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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: 38 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000HZYJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 3, 2003
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On his first four albums "Weird Al" Yankovic fell into something of a rut. Perhaps it was the demands of putting out one album a year for four straight years, but when the best song on a "Weird Al" album is the polka medley, that is not a good sign. So after skipping a year Yankovic made his first "comeback" in 1988 with "Even Worse." There were those who thought it was dangerous for "Weird Al" to go back to another parody of Michael Jackson again after the success of "Eat It," but funny is funny and that is the bottom line in the musical satire business. With "Even Worse" Yankovic adds the movie cover parody to his repertoire, proving that if a curly haired guy wearing classes and a thin mustache dresses up with the King of Pop it is going to get a laugh. Of course, "Even Worse" plays well off of "Bad" as a title as well and this is one of those albums where a lot of sales can be traced to the successful music video.
"Even Worse" was the best "Weird Al" album to date. After his self-title debut album Yankovic put together his own band and while the accordion still announced its presence with authority (e.g., "Lasagna"), a key element in his musical satires was that the music sounded as good as the original; only the words had been changed, to humorous effect. With this fifth album the key lesson "Weird Al" learned was that he did not have to look at the current Billboard charts for this targets.
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I remember playing some Weird Al for my friends at college. We had just finished listening to one tape (yes, cassette) and they were surprised how much they liked it and wanted to hear more. "Well," I said, "I only brought one other with me, and it's Even Worse". When they realized I was referring to the title, everyone bust out laughing. Funny how juxtaposition can be hilarious.
Of course, that's what makes great parodies, such as turning the latin sounds of "La Bamba" into the Italian "Lasagna". Or even better, "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long", whose repetitive lyrics about how hard it is to actually write a song joyfully deflates its inspiration "(Got My Heart) Set on You".
The original songs are fun as well. A song about a "Velvet Elvis" is odd enough, but to set it to music remniscent of The Police? And I know I'm probably in the minority, but "You Make Me" is so offbeat I have to love it ("When I'm with you I don't know whether I should study neurosurgery or go and see the Care Bears movie"). My only complaint is that there's no polka medley!
If you're not too sure about this whole "Al thing", give this album a listening, it doesn't have any major hits, but it'll give you a good feel for the man. If you're an Al fan, you've already got this one. Right?
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I had a totally worn out the cassette of this album years ago and when I saw it in the Amazon $5 album sale, SOLD to me!
While the title track "FAT" is good, I personally like the tracks "Good Old Days" and "I Think I'm A Clone Now" a bit better. But, it is from Weird Al in the 80s heyday, can't go wrong! This is a worthwhile purchase for Weird Al fans.
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Yes, still continuing my journey of listening to and acquiring all of "Weird Al" Yankovic's albums... which now brings us to his fifth studio album. After hitting something of a slump with "Polka Party," Al took a year off from recording albums, which was probably a much-needed break seeing as putting out an album per year has to be exhausting for any artist, and especially for a parody artist who has to keep his music current with the times. And perhaps memories of "Polka Party" were still fresh in his mind when he put this album together, since he named it "Even Worse," as if to hint that he suspected his career was starting to tank. Or he was just directly parodying Michael Jackson's "Bad" in more ways than one -- in addition to parodying the song itself on this album, his outfit and pose directly mirror Michael Jackson's on the cover of "Bad," the album is styled almost identically, and "Even Worse" is probably his attempt to one-up "Bad" in his own bizarre way.

Quite contrary to the title, "Even Worse" was a return to form for Al, and helped establish him as a master of his game. Not all the songs are keepers, but there are plenty of great songs on this album, and it's a definite step up from "Polka Party."

The most famous track from this album would have to be "Fat," the aforementioned parody of "Bad." Taking Michael Jackson's song about the rough life on the streets, Al turns it into an obese guy bragging about his size, and somehow makes it both a perfect fit to the original tune and wildly hilarious.
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