LISTEN: “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Lady Gaga Parody “Perform This Way”
Apparently, Lady Gaga isn’t a huge fan of national treasure “Weird Al” Yankovic. Yankovic says Gaga rejected the pop parody master’s request to include “Perform This Way,” a send-up of her anthem “Born This Way,” on his upcoming album.
In a lengthy blog post, Yankovic explains that he was excited to shoot a video for “Perform This Way” and distribute the single officially, but was denied by Gaga’s camp. It’s not clear why Lady Gaga blocked an album version of “Perform This Way,” which would have raised money for the Human Rights Campaign.
“It has always been my personal policy to get the consent of the original artist before including my parodies on any album, so of course I will respect Gaga’s wishes,” says Yankovic. “However, given the circumstances, I have no problem with allowing people to hear it online, because I also have a personal policy not to completely waste my stinking time.”
UPDATE: Sources close to Gaga say the whole thing is a misunderstanding, and that she simply hasn’t had a chance to hear the song yet, due to her busy touring schedule. They stress that the singer is a big fan of Weird Al.
Listen to “Perform This Way” below!