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Title: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on November 27, 2007, 07:46:53 PM
Are many people on the RiffTrax board here fans of "Weird Al"?  I think the humor is similar but more in a "parallel" kinda way...if that makes any sense at all.  Anyway, I'm a fan of both "Weird Al" and RiffTrax, and I just finished compiling a music video for his Eminem parody of "Lose Yourself" (where he raps about TV shows [there was no official one ever made]).  I thought people with these same interests here would like this (don't worry... I actually put real effort into it):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JLFnvVNZLk

Thanks!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Sideswipe on November 27, 2007, 07:49:31 PM
Wierd Al is hilarious.  He used to crack me up alot back in my younger years.  He has some great tunes.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Hank_Peters on November 27, 2007, 07:52:05 PM
It think it's some sort of unwritten Rifftrax(TM) law that every member of the Rifftrax Round Table(C) must own at least two albums by "Weird Al" Yankovic(R).
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on November 27, 2007, 11:45:59 PM
I'm a HUGE Weird Al fan ever since I first saw the video to "I Love Rocky Road" on Nickelodeon back in the day. :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on November 28, 2007, 04:36:16 AM
Yeah there are plenty of Al fans here.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: RoninFox on November 28, 2007, 04:36:37 AM
Ever since my brother gave me his "Even Worse" cassette I've been hooked on Weird Al and I've picked up every album he's put out since.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on November 28, 2007, 04:54:54 AM
Ever since my brother gave me his "Even Worse" cassette I've been hooked on Weird Al and I've picked up every album he's put out since.

Heh the Even Worse cassette was the hook for me too.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: valeyard on November 28, 2007, 05:02:58 AM
I've been a fan of Weird Al ever since he sent in a home made tape of "My Balogna" to Dr. Demento  :D
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: RoninFox on November 28, 2007, 05:13:34 AM
I've been a fan of Weird Al ever since he sent in a home made tape of "My Balogna" to Dr. Demento  :D

You were there right from the real start then.  That's what launched Weird Al's career.  I heard an interview with one of The Knack (Doug Fieger I think, but I'm not sure) who said that he heard Weird Al's version and immediately called his record label, convincing them to sign Al.

When you make fun of someone's song, and that someone tries to get you a contract because of it, you know you did something right.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on November 28, 2007, 06:28:08 AM
The first tape Al sent in was a version of Pico and Sepulvada (or how ever it's spelt) for a competition, be Dr D can't find it.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Brak on November 28, 2007, 07:38:55 AM
I love Weird Al! loved him since i think 6th grade and i have all of his albums.  I even chose him to do a report on in 7th grade and everyone in my class thought i was really strange to like this guy.  It's always been hard to find people that like Al as much as i do, its nice to know there are fans out here that love Al and Rifftrax! woo!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Doctor Who? on November 28, 2007, 08:02:15 AM
I have been a fan of his since I saw him proform Yoda on his TV show.

Since then I have been working on getting all his albums.

Is it wrong that I know all the words to "I love Rocky Road" but not "I love Rock and Roll"?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pat The Great on November 28, 2007, 12:41:03 PM
I love Al. 2 Things a lot of people might not know about him (but as fans, I'll bet you all do):

1 Apparently, he's one of the world's top accordion players, one hell of a virtuoso.

2 He went to Harvard.

Fun facts for anyone who didn't know.

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Tyrant on November 28, 2007, 12:49:11 PM

  I was a late blooming Weird Al fan. Hadn't heard much of him until Off The Deep End came out. When I heard "Triggerhappy", my eyes filled with tears of joy and I've been a fan ever since. My only weird hangup is that I'm unable to listen to any of his albums start to finish. It has to be in small doses for me or the songs stop being funny. I don't know why.

  As a sidenote, the last concert Pak and I went to was Weird Al. The man is one of the best performers I've ever seen.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on November 28, 2007, 01:32:38 PM
So glad to see many adoring fans here!  I was fan of Al's when "Polka Party" came out.  My dad played that cassette in the car all the time (his favorite Weird Al song is "Addicted To Spuds").

2 more facts you may not have known:

1.)  Al graduated high school as Valedictorian at age 16.

2.) Dave Grohl considers Al's concerts as the loudest of any concerts he's ever been to.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on November 28, 2007, 01:48:52 PM
Been a fan for 24 years!!!  I've had backstage passes a couple of times and even after performing for 2 hours he is nice and funny and willing to sign autographs and pose for pictures.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on November 28, 2007, 02:11:16 PM
I had been a casual appreciator of Weird Al in my middle school/early high school years. Not a fanatic, but I liked what stuff of his I heard.

And then I borrowed the DVD of "UHF" from a friend. And my casual appreciation bloomed into all-out fanboyish obsession.

I've been to two Al concerts so far, one for the Poodle Hat tour and one for the Straight Outta Lynwood tour. After the latter, my brother and I went around to the tour buses and met both Al and Jim West. Didn't get to meet the other band members, sadly, but hey, I'll take what I can get. Both Al and Jim were extremely friendly.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on November 28, 2007, 02:13:00 PM
Bermuda is a cool guy. They played a small club on the Off the Deep End tour in Miami and my boss got them on a morning talk show before the show and Bermuda gave us press passes so we could take pictures. I'll have to dig them up and scan some.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: RoninFox on November 28, 2007, 03:26:23 PM
The first tape Al sent in was a version of Pico and Sepulvada (or how ever it's spelt) for a competition, be Dr D can't find it.

He'd been sending in tape for awhile yeah, but My Bologna was the one that got him noticed and eventually got him paid.   :)

I got the biggest kick out of hearing Al interviewed awhile back on Alice Cooper's radio show.  Apparently Alice is a huge Weird Al fan, has hired him to play at some of his parties and everything.  When asked who in the music business reminds him more of himself, Rob Zombie or Marilyn Manson, Alice replies, "No man, it's Weird Al, he's got just as many costume changes as me and he keeps it funny."
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Insert Coin(s) to Continue on November 28, 2007, 04:08:55 PM
I'm a huge Weird Al fan. 3rd top poster on the World of "Weird Al" Yankovic, baby! (Weird Al's official, biggest web forum on the internet).

He's my hero in life. I have plenty of stories about Weird Al experiences I've had, but I wouldn't want to bore anyone with those :P
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: valeyard on November 28, 2007, 08:04:46 PM
I've been a fan of Weird Al ever since he sent in a home made tape of "My Balogna" to Dr. Demento  :D

You were there right from the real start then.  That's what launched Weird Al's career.  I heard an interview with one of The Knack (Doug Fieger I think, but I'm not sure) who said that he heard Weird Al's version and immediately called his record label, convincing them to sign Al.

When you make fun of someone's song, and that someone tries to get you a contract because of it, you know you did something right.

Yeah, I taped that right off the air, when it was played.  Wish I still had that tape.  The "My balogna" you hear on his CDs isn't the same one.  This one was just him and his accordian.  It was great. 
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: gbeenie on November 29, 2007, 12:21:18 AM
Eventually, I'm gonna use my video capture thingy to record my LaserDisc of The Compleat Al to my hard drive (it will never be issued on DVD). Whenever I finally do that, anyone who wants a copy is welcome.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: RoninFox on November 29, 2007, 05:53:05 AM
Sweet.  Though what's keeping it from DVD?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Insert Coin(s) to Continue on November 29, 2007, 09:35:20 AM
I've been a fan of Weird Al ever since he sent in a home made tape of "My Balogna" to Dr. Demento  :D

You were there right from the real start then.  That's what launched Weird Al's career.  I heard an interview with one of The Knack (Doug Fieger I think, but I'm not sure) who said that he heard Weird Al's version and immediately called his record label, convincing them to sign Al.

When you make fun of someone's song, and that someone tries to get you a contract because of it, you know you did something right.

Yeah, I taped that right off the air, when it was played.  Wish I still had that tape.  The "My balogna" you hear on his CDs isn't the same one.  This one was just him and his accordian.  It was great. 
You can get that version on Permanent Record: Al in the Box.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Hank_Peters on November 29, 2007, 01:32:23 PM
I'm a huge Weird Al fan. 3rd top poster on the World of "Weird Al" Yankovic, baby! (Weird Al's official, biggest web forum on the internet).

He's my hero in life. I have plenty of stories about Weird Al experiences I've had, but I wouldn't want to bore anyone with those :P
Please, bore us!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Tyrant on November 29, 2007, 01:44:32 PM
I'm a huge Weird Al fan. 3rd top poster on the World of "Weird Al" Yankovic, baby! (Weird Al's official, biggest web forum on the internet).

He's my hero in life. I have plenty of stories about Weird Al experiences I've had, but I wouldn't want to bore anyone with those :P
Please, bore us!

  Aye. No such thing as a boring Weird Al story.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Insert Coin(s) to Continue on November 29, 2007, 03:43:22 PM
Alright, well, I'll make you sorry you asked :P

Last year, I managed to get out of school for three days to fly down to California for the release of Straight Outta Lynwood. I still don't know how I pulled it off, but I convinced my parents that it'd be cool (I'm still in high school, if I haven't already mentioned). So my father and I went down to Hollywood and stayed in a hotel just a minute or two walk away from the Virgin Records Al would be at. When we got there the night before, there was a line wrapped around the building standing out front with lawn chairs and boom boxes and whatnot. We were a bit worried that the masses beat us there, but upon talking to them, we found that they were instead waiting for Clay Aiken, who would be at the store the next morning.

So I headed to the store in the morning to pick up a copy of Straight Outta Lynwood and I ran into someone from WOWAY (the official Weird Al forum). She ran over to me and said, "You're Ryan!", which was kind of funny. Almost like celebrity status. When we got back that night (three hours early), I was about the 10th person in line. There was quite a number of people that recognized me, or at least knew who I was when they spotted my WOWAY nametag. Wild.

When I finally got to go up to Al to get my CD signed, I was in for an even more pleasant surprise. We shook hands and I introduced myself, since it was the first time we had met, and he said "Oh yeah, I recognized your screen name." ;D We had a nice little chat after that, but the highlight of my evening was that Al knew who I was before I even told him. Amazing.

So, anyways, that's my favorite Weird Al story. The highlights, at least.

So if we have so many Weird Al fans here at RiffTrax, why hasn't Al been featured as a guest riffer yet? I know he came in second place last time you held a "Vote for the Next Guest Riffer" poll, but you'd think Al would be a shoe in for any occasion. Al's no stranger to doing stuff for the internet. He's always popping up doing voices in webtoons and YouTube videos that I'd assume don't pay especially well. He's also a local, living just outside of LA, so it'd be easy to get him down to the RiffTrax studio. He'd be the perfect man for the job. He's a very funny "thinking-on-his-feet" type guy, and he has experience riffing on music videos from his old AlMusic specials. And the best part, he's that down-to-Earth kind of guy that really relates to those he speaks to and makes his audiences feel comfortable. He'd be great! Maybe if Mike ever does Purple Rain :P
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: gbeenie on November 29, 2007, 08:56:49 PM
Sweet.  Though what's keeping it from DVD?

It's weird. His old label owns the video itself (for the uninitiated, The Compleat Al forgoes the typical video compilation format and presents a faked-up biopic of Al, with videos interspersed), while Al got back the rights to all his music and music videos, so the only way it could be released would be without any of Weird Al's music on it. I'm betting CBS Video isn't exactly chomping at the bit to go forward with that one.

p.s. The Compleat Al also features the funniest fake FBI anti-copying warning ever.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: FordPrefect on November 29, 2007, 10:10:02 PM
So if we have so many Weird Al fans here at RiffTrax, why hasn't Al been featured as a guest riffer yet? I know he came in second place last time you held a "Vote for the Next Guest Riffer" poll, but you'd think Al would be a shoe in for any occasion. Al's no stranger to doing stuff for the internet. He's always popping up doing voices in webtoons and YouTube videos that I'd assume don't pay especially well. He's also a local, living just outside of LA, so it'd be easy to get him down to the RiffTrax studio. He'd be the perfect man for the job. He's a very funny "thinking-on-his-feet" type guy, and he has experience riffing on music videos from his old Al Music specials. And the best part, he's that down-to-Earth kind of guy that really relates to those he speaks to and makes his audiences feel comfortable. He'd be great! Maybe if Mike ever does Purple Rain :P

I figured he'd be a great riffer for Purple Rain too. I guess Al/Rifftrax fans think alike. I've been a fan of his since my friend made audio cassette copies of Dare to be Stupid and Even Worse for me to listen to back when we were in elementary school. Since then I've bought all his CDs and DVDs and (finally) got to see him in concert this year. His concert was even better than I thought it would be, and I assumed going in that I'd enjoy it. He truly set up the best and most satisfying concert I've ever been to. I wish I didn't have to wait till 2010 to see him in concert again, but that seems to be his pattern. You should provide a youtube link of one of his music video riffs from the 80's. I know I saw at least one of them on youtube.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on December 02, 2007, 07:48:16 AM
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Low-quality copy of Al's riff on REM's "Man on the Moon". The part with the truck two minutes in always cracks me up for some reason.

As for why Al hasn't been featured as a guest riffer yet...well, even if he had been approached, he was on tour during a lot of RiffTrax's existence so far. :P
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Insert Coin(s) to Continue on December 03, 2007, 07:38:32 PM
Well, his tour is over now. He has no reason not to be in the studio in the not too distant future :)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Crazy_88s on December 03, 2007, 09:13:59 PM
Well, his tour is over now. He has no reason not to be in the studio in the not too distant future :)
Next Sunday A.D.?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Rude on December 03, 2007, 09:25:10 PM
...

Weird Al story:

I was working on the lower level of a CD store here in SF when i got a call on the internal phone. So i pick up the receiver, and before i get a chance to answer... my buddy upstairs is yelling: "On the stairs! The stairs! It's Weird Al!" Sure enough, Weird Al comes downstairs with his girlfriend or wife or whoever. Although he had his new casual hairdo, which was kinda' new at the time... or, at least it was new to me. So i didn't really recognize him for sure, at first.

Eventually he made his way to our cheapo used bargain-bin. He was amused by the fact that you could buy the entire MC Hammer catalogue for less than five bucks. And that's when i knew it was definitely him.

Anyway i tried to play it cool, but that wasn't happening. Finally i cracked open one of his CDs from our inventory and asked him to sign it... which he did. Then i stole it from work later that night.

-Rude
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: ChrisHanel on December 03, 2007, 09:42:13 PM
A few Al-ecdotes: (heh)

-My dad took me to see him when he came into town for the Bad Hair Day tour. I was 3rd or 4th in line outside after the show for autographs, and he shook my hand and started to sign the CD.
"I'm proud to tell you that I have a lot of free time on my hands, Mr. Yankovic."
He had to stop signing the CD because he was cracking up, and he told me i was one of the first fans to find that easter egg, or at least tell him that they had. He might have been BSing to make my day, but it certainly worked.

-I memorized Albuquerque to win a small prop bet, and now this information is practically useless in my head. Every time i've been to a kareoke night, I've checked to see if they've had it. Of course, nobody ever does, and the audience would slaughter me if I started performing a 13 minute song anyways.

-For a brief time, I was in posession of Al's home phone number. He called into the support line I worked at and spoke with another tech (both pieces of info to remain nameless to protect the guilty) looking for a hard to find item. The tech happened to be a fan and carried on a small conversation with him. Knowing I was a fan, he gave me the number without telling me what it was, daring me to call it. Afraid it was a phone sex line or some other trap, I refused, and eventually threw the phone number away. After I did so, he told me what it was and ran down the hallways cackling madly.

I hate that guy.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: RoninFox on December 03, 2007, 11:04:45 PM
Now that's just plain mean!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: FordPrefect on December 04, 2007, 01:05:30 AM
ChrisHanel brought up "Albuquerque" which reminded me of the lip-sync contests I performed in with (surprise) Weird Al songs. The first year I knew about the lip-sync contest that my college put on, I decided I'd use it as an excuse to play one of his songs. I also decided I didn't want to just stand in one place and sing along. I wanted to do something that would have visual interest. Listening to Albuquerque, I figured there was a lot of material I could work with. I checked to make sure there was nothing in the rules about the length of the song and that I'd be that last one performing. I didn't want anybody to go on after me and be ticked off that the song was so long. I performed it, and was pleasantly surprised with how well it did. (Incidentally, the guy who was running the CD player cut the music off a little bit early, thinking it was the end. I assured him that it wasn't and thankfully the audience was on my side when I convinced him to restart that part of the song.) I was even more pleasantly surprised when I won first prize. Everyone wanted me to come back next year, except for one judge who thought it was too long (and didn't like me).

The second year I did it I couldn't help but notice that this judge had put on a five minute limit this year. That was fine, I didn't want to repeat the same song anyway. This judge also (for no readily apparent reason) wanted to make sure that no songs by Nine Inch Nails were going to be played. Feeling rebellious against this guy, I immediately had a desire to do a Nine Inch Nails song, despite the fact that I was not an especially big fan of their work. (Although I do like "Head Like A Hole" and to a lesser extent "Closer".) Then I remembered that Al had done an original song inspired by NIN called "Germs". It was the required length, so I went with that. I wanted to dress all in black and have a strobe light. Unfortunately I was unable to come up with a strobe light and had to make do. I came in second place to a couple of guys singing Elton John's "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart". One of them was in drag. Oh, if only I'd had a strobe light....

The third year the judge once again put a five minute limit on the song. Again feeling rebellious, I decided to find something exactly five minutes long. After a little bit of research I discovered that "Angry White Boy Polka" was a couple seconds or so away from being five minutes long, so I went with that. Nobody showed up in drag that year, so I ended up with first place again. For unexplained reasons, there wasn't one my last year in college. (That judge might have gone to exotic lengths to make sure I didn't find out about one, but I doubt it.) If there had been one, I probably would have gone with "Existential Blues" by Tom T-Bone Stankus.

Needless to say I was amazed and very happy when, at the end of the Ohio State Fair concert I went to, Al came out for an encore to sing the cell phone song and.... Albuquerque!!!  ;D
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Insert Coin(s) to Continue on December 04, 2007, 02:53:22 PM
My friends and I sing Weird Al songs whenever we're on long car or bus rides anywhere. We always go through Albuquerque and Trapped in the Drive-Thru at least once.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on December 04, 2007, 07:31:27 PM
When he toured for Off the Deep End he played a small bar/club in Hallendale Florida called the Button South. General admission right up against the stage and we started a pit for Smells Like Nirvana. Bermuda gave us press passes and we were allowed to snap pics all night:


(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/smellslikenirvana.jpg)


Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Insert Coin(s) to Continue on December 08, 2007, 05:37:01 PM
Bermuda's a really cool guy. He did a small voice part for one of my Flash animations once.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: valeyard on December 12, 2007, 10:43:18 AM
My daughter saw Weird Al live at the Ohio State Fair last August.  I don't know why I couldn't come.  So Jealous!   :'(

I guess SOME 17 year olds don't like their moms tagging along on their dates.  Some kids are funny like that!!!!!!!   :grr: 

 ;)  :D
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 13, 2007, 05:05:10 PM
Hey can anyone here tell me if Al ever made a music video for "The night Santa went crazy"?

If he did i want to track down a copy becouse I love his videos and that seems like it would be a good one to scare my little brother and sister with.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Insert Coin(s) to Continue on December 13, 2007, 05:46:38 PM
Hey can anyone here tell me if Al ever made a music video for "The night Santa went crazy"?

If he did i want to track down a copy becouse I love his videos and that seems like it would be a good one to scare my little brother and sister with.
Al never did, but there is a particularly good fan video here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSs3FyeThM0&eur).
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Sideswipe on December 13, 2007, 05:50:54 PM
Guys, I heard that Wierd Al was going to play a Transfomer in the new cartoon.  Wrec Gar
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Crazy_88s on December 13, 2007, 09:11:01 PM
Guys, I heard that Wierd Al was going to play a Transfomer in the new cartoon.  Wrec Gar
Now I am conflicted! I can't decide whether I would rather see Eric Idle or Weird Al in the role! It's just so conflicting!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 13, 2007, 10:58:11 PM
Hey can anyone here tell me if Al ever made a music video for "The night Santa went crazy"?

If he did i want to track down a copy becouse I love his videos and that seems like it would be a good one to scare my little brother and sister with.
Al never did, but there is a particularly good fan video here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSs3FyeThM0&eur).

Thanks alot.

Eric had his chance now it's Al's turn.

The more Weird Al is out there the better I say.

Also am I the only one who freaked when about three seconds into the song I reconised Weird Al's voice in that Robot Chicken episode?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on December 13, 2007, 11:07:04 PM
He was awesome on Robot Chicken. He's also done a voice for The Brak Show. :^)

Incidentally, it's only been confirmed that he's playing a robot that transforms in to a dump truck. A lot of people have jumped to the conclusion that it'll be Wreck-Gar, but the name of the character hasn't been announced yet.

As Wreck-Gar was one of my favorite TFs and hasn't had an incarnation since the original, I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: FordPrefect on December 14, 2007, 01:19:05 AM
My daughter saw Weird Al live at the Ohio State Fair last August.  I don't know why I couldn't come.  So Jealous!   :'(

I guess SOME 17 year olds don't like their moms tagging along on their dates.  Some kids are funny like that!!!!!!!   :grr: 

 ;)  :D

Another person who comes to this board is related to someone who went to the same concert I did? Hey, small world.  ;D

Al never did a music video for "The Night Santa Went Crazy", but he did perform it live as part of the "Weird Al Yankovic Live" DVD that came out several years ago. That performance included special lyrics he wrote for the "extra gory version" which was released as a bonus on the "Amish Paradise" single.

I just think it's funny he'll be doing the voice of a dump truck robot on Transformers since "Dare to be Stupid" was used in the animated movie on the junk planet.

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 14, 2007, 06:31:13 AM
Now I have to watch the Transformers movie and The brak show.

UHF should be coming in from netflix on saturday,I cann't wait to see it.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Insert Coin(s) to Continue on December 15, 2007, 11:42:11 PM
Quote
That performance included special lyrics he wrote for the "extra gory version" which was released as a bonus on the "Amish Paradise" single.
<nerd> Actually, the version he sang on the LIVE! DVD featured the Extra Gorey Version's verse, but the normal version's post-verse bridge. It's known among Al-oholics as the Sorta Gorey Version. </nerd>
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Zandrax on December 16, 2007, 10:17:57 AM
Sweet.  Though what's keeping it from DVD?

It's weird. His old label owns the video itself (for the uninitiated, The Compleat Al forgoes the typical video compilation format and presents a faked-up biopic of Al, with videos interspersed), while Al got back the rights to all his music and music videos, so the only way it could be released would be without any of Weird Al's music on it. I'm betting CBS Video isn't exactly chomping at the bit to go forward with that one.

p.s. The Compleat Al also features the funniest fake FBI anti-copying warning ever.
This is the one that has him asking for Michael Jackson's permission, and all you see is the white gloved hand giving a slow thumbs up right?

I haven't seen that in over 15 years, but I remember that scene.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on December 16, 2007, 10:41:37 AM
Yes, that's the one.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: mlcorcoran on January 04, 2008, 08:23:56 PM
I heard somewhere that he may be voicing a character on the newest Transformers cartoon. Any truth to this?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on January 05, 2008, 12:14:07 AM
Yup. He's doing the voice of an un-named Dump Truck transformer slated to appear as a one-shot character in episode 2 or 3, I think. We talked about it a couple pages back. I intend to try to watch this show, so I'll let everyone know when it happens. :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: mlcorcoran on January 07, 2008, 08:05:17 AM
I think his character might be named "Wreck-Gar" which was the name of Eric Idle's Junkion character in the 1986 movie, which Weird Al contributed a song to ("Dare to be Stupid") on the movie's soundtrack.

I saw an episode of the new cartoon the other day. I don't like the animation at all. The only good thing about it is they brought back the old school transforming sound effect.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Insert Coin(s) to Continue on January 31, 2008, 11:58:42 AM
So...kind of uneventful right now...it's a shame Al isn't doing anything big right now for us to talk about ... so ... um ... have any of you ever tried a Twinkie Weiner Sandwich?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: gbeenie on January 31, 2008, 12:10:16 PM
Funny. I'm all a-flutter with anticipation for this RiffTrax.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Fortis on January 31, 2008, 12:30:37 PM
I posted this on the what are you listening to thread, but as this is a weird al thread I will post this video here too.

[yt=425,350]QlGCTWL6djo[/yt]

Apparently Weird Al and Ben Folds are pals, Ben Folds has played some parts in some Weird Al songs, and this music video was directed by Weird Al. IT is Rockin the Suburbs by Ben Folds.

I did see on one of the late shows when Ben Folds played as the musical guest Weird Al playing the Tambourine in the background. He was waving his head back and forth and gettting way into it, it was awesome.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Doctor Who? on January 31, 2008, 12:31:16 PM
I can't wait for this rifftrax.

Jurassic Park may be the most riffible good movie ever made,and WEIRD AL is the icing on the cake.

Here's hoping it comes out some time in the next week or I may not make it.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Brak on January 31, 2008, 01:03:54 PM
Its coming on the 5th of Feburary
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Doctor Who? on January 31, 2008, 01:18:29 PM
I can't Wait!!!!!


This is going to be great!!!
Title: Weird Al in Transformers Animated
Post by: Pak-Man on May 10, 2008, 01:47:58 PM
[yt=425,350]k67I7e_kiNQ[/yt]
[yt=425,350]eNSv8Bi5PRo[/yt]

Well Weird Al's my favorite musician, and Wreck-Gar is my favorite Transformer, so this pretty much rocks.

Devoted TF Fans: Look for a special cameo by a classic TF couple!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on June 06, 2009, 12:06:33 PM
Resurrected thread!!!  Yeah!

Too much nerd-coolness in one pic:
(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u160/stansimpson/10688015.jpg)

Somewhat on topic, just saw "State of Play" (starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck in a journalism conspiracy) and Jason Bateman has a small, funny but pivotal role in it.  Really great movie for the person who loved "Michael Clayton" (not as good, but close).
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on June 06, 2009, 01:44:40 PM
Weird Al's going to be leaking 4 of his next album's songs over the next few months. First track (Second if you count "Whatever you like") will come out on the 16th. :^)

Edit: Annnd someone already mentioned it on the OTHER Necro-bumped Al thread. Can someone merge these? :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on June 06, 2009, 02:35:04 PM
Weird Al's going to be leaking 4 of his next album's songs over the next few months. First track (Second if you count "Whatever you like") will come out on the 16th. :^)

Edit: Annnd someone already mentioned it on the OTHER Necro-bumped Al thread. Can someone merge these? :^)
I was looking for that thread but totally could not find it.  I thought I made it up.  Sorry bout that.

EDIT:  Just found it in a very obvious place.  Excuse me for being an idiot.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Insert Coin(s) to Continue on June 06, 2009, 04:22:48 PM
SPOILERS:

New song title, album art revealed (plus 30 second sample!) at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Craigslist-Main-Version/dp/B002C6508C/ref=sr_f2_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1244329434&sr=102-1)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on June 06, 2009, 06:06:41 PM
SPOILERS:

New song title, album art revealed (plus 30 second sample!) at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Craigslist-Main-Version/dp/B002C6508C/ref=sr_f2_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1244329434&sr=102-1)

Awesome... but.... I'm confused.  Heading over to WOWAY right now.  Btw, I just found out that Tony Hawk was in the "Smells Like Nirvana" video (near Dick Van Patten).  Apparently Weird Al didn't know either:

"I doubt Al even knows/cares that I was in that video, but I'm sitting in the bleachers during the crowd sweep. I was near Dick van Patten." --Tony Hawk

"No way! YOU were in my Smells Like Nirvana video?? How did I not know that? Awesome!" --Weird Al
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on June 16, 2009, 01:53:56 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/R32aFmxL9HY&hl=en&fs=1&
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: gbeenie on June 16, 2009, 12:27:01 PM
 :clap:
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: k1 on June 16, 2009, 03:43:14 PM
:clap:

 :clap:
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Axel on June 16, 2009, 04:07:43 PM
I saw Weird Al live in the 90's. It's great that some things never change. 'Craigslist' is more of that brilliance we have all come to love through the bast 25 years. Maybe even longer!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 16, 2009, 04:41:27 PM
I am more than happy to hear him do something non-hip-hop based!!!  I enjoyed the song.  I don't think it was his best ever, but I definitely enjoyed it.

Can't wait for the next 3 before the album comes out.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on June 16, 2009, 11:27:06 PM
Dig this one a lot. It's a little bit funnier each time I hear it.

So I don't know my Doors. Was this a style parody, or is it based on a specific song?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MSTJedi on June 16, 2009, 11:54:19 PM
I'm also happy to see him moving away from rap, but for some reason, I just can't seem to like this one all that much . . . or the last one for that matter. Maybe it's because both have been parodies of artists I'm apathetic towards. Don't like them, really, but don't hate them enough to be overjoyed at their lampooning.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: FordPrefect on June 17, 2009, 12:31:39 AM
Dig this one a lot. It's a little bit funnier each time I hear it.

So I don't know my Doors. Was this a style parody, or is it based on a specific song?

I'm posting this partially to answer your question and partially because I think you guys might want to read this myspace blog entry from Al:
    
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 

Craaaaaaaigslist!


My new single “Craigslist” is out today.  In case you haven’t heard it yet (SPOILER ALERT!) it’s an original song in the style of The Doors about… well… Craigslist.
 
To explain some of the pictures that I’ve been tweeting… last month I drove up to Sausalito to visit a recording studio owned by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads, Modern Lovers)… where I recorded the keyboard parts for “Craigslist” with original Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek!  It was quite a thrill and an honor to work with Ray.  We spent that afternoon eating Mounds bars and guacamole and listening to Ray tell stories about his recent South American tour – it was amazing.
 
Anyway, back to present day… As I always implore you, if you’re at all inclined to buy this single, please do it this week – it’d be so cool to get this thing to chart.  We came THIS CLOSE to getting “Whatever You Like” on the Billboard chart (and I’m certain we would have done it if our release date hadn’t been bungled)… but since this new single is available at all the digital retailers simultaneously, I think it’s got a real shot.  And by the way, I just checked – none of my “original” songs have ever cracked the Billboard Hot 100.  So if enough people (legally) download “Craigslist” – and it actually charts next week – well, that would be a career first and a real personal accomplishment for me.  (Maybe someday people will even stop asking, “Hey, did you ever think about writing your own songs?”)  Anyway, if you’ve got a buck and change just lying around somewhere not doing anything – please consider giving it to iTunes or one of those other fine Internet portals that sells mp3s.
 
And of course the “Craigslist” video is out as well.  Liam Lynch did an amazing job directing it.  We wanted to create something which looked like the kind of typical low-budget music video that The Doors themselves might have made in the 60’s – lots of random, psychedelic stock footage… and me in leather pants trying to look like a smoldering, damaged poet.  You can buy it on iTunes, or just watch it for free on YouTube… heck, you can even watch it in HD!
 
And oh yeah, I’m doing a live chat on Twitter and Ustream just a little bit later today.  I’ll be on from 5PM to 6PM Pacific time (8PM to 9PM Eastern).  You can watch the broadcast just by clicking on this Ustream link… you don’t have to sign up for anything or do anything.  BUT… if you want to participate and ask questions, you have to be signed up on Twitter.  Just tweet me a question with the hashtag #WeirdAl at the end of it.  That way it’ll show up on my screen – and perhaps I’ll answer it!  We’ll see how this goes today… if my head doesn’t explode by the end of it, maybe I’ll do these broadcasts for the rest of the Internet Leak releases as well. 
 
Okay, I’m done promoting myself now.  Thanks for listening!
 
Al
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on June 17, 2009, 12:34:33 AM
Yeah, apparently Al can use Ustream without destroying the internet! What's his secret?

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/1668439

He mentions RiffTrax veeeeeeeeeeery briefly, but I don't remember the time and I don't feel like checking.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on June 17, 2009, 12:21:29 PM
Yeah, apparently Al can use Ustream without destroying the internet! What's his secret?

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/1668439

He mentions RiffTrax veeeeeeeeeeery briefly, but I don't remember the time and I don't feel like checking.
Duuude, thanks SO much for posting that.  It froze up on me several, several times, so I'm gonna go rewatch those parts.  Yaaay for not disappearing into the ether of internets past!  (Is that what ethernet is?)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Invisible NanoGhost on June 21, 2009, 10:19:48 AM
Yeah, apparently Al can use Ustream without destroying the internet! What's his secret?

I watched while the event was going on, and the streaming-video was breaking up at times during his event.  It didn't completely die (at least, not for me), but it did start to flake out at around 1,000 users.  If your url is a recording of the whole event, you'll see him mentioning it from time-to-time as people report the problems they're seeing.

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: gbeenie on June 22, 2009, 05:01:45 PM
I'm also happy to see him moving away from rap, but for some reason, I just can't seem to like this one all that much . . . or the last one for that matter. Maybe it's because both have been parodies of artists I'm apathetic towards. Don't like them, really, but don't hate them enough to be overjoyed at their lampooning.

Go find a Doors discussion forum and listen to the fawning over Jim Morrison. A good dose of that should put you in the mood for some serious lampooning.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on June 26, 2009, 08:19:02 PM
nerdist on Twitter:  "Just taped Web Soup for this Sunday...VERY special guest whose initials might be @alyankovic..."
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Ayriana22 on June 26, 2009, 08:31:13 PM
Its sad but I seem to be one of the only people i know is a big fan of  Weird Al. I love, Love, LOVE his stuff! I nearly died laughing the first time I heard Amish Paradise. Some of my favorite songs are All About the Pentiums and White and Nerdy (I'm a big computer geek so I generally enjoy computer humor)

I also like comedic music in general though, Stephen Lynch, Adam Sandler, and a few others.

Has anyone else here heard of The Arrogant Worms? They are a Canadian group that does some pretty good music as well. The Last Saskatchewan Pirate, Carrot Juice is Murder, and Log Into You being some of my favorites. 
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on July 14, 2009, 03:15:51 AM
This is so weird.  Just yesterday afternoon I was thinking to myself "When is the next single coming out?"

Today apparently.

ETA: Looks like embedding was disabled at a later time.  I wonder why people do that.  Maybe embedding allows for the possibility that the clip will be taken out of context or someone else will try to steal credit.  I dunno.

Anyway, here is a link to the video on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNo8LvdOwSk&feature=player_embedded).
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MSTJedi on July 14, 2009, 08:44:27 AM
Love it. Much more than the past couple songs. It's kinda Weezer's "Pork n Beans", but not quite.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on July 14, 2009, 09:17:09 AM
I really don't like the way this sounds:

Quote
   INTERNET LEAKS
…is the name we’re giving to the digital-only EP that previews songs from the next Weird Al album (which will be out sometime next year... we think).

It is one thing if Al doesn't have enough songs for a full album but the we think part of it seems like record label issues. 
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on July 14, 2009, 09:25:27 AM
I just took that to be the standard "No promises. You never know. This is not an official release date announcement." disclaimer.

Love Skipper Dan! It has that distinct classic Weird Al sound. It fits right alongside Frank's 2000 Inch TV, I Remember Larry and Your Horiscope for Today.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on July 14, 2009, 12:37:15 PM
1. Probably Al's saddest song to date, but still hilarious. The emotion feels very Jonathan Coulton-y, which makes me a very happy geek.
2. The Uta Hagen reference also makes me a very happy geek.
3. I was at Disneyland about two weeks ago for my birthday and actually thought that would be a fun side job. Now I'm less certain. :P
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on July 14, 2009, 02:42:35 PM
That was... sad. I still liked it though. :)

Bit O' Trivia: John Lasseter used to be a Jungle Cruise guide.

Doggans, I need a proper geek's introduction to Jonathan Coulton. Where I do I begin?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 17, 2009, 10:26:35 AM
I just took that to be the standard "No promises. You never know. This is not an official release date announcement." disclaimer.

Love Skipper Dan! It has that distinct classic Weird Al sound. It fits right alongside Frank's 2000 Inch TV, I Remember Larry and Your Horiscope for Today.


Yeah! The first song I thought of while watching this was I Remember Larry.

It's good to hear Al straying further and further away from the whole "overly electronic" production he had on the last album.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 26, 2009, 09:12:24 AM
I loved that one.  Thanks for posting it.

If there were any justice in the world a new Weird Al music video would be released every week for the rest of time.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on July 28, 2009, 12:54:12 PM
FYI, Everyone......."The Weird Al Show" is part of the current Amazon Box Set Sale.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 28, 2009, 02:07:24 PM
FYI, Everyone......."The Weird Al Show" is part of the current Amazon Box Set Sale.

Us REAL fans (nerds) already have it.  So ha!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on July 28, 2009, 11:34:59 PM
It's an awesome set. The show itself is hit and miss, of course, but the no-holds-barred commentary is awesome. :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on August 02, 2009, 09:21:42 PM
Stumbled on this while watching a Al directed Presidents of the USA video:

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=760666&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1

3 minutes of Donny dancing.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 03, 2009, 02:37:45 PM
3 minutes of Donny dancing.
Coolest grandfather on the planet.   :D
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on August 03, 2009, 03:59:19 PM
New single/video tonight at midnight.  Woooo!!!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 03, 2009, 05:10:03 PM
I will be going to McDs tomorrow just to download it.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on August 03, 2009, 09:14:54 PM
New single/video tonight at midnight.  Woooo!!!

Pacific? Cause it is after midnight eastern and no new track. Found the Amazon listing though:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61jtmFKlPyL._SL500_AA280_.jpg)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MSTJedi on August 04, 2009, 01:20:21 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/IrGmD2wk8m4&hl=en&fs=1

Now this is greatness. Never really knew much about "CNR" myself, but I love the White Stripes-esque music and the lyrics are hilarious.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on August 04, 2009, 05:53:42 AM
Loved it. Was that Grant from Mythbusters at 1:42?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on August 04, 2009, 09:20:46 AM
It's about time someone did a song about Charles Nelson Reilly   :clap:
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on August 04, 2009, 09:23:33 AM
Interesting song.  Bill Brasky, Chuck Norris, Mr. T, now Charles Nelson Riley?

Who is Charles Nelson Riley?

I liked the part where the screen goes black, the music stops, and it says "embedding disabled by request".
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MSTJedi on August 04, 2009, 11:46:51 AM
Okay . . . it was fine last night when I originally embedded it. Darn you, Weird Al.

Fine, here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuzphHH7xEw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuzphHH7xEw)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on August 04, 2009, 11:58:19 AM

Who is Charles Nelson Riley?

He was on the Match Game for many many years... I really can't think of much else he was on.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on August 04, 2009, 12:07:22 PM
Interesting song.  Bill Brasky, Chuck Norris, Mr. T, now Charles Nelson Riley?

Who is Charles Nelson Riley?

I liked the part where the screen goes black, the music stops, and it says "embedding disabled by request".
On many episodes of The Simpsons, a character will tug on his collar in dismay at something and make funny sound with their voice.  That's an impression of Charles Nelson Reilly.

Also, he was the eccentric author Jose Chung in (my personal and fan-favorite) episode of The X-Files, "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'."
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on August 04, 2009, 12:22:42 PM
Okay . . . it was fine last night when I originally embedded it. Darn you, Weird Al.

Fine, here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuzphHH7xEw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuzphHH7xEw)

It's okay.  The same thing happened when I posted Skipper Dan a few weeks ago.

At this rate, he's going to release his entire album a la carte, for free before it comes out on CD.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on August 04, 2009, 12:26:07 PM
He only plans on one more "internet leak" before the album comes out (sometime in 2010 now, damn)

In other news... I only have 6 more posts until 1000!!!    :highfive:
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on August 04, 2009, 02:29:31 PM
SHAMELESS PLUG:

Even though there's now a new single, my geeky overanalysis of "Skipper Dan" just now got published. BEHOLD. (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2013616/look_at_those_hippos_theyre_wiggling.html?singlepage=true&cat=33)

If there were any justice in the world a new Weird Al music video would be released every week for the rest of time.

Geez, you want to give poor Al a heart attack and call it justice? What a cruel request! :P

Doggans, I need a proper geek's introduction to Jonathan Coulton. Where I do I begin?

Don't want to sidetrack away from Al for too long, but quickly: JoCo's official primer (http://www.jonathancoulton.com/primer/listen/). And a few other favorites of mine:  Todd the T-1000 (http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songdetails/Todd%20the%20T1000), Better (http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songdetails/Better), Creepy Doll (http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songdetails/Creepy%20Doll), I'm Your Moon (http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songdetails/I%27m%20Your%20Moon), The Big Boom (http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songdetails/The%20Big%20Boom), Space Doggity (http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songdetails/Space%20Doggity), Blue Sunny Day (http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songdetails/Blue%20Sunny%20Day).
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 04, 2009, 07:15:39 PM
Interesting song.  Bill Brasky, Chuck Norris, Mr. T, now Charles Nelson Riley?

Who is Charles Nelson Riley?

I liked the part where the screen goes black, the music stops, and it says "embedding disabled by request".
On many episodes of The Simpsons, a character will tug on his collar in dismay at something and make funny sound with their voice.  That's an impression of Charles Nelson Reilly.

Also, he was the eccentric author Jose Chung in (my personal and fan-favorite) episode of The X-Files, "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'."
Before that he was the magician/villian in "Lidsville" (Sid & Marty Kroft show - starred Butch Patrick).  And before that he was the realitor who was stuck with the haunted house in the TV version of "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir".

That's who Trace is imitating every time he goes "Mrs. Muir!!!" and then laughs.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: gbeenie on August 04, 2009, 07:46:14 PM
(http://www.70slivekidvid.com/lids/whodoo3.jpg)

"Eyewash, eyewash, eyewash..."
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 04, 2009, 07:58:16 PM
He's just the male equiviant of Witchiepoo....

(http://ladybunny.net/blog/uploaded_images/witchie1-730993.jpg)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_D1ZZyTOG7tQ/SUjx6UWB81I/AAAAAAAAEG0/Lmrct61vsgM/s400/Lidsville+-+Witchiepoo+&+Hoodoo+-+Billie+Hayes+&+Charles+Nelson+Reilly.jpg)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: FordPrefect on August 05, 2009, 12:24:46 AM
Interesting song.  Bill Brasky, Chuck Norris, Mr. T, now Charles Nelson Riley?

Who is Charles Nelson Riley?

I liked the part where the screen goes black, the music stops, and it says "embedding disabled by request".
On many episodes of The Simpsons, a character will tug on his collar in dismay at something and make funny sound with their voice.  That's an impression of Charles Nelson Reilly.

Also, he was the eccentric author Jose Chung in (my personal and fan-favorite) episode of The X-Files, "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'."
Before that he was the magician/villian in "Lidsville" (Sid & Marty Kroft show - starred Butch Patrick).  And before that he was the realitor who was stuck with the haunted house in the TV version of "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir".

That's who Trace is imitating every time he goes "Mrs. Muir!!!" and then laughs.

He also provided the voice of Mr. Toad in my favorite animated version of Wind in the Willows, made by Rankin/Bass.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: DramaGuyCJM on August 11, 2009, 06:52:14 AM
It think it's some sort of unwritten Rifftrax(TM) law that every member of the Rifftrax Round Table(C) must own at least two albums by "Weird Al" Yankovic(R).

*looks through CD collection* Yep, I meet this minimum requirement.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: RoninFox on August 11, 2009, 07:59:39 AM
It think it's some sort of unwritten Rifftrax(TM) law that every member of the Rifftrax Round Table(C) must own at least two albums by "Weird Al" Yankovic(R).

*looks through CD collection* Yep, I meet this minimum requirement.

I can support myself and two and a half other forum members with this requirement.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MSTJedi on August 11, 2009, 08:38:01 AM
It think it's some sort of unwritten Rifftrax(TM) law that every member of the Rifftrax Round Table(C) must own at least two albums by "Weird Al" Yankovic(R).

*looks through CD collection* Yep, I meet this minimum requirement.

I can support myself and two and a half other forum members with this requirement.

I can also support another member on this requirement if necessary.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on August 11, 2009, 09:18:43 AM
Do tapes and CDs count seperately if they're the same album? If not, I can support like- 5 other people. If so, maybe 8.  9 if you count the Pokemon 2 soundtrack... :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Tyrant on August 11, 2009, 10:00:33 AM
Do tapes and CDs count seperately if they're the same album? If not, I can support like- 5 other people. If so, maybe 8.  9 if you count the Pokemon 2 soundtrack... :^)

  Wait, since when the hell do you have the Pokemon 2 soundtrack and why haven't I destroyed it yet? How is that thing even in our house? What other things that need to be destroyed on sight have you been dragging in and hiding from me this whole time?! 
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on August 11, 2009, 10:06:57 AM
Do tapes and CDs count seperately if they're the same album? If not, I can support like- 5 other people. If so, maybe 8.  9 if you count the Pokemon 2 soundtrack... :^)

  Wait, since when the hell do you have the Pokemon 2 soundtrack and why haven't I destroyed it yet? How is that thing even in our house? What other things that need to be destroyed on sight have you been dragging in and hiding from me this whole time?! 

Weird Al has a polka called "Polkamon" all about Pokemon.... it's AWESOME.  I have the mp3, not the entire CD on that.

But i DO have his version of Peter and the Wolf..... and every other album he's released.....  **sigh**  I'm a nerd.

My prized possession is the 45 of My Bologna, backed with School Cafeteria.    ;D
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on August 17, 2009, 10:07:21 AM
As a self-confessed Grammar Nazi, I find this jaw-droppingly awesome:

http://www.twitvid.com/BF9B7 (http://www.twitvid.com/BF9B7)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on August 17, 2009, 10:35:08 AM
As a self-confessed Grammar Nazi, I find this jaw-droppingly awesome:

http://www.twitvid.com/BF9B7 (http://www.twitvid.com/BF9B7)

You know, a lot of people SAY they're grammar Nazis, but are YOU the one who masterminded the genocide of six million split infinitives?  No.  So don't make grandiose claims you can't back up.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on August 17, 2009, 10:44:58 AM
As a self-confessed Grammar Nazi, I find this jaw-droppingly awesome:

http://www.twitvid.com/BF9B7 (http://www.twitvid.com/BF9B7)

You know, a lot of people SAY they're grammar Nazis, but are YOU the one who masterminded the genocide of six million split infinitives?  No.  So don't make grandiose claims you can't back up.
Hey, I support split infinitives as a treasured solecism!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on August 22, 2009, 09:04:04 PM
Newest and last song for the Internet Leaks ep:


http://www.youtube.com/v/ktdPi6HgNp8
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on August 22, 2009, 10:37:13 PM
Twas a fun little song....  still REALLY can't get over hating the digital effect background vocals.  His last couple albums were far too swamped with them, and I was hoping he was maybe finally going to realise how crappy they sound.

Oh well... can't win em all.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on August 23, 2009, 01:27:46 PM
I await the inevitable ringtone of Ringtone. :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on September 03, 2009, 11:52:21 PM
And Weird Al is putting out a best-of album (Of his own will this time!)

THE ESSENTIAL “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC (October 27 Release Date)

DISC 1

1. Another One Rides The Bus
2. Polkas On 45
3. Eat It
4. I Lost On Jeopardy
5. Yoda
6. One More Minute
7. Like A Surgeon
8. Dare To Be Stupid
9. Dog Eat Dog
10. Lasagna
11. Melanie
12. Fat
13. UHF (single version)
14. The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota
15. Trigger Happy
16. Smells Like Nirvana
17. You Don’t Love Me Anymore
18. Bedrock Anthem
19. Frank’s 2000? TV
20. Jurassic Park

DISC 2

1. Since You’ve Been Gone
2. Amish Paradise
3. Gump
4. Everything You Know Is Wrong
5. The Night Santa Went Crazy (extra gory version)
6. Your Horoscope For Today
7. It’s All About The Pentiums
8. The Saga Begins
9. Albuquerque
10. eBay
11. Bob
12. Hardware Store
13. I’ll Sue Ya
14. Canadian Idiot
15. Pancreas
16. Don’t Download This Song
17. White & Nerdy
18. Trapped In The Drive-Thru

---------------------------------------------


Honestly, if you replaced Melanie with Virus Alert, I'd call this the perfect Al compilation. Every single track's a winner, and all of my super-most-favoritest are there. Even though there's nothing new here, I'll probably get it for listening to in the car. No switching between Weird Al albums, and no real need to push the skip button. I can just groove to Al on my way to work and back. :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MSTJedi on September 04, 2009, 05:23:28 AM
Ooh, the extra gory version of The Night Santa Went Crazy. I got the pansy Walmart version back when I bought my CD.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on September 04, 2009, 08:30:25 AM
Still no "It's Still Billy Joel to Me"....

It's nice that he likes to be nice to people (I mean, satire is covered under the First Amendment) but...
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on September 04, 2009, 10:23:57 AM
I call bullshit.  Weird Al is dead.  He blew his brains out in the 90s when folks stopped buying his albums.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on September 04, 2009, 10:54:35 AM
I call bullshit.  Weird Al is dead.  He blew his brains out in the 90s when folks stopped buying his albums.
Then that must be a Zombie Weird Al as a talk show guest in Halloween II?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on September 04, 2009, 11:05:49 AM
Still no "It's Still Billy Joel to Me"....

It's nice that he likes to be nice to people (I mean, satire is covered under the First Amendment) but...


That's one of my favourite songs he's ever done (not-done) ....  Got a nice bootleg off the Dr Demento show.  Good quality too.

Same goes for Pacman (Beatles' Taxman... look it up on YouTube) and Chicken Pot Pie.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on September 04, 2009, 11:35:07 AM
Still no "It's Still Billy Joel to Me"....

It's nice that he likes to be nice to people (I mean, satire is covered under the First Amendment) but...


That's one of my favourite songs he's ever done (not-done) ....  Got a nice bootleg off the Dr Demento show.  Good quality too.

Same goes for Pacman (Beatles' Taxman... look it up on YouTube) and Chicken Pot Pie.
Those are great.  I'm a fan of "Gee I'm A Nerd" too.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on September 15, 2009, 12:59:11 AM
Did you know Weird Al was on Eek! The Cat!?  I certainly didn't!  Till now.  It's made even more surreal by co-guest John Walsh:
http://www.youtube.com/v/4jaiJd7R7QI&hl=en&fs=1&
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on September 15, 2009, 01:53:44 AM
If memory serves, in a later episode a TV in the background alluded to a speech by President Weird Al Yankovic. I guess he worked his way to the top. :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Hulkzilla on September 15, 2009, 06:57:37 AM
The Compleat AL is still one of my favorite videos
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on September 15, 2009, 02:24:49 PM
The Compleat AL is still one of my favorite videos

Oh man, I LOVE that film.  I have a VHS that I burned to DVD (it had a small glitch at one point, that annoys me a lot)  I wish they would just full-on release it to DVD for reals.

My favourite part has always been the fan guy going on about "when the snakes arise"
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on September 16, 2009, 09:32:12 PM
The Compleat AL is still one of my favorite videos

Oh man, I LOVE that film.  I have a VHS that I burned to DVD (it had a small glitch at one point, that annoys me a lot)  I wish they would just full-on release it to DVD for reals.

My favourite part has always been the fan guy going on about "when the snakes arise"
Didn't that have the reenactment of his audience with Michael Jackson?  Would be very timely.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: FordPrefect on September 16, 2009, 11:51:30 PM
The Compleat AL is still one of my favorite videos

Oh man, I LOVE that film.  I have a VHS that I burned to DVD (it had a small glitch at one point, that annoys me a lot)  I wish they would just full-on release it to DVD for reals.

My favourite part has always been the fan guy going on about "when the snakes arise"
Didn't that have the reenactment of his audience with Michael Jackson?  Would be very timely.

It's too bad "The Compleat Al" can't be released on DVD anytime soon, due to rights issues. I'd buy it in a second.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on September 17, 2009, 09:06:22 AM
It's too bad "The Compleat Al" can't be released on DVD anytime soon, due to rights issues. I'd buy it in a second.

Rights issues?  Only song I remember in there that he didn't write was "Surfin' Bird" from the bit in his college radio station.

And if they'd okay "Family Guy" using that song in their "Jesus in the Record Store" episode, they'll let anyone have it.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on September 17, 2009, 09:44:18 AM
I believe the rights issues are that the movie is still owned by his OLD label, and the videos are owned by his CURRENT label, and they've never come to an agreement.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on September 17, 2009, 10:39:39 AM
I believe the rights issues are that the movie is still owned by his OLD label, and the videos are owned by his CURRENT label, and they've never come to an agreement.

Ahh....the "1966 Batman" crap again.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on October 28, 2009, 01:01:04 AM
The Essential Weird Al is out in stores today! Actually, it was out yesterday and I forgot! I feel like such a failure as an Al-o-holic.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on October 28, 2009, 01:48:53 AM
I feel like such a failure as an Al-o-holic.
You need a 12 step program to work your way back to being a bonafide Al-o-holic.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on October 28, 2009, 06:03:34 AM
The Essential Weird Al is out in stores today! Actually, it was out yesterday and I forgot! I feel like such a failure as an Al-o-holic.

Actually it was out on Monday. For some reason 3 of the 4 majors decided that all the Tuesday releases should come out Monday.

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: FordPrefect on October 28, 2009, 06:13:21 AM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/dp/ref=pe_63060_13481830_pe_19/B002T1AHFQ

Don't Download This Song is now available as a free download from The Essential Weird Al on Amazon.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on October 28, 2009, 06:20:05 AM
He looks like Stephen Colbert in the picture.   :D
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on October 28, 2009, 05:43:33 PM
He looks like Stephen Colbert in the picture.   :D
My brother keeps asking me why he looks like Alanis Morisette in that picture.  I tell him he has to ask Al.  My brother is 32 years old.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on October 29, 2009, 08:16:19 AM
For those who weren't watching Late Night with Jimmy Falon last night:

Weird Al on Jimmy Falon:
http://widgets.nbc.com/o/4727a250e66f9723/4ae9afd50bd8587b/4727a250e66f9723/23e78516/-cpid/40a4ae215cb0d1fe

Weird Al Performing CNR on Jimmy Falon:
http://widgets.nbc.com/o/4727a250e66f9723/4ae9af1b89b661ee/4727a250e66f9723/d9112a91/-cpid/3a337f695cb0d1fe

Weird Al performs "Good Old Days" for Jimmy Falon's website with The Roots:
http://widgets.nbc.com/o/4727a250e66f9723/4ae9b06afb9ab004/4727a250e66f9723/49334a72/-cpid/c19e86945cb0d1fe
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on October 30, 2009, 11:29:35 AM
And for those who missed Weird Al on Kevin Pollack's chat show, go here:  http://kevinpollakschatshow.com/

Kevin Pollack asks amaaazing questions btw!  I was glad they glossed over the whole "recording his first single in a bathroom" tale.  They get into things like Al's tour of Capitol Records and how he got there.  And how like Al's pitch to Capitol Records to follow up My Bologna was gonna be a parody of whatever The Knack's next single was gonna be (KP: "Which is known now as The Song That Came After My Sharona"  :D).  And also, he was able to ask permission from artists through Victoria Jackson because she was on SNL.  I can't believe I never made that connection before!  Anyway, Al's interview is about 100mins long and worth every minute of your time.  KP never asks a stupid question (well, once, but Al totally calls him on it!).  Very much worth the watch.  It's how I imagine an interview with an Al-o-holic (as opposed to some EPK crap) and Weird Al himself would go.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on October 30, 2009, 12:26:33 PM
And how like Al's pitch to Capitol Records to follow up My Bologna was gonna be a parody of whatever The Knack's next single was gonna be (KP: "Which is known now as The Song That Came After My Sharona"  :D).

Hey, "Good Girls Don't" was a hit.  And inspired the the very funny "Girls Don't Fart" (not the Rodney Carrington one).
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: gbeenie on November 03, 2009, 08:48:02 PM
The sight of Bermuda in the "Meg White" wig makes me giggle every time I see it.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on November 05, 2009, 08:48:26 AM
Quote
At a December 8 benefit show at the Echoplex in L.A., "Weird Al" Yankovic will sing a Pixies song with members of the Pixies. This will obviously be an incredible thing to see.

Yankovic will sing the Doolittle jam "I Bleed". But maybe if we bug him enough, he'll subject a Pixies song or two to the "Weird Al" treatment. "Here Comes Your Spam"? "This Monkey's Gone to 7-11"? This needs to happen.

http://pitchfork.com/news/37007-weird-al-flea-to-join-pixies/
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on November 05, 2009, 12:51:10 PM
Quote
At a December 8 benefit show at the Echoplex in L.A., "Weird Al" Yankovic will sing a Pixies song with members of the Pixies. This will obviously be an incredible thing to see.

Yankovic will sing the Doolittle jam "I Bleed". But maybe if we bug him enough, he'll subject a Pixies song or two to the "Weird Al" treatment. "Here Comes Your Spam"? "This Monkey's Gone to 7-11"? This needs to happen.

http://pitchfork.com/news/37007-weird-al-flea-to-join-pixies/
I would like to submit for consideration "Where Is My Mime".

Wait... Weird Al... AND Flea... on the same stage!?!  I need a smiley with his head blowing up out of sheer awesomeness.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Invisible NanoGhost on November 15, 2009, 03:15:39 PM
And for those who missed Weird Al on Kevin Pollack's chat show, go here:  http://kevinpollakschatshow.com/


This might work better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWUFS73S7DI

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on November 15, 2009, 04:36:45 PM
Yeah, use that. The Kevin Pollak feed doesn't cater well to skipping ahead or going back. If you stop halfway, you have to wait for it to play and load up to the point you miss and keep watching from there. Speaking from experience on that one. Cool interview, though. Al's always most fascinating when he's most candid.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on January 25, 2010, 07:05:43 PM
Weird Al just announced that he's directing a live-action (non-"UHF 2") feature!  Apparently this has been going on for years, but they're looking at shooting in the fall while the script is right now in its 3rd revision.  Here's the full transcript from http://alyankovic.wordpress.com/ (http://alyankovic.wordpress.com/)

Quote
I’ve just signed a production deal with Cartoon Network.

When I say that I’ve “just” signed, that means that I actually signed several months ago, but this is the first time I’ve been allowed to openly talk about it.

Without going into too much detail, the good folks at Cartoon Network decided that they liked me and wanted me to provide some content for them – series, features, animation, live-action… they were open to anything.  So after a couple years (yes, really) of the lawyers going back and forth, we finalized a deal – now all I have to do is start making stuff!

The first thing I’m on track to do for them is, in fact, a live-action feature film.

You may ask all your obvious questions now.

Have you already written the script?

Yes – in fact, I’m about to start the third draft.  It needs to be fine-tuned a bit more and it hasn’t been officially green-lit yet, but it’s gotten some very positive buzz at the network.

Is is going to be a sequel to UHF?

Sorry, no.

Is it going to be a documentary about Winston Churchill?

Again, no.

Is it going to be funny?

Well, that’s the intention.

Are you going to star in it?

No, but I’ll be making an appearance in it.  Cartoon Network had requested that I develop a show with a much younger protagonist – the actual star of the movie will most likely be teenage.

Are you going to direct it?

Yes.  I’m very excited about that.  I’ve directed a lot of music videos as well as the “Al’s Brain” 3-D attraction and the “Spy Hard” title sequence, but I’ve never shot an entire feature film, so this will be a big first for me.

When’s the movie going to be done?

Hey, don’t rush me!  I don’t know.  It’s a miracle any time a movie actually gets made, so I don’t want to jinx it too much.  The very earliest we’d be able to shoot it would be this fall (after my national concert tour).  I’ll definitely keep you posted.

What’s the movie going to be abou—

That’s it.  No more questions.  I’ve said all that I can say for now.  Thanks for coming to the press conference.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on February 13, 2010, 06:52:46 PM
How did I miss this!?  Al wrote an article for Cracked.com called "The 9 Most Underrated Funny Songs (According to Weird Al)".

Here's the link. (http://www.cracked.com/article/203_the-9-most-underrated-funny-songs-according-to-weird-al/)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on February 27, 2010, 01:46:37 AM
So does anyone know of anywhere on the vast web of internets that one can procure past episodes of Al-TV? I'd love to see them again...
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: FordPrefect on February 27, 2010, 11:13:10 AM
So does anyone know of anywhere on the vast web of internets that one can procure past episodes of Al-TV? I'd love to see them again...

YouTube mostly. Actually, Weird Al has been uploading several good quality videos of the fake interviews he did for AL-TV.
He's posting them on his own YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/alyankovic
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on March 03, 2010, 06:22:55 PM
Weird Al Sex Tape!

http://www.youtube.com/v/3S9N1oCX_nI
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: satanloveskitties on March 04, 2010, 08:09:11 AM
You know what I loved him as a kid..in a weird way he actually got me into real music. Id want to know what he was parodying and I find out...for example yoda an in one medially i think l.a. woman  ect . any way id ask my uncle and he'd hook me up with the record or tape . He's still funny but I have to take it in very small doses now. Doesn't have the replay value it did when i was 5 :( .........


                                          Thank You Weird Al wherever u are,  being weird !  :clap:

                       did I mention that I have strange since of humor : weird Al's fault  too probably .Ty
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on March 24, 2010, 04:33:13 AM
If only this was real!!!!!


http://FunnyOrDie.com/m/3r9l


Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on March 24, 2010, 08:24:51 AM
So does anyone know of anywhere on the vast web of internets that one can procure past episodes of Al-TV? I'd love to see them again...

YouTube mostly. Actually, Weird Al has been uploading several good quality videos of the fake interviews he did for AL-TV.
He's posting them on his own YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/alyankovic

Yeah...but the best parts of AL-TV - besides the really obscure funny videos he would play - were the skits in the studio.  Like his version of the video awards - "Best Table Tossing" with "We Didn't Start the Fire" and "Hungry Like a Wolf" and "Scariest Thing in a Music Video" with Pat Benatar's breasts in "Love Is A Battlefield" and Cyndi Lauper's boyfriend in "True Colors".

Damn, I wish I still had those tapes.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on March 24, 2010, 02:25:46 PM
So does anyone know of anywhere on the vast web of internets that one can procure past episodes of Al-TV? I'd love to see them again...

YouTube mostly. Actually, Weird Al has been uploading several good quality videos of the fake interviews he did for AL-TV.
He's posting them on his own YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/alyankovic

Yeah...but the best parts of AL-TV - besides the really obscure funny videos he would play - were the skits in the studio.  Like his version of the video awards - "Best Table Tossing" with "We Didn't Start the Fire" and "Hungry Like a Wolf" and "Scariest Thing in a Music Video" with Pat Benatar's breasts in "Love Is A Battlefield" and Cyndi Lauper's boyfriend in "True Colors".

Damn, I wish I still had those tapes.
I'm still looking for "Being Corey Feldman".
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Doctor Who? on May 30, 2010, 09:15:09 AM
Just to let any Weird Al fans in the Delaware area know,he is coming to Delaware in a few weeks!

http://www.capegazette.com/storiescurrent/201005/043090-weird-al.html (http://www.capegazette.com/storiescurrent/201005/043090-weird-al.html)

I don't have the money to go but I thought I would let you guys know :D
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 05, 2010, 02:23:47 PM
I was listening to the podcast Comedy Death-Ray and the host asked Al about his Cartoon Network project.  Unfortunately, it seems that fell through.  Sorry for the bad news.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: RoninFox on June 05, 2010, 02:37:48 PM
I was listening to the podcast Comedy Death-Ray and the host asked Al about his Cartoon Network project.  Unfortunately, it seems that fell through.  Sorry for the bad news.

And the chances of more Cartoon Network shows that I'll actually bother watching goes down once more.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: gbeenie on June 08, 2010, 01:45:54 AM
By the way, Al was the guest on a really good episode of Shatner's Raw Nerve a while back:

http://www.biography.com/video.do?name=shatner&bcpid=2226550001&bclid=52251666001&bctid=57378301001
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on June 08, 2010, 11:47:10 AM
"Horoscope" came on my ipod and it made me so happy. One of my favorites of his.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on June 26, 2010, 08:18:54 AM
Since Al isn't playing anywhere near me this summer, I'm stuck watching cell phone clips of the current tour on YouTube.

I was happy to see that
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on June 26, 2010, 09:01:06 AM
"Horoscope" came on my ipod and it made me so happy. One of my favorites of his.
I've recently rediscovered "Horoscope".  I felt pretty meh about it when it first came out but now it's the first song in my Weird Al playlist.  A great way to start off any playlist actually.  ;)  Coincidentally, I also just found out Big Reel Fish plays on the track because Al was told that would get a non-parody some radio play (which, obviously, didn't happen).

Since Al isn't playing anywhere near me this summer, I'm stuck watching cell phone clips of the current tour on YouTube.

I was happy to see that
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Links please?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on June 26, 2010, 09:40:07 AM
Links please?
http://www.youtube.com/v/TFLBsQayC34&hl=en_US
This year's version of Yoda

http://www.youtube.com/v/rb6h4MFUMIA
A very bad recording of (part of) this year's channel changing intro, ending with the clip in question.

And, for good measure...
http://www.youtube.com/v/MvqSGOCVoIo
This year's polka, Polka Face.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on June 28, 2010, 09:54:35 AM
Yay! New tour dates are still creeping in. Lucky Nevadians and Arizonians... Now since he's in a Southwest mood, maybe he'll add New Mexico to the list...
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MSTJedi on June 28, 2010, 09:57:29 AM
Yay! New tour dates are still creeping in. Lucky Nevadians and Arizonians... Now since he's in a Southwest mood, maybe he'll add New Mexico to the list...

And (north) Texas. Though with my luck, I'll be out of town if he comes through.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 28, 2010, 12:19:41 PM
when is this supposed album he's had more-or-less done coming out?!?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on July 07, 2010, 10:18:54 PM
when is this supposed album he's had more-or-less done coming out?!?
From his blog a couple days ago:
Quote
The new album has been put in suspended animation for the duration of the North American tour, but after I get off the road my main focus will be writing and recording the three songs that I need to complete it.  That’s really all I can tell you – any release date information would be pure conjecture at this point.
Check out the rest of his blog for very minor details about his supposedly upcoming movie:
http://alyankovic.wordpress.com/ (http://alyankovic.wordpress.com/)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: FordPrefect on July 08, 2010, 01:14:56 AM
Weird Al didn't do these (they are from a guy named Andy Rehfeldt), but I thought I'd post them here since they seem rather Al inspired.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Cr8KiihK3ks&amp

http://www.youtube.com/v/pk7UUzxKV54&amp
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Tor_Hershman on October 03, 2010, 08:17:14 AM
Vote on the parody cover of Weird Al's album jacket
@
http://www.amiright.com/photoshops/w/weirdalyankovicalbum_1156381759.shtml (http://www.amiright.com/photoshops/w/weirdalyankovicalbum_1156381759.shtml)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on April 20, 2011, 06:44:52 PM
For those not following, it's been an interesting few hours for Weird Al fans.  He wrote a parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (called "Perform This Way") to lead off his new album. Then she denied him permission. He releases it anyway but not just on the album (much like James Blunt's "You're Pitiful").  Turns out it was her manager that said no and she was unaware.  So she says "yes" and now we get a video!  Woo!  Personally, I think the manager is the fall guy because it wasn't until the outcry did he/she turn around.

Here's the (expect to be taken down soon) I'm-a-release-it-anyway song:
http://www.youtube.com/v/fUxXKfQkswE?fs=1&

Side note, I'm quite a fan of the subtle background jab that happens at 1:59.  ;)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on April 21, 2011, 09:50:35 AM
I thought Weird Al always spoke directly with the artists on these issues ever since that Coolio incident.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on April 21, 2011, 09:56:26 AM
What's taking him so long anyway?  It's been 4 and a half years since his last album.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Nunyerbiz on April 21, 2011, 10:16:16 AM
Well, popular music has been more of a vapid wasteland then usual since then...  short of finding a catchy song that he could build clever lyrics around, ala White and Nerdy, he didn't have much to go after. Lady Gaga seems like the first real obvious target, at least in regards to an individual popular artist, since Nirvana 20 years back.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on April 21, 2011, 10:48:32 AM
Well, popular music has been more of a vapid wasteland then usual since then...  short of finding a catchy song that he could build clever lyrics around, ala White and Nerdy, he didn't have much to go after. Lady Gaga seems like the first real obvious target, at least in regards to an individual popular artist, since Nirvana 20 years back.
Well said.  I feel "Poodle Hat" is great evidence for that too.  As much as I love "Hardware Store" and "Bob" (and the other originals), it's a (comparatively!) weak album for parody songs, and I think that's evidenced by that musical wasteland.  I mean he has just as many older songs parodied there as he does current songs.  I'm actually surprised he skipped out on Miley Cyrus (or waited till now perhaps).  That woulda been HUGE two years ago.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Nunyerbiz on April 21, 2011, 11:45:25 AM
I'm actually surprised he skipped out on Miley Cyrus (or waited till now perhaps).  That woulda been HUGE two years ago.

I don't consider myself a huge Weird Al fan, I did grow up with him during his early/mid 80s MTV heyday... and owned most of his older albums on some combination of cassette and vinyl... but I don't necessarily follow his newer stuff beyond the singles / popular videos. So while I can't claim to be all-knowing in regards to his back catalog, I don't think he's ever gone after teen-pop. Methinks it would be kinda creepy, especially now that he has to be damn near 50 years old, for him to parody a 15 year old girl. Anything he could / would do in regards to parodying the actual artist in the Miley Cyrus ilk would give the impression that he is paying far too close attention than would be comfortable.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on April 21, 2011, 12:25:58 PM
Well, popular music has been more of a vapid wasteland then usual since then...  short of finding a catchy song that he could build clever lyrics around, ala White and Nerdy, he didn't have much to go after. Lady Gaga seems like the first real obvious target, at least in regards to an individual popular artist, since Nirvana 20 years back.
Well said.  I feel "Poodle Hat" is great evidence for that too.  As much as I love "Hardware Store" and "Bob" (and the other originals), it's a (comparatively!) weak album for parody songs, and I think that's evidenced by that musical wasteland.  I mean he has just as many older songs parodied there as he does current songs.  I'm actually surprised he skipped out on Miley Cyrus (or waited till now perhaps).  That woulda been HUGE two years ago.

Both "Poodle Hat" AND "Straight Outta Lynnwood" were weak IMO.  (Running With Scissors had its share of disappointment to me too, but it grew on me.)  They all had some good stuff, but compared to the hey-days of the 80's-90's they were weak.  Really not much to mock out there that doesn't already just mock itself....

And my BIGGEST issue with Lynnwood (the album, not the city) was the over-produced quality to it.  Back years ago, he'd record all his own vocals and layers upon LAYERS of them...  Example: compare Trigger Happy to Pancreas.  I'm a HUGE fan of Smile! and Brian Wilson, but Al's style parody (as perfect and full of inside jokes as it is) is just hard for me to listen to, because of the digitized vocal layers.  If Brian Wilson could do ALL those vocals himself, why can't Al?!?!

Grrrr
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on April 21, 2011, 12:48:47 PM
I'm actually surprised he skipped out on Miley Cyrus (or waited till now perhaps).  That woulda been HUGE two years ago.

I don't consider myself a huge Weird Al fan, I did grow up with him during his early/mid 80s MTV heyday... and owned most of his older albums on some combination of cassette and vinyl... but I don't necessarily follow his newer stuff beyond the singles / popular videos. So while I can't claim to be all-knowing in regards to his back catalog, I don't think he's ever gone after teen-pop. Methinks it would be kinda creepy, especially now that he has to be damn near 50 years old, for him to parody a 15 year old girl. Anything he could / would do in regards to parodying the actual artist in the Miley Cyrus ilk would give the impression that he is paying far too close attention than would be comfortable.
Didn't he do parodies of Cyndi Lauper and Tiffany back in the 80s?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Nunyerbiz on April 21, 2011, 01:42:58 PM
Well, I'm not sure that Cyndi Lauper applies, as I'm pretty sure she was nowhere near her teenage years when she became popular. As far as Tiffany, Al was paroding a song, which in itself was a cover, and was not going after the artist. Nothing in "I think I'm a Clone Now" or whatever it was called had anything to do with Tiffany. It was unique lyrics set against a popular tune, ala how "White and Nerdy" wasn't really a parody of whatever random rapper did "Riding Dirty". The question at hand was "why didn't he parody Miley Cyrus?". That lead me to believe that stansimpson was looking for more of a direct artist parody, as was done for Michael Jackson with "Eat It" and "Fat" or with Nirvana with whatever the name of the song was where he parodied Nirvana. Situations where the lyrics where secondary to actively pointing the parody at the image of the artist.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Nunyerbiz on April 21, 2011, 06:27:56 PM
A "Weird Al" thread containing a nerdy conversation?!? STOP THE PRESSES!!!

:P
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on April 21, 2011, 06:47:03 PM
Hmm, the first album to include a pun on his name since Alapalooza.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Scribblesense on April 21, 2011, 09:24:08 PM
From that album cover, I'm half expecting him to do a parody of Through the Fire and Flames.

And then I could die a happy man, because listening to it would make my face explode in a rainbow-colored nuclear explosion and I would ascend to Valhalla where I could relive my glorious death again and again and again for all eternity.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on April 21, 2011, 10:05:27 PM
This is one hell of a nerdy conversation.

Did anyone see the video promoting the album itself?  http://j.mp/fVzh7V

I for one can't wait... Excited!!!  (Even though about half of the songs were probably already on his "Internet Leaks" ep... **sigh**)
I'm not sure how EPs, um, "work", but considering he was nominated for a Grammy for that album, I would think those won't be on there.  In fact, the more I think about it, the more I think that is probably false.  Or is that wishful thinking I'm hearing.

In any case, I need to clean up my desktop cuz that album cover is begging to be my wallpaper.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on April 21, 2011, 10:10:19 PM
This is one hell of a nerdy conversation.

Did anyone see the video promoting the album itself?  http://j.mp/fVzh7V

I for one can't wait... Excited!!!  (Even though about half of the songs were probably already on his "Internet Leaks" ep... **sigh**)
I'm not sure how EPs, um, "work", but considering he was nominated for a Grammy for that album, I would think those won't be on there.  In fact, the more I think about it, the more I think that is probably false.  Or is that wishful thinking I'm hearing.

The Internet Leaks E.P. will be 5 of the 12 tracks. It was always designed that way. From Al's Blog:

Quote
The songs on “Internet Leaks” will all show up again on my next full album release, whenever that is (I’m assuming next year sometime, but there’s no way to be sure). Some people may say, “Why should I buy the ‘Internet Leaks’ tracks now when they’re going to be on your next album anyway?” Well, if all you’re interested in is the physical CD, and you don’t mind waiting a year or so… you probably SHOULDN’T buy the tracks now. Nobody’s forcing you to buy the songs twice – I just wanted to make the tracks available so everybody could enjoy them as early as possible.

By the way, if you DO purchase “Internet Leaks” now, you’ll be able to take advantage of iTunes’ “Complete My Album” function when the full album becomes available. You’ll be able to painlessly add the missing tracks, and the full purchase price of “Internet Leaks” will be deducted from the cost of the album.

It is always possible that they won't be on the new album but they probably will.

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on April 21, 2011, 10:37:51 PM
The Internet Leaks E.P. will be 5 of the 12 tracks. It was always designed that way.
(http://aniszczyk.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/noooooooooo.jpg)

Having got that outta my system... I know we have a healthy core group of metal fans on the forum here (only ones I can think of right this moment are torgospizza and RobTheBarbarian). I wonder what their take is on the cover.  My guess?  "Awesome."
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on April 22, 2011, 07:35:21 AM
I liked Internet Leaks and want those songs on a CD...but I'm also ready to hear some NEW originals.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on April 22, 2011, 09:19:31 AM
Well Al tends to go 50-50 on the originals and parodies, so I'd say we have 1 original and 5 parodies that haven't been leaked yet.

UPDATE to check my math. I forgot Whatever you Like was a parody, so probably 2 originals and 4 parodies.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Invisible NanoGhost on April 22, 2011, 02:29:32 PM
I thought Weird Al always spoke directly with the artists on these issues ever since that Coolio incident.

He always makes sure the artist has approved.  But if he probably has to talk to a manager first, and if the manager says "The artist hates your parody, and will never allow you to do it!", then he's not going to pester the artist just to obtain a personal rejection.

Someone probably reminded Lady GG that Al had already parodied Madonna.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Starman! on April 22, 2011, 09:33:54 PM
I am PUMPED for this album!!!

I do wish though that the Internet Leaks songs won't be on the album. They could just release the EP on CD?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on April 24, 2011, 02:19:02 PM
I just want to know where I can get a widescreen wallpaper-sized image of that teaser art. :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on May 28, 2011, 09:31:17 AM
Preorders and track list! (http://myplaydirect.com/weird-al/alpocalypse-deluxe-cd-dvd-/details/25800341)

Yep, Internet Leaks is part of the album. Ah, well. Happy to have them on CD, but sad to not get a full batch of new originals (no Spinal Tap reference pun intended).

EDIT: The store page seems to be sporadically inaccessible, so here's the track list:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on May 30, 2011, 02:27:48 AM
Wow. And since Weird Al is working on the Perform this Way video, that means the only song with no music video (Assuming everything on the DVD track list is, in fact, a music video) will be the Polka, which will probably get an in-concert (Maybe Al-TV? IhopeIhopeIhope) video of all the standard videos sped up to match the tempo. :^) Can't ask for a better song to video ratio than that. :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on May 30, 2011, 07:27:22 AM
Wow. And since Weird Al is working on the Perform this Way video, that means the only song with no music video (Assuming everything on the DVD track list is, in fact, a music video) will be the Polka, which will probably get an in-concert (Maybe Al-TV? IhopeIhopeIhope) video of all the standard videos sped up to match the tempo. :^) Can't ask for a better song to video ratio than that. :^)

I just wish they were live action videos instead of animated.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on June 14, 2011, 02:34:43 PM
So...via Al on Twitter and Facebook, sign up for a two-week trial to this MOG site, and hear Alpocalypse early! (Well, the five tracks that hadn't been leaked yet, anyway.)

http://mog.com/albums/mn54902181/'weird-al'-yankovic/alpocalypse

Overall, I like it. It'll take about sixty or seventy listens before I can rate it against previous albums, of course.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 14, 2011, 02:56:00 PM
So...via Al on Twitter and Facebook, sign up for a two-week trial to this MOG site, and hear Alpocalypse early! (Well, the five tracks that hadn't been leaked yet, anyway.)

http://mog.com/albums/mn54902181/'weird-al'-yankovic/alpocalypse

Overall, I like it. It'll take about sixty or seventy listens before I can rate it against previous albums, of course.

I'll wait til it's on torrent or Rhapsody or CD....  but tell me this:  Does it suffer from the same "over-digitization" the last one annoyed me with (ie, the OBVIOUSLY auto-tune and filters on the Brian Wilson parody)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russell on June 14, 2011, 03:31:02 PM
I don't want to sound like a downer but I was not particularly impressed with his
Lady Gaga parody "Perform this way". I know this is probably blasphemy but it
didn't strike me as funny at all.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 14, 2011, 03:35:20 PM
I thought it was alright.  Not the greatest he has ever done, but the rest more than make up for that.  Craiglist is interesting and funny, and a surprisingly good door impression, skipper dan always gets me.  I know too many people who work for the rat (aka mickey) as they say.   Personally im all amped up to hear party in the CIA. 
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russell on June 15, 2011, 01:30:27 AM
I thought it was alright.  Not the greatest he has ever done, but the rest more than make up for that.  Craiglist is interesting and funny, and a surprisingly good door impression, skipper dan always gets me.  I know too many people who work for the rat (aka mickey) as they say.   Personally im all amped up to hear party in the CIA. 
Weird thing is I prefer a lot of the older, original stuff that wasn't a parody of a specific song. I mean
I love songs like Melanie, Stuck in a closet with Vanna White, and so on. Even worse is probably
my favorite Weird Album.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on June 15, 2011, 08:42:40 AM
When I first got into Weird Al, I was ALL about the parodies, but I'm finding as I get older that it's his original songs that betray his real talent. It's one thing to replace the words (And Weird Al is the undisputed champ there) but it takes real talent to create an entire song that sounds like it came from a certain artist's library. Tyrant (A big NiN fan) was actually convinced Germs was a direct parody. That's talent right there. And when he's NOT really trying to sound like anyone else, he creates songs that sound like nothing else, and I like that sound. Hardware Store and Virus Alert may be my favorite Al songs ever. Not the funniest, but genuinely good listening.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 15, 2011, 08:57:24 AM
correct me if im wrong but skipper dan and dont download this song are not parodies correct?  Also woot for hardware store and albequerque.  Also genius in france grows on you.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Invader_quirk on June 15, 2011, 11:44:08 AM
Tyrant (A big NiN fan) was actually convinced Germs was a direct parody.

Germs IS a direct parody. I always thought it was weird that it wasn't listed as such. It's the same tune and structure as... whatever the NIN song is.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on June 15, 2011, 05:16:19 PM
Tyrant (A big NiN fan) was actually convinced Germs was a direct parody.

Germs IS a direct parody. I always thought it was weird that it wasn't listed as such. It's the same tune and structure as... whatever the NIN song is.

While close it is still a style parody. It has elements of several NIN songs like Closer and Terrible lie.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on June 15, 2011, 08:28:29 PM
When I first got into Weird Al, I was ALL about the parodies, but I'm finding as I get older that it's his original songs that betray his real talent. It's one thing to replace the words (And Weird Al is the undisputed champ there) but it takes real talent to create an entire song that sounds like it came from a certain artist's library. Tyrant (A big NiN fan) was actually convinced Germs was a direct parody. That's talent right there. And when he's NOT really trying to sound like anyone else, he creates songs that sound like nothing else, and I like that sound. Hardware Store and Virus Alert may be my favorite Al songs ever. Not the funniest, but genuinely good listening.
I kinda feel the same way about "I'll Sue Ya" (the Rage Against the Machine style parody).  Someone asked which song it was a parody of, and, after explaining, played about 2 or 3 that I thought were closest.  But they were all individually drastically different, yet Weird Al's is distinctively RATM through and through.

I have the same experience growing older about which songs I like now. Before, it was ALL about the parodies (and the non-parodies were fine enough). But some of my favorites are now "Horoscope" and "Hardware Store" and even some of the "lesser" parodies ("I Think I'm A Clone Now").
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on June 16, 2011, 07:49:23 AM
Al had to be using mechanical assistance for that big list of inventory in the middle of "Hardware Store".  No human being can sing that fast.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on June 16, 2011, 07:57:21 AM
Al had to be using mechanical assistance for that big list of inventory in the middle of "Hardware Store".  No human being can sing that fast.

I bet Al could. So could this guy:

(http://www.automopedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/johnmoschitta.jpg)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on June 16, 2011, 08:55:02 AM
I got to meet Mr. Moschita at a Botcon one year (He was the voice of Blur on Transformers). He'll happily show off his high-speed speak skillz in person. Cool guy.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on June 16, 2011, 11:40:06 AM
Al had to be using mechanical assistance for that big list of inventory in the middle of "Hardware Store".  No human being can sing that fast.

These guys... might.  The sound quality is pretty poor and they have the song itself as back-up so it's really hard to tell its accuracy. In any case, I still think it's possible... just very, very, very hard:
http://www.youtube.com/v/YNZokv_KZO8?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 16, 2011, 03:04:44 PM
Al had to be using mechanical assistance for that big list of inventory in the middle of "Hardware Store".  No human being can sing that fast.

Saw him perform it live... There was no mechanical or voice-over assistance.... He just took one big-long deep breath in and let it fly.

I know for a FACT that he knows how to do circular breathing, and the note at the end of Spy Hard was done in one take, no looping...  So it's no wonder Al can do that long schpeal of inventory.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: k1 on June 16, 2011, 03:42:06 PM
He used to do all of Green Eggs & Ham in one breath awhile back when I saw him.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 16, 2011, 03:52:28 PM
when the concert this last wekend ended he did this weird acapella thing that was amazing, but i swear him and the band didnt take a breath the whole time. 
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 16, 2011, 06:13:10 PM
when the concert this last wekend ended he did this weird acapella thing that was amazing, but i swear him and the band didnt take a breath the whole time. 

Don't you mean "Weird ALcapella"??
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 16, 2011, 09:35:55 PM
In other news, I downloaded the album because I am impatient and can't wait a half-week til the release when I will asuredly buy it.... Anyways, so far, it's pretty good.  I like it.  MUCH better production quality than the last one.  And "Perform This Way" sounds much better on the album than the YouTube version did (obviously).  More bass thumping adds to the OOMPH.

[edit] Actually, it reminds me of the LAST ALbum with "Al" in the name as a pun... Alapalooza.... and maybe a bit of Bad Hair Day.  And that's a good thing.[/edit]
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Starman! on June 18, 2011, 09:32:26 AM
He said on Twitter that he's not going to play "You're Pitiful" live anymore.  :'( :'( :'( I'm glad I got to see that song live.

He used to do all of Green Eggs & Ham in one breath awhile back when I saw him.

 ;D It's not The Edge, it's The Al. That's what I call him when I watch that video.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 20, 2011, 07:56:11 AM
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He said on Twitter that he's not going to play "You're Pitiful" live anymore.     I'm glad I got to see that song live

He played it at the concert i went to in Tucson all of a week or so ago. 
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on June 20, 2011, 11:05:36 AM
However disturbing you may have anticpated Al's Perform this Way video to be, it's worse. :^)

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Starman! on June 20, 2011, 12:46:00 PM
However disturbing you may have anticpated Al's Perform this Way video to be, it's worse. :^)

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

 ;D
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 20, 2011, 01:02:28 PM
Pretty funny,  im kinda curious why he went with blue screened face though. 
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 20, 2011, 01:27:00 PM
Pretty funny,  im kinda curious why he went with blue screened face though. 

So he could have boobs.

I was the 304th viewer of that video. Nerd status.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Starman! on June 20, 2011, 01:46:47 PM
I was the 304th viewer of that video. Nerd status.

Sorry to break it to you, but that's just an error on YouTube. Whenever a video is first uploaded, the view count only goes up to 300 or so.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 20, 2011, 03:23:58 PM
Al had to be using mechanical assistance for that big list of inventory in the middle of "Hardware Store".  No human being can sing that fast.

I do when I sing it,all you have to do is practice.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Compound on June 21, 2011, 10:43:29 AM
Oh kiddies?

Amazon's MP3 deal of the day - Alpocalypse [+Digital Booklet] - $3.99 (http://www.amazon.com/Alpocalypse-Digital-Booklet/dp/B00560F9LO/ref=amb_link_356660242_3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=browse&pf_rd_r=1DAD3F53CHT315YSXYER&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1306298442&pf_rd_i=163856011)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MSTJedi on June 21, 2011, 11:19:24 AM
Oh kiddies?

Amazon's MP3 deal of the day - Alpocalypse [+Digital Booklet] - $3.99 (http://www.amazon.com/Alpocalypse-Digital-Booklet/dp/B00560F9LO/ref=amb_link_356660242_3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=browse&pf_rd_r=1DAD3F53CHT315YSXYER&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1306298442&pf_rd_i=163856011)

Ooh . . . if only I had $4. Seriously, I'm that broke, people.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Scribblesense on June 21, 2011, 01:27:38 PM
However disturbing you may have anticpated Al's Perform this Way video to be, it's worse. :^)

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

That's the best thing I ever saw.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 21, 2011, 02:46:02 PM
I was the 304th viewer of that video. Nerd status.

Sorry to break it to you, but that's just an error on YouTube. Whenever a video is first uploaded, the view count only goes up to 300 or so.

Does it matter that it was about 12:15 in the morning on the day of the video release??  There were only 2 comments at the time I saw it, and one was "Woo! I'm in the first 300 viewers!"
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Starman! on June 21, 2011, 03:17:04 PM
I was the 304th viewer of that video. Nerd status.

Sorry to break it to you, but that's just an error on YouTube. Whenever a video is first uploaded, the view count only goes up to 300 or so.

Does it matter that it was about 12:15 in the morning on the day of the video release??  There were only 2 comments at the time I saw it, and one was "Woo! I'm in the first 300 viewers!"

 :o Well, you're still one of the first then!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 21, 2011, 03:52:34 PM
I was the 304th viewer of that video. Nerd status.

Sorry to break it to you, but that's just an error on YouTube. Whenever a video is first uploaded, the view count only goes up to 300 or so.

Does it matter that it was about 12:15 in the morning on the day of the video release??  There were only 2 comments at the time I saw it, and one was "Woo! I'm in the first 300 viewers!"

 :o Well, you're still one of the first then!

Yeee-yah! Eat THAT, m3r4kr!!!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on June 21, 2011, 09:13:05 PM
Just finished listening to "Alpocalypse".  While all but 2 songs made me think it would've been more timely in 2009, as a Weird Al fan, I can't help but be elated.  I had the most fun listening to The Polka Song.  I like that the originals were rather strong too (stronger than usual).  Come to think of it, I think I will enjoy this more than Straight Outta Lynnwood, White & Nerdy, and Poodle Hat (tho not as good as Running With Scissors).  At least, it will be on par with those first three anyway.

Ok.  Off to watch X-Men 3 with RiffTrax!  Two things I've been waiting literally years for are released on the same day.  Amazing.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 21, 2011, 10:26:17 PM
when the concert this last wekend ended he did this weird acapella thing that was amazing, but i swear him and the band didnt take a breath the whole time. 

Don't you mean "Weird ALcapella"??

Yes i do and this is the best example i could find of it lol
it starts around 330
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1A24xU236Y&feature=related
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 21, 2011, 10:40:44 PM
also i will be rocking this song When i ever get assigned to Langley 

I love it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz7k4wGsGWo
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on June 22, 2011, 12:59:23 AM
I dig the Alpocalypse. Craig's List gets better every time I hear it, TMZ rocks, and Polka Face is among Weird Al's greatest Polkas. Also I'm totally getting the RIng Tone of Ring Tone. :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 22, 2011, 11:59:21 AM
So far, Ringtone has stayed consistantly my least-favourite song off the new album.  I honestly wasn't even too fond of it back when it was first "leaked" but hey, ya can't win em all.

I sprung the extra 3 bucks for the CD/DVD version so I could get the videos...  I am kinda disappointed at how distorted the audio is on each and every one of those.  The video quality is fantastic, but the audio is worse than on youtube.  I may re-mix this down using the audio from the CD just because it's THAT BAD.

Other than that small complaint and my on-going issue with the electronic vocal filter used on songs like Ringtone (and Pancreas off the last album) .... What? No one can tell me he didn't have enough time or the ability to record actual background vocals! ....  Anyways, I give the album an 8.5 out of 10.  It probably would have been 9-9.5 if not for the damned vocal filter.   I think this one ranks up there with Bad Hair Day.

Fave tracks:  the polka (of course) and Party In The CIA
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on June 22, 2011, 01:34:10 PM
I didn't recognize any of the tracks in the polka, except for the Katy Perry one.  Anybody have a listing?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 22, 2011, 01:37:51 PM
I didn't recognize any of the tracks in the polka, except for the Katy Perry one.  Anybody have a listing?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polka_Medleys#Polka_Face

I recognised MOST of them, but I blame that hot chick who had me do mixes for her dance classes...
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on June 22, 2011, 01:45:53 PM
So far, Ringtone has stayed consistantly my least-favourite song off the new album.  I honestly wasn't even too fond of it back when it was first "leaked" but hey, ya can't win em all.

I sprung the extra 3 bucks for the CD/DVD version so I could get the videos...  I am kinda disappointed at how distorted the audio is on each and every one of those.  The video quality is fantastic, but the audio is worse than on youtube.  I may re-mix this down using the audio from the CD just because it's THAT BAD.
Yeah, I'm not a fan of Ringtone, but eh... there's plenty more to listen to.  ;D  I watched the videos today.  As animation goes, I liked watching those (esp seeing Bill Plimpton do a Weird Al vid!).  Not sure I'll have the desire to watch any again.  And unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), I realized the "Perform This Way" vid was not on there.  Hmm.  Didn't notice the downgraded audio quality, but I'm not really an audio guy.

And, as far as recognizing songs from Polka Face, I blame the radio that was ALWAYS on at work from a couple years ago.  Y'know, one of those stations that plays only 10 songs for weeks?  It's fair to say, I know most of the songs quite well.  After checking out the wiki link, I now have to research Frankie Yankovic's "The Tick Tock Polka".
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on June 22, 2011, 07:16:55 PM
I sprung the extra 3 bucks for the CD/DVD version so I could get the videos...  I am kinda disappointed at how distorted the audio is on each and every one of those.  The video quality is fantastic, but the audio is worse than on youtube.  I may re-mix this down using the audio from the CD just because it's THAT BAD.

Not noticing any distortion playing the vids on my computer. I haven't tried it on my TV set up yet. Maybe you got a bum disc?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 22, 2011, 08:33:59 PM
I sprung the extra 3 bucks for the CD/DVD version so I could get the videos...  I am kinda disappointed at how distorted the audio is on each and every one of those.  The video quality is fantastic, but the audio is worse than on youtube.  I may re-mix this down using the audio from the CD just because it's THAT BAD.

Not noticing any distortion playing the vids on my computer. I haven't tried it on my TV set up yet. Maybe you got a bum disc?

Yeah, I'll try the digital coax from my DVD changer, instead of the optical from the PS3 and see if that has any difference.  It just seemed overly distorted, especially when there were lots of layers vocally.

God, I'm picky.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on June 23, 2011, 12:03:52 PM
I have an Ipod/Itunes playlist of all of his parodies plus the originals.  Looks like I need to make some updates to that.

Meanwhile, here are the originals, referenced by the parody name.

Perform This Way

http://www.youtube.com/v/IGj4_CFgH4c?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0


TMZ

http://www.youtube.com/v/VuNIsY6JdUw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Another Tattoo

http://www.youtube.com/v/qnA1tQFrfDQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Whatever You Like

http://www.youtube.com/v/fjcnD9lX4dM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Party at the CIA

http://www.youtube.com/v/WLOHfn_IuAc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Nunyerbiz on June 23, 2011, 02:06:53 PM
From what I've heard so far, this is probably his strongest set of stuff in 20 years... and I'm not even that terribly familiar with current pop music... at least a third of the polka medley went right over my head... but it's still just so much fun to bob your head along with that I really didn't give a shit. Party in the CIA and the Tattoo Song are great parodies. Charles Nelson Riley is a little lame lyrically, as the whole premise was funnier ten years ago when it was about Chuck Norris, but the music in that song is really quite strong and drives the re-listenability factor. The song about not forwarding stupid emails was another great musical mimic job, this time in the style of those overblown Meat Loaf songs... Even the obviously depressing Skipper Dan has an interesting enough backing track.

I'm not a huge fan of the Lady Gaga parody... neither the lyrics or the video made me crack a smile. Seems like Al is just spinning his wheels trying to make the already absurd slightly more absurd... but everything else I've heard from this is really quite good. After two decades of albums where I though each was three or maybe four cute tracks plus a bunch of meh... this looks like a Weird Al record where I'll rarely skip around. Pretty sure my wife has some unused iTunes credits or coins or points or ducats or whatever Apple calls their currency... so maybe I'll be picking this up as opposed to just cherry picking free listens from youtube... no fuck that... I'll ask for the CD for a Christmas present... there has to still be a record store open somewhere.... right?

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on June 24, 2011, 12:11:15 PM
Okay, "Nothin' on You", the original to "Another Tattoo", is a seriously powerful earworm.  I can't stop shaking and singing the opening verse and chorus.

Beautiful girls
all over the world.
I could be chasin'
but my time would be wasted.
They got nothing on yoooooou baby.
Nothin' on you baby.
Nu-nu-nu-nothin' on you!
They might say hi
and I might say hey.
But you shouldn't worry
about what they say,
Cause they got nothin' on you baby.
Nothin' on you.
Nu-nu-nu-nothin' on you.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on June 25, 2011, 03:18:12 PM
Giving this yet another listen, and man, Al gets better with every album.  This was worth the wait.

It's great with the parodies that he doesn't just redo the lyrics.  Hack morning DJs will take the song (as performed by the original artist) and give an off key rendition of hastily written new lyrics.  Al really makes the song his own, making a new recording of the tunes and hilarious, well crafted new lyrics.  You can tell he's a talented artist because his original songs are just as good.  "If That Isn't Love" is my favorite original on the album.  TMZ is great, both with the lyrics and because I start filling in the original lyrics when I hear them.  You just picked up some transvestite / Minutes later it's up on the web site.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on June 25, 2011, 04:29:01 PM
"If That Isn't Love" is my favorite original on the album.
That and "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me" are my favorite originals (of prob his past several albums actually).  I was trying to figure out why SFTCTM sounded so familiar (aside from being such a victim). That is until someone pointed out it's a Meat Loaf style parody!  Hahaha. Great stuff.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Scribblesense on June 25, 2011, 04:57:58 PM
I totally want a tattoo of the Minotaur pillow-fighting with Satan, now.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on June 25, 2011, 10:33:50 PM
Craigslist is quickly standing out as my favorite. It didn't really grab me when it was "leaked" but after hearing it a few times, I find it to be legitimately groovy (Maybe because he actually snagged a member of the Doors for Keyboards) and I still crack up every time at the "Do you want my styrofoam peanuts?" bit. :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: gbeenie on June 26, 2011, 01:29:52 PM
Yeah, I love "Craigslist" as well. I was really hoping, when Rock Band 3 came out, and we were flooded with Doors songs, that they would sneak "Craigslist" in there. Alas, Al still goes unrepresented in the game.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MSTJedi on June 27, 2011, 11:23:10 AM
Yeah, I love "Craigslist" as well. I was really hoping, when Rock Band 3 came out, and we were flooded with Doors songs, that they would sneak "Craigslist" in there. Alas, Al still goes unrepresented in the game.

Considering that the only paid song I've downloaded for Rockband was Cartman's "Poker Face", I'd love to get some Weird Al songs, even if they could only do the originals.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: k1 on June 27, 2011, 11:36:45 AM
Hm. I have tried listening to the album a couple times and I don't think there's anything that really jumps out at me like in the past. (I haven't heard the last song yet. )

TMZ is decent.  Whatever You Like is good.  Craigslist is probably my favorite. Or possibly If That Isn't Love.

The rest is kinda ... Meh.  Probably my least favorite polka he has done. I blame the crap they play on the radio now vs the crap they played in the past.

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on June 27, 2011, 08:19:37 PM
Probably my least favorite polka he has done. I blame the crap they play on the radio now vs the crap they played in the past.


Blame it on the Al-Al-Al-cohol, k1.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on June 29, 2011, 07:40:33 PM
Weird Al writes (and performs!) lyrics for "CONAN"! (http://teamcoco.com/video/weird-al-sings-theme)   :o

Now if he only had a sit-down chat, it would've been better!  Oh well... I'll take what I can get. 
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 30, 2011, 07:15:20 AM
Find out what Al thinks of his own songs here:
http://www.avclub.com/articles/weird-al-yankovic,58244/
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on June 30, 2011, 07:42:27 AM
He only plans on one more "internet leak" before the album comes out (sometime in 2010 now, damn)

In other news... I only have 6 more posts until 1000!!!    :highfive:

I just wanted to quote this 23 month old post for fun.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on July 01, 2011, 08:14:03 AM
I posted a detailed video review of the album on [plug]my blog (http://doggans.com/blog/2011/07/01/review-alpocalypse/)[/plug] and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj0B3UyE9Vc), but the abridged version is: overall I like it more than Poodle Hat or Straight Outta Lynwood, even though I don't like any individual song more than "Virus Alert" or "White And Nerdy" (except maybe "Skipper Dan" which is one of my favorite songs of all time).
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on July 01, 2011, 09:28:16 AM
...and, my review got retweeted by Al himself. Holy crap.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on July 01, 2011, 09:41:55 AM
...and, my review got retweeted by Al himself. Holy crap.
Whaaat!? That's awesome, dude. Congrats!  YOU WIN!

EDIT: Just finished watching. Good review. Two things I wanted to mention. You mention the Polka Medley changes a couple words from the original lyrics, but it's not the first time (I believe Polka Power from "Running With Scissors" does this). Also, you say this is the first album in 15 years to not have a big, epic song. I would consider "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me" as Al's album-closing epic. What could be more epic than a Meat Loaf style parody?  ;) Pure opinion of course. Great job on a review almost half as long as the album!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on July 01, 2011, 10:58:57 AM
You mention the Polka Medley changes a couple words from the original lyrics, but it's not the first time (I believe Polka Power from "Running With Scissors" does this).

I thought it might not be the first time, but I couldn't remember for sure. So, it's not a unique occurrence, but it's still a rare one.

Also, you say this is the first album in 15 years to not have a big, epic song. I would consider "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me" as Al's album-closing epic. What could be more epic than a Meat Loaf style parody?  ;)

Musically epic, sure. Lengthwise, not so much, but as I said, I'm not sure that's a bad thing.

Great job on a review almost half as long as the album!

What can I say; I tend to ramble on subjects I'm passionate about. :P
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on July 01, 2011, 11:40:20 AM
Great job on a review almost half as long as the album!

What can I say; I tend to ramble on subjects I'm passionate about. :P
Re-reading my last comment, that sounded like it could be taken as sarcastic but it's not meant to be (just to be clear). I look forward to watching your next review of Al's... which will be, what, 2016?  ;D
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on August 22, 2011, 08:51:32 PM
Some more goodies headed our way!

Comedy Central is airing a Al concert on 10/1 then releasing the uncut full version on DVD and BLU on 10/4

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61IbPXV58rL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Al is also releasing this gem in November:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61V0cTottRL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

All the Alpocylpse videos in HD including Perform this Way and bonus HD videos for White and Nerdy, Trapped in the Drive Through and Do I creep you out!! 
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on August 22, 2011, 09:48:10 PM
Excited about the concert. Couldn't care much less about the hd videos though.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Invader_quirk on September 03, 2011, 08:58:13 PM
The videos on the DVD were almost all beyond awful. He must just be too nice a guy to tell these people their videos both suck and subtract from the music.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on September 03, 2011, 09:20:32 PM
The videos on the DVD were almost all beyond awful. He must just be too nice a guy to tell these people their videos both suck and subtract from the music.
I liked the Plimptoon for what it was... but, yeah, the "Another Tattoo" was a little too straight-forward. And "Whatever You Like"... well, can we call this his worst video ever?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on September 03, 2011, 09:31:49 PM
I didn't hate the videos, but I liked it a lot better when he only did a few videos per album, and did them live action.  This "quantity over quality" thing isn't working for me.  I did love the videos for Skipper Dan and If That Isn't Love.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on September 04, 2011, 04:18:37 AM
The Party in the CIA video was awesome. Most of the others...didn't love them, didn't hate them, but I appreciated the variety of styles.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on September 04, 2011, 06:24:06 PM
I'm a huge animation fan, so I love most of the animated videos to death, but the best ones are always the ones he puts his own personal touch on, and that's what live-action is for.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on September 04, 2011, 08:54:14 PM
I have an 6 disc set of various rarities (basically, everything ever recorded that isn't on the ALbums) and I really wish he'd look into re-requesting permission for a lot of abandoned song parodies....  There's so many good ones he might be able to get a "yes" for now that people know who he is.  Such as....

Feel Like Throwing Up
Throw Gravy On You    (one of my personal faves)
It's Still Billy Joel To Me
Take Me To The Liver
Won't Eat Prunes Again
Laundry Day (Keep Em Separated)

and of course....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=941ssF8yIr8
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on September 04, 2011, 09:05:31 PM
I have an 6 disc set of various rarities (basically, everything ever recorded that isn't on the ALbums) and I really wish he'd look into re-requesting permission for a lot of abandoned song parodies....  There's so many good ones he might be able to get a "yes" for now that people know who he is.  Such as....

Feel Like Throwing Up
Throw Gravy On You    (one of my personal faves)
It's Still Billy Joel To Me
Take Me To The Liver
Won't Eat Prunes Again
Laundry Day (Keep Em Separated)

and of course....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=941ssF8yIr8
I think "Gee I'm A Nerd" is my favorite rarity. I don't really see The Beatles giving the rights tho.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on September 30, 2011, 06:32:31 PM
Hey, folks!  Don't forget to check out Weird Al's "Alpocalypse" concert tomorrow night on Comedy Central!

You can already watch the full performance of "Party In the C.I.A." (http://comedians.jokes.com/-weird-al--yankovic/videos/weird-al-yankovic---party-in-the-cia).

Um... is it me, or is he really slowing down?  I mean, I know he's getting older, but part of me thinks he just needs a big, double-bacon cheeseburger to give him some more strength.

And don't forget the first ever video for a polka medley (http://t.co/Rzqn2z5v)!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on September 30, 2011, 08:21:50 PM
Hey, folks!  Don't forget to check out Weird Al's "Alpocalypse" concert tomorrow night on Comedy Central!

You can already watch the full performance of "Party In the C.I.A." (http://comedians.jokes.com/-weird-al--yankovic/videos/weird-al-yankovic---party-in-the-cia).

Um... is it me, or is he really slowing down?  I mean, I know he's getting older, but part of me thinks he just needs a big, double-bacon cheeseburger to give him some more strength.

And don't forget the first ever video for a polka medley (http://t.co/Rzqn2z5v)!

Eh. I think I will just buy the DVD on Tuesday!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: shodan on October 01, 2011, 12:24:18 AM
Hey, folks!  Don't forget to check out Weird Al's "Alpocalypse" concert tomorrow night on Comedy Central!

You can already watch the full performance of "Party In the C.I.A." (http://comedians.jokes.com/-weird-al--yankovic/videos/weird-al-yankovic---party-in-the-cia).

Um... is it me, or is he really slowing down?  I mean, I know he's getting older, but part of me thinks he just needs a big, double-bacon cheeseburger to give him some more strength.

And don't forget the first ever video for a polka medley (http://t.co/Rzqn2z5v)!
i dont think hes slowing down cause of age, i just think they guy who replaced the original wierd al doesnt have the energy of the old one. we need another wierd al replacement
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on October 01, 2011, 06:49:54 AM
Um... is it me, or is he really slowing down?  I mean, I know he's getting older, but part of me thinks he just needs a big, double-bacon cheeseburger to give him some more strength.

Yeah, I noticed he seemed slower in the "Party and the CIA" live clip, but he seemed okay in the "Canadian Idiot" one. I think Miley Cyrus' range might just be more difficult for him to do every night. :P

Anyway. I'm seeing him on Wednesday at Hard Rock Orlando at Universal CityWalk! Woohoo, and all that!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on October 01, 2011, 12:59:19 PM
He was still pretty energetic back during the Straight outta Lynnwood tour. I don't know where he gets it all. :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on October 01, 2011, 04:11:54 PM
Um... is it me, or is he really slowing down?  I mean, I know he's getting older, but part of me thinks he just needs a big, double-bacon cheeseburger to give him some more strength.

Yeah, I noticed he seemed slower in the "Party and the CIA" live clip, but he seemed okay in the "Canadian Idiot" one. I think Miley Cyrus' range might just be more difficult for him to do every night. :P

Anyway. I'm seeing him on Wednesday at Hard Rock Orlando at Universal CityWalk! Woohoo, and all that!
That's good to hear. I also wondered if it's strategic, like, yknow, not exerting himself too much allowing him to recuperate somewhat from the previous numbers.

There's a Universal CityWalk in Orlando? I shouldn't be surprised by this but I am.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on October 05, 2011, 10:31:23 PM
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Backstage passes are fun!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on October 05, 2011, 10:47:07 PM
That's awesome, doggans!  If that were me, I'd be making Al's face on the VIP pass.  Do you mind sharing how you got backstage?

Excellent shirt choice, too.  :D  Major thumbs up, dude!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: D.B. Barnes on October 05, 2011, 10:49:03 PM
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Backstage passes are fun!

Cool!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on October 05, 2011, 11:01:24 PM
Do you mind sharing how you got backstage?

Basically, I wanted to know if it was at all possible to shoot an interview with Al for my blog when he was in town. I figured it was a long shot, but I've done a few interviews with geeky celebrities before, and they tend to be gracious with their time. I sent an email requesting an interview to the webmaster email address on Al's site, who forwarded it to Al's manager (and UHF director) Jay Levey, who got back to me and said, no, there wouldn't be time for an interview, but there'd be a backstage pass at Will Call so I could say hi.

So, I got less than I asked for, but still more than I expected! I guess the moral of the story is, be as ambitious as possible!

This was my second time meeting Al, and he's still just as nice a celebrity as you could hope to meet. I'll write a longer blog post about the evening tomorrow, but the highlight was when I thanked him for retweeting my review video back in July. As soon as I mentioned it, his face lit up with recognition and he told me how much he liked my review.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russell on October 07, 2011, 07:31:41 PM
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Backstage passes are fun!
You Lucky, lucky bastard!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on October 07, 2011, 08:30:27 PM
This was my second time meeting Al, and he's still just as nice a celebrity as you could hope to meet.

I second that. I have met Al twice. He is always "on" and he is super nice.

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on October 12, 2011, 07:44:51 PM
If anyone cares, I posted the full story (such as it is) of the backstage pass on my blog (http://doggans.com/blog/2011/10/12/the-weird-al-backstage-pass-story/). I especially like the part where Weird Al recognized me once I mentioned that review video I did.  ;D
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russell on October 16, 2011, 10:38:45 PM
For some reason Weird Al doesn't make me laugh like he used to. :(
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on February 28, 2012, 12:04:55 PM
Weird Al is on Marc Maron's podcast! Just thought you'd like to know.  ;D
http://www.wtfpod.com/ (http://www.wtfpod.com/)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Starman! on February 28, 2012, 07:13:20 PM
Don't know of you guys have heard, but there's a petition to get Al to do the Super Bowl halftime show. I forget how many signatures it has right now, but it's in the tens of thousands range. Al said that he would actually do it if the NFL wanted him.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Darth Geek on February 28, 2012, 09:24:00 PM
Don't know of you guys have heard, but there's a petition to get Al to do the Super Bowl halftime show. I forget how many signatures it has right now, but it's in the tens of thousands range. Al said that he would actually do it if the NFL wanted him.
Now THAT I would watch. And I am sure he would do some kind of "wardrobe malfunction", like have his sleaves rip off.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on February 28, 2012, 10:17:25 PM
That is the one and ONLY thing that could get me to tune in for any portion of the superbowl. :^)

The Superbowl Halftime Committee or whatever responded by saying they don't pay any attention to viewer input when planning the halftime show. (This explains every halftime show ever! :^)) Still, if they got a substantial amount of signatures, I doubt they'd ignore it...
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on February 29, 2012, 12:54:13 PM
And now Weird Al's on this Podcast - TALKING ABOUT BIRDEMIC!

http://www.earwolf.com/episode/birdemic-shock-and-terror-live/
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Starman! on February 29, 2012, 01:23:46 PM
The Superbowl Halftime Committee or whatever responded by saying they don't pay any attention to viewer input when planning the halftime show. (This explains every halftime show ever! :^)) Still, if they got a substantial amount of signatures, I doubt they'd ignore it...

What assholes!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on February 29, 2012, 02:02:26 PM
I love Weird Al.  He was one of my first celebrity crushes.

I guess that explains a lot about me.

Just got his live concert DVD.  Love it!  Someday hopefully I'll see him live.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on March 01, 2012, 01:45:02 PM
Just got his live concert DVD.  Love it!  Someday hopefully I'll see him live.

Which one? To this day I am mad I didn't come up with the money to go see Al when i was living in San Francisco because that was the show they filmed for his first live DVD.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MSTJedi on March 01, 2012, 02:05:47 PM
Just got his live concert DVD.  Love it!  Someday hopefully I'll see him live.

Which one? To this day I am mad I didn't come up with the money to go see Al when i was living in San Francisco because that was the show they filmed for his first live DVD.

I was actually able to go that concert when it came through Dallas and I got the DVD when it came out. Need to get his most recent one, too.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on March 02, 2012, 11:59:37 AM
Just got his live concert DVD.  Love it!  Someday hopefully I'll see him live.

Which one? To this day I am mad I didn't come up with the money to go see Al when i was living in San Francisco because that was the show they filmed for his first live DVD.

The one I have is Alpocalypse.  They had one at Walmart, was totally surprised.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: gbeenie on March 25, 2012, 04:40:49 PM
Afraid I don't have any links on this, but one of the groups that encodes stuff for Rock Band Network is running a Kickstarter to secure the rights to do a "Weird Al" 3-pack for the game.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Thrifty on March 25, 2012, 04:42:21 PM
Weird Al was on 30 Rock this week.  Jenna recorded a song which Weird Al parodied.  This upset her, so she and Tracy tried to write a song that couldn't be parodied.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on March 25, 2012, 05:41:08 PM
Afraid I don't have any links on this, but one of the groups that encodes stuff for Rock Band Network is running a Kickstarter to secure the rights to do a "Weird Al" 3-pack for the game.

If it is this one: http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=228462

They haven't kicked off the Kickstarter yet and it isn't Al specific he is just on the list artists they want to license.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: k1 on March 25, 2012, 09:10:24 PM
Al will also be in a few episodes of The Aquabats Super Show this season. I think he plays the  president in one episode.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on April 03, 2012, 09:06:59 PM
So, you know those wonderful fake interviews on Al-TV? Yeah, it's a webseries for Nerdist now, and it's not just musicians being fake interviewed.

http://youtube.com/v/8B5h-14jZ9w
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on October 24, 2012, 11:02:41 PM
All the polkas!



http://www.youtube.com/v/XDzPyS76Gbc
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MSTJedi on October 25, 2012, 05:59:52 AM
That's a whole lot of polka there.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on October 25, 2012, 07:58:44 AM
It's kind of a neat way to take a journey through the history of the last 30 years or so of music. :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on June 14, 2014, 11:55:47 PM
So the other day, Weird Al posted a picture of the master of his new album on Facebook. Today, he posted this:

(http://weirdal.com/images/le_061414.jpg)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on June 15, 2014, 02:26:31 AM
My first guess is Michael Jackson who liked dressing up as a general, but I bet there is some other more relevant pop icon I just don't know about.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 15, 2014, 11:04:55 AM
Or it's called "Totes-Al-Itarian"
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on June 15, 2014, 11:18:20 AM
Or it's just from one of the originals.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 17, 2014, 10:52:45 AM
The album title is released!  MANDATORY FUN

(http://i.onionstatic.com/avclub/5151/38/16x9/640.jpg)

Also may be his album with RCA.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on June 17, 2014, 02:53:36 PM
It's his last under his current contract with Sony. The image could just be marketing and not specifically for a song (like the RWS cover).
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 17, 2014, 04:32:05 PM
I'm pretty sure it's just an image to go with the title Mandatory Fun.

Anyway, Patton Oswalt said that he takes on the style of one of his favourite bands of the 90's (Beastie Boys?).  Curious about that.  Looking forward to Al appearing on Comedy Bang Bang to promote it.  Always a treat when he's on.

https://www.youtube.com/v/ryIZDDSLmUI
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Soguru on June 17, 2014, 05:48:48 PM
I know I am in the minority here and I know that for commercial reasons this is not possible at all, but I would like to see him do more parodies of older songs. When I look at something like Running with scissors or Alpocalypse and compare them with Even worse or Off the deep end, it's just not the same.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on June 17, 2014, 06:01:15 PM
I'm pretty sure it's just an image to go with the title Mandatory Fun.

Anyway, Patton Oswalt said that he takes on the style of one of his favourite bands of the 90's (Beastie Boys?).  Curious about that.  Looking forward to Al appearing on Comedy Bang Bang to promote it.  Always a treat when he's on.

https://www.youtube.com/v/ryIZDDSLmUI

Possible, but he has already parodied The Beastie Boys.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 17, 2014, 06:36:13 PM
I'm pretty sure it's just an image to go with the title Mandatory Fun.

Anyway, Patton Oswalt said that he takes on the style of one of his favourite bands of the 90's (Beastie Boys?).  Curious about that.  Looking forward to Al appearing on Comedy Bang Bang to promote it.  Always a treat when he's on.

https://www.youtube.com/v/ryIZDDSLmUI

Possible, but he has already parodied The Beastie Boys.

I was just about to say that!! Milton Bradley's got a def one...
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on June 17, 2014, 08:44:25 PM
Yeah here is that video.

https://www.youtube.com/v/8yis7GzlXNM


Mandatory Fun Teaser #1

https://www.youtube.com/v/sN6vPOC9eFg
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: k1 on June 18, 2014, 03:08:01 PM
THE PRE-ORDER IS UP NOW! (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L326LTI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00L326LTI&linkCode=as2&tag=onewacom06-20&linkId=MJTPE2EKYLOFKKPV)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on June 18, 2014, 04:11:26 PM
Damn I really dislike those fake reviews.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MSTJedi on June 19, 2014, 06:56:50 AM
Damn I really dislike those fake reviews.

Yeah, not really necessary. The man does his own damn comedy.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on June 27, 2014, 01:09:21 PM
Transmission #2

https://www.youtube.com/v/yJdJZnH0wrI
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on June 30, 2014, 02:26:48 PM
Track list! Spoilers!

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: k1 on June 30, 2014, 02:42:26 PM
Holding off on a pre-order in case they have some sort of special edition one.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 30, 2014, 02:50:44 PM
Track list! Spoilers!

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

In regards to the last bit in your spoiler, if it's anything like his last 4 albums, yeah, it's that long.

Is it wrong that I only know what only ONE of those songs is you listed as being parodied?  And if your guesses are right, that's kind of surprising, considering he was never one to make each and every parody song title actually rhyme so perfectly with the originals. He did often, but not each and every one on an album, from what I recall.

Anyways, I'm excited!!! Alpocalypse had pretty good production, especially compared to Straight Outta Lynnwood which suffered horribly from over-compressed audio and false-layered vocals done with a really bad auto-tune "multi-vocal" filter. (ie in Pancreas... which would have only been a better song if he had actually sung some of the various vocal layers) It all sounded far too digital and unreal... and Alpocalypse was a step back in the right direction, so I have high hopes for this one!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on June 30, 2014, 03:48:25 PM
Holding off on a pre-order in case they have some sort of special edition one.

I've seen one company selling signed copies, but no sign of other special editions yet.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on June 30, 2014, 09:24:20 PM
Whenever I would see kids buying old Weird Al albums I always wondered if they would know/get the parodies of the old songs they probably didn't know.  Now I am that way with this one.  I know the names of a couple but I have NO IDEA what ANY of those songs sound like.  Here is to hoping he throws in a parody of an old song or two!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on June 30, 2014, 09:55:10 PM
We already know there is something from the '90s on it. Whathishname was raving about it.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: k1 on July 01, 2014, 05:01:37 AM
Whenever I would see kids buying old Weird Al albums I always wondered if they would know/get the parodies of the old songs they probably didn't know.  Now I am that way with this one.  I know the names of a couple but I have NO IDEA what ANY of those songs sound like.  Here is to hoping he throws in a parody of an old song or two!

I know maybe two or three of the ones that were mentioned a few posts ago in the Spoilers.  The flip side of your situation is that this will be the first Weird Al disc that my kids will actually know some of the originals, so it'll be interesting to see what their reaction to the parodies are.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on July 01, 2014, 08:31:55 AM
I'll be frank; I would've never heard of some of the original songs I'm speculating about were I not a regular watcher of Todd in the Shadows (http://blip.tv/todds-pop-song-reviews).
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on July 01, 2014, 08:45:09 AM
Just before any Weird Al album comes out, I leave the safe bubble of my all-'80s station and listen to one of the popular music channels for a week or two. It's not fun, but it's worth it to have that bit of recognition when hearing a Weird Al song for the first time. (And every now and then I find out there's some current music that isn't half-bad. :^) )
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 01, 2014, 02:30:49 PM
I have a feeling that thanks to work (as well as the luggage stock room I dwell in constantly playing The Steve Harvey Morning Show) I've heard more than just the one I know I've heard...

I just want a Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds style parody someday!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on July 01, 2014, 07:12:41 PM
I work in a record store and I know those songs by name and I can tell you who sings Blurred Lines but if you had a gun to my head I couldn't tell you how it goes..
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 01, 2014, 07:31:57 PM
I work in a record store and I know those songs by name and I can tell you who sings Blurred Lines but if you had a gun to my head I couldn't tell you how it goes..

It goes something like this:

I got those blurred lines, ooooh... all over my face.
Lying in the shadow-woah-woahs, blurred lines.
Flying like a river.... Oooo aaahhhh, you're a knife in my heaeaeart
Baby I got blurred lines, and I throw em at yoooou.

...or something, I don't know.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Darth Geek on July 01, 2014, 08:25:45 PM
I work in a record store and I know those songs by name and I can tell you who sings Blurred Lines but if you had a gun to my head I couldn't tell you how it goes..

In that case, this should help:

http://blip.tv/play/AYOT5nkC
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on July 01, 2014, 08:33:45 PM
Well if Weird Al's version is about common grammatical errors, I have a new favorite song by him already. :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 12, 2014, 03:58:30 PM
We already know there is something from the '90s on it. Whathishname was raving about it.

First World Problems is definitely The Pixies. I can't name the other style parodies yet, but a couple feel very familiar.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: k1 on July 12, 2014, 05:45:41 PM
Sneak peak at some new stuff in here:

http://www.npr.org/2014/07/12/329873481/weird-al-yankovic-on-parody-in-the-age-of-youtube

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 12, 2014, 07:56:02 PM
Sneak peak at some new stuff in here:

http://www.npr.org/2014/07/12/329873481/weird-al-yankovic-on-parody-in-the-age-of-youtube



Ah ok, CSNY. The full thing is online for preview too now in the usual places.

I hope he still releases albums for lame people like me to keep buying albums.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 12, 2014, 09:57:49 PM
Sneak peak at some new stuff in here:

http://www.npr.org/2014/07/12/329873481/weird-al-yankovic-on-parody-in-the-age-of-youtube



Ah ok, CSNY. The full thing is online for preview too now in the usual places.

I hope he still releases albums for lame people like me to keep buying albums.

Crosby Stills & Nash and sometimes Y?

I'm sold.

Although to be honest, I've already had it pre-ordered, so I was sold before that... but still... I'm sold.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 12, 2014, 10:04:42 PM
Yeah I'm throwing in with my pre-order of the next MST3K box.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on July 13, 2014, 06:16:12 PM
I've listened to the whole record.  Honestly I recognize NOTHING.....  If I didn't read that Word Crimes was a parody I wouldn't have any clue......  Can't even tell what the style parodies are parodies of.......
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 13, 2014, 06:17:39 PM
You are growing older.  The reaper is behind you...
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 13, 2014, 07:05:46 PM
I've listened to the whole record.  Honestly I recognize NOTHING.....  If I didn't read that Word Crimes was a parody I wouldn't have any clue......  Can't even tell what the style parodies are parodies of.......

Not even The Pixies? that was the only one I got instantly.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Quirk on July 13, 2014, 07:27:33 PM
Listening now. This first one is so musically abysmal. Not his fault, obviously, but I think some songs might be too pathetic to make an entertaining parody.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: The Lurker on July 13, 2014, 07:32:23 PM
Is it the Blurred Lines parody?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Quirk on July 13, 2014, 07:34:33 PM
Is it the Blurred Lines parody?

It was "Handy", but the "Blurred Lines" one is pretty bad too.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: The Lurker on July 13, 2014, 07:38:17 PM
Never heard Blurred Lines in its entirety.  All I know is that it's a pushy love song by Alan Thicke's son.

Edit: Oh, and that it has an uncensored music video.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 13, 2014, 07:50:36 PM
Never heard Blurred Lines in its entirety.  All I know is that it's a pushy love song by Alan Thicke's son.

Pushy is a pretty nice word for rapey.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: The Lurker on July 13, 2014, 07:59:07 PM
Never heard Blurred Lines in its entirety.  All I know is that it's a pushy love song by Alan Thicke's son.

Pushy is a pretty nice word for rapey.
Yeah, and apparently written for his wife.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on July 13, 2014, 08:00:21 PM
You are growing older.  The reaper is behind you...

Ha!

I've listened to the whole record.  Honestly I recognize NOTHING.....  If I didn't read that Word Crimes was a parody I wouldn't have any clue......  Can't even tell what the style parodies are parodies of.......

Not even The Pixies? that was the only one I got instantly.



Which is the Pixies???  Also I never really listened to/liked the Pixies....  First World Problems??
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 13, 2014, 08:21:38 PM
Yes.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on July 13, 2014, 08:35:31 PM
Upon second listen I got it now.   I usually wind up liking it all. but (old man voice) music today is terrible (/old man voice)....
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Quirk on July 13, 2014, 08:37:32 PM
Pretty underwhelmed with this one, even more so than Alpocalypse. I dunno if I'm too old, the music's too crappy, or Al's just not in top form, but this only got a couple smiles out of me.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 13, 2014, 08:42:11 PM
I think the polka is better than the last one.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on July 13, 2014, 09:04:49 PM
POLKAS on 45 for the win!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: JimJ on July 13, 2014, 11:01:28 PM
Got on YouTube and listened to all the songs that he parodies on the album earlier.  A painful experience (though "Royals" isn't too bad) but worth it to lend some context to the parodies. Going to listen to the album now.

First listen impressions:

I really like Foil, Word Crimes (probably the best song), the polka, Tacky and Jackson Park Express. I really wish Foil would've gotten another verse.  As I noted above, the original is, by far, the best song that he covered this time, so it's a shame that it gets the least time. The only song I really didn't like much is Sports Song.  The rest I'm just kind of "meh" about right now.  Overall, I enjoyed it.  It's definitely not one of his best, but it's pretty far from his worst.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 14, 2014, 12:27:26 AM
I love that Word Crimes is actually a thing for Al, he's been posting little grammer videos on his YouTube Channel for years.

http://www.youtube.com/v/RGWiTvYZR_w?feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: ScottotD on July 14, 2014, 08:30:07 AM
Yep, these artists don't have the skill and staying power of Nena, Billy Ray Cyrus, Fine Young Cannibals, Men Without Hats, MC Hammer, Toni Basil, Coolio, Tiffany, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, The Crash Test Dummies, Tone Loc, or Richard Harris.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: RoninFox on July 14, 2014, 08:40:33 AM
World premiere video on the Nerdist!

http://www.nerdist.com/vepisode/weird-al-yankovic-gets-tacky-with-pharrells-happy/ (http://www.nerdist.com/vepisode/weird-al-yankovic-gets-tacky-with-pharrells-happy/)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: RVR II on July 14, 2014, 09:07:40 AM
World premiere video on the Nerdist!

http://www.nerdist.com/vepisode/weird-al-yankovic-gets-tacky-with-pharrells-happy/ (http://www.nerdist.com/vepisode/weird-al-yankovic-gets-tacky-with-pharrells-happy/)
Just watched it and it was really good!
Had some funny talent in it as well :o
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 14, 2014, 01:57:50 PM
Lets see if this works.

https://assets-jp.jwpsrv.com/player/5/13341/jwplayer.flash.swf?config=https%3A//content.jwplatform.com/xml/udcyXmsG.xml&ie6=fail
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: RVR II on July 14, 2014, 02:03:25 PM
Yessir :o
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 14, 2014, 02:11:36 PM
I quite enjoy(ed) the album. The last song was a bit "meh" for me up until the very end... Just another one of his long cliche'd rambling musical stories where he tries to mention "bizarre" things that I guess qualify as "weird" (always seems a bit forced to me...)

But that aside, great album considering he doesn't have much to work with in today's music!!

Highlights are definitely Foil, Word Crimes, the polka, Tacky.... I quite enjoyed Lame Claim To Fame too.

I kinda like the sports song, but it feels like something still held over unused from The Weird Al Show and feels a tad out of place.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 14, 2014, 11:54:38 PM
Quite a bit is growing on me, completely don't care about sports song or jackson park express. I was over meta stuff like 10 years ago on the WoW forums. And I don't care for the super long rambly things, they seem like an obligation now.

Damn I also feel stupid for not immediately guessing My Own Eyes as a Foo Fighters style parody.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MSTJedi on July 15, 2014, 10:06:54 AM
http://videoplayer.vevo.com/embed/Embedded?videoId=USRV81400343&playlist=false&autoplay=0&playerId=null&playerType=embedded&env=0&cultureName=en_us&cultureIsRTL=False

Love the inclusion of the lyrics in the video itself.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on July 15, 2014, 11:00:14 AM
Tacky was OK. Word Crimes is immediately one of my favorites (Though my English degree and editing career might give me a teeny bit of bias). I'll weigh in on the whole shebang when I have a chance to pick up and listen to the album on the way home from work.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: goflyblind on July 15, 2014, 11:07:25 AM
that theme song for rape isn't so bad, 'cause it gave us a good weird al song. :)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: k1 on July 15, 2014, 12:16:44 PM
I need to listen to the album a few more times before I decide what I think.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on July 15, 2014, 02:00:12 PM
I need to listen to the album a few more times before I decide what I think.

I'll let you know when we start the contest to win a signed vinyl test pressing!  The LP comes out 8/5 and I should be starting the contest this week sometime.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: k1 on July 15, 2014, 02:19:16 PM
I need to listen to the album a few more times before I decide what I think.

I'll let you know when we start the contest to win a signed vinyl test pressing!  The LP comes out 8/5 and I should be starting the contest this week sometime.

Nice! I stopped in earlier today & a guy grabbed the last copy right before I could get it.  Best Buy in Braintree had a bunch of copies left.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on July 15, 2014, 02:48:40 PM
I need to listen to the album a few more times before I decide what I think.

I'll let you know when we start the contest to win a signed vinyl test pressing!  The LP comes out 8/5 and I should be starting the contest this week sometime.

Nice! I stopped in earlier today & a guy grabbed the last copy right before I could get it.  Best Buy in Braintree had a bunch of copies left.

Damn! CDs have been making a comeback at Braintree.  Hope I sold more AL than Morrissey!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on July 15, 2014, 09:03:31 PM
All the haters can just back off of "Jackson Park Express." It got more laughs from me than any of the other songs. It's peppered with little gems like, "I would sacrifice anything for our love - goat, chicken, whatever." and "You are my answer to everything, which is why I'll probably do poorly on the written portion of my driver's test."

Overall, I think I liked it. I haven't quite internalized it to the extent that I have the other albums (It's only a matter of time).

Sports Song was OK, but would be awesome if it actually became a tradition at sporting events.

Word Crimes remains the highlight of the album for me.

NOW That's What I Call Polka was another great entry into the Weird Al Polka lexicon, and it only took 2 weeks of listening to the popular music station to have a solid frame of reference for every song contained therein.

Mission Statement is impressive simply because it takes almost 5 minutes and never really says anything at all, which is a great commentary on corporate buzz-speak.

The rest need to marinate, but I think Al did a good job of chosing the more palatable songs in modern pop culture, with one or two exceptions.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Soguru on July 15, 2014, 09:42:49 PM
I hope Marge Simpson is watching that video.
"I can't exscape Lisa! My little walking Libary!"
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: ScottotD on July 15, 2014, 10:55:11 PM
Not sure if my opinion of Word Crimes is effected by how disgusting I find Blurred Lines or how contemptable I find grammer nazis but so far it's the definite weak part of album for me.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: goflyblind on July 16, 2014, 04:11:40 AM
Not sure if my opinion of Word Crimes is effected by how disgusting I find Blurred Lines or how contemptable I find grammer nazis but so far it's the definite weak part of album for me.

*grammar.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on July 16, 2014, 08:12:29 AM
Sweet. I was afraid all the videos would be animated:

http://www.youtube.com/v/w-0TEJMJOhk?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on July 16, 2014, 10:10:04 AM
I almost wish I had seen the video before hearing the album, because as hard as I laughed at the second verse, I would've laughed EVEN HARDER if my first time had been with the visuals, too.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Quirk on July 16, 2014, 10:46:42 AM
I almost wish I had seen the video before hearing the album, because as hard as I laughed at the second verse, I would've laughed EVEN HARDER if my first time had been with the visuals, too.

Agreed. The video makes Foil one of my favorites from the album.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 16, 2014, 11:19:25 AM
Ah I knew Patton Oswalt would be showing up in one of these.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Soguru on July 16, 2014, 03:42:10 PM
Not sure if my opinion of Word Crimes is effected by how disgusting I find Blurred Lines or how contemptable I find grammer nazis but so far it's the definite weak part of album for me.

*grammar.
To be fair, I think he did that on purpose.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 16, 2014, 04:19:57 PM
Except that it's a spelling mistake, not a grammar mistake.

alternatively

Accept that it's a spelling mistake, not a grammar mistake.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Soguru on July 16, 2014, 09:53:16 PM
Except that it's a spelling mistake, not a grammar mistake.

alternatively

Accept that it's a spelling mistake, not a grammar mistake.
I thought that they were either interrelated or that spelling mistakes were a sub-category of grammar mistakes. Sorry.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 17, 2014, 07:42:05 PM
So apparently the Sports Song video was leaked, which is unfortunate as it means that song got a video while one of the better songs didn't.  :P
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on July 17, 2014, 07:58:09 PM
Looking at Weird Al's "Handy" video, I think I know at least one costume he's going to be slipping into in his next tour.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 17, 2014, 09:28:54 PM
Especially since it easily carrys over to other songs he does, particularly hardware store.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on July 17, 2014, 09:29:15 PM
We've had four videos for parodies now; I'm guessing the remaining four will be for originals.

We know "Sports Song" is one of them (I seem to recall hearing that one is a Funny Or Die production, but damned if I can remember where I heard that). Offhand, I'm guessing "Jackson Park Express" and "Mission Statement" will be the two originals that DON'T get videos.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: goflyblind on July 18, 2014, 05:44:49 AM
and… live!

https://www.youtube.com/v/568a3GfeZyo
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 18, 2014, 01:03:27 PM
Has Jim West been spotted, I didn't see him on Conan or Sports Song.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on July 18, 2014, 02:56:17 PM
Has Jim West been spotted, I didn't see him on Conan or Sports Song.

Yeah, "Happy" didn't have a guitar part for him, and he doesn't mention (https://twitter.com/westernmost) any of the videos on Twitter...but all the band members are in the album booklet photos, so there's that.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 19, 2014, 01:29:14 PM
Not sure if it's part of the joke, but popcrush is a shitty site that won't play the video

so here's a direct link

http://h264-aws.vevo.com/v3/h264/2014/07/USRV81400345/usrv81400345_high_1280x720_h264_2000_aac_128.mp4

first work problems indeed.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 19, 2014, 01:31:02 PM
Oh and Lame Claim to Fame
http://h264-aws.vevo.com/v3/h264/2014/07/USRV81400340/usrv81400340_high_1280x720_h264_2000_aac_128.mp4

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 19, 2014, 04:04:24 PM
Oh and Lame Claim to Fame
http://h264-aws.vevo.com/v3/h264/2014/07/USRV81400340/usrv81400340_high_1280x720_h264_2000_aac_128.mp4

He did 2 today? I thought it was 1 per day for 8 days....
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 19, 2014, 04:44:34 PM
More of a leak than a release, Mission Statement was there too, but the link went bad quickly.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 19, 2014, 05:36:20 PM
More of a leak than a release, Mission Statement was there too, but the link went bad quickly.

Ahhh well I like it.  Never heard what Southern Culture on The Skids sounded like before, but they apparently remind me of Cake meets White Stripes. I like it.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on July 19, 2014, 07:51:02 PM
Lame Claim to Fame was pretty cool!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on July 19, 2014, 09:38:10 PM
Mission Statement was there too, but the link went bad quickly.

Well then, I guess my prediction was half-wrong!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 19, 2014, 09:57:44 PM
Lame Claim to Fame was pretty cool!

Yeah like Word Crimes it was a video with some effort behind it.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on July 19, 2014, 10:39:26 PM
Speaking of the Word Crimes video, here's (http://www.sactownmag.com/Blog/2014/Elk-Grove-animator-hits-it-big-with-Weird-Al-Yankovic-video/) a great little article about its development.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: ScottotD on July 19, 2014, 10:50:51 PM
Surprised he's taken this long to do a Pixes cover since alternative/indie rock from the early 90s is his favourite genre.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on July 20, 2014, 10:37:14 AM
Now that "Lame Claim to Fame" is officially out...good to finally see cameos from the full band AND Dr. Demento, not to mention oh hai Tommy Wiseau photo cameo.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: eegah on July 20, 2014, 12:24:20 PM
oh hai Tommy Wiseau photo cameo.

I think that was Ralph Nader in a wig, actually. Although there was a guy in the theater that kinda looked like him, if that's who you're talking about.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on July 20, 2014, 12:32:23 PM
oh hai Tommy Wiseau photo cameo.

I think that was Ralph Nader in a wig, actually. Although there was a guy in the theater that kinda looked like him, if that's who you're talking about.

Yeah, the guy in the theater is who I meant. I suppose it could've been someone else, but I feel like I'd recognize those sunglasses anywhere. And Al used the "tearing me apart" clip on the previous tour, so there's precedent for Wiseau references.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on July 22, 2014, 02:30:45 PM
So Al's on track for this to be his first #1 album...

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-07-21/weird-al-yankovics-mandatory-fun-owns-the-internet?campaign_id=DN072214
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 22, 2014, 03:14:34 PM
Hey cool, that linked to a tmz video of Weird Al asking Iggy for the permission for Handy.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: RVR II on July 24, 2014, 08:19:10 AM
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/Normalalyankovic_zps17326bbe.jpg) (http://s66.photobucket.com/user/rvr2/media/03/Normalalyankovic_zps17326bbe.jpg.html)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on July 24, 2014, 05:41:55 PM
Number one with a bullet!!

http://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200


I wonder what the physical CD count was vs Digital.

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 25, 2014, 10:23:49 AM
Wow, so cool to see weird Al with a #1 album.

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Darth Geek on July 25, 2014, 10:27:09 AM
I'm really surprised it's never happened before.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 25, 2014, 01:18:14 PM
Finally, the "Weird" Al porn absolutely no one asked for with the UHF XXX Parody.

http://www.avclub.com/article/weird-al-yankovic-inspires-uhf-porn-parody-has-off-207273

I can't decide what it more disturbing: female Al or female bleeding Emo Phillips.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: doggans on July 25, 2014, 08:36:52 PM
http://comicbook.com/blog/2014/07/26/sdcc-weird-al-yankovics-uhf-gets-a-25th-anniversary-blu-ray-in-n/

Looks like our old friends at Shout Factory are doing the UHF Blu-Ray! AND they're releasing that forgotten classic The Compleat Al!

All is right in the world.  8)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on July 26, 2014, 04:15:27 AM
Shout has been knocking it out the park recently.  I love their attitude of "we don't need to sell a million copies of something" to be successful. This is probably  the best side effect of the plunging physical media market... the big studios are so desperate for cash they will license stuff they don't think will be profitable for them to the smaller labels.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 26, 2014, 05:01:58 PM
http://comicbook.com/blog/2014/07/26/sdcc-weird-al-yankovics-uhf-gets-a-25th-anniversary-blu-ray-in-n/

Looks like our old friends at Shout Factory are doing the UHF Blu-Ray! AND they're releasing that forgotten classic The Compleat Al!

All is right in the world.  8)

I was JUST wondering the other day about UHF.... and now also I can get rid of my VHS of The Compleat Al!!!

 Shout's ALSO releasing Zyurangers on DVD. Super Sentai for the first time on US home video. They really HAVE been knocking it out of the park lately!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: k1 on July 26, 2014, 07:50:01 PM
http://comicbook.com/blog/2014/07/26/sdcc-weird-al-yankovics-uhf-gets-a-25th-anniversary-blu-ray-in-n/

Looks like our old friends at Shout Factory are doing the UHF Blu-Ray! AND they're releasing that forgotten classic The Compleat Al!

All is right in the world.  8)

I was JUST wondering the other day about UHF.... and now also I can get rid of my VHS of The Compleat Al!!!

 Shout's ALSO releasing Zyurangers on DVD. Super Sentai for the first time on US home video. They really HAVE been knocking it out of the park lately!

Sell your copy of Compleat Al online before the news spreads too far & the value drops!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 26, 2014, 09:05:57 PM
http://comicbook.com/blog/2014/07/26/sdcc-weird-al-yankovics-uhf-gets-a-25th-anniversary-blu-ray-in-n/

Looks like our old friends at Shout Factory are doing the UHF Blu-Ray! AND they're releasing that forgotten classic The Compleat Al!

All is right in the world.  8)

I was JUST wondering the other day about UHF.... and now also I can get rid of my VHS of The Compleat Al!!!

 Shout's ALSO releasing Zyurangers on DVD. Super Sentai for the first time on US home video. They really HAVE been knocking it out of the park lately!

Sell your copy of Compleat Al online before the news spreads too far & the value drops!

I don't think it's in good enough condition to sell! The cover is all faded and the tape blanks out at various points... Had that thing since 1985-ish.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on July 27, 2014, 12:00:42 AM
I guess the source of the Compleat Al is Video or something if they aren't going to do BR with it.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Zeether on August 08, 2014, 07:13:43 AM
Someone started a petition for Al to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. I'd sign it but those things tend to not work most of the time...

http://www.change.org/petitions/tracy-perlman-nfl-vice-president-have-weird-al-yankovic-headline-the-super-bowl-xlix-halftime-show
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on August 08, 2014, 03:45:36 PM
I've been saying they need to have him do that for YEARS! Glad someone finally sorta kinda did something about that.

Won't work though.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on September 11, 2014, 08:10:24 PM
Coming in October:

(http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2014/09/Series4_ForFOX_Layered.jpg)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on September 11, 2014, 08:37:57 PM
No Ramones = No Sale
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: goflyblind on September 11, 2014, 08:54:06 PM
No Ramones = No Sale

i think you mean "no dice":

https://www.youtube.com/v/-Bt4Ly9_9Qg
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: JimJ on February 09, 2015, 09:10:47 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/mVt_1lGTUcg
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: The Lurker on February 13, 2015, 09:13:53 AM
From Al's twitter:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9vRg4oCYAIdLtW.jpg)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 05, 2015, 10:16:50 PM
I'm a bit behind but Al was on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast this week.  Another great episode with Paul F. Tompkins as Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Definitely worth checking out if you want to see Al improv with some great comedians.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Soguru on March 14, 2015, 12:16:05 PM
I would totally go see Weird Al in concert... if he plays Stuck in a closet with Vanna White. Dammit, let's face it, my favorite album was always "Even worse".
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 14, 2015, 10:26:09 PM
Watch this:

https://instagram.com/p/y8QHiWmuyb/
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Darth Geek on March 15, 2015, 07:44:15 AM
Watch this:

https://instagram.com/p/y8QHiWmuyb/
:clap: :clap: I saw that on his twitter when he posted it, but I didn't watch the video so I didn't really get the reference. That was hilarious!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Miku Fan on March 15, 2015, 02:55:15 PM
Agree with Darth.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: soguru on July 07, 2015, 01:47:32 PM
Melanie is such a great song, and as far as I know it's an original song Weird Al wrote? I think it's one of his best songs ever actually.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MSTJedi on July 08, 2015, 09:31:32 AM
Melanie is such a great song, and as far as I know it's an original song Weird Al wrote? I think it's one of his best songs ever actually.

He does various songs that are "in the style of" and a few that are totally original in addition to his parodies. As far as I know, that's an original song. And funny enough, my 8 year old daughter loves that song, even though she doesn't really get all the implications. Either that, or she has a lot more twisted of a sense of humor than I realize.

One of my favorite originals of Weird Al's is "Everything You Know is Wrong". It speaks to my questioning nature, I think.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on July 08, 2015, 11:34:25 AM
While researching it for the Top 50 Al Songs list (PLUG!), I came across this song, which some believe to be an inspiration. Others disagree. It does sound similar...

https://www.youtube.com/v/GaDHXsjSJWg
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: soguru on July 08, 2015, 10:49:56 PM
Hmmm... might have been, in the same way Devo was an inspiration for Dare to Be Stupid. I forgot who it was but I seem to recall somebody saying they hated Weird Al for making that song. That just leads to confusion because I totally don't understand how anybody can be the least bit resentful towards Al. The guy is just so sweet and nice, not to mention funny as hell.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on July 09, 2015, 07:29:50 AM
I think a lot of people assume about Al what they assume about MST3K/Rifftrax. "You're making fun of it, so you must hate it!"

Al has said (About his original songs, in-particular) that if he didn't like the style he was writing in, it would be tedious to write. So the style-parodies are a good indicator of the music he likes to listen to. (And I can totally see him enjoying Devo, They Might Be Giants, The B-52s, The Beach Boys, Oingo Boingo...)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: soguru on July 10, 2015, 12:56:18 PM
did Al ever talk about the story for the use of Dare to be Stupid in The Transformers movie?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Darth Geek on July 10, 2015, 01:03:40 PM
did Al ever talk about the story for the use of Dare to be Stupid in The Transformers movie?
I thought he wrote the song for the movie.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: soguru on July 10, 2015, 01:20:53 PM
I thought he wrote the song for the movie.
Did he? I distinctly remember knowing it was a Weird Al song when it first came on in the movie. Actually I think Dare to be Stupid was on his 1984 album of the same name.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: tgeorgic on July 10, 2015, 01:30:48 PM
Hmmm... might have been, in the same way Devo was an inspiration for Dare to Be Stupid. I forgot who it was but I seem to recall somebody saying they hated Weird Al for making that song. That just leads to confusion because I totally don't understand how anybody can be the least bit resentful towards Al. The guy is just so sweet and nice, not to mention funny as hell.
It was Mark Mothersbaugh that said he hated Al for that song but he wasn't being serious.  He said the reason he hated him was that Al got the exact sound Devo was always trying to achieve but they felt they never quite got it and Al got it on his first try.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: soguru on July 10, 2015, 08:20:26 PM
It was Mark Mothersbaugh that said he hated Al for that song but he wasn't being serious.  He said the reason he hated him was that Al got the exact sound Devo was always trying to achieve but they felt they never quite got it and Al got it on his first try.
I guess that's kind of why I like Devo and songs like Smart Patrol/Mr DNA.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 11, 2015, 05:26:20 AM
Yeah, Devo's Modus Operandi is about the Devolution of humanity (often using slogans, chants, and such), both in the dumbing down of culture, but also the inescapable flaws of human nature that we all suffer from.  For example Gates of Steel is about the idea that we theoretically know how to do things better or what our faults are but we can't be fixed (at least not easily) like a machine can.  Devo sounds crazy and wacky (and there's definitely black humour too it) but it's got an angry point of view.

What makes Al's Devo spoof perfect in the philosophy of Devo is it basically makes a song that turns Devo into exactly what many people see it as: a series of slogans and lines.  He devolved Devo!  No wonder Mark's jealous.  In fact, the album "Uh Oh, It's Devo" (their last "great" album until Something for Everybody) toyed with that by mocking the criticism against them of being clowns and fascist by intentionally playing into the view while undermining it.  But it never truly did what Dare to be Stupid did.

It was Mark Mothersbaugh that said he hated Al for that song but he wasn't being serious.  He said the reason he hated him was that Al got the exact sound Devo was always trying to achieve but they felt they never quite got it and Al got it on his first try.
I guess that's kind of why I like Devo and songs like Smart Patrol/Mr DNA.

It's because you have taste, son.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: soguru on July 12, 2015, 03:08:52 PM
It's because you have taste, son.
Thank you!!!  ;D
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 14, 2015, 06:52:12 PM
I dunno if it's been mentioned up there at all, but Melanie is a "style parody" of Elvis Costello.

Because I'm a nerd, I made a list years ago, and (not including polkas) his original songs ACTUALLY out-number his straight-up parodies by just a few songs. Otherwise, they're typically split 50/50.  (And this list was NOT including unreleased or rare songs like Pacman, It's Still Billy Joel To Me, Take Me To The Liver, Won't Eat Prunes Again, etc...)

Despite being a fan since just before Polka Party (the first album I ever owned my own copy of) I think Hardware Store might be just about one of the most perfect songs he's ever done. Listen to that shit on headphones, particularly the bridge.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 16, 2015, 07:59:49 AM
Hardware Store is pretty amazing.  Even taking out the comedy, it's just a great song.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on July 16, 2015, 09:54:55 AM
Like I said over on the countdown, that song gives me actual chills every time.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: soguru on July 17, 2015, 05:55:45 PM
I still think Melanie is the perfect Original Weird Al Song. It's got lots of humor yet lots of emotion too.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Quirk on August 14, 2015, 04:18:22 PM
I find I like very few of his original songs. Especially in the old days, he just didn't have the musical talent to make an interesting song from scratch. Too many have repetitive, jokeless choruses that are repeated too often, and almost none of the songs do anything interesting musically. Occasionally you get a gem like Hardware Store, but for the most part, his originals bore me, and even ones I like at first age poorly. Also, although several of his sound-alikes are spot on, some just totally miss the mark. For instance, Skipper Dan fails to capture the essence of Weezer, despite trying too hard to emulate Pork and Beans.

For me, the parodies are definitely the draw of Weird Al. The more sanctimonious or serious the original song is, the better.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: soguru on August 15, 2015, 10:42:58 PM
I find I like very few of his original songs. Especially in the old days, he just didn't have the musical talent to make an interesting song from scratch. Too many have repetitive, jokeless choruses that are repeated too often, and almost none of the songs do anything interesting musically.
I see where you're coming from, but there were a few in the early days I personally really like. I still have a soft spot for "Gotta Boogie"
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on August 31, 2015, 06:05:37 PM
I find I like very few of his original songs. Especially in the old days, he just didn't have the musical talent to make an interesting song from scratch. Too many have repetitive, jokeless choruses that are repeated too often, and almost none of the songs do anything interesting musically.
I see where you're coming from, but there were a few in the early days I personally really like. I still have a soft spot for "Gotta Boogie"

Mr Frump is one of my all-time favourites.  And Nature Trail To Hell is f***ing AMAZING.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: soguru on September 17, 2015, 08:39:38 AM
I love Weird Al's "The Brady Bunch", somehow, it being a parody of Men Without Hat's "The Safety Dance" makes it an absolutely perfect song in terms of comedy, tone and lyrics.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Parker_Hylton on November 19, 2015, 11:14:34 AM
Love Weird Al.  Been to a couple local county concerts where tickets were cheap.  I had (at one point) every album that wasn't a compilation.  The "Nature Trail to Hell" album was stepped on, "Dare to be Stupid" was eaten by the tape-monster and have been repurchased as CD's.  Unfortunately, I haven't been able to repurchase all the CD's in the car when they were stolen by a smash-n-grab.  Funny, cause the thief probably didn't get jack for them.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: k1 on January 12, 2017, 02:21:19 PM
Squeeze Box pre-orders are up!

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/weirdalyankovic


Am I reading it correctly that the CD set will be in the same size Accordion as the vinyl? (Says the CDs come in LP sized sleeves)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on January 12, 2017, 02:53:12 PM
Woo that's a hefty price tag. I mean, I get it. I just don't have the disposable income to splurge.

Shame. I really want that rarity disc.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: k1 on January 12, 2017, 03:31:30 PM
Woo that's a hefty price tag. I mean, I get it. I just don't have the disposable income to splurge.

Shame. I really want that rarity disc.

I believe it will hit iTunes at some point. But yeah, I'm trying to figure out how I can swing the box set because I'm still a fan of Physical Media.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on January 12, 2017, 07:23:53 PM
yeah might have to save for a few months for that one!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on January 12, 2017, 08:07:03 PM
I am going to have to ask my buyers at work if they know anything about this coming in at my store. $300 for the vinyl set (14 heavyweight LPs) is not bad.  But if it is 300 at retail I can get a discount.....  UGH!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: The Lurker on February 16, 2017, 03:38:41 PM
http://nerdist.com/weird-al-pac-man-box-set/ (http://nerdist.com/weird-al-pac-man-box-set/)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on February 16, 2017, 04:16:49 PM
Yeah that interview falls pretty soundly in the spectrum of "Relevant to my interests." :^)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on October 13, 2017, 11:30:22 AM
Weird Al has announced a lower-key, non-multimedia, no-costume change tour, where he'll play mostly original songs.

(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22491470_10155536575906005_5239119970592500997_n.jpg?oh=3c1dd0ffeb82446f2142021eeed23b1e&oe=5A83BA21)
http://weirdal.com/tour/

And he's coming to Santa Fe! I'm so down for this!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 13, 2017, 12:30:32 PM
:O

It's coming to Indianapolis too...  Just a few days after my birthday too!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Darth Geek on October 13, 2017, 01:20:21 PM
Holy crap, he's coming to Ithaca NY!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on October 13, 2017, 05:12:20 PM
Part of me is just ecstatic that he's a helluva lot more popular now than he was 30 years ago.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 14, 2017, 02:49:43 AM
Holy crap, he's coming to Ithaca NY!
??? I thought you lived in Delaware.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Darth Geek on October 14, 2017, 08:25:55 AM
Holy crap, he's coming to Ithaca NY!
??? I thought you lived in Delaware.
I did, and I live in lower PA now. But Ithaca NY is next to Dryden NY where I'm from, and my parents and brother still are. SO I can visit them and see the show.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on October 14, 2017, 12:50:16 PM
If anyone here was signed up for the Weird Al mailing list (Close, Personal Friends of Al), pay attention to the last one, because it grants subscribers a chance to purchase tickets on Wednesday, ahead of the rest of the world. If you weren't a subscriber when the Email was sent, you don't get the early ticket purchase.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on October 14, 2017, 05:51:14 PM
I don't know whether I'll get a ticket or not. If I do it'll probably end up being standing room only and I'll end up being 500 feet away from the stage.  :P
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Darth Geek on October 14, 2017, 07:08:28 PM
I don't know whether I'll get a ticket or not. If I do it'll probably end up being standing room only and I'll end up being 500 feet away from the stage.  :P
He said the venues are going to be smaller than his usual ones.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on October 14, 2017, 07:40:31 PM
Plans are in motion. I think I'm gonna get a VIP ticket. It includes a meet and greet with the weird one himself and a seat in the first 10 rows. Also a wrist watch with Al's limbs as hands.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on October 14, 2017, 07:57:15 PM
I don't know whether I'll get a ticket or not. If I do it'll probably end up being standing room only and I'll end up being 500 feet away from the stage.  :P
He said the venues are going to be smaller than his usual ones.
Really? Hmmm. Maybe I'll get a ticket after all. I don't know about getting a VIP ticket though. I still have my old Weird Al autograph from way back in 1989.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on October 14, 2017, 10:40:52 PM
I doubt a smaller scale show like this would get as far as down here.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on October 18, 2017, 10:17:54 PM
I recently bought the tracks "Melanie" and "Everything you know is wrong" from Amazon for a good friend of mine. She really enjoyed them. Who knows, maybe we have a Weird Al fan in the making?  ;D
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on October 18, 2017, 10:30:00 PM
Well it's official. I used my early order code and got a VIP ticket. Gonna get to meet Weird Al and get an autograph and a photo. It's over six months away, but I am jazzed.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on October 18, 2017, 10:35:19 PM
Sweet Pak! I look forward to seeing Al once I get my ticket.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 25, 2017, 06:59:12 AM
Bah.. Who am I kidding.  I can't see this show, due to my phobia of concerts.  If not for that, I would have seen They Might Be Giants when they came around in August.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on November 17, 2017, 08:49:26 PM
Well I finally got my ticket to see Weird Al today I compromised and spent a little extra and got seat B-9. Woo-hoo! What I'm not thrilled about is the concert is still 6 months away.  :(
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: RVR II on January 19, 2018, 07:03:46 AM
Hello, guys! Supposedly, you have included all necessary details, which is too much appreciated!
Yeah with 'a big essay writer' website that my malwarebytes goes crazy over..
Your banned! >:(
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 28, 2018, 09:29:26 AM
New single drops on Friday.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on February 28, 2018, 07:30:45 PM
My burning question is this: will it be original or a parody?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on February 28, 2018, 10:11:58 PM
Educated guess: He might want a new original in his pocket to play on the new tour.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on March 01, 2018, 02:26:09 PM
Or it could be a polka...

(https://www.bleedingcool.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/The-Hamilton-Polka-Weird-Al-Cover-Art-600x600.jpg)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on March 01, 2018, 07:29:33 PM
Goodie. My favorite Polka of his will probably always be "The Hot Rocks Polka"... very clever name when you think about it.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: The Lurker on March 01, 2018, 09:11:16 PM
Or it could be a polka...

(https://www.bleedingcool.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/The-Hamilton-Polka-Weird-Al-Cover-Art-600x600.jpg)
It's out!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: The Lurker on March 02, 2018, 08:50:04 AM
And on YouTube...
https://www.youtube.com/v/3v0c6smpHSk
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on March 02, 2018, 06:11:20 PM
I just bought the single on Amazon. Maybe it's just because I'm not keeping up with current pop culture or something but I just thought it was alright. I think I'm stuck in being a fan of 80's and 90's Weird Al mode.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: k1 on March 04, 2018, 04:39:13 AM
I thought it was ok. I don’t care about the whole Hamilton thing so it didn’t really grab my attention.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Darth Geek on March 04, 2018, 05:26:48 AM
I thought it was ok. I don’t care about the whole Hamilton thing so it didn’t really grab my attention.
Yeah, me too.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on March 04, 2018, 06:05:24 AM
http://thehardtimes.net/music/31-year-old-weird-al-yankovic-fan-no-clue-parodied-latest-album/ (http://thehardtimes.net/music/31-year-old-weird-al-yankovic-fan-no-clue-parodied-latest-album/)

Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on March 04, 2018, 01:46:12 PM
I've never seen Hamilton so it's a bit meh to me from a content perspective.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on March 04, 2018, 04:52:51 PM
I also know nothing of Hamilton, but it's probably one of his most elaborate polkas. I can appreciate it purely on that level.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: RoninFox on March 07, 2018, 04:19:04 PM
I knew just enough Hamilton to get a kick out of it, but unless I see Hamilton and get to know it better I probably won't revisit it too much.

It was awesome seeing the reaction video of Lin-Manuel listening to it for the first time.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on March 23, 2018, 05:58:05 PM
I wish Weird Al would do a parody of The Dandy Warhols "The Last High" and call it "The Last Jedi".
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on March 23, 2018, 06:13:39 PM
In two(2) weeks, I'll be seeing Al here in Chicago. I feel like this is the tour I've wanted to see from him for decades. Excited.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: wihogfan on March 23, 2018, 08:38:02 PM
Saw Weird Al at Summer Fest in Milwaukee maybe 15 years ago. Was raining like hell and most of the shows that day were cancelled as a result and Weird Al's show was delayed until around midnight. Was one of the greatest shows I've ever seen though and was a great venue to see it (stage set up underneath a freeway overpass which gave some relief from the rain and no seats so everyone had to stand).
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on March 28, 2018, 12:21:41 PM
I'm still regretful that I never got to see UHF during its short theatrical run.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Darth Geek on March 28, 2018, 12:35:35 PM
I'm still regretful that I never got to see UHF during its short theatrical run.
Me too.

I'm still surprised how unsuccessful it was in theaters. It's very funny. And while the humor is very childish, it is what you would expect from Weird Al, so it's not like anyone was going in with unrealistic expectations.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on March 28, 2018, 02:47:45 PM
"Within the month prior, and up to the release of UHF, bigger blockbuster movies like Ghostbusters 2, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Lethal Weapon 2, Batman, Licence to Kill, When Harry Met Sally, and Weekend at Bernie's were also released by studios. The draw to these blockbuster movies is also attributable to the lower attendance at UHF's premiere."

Tough competition.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Darth Geek on March 28, 2018, 06:14:51 PM
"Within the month prior, and up to the release of UHF, bigger blockbuster movies like Ghostbusters 2, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Lethal Weapon 2, Batman, Licence to Kill, When Harry Met Sally, and Weekend at Bernie's were also released by studios. The draw to these blockbuster movies is also attributable to the lower attendance at UHF's premiere."

Tough competition.
Oh damn.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on March 29, 2018, 01:52:09 PM
I remember getting the Soundtrack to UHF and listened to it ALL the damn time way back when and before I got the movie on VHS. Then when I watched the movie I was confused because a lot of the songs on the record were NOT in the movie, like "Attack of the radioactive hamsters from a planet near Mars", "Isle thing", "The Hot Rocks Polka", "Spam", and "The Biggest ball of twine in Minnesota".
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on March 29, 2018, 07:00:07 PM
I saw UHF in theater at the 3-plex theater that was kind of our town's "low tier" theater. Kind of out of the way, didn't get a lot of traffic. Smaller screens.... The only other movie I can remember seeing there was BTTF3.

The SOUNDTRACK was so lesser known for so long that I actually got into arguments with other kids in my Boy Scout troop as to if it was real or not. It wasn't until The Food Album came out that I had physical proof........
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on March 29, 2018, 09:57:16 PM
I remember being on a car trip with my mom to Colorado when I was like 11 and I played the UHF album on the car stereo over and over and over again. If you can't tell by now, my mom has always been a very patient person.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on April 05, 2018, 09:53:58 PM
Tomorrow I see Al! I think the last time I saw him was the Poodle Hat tour
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: BathTub on April 05, 2018, 10:15:42 PM
a reddit thread that's compiled a lot of the other covers he's been doing during the tour.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/89v9kg/weird_al_has_been_covering_songs_lately_without/
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on April 05, 2018, 10:47:22 PM
So when Weird Al comes to Albuquerque, he likes to tease the crowd a few times by coming out for an encore (The crowd would be chanting for him to play Albuquerque, of course) and then playing something different. He does this 5-10 times before actually playing Albuquerque.

So a few years back (I want to say it was the Lynnwood Tour) he came out after a couple fake-outs and said, "I guess you guys wanted to hear a song about Albuquerque..." and actually belted out a straight cover of "Sweet Home Alabama", only he changed "Alabama" to "Albuquerque." Start to finish. He also played another straight cover with no changed lyrics, but I can't remember which one. The man can cover songs, and he and the band nail it every time. Can't wait to see what he does for this tour.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on April 10, 2018, 07:04:24 PM
The show we went to was fantastic AND it was introduced by Dr Demento!! A few friends who went to other shows nearby said he wasn't at theirs, and the review of the second show in Chicago (we were at the first night) didn't say jack about Dr Demento.... which just might mean it was a bad reviewer.  Anyways, THAT was a fun surprise.

And Al's wife and daughter were up in the balcony box watching from the side. That was adorable... and his daughter looked like any other 14 year old would at her dad's show. Kinda just "along for the ride" up until the encore (The Saga Begins), where she sang and swayed along so intently that I get the feeling it's her favourite song of Al's.

Anywho.... wonderful show!!! Definitely worth it, even though the guy next to me reeked of BO.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Darth Geek on April 11, 2018, 06:31:45 AM

Anywho.... wonderful show!!! Definitely worth it, even though the guy next to me reeked of BO.
You sat next to Brain Guy?
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on April 14, 2018, 12:34:40 PM

Anywho.... wonderful show!!! Definitely worth it, even though the guy next to me reeked of BO.
You sat next to Brain Guy?

If Brain Guy smells like overweight nerd sweat and he hasn't showered or used deodorant in weeks... then sure.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: RVR II on April 14, 2018, 07:00:38 PM

Anywho.... wonderful show!!! Definitely worth it, even though the guy next to me reeked of BO.
You sat next to Brain Guy?

If Brain Guy smells like overweight nerd sweat and he hasn't showered or used deodorant in weeks... then sure.
So in other words.. rank beef :speechless:
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on April 18, 2018, 11:14:29 AM
So Tyrant and I reached an agreement where we could both use a significant portion of our tax refund for a splurge. I chose the Weird Al Squeezebox set. The remasters are all extremely well-done. Songs from his first albums sound as crisp and clear as his new stuff does. Medium Rarities has some fun stuff. I would have liked more parodies (Like some of his concert-only stuff), but it's cool to have official copies of little one-off songs he's done for various TV shows and movies. And hey! Pac-Man!

And now I have something to get Weird Al to sign in a couple weeks when I see him live with my VIP pass.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on April 29, 2018, 08:38:11 PM
Well, the concert is a little over a week from now, and I've looked over the map to get there several times on Google maps to get there(can you tell I'm anxious?). Anyway, I am still a little ambivalent about my own directions relying on the map because about 20 years ago I got lost in Santa Fe trying to get home. That might explain my continued distrust of my own directions.

I should just focus on just getting there because if I can get there, the hardest part is done... in theory. following the directions in reverse seems to be where I tend to foul things up.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 30, 2018, 07:12:57 AM
Simulate driving your directions using google street view.

When I have to go somewhere in Philly I now use google street view to go through the directions, so I know what to look for.  Signage in Philly is horrendous, often you can't see the sign until you have to turn and if you are in the wrong lane you are out of luck.  Google street view is great for figuring out what lane you have to get into to make your turns.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on April 30, 2018, 07:20:17 AM
Well, the concert is a little over a week from now, and I've looked over the map to get there several times on Google maps to get there(can you tell I'm anxious?). Anyway, I am still a little ambivalent about my own directions relying on the map because about 20 years ago I got lost in Santa Fe trying to get home. That might explain my continued distrust of my own directions.

I should just focus on just getting there because if I can get there, the hardest part is done... in theory. following the directions in reverse seems to be where I tend to foul things up.
Tyrant and I got a hotel near the concert and will be taking the Railrunner in on Saturday for a weekend getaway, so all I have to figure out is how to get to the hotel from the station. This is going to count as our vacation for the year, so we're making the most of it. Santa Fe seems like a good place to be on Cinco De Mayo.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: TheUnabeefer on May 04, 2018, 01:08:33 PM
I bought Squeeze Box (pre-ordered) before I became temporarily unemployed and fell into more debt... So when it arrived, I ripped it, and put it straight back into the box. My wife has been looking on eBay for an estimated price to try to sell it at with which.... Seems they go for a decent amount. The vinyl version seems up for sale more than the CD version (which I have), so I'm hoping to get a good amount for it and put some of that to my credit cards.

As for the remasters, yes, they are WONDERFUL and long overdue. And even one of the later albums, Straight Outta Lynnwood, where I had problems with the original production and mix, THAT seems to have been fixed too!!! It doesn't sound overly processed and auto-tuned as much as before. I didn't cringe at the vocal layering (or simulated layering?) on Pancreas, and I can listen to Virus Alert without wanting to kill everyone now!!!
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on May 05, 2018, 02:23:23 PM
I... I don't know how to describe it but I got all these feelings of apprehension about navigating my way through Santa Fe so... as difficult as this decision was for me, I'm not going to the concert. I hope everyone else has fun there though.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on May 07, 2018, 02:26:17 PM
You missed a heck of a show. I got to hear Craigslist, which was a treat. Tyrant's personal favorite, Nature Trail to Hell, was also played and rocks in person. Seeing Al keyboard the organ solo in the middle on his accordion gives me a whole new appreciation for that one. Of course he faked the audience out a few times before playing Albuquerque, like he does whenever he plays New Mexico.

Then this happened!

(https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/31960366_10211822746029573_7635230921934766080_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=a8c2b656adc5717f0525be5234b45089&oe=5B5089B0)

Oh, and before the show, I went to Weird Al Jeopardy (A VIP perk) where I was selected from the audience. So this also happened:

(https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/32104662_1888994411132590_8817921656619008000_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=d85bf7f5b80bfe09f1c8c0e19d9076cd&oe=5B88971A)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on May 07, 2018, 03:07:10 PM
Nice, I wish I could have been there.  :(
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on May 08, 2018, 05:11:10 PM
Jealous! I got sold out for the shows here in Boston. SO here is a pic of me when I got comped by the record label for the BAD HAIR DAY TOUR!

(https://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1937156_1236857489632_2170275_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=12c24efd2ab045e7c20fe86b3297baf3&oe=5B8A8BD9)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: MrTorso on May 08, 2018, 05:14:41 PM
Also, anyone want to hook a brother up with FLAC rips of the Squeeze Box?  I bought the vinyl set and no download code.  I can send a flash drive and return postage!


Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on June 25, 2018, 11:56:29 AM
So if you missed some or all of the Self-Indulgent Tour, the audio for every show is streaming right now on Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com

If you sign up for the monthly service, and use the Promo Code: WEIRD, you can get a free month. (And then unsubscribe before paying anything.) I recommend the Santa Fe show, mostly because I was there, but also because it's fun to hear Al tease an audience that really wants him to play Albuquerque.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on August 11, 2018, 11:03:23 AM
I was just listening to "Stuck in a closet with Vanna White" yesterday several times. I don't know how to put it but I've had a strange kind of obsession with that song ever since I first heard it way the hell back in 1988. My mom got me the album(Even Worse) when it came out, and while I have no idea where that cassette is now, I still generally really LOVE that song. In fact I pretty much love that whole album. Over the past several years I've bought digital track here and a digital track there on Amazon, so I don't know what that says about me. Maybe it says I like my memories of those songs even better than actually owning them. To be fair, I honestly ought to buy the whole album again instead of one track at a time over a period of years.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on August 11, 2018, 11:23:17 AM
You can get all of Weird Al's albums for like $5 a piece on Amazon. Except for Straight Outta Lynnwood. That had the DVD built into the other side, so it fetches a little bit higher price.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on August 12, 2018, 09:42:52 AM
I just picked up the whole MP3 album of Even Worse... unfortunately the digital album costs a little more than actually buying the CD from Amazon.  :(
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on September 19, 2018, 10:51:58 PM
So it got overshadowed by the whole "Star on the walk of fame" thing, but Weird Al announced his next tour will be called "Strings Attached" and he'll be performing with a full orchestra accompanying every show. No dates or venues yet.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on October 02, 2018, 03:49:25 PM
If he comes to Albuquerque this time, then I'll definitely go. Oh, also I was just listening to "I think I'm a clone now" the other day and I suddenly realized how brilliant that song is. I know it's a parody and all, but it's one of Weird Al's best parody songs. I swear, it's right up there with "The Brady Bunch", "Beverly Hillbillies", "Spam", "Isle Thing", " "Another one rides the bus", and "Amish paradise".
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on October 03, 2018, 06:58:10 AM
"I Think I'm A Clone Now" is my (2nd) favorite song on Even Worse (after "Fat"). I've listened to "Fat" so much though that ITIACN is my most listened to song on that album on my ipod.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on October 03, 2018, 11:37:28 AM
It's a subtle gag, but I love how Al singing his own backup vocals works with the theme of the song.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Pak-Man on November 12, 2018, 07:56:26 AM
Tour dates for the Strings Attached tour are up!

http://weirdal.com/tour/

NM is not listed...  :'(
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: goflyblind on November 12, 2018, 08:30:04 AM
oh, fuck off. he's playing a fifteen minute bus ride from my hometown while i'm in poland? super rude, al. :angry:
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: stansimpson on November 14, 2018, 06:55:23 AM
(https://thumbs.gfycat.com/JollyShowyAegeancat-small.gif)
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Russoguru on November 16, 2018, 04:11:18 PM
Okay is my vision failing me or do I not see one single date that's anywhere in the vicinity of Albuquerque?  :o Talk about your irony.
Title: Re: "Weird Al" fans
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 16, 2018, 04:16:37 PM
No show in Amish Paradise either.  WHAT GIVES, WEIRD?!?

BTW, just remembered that Paul F. Tompkins has a great Weird Al story.

https://www.youtube.com/v/bh35_ytSy5s