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Straight Outta Lynwood Dual Disc

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If Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, then Weird Al Yankovic must be the Court Jester. For the past 25 years, Weird Al has been simultaneously entertaining and annoying millions of music fans around the world. He's set to do it again with a new album later this month (Straight Outta Lynnwood).

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All hail the return of novelty music's reigning king! Straight Outta Lynwood easily bests 2003's Poodle Hat and shows that Yankovic does know what he does best. Part of the secret to Weird Al's success is that he's never been very weird at all, and very rarely are his satires in any way "biting"--or even satires, really. The 11-minute parody of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" is funny at least for the first listen, but it's hard to ridicule something so largely ridiculous in the first place (plus Jimmy Kimmel totally got the jump on him). The best thing Mr. Yankovic has always done is to take some decent pop tune, change a word or phrase, invent an entirely new premise for the tune, and make an inspired video to go along with it. He does that several times here; Green Day's "American Idiot" becomes the hockey-obsessed "Canadian Idiot," and "White & Nerdy" is a truly inspired take on Chamillionaire's "Ridin'." That song is breakneck-paced and so funny it's a disservice to quote from it at all. "Polkarama!" is a return to W.A.'s novelty roots: a handful of mildly dated hit songs (50 Cent to Modest Mouse!) delivered in straight-ahead, sped-up polka style. It's toe-tapping and sweet. Hopefully we'll not have to wait three years for another Weird Al record. --Mike McGonigal

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. White & Nerdy (Parody of "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone)
  2. Pancreas
  3. Canadian Idiot (Parody of "American Idiot" by Green Day)
  4. I'll Sue Ya
  5. Polkarama!
  6. Virus Alert
  7. Confessions Pt. III (Parody of "Confessions Pt. II" by Usher)
  8. Weasel Stomping Day
  9. Close But No Cigar
  10. Do I Creep You Out (Parody of "Do I Make You Proud" by Taylor Hicks)
  11. Trapped In the Drive-Thru (Parody of "Trapped In The Closet" by R. Kelly)
  12. Don't Download This Song

Disc: 2

  1. White & Nerdy (Parody of "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone)
  2. Pancreas
  3. Canadian Idiot (Parody of "American Idiot" by Green Day)
  4. I'll Sue Ya
  5. Polkarama!
  6. Virus Alert
  7. Confessions Part III (Parody of "Confessions Part II" by Usher)
  8. Weasel Stomping Day
  9. Close But No Cigar
  10. Do I Creep You Out (Parody of "Do I Make You Proud" by Taylor Hicks)
  11. Trapped In The Drive-Thru (Parody of "Trapped In The Closet" by R. Kelly)
  12. Don't Download This Song
  13. White & Nerdy (Parody of "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone)
  14. Pancreas
  15. Canadian Idiot (Parody of "American Idiot" by Green Day)
  16. I'll Sue Ya
  17. Polkarama!
  18. Virus Alert
  19. Confessions Part III (Parody of "Confessions Part II" by Usher)
  20. Weasel Stomping Day
  21. Close But No Cigar
  22. Do I Creep You Out (Parody of "Do I Make You Proud" by Taylor Hicks)
  23. Trapped In The Drive-Thru (Parody of "Trapped In The Closet" by R. Kelly)
  24. Don't Download This Song
  25. Pancreas
  26. I'll Sue Ya
  27. Virus Alert
  28. Weasel Stomping Day
  29. Close But No Cigar
  30. Don't Download This Song
  31. Behind The Scenes Featurette "Making Of Straight Outta Lynwood"


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Dual Disc
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 209 minutes
  • ASIN: B000H9HWSM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album by Weird Al Yankovic is very funny with clever, creative lyrics and solid musical arrangements. Whether Al is singing a parody of someone else's song (for example, "White And Nerdy" is a parody of "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire) or doing his own thing completely as in the song "Pancreas," Al always makes me laugh. I was never bored while listening to the CD side of this album; and with the "DualDisc" feature the videos and still photos on the DVD side of the disc were equally awesome and very well done.

I especially like "Pancreas;" the funny racial issues song called "White And Nerdy;" "Confessions Part III;" and "Don't Download This Song." The arrangement for "Polkarama," a really funny medley of songs by artists including The Black Eyed Peas, Pussycat Dolls and The Killers, is terrific. "Trapped In The Drive-Thru" is a pretty long song at almost ten minutes; but the musical arrangement and silly lyrics held my attention.

I agree with other reviewers who write that "Don't Download This Song" has that catchy, inspirational musical arrangement that also pokes fun at songs like "We Are The World." "Don't Download This Song" is strategically placed as the last song on the CD side of the album so the album ends with a song that's not just funny--the song packs a punch with its' arrangement and silly, over the top dramatic lyrics that really go after and lampoon "real life" ballads like "We Are The World."

The quality of the sound is excellent; and the liner notes provide full song lyrics, song credits and some great photos of Al and his band. Awesome!

The DVD side of the DualDisc is easy enough to figure out; one side of the disc is clearly marked "to play CD--this side up" and the other side is marked "to play DVD--this side up.
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New Weird Al! Whoo! :)

As a long time Weird Al fan, I've been waiting for this album for years, and it's really good. It's not my favorite Al ("Running with Scissors" still holds a strong place in my heart), but there's a lot of really great stuff here. In order...

--The tracks that were previously released on Al's MySpace page are awesome...the CD opens with the Chamillionaire parody "White & Nerdy" and closes with the soon-to-be-classic "Don't Download This Song."

--"Pancreas," a musical tribute to that most comical of organs, didn't really impress me at first, but the more I've listened to it, the more I like it. There's some great musical invention here.

--The Green Day parody "Canadian Idiot" crams every Canada joke into 2 minutes that you can, and is very funny.

--"I'll Sue Ya" may be Al's most hard-rocking tune ever, with a surprisingly catchy baseline over some very funny lines about our lawsuit-happy culture. ("I sued Colorado because it looks a bit too much like Wyoming.")

--"Polkarama," the traditional polka medley, is, as always, more entertaining if you know the songs he's using, and as someone who doesn't listen to much modern pop music, it kinda went over my head. Anyone who does listen to modern pop wanna post their take?

--"Virus Alert" is a very fast-paced tribute to that most annoying of modern computer trends, and very entertaining. Musically, it almost feels like 80's pop, which is an unusual departure for Al.

--"Confessions Part III," an Usher parody, is hysterical, as Al confesses to everything from infidelity to hogging the last of the rice krispies, while noting how rediculous it is to break up your soul-exposures into episodes.
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I listened to this album for the first time tonight. Eleven years ago tonight, a friend got us tickets to a Weird Al concert. While driving home from the concert, we had a car accident and he died. After the first verse of "I'll Sue Ya," I seriously wondered if I might die laughing and join him!

I'll go through track by track:
White and Nerdy: Funny, I've heard this before so it didn't seem as new, but as a computer programmer I got a lot of good laughs. And I do hand-code HTML4!
Pancreas: Another novelty artist named Mindless Drug Hoover released a song with the same name and a similar concept. I wondered if by some weird hand of Eris, Weird Al had done the same song, but nope! He did something even more insane, even tying in things like gravity.
Canadian Idiot: I don't listen to much pop music, so haven't heard the originals, but another fun song making fun of racism. Everyone bags on Canadians anyway. One note: Weird Al even parodies the war.
I'll Sue Ya: Okay, here we go, definitely a favorite song. As said, after the first verse I wondered if I would join my friend, and if I could even handle a second verse! I did leave Earthlink, because I became dissatisfied with their tech support, so that struck a chord. Everyone has had issues with Verizon. And don't even mention New Jersey! I see this listed as an original song, but it sounds like a song done in the style of Rage against the Machine. Perfect! I really enjoy it when he doesn't parody a song per se, but parodies a group or style. This has always brought out his creativity. Sadly, some of the ridiculous things he yells out have actually happened (a guy sued someone for breaking his ankle while robbing his place.) I love this song!
Polkarama: Another classic Polka tune.
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