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on June 1, 2014
WEIRD AL YANKOVIC-THE ESSENTIAL WEIRD AL YANKOVIC: No relation to polka king FRANK YANKOVIC, pop's supreme parody practitioner WEIRD AL, who got his start by sending homemade tapes into DR. DEMENTO's radio program, has enjoyed a career that's lasted longer than most bona fide rock stars. Disc one of ESSENTIAL is the real keeper, covering his outrageous eighties/nineties hey day, including gate crashing cult classic ANOTHER ONE RIDES THE BUS, the gluttonous MICHAEL JACKSON retreads EAT IT and FAT, plus hilarious grunge slam SMELLS LIKE NIRVANA. What ISN'T funny is how many faves are inexplicably missing here...knuke the KNACK tribute MY BOLOGNA, the DESI ARNAZ-channeled RICKY, GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE LUNCH, LIVING WITH A HERNIA...especially considering there's over three dozen selections. On the second platter, the irrepressible, irreverent accordion mangler reboots everything from rap to ebay; a little of this stuff can go a long way, but for WEIRD AL fans (you know who you are), ESSENTIAL unleashes a double dose of unapologetic, junior high school level insanity as only the master can bring it.
RATING: THREE POODLE HATS