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listen  1. Perform This Way (Parody Of ''Born This Way'' By Lady Gaga) 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. TMZ (Parody Of ''You Belong With Me'' By Taylor Swift) 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen11. Whatever You Like (Parody Of ''Whatever You Like'' By T.I.) 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
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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 (June 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Volcano
  • ASIN: B004Y9CREK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes bonus DVD. 2011 release from the biggest selling comedy recording artist of all time. Weird Al has returned with Alpocalypse, his first full-length studio album in nearly five years. The first single from the album was the Lady Gaga parody "Perform This Way". The song has Lady Gaga's full approval and blessing. Alpocalypse also features parodies of Miley Cyrus ("Party In The CIA"), Taylor Swift ("TMZ") and B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars ("Another Tattoo"). The album's requisite polka medley -"Polka Face" -features accordion-driven versions of songs by the biggest artists of the day, including Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Britney Spears, P!nk, Lady Antebellum and Katy Perry.

DVD Track listing:
1. CNR
2. TMZ (Parody of "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift)
3. Skipper Dan
4. Craigslist
5. Party In The CIA (Parody of "Party In The U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus)
6. Ringtone
7. Another Tattoo (Parody of "Nothin' On You" by B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars)
8. If That Isn't Love
9. Whatever You Like (Parody of "Whatever You Like" by T.I.)
10. Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me

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Any fan of Weird Al will need to purchase this album.
King P
It really says something about an artist like Al when his parodies make the original songs sound like cheep knock offs of his work.
Blueflames
The included DVD has animated videos for all the songs on the album except Perform This Way.
Adam

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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By musicismylife on June 21, 2011
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"Weird Al" Yankovic is by far the greatest Parody artist in the history of the world; let him in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!!! -No Joke! This album is hilarious, why, because modern music is SO ridiculous, and you are truly reminded of that fact when you hear these tracks... His versions of modern songs are often better than the originals on many levels. This album has the Polka, the Parody, the Comedy, and the Musicality, plus everything that you expect from Al. It will rank it up with some of Al's greatest, although I'm not trying to have that debate. Just Eat It!

Everybody will love the video for "Perform This Way," without the vid, the song holds up just fine as well. "TMZ," goes beyond simple musical parody as it parodies the entire modern world of pop culture. "Another Tattoo," "Party in the CIA," & "Whatever You Like," are fun. His originals are not so much filler as they make quality additions to the album as a whole, and have influence ranging from Queen, to The White Stripes. The only real low point of the album comes with the track "Isn't TIf That Isn't Love," for my tastes anyways. My favorite track by far and away, however, is "Polka Face," as he continues the tradition of dropping a bad-ass Polka track on every album!!! Would love to hear an all out Polka-jam album from Al , one day.

Come on people, give it up to Al, he has proven time and time again that he is the sole master of this medium over the last 28+ years, he deserves respect. If you don't give him the respect of the R&R Hall of Fame, at least afford him the respect of changing your cheesy "Ringtone" and "Stop Forwarding..." that crap e-mail to him, he really can't take it!!! He is passionate about it, he's not kidding, and while you are at it "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me," and everybody else too. Dare to Be Stupid and buy this album!
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Patrick J. Sullivan on June 27, 2011
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Weird Al Yankovic's latest mix of parody songs and original tunes is not his best offering. But he probably does almost as well as he can do here, given the poor grist that today's popular music scene provides for a parodist. I give it a mixed and cautious four stars; the album will definitely appeal sufficiently to longtime Al fans. But for those who would need it to contain the next breakout White & Nerdy in order to buy a whole Weird Al album, this collection is not for you.

The album's biggest weakness is its centerpiece track, Perform This Way. The parody is complicated by the fact that Lady Gaga's "original" Born This Way is already an unintentional (though still unadmitted) parody of Madonna's Express Yourself, as the singer herself is already a bad parody of Ms. Ciccone. In his lyrics Al does not even attempt to out-bleat Gaga's pious PC cant about the wonders of tolerance; instead he attempts to ridicule the antics of the singer herself. But Gaga is essentially beyond parodying; once someone has worn a dress made of meat to a major public function... Al's attempts to ratchet up the megalomania can never really exceed what might be plausible in this particular case. Beyond that, the song is just dreary.

More successful is TMZ, which twists Taylor Swift's You Belong With Me (probably the catchiest pop song parodied here) into a look at celebrity culture, bemoaning the fact that today's celebs can't even go off on a racist rant without being captured on Youtube. TMZ is the closest that Alpocalypse comes to having a truly standout parody track. Miley Cyrus's sugary Party in the USA is redone as Party at the CIA, and the clash between the saccharine original and Al's lyrics about waterboarding and political assassination is amusing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Winter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 14, 2011
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Weird Al has done it again, and if you've been following his career for a long time, you can see that as an artist he's grown immensely. "Alpocalypse" is a hilarious album not just for its parodies: just like the album "Poodle Hat", we also get some great stylistic spoofs and genuinely funny original tunes, too.

Of course the highlight of the album is "Perform This Way", a pardoy of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" that pokes gentle fun at her unusual antics.

"CNR" takes the Chuck Norris memes and makes up a ridiculously over-the-top treatment of Charles Nelson Reilly. It's a direct poke at Jack White, and I'm sure White is tickled at how it combines the sounds of his bands The White Stripes ("the Denial Twist") and The Raconteurs ("Carolina Drama") so cleverly.

"TMZ" uses Taylor Swift's "You Belong To Me" to make fun of the paparazzi noise surrounding celebrities, and their merciless hounding and sensationalism. It's one of those half-funny, half-serious works of satire.

"Skipper Dan" is an Al original about a would-be great actor who perhaps made some bad choices in life. Lyrically it's certainly clever, but the music is also entertaining to listen to, in a folk/pop kind of way. The A capella vocal accompaniments really tickle me and add to the humor.

As with all things Al, we have a polka mash-up of famous songs: "Polka Face". Since half of the fun of these is catching wind of which Top 40 hit just got the polka treatment, I'll leave the details to you to discover.

"Craigslist" is another brilliant style piece, this time in the sound of The Doors. Al does surprisingly well mimicking Jim Morrison, right down to the soft bridge where he reads poetry, and all of it poking fun at the sort of posts you find on Craigslist.
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I was really hoping this didn't include "Internet Leaks" like he talked about before. Makes me feel kind of double dipped on buying Internet Leaks before. I KNOW he said he was doing this, but I'd hope he'd change his mind in the interim.
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No 5.1 mixes were done for this album, sorry. :(
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