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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 07-27-2011, 02:17 PM
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And then of course there's You're Pitiful, which ended up being dropped from Straight Oughta Lynwood due to silly shenanigans, but that's not really in the same category of obscurity.
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And then of course there's You're Pitiful, 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.
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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.
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:39 PM
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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.
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:53 PM
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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.
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:14 PM
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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".
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:23 PM
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Realizing I'd never actually heard them, I finally looked up Who's Johnny? and Ruthless People 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.
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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
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Old 07-11-2014, 10:43 AM
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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!
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i have to say that of all songs he's done, trapped in the drive thru is probably my favorite.
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Hey Karzac, have you finally gotten on those four early albums by now?
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:03 AM
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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.
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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.

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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?
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Looking at this thread again, I've realized that I honestly really like "The Plumbing Song."
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:33 AM
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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.
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:20 PM
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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.
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Radioactive is actually my favorite pop song from the past few years.
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entertainthis.usatoday.com/2014/07/14/weird-al-tacky-video/

I'm so tacky.
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I lost it at Jack Black twerkin' with a fanny pack on.
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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
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I love that Al's tacky attire isn't far off from what he always wears.
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His pants at the start of the video are hypnotic.
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that girl in the elevator? she's my dream girl, i love her comedy style
She's Kristen Schaal. And I hate to break it to you but she's married. Sorry, man.
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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
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Another one! All of my former newspaper copy desk colleagues will love it.

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And many a former school teacher as well.
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Okay, I would pay a couple of dollars for a full length Polka version of Get Lucky.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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