POLL: "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D

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If you're a late-stage gen x'er, this was one of those tapes that got passed around from kid to kid in elementary and middle school.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
"I Lost on Jeopardy" 9
"Nature Trail to Hell" 5
"Eat It" 3
"Theme from Rocky XIII (The Rye or the Kaiser)" 2
"Buy Me a Condo" 1
"The Brady Bunch" 1
"Midnight Star" 1
"Polkas on 45" 1
"Mr. Popeil" 0
"King of Suede" 0
"That Boy Could Dance" 0


Johnny Fever, Sunday, 21 June 2020 03:06 (two weeks ago) link

As much as I love the B-52's pastiche of "Mr. Popeil" (a case of only connecting those dots a few years ago, because I had no idea who the B-52's were in 1984), I have to go with "I Lost on Jeopardy" because that Don Pardo section is branded on my brain.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 21 June 2020 03:08 (two weeks ago) link

Buy Me A Condo and Rye or the Kaiser get stuck in my head the most often, but I'm voting for Midnight Star. I just love the melody and lyrics so much.

peace, man, Sunday, 21 June 2020 03:33 (two weeks ago) link

"Nature Trail to Hell" is basically the title track. I remember holding my breath for the entire decay of that final piano note. "Midnight Star" set me up for disappointment when the tabloids (in New England supermarkets, at least) got progressively tamer and more celebrity oriented. If I'd seen any of the Rocky movies when I was six years old, maybe I could have voted for "Theme From Rocky XIII (The Rye or the Kaiser)" but I had to go with "Nature Trail" on instinct.

Revolutionary Girl Utrenja (Tom Violence), Sunday, 21 June 2020 03:38 (two weeks ago) link

the last couple minutes of Nature Trail are almost TOO intense

orifex, Sunday, 21 June 2020 04:16 (two weeks ago) link

Shd just do a weird al poll

Shd just do a weird al poll

ever since Weird Al's parents died in a tragic carbon monoxide poisoning accident, I've had trouble not immediately thinking about his parents dying in a tragic carbon monoxide poisoning accident and how weirdly fucking abrupt and terrible and random that would be for him, or anyone, but specifically him the literal master of musical random, the kind of weird, a dude who has been verified as a bonafide Good Guy by multiple sources multiple times, every single time he enters my consciousness.

which is why it ruled so hard to see this show up in my youtubes with zero context two months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0QbbnIYa0M

the burrito that defined a generation, Sunday, 21 June 2020 04:35 (two weeks ago) link

"I Lost on Jeopardy"

Dig Dug the police (Neanderthal), Sunday, 21 June 2020 04:54 (two weeks ago) link

when we were kids we heard the Weird Al song and then one day on the way home from flag football, the Greg Kihn song came on and we started laughing only to be disappointed

Dig Dug the police (Neanderthal), Sunday, 21 June 2020 04:54 (two weeks ago) link

close second "Rye or the Kaiser"

Dig Dug the police (Neanderthal), Sunday, 21 June 2020 04:55 (two weeks ago) link

Think I'll go for "The Brady Bunch." I always ignored the verses about the show in question, which I had never seen; not having a track listing on my copy, a Certron 90 with glitter glued on the outer shell, I didn't even notice the Brady content until years later. The more fundamental subject — T-V — is a catalyst for (I assumed) sibling rivalry and, more fundamentally, a hypnotic mind-control medium much smarter than you, as the elegant orientalist synth riff intimated. There was giddy delight in getting caught in the tractor beam glissandos at the end of the song. It was cool to be rendered so completely mindless (in the spirit of those CONSERVE ENERGY: SLEEP IN CLASS t-shirts of the era).

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Sunday, 21 June 2020 05:20 (two weeks ago) link

"Condo" low key informed my opinion of condominiums well into my adulthood.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 21 June 2020 05:34 (two weeks ago) link

I think “Midnight Star” might be the strongest Al original in terms of songcraft and arrangement and he probably could have been an 80s college radio star even if he wasn’t funny

The Mandymoorian (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 21 June 2020 06:54 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah that seems right but I voted sentimentally for Nature Trail To Hell as the first song I really “felt” (as a 12 year old boy interested in horror). my gateway to music.

Joey Corona (Euler), Sunday, 21 June 2020 11:44 (two weeks ago) link

Al's originals are better than people tend to give him credit for. "Frank's 2000" TV" from Alapalooza is just a perfect power pop song, a cleaner jangle and a more innocently optimistic lyric than the source material (REM?).

Revolutionary Girl Utrenja (Tom Violence), Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:25 (two weeks ago) link

I think “Midnight Star” might be the strongest Al original in terms of songcraft and arrangement and he probably could have been an 80s college radio star even if he wasn’t funny

― The Mandymoorian (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, June 21, 2020 1:54 AM (ten hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

I feel this way about "Don't Wear Those Shoes"

trapped out the barndo (crüt), Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:50 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 28 June 2020 00:01 (one week ago) link

so difficult. my faves have changed over the years, sometimes based on a single lyrical phrase that jumps out that i didn't really notice before. going with jeopardy.

love the fact that lisa popeil sings backup with him to this day. hasn't he kept the same band basically this whole time?

andrew m., Sunday, 28 June 2020 16:26 (one week ago) link

"Frank's 2000" TV" from Alapalooza is just a perfect power pop song, a cleaner jangle and a more innocently optimistic lyric than the source material (REM?).

I saw a young dance troupe dance to this song three years after the album came out. they were embarrassed because they were dancing to a song about a 2000 inch tv.

great song.

I hear that sometimes Satan wants to defund police (Neanderthal), Sunday, 28 June 2020 16:43 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 29 June 2020 00:01 (one week ago) link

You're a complete looooooserrrrrr

Johnny Fever, Monday, 29 June 2020 03:31 (one week ago) link


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