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Tom Lehrer

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Iíve always kind of considered him the J. D. Salinger of demented music. ~ "Weird Al" Yankovic

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There isnít anything weird about my music. Weird is a skeleton in the closet, wearing a rubber mask with warts all over its nose, and all that kind of shit. Thatís not what I do. The thing that makes my music unusual is that people only hear one kind of music all the time over the radio. Itís wallpaper to their lives. Audile wallpaper. Thereís one acceptable beat and there are three acceptable chord progressions. There are five acceptable words: baby, love, tears, yat yat. Just because I donít deal in those terms doesnít mean Iím weird. So tell these people: I ainít weird; Iím rational. Iím a person who can choose to write stuff like that, or choose to write stuff that includes all the notes on the piano played at once, followed by a cement truck driving over the piano, followed by a small atomic explosion. Nothing weird about that as long as you do it in a meaningful way.

Frank Zappa

I just wanted to pay tribute to him and talk about the situation." When asked if it was a conscious thing to give an eastern flavor to the song, Sheik says "Definitely... I know that he was, like, a big fan of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and he was listening to a lot of that kind of music. There's also just a really mournful quality to that kind of string playing." Sheik says, "I wanted to send him off and say a few things about how much his music moved me and other people.

Jeff Buckley

"This is so weird. I keep expecting the truck to start sinking."
"I can't believe you just went through what we went through and you think this is weird."

Cassandra Clare

"There's a lot of weird stuff in [the Christian Bible] and when you take that and you add this angry, domineering kind of a father figure, which is Gramps [Fred Phelps] , and you add that he has sort of separated them off from other people, other families and driven them to achieve a lot, and he was kind of a charismatic guy, and still is up to a point. He was a very verbal, very persuasive, an extremely compelling speaker. All these things added together combined to make a powerful influence."

Fred Phelps

I've never considered playing music to have anything to do with being "professional".

Aaron North
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