Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Weird Al" Yankovic parodies Lady Gaga with "Perform This Way"! But...

...according to Weird Al himself on the song's YouTube page, this song will not be part of his forthcoming album! In Al's own words:
This is my parody of Lady Gaga's song "Born This Way" -- which, I'm sorry to say, will NOT be included on my upcoming album. I will give the details of the whole Gaga saga (and offer free mp3 downloads of the song) on weirdal.com very soon.
If this is at Lady Gaga's insistence, I hope she will come to realize that to be chosen by Al to be the subject of one of his parodies is an extremely high honor! I mean, when Weird Al marks you for spoofing, it proves that you've achieved musical immortality: more so than getting a Grammy, in my opinion.

Well anyhoo, here is "Perform This Way":

UPDATE 1:29 p.m. EST: Al has posted his account of what happened that kept "Perform This Way" off his new album and... well, I have to admit that it's one of the stranger stories that I'm aware of from his 30-plus years-long musical career. Yeah, even more strange than what happened with "Amish Paradise". Of particular note, Al was set to donate proceeds from the song's sales to the Human Rights Campaign. And Al was already planning an accompanying music video that "was going to be BEYOND AWESOME, and disturbing on many levels."

Chalk me up as one of Al's fans who is disappointed to hear this, but is also hoping that Lady Gaga might yet change her mind :-)

3 comments:

AfterShock said...

Call me a disappointed fan too...Haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but the setup he gives in his account of what happened makes me want to (will check it out after work).

And he was going to do the a very honorable thing and donate the money from sales of the song and the video to the Human Rights Campaign - it's a win-win for everyone involved. GaGa gets FREE publicity and the HRC gets money to help out around the world. Not to mention that Al gets to spin his creative talents for the betterment of the world. :)

Oh well, at least we will get to hear it and it won't go to waste.

Marc said...

I've never heard Lady Gaga's music that I know of. I dont know how good or bad her singing is, but "Lady Gaga" has got to be one of the DUMBEST show biz names I've ever heard. She needs to get a new name.

Lee Shelton IV said...

Al has another update on his blog. Apparently the manager said "no" without consulting Gaga. She reportedly loves the parody.