April 10, 2013 7:31 PM

Hey, Weird Al Yankovic: I have an idea for a song ...

Whether you love or loathe Weird Al Yankovic's myriad parodies, Weird Al, himself, is difficult to hate. Just watch the "Behind the Music" special on the lovable lampooner, and you'll have a whole new take on him, assuming the old one was dubious. It was there the world first became aware that Weird Al won't parody an artist unless the mark gives his or her approval--a courtesy he doesn't legally need to extend. "That's the reason that I've never done a Prince parody," he says today. "I haven't asked him in the last 20 years, but all through the '80s I asked him and he never thought it was a good idea."

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