“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalor grow up to be a hero and a scholar” you might ask? Weird Al Yankovic put it all in perspective in his new parody “The Hamilton Polka.” The song dropped at midnight on March 2 as the third installment of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “#HamilDrops” series.
“Weird Al” Yankovic squeezed Miranda’s “The Room Where It Happens,” “The Schuyler Sisters,” “My Shot,” “Wait For It,” through his accordion in a frenetic rendering. Miranda is a longtime fan of Yankovic, recently gushing over the 1986 song “Polka Party!” on The Tonight Show. “Oh man, I LOVE THESE GUYS. This was insane. Thank you @Lin_Manuel and @jimmyfallon,” Yankovic tweeted on October 25, 2017.
Miranda joined also joined Weird Al on stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in 2016. There’s a million things they haven’t done but one that they will do is visit The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon tonight, March 2, to share the new song.
Miranda’s #HamilDrops project releases a new song associated with his hit Broadway musical every month. The first song in Miranda’s series was the Decemberists’ version of “Ben Franklin’s Song,” which was cut from the play, in December. In January, Miranda released a music video for The Hamilton Mixtape’s “Wrote My Way Out.” Miranda called “The Hamilton Polka” a “February 30” drop, which means there might be another song coming this month.
You can listen to the February #HamilDrop here:
Yankovic, who learned he was getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame the same year as Maranda, has been marrying polka with farce since the day before his sixth birthday, when he chose an accordion over a guitar from a traveling salesman. He released a 15-disc box set, Squeeze Box, compiling all 14 of his studio albums and a disc of rarities, last year. Yankovic is currently on a North American tour.
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