The Five: Weird Al interviews some music legends
Airing intermittently on MTV and VH1 since the 1980s, Weird Al Yankovic's AL TV is basically a showcase for Weird Al's offbeat sense of humor, typically coinciding with the release of a new album. Weird Al's parodies and original songs was the first music I really got into, not counting "Pac-Man Fever," and more or less defined my sense of humor as a youngster. I lost interest in him as I got older, but still maintained an admiration for the poofy-headed one, because he's actually an extremely talented musician and composer, a fact often eclipsed by his penchant for writing silly songs about food and penning lyrics like, "you make me wanna staple bagels to my face, and remove them with a pitchfork."
My favorite part of AL TV was his "interviews" with different musical artists, and after the jump you can watch ol' Weird Al in action. Clearly, he's the Mike Wallace of nearsighted Hawaiian shirt-wearing freaks. Click on and enjoy:
This interview, I believe, is from the late-90s, not too long after Madonna had her first baby. Early on she gives what is probably the most accurate description of Rosie O'Donnell I've ever heard.
Did you know Picasso was a famous composer? That's just one of many things Billy Joel knows that you don't. Maybe it's time to go back to school, huh, Mr. Big Brain?
General clarity! Semi-coherence! A look in his eyes that indicates he more or less knows where he is and what's going on! Seriously, mister, what the hell have you done with Ozzy Osbourne?
Some of us may always remember Paul as a member of the Beatles, but he'll forever be immortalized in history as the man who brought "bip bop" music to the masses. Seriously, his "bip bop" skills are unmatched by any human, living or dead.
REM frontman Michael Stipe is often very shy and stand-offish in interviews, but only Weird Al can get him to reveal more than he ever has before. No, in fact, it was not Michael in the corner. No word on whether that was him in the spotlight, but I'm guessing that was nothing more than a damn lie, too. I have no heroes anymore.