Lady Gaga shoots down Weird Al's parody (but you can still listen to it online)
Lady Gaga is messing with the wrong '80s icon. Weird Al Yankovic details a disturbing tale on his blog about Gaga's rejection of Al's parody of Born This Way, entitled Perform This Way.
Weird Al first asked for permission to lampoon Born This Way, only to be told Gaga wanted to see the lyrics. So he hurriedly wrote some lyrics and sent them over, only to be told Gaga now wanted to hear the song before writing off on it. Always a gentleman, Yankovic cut short a family vacation to rush into the recording studio. He then awaited the final verdict.
"A couple days later we got the final word: Lady Gaga says 'no.' *silent scream* And that’s it," Weird Al writes. "As of this posting, I still don’t know specifically what kind of problem she has with the song (obviously I take a few jabs at her, but y’know, it’s satire – that’s how it’s supposed to work). And I’m especially confused as to why she waited until I actually recorded the song (at her insistence!) before saying no. It’s not like there were any surprises in the finished song that she couldn’t have foreseen by, you know, READING THE LYRICS."
Of course, now that the world is raining down hisses on Gaga, her camp is saying the whole story isn't true. "There must of been a misunderstanding because [Gaga] is in no way trying to block the release of the parody," a Gaga insider told TMZ.com. "She's busy touring and hasn't heard the song yet. Her manager hasn't had a chance to play it for her yet ... She's a huge Weird Al fan."
(Who do you believe? Weird Al ... or the unnamed insider to a freak show?)
Though Weird Al's parodies are protected under "fair use," it's always been his policy to get permission from an artist before putting a song on his album. Key phrase: "on an album." So, without further ado, please enjoy the online version of Perform This Way.