Published Jun 14, 2011It's been nearly 30 years since "Weird Al" Yankovic dropped his self-titled debut album, but in all that time, the comedic prankster and beloved parodist has managed to remain fresh as he skewers pop stars on his albums. Nothing has changed with the release of his upcoming album Alpocalypse, which is available to stream now on Exclaim.ca.
Alpocalypse is set to hit stores on June 21 via Jive Records, but you can currently stream the record here in our Click Hear section.
Speaking with Exclaim!, Weird Al explained that despite the epic title, he wasn't actually intending to capitalize on all the recent rapture talk. "I wasn't consciously trying to tap into people's fears," he explains. "It's actually an idea I had in my notebook for several years and I just thought it was a funny album title and I had that visual of me being one of the four horsemen, and I just thought it'd be funny."
With that in mind, he does want to milk his fanbase for some sales before the end of the world actually does happen. "I don't know if the actual alpocalypse is coming but I'm pretty sure we're closer to it now than we've ever been," he jokes. "I figured that I might as well do my apocalypse-themed album before the actual apocalypse because I really don't think people are gonna be buying CDs at the end of the world. Getting in a few sales under the wire, y'know?"
Aside from his goofy takes on pop hits from T.I., Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, B.o.B and, of course, Lady Gaga, Weird Al once again proves his clout as an original songwriter with the songs "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me," "If That Isn't Love" (which features Hanson's Taylor Hanson on piano) and "Craigslist," an homage to the Doors, featuring the band's Ray Manzarek on keyboards.
Along with the new album, Weird Al will be hitting up Toronto for two shows on July 16 at Massey Hall. More information on those performances can be found here.
For the album stream, head here.