Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Word "Irony" Comes t o Mind - Spotlight - Tough to be weird, Al: "TORONTO -- An '80s MTV song parodist? If there ever was a recipe for fried flash-in-the-pan, Weird Al Yankovic should have been it.

Amazingly, two-plus decades after sending up Michael Jackson with "Eat It", the world's funkiest accordionist has proven more durable than any of the acts he sends up.

He surfed genres through the '90s and into the new millennium, spoofing grunge ('Smells Like Nirvana'); alternative ('Gump', to the tune of Presidents of the United States' 'Lump'), and R&B/hip-hop (the Coolio take-off 'Amish Paradise').

And he has just put out his highest-charting single - 'White and Nerdy' (a spoof of rapper Charmillion's 'Ridin'') from his new album Straight Outta Lynwood."

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