Alfred Yankovic had dreams of joining a rock band with the cool kids. Unsurprisingly, he was rebuffed: the cool kids didn't need an accordion player. There were no hipsters to reclaim the instrument in those dark ages, he claims; "I was the original hipster."
Fearing himself resigned to a career of bar mitzvahs and weddings, Yankovic recorded a ballad to the family car on his cassette machine and sent it to his hero, Dr. Demento – LA's legendary novelty radio personality. The song was terrible, he admits, but a high school boy playing the accordion and swooning over a Plymouth was just weird enough for the doctor to put it on air. The rest is history.
Kurt's interview with "Weird Al" Yankovic will air in next week's show.
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CORRECTION: This article previously stated that Weird Al is the son of Frank Yankovic, the late polka musician. They became friends and collaborated, but were not related.