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View Poll Results: Which is the best Weird Al album?
Dare to be Stupid 8 12.50%
UHF 5 7.81%
Alapalooza 5 7.81%
Off the Deep End 5 7.81%
Bad Hair Day 10 15.63%
Running With Scissors 14 21.88%
Poodle Hat 4 6.25%
Straight Outta Lynwood 6 9.38%
Alpocalypse 0 0%
Other 7 10.94%
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:14 PM
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Default What is the best Weird Al album?

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!
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:19 PM
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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" 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.
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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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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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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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I have to say Bad Hair Day, but it was close between that, Alapalooza and Running with Scissors.
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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.
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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.
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There's no option for 'all of thems'.

Also thanks for reminding that Alpocalypse is out.
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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.
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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?
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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.)
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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.
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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.
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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 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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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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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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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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