Since he repaired to a college washroom in 1979 to tape "My Bologna," a takeoff on the Knack's "My Sharona," "Weird Al" Yankovic has established himself as a successful pop parodist, a resident voice of humor in contemporary music and the reigning king of rock 'n' roll accordion, his onstage instrument of choice.
His debut album in 1983 offered both original songs and sendups such as "Another One Rides the Bus" (a parody of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust") and "I Love Rocky Road" (a salute to Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"). Last year there was the "In 3-D" album and the unforgettable song "Eat It," a takeoff on Michael Jackson's "Beat It" that found Al wringing his hands about an upcoming gang fight as he sat in a room littered with Oreo cookies and chocolate doughnuts and pizza.
You also can expect to see more of "Like a Surgeon," a recently unleashed video parody of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" in which Al cuts up in a hospital setting. Next month will bring the premiere on Showtime of Al's longform video, "The Compleat Al," which then will be available in video shops in September. Meanwhile, bookstores should be sporting copies of Al's biography, "The Authorized Al," in September or October.