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  • On October 23rd, 1959, Alfred Matthew Yankovic, Nick and Mary Yankovic's first and only child, was born.


  • Al grew up in Lynwood California, a small suburb of Los Angeles.


  • One day a door-to-door salesman came to the Yankovic residents. They offered guitar and accordion lessons. Al's mother, of course, chose the accordion lessons.


  • On October 22, 1966, the day before Al's seventh birthday, he took his first accordion lesson.


  • Al attended school at Woodrow Wilson Elementary.


  • He started kindergarten a year early and skipped from second to third grade. Since Al was always 2 years younger than his other classmates, he didn't go out for sports or other big social events.


  • His main extracurricular activity was the National Forensics League.


  • Al did very well in school, he even was valedictorian of his senior class.


  • Al was a big fan of The Dr. Demento Show. He says the first time he heard the show was in '71 or '72. The program introduced him to the likes of Spike Jones, Allan Sherman, Tom Lehrer and Stan Freberg.


  • In 1973, Dr. Demento gave a talk at Lynwood High. Afterwards, Al came up to meet him and also gave him a tape for a contest Dr. Demento was holding. Oddly, Al's entry wasn't one of the winners. But, he didn't give up.


  • In 1976, he sent in a song he made up about the family car, a 1964 Plymouth Belvedere, called "Belvedere Cruising". Dr. Demento immediatly put it on the air!


  • Al attended Cal Poly (California Polytechnic State University), one of the best architecture schools in the country.


  • While there (Cal Poly), he took a job working for the campus FM radio station. That, actually, is where he got the name "Weird Al".


  • During his junior year, Al appeared on a record for the first time! He wrote a song called "Take Me Down" which appeared on the locally produced LP, "SLO Grown".


  • In the summer of 1979, Al wrote the song "My Bologna", a parody of The Knack's "My Sharona". He recorded the song in the men's room across the hall from the radio station. He later signed with Capitol Records and they released "My Bologna" with "School Cafeteria" being the b-side. Capitol had no intention of continuing work with Al, so he decided to finish school and see where his life went from there.


  • Al recieved his Bachelor of Science degree in 1980.


  • He parodied Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust" into "Another One Rides The Bus". This song, unlike his previous one, got people's attentions. In 1981, he recorded the Placebo EP which included "Another One Rides The Bus", "Mr. Frump In the Iron Lung", "Happy Birthday" and "Gotta Boogie".


  • In February 1981, he got a deal with TK Records. They released a 45 for "Another One Rides The Bus". But, not long after, TK Records closed down.


  • On April 21, Al performed "Another One Rides The Bus" on the Tomorrow show with Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, his current drummer.


  • Al decided he needed a band. He held open auditions and found his bassist, Steve Jay. Steve had a friend named Jim West. After Al heard Jim play, the band was complete. (Later, in 1991, the final piece of the puzzle would be added, his current keyboardist, Ruben Valtierra.)


  • Now, with a band, Al needed another song. That song would be "I Love Rocky Road", a parody of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock & Roll".


  • Jay Levy, Al's manager, got him a deal with Scotty Bros. to release his first album, Weird Al Yankovic. One track which appeared on this album was "Ricky", a parody of Toni Basil's song, "Micky". Al later filmed a video for the song and it became one of the few comedy videos played on MTV at the time.


  • Al got started on his next album, In 3-D.


  • "Eat It", which appears on the In 3-D album and is a parody of Micheal Jackson's "Beat It", is one of Al's biggest hits to date. He won a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording and the American Video Award for Best Male Performance in the video for "Eat It".


  • Al even got to do his own show on MTV called AL-TV.


  • People magazine even picked In 3-D as one of the ten best albums of 1984!


  • Dare to be Stupid was next. It reached #50 in Billboard. It featured the song "This Is the Life", which is featured in the movie Johnny Dangerously. The album also included the songs "Yoda", a pardoy of "Lola" by the Kinks, "I Want a New Duck", a parody of "I Want a New Drug" by Huey Lewis and the News, "Like a Surgeon", a parody of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and many others.


  • Also in 1985, came The Compleat Al, a 90 minute video retelling a semi-imaginary story of Al's life, and The Authorized Al, the book version of The Compleat Al.


  • Al's next album just might've been his last. On October 1986, he released Polka Party. It was a commercial disappointment. It only reached #177 in Billboard and is his worst selling album to date. Even with this disaster, he didn't give up.


  • Even Worse was released in April 1988.


  • Even Worse featured a parody of Micheal Jackson's "Bad", called "Fat". The "Fat" video won Al the Grammy award of Best Concept Video, his second Grammy award.


  • In the fall of '88, he also released a CD of the children's classic, "Peter and the Wolf".


  • Next came his first feature film, UHF. UHF starred future celebrities Kevin McCarthy, Fran Dresher, Micheal Richards and others. The movie did poorly at the box office and became a cult classic.


  • After that, Al took a three year break.


  • In 1992 he returned with "Off The Deep End". The album featured a parody of Nirvana's "Smell's Like Teen Spirit", called "Smell's Like Nirvana". Rolling Stone made it #68 on there list of 100 best videos of all time. Spy Magazine also selected it as Video of the Year. Off The Deep End reached #17 on the Billboard charts.


  • Next came Alapalooza, released on October 5th, 1993. It featured the song "Jurrasic Park", a parody of "MacArther Park", about the movie Jurrasic Park. It also featured the song "Bedrock Anthem" paroding the Red Hot Chili Pepper's "Under the Bridge" and "Give it Away".


  • In '94, Al wrote the song "Headline News", which can be found on his 4 CD Boxed Set and his Greatest Hits Volume II.


  • In '96 came "Bad Hair Day", Al's 9th studio album. The album featured "Amish Paradise", a parody of Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise". But, there was a little confusion about that one. Al got permission to do the song, but later found out that Coolio wasn't happy with it saying he hadn't given permission. Coolio never pressed charges, but Al did, however, send him a letter of apology and a check for a good sum of money. To this day, Coolio hasn't responed, but has sincw cashed the check.


  • Also on that album was the song "Gump" (parody of "Lump" by the Presidents of the United States), based on the movie Forrest Gump.


  • His next album would be "Running With Scissors" (his 10th), released June 1999. The album featured "The Saga Begins", a parody of "American Pie" by Don McLean, based on the movie Star Wars: Episode One. RWS also featured the popular 11 minute and 22 second song, "Albuquerque".


  • In 2000, Al released the song "Polkamon" for the movie Pokemon The Movie 2000.


  • On February 10th, 2001, Al made a big decision, he got married (to Suzanne Krawjewski)!


  • Also, in 2001, he directed the video for "Rockin' The Suburbs" by Ben Folds.


  • On February 11th, 2003, Al's daughter Nina was born.


  • Al's 11th album, "Poodle Hat", is released on May 20th, 2003.


  • By request of Eminem, Al's first single off "Poodle Hat" (Couch Potato, a parody of Eminem's Lose Yourself) will not have a video or promotional single. This is the first time in Al's career this has happened.

  • On February 8, 2004, Al won his third Grammy for his album Poodle Hat (Best Comedy Album).


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    Al-bum List



    1
    "Weird Al" Yankovic
    2
    In 3-D
    3
    Dare To Be Stupid
    4
    Polka Party!
    5
    Even Worse
    6
    UHF
    7
    Off The Deep End
    8
    Alapalooza
    9
    Bad Hair Day
    10
    Running With Scissors
    11
    Poodle Hat
    12
    Straight Outta Lynwood
    MIDIs
    13
    TBA - Album 13
    MIDIs

     


    Song List

    Take Me Down SLO Grown
    School Cafeteria Dr.Demento Basement Tapes #7
    Pac Man Dr. Demento Basement Tapes #4
    Ricky "Weird Al" Yankovic,Greatest Hits,The TV Album,Box Set (Disc 1)
    Gotta Boogie "Weird Al" Yankovic
    I Love Rocky Road "Weird Al" Yankovic,The Food Album,Box Set (Disc 1)
    Buckingham Blues "Weird Al" Yankovic
    Happy Birthday "Weird Al" Yankovic,Box Set (Disc 1)
    Stop Draggin' My Car Around "Weird Al" Yankovic
    My Bologna "Weird Al" Yankovic,The Food Album,Box Set (Disc 1)
    The Check's In The Mail "Weird Al" Yankovic
    Another One Rides The Bus "Weird Al" Yankovic,Box Set (Disc 1)
    I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead "Weird Al" Yankovic
    Such A Groovy Guy "Weird Al" Yankovic
    Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung "Weird Al" Yankovic
    Eat It In 3-D,Greatest Hits,The Food Album,Box Set (Disc 1)
    Midnight Star In 3-D,Box Set (Disc 1)
    The Brady Bunch In 3-D,The TV Album
    Buy Me A Condo In 3-D,Box Set (Disc 1)
    I Lost On Jeopardy In 3-D,Greatest Hits,The TV Album,Box Set (Disc 1)
    Polkas On 45 In 3-D,Box Set (Disc 1)
    Mr. Popeil In 3-D,Box Set (Disc 1)
    King Of Suede In 3-D,Box Set (Disc 1)
    That Boy Could Dance In 3-D
    Theme From Rocky XIII In 3-D,The Food Album
    Nature Trail To Hell In 3-D
    It's Still Billy Joel To Me Dr.Demento Basement Tapes #5
    Like A Surgeon Dare To Be Stupid,Greatest Hits,Box Set (Disc 2)
    Dare To Be Stupid Dare To Be Stupid,Greatest Hits,Box Set (Disc 2)
    I Want A New Duck Dare To Be Stupid,Box Set (Disc 2)
    One More Minute Dare To Be Stupid,Greatest Hits,Box Set (Disc 2)
    Yoda Dare To Be Stupid,Greatest Hits Volume II,Box Set (Disc 2)
    George Of The Jungle Dare To Be Stupid
    Slime Creatures From Outer Space Dare To Be Stupid
    Girls Just Want To Have Lunch Dare To Be Stupid
    This Is The Life Dare To Be Stupid,Greatest Hits Volume II,Box Set (Disc 2)
    Cable TV Dare To Be Stupid,The TV Album
    Hooked On Polkas Dare To Be Stupid,Box Set (Disc 2)
    Living With A Hernia Polka Party!,Greatest Hits,Box Set (Disc 2)
    Dog Eat Dog Polka Party!,Box Set (Disc 2)
    Addicted To Spuds Polka Party!,Greatest Hits,The Food Album,Box Set (Disc 2)
    One Of Those Days Polka Party!
    Polka Party! Polka Party!
    Here's Johnny Polka Party!,The TV Album,Box Set (Disc 2)
    Don't Wear Those Shoes Polka Party!
    Toothless People Polka Party!
    Good Enough For Now Polka Party!
    Christmas At Ground Zero Polka Party!,Greatest Hits Volume II,Box Set (Disc 2)
    Fat Even Worse,Greatest Hits,The Food Album,Box Set (Disc 3)
    Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White Even Worse
    (This Song's Just) Six Words Long Even Worse
    You Make Me Even Worse,Box Set (Disc 3)
    I Think I'm A Clone Now Even Worse,Box Set (Disc 3)
    Lasagna Even Worse,Greatest Hits,The Food Album,Box Set (Disc 3)
    Melanie Even Worse,Box Set (Disc 3)
    Alimony Even Worse,Box Set (Disc 3)
    Velvet Elvis Even Worse
    Twister Even Worse
    Good Old Days Even Worse,Box Set (Disc 3)
    Peter And The Wolf Peter And The Wolf
    Carnival Of The Animals - Part Two Peter And The Wolf
    Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies UHF,Greatest Hits Volume II,The TV Album,Box Set (Disc 3)
    Gandhi II UHF
    Attack Of The Radioactive Hamsters From A Planet Near Mars UHF
    Isle Thing UHF
    The Hot Rocks Polka UHF
    UHF UHF,Greatest Hits Volume II,The TV Album,Box Set (Disc 3)
    Let Me Be Your Hog UHF
    She Drives Like Crazy UHF
    Generic Blues UHF,Box Set (Disc 3)
    Spatula City UHF
    Fun Zone UHF
    Spam UHF,The Food Album,Box Set (Disc 3)
    The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota UHF,Box Set (Disc 3)
    Smells Like Nirvana Off The Deep End,Greatest Hits Volume II,Box Set (Disc 4)
    Trigger Happy Off The Deep End,Box Set (Disc 4)
    I Can't Watch This Off The Deep End,The TV Album,Box Set (Disc 4)
    Polka Your Eyes Out Off The Deep End,Greatest Hits Volume II,Box Set (Disc 4)
    I Was Only Kidding Off The Deep End
    The White Stuff Off The Deep End,The Food Album
    When I Was Your Age Off The Deep End,Box Set (Disc 4)
    Taco Grande Off The Deep End,The Food Album,Box Set (Disc 4)
    Airline Amy Off The Deep End
    The Plumbing Song Off The Deep End
    You Don't Love Me Anymore Off The Deep End,Greatest Hits Volume II,Box Set (Disc 4)
    Patterns "Square One" (TV Show)
    Babalu Music Babalu Music!
    Jurassic Park Alapalooza,Greatest Hits Volume II,Box Set (Disc 4)
    Young, Dumb & Ugly Alapalooza
    Bedrock Anthem Alapalooza,Greatest Hits Volume II,The TV Album,Box Set (Disc 4)
    Frank's 2000" TV Alapalooza,The TV Album,Box Set (Disc 4)
    Achy Breaky Song Alapalooza,Greatest Hits Volume II,Box Set (Disc 4)
    Traffic Jam Alapalooza
    Talk Soup Alapalooza,The TV Album
    Livin' In The Fridge Alapalooza,Box Set (Disc 4)
    She Never Told Me She Was A Mime Alapalooza
    Harvey The Wonder Hamster Alapalooza,Box Set (Disc 4)
    Waffle King Alapalooza
    Bohemian Polka Alapalooza
    Headline News Headline News Single,Greatest Hits Volume II,Box Set (Disc 4)
    Amish Paradise Bad Hair Day
    Everything You Know Is Wrong Bad Hair Day
    Cavity Search Bad Hair Day
    Callin' In Sick Bad Hair Day
    The Alternative Polka Bad Hair Day
    Since You've Been Gone Bad Hair Day
    Gump Bad Hair Day
    I'm So Sick Of You Bad Hair Day
    Syndicated Inc. Bad Hair Day
    I Remember Larry Bad Hair Day
    Phony Calls Bad Hair Day
    The Night Santa Went Crazy Bad Hair Day
    The Night Santa Went Crazy (Extra Gory Version) Amish Paradise CD Single
    Spy Hard Spy Hard Single
    The Ballad Of Kent Marlow "Safety Patrol" (Movie)
    The Saga Begins Running With Scissors
    My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder Running With Scissors
    Pretty Fly For A Rabbi Running With Scissors
    The Weird Al Show Running With Scissors
    Jerry Springer Running With Scissors
    Germs Running With Scissors
    Polka Power! Running With Scissors
    Your Horoscope For Today Running With Scissors
    It's All About The Pentiums Running With Scissors
    Truck Drivin' Song Running With Scissors
    Grapefruit Diet Running With Scissors
    Albuquerque Running With Scissors
    Polkamon Pokemon 2000 The Movie Soundtrack
    Couch Potato Poodle Hat
    Hardware Store Poodle Hat
    Trash Day Poodle Hat
    Party At The Leper Colony Poodle Hat
    Angry White Boy Polka Poodle Hat
    Wanna B Ur Lover Poodle Hat
    A Complicated Song Poodle Hat
    Why Does This Always Happen To Me Poodle Hat
    Ode To A Superhero Poodle Hat
    Bob Poodle Hat
    eBay Poodle Hat
    Genius In France Poodle Hat
    Home & Marge The Simpsons: Testify
    You're Pitiful Unreleased, Free Download, WeirdAl.com
    White and Nerdy Straight Outta Lynwood
    Pancreas Straight Outta Lynwood
    Canadian Idiot Straight Outta Lynwood
    I'll Sue Ya Straight Outta Lynwood
    Polkarama! Straight Outta Lynwood
    Virus Alert Straight Outta Lynwood
    Confessions Part III Straight Outta Lynwood
    Weasel Stomping Day Straight Outta Lynwood
    Close But No Cigar Straight Outta Lynwood
    Do I Creep You Out? Straight Outta Lynwood
    Stuck In The Drive Thru Straight Outta Lynwood
    Don't Download This Song Straight Outta Lynwood
    Whatever You Like TBA - Album 13



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