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Weird Al Yankovic

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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: 32 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000HZY9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on November 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
On Weird Al's first album, his send-ups do not duplicate the instrumentation of the originals, but rather rely on his accordion and some silly rude noise sounds. However, he does skewer pop culture icons and celebrities, and he does sing about food a lot, as seen by two song parodies here. No, this is one of two studio albums where there are no polka medleys, Even Worse being the other one. What's also noticeable and good about his albums is that as a satirist, he's in tune with what's going on and anyone listening to his albums will think, "Oh yeah, I remember that happening." or "Gosh, that's when this happened?" and link Weird Al's album to celebrity or other events in America and elsewhere.
"Ricky," a parody of Toni Basil's cheerleader number "Mickey," is Al's take on I Love Lucy, a conversation between Lucy and Ricky. The voice of Lucy is by Tress MacNeille, a scratchy Cyndi Lauper meets Donald Duck, and adds to the humorous quality here. She even sings "Oh Ricky, what a pity, don't you understand. that everyday's a rerun and the laughter's always canned." Al of course sings Ricky's lines.
"Gotta Boogie" is a dance floor burner which has hand claps and accordion, and after repeating the title several times, he says in full, "Gotta boogie on my finger and I can't shake it off." Of this problematic object, he says "I can't take it off, I can't flick it off, I sure ain't gonna lick it off."
The next song parody features an accordion and with silly lip music playing throughout, and it's about Weird Al's favourite flavor of ice cream.
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Weird Al's self-titled first album carries a lot of memories for me--not just for the pop songs he lampoons with wacky abandon, but also because I remember how much people loved his work so quickly after he started. I saw the video for 'Ricky' (tune of Toni Basil's "Oh Mickey") on TV and loved it--using I Love Lucy to do a spoof within a parody, and doing it so well, was just brilliant. Little did I know that Tress MacNeille was the Lucille Ball to Al's Ricky Ricardo. I heard 'Another One Rides the Bus' (Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust") on WNBC radio almost daily. And while there were other hits that make this album fun to listen to, it still wouldn't be fair to compare it with Al's later work. For one, he produced this on a shoestring budget--the sound is driven by accordion, rude hand noises, and various percussion shenanigans. It's also got some fairly dated tunes that some listeners might not even recognize. At the time, hearing parodies of The Knack ("My Sherona"), Queen, and newly-solo Joan Jett ("I Love Rocky Road") were like comedy gold. The marriage of Prince Charles to 'Lady Diana' was big news, and so "Buckingham Blues" was even charming too. The clever bit of trivia to "Buckingham Blues" is that it was supposed to be a parody of John Cougar Mellencamp's "Life Goes On", but he couldn't get permission--so he fit the same lyrics into a different style of song.

There are more tunes for you to discover, such as 'Stop Draggin' My Car Around' (the Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"), and for the rock and rollers who couldn't stand the Disco Invasion, "Gotta Boogie" throws the latest dance craze into ridiculous relief--I wouldn't be surprised to hear it inspired Frank Zappa's "Dancin' Fool".
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After all the albums ha has released, my fave is still the 1983 self titled ALbum. Another One Rides the Bus, I thought that was the funniest thing I had ever heard, that was when I was five, back in `83. I still think it is a riot of laughs 16 years later. I Love Rocky Road is another classic, along with its' video, as with Ricky, too.
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Don't get me wrong... I'm a HUGE Weird Al fan, but this one is not one of my favorites. I can remember liking it much more when I was like two years old and my parents would play it on cassette in their car. Now my son is the same way. At three years old, my boy constantly asks us to play "the bus song" ("Another One Rides the Bus") and it is getting a bit old! But he loves Weird Al, just as I did at that age. This is a great album to listen to the barebones of what made Weird Al famous. You're likely to recognize the tunes to many of the "oldies" from the early 80's. Even though I was young when I first started listening to this album, the songs have stuck with me after all this time, and I am glad I could purchase this on CD to listen to since cassettes are now basically dead.
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By A Customer on August 7, 1998
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This is a must have for any Weird Al fan. It contains his earliest work of parodies and originals. The parodies are wonderful and can be listened to again and again, unlike some of his later works. The originals are so funny, that you'll laugh out loud everytime you hear them. Please do yourself a favor and get this CD. It's a great intro to novelty music, which has been largely ignored by the current music industry (thanks MTV!). Additional note: the cover of this album is a tribute to the novelty music artists that Al admires.
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