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Interview:
Technology May Make Weird Al More Timely
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Considering his last album, 2006’s “Straight Outta Lynwood” was his first Top 10 album ever, you’d expect Weird Al Yankovic to strike while the iron is hot. But the veteran parodist says his next project is “planned in a very broad sense, but ... I’ve given very little thought to it.”

“I’ve kind of slowed down a bit as I’ve gotten older,” confesses Yankovic, 48, who has a five-year-old daughter, Nina, and recently bought a new home in Hawaii. “I don’t quite have the fire in my belly like I did when I was 23. I don’t put out albums every year; now it’s like every three or four years.

“But I’d like to do another album, and I’m sure my record label would like me to as well, and that certainly is the plan.”

Timing, of course, is crucial to Yankovic, who’s had success parodying pop hits and picking up on pop culture events such as the 1999 Star Wars homage “The Saga Begins,” set to the tune of Don McLean’s “American Pie.” He’s hoping that contemporary technology, particularly the Internet, will actually help him put out more material — in an even more timely manner than he does now.

“Certainly there is the possibility of me being a lot more topical,” says Yankovic, who’s also working on some other projects, including a feature film. “Before, I would have to wait until I was getting ready to put an album out and hope I’d be able to latch onto something that was topical and timely — and even then it would be a couple months before I’d be able to get an album in stores.

“Now, with iTunes and portals like that, ostensibly I could come up with an idea, record it and get it out in the marketplace within a week. That’s exciting.”



Weird Al Yankovic performs at 8 p.m. Friday (July 18) at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $35.50 pavilion, $18.50 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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