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Weird Al won't perform Michael Jackson Parodies

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by CELTICEMPIRE, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. CELTICEMPIRE

    CELTICEMPIRE Zulu Conqueror

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    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jun/28/weird-al-yankovic-ditches-michael-jackson-parodies/

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. Manfred Belheim

    Manfred Belheim Warlord

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    Good way to remind people he exists I suppose.
     
  3. Catharsis

    Catharsis catch u on the flip scythe

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    I expect it must be a little uncomfortable for Al to perform those songs nowadays, given that in order to do so he has to slip into the skin of the original artist somewhat. While he does have the top-tier parodist's skill to make a song his own, that wouldn't apply to anything by Jackson given that he was such an iconic performer. A lot of stuff you can karaoke your own way through but if you're performing anything by Michael Jackson then you're necessarily doing a Michael Jackson impression.
     
  4. shadowplay

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    I saw the documentary and after that I don't know how anyone could perform or even listen to his music without feeling uncomfortable. I know I can't.
     
  5. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    One has to suppose he was a victim himself. Besides, MJ was by far the biggest pop music star of all time.

    What can one say - life sucks :)
     
  6. caketastydelish

    caketastydelish 49ers 2019

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    I haven't seen the documentary but it only comes down to one thing: Either you believe them or you don't.

    The court found MJ innocent. Not saying he actually IS innocent, but I acknowledge the possibility that he could be innocent. As someone who obviously wasn't there, I have no idea.

    It's true that he seemed to be very creepy. But it's also true that someone with so much money would make a good target for lawsuits. So it's hard to know.
     
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  7. Traitorfish

    Traitorfish The Tighnahulish Kid

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    I think this is the key sentence. He's not intervening in the debate, he's not dictating to other artists or forbidding fans to enjoy those songs, he's simply saying that he cares more about his audiences than he does about having access to those songs.

    Weird Al is by all accounts a thoroughly decent guy, and the above seems to be consistent with that.
     
  8. Socrates99

    Socrates99 Bottoms up!

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    Coming out and saying those songs aren't being performed is making a statement. The guy's got more than enough material to quietly just not have them in his set list.
     
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    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    I would be surprised if Weird Al Yankovic is still relevant. How many years ago was his last half-decent parody hit?
     
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    That has been said about him more than once. Then, he'll get just the right song, and just the right idea, and make another parody hit out of nowhere.
     
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    Gump was good.
     
  12. Lexicus

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    What is our society coming to when someone decides not offending people is more important than free speech. Weird Al must have been intimidated into silence by the politically correct goon squad
     
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    White and Nerdy I think. At least it's the last one I heard on the radio.
     
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    What about this one?
     
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    MagisterCultuum Great Sage

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    AdamCrock Master of Darkness

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    Maybe it was "Saionara" parody of "Smells like a teen spirit" by Nirvana ?
     
  17. Omega124

    Omega124 Challenging Fate

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    Mandatory Fun, his most recent album, was straight fire smh. Inactive is a contender for me for his best overall parody (although I find it very hard to choose one definitively).

     
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    Stop Forwarding that Crap to Me.
     
  19. Lexicus

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    I mean I still bump Amish Paradise sometimes

    This song and video are also probably better than the real episode 1
     
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    Honest truth, when you do what Al does you're never really irrelevant and you rarely have an album without a few gems.

    My sons are just getting into Star Wars. I had to play the Saga Begins and Yoda for them. They thought both were great.
     
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