Why Prince should let Weird Al Yankovic parody his songs

Categories: The Purple One

One of the couplets from 1996's "Amish Paradise," a parody of Coolio's Stevie Wonder interpolation "Gangsta's Paradise," lays it all out there -- and likely inspired a good portion of what Rainn Wilson would later turn into Dwight Schrute on The Office. "But if I finish all of my chores, and you finish thine/ Then tonight we're gonna party like it's 1699," Al raps.

Weird Al Yankovic "Amish Paradise"

Inspired stuff. The crazy thing about Weird Al Yankovic's parodies is that they're done in a way that lifts up the original song to an even greater height. Back when "Smells Like Nirvana" was getting radio airplay on 101.3 KDWB, so was "Smells Like Teen Spirit." It essentially gives a second life to an already widely accepted song, and creates a "Which version is this?" moment of tension.

Plus, Prince really is a funny guy. Judging by his zany animal headwear during the final show of his three-night stop at the Dakota in January, he's open to having a laugh at himself and his image these days. He can't deliver the "I'm your driver, you're my screw" line without a bit of a smirk. And speaking of smirking, the best Prince joke of all, of course involves him fooling Appollonia into a cold dip in a lake that was decidedly not Lake Minnetonka.

So, back to our awkward moment at LAX. "I don't think anybody's too sacred to have some fun poked at them," Al told the man behind the camera and we agree.  Plus, even the Purple Yoda probably wants see Weird Al tease his curly mane into an afro.

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