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Running With Scissors

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Weird Al Yankovic ~ Running With Scissors

The king of pop parodies returns with another zany collection of tunes that poke fun at pop culture. There are a handful of undeniably funny moments--notably "The Saga Begins," which pairs the tune to Don McLean's horrendously sentimental "American Pie" with the plot to the first Star Wars prequel, and a fun, nonstop-dancing polka medley of late-'90s hits that starts with the Spice Girls and ends with Semisonic. Overall, Running with Scissors is well-executed and actually humorous, but the material is a day late and a dollar short. "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" is funny once, maybe, but the majority of the disc consists of tepid takes on yesterday's news; the best jokes are devoted to Jerry Springer, Eddie Vedder, the Swing craze, and this place called Silicon Valley where they make computers. Why didn't someone tell Weird Al that a parody of Nine Inch Nails' lifeless industrial pop would have already sounded dated in 1995? It must be hard to stay on top of all the current trends and parody them as they happen, but that is something that Weird Al has done in the past, and perhaps will do again. --Mike McGonigal
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  • Audio CD (June 29, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: June 29, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000JH89
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (470 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Johnny Heering on June 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is another typically solid album by "Weird Al". Shall I go through the whole album?

1. "The Saga Begins" is a hilarious parody of "American Pie", with the lyrics being the plot to Star Wars - Episode I.
2. "My Baby's in Love With Eddie Vedder" is a zydeco style original.
3. "Pretty Fly For a Rabbi" parodies "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)".
4. "The Weird Al Show Theme" is the theme from Al's short-lived kids show. This is a re-recording, not the version used on the actual show.
5. "Jerry Springer" parodies "One Week", in crude but funny fashion.
6. "Germs" is an original song done in the style of Nine Inch Nails.
7. "Polka Power!" is the requisite medley of recent hits done polka style.
8. "Your Horoscope For Today" is a very funny original, mocking the silliness of astrology.
9. "It's All About the Pentiums" is a funny parody of "It's All About the Benjamins", although you have to know a bit about computers to get it.
10. "Truck Driving Song" is a country original, probably the least funny song on the album.
11. "Grapefruit Diet" parodies "Zoot Suit Riot", it's a typical Al song about food.
12. "Albuquerque" is the strangest thing Al ever recorded. It's an eleven minute "shaggy dog story". Very bizarre and very funny.

"Weird Al" fans should love this album. Everyone else will probably find at least some of it funny.
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This CD is great, no doubt worth buying. Although the disc doesn't say this, it is an enhanced CD, which means that if you put it in to your computer's (Mac or Windows) CD-Rom drive, it will be capable of playing some video clips. This disc is loaded with a 14:34 minute film, which is immensely entertaining; too bad you can't play it as a VCD in your DVD player. Funny stuff.

As for the album itself:

1. The Saga Begins 5/5 It tells the whole story of Star Wars: Episode One in five and a half minutes.

2. My Baby's in love with Eddie Vedder 3/5 Pretty funny.

3. Pretty Fly For A Rabbi 5/5 Weird Al shows that he knows how to make fun of religion, yet not be offensive or rude. Very nicely crafted.

4. The Weird Al show theme 5/5 During a low point in his career after UHF, Weird Al had his own childrens show on CBS (DVD?). This is the slightly-over-a-minute theme.

5. Jerry Springer: 5/5 All you'll ever know, and all you'll ever need to know about Jerry Springer, plus a Parody of "One Week."

6. Germs 3/5 Good the first time song about a guy obsessed with germs.

7. Polka Power! 4/5 Ups and downs.

8. Your Horoscope For Today: 5/5 What horoscopes SHOULD say.

9. It's All About the Pentiums: 5/5 "Play me online, weel you'll know that I'll beat you. If I ever meat you, I'll control-alt-delete you."

10. Truck Driving Song: 3/5 Some funny stuff.

11. Grapefruit Diet: 4/5 "Who's that waddling down the street? That's just me cause I love to eat."

12. Albuquerque: 5/5 Eleven and a half minutes of hilarity in which the ending is so roundabout and funny that you'll be thinking about it for a while. And for the last time, he hates sauerkraut.
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Weird Al Yankovic, the King of Parody, strikes gold with "Running With Scissors," arguably his best album yet, and highlighted by the single best song he's ever done, "The Saga Begins." To the tune of Don McLean's "American Pie," "Saga" captures the story of "Star Wars, Episode I, The Phantom Menace" to perfection; it's all there, and it's brilliant. Pearl Jam fans especially will get a kick out of "My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder," but even those not familiar with them will get the drift, and it's hilarious. Then there's a foray into the world of high-tech, computers and the internet in "It's All About The Pentiums," with a great line, "What kinda chip you got in there, a dorito?" Also included in the twelve cuts is the obligatory polka piece, "Polka Power!" And yes, there's one about food, "Grapefruit Diet." Country fans get a taste with"Truck Drivin' Song," and television talk show host "Jerry Springer" gets the treatment in a song about a guy addicted to the show. This is one funny album from beginning to end, and I highly recommend it to anyone just looking for a good time and plenty of laughs.
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In the era of late 90's punk and the proliferation of boy bands ad nauseum, Weird Al still proves he can do a good send-up, even though it took three years for a followup to 1996's Bad Hair Day. Running With Scissors is another ace album, and it contains all the hallmarks of a Weird Al album-a polka, send-up of popular songs, humorous originals spoofing genres, and a long epic song a la "Biggest Ball of Twine" from UHF.
Like he used Richard Harris' "MacArthur Park" for the "Jurassic Park" story song, Al uses Don MacLean's "American Pie" to do a story song for Star Wars Episode I, where Al is in the persona of Obi-Wan. I cared not a whit for SWE1, but at least Al was able to use his usual creativity on it.
"My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder" is a 50's style rocker done with accordion, and is about the qualities about the lead singer of Pearl Jam that attracts Al's girlfriend, in other words "an unrequited adoration for the frustrated, agitated, designated alienated spokesman for the disaffected grunge generation." There is a punchline to this song on how Al decides to get even.
"Just grab your yarmulke and Hey! Hey! do that Hebrew thing" sings Al in "Pretty Fly For A Rabbi," a parody of the Offspring's "Pretty Fly For A White Guy." This song is a portrait of an up-with-it Jewish guy, who "reads the Torah, does his own accounting too." Lots of Yiddish words and expressions like "meshugga" and "What's not to like?" are sprinkled here to add to the fun.
The quirky "The Weird Al Show Theme" is how Al got his own show and features a weird twangy Jew's harp like instrument before going full out to a theme song-like bombast towards the end.
Another song on how TV clogs the IQ?
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