Twenty years ago Weird Al Yankovic released one of his most popular parodies, Smells Like Nirvana, which mocked the Nirvana hit Smells Like Teen Spirit. Weird Al talked to Spin about the song. At the time, his career had stalled after the failure of his movie, UHF.
He had considered doing another Michael Jackson song, but the King of Pop turned him down. Thend the music prankster, who happened to be a big fan of Nirvana and other alternative rock, caught a break when Smells Like Teen Spirit became on of the biggest songs in the world. In the interview, Weird Al discusses his first conversation with Kurt Cobain:
"He was sweet and he got it in like five seconds and said, 'Of course you can do a parody.' The famous quote from him was, 'Is it going to be a song about food?' because at that point that's primarily what I was known for. And I said, "Well, no, it's going to be a song about how nobody can understand your lyrics." And he said, 'Oh, sure, of course, that's funny.'"
The video for Weird Al's parody was quite similar to the original. They even used some of the same extras. The video is below. Vevo sucks so it may make you click to watch on Youtube. Read the entire interview.
The Rolling Stones could headline one of the biggest festivals in the world in 2013. British newspaper The Sun is reporting that organizers of the Glastonbury Festival are close to locking down a a deal with the Stones.
In 2012, the festival was not held partially due to logistical issues involving the London Olympics. But, a source believes landing the Stones would be a massive hit:
“Michael Eavis is desperate to get the band confirmed and has made initial contact with their people. It would be a massive coup to get the band playing Glasto on what could be their last round of live dates...There is a good chance 2013 will finally be the year they make it.”
The film that will tell the story of the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury should be ready for release by early 2014, according to Queen guitarist Brian May. As previously discussed, Sasha Baron Cohen (of Borat and Talladega Nights fame) will portray Mercury.
May says that everything is, "falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule." Filming will start in the Spring. Peter Morgan is writing the film with input from May and fellow Queen member Roger Taylor.
The Rolling Stones released a brand new song Doom And Gloom. The song is from the band's hits collection GRRR!. The collection of albums will feature 50 songs (or 80 if you get the deluxe edition). There will be two new songs in the collection, Doom and Gloom and One More Shot. The second song has yet to be released.
Doom And Gloom was recorded in Paris and is produced by Don Was. GRRR! will release on November 12. Guitarist Keith Richards has said that the band has booked shows in London and New York. There are also documentaries revolving around the band's 50th anniversary.