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Straight Outta Lynwood [Dual Disc]

Weird Al YankovicAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)


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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 (September 26, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Dual Disc
  • Label: Volcano
  • ASIN: B000H9HWSM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. White & Nerdy
2. Pancreas
3. Canadian Idiot
4. I'll Sue Ya'
5. Polkarama!
6. Virus Alert
7. Confessions Part III
8. Weasel Stomping Day
9. Close But No Cigar
10. Do I Creep You Out
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Don't Download This Song
2. I'll Sue Ya'
3. Virus Alert
4. Close But No Cigar
5. Pancreas
6. Weasel Stomping Day

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All hail the return of novelty music's reigning king! Straight Outta Lynwood easily bests 2003's Poodle Hat and shows that Yankovic does know what he does best. Part of the secret to Weird Al's success is that he's never been very weird at all, and very rarely are his satires in any way "biting"--or even satires, really. The 11-minute parody of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" is funny at least for the first listen, but it's hard to ridicule something so largely ridiculous in the first place (plus Jimmy Kimmel totally got the jump on him). The best thing Mr. Yankovic has always done is to take some decent pop tune, change a word or phrase, invent an entirely new premise for the tune, and make an inspired video to go along with it. He does that several times here; Green Day's "American Idiot" becomes the hockey-obsessed "Canadian Idiot," and "White & Nerdy" is a truly inspired take on Chamillionaire's "Ridin'." That song is breakneck-paced and so funny it's a disservice to quote from it at all. "Polkarama!" is a return to W.A.'s novelty roots: a handful of mildly dated hit songs (50 Cent to Modest Mouse!) delivered in straight-ahead, sped-up polka style. It's toe-tapping and sweet. Hopefully we'll not have to wait three years for another Weird Al record. --Mike McGonigal

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If Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, then Weird Al Yankovic must be the Court Jester. For the past 25 years, Weird Al has been simultaneously entertaining and annoying millions of music fans around the world. He's set to do it again with a new album later this month (Straight Outta Lynnwood).

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110 of 123 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This album by Weird Al Yankovic is very funny with clever, creative lyrics and solid musical arrangements. Whether Al is singing a parody of someone else's song (for example, "White And Nerdy" is a parody of "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire) or doing his own thing completely as in the song "Pancreas," Al always makes me laugh. I was never bored while listening to the CD side of this album; and with the "DualDisc" feature the videos and still photos on the DVD side of the disc were equally awesome and very well done.

I especially like "Pancreas;" the funny racial issues song called "White And Nerdy;" "Confessions Part III;" and "Don't Download This Song." The arrangement for "Polkarama," a really funny medley of songs by artists including The Black Eyed Peas, Pussycat Dolls and The Killers, is terrific. "Trapped In The Drive-Thru" is a pretty long song at almost ten minutes; but the musical arrangement and silly lyrics held my attention.

I agree with other reviewers who write that "Don't Download This Song" has that catchy, inspirational musical arrangement that also pokes fun at songs like "We Are The World." "Don't Download This Song" is strategically placed as the last song on the CD side of the album so the album ends with a song that's not just funny--the song packs a punch with its' arrangement and silly, over the top dramatic lyrics that really go after and lampoon "real life" ballads like "We Are The World."

The quality of the sound is excellent; and the liner notes provide full song lyrics, song credits and some great photos of Al and his band. Awesome!

The DVD side of the DualDisc is easy enough to figure out; one side of the disc is clearly marked "to play CD--this side up" and the other side is marked "to play DVD--this side up.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight Into Hilarity September 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
New Weird Al! Whoo! :)

As a long time Weird Al fan, I've been waiting for this album for years, and it's really good. It's not my favorite Al ("Running with Scissors" still holds a strong place in my heart), but there's a lot of really great stuff here. In order...

--The tracks that were previously released on Al's MySpace page are awesome...the CD opens with the Chamillionaire parody "White & Nerdy" and closes with the soon-to-be-classic "Don't Download This Song."

--"Pancreas," a musical tribute to that most comical of organs, didn't really impress me at first, but the more I've listened to it, the more I like it. There's some great musical invention here.

--The Green Day parody "Canadian Idiot" crams every Canada joke into 2 minutes that you can, and is very funny.

--"I'll Sue Ya" may be Al's most hard-rocking tune ever, with a surprisingly catchy baseline over some very funny lines about our lawsuit-happy culture. ("I sued Colorado because it looks a bit too much like Wyoming.")

--"Polkarama," the traditional polka medley, is, as always, more entertaining if you know the songs he's using, and as someone who doesn't listen to much modern pop music, it kinda went over my head. Anyone who does listen to modern pop wanna post their take?

--"Virus Alert" is a very fast-paced tribute to that most annoying of modern computer trends, and very entertaining. Musically, it almost feels like 80's pop, which is an unusual departure for Al.

--"Confessions Part III," an Usher parody, is hysterical, as Al confesses to everything from infidelity to hogging the last of the rice krispies, while noting how rediculous it is to break up your soul-exposures into episodes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I almost died laughing. June 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I listened to this album for the first time tonight. Eleven years ago tonight, a friend got us tickets to a Weird Al concert. While driving home from the concert, we had a car accident and he died. After the first verse of "I'll Sue Ya," I seriously wondered if I might die laughing and join him!

I'll go through track by track:
White and Nerdy: Funny, I've heard this before so it didn't seem as new, but as a computer programmer I got a lot of good laughs. And I do hand-code HTML4!
Pancreas: Another novelty artist named Mindless Drug Hoover released a song with the same name and a similar concept. I wondered if by some weird hand of Eris, Weird Al had done the same song, but nope! He did something even more insane, even tying in things like gravity.
Canadian Idiot: I don't listen to much pop music, so haven't heard the originals, but another fun song making fun of racism. Everyone bags on Canadians anyway. One note: Weird Al even parodies the war.
I'll Sue Ya: Okay, here we go, definitely a favorite song. As said, after the first verse I wondered if I would join my friend, and if I could even handle a second verse! I did leave Earthlink, because I became dissatisfied with their tech support, so that struck a chord. Everyone has had issues with Verizon. And don't even mention New Jersey! I see this listed as an original song, but it sounds like a song done in the style of Rage against the Machine. Perfect! I really enjoy it when he doesn't parody a song per se, but parodies a group or style. This has always brought out his creativity. Sadly, some of the ridiculous things he yells out have actually happened (a guy sued someone for breaking his ankle while robbing his place.) I love this song!
Polkarama: Another classic Polka tune.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not enough stars in the heavens...
To know him is to love him. Other musicians know they have made it when he fixes their lyrics. You go big Al.
Published 29 days ago by Carl Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird al yankovic fan
I enjoyed his greatest hits album. this one is a great one to get if you like his music .
Published 6 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird Al
sort of missed the boat on this one. Nowhere near as funny as earlier ventures like Running With Scissors, or almost any of his other stuff. Not at the same level. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Nick Pusloskie
1.0 out of 5 stars I love Weird Al but why the DualDisk format...and its not even...
I have nothing bad to say about the music and the content held within but I can't get to it (audio side). Sucks!

Sony Music is problem. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stephen Cramer
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not like Weird Al?
I liked this album a lot but I admit I purchased it for "Weasel Stomping Day". I really enjoyed the rest of the album as well. Nobody does parody like Weird Al!
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars collection
I've been listening to Weird Al off and on for years and love having it on hand for the laugh.
Published 18 months ago by Chris Brewster
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good album
There are some great songs here, but there are some mediocre ones, too. Worth having. I am liking it, but want a Greatest Hits next.
Published 18 months ago by Chris McDaniel
3.0 out of 5 stars copy protection
I had trouble exporting this into iTunes but was able to do it eventually using external USB DVD burner/reader by Sony and not the internal mac superdrive.
Published 19 months ago by Paul Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars It WAS the best Weird Al...
I have been a Weird Al fan since the 1980's, and my kids are now huge fans as well. My daughter and I went to the concert tour for this album, and frankly I think just about every... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jay Imerman
1.0 out of 5 stars beat up
the cd side barly worked took a lot of tries to get my computer to download it and the video side is to scratched up to play
Published on August 6, 2012 by i like rock music
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if al is reading this...
Weird Al is more likely to read a comment on one of his pages, at http://myspace.com/weirdal or http://weirdal.com

I'm sure he will eventually release the video, maybe even along with some other to-be-released ones from this album. (I'm guessing there will be more.)
Sep 29, 2006 by Erik Olson |  See all 5 posts
Track list
It looks like this info was found on the Sony Music Store site, so I'd guess it's official. Looks like it's gonna be a fantastic album! (Except, I kinda like Canadians, so I hope he's not too hard on them with his Green Day parody!)
Sep 5, 2006 by Tom |  See all 8 posts
DRM
There actually isn't any DRM on the disc. You're just experiencing incompatibilities with the DualDisc format and your drives.
Oct 1, 2006 by Eli Young |  See all 7 posts
Preview to White and Nerdy
really?? bummer!! when i saw that vid on vspot, i was laughing so hard i was crying!!! i've been a fan of weird al ever since the eat it and like a surgeon days...i picked up my copy here on amazon, but i might get another cuz i can't wait for it!!! i hear the whole cd is hilarious!
Sep 26, 2006 by sunset*gal |  See all 2 posts
WTF?
Yet another reason not to give the RIAA your money.

On a side note, find a friend who uses linux. You can rip the disk on a linux machine because the OS isn't trying to stop you from doing so.
Oct 6, 2006 by B. Roach |  See all 4 posts
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