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View Poll Results: Which is the best Weird Al album?
Dare to be Stupid 8 12.90%
UHF 5 8.06%
Alapalooza 4 6.45%
Off the Deep End 5 8.06%
Bad Hair Day 10 16.13%
Running With Scissors 14 22.58%
Poodle Hat 4 6.45%
Straight Outta Lynwood 5 8.06%
Alpocalypse 0 0%
Other 7 11.29%
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:24 PM
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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.
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:30 PM
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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".
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:35 PM
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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."
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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."
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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...

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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.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:08 PM
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I voted Alapalooza because as a kid I owned Alapalooza. It is sadly the only one of his albums I've listened through completely.
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I love that there is one weird obscure Al album that nobody ever talks about or knows exists.

Also, the UHF movie is one of the best screwball comedies ever made. Seriously.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:22 PM
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Oh man, I think I have heard of that. Probably when I made my Weird Al website for a Grade Eight project.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:57 PM
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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.

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"HOLY COW. A TALKING BIRD," thought Peter.

Also, anyone else ever see the Weird Al show? It was terrible, but the intro 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

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In 3-D. Maybe it's nostalgia, but I always thought this one had simply the best-sounding original songs.
Nature Trail To Hell!
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Also, anyone else ever see the Weird Al show? It was terrible, but the intro 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.
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:20 PM
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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.
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No lie: Bad Hair Day was the first album I ever owned.
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I'm not old, I just really love 80s-flavored things.
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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.
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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.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:42 PM
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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.
I've always loved the title song, even if it doesn't have any jokes. But it does have an excellent video!
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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. I used those on many young-adult mixtapes that I pressed onto wax cylinders.

Also, yes, what-all Shakewell saids.
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Yeeesss! This song in and of itself is why In 3D is so good, but it also helps that it has Eat It, The Theme from Rocky XIII, and King of Suede, not to mention I Lost on Jeopardy and Mr. Popeil.

And yes, I also remember the Peter and the Wolf album. With Bob the Janitor!
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:06 AM
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How can anybody mention UHF without mentioning "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota"?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Even Worse is the best.
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Even Worse is the best.
Obligatory "this is an awesome style parody" link: "You Make Me," a dead-on Oingo Boingo send-up.
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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.
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Easily Dare to be Stupid, at least in my memory. I don't remember much of side two, though.
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I was highly disappointed that In 3D was not on there. I guess that was before your time, you darn kids!
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:26 AM
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I just found this awesome never-released Weirld Al song on Youtube.

Pac-Man (Parody of Taxman by The Beatles)
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There's also It's Still Billy Joel to Me, rejected by (or perhaps never even submitted to) Mr. Joel for obvious reasons.
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