QUEEN, NIRVANA, R.E.M., the Smashing Pumpkins, Michael Jackson – all, and more, have been the subject of parody songs by like-him-or-loathe-him parodist ‘Weird Al’ Jankovic.
Now there’ll be another addition to that list – Lady Gaga, after the 51-year-old Californian oddball and the 25-year-old New York songstress patched up a disagreement to allow him cover her work.
Yankovic had asked for Gaga’s permission to mock her song ‘Born This Way’, transforming it into ‘Perform This Way’ – a tune poking fun at Gaga’s elaborate stage costumes.
Yankovic was denied the permission to release the song by Gaga’s manager – but it now transpired that the singer herself had not heard a copy of the draft song, and gave it the thumbs-up when she finally got to hear it.
The Hollywood Reporter says that not only will Yankovic now be permitted to release the song (which he had posted on YouTube anyway), though he has agreed to donate any profits to human rights charities.
The agreement will also mean Yankovic will be allowed to publish a parody of Gaga’s hit ‘Poker Face’ (entitled ‘Polka Face’, given Yankovic’s odd penchant for polka music).
The cover will feature on a medley on his album ‘Alpocalypse’, due for release in two weeks.