Star Wars Makes unusual Al Yankovic Canon
A brand-new Star Wars task is validated to not only include a brand-new Weird Al Yankovic song however also to feature the music legend himself in the tale.
As Obi-Wan Kenobi has actually currently come to its verdict, Star Wars fans almost everywhere are hungry for even more stories from a galaxy far, far away. With Disney+ remaining in constant need of valuable steaming exclusives to fuel subscriptions, Disney as well as Lucasfilm have made sure that the days of fans needing to wait years in-between Star Wars releases are a thing of the past. The next Star Wars project will release on Disney+ in rarely a month, as well as it just got a trailer: LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation. And while there is a lot to enjoy about the trailer, among the solitary biggest points it teases is the canonization of a musical genius long associated with the Star Wars saga: Weird Al Yankovic.
Alfred Matthew Yankovic’s history with the Star Wars galaxy dates all the way back to 1980, with the launch of The Empire Strikes Back. Prior to Yankovic had actually also launched a workshop album, he ended up being a regularly featured songwriter as well as performer on Dr. Demento’s syndicated California-based radio show. Yankovic’s earliest apology tunes, such as “Belvedere Cruisin'” as well as “My Bologna,” became follower favorites on the program as far back as 1976. In 1980, warm on the heels of having launched his first single, Yankovic’s “Yoda” struck the airwaves as a demo on Dr. Demento’s show. The tune, a parody of The Kinks’ “Lola” that swaps out the titular personality for Frank Oz’s Jedi Master, was an immediate success for the program and Yankovic.
Yankovic (a good-mannered as well as kind-hearted person that heads out of his means to obtain consent from all the musicians he parodies although he lawfully is not required to) ended up remaining on the official launch of the tune for a complete 5 years after its initial success, as he awaited the thumbs up from both songwriter Ray Davies as well as George Lucas himself. He at some point got it, and also put a full version of the track on his 1985 album, Dare to Be Stupid. Never ever released as a solitary, the tune has stayed one of Yankovic’s most popular. Nothing else song at a Weird Al performance brings the audience to their feet fairly as “Yoda” does. The song likewise played an indispensable function in Yankovic’s very early success, serving as one of the signature demonstrations that helped introduce his profession from Dr. Demento, and made him a functioning connection with none apart from George Lucas.
This offered Yankovic well, as almost 20 years after writing “Yoda,” his brand-new Star Wars apology song “The Saga Begins” came to be the lead solitary from his 1999 cd Running with Scissors. Stating the entirety of The Phantom Menace to the tune of Don McLean’s legendary “American Pie,” the tune was launched barely a month after the film as well as even had a music video that featured Yankovic starring as Obi-Wan Kenobi. The track was a success for Yankovic commercially as well as personally, as he claimed, “You should have seen the smile on George’s face.”
Given that 1999, Yankovic has actually typically spoken openly regarding doing extra Star Wars-related product. He has preserved a fantastic working relationship with Lucasfilm for many years and (as one can possibly amass from the specificity of his Star Wars songs) is a huge follower of the franchise, however points never appeared to rather exercise. Previously.
The trailer for LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation acts as a first glimpse of the animated streaming unique yet additionally as an announcement of Yankovic’s involvement and also the premiere of a brand-new Star Wars tune by the musical legend. His new tune, “Scarif Beach Party,” is an in-universe event anthem with solid ’70s-indebted musicality, and Yankovic himself can be seen in the trailer executing it for a group consisting of none other than Darth Vader and the Emperor. It’s not some alien with Yankovic’s voice; it’s not a droid slightly appearing like Yankovic … it’s a LEGO Weird Al Yankovic.
Seeing LEGO Weird Al Yankovic is absolutely delightful. Hence, Weird Al Yankovic is (at the extremely least) canon surrounding. After investing decades adoringly pontificating as well as spoofing concerning Star Wars, Yankovic is not just coming back to round out his trilogy of Star Wars tunes, yet he’s likewise in Star Wars.
Witness the canonization of Weird Al Yankovic in LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation, streaming on Disney+ on August 5, 2022.