We’ve seen our fair share of transformative takes on Hamilton since its debut, but this might be the most impressive yet.
For this month’s #Hamildrops—planned releases of new Hamilton and Hamilton Mixtape covers from major artists every month in 2018—Lin-Manuel Miranda got his longtime idol “Weird Al” Yankovic put his spin on on the musical. Miranda had been teasing “The Hamilton Polka” all day Thursday as the “February 30” roll-out (a.k.a. March 2) brought the song to each time zone at midnight Friday.
With an accordion in hand, Yankovic expertly mixes and blends more than a dozen songs from Hamilton into “The Hamilton Polka,” a rousing five-minute medley that takes a jazzy turn and is sure to get your feet to start tapping. Mixing Hamilton and polka shouldn’t work by any means, but yet it does.
What is this surreal era we’re living in where it’s 2018 and Weird Al Yankovic’s career isn’t just still going on, but thriving? The latest victory for the parody artist? With Lin Manuel-Miranda, Weird Al has released “The Hamilton Polka." Yet another entry into his popular polka anthologies that he’s been releasing with every album. While the normal Weird Al polka compilation features the popular songs of the day remixed in Weird Al’s ever-charming style, this one is a mash-up of the songs from Lin Manuel Miranda’s nerd beloved musical. Listen to the thing above. Maybe you’ll like it as much as I will! Then again, maybe you won’t because that would be a hard thing to accomplish. And, maybe you won’t like it at all, which is just foolishness of the highest order! In any case…
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