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2020-08-15 11:05:34 AM  
Whar Weird tag?
 
2020-08-15 11:06:03 AM  
And of course it gets released on the 27th of this month.
 
2020-08-15 11:17:03 AM  

JJRRutgers: Whar Weird tag?


This. We have standards here, god dammit.
 
2020-08-15 11:17:24 AM  
I was a fan in the 80s, and never dreamed he'd be this popular ever.
 
2020-08-15 11:19:55 AM  
Polka Party was the first album I ever owned, and on tape.  I was seven or 8 years old.   The tape deck looked something like this:

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2020-08-15 11:25:58 AM  

skyotter: I was a fan in the 80s, and never dreamed he'd be this popular ever.


He's done what a lot of so called musicians and entertainers refuse to do. Change and adapt with the times while still having the same underlying theme and honing of his craft.

It's why so many acts from the 80s and 90s ended up as nostalgia acts. It's 2020 and they are trapped in a period over 30yrs old.

Even Kurt Cobain knew his 15 minutes of fame was ticking and before he died talked about doing something completely different because people would grow old with teen angst Seattle gimmick.  And he was right.
 
2020-08-15 11:43:22 AM  
The movie Forbidden Zone?
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2020-08-15 12:09:22 PM  
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2020-08-15 12:11:27 PM  
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2020-08-15 12:43:20 PM  
He's gotta bring back the curly hair, mustache and glasses. It's been too long
 
2020-08-15 12:47:44 PM  
"Polka, Dot?"

"No, thanks."

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/guess she'd already "been there, done that"
 
2020-08-15 12:48:24 PM  
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So Schwartz really wanted a good shot of Al's pores here, I guess.
 
2020-08-15 2:10:34 PM  

styckx: He's done what a lot of so called musicians and entertainers refuse to do. Change and adapt with the times while still having the same underlying theme and honing of his craft.


His bread and butter is rewriting lyrics to songs that are already popular. The hard work was already done. He hasn't "adapted" so much as he's lampreyed himself onto whatever's in the charts.

And that's fine, but I still can't figure out why adults are listening to parodies of pop music that isn't very good in the first place.
 
2020-08-15 2:18:34 PM  

gunther_bumpass: styckx: He's done what a lot of so called musicians and entertainers refuse to do. Change and adapt with the times while still having the same underlying theme and honing of his craft.

His bread and butter is rewriting lyrics to songs that are already popular. The hard work was already done. He hasn't "adapted" so much as he's lampreyed himself onto whatever's in the charts.

And that's fine, but I still can't figure out why adults are listening to parodies of pop music that isn't very good in the first place.


because it's funny and he's good at it.
 
2020-08-15 2:32:55 PM  

gunther_bumpass: styckx: He's done what a lot of so called musicians and entertainers refuse to do. Change and adapt with the times while still having the same underlying theme and honing of his craft.

His bread and butter is rewriting lyrics to songs that are already popular. The hard work was already done. He hasn't "adapted" so much as he's lampreyed himself onto whatever's in the charts.

And that's fine, but I still can't figure out why adults are listening to parodies of pop music that isn't very good in the first place.


It's fun to listen to and the lyrics for the most part are an improvement.
 
2020-08-15 2:42:46 PM  

gunther_bumpass: styckx: He's done what a lot of so called musicians and entertainers refuse to do. Change and adapt with the times while still having the same underlying theme and honing of his craft.

His bread and butter is rewriting lyrics to songs that are already popular. The hard work was already done. He hasn't "adapted" so much as he's lampreyed himself onto whatever's in the charts.

And that's fine, but I still can't figure out why adults are listening to parodies of pop music that isn't very good in the first place.


Many of his biggest hits are the ones he wrote and scored himself. Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota, Dare to be Stupid, Nature Trail to Hell, Albuquerque, etc. They're consciously parodying the sound and spirit of other bands, but they're not direct spoofs of any previous song.

And if we're going to dismiss musicians for sounding like other musicians or for doing cover songs, there won't be many of them left.
 
2020-08-15 2:46:27 PM  

gunther_bumpass: styckx: He's done what a lot of so called musicians and entertainers refuse to do. Change and adapt with the times while still having the same underlying theme and honing of his craft.

His bread and butter is rewriting lyrics to songs that are already popular. The hard work was already done. He hasn't "adapted" so much as he's lampreyed himself onto whatever's in the charts.

And that's fine, but I still can't figure out why adults are listening to parodies of pop music that isn't very good in the first place.


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2020-08-15 2:48:08 PM  

gunther_bumpass: styckx: He's done what a lot of so called musicians and entertainers refuse to do. Change and adapt with the times while still having the same underlying theme and honing of his craft.

His bread and butter is rewriting lyrics to songs that are already popular. The hard work was already done. He hasn't "adapted" so much as he's lampreyed himself onto whatever's in the charts.

And that's fine, but I still can't figure out why adults are listening to parodies of pop music that isn't very good in the first place.


He had had to adapt to different styles of music over the years.
 
2020-08-15 3:06:59 PM  
Now I know what my husband can get me for our anniversary...
 
2020-08-15 3:11:21 PM  

JJRRutgers: And of course it gets released on the 27th of this month.


I'm hoping for at least 27 8x10 color glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explainin' what each one was. Not to mention the aerial photography.
 
2020-08-15 3:20:33 PM  
"In 3-D" was my first "bootleg" cassette.  My parents wouldn't let me get it back in 1984, so I gave a friend of mine a blank cassette and a couple of dollars and he made me a copy of it and Weird Al's first album.
 
2020-08-15 4:09:40 PM  

EdgeRunner: gunther_bumpass: styckx: He's done what a lot of so called musicians and entertainers refuse to do. Change and adapt with the times while still having the same underlying theme and honing of his craft.

His bread and butter is rewriting lyrics to songs that are already popular. The hard work was already done. He hasn't "adapted" so much as he's lampreyed himself onto whatever's in the charts.

And that's fine, but I still can't figure out why adults are listening to parodies of pop music that isn't very good in the first place.

Many of his biggest hits are the ones he wrote and scored himself. Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota, Dare to be Stupid, Nature Trail to Hell, Albuquerque, etc. They're consciously parodying the sound and spirit of other bands, but they're not direct spoofs of any previous song.

And if we're going to dismiss musicians for sounding like other musicians or for doing cover songs, there won't be many of them left.


I honestly had assumed that "Nature Trail to Hell" was a "Highway to Hell" parody until I finally heard it a year or two ago.
 
2020-08-15 4:47:46 PM  

gunther_bumpass: styckx: He's done what a lot of so called musicians and entertainers refuse to do. Change and adapt with the times while still having the same underlying theme and honing of his craft.

His bread and butter is rewriting lyrics to songs that are already popular. The hard work was already done. He hasn't "adapted" so much as he's lampreyed himself onto whatever's in the charts.

And that's fine, but I still can't figure out why adults are listening to parodies of pop music that isn't very good in the first place.


"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes
Youtube 8Gv0H-vPoDc
one of his best
 
2020-08-15 4:49:37 PM  

gunther_bumpass: styckx: He's done what a lot of so called musicians and entertainers refuse to do. Change and adapt with the times while still having the same underlying theme and honing of his craft.

His bread and butter is rewriting lyrics to songs that are already popular. The hard work was already done. He hasn't "adapted" so much as he's lampreyed himself onto whatever's in the charts.

And that's fine, but I still can't figure out why adults are listening to parodies of pop music that isn't very good in the first place.


Al stole your woman, didn't he?
You old coot.
 
2020-08-15 5:20:52 PM  
Enjoy your nightmares.

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2020-08-15 5:36:14 PM  

gunther_bumpass: styckx: He's done what a lot of so called musicians and entertainers refuse to do. Change and adapt with the times while still having the same underlying theme and honing of his craft.

His bread and butter is rewriting lyrics to songs that are already popular. The hard work was already done. He hasn't "adapted" so much as he's lampreyed himself onto whatever's in the charts.

And that's fine, but I still can't figure out why adults are listening to parodies of pop music that isn't very good in the first place.


Not a parody:
Hardware Store
Youtube DFI6cV9slfI


I lived in a small town in Tennessee for awhile and this song perfectly encapsulates the feeling the locals had when a giant Lowes store opened up
 
2020-08-15 5:53:32 PM  

Mega Steve: Not a parody:
Hardware Store

I lived in a small town in Tennessee for awhile and this song perfectly encapsulates the feeling the locals had when a giant Lowes store opened up


P.S. : Backing vocals on that song were provided by Lisa Popeil. Lisa also did backup on his song "Mr. Popeil", a B-52's-esque song about her father (and many other songs)

Mr. Popeil - "Weird Al" Yankovic
Youtube 9BX56syrmWQ
 
2020-08-15 6:10:02 PM  

Mega Steve: Mega Steve: Not a parody:
Hardware Store

I lived in a small town in Tennessee for awhile and this song perfectly encapsulates the feeling the locals had when a giant Lowes store opened up

P.S. : Backing vocals on that song were provided by Lisa Popeil. Lisa also did backup on his song "Mr. Popeil", a B-52's-esque song about her father (and many other songs)

[YouTube video: Mr. Popeil - "Weird Al" Yankovic]


Lisa Popeil also provided back up for Al's Strings Attached tour!
 
2020-08-15 6:13:52 PM  

Mega Steve: Mega Steve: Not a parody:
Hardware Store

I lived in a small town in Tennessee for awhile and this song perfectly encapsulates the feeling the locals had when a giant Lowes store opened up

P.S. : Backing vocals on that song were provided by Lisa Popeil. Lisa also did backup on his song "Mr. Popeil", a B-52's-esque song about her father (and many other songs)

[YouTube video: Mr. Popeil - "Weird Al" Yankovic]


Amazing thing about this was that the B-52's wasnt too mainstream outside of Rock Lobster at the time.
 
2020-08-15 7:04:04 PM  

Mega Steve: gunther_bumpass: styckx: He's done what a lot of so called musicians and entertainers refuse to do. Change and adapt with the times while still having the same underlying theme and honing of his craft.

His bread and butter is rewriting lyrics to songs that are already popular. The hard work was already done. He hasn't "adapted" so much as he's lampreyed himself onto whatever's in the charts.

And that's fine, but I still can't figure out why adults are listening to parodies of pop music that isn't very good in the first place.

Not a parody:
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I lived in a small town in Tennessee for awhile and this song perfectly encapsulates the feeling the locals had when a giant Lowes store opened up


Where the fark is the Weird Al/Primus collabo?
 
2020-08-15 7:22:54 PM  
See, the thing about Weird Al is that he is a national treasure, and has been for decades. Because he knows what he does and he does it exceptionally well. A few years back, when his book came out, he did a signing at my local Barnes & Noble. There was a poster out front, and teenagers--who weren't even born when "Eat It" came out--were walking by and saying, "Oh, wow Weird Al is here." The line of people who bought his book wrapped around many aisles. His birthday was weeks away, but someone had bought a card--an elaborate card that was accordion-themed, and played an accordion song--and passed it down the line for people to sign. He came out before his own signing and sincerely thanked people for the card; it was clear he was touched by the gesture. He is a genuine human being, who makes sarcastic music. And he is very good at his craft and at being a human. People acknowledge and respect this.
 
2020-08-15 8:07:03 PM  

skyotter: I was a fan in the 80s, and never dreamed he'd be this popular ever.


It was part of what kept me on the periphery of pop culture as a kid knowing most pop songs from his parodies
 
2020-08-15 9:13:25 PM  
And here's Al rapping as Isaac Newton, just because
Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye. Epic Rap Battles of History
Youtube 8yis7GzlXNM
 
2020-08-15 9:19:39 PM  

CaptainFatass: See, the thing about Weird Al is that he is a national treasure, and has been for decades. Because he knows what he does and he does it exceptionally well. A few years back, when his book came out, he did a signing at my local Barnes & Noble. There was a poster out front, and teenagers--who weren't even born when "Eat It" came out--were walking by and saying, "Oh, wow Weird Al is here." The line of people who bought his book wrapped around many aisles. His birthday was weeks away, but someone had bought a card--an elaborate card that was accordion-themed, and played an accordion song--and passed it down the line for people to sign. He came out before his own signing and sincerely thanked people for the card; it was clear he was touched by the gesture. He is a genuine human being, who makes sarcastic music. And he is very good at his craft and at being a human. People acknowledge and respect this.


As someone who's also been lucky enough to have met him in person, I second this.
 
2020-08-16 2:14:34 AM  
Urkel
 
2020-08-16 4:04:26 AM  

skyotter: And here's Al rapping as Isaac Newton, just because
[YouTube video: Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye. Epic Rap Battles of History]


Bill Nye is a great educator. Newton needed to calculate the Moon's trajectory so he invented calculus.

It's not fair to compare the two.
 
2020-08-16 6:17:28 AM  
A rare slideshow that I gladly clicked through and wished was longer.
 
2020-08-16 8:41:51 AM  
"Weird Al" Yankovic - The Hamilton Polka
Youtube oNEdEDbhTQw
 
2020-08-16 4:06:59 PM  

169th Cousin: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/oNEdEDbh​TQw]



Lin Hears "The Hamilton Polka"
Youtube G8kIQ9i1bfY
 
2020-08-16 7:28:04 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: 169th Cousin: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/oNEdEDbh​TQw]


[YouTube video: Lin Hears "The Hamilton Polka"]


https://youtu.be/7UYuFRDvNoo
 
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