“Weird Al” Yankovic on Nuclear Holocaust Christmas Carols and Bad Taste
Published: October 16, 2013
In some of the songs that take on, relatively speaking, darker topics (“Party in the CIA,” for example), are the lyrics expressing anxieties of your own in a comedic way or is the subject matter dictated by the title?
It’s mostly just trying to be funny. Even with my dark stuff, it doesn’t really come from a dark place. I don’t really think about it. It’s just basically a reaction to the original song. “Party in the USA” was a very happy, peppy, cheerful sort of feel-good song, so I figured the direction to go with that would be to turn it on its head and make it this very dark look at the CIA.
What about an original song like “Christmas at Ground Zero”?
Well, same with that and, you know, I should point out for the people that are unfamiliar, that song has nothing to do with 9/11. It was ’87 and “Ground Zero” was just referring to the epicenter of a nuclear war, but still it was a very dark song and a lot of radio stations banned it when it came out because, for some reason, they didn’t think it was appropriate to have a song about nuclear destruction during the holidays. My record label at the time was pushing me for a Christmas album and I was like, “Really, you want me to do a Christmas album? Here’s the kind of songs it would be full of if you want me to do a Christmas album.” After “Christmas at Ground Zero,” they stopped asking.
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