It's About Time: Weird Al Voted GQ's Popstar Of The Year
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 02, 2014

  • Posted by: Austin Price

GQ may often sacrifice accuracy and taste for imposing the fashions and opinions of their corporate sponsors on every yuppie male in the country but you know what they say: sometimes, even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then. In this case, that nut was Weird Al whom GQ FINALLY named their "popstar of the year." Now, I don't know if this is necessarily true but it's about time GQ handed over this award to the living pop-culture barometer himself. This sorta feels like one of those "life-time achievement" awards that the Oscars love to hand out, except this time it kind of works, since Mandatory Fun WAS an excellent album and since, well, who else would be up for this award, really? Who else would you WANT getting this award?

If only they'd given him a little more space for the interview than they gave for all of the other winners, such as Chris Pratt and Will Ferrell and Adam Silver. As it is, all Al has space to do is rattle off a bit of his theories on which of his albums is best, and then they trot him out. Sigh. We've still got thirty years of albums and shenanigans from the great weird one and if that's enough for him, well, that's enough for me.

If that's not enough for you, though, check out "First World Problems," what I find to be the best music video from the new album. It's a Pixies spoof that's maybe twenty years late but hey, perfection's something you don't rush.

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