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5.0 out of 5 stars Meritorious study of the Al-asaurus yankovicus rex
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...
Published on December 6, 2003 by Daniel J. Hamlow

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. . .but have those of you who call "Frank's 2000" TV" an original ever heard of the TV show "Mystery Science Theater 3000"? They're the ones who broadcast awful old movies just for the sake of wisecracking upon them. (And yes, one of the characters is named TV's Frank.) The song bears suspicious resemblance to their theme song, the 'MST3K...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meritorious study of the Al-asaurus yankovicus rex, December 6, 2003
This review is from: Alapalooza (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. So,"don't play that song, that 'Achy Breaky Song'/the most annoying song I know/and if you play that song, that 'Achy Breaky Song'/I might blow up my radio." Full of silly lip music and belches.
The nightmare and infuriating effects of a "Traffic Jam", whose guitar and keyboards seem inspired by Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" is next. Things to remember--make sure your car has AC, make sure you have a working radio, and don't eat bran muffins.
"Talk Soup" trashes TV talk shows like Donahue, Geraldo, and Sally Jesse about all these people who have to "tell the whole world about it" because they are "an anorexic codependent bingo addict" or a "stripper without a chin."
"Livin' In The Fridge" sends up Aerosmith's "Living On The Edge" and is about the usual leftover food that might have become a science project or needs to be carbon-dated.
"She Never Told Me She Was A Mime" is about a guy whose girlfriend doesn't talk, acts like Marcel Marceau, etc. and who gets ostracized by friends and family as a result.
"Harvey The Wonder Hamster" is a tiny snippet of a song that actually has no humor value--why include it? "Waffle King", about someone who finds the perfect waffle recipe, and whose ego becomes inflated as a result. There's a vocal rhythm section, similar to the Art of Noise's "Paranoimia."
No polka medley here, but there is "Bohemian Polka", where the differing tempos and melodies of the original might as well be a medley of sorts. Obviously in response to the revival of the Queen song in Wayne's World. Included are silly sound effects accompanying certain lines, like a gunshots or spitting.
Archaeological evidence proves that Al-asaurus yankovicus rex was adaptable to the pop culture environment and able to make do with send-ups during a period where there was hardly any big hits worth sending up.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Weird Al" takes on Queen, Aerosmith and the Chili Peppers, July 5, 2003
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"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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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality, May 6, 2002
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This review is from: Alapalooza (Audio CD)
This in overall an average Al-bum. Look and see:
Jurrasic Park: 5/5 Funny, yet missing something if you don't see the music video.
Young, Dumb, and Ugly: 2/5 Loud and annoying. Like Smells Like Nirvana with 1/3 of the humor.
Bedrock Anthem: 1/5 WHY, OH WHY DOES EVERYONE LOVE THIS!!!
Franks 2000" T.V.: 3/5 It did the best it could.
Achy Breaky Song: 5/5 Made for those who hated "Achy Breaky Heart"
Traffic Jam: 3/5 It OKAY.
Livin' In The Fridge: 5/5 Funny song and parody of Aerosmith's.
She Never Told Me She Was A Mime: 1/5 Unfunny; every al-bum he seems to have one of these.
Harvey The Wonder Hampster: 5/5 23 seconds of humor.
Waffle King: 4/5 Can you imagine Weird Al as the waffle king?
Bohemlian Polka: 5/5 A VERY different polka; he just took Queen's Bohemliam Rhapodsy and did it in Polka. BEST ON THE AL-BUM!!!
Now, thats 39/60, but I'll give it a 4, because he has about 5 AWESOME songs that are alone worth buying this for. And, yes, you will probably feel different about certain songs than me. Oh, well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work, September 10, 2009
This review is from: Alapalooza (Audio CD)
Alapalooza by Weird Al Yankovic is forty-four minutes and fifty-two seconds and was released on October 15, 1993. None of the songs on the CD charted in the United States. Alapalooza reached #46 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Album charts and went Gold. This was Al's eighth studio album. Bohemian Polka just does not have the same ring as the original Bohemian Rhapsody. The rest of the songs in my opinion just don't live up to other Al songs. Alapalooza by Weird Al Yankovic gets a B-.

Jurassic Park
Young, Dumb & Ugly
Bedrock Anthem
Frank's 2000" TV
Achy Breaky Song
Traffic Jam
Talk Soup
Livin' In the Fridge
She Never Told Me She Was A Mime
Harvey the Wonder Hamster
Waffle King
Bohemian Polka
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not The Best...., February 25, 2007
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This review is from: Alapalooza (Audio CD)
Like I said above, it isn't Al's best CD, but it manages to squeeze in a few laughs.

Jurrasic Park: 4/5 Mellow song about the movie. Bedrock Anthem is much better.

Young,Dumb,& Ugly: 4/5 He manages to strain his vocals enough to make it sound kinda like metal.

Bedrock Anthem: 5/5 Probably the best song on this CD.

Frank's 2000" TV: 3/5 Another mellow song about a guy with a really big TV.

Achy Breaky Song: 4/5 If your a kid, like me, you won't know hardly any of the singers he names.

Traffic Jam: 5/5 Very funny song about getting in a traffic jam.

Talk Soup: 2/5 I can't believe Weird Al sings this song!

Livin' In The Fridge: 5/5 Another excellent parody by the master singer.

She Never Told Me She Was A Mime: 3/5 Okay, maybe a 3 was a tad more than this song needs.

Harvey The Wonder Hamster: 1/5 The worst and shortest song on the CD.

Waffle King: 3/5 A guy finds a good waffle recipe, and......

Bohemian Polka: 3/5 Next time, do a medly.

The parodies are great, but the originals sag. I mean,there is something in each original that sounds exactly like the one before it. The point is, if you are already a fan, buy this. If you are just starting, buy Running With Scissors or Bad Hair Day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't play that song., October 26, 2006
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This review is from: Alapalooza (Audio CD)
This album by "Weird Al" Yankovic was released in 1993. It didn't have any hit songs, but it still sold pretty well. It features four song parodies. "Jurassic Park" is a parody of the oldie "MacArthur Park by actor Richard Harris, and is a funny song about the movie with that title. "Bedrock Anthem" is a parody of two Red Hot Chili Peppers songs, and is an amusing song about the Flintstones. "Achy Breaky Song" is, of course, a parody of "Achy Breaky Heart", and it's probably the funniest parody on the album, while it makes fun of how annoying "Achy Breaky Heart" is. "Livin' in the Fridge" is a parody of an Aerosmith song, and is the weakest parody on the album. There are seven original songs on the album, which are all pretty funny, with the funniest being "Frank's 2000" TV". There is no polka medley of recent hit songs this time around. Instead, there is a polka version of just one song, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody", which had recently become a hit for the second time, due to it's inclusion in the movie Wayne's World. This is another funny album from a consitantly funny guy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest, April 21, 2003
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James N Simpson (Gold Coast, QLD Australia) - See all my reviews
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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. She Never Told Me She Was a Mime is about a guy who wondered why his girlfriend was so quiet and finds out it is because she is a mime. Not the best song in the world. Harvey the Wonder hamster is an extremely short 21 second song about a hamster's life, short but good. Waffle King is about a guy who sells waffles, just another food song. Bohemian Polka is the first full length polka song "Weird Al" had done, as usually the polka song on the album consists of the main songs of the time. If you didn't like Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody (the song from Wayne's World) then you will like this. If you did then you will also like this.
This is not "Weird Al's best album but it has enough good songs to make it a worthwhile purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I expected!, June 16, 2014
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Agent 6 (An underground base in Virginia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Alapalooza (Audio CD)
This is just another funny and great effort from Weird Al. The CD came in great condition, too. I would probably recommend this album to any Weird Al fan. After all, just about every song is a standout track! Let's go through them all...

1. Jurassic Park: Pretty funny song, okay intro. I know it's a parody of something, but I just can't remember what... [7/10]

2. Young, Dumb, and Ugly: Not as funny and original as some of the other ones. It's a hard rock song about some nasty teenagers doing things such as toilet-papering lawns, misspelling words [spelling "trouble" like "trubel"], etc. [6/10]

3. Bedrock Anthem: As the title suggests, it's an anthem for the Flintstones! It also parodies "Give it Away", by the Red Hot Chilly Peppers. Includes sound clips from the real show. [9/10]

4. Frank's 2,000 Inch TV: Mediocre and simple song. It sounds like it could be a style-parody of Guster, even though they didn't become a band until 1996... maybe early REM. [5/10]

5. Achy Breaky Song: Mocks the original, "Achy Breaky Heart," by Bill Ray Cyrus. Funny, but I don't know if Yoko Ono is better. [8/10]

6. Traffic Jam: Original, creative, and funny rock song. Made me feel almost sorry for Al. [10/10]

7. Talk Soup: I don't really know what to say about this song. It just sounds... weird. [?/10]

8. Livin' in The Fridge: A hilarious parody of "Livin' on the Edge" by Aerosmith. What's not to love? My personal favorite part was the crazy scream that Al did to imitate Aerosmith. Favorite line: "It looks like it's alive." [9/10]

9. She Never Told me She Was a Mime: Once again, poor Al. Funny song, though it's almost 5 minutes long, so it kind of got old after a while. [7/10]

10. Harvey The Wonder Hamster: Much shorter than the previous song. I think Al actually had a pet hamster named Harvey when he wrote this song. Twenty-one seconds of awesomeness!! [10/10]

11. Waffle King: Style parody of Peter Gabriel. Not a bad song, but could have been funnier. [6/10]

12. Bohemian Polka: Of course, every album needs a polka medley. But this isn't exactly a polka medley more than it is just a polka song. The only song that it polka-fies is "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. It's also pretty epic, so it's a pretty good last track. The one thing that really made it seem epic is that it started off with quiet singing. As usual, it includes some cartoony sound effects. [9/10]

BUY IT ASAP!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars France Import, October 11, 2013
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This Is a France Import of Alapalooza with a red background and the other is yellow and the disc is different because there is no art work near the hole and the other one has it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it., August 6, 2013
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Really great songs on this album, I recommend this to any "Weird" Al fans. Enjoy completing your Yankovic collection! :)
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