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"Weird Al" Yankovic - "Genius In France"


"Weird Al" Yankovic Genius In France

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Male (3)

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Author Notes

GUITAR/BASS/VOCALS/KEYS: Seil
PREVIEW VIDEO: MrPrezident
 
This song is a tribute to Frank Zappa; his son Dweezil Zappa plays the opening guitar solo. The lyrical premise may be a reference to the fact that American comedian Jerry Lewis was a respected filmmaker and actor in France (and other European countries) while in America he was often viewed as lowbrow and unfunny. According to Al himself: While I've never been a big fan of long solos, I've always admired Frank Zappa's compositional acumen, which I studied religiously while writing my Zappa homage, 'Genius in France.' To create my 'style parodies,' I dissect my favorite artists' work and try to step into their shoes and, I hope, create a composition not unlike something they might have done themselves. I felt extra pressure doing that with Zappa; he's one of my all-time heroes and, frankly, I didn't want to screw it up. One reason 'Genius' is nine minutes long is that Frank's style consists of so many components, I felt it would do him a disservice to try to emulate it in three or four minutes. And he'll always have a warm place in my heart for categorically proving to the unwashed masses once and for all that humor really does belong in music.



7 Comments

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BigBananaDealer
April 13, 2018

FUCK YES MORE ZAPPA 

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Didja Get Any Onya?
April 13, 2018

THANK YOU SO MUCH! Ever since I first heard this song I've been listening to it non-stop, because it combines my two of my favorite artists. I'm so happy to see it charted.

I'm excited to see the vocals on this one....

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rezavakili
April 14, 2018
Everything is perfect in this custom. A must download. Lot of fun. Thanks.
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AJFOne23
April 15, 2018

Thanks everyone for the kind words and thanks to Seil for putting in the heavy work load on a very difficult song.

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Kamotch
April 17, 2018
Hey this was really fun. Just wondering why the two handed section wasn't disco flipped?

This is fun as hell on vocals