August 3, 2016


‘Weird Al’ Yankovic: Prince Wouldn’t Let Me Parody Him

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Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns

Over the course of a four-decade career, “Weird Al” Yankovic has parodied everyone from Michael Jackson to Madonna to Nirvana to Iggy freakin’ Azalea. One notable omission from the “Weird Al” canon, however, is any Prince spoof! That’s because The Purple One never let him, Yankovic has revealed in a new interview.

The satirist famously requests permission from the artists he’s going to send up before doing so (although, legally, he doesn’t have to), and Yankovic tells People that Prince never gave him the go-ahead on any of his ideas"

"It's too bad. I hadn't approached him in about 20 years because he always said no, but I had this fantasy that he'd come out with a new song, I'd have a great idea, he'd finally say yes and it would erase decades of weirdness between us. But that's obviously not going to be the case."

Yankovic continued, "I had a parody of 'Let's Go Crazy' that was about the Beverly Hillbillies. And I wanted to do something funny with 'When Doves Cry,' and 'Kiss.' For '1999,' I wanted to do an infomercial where you could get anything you wanted by dialing 1-800-something-1999." 

Man…a “Weird Al” take on “When Doves Cry” (“When Slugs Die”? “When Drugs Fry”?) would have been pretty great. Hey, did you hear that Prince’s unreleased music could possibly be heard in a Broadway play?

And check out Yankovic telling us the one album everyone should own: