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(Riverfront Times)   "Weird Al is the only part of your childhood that doesn't suck"   (blogs.riverfronttimes.com) divider line 91
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2014-08-03 01:17:45 PM  
So Millennials are claiming Weird Al now?  Ok.

I do kind of wonder what 2000'ers will be nostalgic about since their culture is all rehashed 80's pop culture.
 
2014-08-03 01:58:03 PM  
Weird Al (after success on Dr.Demento) hit the ground running in 1980-81 with Another One Rides The Bus. I was 24-25.

I bought his new CD last week.
Did those 18-34 year olds in your advertising demographic do that, Mr. Article Writer? No?
Didn't think so. I'm glad they like Al too, but.... what was your point again?
 
2014-08-03 02:02:49 PM  
I was listening to Weird Al when millenials were still jostling around in the acne-scarred ball sacks of their future daddies.

We all liked crappy entertainment when we were children. Get over it. I had a great childhood.
 
2014-08-03 02:09:01 PM  
Those WERE the good old days
 
2014-08-03 03:08:56 PM  
I saw UHF in the theater.

And understand the plot.
 
2014-08-03 03:11:49 PM  

enry: I saw UHF in the theater.

And understand the plot.


But did you get to drink from the fire hose?

/UHF on Blu, coming soon.
 
2014-08-03 03:49:23 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: enry: I saw UHF in the theater.

And understand the plot.

But did you get to drink from the fire hose?

/UHF on Blu, coming soon.


I won a rainbow trout on Wheel of Fish.
 
2014-08-03 04:02:33 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

Counterpoint. Still going strong 30 years after I discovered it.
 
2014-08-03 04:03:58 PM  

lindalouwho: Weird Al (after success on Dr.Demento) hit the ground running in 1980-81 with Another One Rides The Bus. I was 24-25.

I bought his new CD last week.
Did those 18-34 year olds in your advertising demographic do that, Mr. Article Writer? No?
Didn't think so. I'm glad they like Al too, but.... what was your point again?


Not only do I remember discovering Weird Al through Another One Rides the Bus, I remember bringing my mother's portable tape deck into the car to play it, before auto infotainment was anything more than AM/FM radio, plus maybe 8 track.  (Actually, I think our car radio at the time was AM only.  FM was the upgrade.)

This is the same tape deck that was the disc burner/NAS/cloud for my trs-80 CoCo.

/so old
 
2014-08-03 04:07:51 PM  

bdub77: I was listening to Weird Al when millenials were still jostling around in the acne-scarred ball sacks of their future daddies.

We all liked crappy entertainment when we were children. Get over it. I had a great childhood.


Hey I am one of those future daddies you're talking about. I'll have you know that my ball sack was NOT acne scarred
 
2014-08-03 04:09:15 PM  

bdub77: I was listening to Weird Al when millenials were still jostling around in the acne-scarred ball sacks of their future daddies.

We all liked crappy entertainment when we were children. Get over it. I had a great childhood.


Who gets acne on their ball sacks?
 
rpl
2014-08-03 04:09:46 PM  
The new album is crap. There, I said it. It's Al going through the motions. Best thing on there is the Foo Fighters style parody and you can barely tell what it's supposed to be. And you can't blame the state of current pop music either because "straight outta lynwood" was great despite the similarly crappy source material.

/would rather rip his heart out of his ribcage with his bare hands and then throw it on the floor and stomp on it 'till he dies, than spend one more minute on that album
 
2014-08-03 04:11:52 PM  

Mentat: So Millennials are claiming Weird Al now?  Ok.

I do kind of wonder what 2000'ers will be nostalgic about since their culture is all rehashed 80's pop culture.


Off the cuff, that whole pirate/ninja/zombie thing that we couldn't escape for a good 4 years. Then there are piles and piles of young adult paranormal and fantasy franchises, which took off after Harry Potter and Twilight. I don't think Pokemon ever went away, then there was Johnny Depp in wigs everywhere for a while, whatever Justin Bieber was, plus some cult called One Direction.
 
2014-08-03 04:12:19 PM  
"Weird Al is the only part of your childhood that doesn't suck "

Everything you know is wrong.

/kid of the 70's, grad HS in early 80's
//if anything, Al belongs to us
///but don't feel bad, you can have Billy Ray (but don't play that song)
 
2014-08-03 04:16:34 PM  

rpl: The new album is crap. There, I said it. It's Al going through the motions. Best thing on there is the Foo Fighters style parody and you can barely tell what it's supposed to be. And you can't blame the state of current pop music either because "straight outta lynwood" was great despite the similarly crappy source material.

/would rather rip his heart out of his ribcage with his bare hands and then throw it on the floor and stomp on it 'till he dies, than spend one more minute on that album


Well, bless your lil ol' heart!
Come back real soon, y'hear?
 
2014-08-03 04:21:45 PM  
 
2014-08-03 04:32:16 PM  

verbaltoxin: Mentat: So Millennials are claiming Weird Al now?  Ok.

I do kind of wonder what 2000'ers will be nostalgic about since their culture is all rehashed 80's pop culture.

Off the cuff, that whole pirate/ninja/zombie thing that we couldn't escape for a good 4 years. Then there are piles and piles of young adult paranormal and fantasy franchises, which took off after Harry Potter and Twilight. I don't think Pokemon ever went away, then there was Johnny Depp in wigs everywhere for a while, whatever Justin Bieber was, plus some cult called One Direction.


I'm trying to imagine what Youtube nostalgia would be like.

Charlie bit my finger was so much better than Lisa bit my toe.
 
2014-08-03 04:32:44 PM  
18-34 y.o.'s childhood entertainment consisted only of Power Rangers and Weird Al.

/who knew?
 
2014-08-03 04:35:15 PM  

rpl: The new album is crap. There, I said it. It's Al going through the motions. Best thing on there is the Foo Fighters style parody and you can barely tell what it's supposed to be. And you can't blame the state of current pop music either because "straight outta lynwood" was great despite the similarly crappy source material.

/would rather rip his heart out of his ribcage with his bare hands and then throw it on the floor and stomp on it 'till he dies, than spend one more minute on that album


Bob Rivers?
 
2014-08-03 04:35:37 PM  
I remember seeing Yankovic tapes for sale at Kmart as a kid and usually being disappoint it was Frank.
 
2014-08-03 04:38:56 PM  
One of the first records I bought with my own money was "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3D.


/I still have it.
//It is still a good album.
///I am the King of Suede.
 
2014-08-03 04:40:04 PM  

Vermithrax Perjorative: One of the first records I bought with my own money was "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3D.


/I still have it.
//It is still a good album.
///I am the King of Suede.


My first was Dare to be Stupid.  I was about 14 then, I'm 43 now.
 
2014-08-03 04:41:33 PM  
When Frankie Yankovic died, Weird Al got a lot of condolences, even though they weren't related
except that they both played the accordion.  (BTW - Weird Al's mom and dad have also passed on.)
 
2014-08-03 04:43:08 PM  

Locklear: Relevant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pa6SGYWADU


SNES >>>>>>>N64
 
2014-08-03 04:46:42 PM  
There has to be something about MTV in this nostalgia mix.  Where is it?
 
2014-08-03 04:47:20 PM  
Weird Al has never been worth shiat. Let the hipsters have him.
 
2014-08-03 04:47:33 PM  
Thank God I had Voltron, the original Transformers and GI Joe, Animaniacs and El Chavo del Ocho*

*Spanish-speaking country

/I had an odd childhood
//Oh, and Topo Gigio
 
2014-08-03 04:49:25 PM  

zvoidx: 18-34 y.o.'s childhood entertainment consisted only of Power Rangers and Weird Al.

/who knew?


Entertainment I remember from childhood:

Doug
Rugrats
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Guts
The Hidden Temple
Clarissa Explains it All
All That
Toonami
Rocko's Modern Life
Angry Beavers
Dragon Ball
Mega Man
Duck Tales
Simpsons
Tales from the Crypt
The Secret World of Alex Mack
Salute Your Shorts
Pete & Pete
Hey Dude
 
2014-08-03 04:51:12 PM  

Summoner101: zvoidx: 18-34 y.o.'s childhood entertainment consisted only of Power Rangers and Weird Al.

/who knew?

Entertainment I remember from childhood:

Doug
Rugrats
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Guts
The Hidden Temple
Clarissa Explains it All
All That
Toonami
Rocko's Modern Life
Angry Beavers
Dragon Ball
Mega Man
Duck Tales
Simpsons
Tales from the Crypt
The Secret World of Alex Mack
Salute Your Shorts
Pete & Pete
Hey Dude


Oh and:

Freakazoid
Batman: The Animated Series
Tiny Toons
Animaniacs
Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers
 
2014-08-03 04:51:22 PM  
Sam and Max: Freelance Police laughs at this authors assertion.
 
2014-08-03 04:51:52 PM  
The original Muppet Show was part of my childhood.  It was awesome.
 
2014-08-03 04:54:53 PM  
Bought the 45 of Another One Rides the Bus when it came out. Yes, I've been a fan of Al's that long.

/preferred the flip side, Gotta Boogie
/gotta boogie on my finger and I can't shake it off...
 
2014-08-03 04:57:22 PM  
Yeah, ....no......yeah....no.......no........
 
2014-08-03 05:05:10 PM  

mcmnky: lindalouwho: Weird Al (after success on Dr.Demento) hit the ground running in 1980-81 with Another One Rides The Bus. I was 24-25.

I bought his new CD last week.
Did those 18-34 year olds in your advertising demographic do that, Mr. Article Writer? No?
Didn't think so. I'm glad they like Al too, but.... what was your point again?

Not only do I remember discovering Weird Al through Another One Rides the Bus, I remember bringing my mother's portable tape deck into the car to play it, before auto infotainment was anything more than AM/FM radio, plus maybe 8 track.  (Actually, I think our car radio at the time was AM only.  FM was the upgrade.)

This is the same tape deck that was the disc burner/NAS/cloud for my trs-80 CoCo.

/so old


My brother and I played our cousin's "Dare To Be Stupid" cassette tape so many times that my aunt finally took it away from us.
 
2014-08-03 05:09:38 PM  
If you are in my advertising demographic -- 18 to 34 --

That's only a single advertising demographic if you are a brooding manchild who had to wait until the age of 30 to get to watch the Simpsons and pick out your own clothes.
 
2014-08-03 05:16:51 PM  

Fano: Those WERE the good old days


By chance, did you de-wing flies, and harm rodents?

I was locked in a closet with Vanna White, once.
 
2014-08-03 05:30:47 PM  

csi_yellowknife: rpl: The new album is crap. There, I said it. It's Al going through the motions. Best thing on there is the Foo Fighters style parody and you can barely tell what it's supposed to be. And you can't blame the state of current pop music either because "straight outta lynwood" was great despite the similarly crappy source material.

/would rather rip his heart out of his ribcage with his bare hands and then throw it on the floor and stomp on it 'till he dies, than spend one more minute on that album

Bob Rivers?


He's retiring ... so yeah trolling Weird Al threads will probably be his thing now.
 
2014-08-03 05:32:11 PM  

Summoner101: Summoner101: zvoidx: 18-34 y.o.'s childhood entertainment consisted only of Power Rangers and Weird Al.

/who knew?

Entertainment I remember from childhood:

Doug
Rugrats
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Guts
The Hidden Temple
Clarissa Explains it All
All That
Toonami
Rocko's Modern Life
Angry Beavers
Dragon Ball
Mega Man
Duck Tales
Simpsons
Tales from the Crypt
The Secret World of Alex Mack
Salute Your Shorts
Pete & Pete
Hey Dude

Oh and:

Freakazoid
Batman: The Animated Series
Tiny Toons
Animaniacs
Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers


The littles
Dark wing duck
Gummy bears cartoon
Pound puppy's
Ren & Stimpy
Beavis & butthead

To add a few to the list
 
2014-08-03 05:42:59 PM  
The Power Rangers always sucked. Sorry to hear it took some people this long to figure it out.
 
2014-08-03 05:44:40 PM  

JolobinSmokin: Summoner101: Summoner101: zvoidx: 18-34 y.o.'s childhood entertainment consisted only of Power Rangers and Weird Al.

/who knew?

Entertainment I remember from childhood:

Doug
Rugrats
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Guts
The Hidden Temple
Clarissa Explains it All
All That
Toonami
Rocko's Modern Life
Angry Beavers
Dragon Ball
Mega Man
Duck Tales
Simpsons
Tales from the Crypt
The Secret World of Alex Mack
Salute Your Shorts
Pete & Pete
Hey Dude

Oh and:

Freakazoid
Batman: The Animated Series
Tiny Toons
Animaniacs
Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers

The littles
Dark wing duck
Gummy bears cartoon
Pound puppy's
Ren & Stimpy
Beavis & butthead

To add a few to the list


I'm 26, and here's some of the stuff I watched as a kid:

I Am Weasel
Pokemon
Recess
Extreme Ghostbusters
What A Cartoon!
Dexter's Laboratory
Johnny Bravo
Powerpuff Girls
Superman the Animated Series
Batman Beyond
Beetlejuice

On the Edutainment side:

Bill Nye
Kratt's Creatures
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego
Wishbone
 
2014-08-03 06:04:11 PM  

Empty H: bdub77: I was listening to Weird Al when millenials were still jostling around in the acne-scarred ball sacks of their future daddies.

We all liked crappy entertainment when we were children. Get over it. I had a great childhood.

Who gets acne on their ball sacks?


And why has no one told them "that's not acne..."?
 
2014-08-03 06:06:39 PM  

Mentat: So Millennials are claiming Weird Al now?  Ok.

I do kind of wonder what 2000'ers will be nostalgic about since their culture is all rehashed 80's pop culture.


I'm classified as a millennial, I was born in 82. Weird Al has been there as long as I can remember.
 
2014-08-03 06:31:15 PM  

whither_apophis: csi_yellowknife: rpl: The new album is crap. There, I said it. It's Al going through the motions. Best thing on there is the Foo Fighters style parody and you can barely tell what it's supposed to be. And you can't blame the state of current pop music either because "straight outta lynwood" was great despite the similarly crappy source material.

/would rather rip his heart out of his ribcage with his bare hands and then throw it on the floor and stomp on it 'till he dies, than spend one more minute on that album

Bob Rivers?

He's retiring ... so yeah trolling Weird Al threads will probably be his thing now.


Even if he is far more hit-or-miss than Al, I'll always respect him for "I am Santa Claus."
 
2014-08-03 06:33:44 PM  
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My childhood would like a f*cking word with you, assmitter.
 
2014-08-03 06:34:34 PM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Mentat: So Millennials are claiming Weird Al now?  Ok.

I do kind of wonder what 2000'ers will be nostalgic about since their culture is all rehashed 80's pop culture.

I'm classified as a millennial, I was born in 82. Weird Al has been there as long as I can remember.


That's kind of the point.  If you can't remember a time before Weird Al, you don't really get to claim him.  Of course, Weird Al belongs to everyone, so it's a silly argument.  I was mostly laughing at the idea young people have that nothing existed before them.
 
2014-08-03 06:47:33 PM  
Wrong, there's two things that didn't suck: Weird Al and Calvin & Hobbes.
 
2014-08-03 06:56:43 PM  
My high school girlfriends didn't suck either.  Dammit.
 
2014-08-03 07:17:25 PM  

Empty H: bdub77: I was listening to Weird Al when millenials were still jostling around in the acne-scarred ball sacks of their future daddies.

We all liked crappy entertainment when we were children. Get over it. I had a great childhood.

Who gets acne on their ball sacks?


bdub77, apparently
 
2014-08-03 07:51:11 PM  

rpl: The new album is crap. There, I said it. It's Al going through the motions. Best thing on there is the Foo Fighters style parody and you can barely tell what it's supposed to be. And you can't blame the state of current pop music either because "straight outta lynwood" was great despite the similarly crappy source material.

/would rather rip his heart out of his ribcage with his bare hands and then throw it on the floor and stomp on it 'till he dies, than spend one more minute on that album


Straight Outa Compton is crap source material?

2/10
 
2014-08-03 07:54:21 PM  
Last concert I've been to was Weird Al. Of course, this was back in the late 90s, but I hear he still puts on a good show.

CSB:
The pre show was a trained poodle, then a juggler. But naturally, being an audience of Al fans, we were cheering for the return of the poodle during the juggler's act.

I think it was a juggler. Pretty sure it wasn't a plate spinner.

/CSB
 
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