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Few would have guessed that “Weird Al” Yankovic, who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show, would go on to become the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with over 12 million album sales. Now in his fourth career decade, he has won 3 Grammys (with 14 nominations) and countless awards and accolades ... Read more in Amazon's Weird Al Yankovic Store

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  • Audio CD (January 1, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0060ANOUC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jurassic Park
2. Young, Dumb & Ugly
3. Bedrock Anthem
4. Frank's 2000" TV
5. Achy Breaky Song
6. Traffic Jam
7. Talk Soup
8. Livin' in the Fridge
9. She Never Told Me She Was a Mime
10. Harvey the Wonder Hamster
11. Waffle King
12. Bohemian Polka

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This one of his best albums besides Never Mind.
Robert Calhoun
Al also changes up his polka tradition by offering Bohemian Rhapsody as a power polka to great effect.
Mel Zorro
This is a brilliant album all the songs are very very funny.
Stef

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on December 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
After Steven Spielberg gave us Jurassic Park, with the familiar yellow T-Rex skull logo, another kind of dinosaur was being discovered in the States. The scientific name for it is Al-asaurus yankovicus rex, and from the carbon-dating, it appears to have specialized in song send-ups of popular songs, wearing silly Hawaiian shirts, and having a mane of brown curly hair. Its natural habitat: Alapalooza.
Or is that "Jurassic Park" after Donna Summer's rendition of Richard Harris' "MacArthur Park", complete with dinosaur roars and screams of fear, mixed with the disco strings? Great line: "I'm afraid those things will harm me/because they sure don't act like Barney/and they think I'm their dinner not their friend."
A hard-rock guitar with Al-asaurus' voice like a shrill hair metal singer comes in with "Young, Dumb, & Ugly" about the annoying things they do, like squeezing the toothpaste from the middle and drinking milk from the carton. And they name spells trouble, T-R-U-B-E-L. Yeah, right.
"Yabba dabba yabba dabba dabba doo now" instead of "Give it away give it away give it away give it away now." Al spoofs the Chili Peppers by turning "Give It Away" into a song about the Flintstones, although the intro is taken from "Under The Bridge." There's even some dialogue from the cartoon included.
"Frank's 2000" TV"? That's Al's ne plus ultra of someone who really worships the boob tube.
A million thanks to Al for sending up Billy Ray Cyrus. "Achy Breaky Song" That song deserved a drubbing, and he lists some artists and groups that are high on le musique du fromage list, such as ABBA, the Bee Gees, New Kids on The Block, Tiffany, and Vanilla Ice, that it'd be better to play. Fair enough, but those artists sound more talented than Billy Ray.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Alapalooza," the 1993 "Weird Al" Yankovic album, is not as good as its classic predecessor, "Off the Deep End," but it does not constitute a step backwards for the premier song satirist of our generation (or your generation if the sense of affinity that suggests bothers you). Doing a parody of "Achy Breaky Heart" is like trying to do a parody of the "National Enquirer," since the song was a joke in the first place. But "Jurassic Park" is a good effort, even if younger listeners have no idea what is being made fun of on the music side of the equation, and it is not a real "Weird Al" album if there is not something about food, which we get this time around when Yankovic turns an Aerosmith song into "Livin' in the Fridge." However, taking on the Red Hot Chili Peppers with "Bedrock Anthem" is probably the high point of "Alapalooza," earning bonus points for having Alan Reed and Mel Blanc's voices on the cut. Both of these reflect the attention to detail where the goal remains to sound as much like the original on the musical side while the warped lyrics are sung in the unique style of "Weird Al" even with Rick Derringer no longer around as producer and Yankovic doing the task himself. My minor complain with "Alapalooza" is that the polka medley this time around consists of a single song, Queen's epic "Bohemian Rhapsody." While the result is cute, it is really not that much of a reach from the original and misses the pure joy of a true "Weird Al" medley. The title is a good one and even works with the album cover parody, which is a bit simplistic but appropriate. Tally up the damages and you have a solid second level Yankovic collection of satirical songs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on April 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Probably the least played of the entire Weird Al collection I would imagine because the main songs dated very fast. Jurassic Park (parody of Macarthur Park) is pretty good but once the fan fare for that movie died out so did the fan fare for this song. It's a great song though. Achy Breaky Song (parody of Achy Breaky Heart) is another great song which is about someone so sick of that song (like we all were) who lists other bad artists he would rather here than that song. It is again a sensational song but since no one remembers or more accurately wants to remember the original it isn't played that much.
There are some classic parodies on here. Bedrock Anthem a parody of two Red Hot Chilli Peppers songs (Under the Bridge & Give it Away) is still one of the more popular songs amongst "Weird Al" fans today. Obviously it is about the Flintstones and Al is singing as Fred Flintstone. Livin' in the Fridge (parody of Livin' On the Edge) is pretty good and is about food that never gets thrown out by roommates and comes alive. It is pretty close to Aerosmith's original sound.
The original songs on here aren't classics but are worth listening to. Young Dumb and Ugly is about some teenagers who think they are cool but are not and the stupid things they do. Frank's 2000" TV is about a guy named frank who has bought a huge TV set. It's not that great. Traffic Jam isn't a parody but is extremely close to one. Prince or whatever he is called these days won't let Weird Al do parodies of his songs but this one sounds pretty close to one of them. It is a sensational song about obviously being caught in traffic jams. Talk Soup is about those stupid mid day American talk shows and the people who go on them. Pretty funny.
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