They just wanted me to be happy, which was the best thing they could have wanted for me.They were always very encouraging and supportive, and I don’t think they ever really worried about me too much.They knew I was very bright and not prone to making impulsive decisions about my life and career, and they always knew I’d end up okay somehow.It was very important for me to have that kind of support because the career I’ve chosen isn’t the kind of thing parents dream up for their kids.Later this month, Yankovic will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of his feature film, UHF, one of the most underrated films ever written about a barely watched channel, a guy with a mop, and a game show about fish.“Weird Al” Yankovic: I’d have to go with accordion repo man.I used to teach accordion lessons to young kids for a music school when I was a teenager, and when kids start taking accordion lessons, they don’t buy accordions because, generally, they’re expensive and the school wants to get the kids roped in and make sure it’s something that they want to continue first. WAY: I kept thinking there would be some kind of ugly confrontation, but people were all too happy to give back the accordion. Years later, he’s still working and is as vital as ever, having just issued his 14th full-length album, the new Mandatory Fun. Club asks interesting people 11 interesting questions—and then asks them to suggest one for our next interviewee.“Weird Al” Yankovic released his first parody song, “My Bologna,” 35 years ago when The Knack’s “My Sharona” was heating up the charts.
So it was my job to drive to their houses, knock on the door and say, “Excuse me, can you return the stinking accordion? WAY: [As a parent.] “No, no, please get this out of our house.Thank you.”WAY: My parents, since I was a young child, they always wanted me to be the country’s preeminent rock ’n’ roll-accordion-parody artist; I don’t know why.Actually, they never really pushed me into any direction.AVC: Did they ever tell you they were proud of you?
Packed with takes on Iggy Azalea, Pharrell Williams, and Yankovic’s traditional polka adaptations of popular songs, Mandatory Fun is also what Yankovic says will be his final full-length.
He’s switching to releasing singles digitally, a move that could arguably allow him to work faster and more closely with artists and popular culture.