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Weird Al Yankovic - Greatest Hits, Volume 1

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Favorite topics on this collection of Weird Al classics include food and medical problems. Superstar Michael Jackson gets sent up twice: "Bad" is transformed into "Fat" and "Beat It" becomes "Eat It," a hit in its own right. Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" is turned into a paean to potatoes, "Addicted to Spuds." And Los Lobos' version of the durable "La Bamba" is reconfigured into "Lasagna." Madonna's "Like a Virgin" becomes a song about a different kind of beginner on "Like a Surgeon," while James Brown's "Living in America" is parodied on "Living with a Hernia." If you want to take a funhouse mirror trip back to the 1980s, Greatest Hits is a good way to do it. Produced by rock & roll veteran Rick Derringer, who rocked out with Johnny and Edgar Winter and produced Meatloaf and Kiss. --Fred Cisterna
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 12, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Volcano
  • ASIN: B00000I012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Growing up hearing the tunes "Amish Paradise" and others from Bad Hair Day, I figured it would be worthwhile to look into `Weird Al' Yankovic's earlier work. And no CD title gives the impression of worthwhile better than Greatest Hits. So with that in mind, I picked up this album hoping to catch up on the 13-something years I'd missed out on. And although every single song here is a classic, I was heartbroken (choice word) not to find "My Bologna" or "Another One Rides The Bus" in the track listing. Was "My Bologna" not the song that got Dr. Demento interested in this guy? And with just ten songs I couldn't believe they excluded them. Whatever the case may be, this is still an advisable purchase if you're looking for Al in the `80s in a (small) nutshell. An overview...
1. Fat - 5/5 - classic parody of Michael Jackson's "Bad". Since every song here contains numerous great lines--that being the reason you'd buy this--from here on out I'll just list a highlight part of each song. Highlight quote: `when I walk out to get the mail / it measures on the Richter scale' (in the background).
2. Eat - 5/5 - more Michael Jackson ("Beat It"). Highlight quote: `...if it's getting cold, reheat it!'.
3. Like A Surgeon - 5/5 - I actually heard Madonna gave Al the idea for this song. That, in itself, is hilarious. Highlight quote: there's few, but listen closely at the end to hear the fadeout of that heartbeat thingy. Priceless.
4. Ricky - 3/5 - almost as annoying as the original (sadly). I can't really think of a highlight quote; the endless shouts of `oh Ricky / you're so fine' outweigh everything else.
5. Addicted To Spuds - 3.5/5 - decent parody of "Addicted To Love". Highlight quote: `...I can't deny they've got a-peel'.
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Weird Al's "Greatest Hits, Volume 1" lives up to its name. A collection of admittedly can't-listen-to-them-too-often hits, what you have here are some of the best examples of parody songs you'll find anywhere. A send-up of Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" ("Addicted to Spuds") and the original song "One More Minute" are gloom-busters of the best kind. Also included are hilarious takes on Madonna's "Like A Virgin," and Michael Jackson's "Bad" and "Beat It."

"One More Minute" is as dead-on a spoof of 50's angst/love songs as you'll ever find, right down to the sob in Al's voice. True, you can't listen to albums like this too often or they wear on you, but try taking it off the shelf every once in a while for a listen. It's almost guaranteed to brighten your day.
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The problem with these "Weird Al" Yankovic hit collections is that they are almost always better than his original albums ("Running With Scissors" would be the exception that proves the rule), and there are enough of them (especially if you count the "theme" collections) to make you forget about picking up those original albums and just wait for the next hits collection to come out. "Greatest Hits, Volume 1," as the title subtly points out, would be the first of these collections, bringing together ten of his better efforts from the early years (what historians would call the 1980s), stretching all the way back to the basic accordion days of "Ricky" to the big band sound of "Fat." These were the simple times, when obviously the idea was to make enough money to put food on the table, because that was Yankovic's main topic (e.g., "Eat It," "Addicted to Spuds," "Lasagna"). The Michael Jackson and Madonna parodies might have gotten the most press but I like "I Lost on Jeopardy" and the way "Weird Al" worked in all of the different types of hernias into "Living With a Hernia."
Yes, it is easy to quibble with the selections. You get the point of "Lasagna" one line into the song and I would have gone with either "By Bologna" or "I Love Rocky Road" or "The Theme From Rocky VIII," and why are we missing one of those great polka medleys? (Did I mention it would be easy to quibble with the selections?). Fortunately this album only offers up two of Yankovic's original compositions, the tolerable "Dare To Be Stupid" and his only real winner from that decade, "One More Minute." The best news is that the next hits collection from "Weird Al" is even better than this one.
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"One More Minute" is one of my all time favorites. So is "I Lost In Jeopardy." Gosh, these songs just make me laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh. It is so fun listening to this music.
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This album is mainly a showcase for Al's talent. Eat It is the best song he has sung and Dare To Be Stupid is his best original. Except for Addicted to Spuds, all of these songs are perfect choices for this album.
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This CD puts many of Al's greatest songs from the first 5 years of his career into one collection. It's really great to realize how many awesome songs Al was able to put out in his early career. All of the song will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. This CD is good for someone who doesn't have the early albums, or someone who just wants to complete their collections.
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