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“If you ask somebody what their favorite Weird Al album is, it’s whatever album came out when they were 12 years old,” Weird Al Yankovic tells Off the Cuff amid a carefully planned media blitz that in just a few short days has ensured that his new album, Mandatory Fun, is the biggest success of his decades-long career.
With parodies of such hits as Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy,” Pharrell‘s “Happy” and Lorde‘s “Royals,” Mandatory Fun is a humble title for something that actually requires very little effort for the 12-year-old in all of us to enjoy. For anyone who grew up listening to Weird Al — basically everyone under the age of 40 — hearing these new songs is like being reunited with that old college buddy who never really grew up but always brings a good time.
The album also completes Yankovic’s 32-year record deal, which he says feels “unbelievable” — and gives him reason to possibly abandon the album format altogether, opting instead for singles released digitally yet still accompanied by his trademark off-the-wall music videos, which he no longer needs MTV to broadcast in this age of online streaming. (“The Internet is the new MTV,” he points out. “MTV is certainly not music television anymore.”)
Listen to Yankovic’s full interview in this episode of Off the Cuff, and be sure to subscribe to #pretapodcasts on iTunes for all the latest episodes.
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