Now that Weird Al Yankovic has hit the big time with a number 1 album on the Billboard charts, it's mandatory fun, so to speak, to look back at his career. Rolling Stone did it again July 29 with a new video animating all his album covers.
Most of his parodies on his current "Mandatory Fun" album are of current artists. That's a pattern he has followed through his career by poking fun to current music. Well, current from when his albums are released. But Al has said he's a big Beatles fan and, yes, he has done some Beatles spoof through his long career. And his targets have included both songs by the Beatles as a group and individually in their solo careers.
Besides parodies, the Beatles have also figured directly into his songs. In “One of Those Days,” he sings, “Left all my Beatles records out in the sun.” “Polkas on 45” also includes a portion of “Hey Jude” in a polka tempo with his trademark accordion. One thing Yankovic has done has made the accordion cool again.
But here is a look at a few of Al's trademark parodies of the Beatles and solo songs he has done along the way. There are YouTube links in each item where you can hear the songs. Who knows – maybe Al will give it another try in the future. We hope so.