The Essential Weird Al Yankovic 3.0
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Two or three years later, a random thought of him made me decide to listen to some samples on iTunes. I sampled "Smells Like Nirvana", previously mentioned, and was EXPLODING with laughter, partly to the fact that it pokes fun at Kurt Cobain's "unintelligible" lyrics to almost EVERY song he wrote. I knew I was hooked instantly (mostly to the fact I like comedy, such as Jeff Dunham's), and went ahead and bought this. I was more than just laughing.
I was EXPLODING WITH IT!
One thing I like about this compilation is that he can parody almost any song, and still have room for originals. Also, most of the lyrics to his songs actually MATCH the title. And getting the original guys from "Ridin'" to sing on "White & Nerdy", and rapping so fast, you almost need lyrics... or is that actually HIM singing in the chorus?
You can listen to this album 100+ times and STILL enjoy it. Yeah, sure, laughing may wear off in time, but it is STILL pretty darn funny even if it gets old.
The opening track, "Another One Rides the Bus", his very first song, got me laughing pretty good, especially when he says "There's a suitcase poking me in the rib/There's an elbow in my ear". This is definitely a favorite of mine. (In case I need to explain, it pokes fun at Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust".)
The song "Fat" (poking fun at Michael Jackson's "Bad", who even shot the video for the parody), takes obesity to extremes, with lines like "At the movies/I take up seven rows" and "When you're having seconds/I'm having twenty-thirds", but keeps it leveled and funny.
"Smells Like Nirvana" (mentioned earlier) pokes fun at Kurt Cobain and the lyrics he writes that aren't the understandable type. (Didn't I mention that earlier?) My favorite part of the song is when he gargles as the first part of the "solo".
"Amish Paradise" is one of my favorites. It's funny, but with respect to the Amish. My favorite line: "A local boy kicked me in the butt last week/I just smiled at him, and I 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."
"White & Nerdy", perhaps an all-time favorite, finds himself rapping so fast, you can't understand half the lyrics. (From what I got out of it, I remember "I can sure kick your butt in a game of Ping-Pong", "I got my name written on my underwear", "You see me roll on my segue", something about being "whiter than sour cream", and a few more verses.)
"Albuquerque" is almost 11 1/2 minutes long; be prepared for commentary on being force-fed sauerkraut, a plane crash, a box of one dozen starved crazed weasels, a woman named Zelda, and a job at the Sizzler.
The song "Canadian Idiot" parodies Green Day's "American Idiot" while seeming to keep the original music and voice pitch the same. Definitely a favorite.
"Bedrock Anthem" is a Flinstone-era song and definitely has the riff and voice pitch of the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Give It Away Now". "Yabba-Dabba-Yabba-Dabba-Dabba-Doo Now!" (That about says how I enjoy it.)
"E-Bay" (originally "I Want It That Way", by the Backstreet Boys) probably isn't the funniest Weird Al song I love, but it's still enjoyable ("Tell me why I need another pet rock" and "I'll buy a slightly damaged golf bag" are my favorite lines).
I will mention one more, since you might be getting bored with reading this review: "I'll Sue Ya", which shows Weird Al's metal side. I simply love the fact that he says he's going to sue various companies for stupid but hilarious reasons. Favorite lines: "I sued Duracell, 'cause they didn't tell me not to shove that double-A right up my nose"; "I sued Fruit of the Loom, 'cause when I wear those tighty-whities on my head, I look like a jerk!"; and "I sued Taco Bell, 'cause I ate half a million chillupas, and I got fat!" (Can someone please explain the "Ben Affleck" one to me?)
Bottom line: If you asked me who is the best comedian, I'll say, "Weird Al Yankovic. Try it out; you'll laugh.
Those unfamiliar with his earliest recordings may be surprised by their low technical quality. Al started out playing a solo accordion in low tech recording environment. Many found out about him from the syndicated "Dr. Demento" radio show in the 1970s. After acquiring a full band his music was much more technically proficient. Purchasers can see the evolution of a one-man accordion parody song writer to a full band with solid playing ability doing song parodies.
But life is to short not to laugh, and we ALL really need a laugh right now..so dare to be stupid, and have a smile.