Kristin (meepbitch) wrote in mark_ryden,

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"Weird" Al is a Ryden fan?

From The Chicago Tribune's metromix celebrity news article on "Weird" Al's home in West Hollywood:

2. One thing on a wall in your living room: We have a beautifully framed giclee [digital] print of "Princess Sputnik," which is a piece by Mark Ryden, one of our favorite artists.

I found this article linked over in his community and thought I would join up here and share. It's interesting, as I find Ryden's work somewhat dark and "Weird" Al is, well, bright shiny colours and Hawaiian shirts and nice safe peppy songs about food. 

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Al Yankovic is definitely a goofball in a Hawaiian shirt, but there's more to him than just that. He's very smart and interesting, even philosophical. Even his songs, which you are right are generally peppy and fun, do display a dark side: "Melanie" is about an obsessive stalker, "The Night Santa Went Crazy" is a graphic description of Santa Claus on a murderous rampage, "Trigger Happy" is about a psychotic man's love affair with his gun and teaching Commies a "darn good lesson"...there's plenty of mayhem in his songs and he is just as gleeful when he talks about disembowelment as when he talks about food. So, it doesn't surprise me that he loves Mark Ryden, whose work often has the same quality of childlike joy mixed with darkness.
I am well aware of Al's body of work, having all of his albums and having met him backstage twice after concerts, so I was just making an observation... thanks for the lecture though. Will this be a series, or was this just a one-off seminar?
Geez, what reason did I give you to bite my head off? I wasn't trying to lecture you at all and I can't for the life of me see how I came off that way. I just thought you would find the information interesting. I was thinking, "Hey, if you like Weird Al and you like Mark Ryden, you might be pleased to know this..." I mean, I'm a big fan too, I was just trying to spread the love. How in the world was I supposed to know how familiar you are with his body of work or whether or not you ever met him? I don't know you and you didn't say anything about that in your post.

I didn't say anything insulting or mean, all I did was offer information for you to take or leave. What kind of responses were you expecting to this post anyway?