Thinking about pitching a reboot with Edward Furlong.

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Dear “Weird Al,”

You’ve said that this might be your last album qua album, and I truly appreciate your perceptivity about this industry and your desire to be on the forefront. A video for every song? You did that before Beyonce. This video-a-day roll-out? Genius. You own the internet right now. You’ve made it part of your legacy. It’s inspiring.

But I’m not here as a business advisor. You don’t need that. I’m here because I dream of producing albums. I dream of pushing artists to both reclaim their essence and push their sound forward. I dream of doing this from a nice couch. I dream of having engineers who push the buttons so I don’t have to. I dream of being Rick Rubin.

I dream of being your Rick Rubin.

Like many people my age, I’ve been a fan of yours since the very beginning. Or rather, since the very beginning of when I could be a Weird Al fan. As a child, I actually believed that it was I who came up with “have a banana, have a whole bunch, it doesn’t matter what you had for lunch.” Your words felt so true I felt they came from within. Probably not unlike how you made “Trigger Happy” without realizing it was basically “Skeet Surfin’” from your favorite movie, Top Secret! I don’t make the allusion to put you off guard, but to reaffirm that a) your music has informed me since before I could fathom being informed and b) we should have no secrets.

You and your Rick Rubin should have no secrets.

As I’ve said, you don’t need anyone to tell you how to crush it in the marketplace. Top 40 singles in three straight decades. Four if you want it.

However, mere endurance is what people expect from you. I want you to give them something they don’t even know they want from you…but I know I want from you.

The way I see it, you’ve been doing two things for the last twenty years: genre exercises and song parodies with arrangements identical to the originals. Both have worked for you, and continue to work for you.

But what if we went back? Back to “Another One Rides The Bus”? Back to you, the accordion, and Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz banging on a case? Back to that first tape sent to Dr. Demento?

Remember the sound effects? The squelches? Why did we lose that palette? That sense of invention? You’re up there with Spike Jonze when it comes to videos, but I want to see you competing with Spike Jones again as well.

Speaking of exploring sound, you’ve had the same band of accomplished musicians since the very beginning of your career. You’ve had the same keyboardist for 20 years, and he’s the new guy. Despite their side-projects, soundtrack work, jazz sessions, Steve, Jim, Bermuda and Ruben have always found time for you. I can’t tell you how much I admire the bond you must have.

And I want to hear it.

Instead of everyone memorizing every detail of this Ariana Grande song, what if you stepped into the booth with the accordion, and just performed “Gollum” alone?

Then we’ll listen to it. Does it need more? Then bring in Jon and his case for a second take.

Again, we’ll listen. Does it need more? Maybe Steve can come up with a part. No, he can’t check the original. What would he lay down? That’s what I want to hear.

Or maybe, if you know what the song needs, you can just make the sound with your mouth. Or this squeaky toy. We can get more.

And this original? The one about Mark Wahlberg? What if we told each guy it was a style parody of a different group and just let them rip?

You may be the best at it, but anyone can put new words to a hit song. Anyone can imitate a popular artist’s sound. Not everyone has a band of this quality with 30 years of shared musical history at their disposal, and it’s something I want you to finally exploit.

I’m going to put a picture of Frank Zappa up on one side of the booth. On the other, Dr. Demento. If you make me your Rick Rubin, we’re either going forward…or all the way back. Maybe we can do both at the same time.

I’d be happy to use your standard crew and studio of choice (I guarantee I will be way cheaper than the actual Rick Rubin). I don’t want to impose anything on you, just bring out what’s already inside. If anything I’m suggesting sounds “weird” to you, well, that sounds like something you should give a try.

I hope this makes your google alert.


Musical act featured on this last season of “Catfish” or twitterbot?

  • Milky Chance
  • Shanee Pink
  • Johnnyswim
  • General Ghost
  • Wake Owl
  • Gin Wigmore
  • Frances Cone
  • Inspired And The Sleep
  • Ha Ha Tonka
  • Gigamesh
  • Mr. Little Jeans
  • Diane Coffee
  • Moon Taxi
  • Labyrinth Ear

Answer: all are musical acts featured on this last season of Catfish.


They’re all gone now.  

Tommy Ramone passed on earlier today.

The above clip is from forty years ago.

Adios amigos, indeed.

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After all my foodblogging last time Leila left me here alone, I thought I’d offer the terrific 4th anniversary dinner of Fettuccine Alfredo she made last night as contrast (we’ll hit the town in style this weekend). Spotify was still there - we’re making a playlist of her fave Top 40s from high school - but doesn’t get seat at the table. Neither does Admiral Akbar.

Me when I think about all the awesome home cooked meals I’ve had since living with Leila.

She’s the beessssst.

A scene from Eli Wallach’s first movie, Baby Doll, that will forever be scarred in my brain. RIP.


Eamon, “Fuck It” (Top 40 debut: 1/3/04, chart peak: #16)

MTV: Your music blends the smoothness of R&B with the grittiness of hip-hop.

Eamon: I call it ho-wop. It’s the flavor of hip-hop, the flavor of doo-wop, and hoes. The whole album is just me writing and saying what I feel and not holding back at all.

(on G-Unit (not 50 Cent): ’00s Silver!)

In hindsight, dude looks like Drake’s darkest timeline.

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Eden’s Crush, “Get Over Yourself” (Top 40 debut: 3/31/01, chart peak: #8)

Did you know that if Eden’s Crush label London-Sire had gone under just a little earlier, Nicole Scherzinger would have been in the Black Eyed Peas instead of Fergie? Marvel should do a What If? issue about it.

(Would be on The Crunking & The Crying: Early ’00s Gold!)

We up to the aughts on my Top 40 blog, in case you’re in the mood for a little premature nostalgia!

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Saw Edge of Tomorrow.

Haven’t seen Edge but if I do, I’m coming at it from a “well, I’ve enjoyed some Doug Liman movies a lot” place rather than a “OMG PLEASE BE KNIGHT & GROUNDHOG DAY" one.

With so many people passing around that ridiculous (in a bad way), po-faced article about how the internet killed our greatest star by claiming he jumped on a couch when he just stood on it (forget the Matt Lauer interview or the fact that he’s alive and appearing on 3,000+ screens this weekend in America alone), I feel like Sam is one of the rare folk who sees Cruise similar to the way I see him.

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