Rock music has brought few laughs in the '90s, but whether it's grunge, punk or teen angst, "Weird Al" Yankovic always finds something to parody. Yankovic says his musical goal is to "slam a stapler against the forehead of American pop culture." In completing that mission, Yankovic has earned gold albums and two Grammy Awards, and even starred in his own feature film. The Weird One's last album, "Alapalooza," was filled with his usual laughs, including a takeoff on Jimmy Webb's classic "MacArthur Park" that Al turned into "Jurassic Park."
Yankovic has been making records and videos since 1983. He found a home with the MTV generation and made a major breakthrough with a parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It." Al's song was called "Eat It," and the video and single became a major hit.
Yankovic's humor is not confined to any one style of music. His hit list ranges from Aerosmith, "Livin' in the Fridge," to Billy Ray Cyrus, "Achy Breaky Song." One of Yankovic's best efforts came a couple of years ago when he spoofed Nirvana with "Smells Like Nirvana," a goof on the band's massive hit single "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The spoof was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award, and Rolling Stone magazine named Al's effort to its list of the Top 100 Videos of All Time. Weird Al Yankovic brings his accordion and rock band to an 8 p.m. Sunday performance at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.
-- Anthony Violanti