10 Artists Who Turned Down Parody Songs – Billboard

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For some artists, having one among their songs parodied by “Bizarre Al” Yankovic is a peak profession second. From Nirvana to Michael Jackson and Girl Gaga, tributes akin to “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Eat It” and “Carry out This Approach” served as signal posts that they’d actually arrived.

In reality, in a 2012 interview, Yankovic revealed that after Jackson blocked the discharge of his “Black or White” remake “Snack All Night time,” he determined to tackle the grunge superstars by spoofing their breakthrough hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” After his supervisor couldn’t get Kurt Cobain on the cellphone to get his blessing — which Al all the time tries to do, regardless that it’s legally pointless — he requested his pal Saturday Night time Reside solid member Victoria Jackson to present him a hand.

“He was candy and he obtained it in like 5 seconds and stated, ‘In fact, you are able to do a parody,’” Yankovic stated of the late Nirvana frontman. “The well-known quote from him was, ‘Is it going to be a tune about meals?’ as a result of at that time that’s primarily what I used to be identified for.” When Yankovic defined that it could really be about how no person can perceive Cobain’s vocals, the singer was much more enthused.

And whereas Al all the time tries to ensure his topics approve of his punny remakes, not everybody says sure to the jest. In reality, the polka-loving accordionist and creator of such giggle-worthy classics as “White & Nerdy,” “One other One Rides the Bus” and “I Love Rocky Highway” has been turned down by a few of the greatest names in rock and pop through the years.

Try a listing of 10 acts who advised Al to beat it.

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