It's hard to really articulate what the parameters are that make one song parody-able and another song not, but if I can come up with a good enough idea for it, I go for it, and if not, then I have to move on.
I've learned how to use my spam filter pretty effectively.
As my father used to tell me, the only true sign of success in life is being able to do for a living that which makes you happy.
I'm still a geek on the inside, that's the important thing.
My hobbies just sort of gradually became my vocation.
I don't really look at myself as the kind of person who craves attention, but I've never been to therapy so there's probably a lot of stuff about myself that I don't know.
I suppose I had my rock star fantasies while I was singing into my hairbrush in the bathroom mirror, but I never really consciously said, 'OK, this is what I'm going to do for a living and I'm going to be Weird Al.'
One of my pet peeves is that sometimes the talents of my band get overlooked because, and it was the same problem that Frank Zappa had, with a lot of groups that use humor, people don't realize there's a lot of craft behind the comedy.
When I go to my live shows it's often a multigenerational audience, a family bonding experience.
You fake something until you're good at it.
When I was a kid, I thought I was going to be an architect, because when I was 12 years old I had a guidance counselor that convinced me that that was the best career choice for me.
As a kid, I certainly never thought I would get to spend my life doing something fun.
You don't need to be defined by your job.
As it turns out, there is a thing called the Internet, and stuff does go out there whether the suits like it or not.
People never ask people doing serious music, 'Do you ever think about doing funny music?'
People that were a little nerdy in high school would look up to me and know it gets better.
By the time I'm in the studio recording my parody, 10,000 parodies of that song are on YouTube.
I can't get too offended when somebody parodies me.
At this point I've got a bit of a track record. So people realize that when 'Weird Al' wants to go parody, it's not meant to make them look bad... it's meant to be a tribute.
What kind of morons do you have working at newspapers in Austin that would base an entire review of an artist's performance on whether or not they had a good seat?
There are a lot of songs that would ostensibly be a good candidate for parody, yet I can't think of a clever enough idea.
My personal taste doesn't enter into it a lot when I make my decisions as to what to parody.
So I'm one of the few celebrities that got to do a repeat performance on 'The Simpsons,' which I'm very flattered by.
So that's why one of my rules of parody writing is that it's gotta be funny regardless of whether you know the source material. It has to work on its own merit.