"Perform This Way" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Funny parody of Gaga isn't crude; OK for tweens.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 12 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Playful parody about being who you, are no matter what.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Weird Al finds humor in everything, without being insulting.


Says "bite me" once.


Parody of Lady Gaga song, "Born This Way."


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song is a parody of the hit Lady Gaga song, "Born This Way." It's the usual brand of Weird Al humor, silly without being too crude or insulting. The track reinforces the original's theme: being who you are despite what others might think. It's best for older kids and up, only because he talks about wearing "intestines" and that the press can "bite me."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byevolinag October 17, 2014

Funny parody of Lady Gaga's dressing style has some violent references

With "Perform This Way" Weird Al Yankovich pokes fun at Lady Gaga's dressing style in a parody of her popular song 'Born This Way'. Bei... Continue reading
Adult Written byMr. Lovewell August 3, 2011

He's done it again!

I haven't listened to this song yet, but from his other work... this guy is a comedy LEGEND! he can take even GaGa's music, (Which personally I cannot... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old July 31, 2014

Amazing, as all his other songs!!!

Great song, but in the music video there is one part that goes with the part that says "I could go out it the nude" but is all fuzzed out!!!
Teen, 16 years old Written byndrwcd November 18, 2012

better than the original song born this way

this song is funny but the video on youtube is really weird and cringing

What's the story?

Notorious parody-performer Weird Al Yankovic makes quite a splash with the single, "PERFORM THIS WAY," a funny, lighthearted send-up of the Lady Gaga song "Born This Way." The video features a digital image of Weird Al as Gaga, wearing an array of ridiculous outfits, from small intestines and prime rib, to bubbles, cheese, and well...nothing at all.

Is it any good?

From his album, Apocalypse, Weird Al's "Perform This Way" is yet another funny spoof of a larger-than-life musician. Yankovic has parodied big names like Michael Jackson, Nirvana, and Madonna, so it's no wonder he jumped on the Mother Monster machine. The song is sarcastic but funny, and simply embraces the power of Gaga and the fantastic, albeit mind-boggling at times, performer that she is. The lyrics and video are clever and sometimes laugh-out-loud ridiculous; who knows, maybe they will inspire tweens to create their own parodies!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the career that Weird Al has made out of "spoofing" celebrities and their songs. Do you think his humor is funny? Do you think his parodies help or hurt the musicians he imitates?

  • Although meant to be funny and sarcastic, this song still promotes the idea that you should be who you are no matter what. Can you think of other examples in music, movies, or TV that reinforce this concept as well?

Music details

  • Artist: Weird Al Yankovic
  • Release date: June 25, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Volcano
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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