It’s been a long time since we’ve heard something new from “Weird Al” Yankovic, but as luck would have it, he’s back with his take on Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. And as far as parody videos and songs go, this one is his best offerings since he did his Nirvana stuff back in the early 90’s.
The new song titled Perform This Way is from his newly released album (his first since 2006) called Alpocalypse that came out this week. In the video he creativity (and with the help of CGI) does his take on Gaga’s often bizarre fashion statements and on-stage antics.
And before Lady Gaga fans get pissed at Al, keep in mind that Gaga had to sign off on this song and allow him to use it, which goes to show she’s a good sport. Prince, for example, has never allowed any of his songs to be parodied by Weird Al.
Growing up, I was a huge fan of Weird Al — I even paid to see UHF when it came out in theaters and I think I still have a VHS copy of it kicking around somewhere — so I’m glad to see there’s still a market for Al these days. And with on-line viewing, social media and videos going viral, I’m sure this latest one from him will become a hit in no time.
You can check out his official YouTube channel and see some classic Weird Al stuff as well.