|1. Jurassic Park|
|2. Young, Dumb & Ugly|
|3. Bedrock Anthem|
|4. Frank's 2000in TV|
|5. Achy Breaky Song|
|6. Traffic Jam|
|7. Talk Soup|
|8. Livin' In The Fridge|
|9. She Never Told Me She Was A Mime|
|10. Harvey The Wonder Hamster|
|11. Waffle King|
|12. Bohemian Polka|
Or is that "Jurassic Park" after Donna Summer's rendition of Richard Harris' "MacArthur Park", complete with dinosaur roars and screams of fear, mixed with the disco strings? Great line: "I'm afraid those things will harm me/because they sure don't act like Barney/and they think I'm their dinner not their friend."
A hard-rock guitar with Al-asaurus' voice like a shrill hair metal singer comes in with "Young, Dumb, & Ugly" about the annoying things they do, like squeezing the toothpaste from the middle and drinking milk from the carton. And they name spells trouble, T-R-U-B-E-L. Yeah, right.
"Yabba dabba yabba dabba dabba doo now" instead of "Give it away give it away give it away give it away now." Al spoofs the Chili Peppers by turning "Give It Away" into a song about the Flintstones, although the intro is taken from "Under The Bridge." There's even some dialogue from the cartoon included.
"Frank's 2000" TV"? That's Al's ne plus ultra of someone who really worships the boob tube.
A million thanks to Al for sending up Billy Ray Cyrus. "Achy Breaky Song" That song deserved a drubbing, and he lists some artists and groups that are high on le musique du fromage list, such as ABBA, the Bee Gees, New Kids on The Block, Tiffany, and Vanilla Ice, that it'd be better to play. Fair enough, but those artists sound more talented than Billy Ray.Read more ›
There are some classic parodies on here. Bedrock Anthem a parody of two Red Hot Chilli Peppers songs (Under the Bridge & Give it Away) is still one of the more popular songs amongst "Weird Al" fans today. Obviously it is about the Flintstones and Al is singing as Fred Flintstone. Livin' in the Fridge (parody of Livin' On the Edge) is pretty good and is about food that never gets thrown out by roommates and comes alive. It is pretty close to Aerosmith's original sound.
The original songs on here aren't classics but are worth listening to. Young Dumb and Ugly is about some teenagers who think they are cool but are not and the stupid things they do. Frank's 2000" TV is about a guy named frank who has bought a huge TV set. It's not that great. Traffic Jam isn't a parody but is extremely close to one. Prince or whatever he is called these days won't let Weird Al do parodies of his songs but this one sounds pretty close to one of them. It is a sensational song about obviously being caught in traffic jams. Talk Soup is about those stupid mid day American talk shows and the people who go on them. Pretty funny.Read more ›
After all, it is usually not a good sign when an album's opening track sounds tired and unimaginative, as "Jurassic Park" (why the parody of "MacArthur Park" at this time?) is in this case. All of the originals lack hooks and a focused production, with "She Never Told Me She Was a Mime" and "Frank's 2000 Inch TV" especially standing out as colorless tunes. The only songs- parodies, not by coincidence- that save ALAPALOOZA from being a disaster are "Bedrock Anthem" and "Achy Breaky Song," and even those are pretty disposable. To the Weird Al-trained ear, however, this may still be another enjoyable Weird Al album, especially since the record admittedly sounds appealing while it's playing. But ALAPALOOZA is still easily one of the weakest albums Yankovic ever recorded.
Jurrasic Park: 5/5 Funny, yet missing something if you don't see the music video.
Young, Dumb, and Ugly: 2/5 Loud and annoying. Read more