Weird Al Yankovic

'Weird Al' Yankovic's 40-year career has outlasted some of the artists he's parodied

'Weird Al' Yankovic's 40-year career has outlasted some of the artists he's parodied

Nearly 40 years ago “Weird Al” Yankovic began building his fan base the old-fashioned way: radio. 

Yankovic would send tapes to disc jockey and comedy song expert Dr. Demento, who gave air time to Yankovic’s early parodies of the Knack’s then-chart-topping new wave hit “My Sharona” (recast as “My Bologna”) and Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” (as “Another One Rides the Bus”).

Times have changed.

On-demand services have arguably supplanted radio, and Dr. Demento, whose real name is Barret Hansen, jokes that the reaction today to Yankovic is a little different than it was back in the day. 

“Now, the response is ‘My God, is he...