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Bad Hair Day

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This CD serves up a mix of parodies and a batch of Yankovic originals. Weird Al's setting of Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" in Amish country is inspired. What better way to send up the swaggering ways of hip-hop and contemporary R&B than to transpose them to this humble, traditionalist world? Yankovic turns U2's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" into a song about an unpleasant visit to the dentist's office. Here drills, not deep feelings, cause screams. "The Alternative Polka," a medley of eleven mid-'90s alternative hits, drains the songs of any cool factor in five minutes flat. Listening to send-ups is like hearing two songs at once; the gap in tone cracks you up. It's fun to hear Weird Al deflate the cool attitudes, grandeur, and emotionalism of pop hits. Yankovic's generic originals, despite some funny ideas and lines, have limited appeal. --Fred Cisterna
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000I02K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What an excellent Al-bum! I have had it for about 5 years, and it is still one of my favorites. Look and see:

1. Amish Paradise: 5/5 Like "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi," Weird Al satirizes religion and religious beliefs in a humorous and respectful way.
2. Everything You Know Is Wrong: 4/5 Gotta love it!
3. Cavity Search: 2/5 This track just didn't work for me.
4. Calling in Sick: 4/5 Enjoyable.
5. The Alternative Polka: 4/5 We've come to expect a polka per album, and this is a fairly good one.
6. Since You've Been Gone: 5/5 "I feel like chewing on tinfoil."
7. Gump: 5/5 Summarizes the whole tale of "Forrest Gump" in a few minutes. Remined me of "The Saga Begins."
8. I'm So Sick of You: 4/5 Funny, yet gross. "I don't know many females who have habits of biting their toenails."
9. Syndicated Inc. 2/5 I get it, it's just not funny.
10. I remember Larry: 4/5 Weird Al as a psycho. Hilarious.
11. Phone Calls: 5/5 The best part was the Moe-Bart "Simpsons" sound bite.
12. The Night Santa Went Crazy: 5/5 Like he so oftenly does, Al has saved the best for last.

So that's 50/60, but I'm giving it a 5 for songs like "Amish Paridise" and "The Night Santa Went Crazy." This album seems to be more than the sum of its parts. I cannot wait for "Poodle Hat," which hits stores May 20th. Thank you for taking the time to read my review and feel free to leave me a helpful/not helpful feedback.
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The continuing second wind streak of Weird Al Yankovic continues with Bad Hair Day, and you'll have a good funny bone day listening to this album.
"Amish Paradise" is a send-up of Coolio's "Gangsta Paradise" and the lyrics are on Amish life and attitudes of hard work, devotion to the Bible, pacifism, churning butter, and selling quilts to a humorous twist: "But if I finish all of my chores and you finish thine/then tonight we're gonna party like it's 1699." And on a boy who kicks him in the rear, he says "I just smiled at him and turned the other cheek/I really don't care, in fact I wish him well/'cause I'll be laughing my head off, when he's burning in hell." My head came off after that line. A great opener for the album.
"Everything You Know Is Wrong" is a crazy nonsense tune on weird happenings and dreams, such as being abducted into another dimension by Jamie Farr-like aliens. "Black is white, up is down, and short is long/and everything you thought was just so important doesn't matter." Very Marx Brothers chaotic.
No, "Cavity Song" is not about those airport searches by customs inspectors or cops. This parody of U2's "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me". It's Al's observations at a dentists, with the outdated magazines, and dental treatment. However, the piercing sound of the dental drill is a bit disconcerting, send-up or not. And why not use "Numb me, drill me, floss me, bill me" for a title instead of "Cavity Search?" Oh well.
"Callin' In Sick" is a Nirvana-type song, kind of like "Lithium", and on the different things we can do by calling in sick and having that needed day off. "I could sit all day in my underwear watching 'Ernest Goes To Camp'/I could sit and count my hair/I could burp my Tupperware" Yeah, really useful.
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I will start by saying that before Running With Scissors came out in 1999, this was �Weird Al� Yankovic�s best album. It has everything you�d ever want in a �Weird Al� recording, plus a little bit more; i.e. controversy. Remember Coolio claiming he didn�t give Al permission to parody his one-hit wonderful �Gangsta�s Paradise�? Huh. I find it hard to believe that Al would just go ahead and do it anyway (he�s not that kind of guy), but that�s neither here nor there, really. What�s done is done, and in that you have one of the most surprising popularities to come out of 1996. Along with the controversial �Amish Paradise� you get a number more parodies and even some great originals that often go overlooked. Here�s an overview:
1. Amish Paradise - 5/5 - arguably Al�s best parody to date. I have always wondered what the Amish think of this, and if they know it�s not intended to hurt anyone. Anyway it�s a classic parody with endless laughs.
2. Everything You Know Is Wrong - 4/5 - an eminent original with a chorus that becomes embedded in your mind for days on end. Fast-paced with excerpts including anything from a rabid wolverine to Colonel Sanders.
3. Cavity Search - 5/5 - anyone who�s ever been to the dentist can appreciate this one. Takes U2�s �Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me� and replaces it (fittingly) with �numb me / drill me / floss me / bill me�. A definite hidden gem.
4. Callin� In Sick - 4/5 - again, there�s got to be millions who can relate to the basis here. On a day off, you may not do the same things as Al (watch �Ernest Goes To Camp� or count your hair), but you can laugh at the song.
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A Kid's Review on August 16, 2001
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WOW! What an awesome cd! I just bought this the other day and I also have five others but this I think is the best!! I tell you what I think of the songs. Amish Paradise= HAHAHAHA! The best on the album! Love the lyrics! "A local boy kicked me in the butt last week" Hilarious! Everything you know is wrong= One of al's best oringonal. It is a song about about apsoloutly nothing. Al just rambles on about anything funny. This is so funny! Cavity Search= I think weird al was mostly parodying U2 not the song. U2 has a annoying sound to there lyrics. Weird al takes this and makes it more annoying. It's ok. Callin in sick today= Pretty fuinny, but the only reason I listen to it is for the number 27 at the beginning! Alternative polka= Al could do a little better on this polka Since you been gone= FUNNY!! I love the ending! Also listen to al (It might be the band) in the back going doo wop doo bee da doo wop. It is so funny!! Gump= Parody of lump. It is THE BEST! IT HAS THE BEST BEAT ON THE WHOLE CD!!!! It is a great song!! I'm so sick of you= Good song. Your in for some giggles. Syndicated inc.= It's ok.. I guess. I remember larry= I love this song!! Just hope larry dosn't escape from that bag and come to this town!! Phony Calls= EXELLENT! This is a great song! It is well put together. The night santa went crazy= Funny! Al's second best origonal! A little gory.But it is funny gore!
That is all! Overall it's his best cd yet! Runnin with scissors is also pretty good. But nothin compares to bad hair day!
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