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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but Average
Yankovic's last three albums (this, Bad Hair Day and Off the Deep End) appear to be falling into a very set formula. 6 songs, both sides, alternating between parody and original music. The parodies on this album are okay -- Jurassic Park is a great song with only one or two weak lines, while Living in the Fridge is questionable.
The cover of Bohemian Rhapsody...
Published on June 25, 1998


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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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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This review is from: Alapalooza (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
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest, April 21, 2003
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This review is from: Alapalooza (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. 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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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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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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14 of 21 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one of the Top 5 "Weird Al"-bums, April 14, 2008
This review is from: Alapalooza (Audio CD)
Al delivers some of his most energetic, masterfully composed originals on "Alapalooza", which also features his "polka opus".

This is one of my favorite efforts from Al, because it is composed mostly of style-parodies/originals which is where his real talent is.

The highlights are:

-"Young, Dumb and Ugly": Which would rock, if it wasn't meant to be funny.

-"Frank's 2000" TV": Featuring a wonderful vocal performance from Al, while telling the funny story of his neighbor's giant TV.

-"Traffic Jam": An energy-filled lament about what else, traffic.

-"Talk Soup": Inspired by the E! channel tv show, it's like the sister song to "Jerry Springer" from Running with Scissors.

-"She Never Told Me She Was A Mime": A hilarious piano-driven rocker about not realizing your girlfriend is a mime until it's too late.

-"Waffle King": This is one of Al's best, as the narrator changes from a nobody who has fame thrust upon him, to an egotistical waffle tyrant.

Al also changes up his polka tradition by offering Bohemian Rhapsody as a power polka to great effect.

Overall, a great album that relies more on Al's strengths as a songwriter than simply living up to his reputation as the king of parodies.

Buy and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Al, Now A Modern Classic., June 1, 2010
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This review is from: Alapalooza (Audio CD)
Wow, hard to believe this album is now almost 17 years old. I remember getting this my senior year in high school back in late '93 shortly after it's release. Something happened to that copy over time, so I bought a 2nd copy recently. I find this album to be as good as I remember it. Love the whole album, but if I had to choose a few favs they would be: "Achy Breaky Song", "Livin' In The Fridge", (which are both parodies). Also "Traffic Jam", "Talk Soup", "Frank's 2000" TV", (these 3 songs being Al originals). What they all have in common is that they are all part of the creative and comedic genius of Weird Al. If you are a fan of Al's, like I am, then you appreciate his sense of humor. If you don't have it, get it. If you had it and lost it (like I did), then get "Alapalooza" again and rediscover it as I have. Buy, listen, appreciate!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best of his later albums, July 26, 1998
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This review is from: Alapalooza (Audio CD)
The seeming consensus of most Al fans is that Bad Hair Day was a breakthrough for Al, but I still give the edge to Alapalooza. I've always been a much bigger fan of Al's original songs rather than his parodies (which I guess puts me in the in the minority), but I think that this is actually one of his stronger all-around parody efforts (with the exception of "Jurrasic Park.") "Bedrock Anthem" is a riot and "Achy Breaky Song" will delight any one driven crazy by the song which it parodies...actually one of the more scathing, mean-spirited (toward the original artis/song) parodies he's done, and I kind of like that side of Al. "Frank's 2000 inch TV" and "Waffle King" are great originals, and his cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody" is nothing short of inspired.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but Average, June 25, 1998
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This review is from: Alapalooza (Audio CD)
Yankovic's last three albums (this, Bad Hair Day and Off the Deep End) appear to be falling into a very set formula. 6 songs, both sides, alternating between parody and original music. The parodies on this album are okay -- Jurassic Park is a great song with only one or two weak lines, while Living in the Fridge is questionable.
The cover of Bohemian Rhapsody (Bohemian Polka) is an enjoyable variation of Yankovic's perpetual polka-zation of modern music. Of the original music, Frank's 2000 TV is great, almost Hooteresque. Traffic Jam on the other hand is so similar to a parody aired on 98 Rock in Baltimore that I have to wonder if Yankovic stole lines.
Compared to his other work, this is middle of the road. It's not as good as Bad Hair Day or Eat It, but it is better than Polka Party.
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