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Karzac
06-22-2011, 11:14 AM
With the release of Alpocalypse, I say that it's time we find out where Talking Time's allegiances lie. Do you love the Madonna and Devo spoofs of Dare to be Stupid, the Nirvana parodies of Off the Deep End, the Coolio skewering of Bad Hair Day or something else entirely?

For me, the winner is Running with Scissors. It's just such a great, hilarious album. That's Your Horoscope for Today, It's All About the Pentiums and Albuquerque are still my top three Weird Al songs. Plus, it was my first album of his, which I feel will probably be a deciding factor for a lot of us.

So which Weird Al-bum* will you pick?

*Oh god, that pun didn't work out how I wanted it to!

Issun
06-22-2011, 11:19 AM
I was highly disappointed that In 3D was not on there. I guess that was before your time, you darn kids!

Karzac
06-22-2011, 11:20 AM
I was highly disappointed that In 3D was not on there. I guess that was before your time, you darn kids!

Yeah, sorry, there were only ten spaces and I've never heard his debut, In 3D, Polka Party or Even Worse, so I left them out.

taosterman
06-22-2011, 11:33 AM
Off the Deep End, clearly. Best polka medley, best originals, killer lead-off parody; only "The White Stuff" fails the "is it either catchy or funny?" test.

Karzac
06-22-2011, 11:37 AM
Off the Deep End, clearly. Best polka medley, best originals, killer lead-off parody; only "The White Stuff" fails the "is it either catchy or funny?" test.

I don't know, "The Plumbing Song" kind of falls flat for me, and I wouldn't say that it has the best originals. But I'll give you best lead-off parody and best polka.

taosterman
06-22-2011, 11:40 AM
I don't know, "The Plumbing Song" kind of falls flat for me, and I wouldn't say that it has the best originals. But I'll give you best lead-off parody and best polka.

I guess I like "The Plumbing Song" because of what a slice of the zeitgeist it is; he wrote and recorded it before the whole Milli Vanilli scandal broke, so it's funny to hear a parody recorded with that mindset.

Karzac
06-22-2011, 11:46 AM
I guess I like "The Plumbing Song" because of what a slice of the zeitgeist it is; he wrote and recorded it before the whole Milli Vanilli scandal broke, so it's funny to hear a parody recorded with that mindset.

Oh wow, I didn't know that he recorded it before the scandal. I always assumed that it was afterwards and so I thought it was weird that the song wasn't about the scandal at all. I guess that sheds a new light on it.

taosterman
06-22-2011, 11:57 AM
Oh wow, I didn't know that he recorded it before the scandal. I always assumed that it was afterwards and so I thought it was weird that the song wasn't about the scandal at all. I guess that sheds a new light on it.

Yeah, most of Off the Deep End was on the back-burner for years while Al was waiting for a Big Cultural Event, which ended up being Nirvana. Hence the big divide in sound between "Smells Like Nirvana" and all of the more late '80s-ish tracks that comprise the rest of the parodies on the album.

Parish
06-22-2011, 12:04 PM
Yeah, sorry, there were only ten spaces and I've never heard his debut, In 3D, Polka Party or Even Worse, so I left them out.

I question the scientific validity of this poll.

Karzac
06-22-2011, 12:07 PM
I question the scientific validity of this poll.

Damn, and I was all set to use it as primary research for a paper I'm working on!

Octopus Prime
06-22-2011, 12:24 PM
I have to say Bad Hair Day, but it was close between that, Alapalooza and Running with Scissors.

Meditative_Zebra
06-22-2011, 12:38 PM
I voted for Dare to Be Stupid. "Like a Surgeon" is a great Madonna parody and the title track is an even better pastiche of the synth-pop of the time. "Girls Just Want to Have Lunch" is a sophomoric but amusing re-imagining of the Cyndi Lauper song and "Yoda" is actually a better song than the Kinks' original it parodies. A couple of other songs are pretty good too like "I Want a New Duck" and "One More Minute".

And I'm certain that my vote here is entirely objective and not in any way influenced by the fact that I owned this album on cassette.

Karzac
06-22-2011, 12:49 PM
Yeah, I love Dare to be Stupid. Can't say that "Girls Just Want to Have Lunch" does anything for me, but "One More Minute" was my favourite song back in the day.

SpoonyBardOL
06-22-2011, 01:41 PM
There's no option for 'all of thems'. :(

Also thanks for reminding that Alpocalypse is out.

Jeanie
06-22-2011, 01:49 PM
I voted for Dare to Be Stupid. "Like a Surgeon" is a great Madonna parody and the title track is an even better pastiche of the synth-pop of the time. "Girls Just Want to Have Lunch" is a sophomoric but amusing re-imagining of the Cyndi Lauper song and "Yoda" is actually a better song than the Kinks' original it parodies. A couple of other songs are pretty good too like "I Want a New Duck" and "One More Minute".

And I'm certain that my vote here is entirely objective and not in any way influenced by the fact that I owned this album on cassette.

Yeah i went with this one too. mostly because I think of Girls Just Want to Have Lunch every time the store I work at plays the real version. Same with I Want A New Duck.

But honestly, that is a difficult question. I'm glad I have the Box Set, Permanent Record.

Oh Alpocalypse, is only okay. Straight Out of Lynwood is better, and probably my second favorite.

Adrenaline
06-22-2011, 01:50 PM
I have to say Bad Hair Day, but it was close between that, Alapalooza and Running with Scissors.

On this subject we are bros.

Those are actually the exact three Albums I own.

Karzac
06-22-2011, 02:11 PM
Yeah i went with this one too. mostly because I think of Girls Just Want to Have Lunch every time the store I work at plays the real version. Same with I Want A New Duck.

But honestly, that is a difficult question. I'm glad I have the Box Set, Permanent Record.

Oh Alpocalypse, is only okay. Straight Out of Lynwood is better, and probably my second favorite.

Straight Outta Lynwood was surprisingly great. Alpocalypse is growing on me too. I already really like "CNR", "Skipper Dan" and "Party in the CIA". I'm dying trying to figure out some of these style parodies though. Is "Ringtone" a Queen style parody?

taosterman
06-22-2011, 02:20 PM
Is "Ringtone" a Queen style parody?

Most definitely. "If That Isn't Love" is apparently supposed to be Hanson ... ? (I can hear bits and pieces of it, but that's a really weird one.)

blinkpen
06-22-2011, 02:23 PM
As I've aged I've found myself more and more appreciating Wierd Al's original songs over his parodies.

The best of all these original songs is Hardware Store.

So Poodle Hat.

Karzac
06-22-2011, 02:54 PM
Most definitely. "If That Isn't Love" is apparently supposed to be Hanson ... ? (I can hear bits and pieces of it, but that's a really weird one.)

Hmmm, I'll have to listen to that one again to notice it. I'm glad I was right about "Ringtone". I was pretty sure it was Queen, since the opening sounds exactly like the opening of "Don't Stop Me Now".

spineshark
06-22-2011, 02:54 PM
Yeah, sorry, there were only ten spaces and I've never heard his debut, In 3D, Polka Party or Even Worse, so I left them out.
HAHAHA. HAHAHA.

Well, only two of those are actually good, but I have a soft spot for a few of the songs on Polka Party and the first one.

In 3D is amazing, but Even Worse has to be my favorite. No polka, but all of the parodies are awesome, and the originals are pretty good too. "Twister (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJI878oiBfw)" may be my favorite Weird Al song period.

After those, probably Poodle Hat. It caught onto the tail end of the time when I heard radio a lot (from being driven around by my brother and whatnot), and while there's a few songs I always skip, a lot of it is pretty awesome. Plus, it has Ben Folds.

Googleshng
06-22-2011, 02:59 PM
As I've aged I've found myself more and more appreciating Wierd Al's original songs over his parodies.

The best of all these original songs is Hardware Store.

So Poodle Hat.

Yeah, that's generally true for me too. I think I might like Dare to be Stupid a bit more than Hardware store, but nostalgia is a REALLY big factor there. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABGOXvERUiA)

Also, I hate how many people just flatly deny that original Weird Al songs exist. Consistently, only half the songs on every one of his albums are parodies. The other half are original songs... roughly half of which are homages to someone else's general style, but that still counts. And the remaining percentage pretty consistently contain the best stuff. For that matter, it also bugs me how people consistently think he's dropped completely off the face of the earth between releases despite holding to a rather remarkably consistent release schedule over the years.

taosterman
06-22-2011, 03:04 PM
As far as originals go, it's not the funniest song in the world, but I've always loved "Midnight Star" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A42ZYNno5oQ) as a great pop song.

CaptBlasto
06-22-2011, 03:08 PM
It was a toss up between Even Worse and Running With Scissors for me. I chose Running With Scissors because I like his originals and his style parodies on that album more. But come on Karzac, how can you not include the album that had "Fat" (http://youtu.be/t2mU6USTBRE)?

Pooch
06-22-2011, 03:35 PM
But come on Karzac, how can you not include the album that had "Eat It" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcJjMnHoIBI)?

...

To answer the question, either In 3-D or Off the Deep End. I like his other albums a lot (well, not so much his debut), but those two are the best to me.

Karzac
06-22-2011, 03:44 PM
It was a toss up between Even Worse and Running With Scissors for me. I chose Running With Scissors because I like his originals and his style parodies on that album more. But come on Karzac, how can you not include the album that had "Fat" (http://youtu.be/t2mU6USTBRE)?

Like I said, I've never heard the full album, so I didn't feel right including it. I have heard some of it though, and liked it.

Upon re-listening to "If That Isn't Love" I can totally hear the Hanson, plus some other late-nineties pop.

Karzac
06-22-2011, 03:46 PM
Yeah, that's generally true for me too. I think I might like Dare to be Stupid a bit more than Hardware store, but nostalgia is a REALLY big factor there. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABGOXvERUiA)

Also, I hate how many people just flatly deny that original Weird Al songs exist. Consistently, only half the songs on every one of his albums are parodies. The other half are original songs... roughly half of which are homages to someone else's general style, but that still counts. And the remaining percentage pretty consistently contain the best stuff. For that matter, it also bugs me how people consistently think he's dropped completely off the face of the earth between releases despite holding to a rather remarkably consistent release schedule over the years.

I know, every time I mention Weird Al to somebody, their like "isn't he dead?" But no! In fact, he's now released three albums in the past ten years! It's weird to think that he's in his fifties though.

Jeanie
06-22-2011, 04:05 PM
Straight Outta Lynwood was surprisingly great. Alpocalypse is growing on me too. I already really like "CNR", "Skipper Dan" and "Party in the CIA". I'm dying trying to figure out some of these style parodies though. Is "Ringtone" a Queen style parody?

CNR is good, but it's too much Chuck Norris Joke-Like for me. Skipper Dan was good when I heard it like two years ago. Another Tattoo I liked and TMZ especially was great, but maybe because (true story) I ejected Taylor Swift's Fearless (which had the parody's origin on it) before I listened to it.

SpoonyBardOL
06-22-2011, 04:19 PM
As for as OriginALs go, Dare to be Stupid, Your Horoscope for Today, Hardware Store, and Everything You Know is Wrong are my personal favorites.

I also have a soft spot for Albuquerque, Genius in France, Trapped in the Drive Thru, and the new Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me, even though they're all fairly long.

Donny
06-22-2011, 04:20 PM
I voted for Bad Hair Day but I adore Dare To Be Stupid (the song and the album) and Running With Scissors is great too.

Honorable mention: Polkamon! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZCZ7M_lifM)

Jeanie
06-22-2011, 04:24 PM
As for as OriginALs go, Dare to be Stupid, Your Horoscope for Today, Hardware Store, and Everything You Know is Wrong are my personal favorites.

I also have a soft spot for Albuquerque, Genius in France, Trapped in the Drive Thru, and the new Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me, even though they're all fairly long.

Not really an OriginAL, look up Trapped in The Closet by R.Kelly. Strangely, the Weird Al Version is LESS insane.

Ted
06-22-2011, 05:30 PM
Here's another vote from the cassette era for "Even Worse", at least Side One. I can't seem to recall the real lyrics to "Bad", but "Fat" comes through loud and clear 20+ years after the fact. I remember being very puzzled by the song "Stuck in a Closet with Vanna White".

Alex Scott
06-22-2011, 05:35 PM
In 3-D. Maybe it's nostalgia, but I always thought this one had simply the best-sounding original songs. A close second is Poodle Hat, which quickly endeared itself to me with "Angry White Boy Polka" and "Genius in France."

taosterman
06-22-2011, 05:58 PM
I feel like the strong showing for Bad Hair Day is a testament to all of the mid-late-twentysomethings on this board who were Weird Al's target audience when it came out.

That, and "Everything You Know Is Wrong."

Octopus Prime
06-22-2011, 06:01 PM
I feel like the strong showing for Bad Hair Day is a testament to all of the mid-late-twentysomethings on this board who were Weird Al's target audience when it came out.

Well...

That, and "Everything You Know Is Wrong."

Exactly.

Also, I re-listened to 3D today, as a reult of this thread, for the first time since I was a wee-scamp.

Its held up QUITE well.

Rascally Badger
06-22-2011, 06:08 PM
I voted Alapalooza because as a kid I owned Alapalooza. It is sadly the only one of his albums I've listened through completely.

teg
06-22-2011, 07:21 PM
I love that there is one weird obscure Al album that nobody ever talks about or knows exists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_and_the_Wolf_(album)).

Also, the UHF movie is one of the best screwball comedies ever made. Seriously.

Karzac
06-22-2011, 07:22 PM
I love that there is one weird obscure Al album that nobody ever talks about or knows exists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_and_the_Wolf_(album)).


Oh man, I think I have heard of that. Probably when I made my Weird Al website for a Grade Eight project.

teg
06-22-2011, 07:57 PM
I listened to the entire thing on a walk once. It is pretty weird as fuck.

At the very least, check out the introduction. It is surreal.

"All is quiet," said the bird.
"HOLY COW. A TALKING BIRD," thought Peter.


Also, anyone else ever see the Weird Al show? It was terrible, but the intro (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEOwTeI9geI) was amazing.

EDIT: Oh, and voted Poodle Hat because:

1) Even the bad songs are genius (Bob, for example, is not only a Bob Dylan parody, but is also written entirely in palindrome)
2) Hardware Store

Andrew
06-22-2011, 08:51 PM
In 3-D. Maybe it's nostalgia, but I always thought this one had simply the best-sounding original songs.

Nature Trail To Hell!

Karzac
06-22-2011, 09:02 PM
Also, anyone else ever see the Weird Al show? It was terrible, but the intro (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEOwTeI9geI) was amazing.

EDIT: Oh, and voted Poodle Hat because:

1) Even the bad songs are genius (Bob, for example, is not only a Bob Dylan parody, but is also written entirely in palindrome)
2) Hardware Store

I only saw some of the show, but my cousin was a huge fan. And I still have the lyrics to the theme song memorized.

Parish
06-22-2011, 09:20 PM
I feel like the strong showing for Bad Hair Day is a testament to all of the mid-late-twentysomethings on this board who were Weird Al's target audience when it came out.
Which is why old people like me are skewing toward his earlier stuff.

Lumber Baron
06-22-2011, 09:30 PM
No lie: Bad Hair Day was the first album I ever owned.

spineshark
06-22-2011, 10:19 PM
I'm not old, I just really love 80s-flavored things.
1) Even the bad songs are genius (Bob, for example, is not only a Bob Dylan parody, but is also written entirely in palindrome)
So what's the bad part again? Song is amazing. Bob Dylan is a genius, so please don't go there.

ShakeWell
06-22-2011, 10:30 PM
I'm the only one who said UHF? Really, guys? It has "Money For Nothin' (Beverly Hillbillies)" and "Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters from a Planet Near Mars." Not to mention the weird bumps from the movie, like Gandhi II (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfvLcozLwtE).

taosterman
06-22-2011, 10:42 PM
I'm the only one who said UHF? Really, guys? It has "Money For Nothin' (Beverly Hillbillies)" and "Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters from a Planet Near Mars." Not to mention the weird bumps from the movie, like Gandhi II (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfvLcozLwtE).

I've always loved the title song, even if it doesn't have any jokes. But it does have an excellent video! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUi926ses94)

Wolfgang
06-22-2011, 11:45 PM
This is a really tough call!

At first glance, yeah, I want to say Dare To Be Stupid, because of the title track (Transformers!!! DEVO!!!) and all around greatness. Even Worse is a close second.

But I have to say those both come after UHF, which has, to me, Al's secret greatest song, the theme to UHF. Plus it has those awesome comedy bits from the film, like Spatula City (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XbCWmY0eqY). I used those on many young-adult mixtapes that I pressed onto wax cylinders.

Also, yes, what-all Shakewell saids.

Issun
06-23-2011, 12:55 AM
Nature Trail To Hell! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWME4d1BRCk)

Yeeesss! This song in and of itself is why In 3D is so good, but it also helps that it has Eat It (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcJjMnHoIBI), The Theme from Rocky XIII (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGBP55BHagA), and King of Suede (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFJNxuVmCoo), not to mention I Lost on Jeopardy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvUZijEuNDQ) and Mr. Popeil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMzun_Qyrvs).

And yes, I also remember the Peter and the Wolf album. With Bob the Janitor!

Karzac
06-23-2011, 06:06 AM
How can anybody mention UHF without mentioning "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota"?

PT
06-23-2011, 08:47 AM
Tough one. I'm going to possibly buck the trend here and go with some of the newer albums as my favorites as, outside of his iconic hits, much of Al's earlier stuff has not aged particularly well. Some of the earliest stuff is...kind of embarrassing these days when Al has grown leaps and bounds as an artist. Stuff like "Here's Johnny" today just screams, "Why?"

I'll pick Running With Scissors as my favorite album since it is the first album of his I bought with my own money and likely the one I've listened to the most. Most of the tracks are still memorable today and "Albuquerque" is my favorite of his long-form songs.

I actually do like Alpocalypse a lot so far. The stuff from "Internet Leaks" was already solid and the rest of the album is harmless fun. I think this album, however, finally settles the question that the style parodies have become remarkably better than the song parodies - well, if the previous two or three albums didn't already change your mind about that.

taosterman
06-23-2011, 09:02 AM
Running with Scissors came out at the absolute height of my teenage Al fandom. I had a countdown on my wall to the album's release date and I could barely get to sleep the night before it was released out of sheer excitement. Even with that amount of hype, "Albuquerque" still blew me away.

It's also the one album where I was plugged into the radio zeitgeist enough to recognize everything in the polka medley; I recognize almost nuthin' from the latest one.

Time Punch
06-23-2011, 10:17 AM
This thread makes me smile so hard, my head might crack in half. I've collected and listened to Al's music since I could point at the albums and express a desire to own them, but I've always felt like I've been an oddball for enjoying his music so much. Its nice to see I'm not the only one. ;)

If "In 3-D" was an option, I'd have voted for that. I think it has his best mix of style parodies and actual parodies, and its one of (if the the) album I've listened to the most. "Nature Trail to Hell" is my 2nd favorite song he's ever done, and it probably ranks absurdly high (given its content) on my "all time favorite songs ever" list.

Give or take an "In 3-D", I'll go with "Running With Scissors", for all the reasons others have stated. Its right behind "In 3-D" in times I've revisited the album, and its absolutely packed with awesome songs.

BEAT
06-23-2011, 10:22 AM
I listened to Straight Outta Lynnwood the other day and It had me laughing like crazy pretty much the whole way through.

I'll probably be in the minority on this one. Don't even care.

Balrog
06-23-2011, 11:16 AM
Even Worse is the best.

taosterman
06-23-2011, 11:39 AM
Even Worse is the best.

Obligatory "this is an awesome style parody" link: "You Make Me," (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I98OWrboh-M) a dead-on Oingo Boingo send-up.

Karzac
06-23-2011, 11:39 AM
I actually do like Alpocalypse a lot so far. The stuff from "Internet Leaks" was already solid and the rest of the album is harmless fun. I think this album, however, finally settles the question that the style parodies have become remarkably better than the song parodies - well, if the previous two or three albums didn't already change your mind about that.

I mostly agree with you, except I think "Party in the CIA" is my favourite song on the album.

Sanagi
06-24-2011, 03:55 PM
Easily Dare to be Stupid, at least in my memory. I don't remember much of side two, though.

eternaljwh
06-24-2011, 09:56 PM
I was highly disappointed that In 3D was not on there. I guess that was before your time, you darn kids!Nature Trail To Hell!
in 3D!

Karzac
07-27-2011, 07:26 AM
I just found this awesome never-released Weirld Al song on Youtube.

Pac-Man (Parody of Taxman by The Beatles) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=941ssF8yIr8)

taosterman
07-27-2011, 10:21 AM
There's also It's Still Billy Joel to Me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6T2B3Vhtzk), rejected by (or perhaps never even submitted to) Mr. Joel for obvious reasons.

Googleshng
07-27-2011, 02:17 PM
And then of course there's You're Pitiful (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvKIB-HGt_4), which ended up being dropped from Straight Oughta Lynwood due to silly shenanigans, but that's not really in the same category of obscurity.

taosterman
07-27-2011, 03:09 PM
And then of course there's You're Pitiful (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvKIB-HGt_4), which ended up being dropped from Straight Oughta Lynwood due to silly shenanigans, but that's not really in the same category of obscurity.

I'm kinda glad that one got shot down; it's an obvious parody of a boring song and the rejection led to the birth of White and Nerdy.

Karzac
07-27-2011, 03:40 PM
I'm kinda glad that one got shot down; it's an obvious parody of a boring song and the rejection led to the birth of White and Nerdy.

Agreed.

Brickroad
07-27-2011, 06:39 PM
I voted for Alapalooza. A big part of being a Weird Al fan is the pleasant nostalgia, and Alapalooza hits exactly the right notes for me. I was at that magic age where I was just starting to discover music I liked, and "funny music" was way at the top of the list. I learned all the words to Bohemian Polka before I even knew who Queen was.

And also because Robert DeNiro's mole has gotta be ten feet wide.

As for his best original song, it's a toss-up between Hardware Store and Truck Drivin' Song.

Bongo Bill
07-27-2011, 06:53 PM
I have an inexplicable fondness for "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota," and I care much more about songs than albums, so I based my vote on that. I'm pretty ambivalent, though.

Karzac
07-27-2011, 07:14 PM
Bongo, that fondness is completely explicable. "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" is one of my favourites. I especially like just how many rhymes he was able to come up with for "Minnesota".

taosterman
07-30-2011, 06:23 PM
Realizing I'd never actually heard them, I finally looked up Who's Johnny? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jaWPQ3Z7FE) and Ruthless People (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cohCR3rUh0) on YouTube, both songs parodied on Polka Party! Jesus, Al really straight-up failed to capture the era with that album, didn't he? Good thing it had some of his strongest originals to date (Dog Eat Dog, Don't Wear Those Shoes) to salvage the mess.

taosterman
07-11-2014, 09:50 AM
new Weird Al in four days!!1

This thrice-per-decade ritual instantly reverts me to a child for a week or so.

Songs slated to be parodied this time around (none of the titles are particularly promising, but the originals are always the best part anyway):

"Handy" ("Fancy" by Iggy Azalea)
"Foil" ("Royals" by Lorde)
"Word Crimes" ("Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke)
"Inactive" ("Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons) (hadn't heard this one)
"Tacky" ("Happy" by Pharrell Williams)

also this should probably go in the music subforum

SpoonyBardOL
07-11-2014, 10:43 AM
I don't know if we even had a music subforum the last time this thread was updated.

I ALSO didn't even know Weird Al had a new album coming!

So hoorays all around!

shivam
07-11-2014, 10:51 AM
i have to say that of all songs he's done, trapped in the drive thru is probably my favorite.

taosterman
07-11-2014, 10:56 AM
Hey Karzac, have you finally gotten on those four early albums by now?

PT
07-11-2014, 11:03 AM
I seriously know none of the songs being parodied for the new album. And I'm pretty okay with this.

Something to note: This is Al's final album on his current recording contract, and he's apparently considered just releasing individual singles digitally from here on out so the parodies can be more timely. I can't really argue with this logic.

Jeanie
07-11-2014, 03:06 PM
i have to say that of all songs he's done, trapped in the drive thru is probably my favorite.

That one is great, but I always find myself rapping "White and Nerdy" all the time.

I seriously know none of the songs being parodied for the new album. And I'm pretty okay with this.

Something to note: This is Al's final album on his current recording contract, and he's apparently considered just releasing individual singles digitally from here on out so the parodies can be more timely. I can't really argue with this logic.

But what about the Polkas? Won't someone think of the Polkas?

Alex Scott
07-11-2014, 03:36 PM
Looking at this thread again, I've realized that I honestly really like "The Plumbing Song."

taosterman
07-12-2014, 10:33 AM
Leaked! I'm planning to give Al money, but I couldn't resist. First listen spoilerz:

1. Handy (parody of "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea) - Not so hot, honestly. Felt like Al just had to have something super-current but I don't think the original song is going to have much longevity. The lyrics are just The Plumbing Song redux.

2. Lame Claim to Fame - Supposedly a style parody of Southern Culture on the Skids, who I haven't heard, but I applaud Al on such a deep target. The song's ok, mostly an excuse to list a bunch of celebrities.

3. Foil (parody of "Royals" by Lorde) - Two parody ideas stitched together, kind of like his Avril Lavigne parody. Half about storing food, half about foil hats. Not particularly inspired, just feels like this had to be included because the song is huge.

4. Sports Song - Short, funny deconstruction of sports fight songs. Sports rivalry as described by an outsider. Really slight but I enjoyed it.

5. Word Crimes (parody of "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke) - Easily the best parody of the album, and will all sound very familiar to those poor souls who frequent the grammar 101 thread. Bonus is that it's all the catchiness of the original without any of the rapeyness; I'd be OK if this just became the canonical version of the song.

6. My Own Eyes - One of those songs where Al lists a bunch of weird shit, in the tradition of Stuck in a Closet with Vanna White and Everything You Know Is Wrong, except here delivered as a Foo Fighters anthem, which gives the weird shit a certain hilarious gravitas.

7. Now THAT'S What I Call Polka!:
Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"
Foster the People, "Pumped Up Kicks"
One Direction, "Best Song Ever"
Psy, "Gangnam Style"
Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"
will.i.am and Britney Spears, "Scream and Shout"
Gotye, "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Pitbull, "Timber"
LMFAO, "Sexy and I Know It"
Macklemore, "Thrift Shop"
Daft Punk, "Get Lucky"

Well, I give myself credit for knowing most of the songs this time (the Alpocalypse one was an all-time low for me). I'm no accordionist, and I think I'm reading these parodies too deeply, but I wish Al would tackle the more musically interesting parts of these songs. Wrecking Ball is given a full 30 seconds even though it's a totally musically uninteresting ballad, whereas Gangnam Style gets only a few seconds.

8. Mission Control - Style parody of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, except the lyrics are entirely in impenetrable business-speak, and the combination is fucking hilarious.

9. Inactive (parody of "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons) - WTF is this song? This was a hit? You can barely even hear what Al's saying!

10. First World Problems - Another list song, pretty self-explanatory from the title. The huge plus is that it's a dead-on riff on the Pixies— Al's Black Francis impression is really good!

11. Tacky (parody of "Happy" by Pharrell Williams) - Totally average, I guess sort of reminiscent of "Such a Groovy Guy" from the debut? Not much to see here.

12. Jackson Park Express - Overwrought, nine-minute story song in the style of Cat Stevens, with occasional left-field bursts of hilarity. I think this is going to take me a few more listens for me to really appreciate, but I'm pretty impressed by Al's craft here.

The narrative of Al's originals being the best part of his albums continues unabated. Besides the Robin Thicke parody, I don't think the gulf has ever been wider.

Karzac
07-12-2014, 12:20 PM
Hey Karzac, have you finally gotten on those four early albums by now?

I haven't, unfortunately. I'm excited about the new album, though. I think I'll wait until my next break from camp to listen to it.

shivam
07-12-2014, 01:04 PM
Radioactive is actually my favorite pop song from the past few years.

Guild
07-14-2014, 10:37 AM
entertainthis.usatoday.com/2014/07/14/weird-al-tacky-video/

I'm so tacky.

Jeanie
07-14-2014, 10:42 AM
I lost it at Jack Black twerkin' with a fanny pack on.

Guild
07-14-2014, 10:50 AM
socks with sandals got me so good

that girl in the elevator? she's my dream girl, i love her comedy style

this is my... 7th play of the song consecutively

taosterman
07-14-2014, 11:44 AM
I love that Al's tacky attire isn't far off from what he always wears.

Rascally Badger
07-14-2014, 03:26 PM
His pants at the start of the video are hypnotic.

Torzelbaum
07-14-2014, 08:16 PM
that girl in the elevator? she's my dream girl, i love her comedy styleShe's Kristen Schaal. And I hate to break it to you but she's married. Sorry, man. :(

Guild
07-14-2014, 08:49 PM
it's ok, she wouldn't be a dream girl if i were DATING her

yeesh what do you think this is

god damn every time that black lady dances i laugh so hard

taosterman
07-15-2014, 10:42 AM
Another one! All of my former newspaper copy desk colleagues will love it.

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Daikaiju
07-15-2014, 12:27 PM
And many a former school teacher as well.

Jeanie
07-15-2014, 12:40 PM
Okay, I would pay a couple of dollars for a full length Polka version of Get Lucky.

Issun
07-15-2014, 12:47 PM
From what I've listened to so far, this is one of his better albums. Will probably give it a full playthrough within the next week.

taosterman
07-15-2014, 12:49 PM
From what I've listened to so far, this is one of his better albums. Will probably give it a full playthrough within the next week.

It's my favorite of his in some time, though I had a period of trying to pretend I was too old for this shit, so I probably underrated Poodle Hat and Straight Outta Lynwood.

"My Own Eyes," like "Skipper Dan" before it, is both a great send-up (this time of the Foo Fighters) and a pretty awesome rock song in its own right. I think it's the sleeper hit for me.

Positronic Brain
07-15-2014, 01:23 PM
Another one! All of my former newspaper copy desk colleagues will love it.

No music video had made me laugh this hard (intentionally) in ages. Glad to see Thicke's awful song was good for something.

taosterman
07-16-2014, 08:21 AM
w-0TEJMJOhk

This one's alright, just like the parody. It's funny that it takes only a very mild alteration to Al's hair to turn it into Lorde's.

SpoonyBardOL
07-16-2014, 09:13 AM
Off topic of Al's music for a sec, am I the only one who misses short-haired bearded Al?

We've had clean-shaven long-haired Al for some time now (since, what, Running with Scissors?), and I've made my peace with it, but now and then I look back on some of his older album covers and think wistfully "Yeah, that's how he's supposed to look. What gives?"

Alex Scott
07-16-2014, 09:27 AM
The "Foil" video reminds me of "I Lost on Jeopardy." I guess because they're both set in a TV studio? Doctor Demento was a lizard this whole time!!!

Googleshng
07-16-2014, 10:02 AM
Off topic of Al's music for a sec, am I the only one who misses short-haired bearded Al?

Assuming by beard, you mean mustache, you are not alone. My best guess is he didn't like the way it looked without the glasses. Has he the right of it? I lack the image editing skills to say.

SpoonyBardOL
07-16-2014, 10:11 AM
Yes, just mustache.

Weird Al with facial hair in general.

Tomm Guycot
07-16-2014, 05:20 PM
Mandatory Fun

(is my response to the original poll)

teekun
07-16-2014, 11:24 PM
So because of some of the older posts in this thread I went and listened to The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota for the first time in probably at least 20 years.

I still know every single word, and I'm pretty sure it's still my favourite Weird Al song.

taosterman
07-17-2014, 09:53 AM
Here's the Iggy Azalea parody video. (https://screen.yahoo.com/weird-al-yankovic-handy-parody-133702425.html)

Much like the parody itself, it is not particularly inspired. Can't win 'em all.

Sven
07-18-2014, 01:46 PM
Word Crimes is my favourite of the bunch, if only for the stunning revelation that Blurred Lines is still catchy even without the naked women. Really dense, too - points for even getting the Alanis joke in there.

Issun
07-18-2014, 04:01 PM
Word Crimes is by far the best of the parody songs, but Tacky is the best video. It's hard to argue with some of the most talented comedians of the last twenty years years hamming it up

Destil
07-18-2014, 04:22 PM
Yeah, really. I've never seen Jack Black that animated and it's hilarious.

Daikaiju
07-18-2014, 04:36 PM
Sports Song! (http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/ba6f6b020a/weird-al-yankovic-sports-song)

PT
07-18-2014, 09:07 PM
I would be perfectly okay if Sports Song started playing at actual sporting events. It's a really fun one-joke song that doesn't overstay its welcome.

I really like the album overall. I wish I liked "Inactive" more than I did though, mostly because while I am definitely not the person described in the song...some exercise would do me so much good.

Lucas
07-19-2014, 02:55 PM
Okay, I would pay a couple of dollars for a full length Polka version of Get Lucky.

I was so sad the Polka Gangnam Style bit wasn't any longer.

Bohemian Polka was so great; it would be awesome if Al would do more full-song polkas even if he just releases them on youtube or bandcamp in between CDs.

Little Sampson
07-19-2014, 02:58 PM
Bohemian Polka was so great; it would be awesome if Al would do more full-song polkas even if he just releases them on youtube or bandcamp in between CDs.

Since he's not planning on making CDs anymore, I wouldn't be surprised if he started doing more stuff in that vein, since he can just throw it out to the internet without thinking about album flow or marketability or what have you.

Alex Scott
07-19-2014, 05:40 PM
I was listening to the album in my car today, and after listening to Sports Song and the polka, I thought, "You know what would be fun? A Weird Al polka medley of nothing but Tom Lehrer songs."

Or maybe a medley of Dr. Demento mainstays/Al influences: Lehrer, Zappa, Sherman, etc.

Sheana
07-19-2014, 06:46 PM
Wouldn't that count as crossing the streams though

Also:

https://31.media.tumblr.com/7c6393e1941cd467864888b9a70d3c35/tumblr_n8h8e8mMZq1qb5gkjo2_250.gif

taosterman
07-19-2014, 06:48 PM
I don't care much for Bohemian Polka, but that's likely largely due to being so, so sick of the original. I like the polkas way better as a kaleidoscopic look back on the last few years of hit music, though.

taosterman
07-20-2014, 07:59 PM
Lame Claim to Fame:

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Apparently this took a year to animate. Also, the song and Al's hat and goatee are an homage to Southern Culture on the Skids, particularly this song:

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Patrick
07-20-2014, 09:29 PM
If you thought I didn’t know that “spastic” is considered a highly offensive slur by some people… you’re right, I didn’t. Deeply sorry.

I wonder if he'll release an alternate version.

Jeanie
07-21-2014, 11:32 AM
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Sven
07-21-2014, 11:57 AM
I'm kinda starting to think that Word Crimes works better as a video than it does as a song. Largely because the best joke is "...NOT USE IT'S IN THIS PLACE", and that kinda only makes sense in the context of the video.

Whereas in Tacky, the lyrics don't match up with what the guest stars are wearing, so it's not like you need the visuals.

taosterman
07-21-2014, 12:11 PM
I think the videos have dramatically improved most of the songs. On that tip, here's the final one, a TED-talk-style video (http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/07/21/weird-al-yankovic-wraps-8-days-of-videos-with-mission-statement-exclusive/) for "Mission Statement," animated in TruScribe and, fittingly enough, hosted by the Wall Street Journal.

Daikaiju
07-21-2014, 06:11 PM
Let us never forget the majesty of Charles Nelson Reilly.

xLnapb-30hA

taosterman
07-23-2014, 09:13 AM
Mandatory Fun debuts at #1 (http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6176745/weird-al-yankovic-billboard-200-mandatory-fun-number-one)

Al has never reached the top 5 before, let alone debuted at the top. This ... this brings a tear to my eye.

Parish
07-23-2014, 10:36 AM
I haven't been following this past week's Weird Al blast too closely, but I have to say that turning "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" into a stream of empty corporate speak ranks among his sharpest commentary ever. It's pretty much the Woodstock generation in a nutshell. (Except for you, mom and dad.)

Issun
07-23-2014, 03:26 PM
Rule 34 strikes again (article probably sfw). (http://www.avclub.com/article/weird-al-yankovic-inspires-uhf-porn-parody-has-off-207273?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=LinkPreview:1:Default)

Al's expression on the tweet at the bottom pretty much says it all.

Sheana
07-29-2014, 12:47 AM
https://38.media.tumblr.com/e8ff20fbd4359cd77e5c09046308c785/tumblr_n9gimp6E0D1qe44b8o1_500.jpg

https://31.media.tumblr.com/faa8936a69ca1237a3b2f3ab788e313e/tumblr_n9gimp6E0D1qe44b8o2_500.jpg

Taken only a few seconds apart, apparently.

David Cartoon
11-17-2014, 03:09 AM
The best of all these original songs is Hardware Store.
Couldn't finish thread before I posted YES.

Johnny Unusual
11-20-2014, 03:54 AM
I'm not sure, but Hardware Store is WAY up there. I loved CNR when I first heard it, but now I think it's only great. My favorite "not based on a particular song" is probably Dare to be Stupid. Not just because I am a big Devo fan (I fell in love with it before I heard DEVO), but it seems as much an Al mission statement as it is a parody of DEVO's message and style. And it's just great. And those junk transformers lead by Eric Idle seem to like it (how insane is the casting of Transformers: the Movie?)

Karzac
11-20-2014, 05:13 AM
Hardware Store is on the list of Best Originals, but my favourites are still That's Your Horoscope for Today and Albuquerque.

David Cartoon
11-20-2014, 12:36 PM
Those ARE pretty great.

taosterman
11-21-2014, 07:55 AM
I've found that I can't read or say "pico de gallo" without mentally completing it with "They sure don't make it like this in O-hi-o!"

Karzac
11-21-2014, 12:28 PM
Ha, yeah. There are so many words and concepts I've learned from Weird Al that they are inextricably linked to those songs.

Reinforcements
11-23-2014, 02:03 PM
I've found that I can't read or say "pico de gallo" without mentally completing it with "They sure don't make it like this in O-hi-o!"

That's funny, because pico de gallo is forever linked for me to another novelty band, Trout Fishing in America.

taosterman
01-19-2015, 09:17 AM
Al's site has been redesigned and looks pretty snazzy. Especially awesome: all of his videos, in one place (http://weirdal.com/videos/). This definitely beats my old VHS collections.

Tour being announced at midnight ET!

SpoonyBardOL
01-19-2015, 09:23 AM
Al's site has been redesigned and looks pretty snazzy. Especially awesome: all of his videos, in one place (http://weirdal.com/videos/).

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA---

The uploader has not made this available in your country.



:|




ED: I should say I did this with one of his older songs and got that error, but the newer ones are working, so they're not universally unavailable. Still makes me :| though.

taosterman
01-19-2015, 09:24 AM
B'oh, yeah, I think it's America only.

taosterman
06-01-2015, 08:20 AM
I saw the Mandatory Fun tour on Saturday, in Cleve Land!

If you've seen Al in concert before, or one of his concert recordings, it was pretty much what he always does. Some new highlights:

- He opened with a recreation of his "Tacky" video routine on a giant screen behind the stage, beginning in a secluded part of the venue and eventually making his way to the crowd and the stage, interacting with the audience along the way but still keeping expertly focused on the Steadicam. Dude is a pro.

- Most of his really early material was covered in a hilarious MTV Unplugged-style medley, with the band members sitting in a downcast, shadowy circle. "Eat It" was basically a mashup with unplugged "Layla" (complete with riff) and "I Lost on Jeopardy" got a cool jazz treatment.

- Now that Al is happily married, "Wanna B Ur Lover" (his style parody of sleazy Midnite Vultures Beck) seems to have officially replaced "One More Minute" as a setlist mainstay.

- The video clips played during costume changes really shed a light on how much Cartoon Network/Adult Swim type stuff Al has guested in since the last time I saw him. But there were still a bunch of classic clips with poofy-haired Al with glasses to keep me (and presumably a lot of the audience) nostalgic.

And if anyone ends up attending this tour, be warned: The show started aggressively on time, no opener, no buffer for latecomers. SEID PUNKTLICH!

Wolf
06-01-2015, 06:30 PM
I saw this too! We went to see him in Bloomington, Illinois, on May 26th. Pretty great concert, really. Lots of fun, and the man has energy to spare for as many songs as were played and as many costume changes as he and the rest of the band pulled off. It occurred to me that he and his band must be tremendously talented to be able to play skillfully in that many widely disparate genres.

We also came home with a Blu-ray copy of UHF. I'm excited to eventually watch it again, and also a little nervous. The last (and only) time I saw it was over half my life ago now.

taosterman
06-02-2015, 08:52 AM
It occurred to me that he and his band must be tremendously talented to be able to play skillfully in that many widely disparate genres.

Loyal, too! He's had the same band since his second album, the only difference being that they recruited a keyboard player (Rubén Valtierra) in 1991. I don't blame them, they have basically the best gig in music.

I'd also never seen the CollegeHumor parody of Whiplash, which is great:

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Johnny Unusual
01-25-2016, 08:41 AM
Thought that this might be the best place to point out that Al is going to be the new band leader on Comedy Bang! Bang! next season.

Sven
01-25-2016, 10:52 AM
And if anyone ends up attending this tour, be warned: The show started aggressively on time, no opener, no buffer for latecomers. SEID PUNKTLICH!

This literally does more to endear me to Al than anything else I know of.

taosterman
09-07-2016, 05:38 AM
I heard Blurred Lines for the first time in ages at my sister-in-law's wedding reception last weekend, and realized how thoroughly Word Crimes has become the default version of the song in my mind. This is glorious, and I can only hope it eventually becomes true for society at large.

Reinforcements
09-09-2016, 07:18 AM
Tacky is way better than Happy too. It's shorter and much less repetitive.

taosterman
09-09-2016, 07:24 AM
Inactive makes me crack up now too, mostly because it's this SUPER EPIC SOUNDING, movie-trailer-scale song about doing absolutely nothing. Basically, all of the parodies on Mandatory Fun are better than the original versions.

teg
09-09-2016, 08:26 AM
Off topic of Al's music for a sec, am I the only one who misses short-haired bearded Al?

We've had clean-shaven long-haired Al for some time now (since, what, Running with Scissors?), and I've made my peace with it, but now and then I look back on some of his older album covers and think wistfully "Yeah, that's how he's supposed to look. What gives?"

Hey I realize I'm a little late to help out here, but in case you ever decide to breed a new one: what final form your Weird Al takes is dependent on how you evolve it, as demonstrated by the chart below. Weird Al's final forms really just swap Defense for Special Defense, but you did miss out on Mega Al, which sucks.

http://i.imgur.com/IqimjLe.gif

Torzelbaum
09-10-2016, 11:51 AM
I heard Blurred Lines for the first time in ages at my sister-in-law's wedding reception last weekend, and realized how thoroughly Word Crimes has become the default version of the song in my mind. This is glorious, and I can only hope it eventually becomes true for society at large.Nobody remembers The Greg Kihn Band.

taosterman
09-10-2016, 11:57 AM
My perspective on Kihn's popularity is a little skewed, because he used to host a fairly popular morning radio show in the Bay Area. But 'The Breakup Song' still gets pretty regular classic rock airplay, at least on the level of two-hit wonders like .38 Special.

Lucas
01-30-2017, 04:41 PM
The best Weird Al album is the one that's 14 CDs long and comes in a replica accordion. (http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/weirdalyankovic)

taosterman
05-18-2017, 07:26 AM
Nathan Rabin, lifelong Weird Al fanatic and professional completionist, is going song by song through Al's entire catalogue (https://www.nathanrabin.com/happy-place/?category=The+Weird+Accordion+To+Al), one song per day. So far he's done a great job linking even Al's most middling songs to their wider cultural context and identifying recurring themes in his work beyond "TV" and "food."

I especially like his observation that Al's debut album is, in its own off-kilter way, kind of a punk album.