So, you think you're a Weird Al fan, eh? Well, you didn't think it was as easy as just downloading an MP3 every so often and taping UHF off cable, did you?

Weird Al fans are definitely unique from fans of other recording artists, style of music aside. They're always looking for ways to celebrate their hero and help introduce others to his work, so when a project, campaign, or initiative comes along for whatever reason, Al fans will rally together to do whatever is necessary.

In 2002 fans successfully coerced MGM into releasing Al's 1989 cult classic UHF on DVD, in early 2006 it was announced that Shout! Factory would release all thirteen episodes of The Weird Al Show on DVD, and in June 2006 fans were able to raise $15,000 to sponsor a hopeful star for Al on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Three much-desired goals realized, so far.

But with all the different things fans can write for or request, where exactly does one start? Well, for the benefit of the Al fan on the go, look no further for all your grassroots needs. Below you'll find info about specific causes, links to the official sites (where applicable), descriptions of what you can do to help, and even priority statuses so you know exactly what to do first. It's your one-stop Al campaign resource center!

So do a little reading below and help out however you can. Remember, it's all for Al!

DOWNLOAD "YOU'RE PITIFUL"

Use the following address to write or e-mail James Blunt's management and express your disappointment that they have refused to let Al include the song on his upcoming The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic compilation!

Twenty-First Artists Ltd.
1 Blythe Road
London
W14 OHG
England

e-mail link

Use the following address to write to Atlantic Records, and specifically to James Blunt's A&R representative, and express your outrage that they have forced Al to shelve his parody!

Mary Gormley
Atlantic Records
75 Rockefeller Plaza, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10019

All Things Yankovic is an authorized mirror site for the above song

Letter Drives - Money Drives - Reissues - Requests


Send a letter!

The following fan drives are relatively low-maintenance. All they will cost you is postage, your time, and a sheet of paper.

Make the Rock Hall Weird
priority: Essential

What
The global grassroots campaign to get Al inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his career as the genre's foremost satirist.

How
First, sign the new online petition at www.allthingsyank.com/petition.

Also, send a heartfelt, personal letter to the Rock Hall Foundation (address below) to request Al's induction, including as much information as you can about Al's worthiness and merits.

Where
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
Attn: Joel Peresman
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104
USA

Deadline
Ongoing

Web Site
Make the Rock Hall "Weird"

BRING AL BACK TO EUROPE!
priority: Medium

What
An effort to convince the concert producers that brought Al to England for his first ever tour in the country in 2010 to invite him back for more shows throughout Europe.

How
Contact All Tomorrow's Parties and tell them to bring back Al.

Deadline
Ongoing

BRING AL TO THE UNITED KINGDOM!
SUCCESS!!!

What
An effort to show that there is enough consumer support to bring Al into the United Kingdom to tour for the first time ever.

How
Go to the campaign's page on Eventful, sign in, and click the "Demand It!" button.

Deadline
SUCCESS!!!

BRING AL BACK TO AUSTRALIA!
SUCCESS!!!

What
An effort to convince the agency that brought Al to Australia for his first ever tour in the country in 2003 to invite him back for more shows on this year's expected tour for the upcoming new album.

How
Send a personal letter to Lennard Promotions to ask them to look into bringing Al back for a new tour. Go into the success Al had in Australia on the 2003 tour and his general overall popularity in the country ("Eat It" went #1 there, you know!). If you went to one of the Australian shows last time, explain how much you enjoyed it and how much you can't wait to see Al return. And on special request from the fan who put this information together, mewrio, please do not make any mention of there being a "fan effort." Your letter should be genuine, but just refrain from using a tone that would suggest you're actually being instructed. Keep it as more spontaneous.

Where
Lennard Promotions
Suite 501
34 Queens Rd.
Melbourne
VIC 3004
AUSTRALIA

Deadline
SUCCESS!!!


Money for something!

Are you a more well-to-do Al fan? One with a bit of disposable income? If so, then your help (and money) is needed below!

Weird Al Star Fund
priority: Essential

What
The campaign to raise $30,000 to sponsor a star for Al on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

How
Easy, contribute money to the Star Fund.

Where
You can either donate directly (such as via Paypal) or purchase original licensed Al merchandise at the Star Fund's Cafepress store.

Deadline
Ongoing

Web Site
Weird Al Star Fund

GO FOR THE GOLD, OR PLATINUM, or whatever!

Throughout his career, Al has earned forty-four Gold and Platinum Records in the United States, Canada, and Australia...well, that's simply not enough! Do your part in helping the U.S. sales statuses for Al's body of work. You don't need to go overboard and buy hundreds of copies...just pick up one, and be sure it's from an actual retailer (as in, not an eBayer or second-hand store).

Use the chart below to help you decide what to purchase. Albums are arranged in order of priority. Don't rest until your collection's complete!

ALBUM STATUS
Alpocalypse (2011) Not yet GOLD
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
AUSTRALIA: Not yet GOLD
CANADA: Not yet GOLD
UK: Not yet GOLD
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009) Not yet GOLD
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
AUSTRALIA: Not yet GOLD
CANADA: Not yet GOLD
UK: Not yet GOLD
Poodle Hat (2003) Not yet GOLD
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
AUSTRALIA: Not yet GOLD
CANADA: Not yet GOLD
UK: Not yet GOLD
Polka Party! (1986) Not yet GOLD
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
CANADA: Not yet GOLD
UHF (1989) Not yet GOLD
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
CANADA: Not yet GOLD
Straight Outta Lynwood (2006) Not yet PLATINUM
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
AUSTRALIA: Not yet GOLD
CANADA: Not yet GOLD
UK: Not yet GOLD
Alapalooza (1993) Not yet PLATINUM
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
CANADA: Not yet TRIPLE PLATINUM
"Weird Al" Yankovic (1983) Not yet PLATINUM
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
CANADA: Not yet GOLD
Bad Hair Day (1996) Not yet DOUBLE PLATINUM
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
CANADA: Not yet DOUBLE PLATINUM
UK: Not yet GOLD
Even Worse (1988) Not yet DOUBLE PLATINUM
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
CANADA: Not yet PLATINUM
UK: Not yet GOLD
In 3-D (1984) Not yet DOUBLE PLATINUM
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
CANADA: Not yet PLATINUM
Running With Scissors (1999) Not yet DOUBLE PLATINUM
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
CANADA: Not yet PLATINUM
AUSTRALIA: Not yet PLATINUM
Dare To Be Stupid (1985) Not yet DOUBLE PLATINUM
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
CANADA: Not yet GOLD
Off The Deep End (1992) Not yet DOUBLE PLATINUM
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
CANADA: Not yet DOUBLE PLATINUM
NOT REALLY VITAL, BUT WORTH TRYING....
"Weird Al" Yankovic Live! (1999) Not yet PLATINUM
CANADA: Not yet GOLD
UK: Not yet GOLD
Greatest Hits (1988) Not yet GOLD
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
AUSTRALIA: Not yet GOLD
CANADA: Not yet PLATINUM
Greatest Hits Volume II (1994) Not yet GOLD
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
AUSTRALIA: Not yet GOLD
CANADA: Not yet PLATINUM
Perform This Way (2011) Not yet GOLD
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
Internet Leaks (2009) Not yet GOLD
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
UK: Not yet GOLD
The TV Album (1995)
(only available digitally)
Not yet GOLD
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
CANADA: Not yet GOLD
Permanent Record: Al In The Box (1994)
(only available digitally)
Not yet GOLD
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
White & Nerdy (2006) Not yet DOUBLE PLATINUM
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
UK: Not yet GOLD
The Food Album (1993) Not yet PLATINUM
DOWNLOAD (ITUNES)
DOWNLOAD (AMAZON)
CANADA: Not yet GOLD
UK: Not yet GOLD
The Ultimate Video Collection (2003) Not yet DOUBLE PLATINUM
AUSTRALIA: Not yet TRIPLE PLATINUM
CANADA: Not yet GOLD
UK: Not yet GOLD


Hey, are they ever going to reissue...?

Have you been wondering what's keeping some of Al's projects from coming back into print? So have we. We have tried to track down the correct information for whichever company currently owns the distribution rights to a given project, so simply help convince them to rerelease Al's work by writing to the corresponding addresses.

As always, be polite and supportive in your messages.

PETER AND THE WOLF
priority: Essential

What
Al and Wendy Carlos's Grammy-nominated 1988 children's album recounting the tale of Peter And The Wolf...sort of. Also includes their original classical-music creation Carnival of the Animals Part II.

Where
Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
550 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10022-3211

Sony Music also has a handy-dandy feedback form to make such pleas. Be sure to select "Sony Masterworks" from the subject menu!

THE COMPLEAT AL
priority: Medium

What
Al's 1985 mockumentary supposedly chronicling his life and career. Includes interviews with Al's parents, Phil Ramone, Dick Clark, and Rick Derringer, not to mention all of Al's music videos through 1985 and clips from the earliest Al-TV specials.

The VHS release is long out of print, and The Compleat Al has never surfaced on DVD.

Where
Volcano Entertainment
c/o Zomba Recording Corporation
137-139 W 25th St.
New York, NY 10001

SAFETY PATROL
priority: Medium

What
The 1998 made-for-ABC Disney comedy starring Bug Hall, Leslie Nielsen, and the usual stable of Savage Steve Holland actors. Al and the band play a key role in the climax of the movie, performing both "Gump" and a brand new song, "The Ballad Of Kent Marlow," against the backdrop of a giant Weird Al balloon!

The VHS release has been out of print for a few years, and Safety Patrol has yet to be released on DVD.

Where
Buena Vista Home Entertainment

BABALU MUSIC!
SUCCESS!!!

What
Al's 1991 video compilation to coincide with the album of the same name. Collecting classic comedy and musical bits from I Love Lucy, the video also contains the music video for Al's "Babalu Music" medley, which was recorded exclusively for this production.

Although the VHS release of Babalu Music! was reissued on June 3, 2003, it had yet to show up on DVD.

A DVD was finally issued in 2011 as a bonus to Time Life's various I Love Lucy releases, such as The Essential I Love Lucy Collection.

Where
Paramount Home Entertainment
5555 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90038


Request Al!

This section is for pretty much what one would think it's for. Below you will find links that can be used to request Al music or television appearances.

DR. DEMENTO

Send Al song requests to The Dr. Demento Show!

TELEVISION

Request an Al video to be played on VH1 Classic

Talk Shows
The Colbert Report
Conan (Twitter page)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Call with Carson Daly
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Show with David Letterman
Lopez Tonight
Rachael Ray Show
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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno