit. they “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” After his manager couldn’t get Cobain on the phone to get his blessing – which Al always tries to do, even though it’s not legally necessary – he asked my friend. Saturday night live actor Victoria Jackson to lend him a hand.
“He was very sweet and he understood it within 5 seconds and said, ‘Of course, you can do a parody,’ Yankovic said of the late Nirvana goalkeeper Kurt Cobain. “His famous quote was, ‘Is this a song about food?’ because at the time, that was mostly what I was known for. When Yankovic explained that it was really about no one being able to understand Cobain’s voice, the singer was even more captivated.
And while Al always tries to make sure his subjects approve of his quirky remakes, not everyone says yes to the joke. In fact, the accordionist and author of giggle classics like “White & Nerdy,” “Another One Rides the Bus,” and “I Love Rocky Road” has been snubbed by some of the biggest names. in the rock and pop music scene over the years.
Check out the list of 10 behaviors that told Al to hit it.
https://www.billboard.com/lists/weird-al-yankovic-musicians-who-rejected-parodies/ 10 Artists Who Reject Parody Songs – Billboard