Every few years, "Weird Al" Yankovic steps out of the shadows of obscurity to release an album of musical parodies. Sure, the last 10 or so years have seen the satirist slow down his releases (his last album, "Straight Outta Lynwood" was released in 2006), but a new album is soon on the horizon.
Yankovic will parody Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" on his next release. After a bit of back-and-forth over whether or not she had given him permission to release the track, word from Yankovic is that he's finally been given permission and "Perform This Way" will be featured on the upcoming release.
Yankovic took to his blog today to offer further explanation:
After hearing the song, I was reluctant to tackle it. Because it was such an earnest human rights anthem, I thought some people might consider a parody to be in poor taste. Plus, I was really kinda predisposed not to do a Lady Gaga parody anyway because, well, that’s what everybody in the universe was already assuming I would do, and I hate to be so predictable.
Memorable lyrics from the parody include: