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  • Audio CD (June 20 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Volcano
  • ASIN: B00000HZYJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fat
2. Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White
3. (This Song's Just) Six Words Long
4. You Make Me
5. I Think I'm A Clone Now
6. Lasagna
7. Melanie
8. Alimony
9. Velvet Elvis
10. Twister
11. Good Old Days

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I would have to say Al's best album is his first, self-titled one (although despite all its bashing "Polka Party" must be high simply because it includes "Living With a Hernia," easily his greatest achievement), but this is not bad at all. I have yet to hear a Weird Al album that rates lower than five stars, and this album, despite having a couple low points, would be top rated if all it had on it was "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long." Here's a breakdown of the songs:
Fat--What can be said? This is not as good as "Eat It," but has the distinction of being the only song that can claim to be the "second by the same artist that Al has covered." To date, he has yet to send up anyone other than Michael Jackson on more than one song. Rather surprising, considering the plethora of parodiable songs over the years.
Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White--This is way to long, and could be lost without significant loss to the album as a whole. Typical surrealism for an Al original.
(This Song's Just) Six Words Long--Absolutely died laughing the first time I heard this. It is a dead-on slap in the face of the Quiet Beatle, and the lyrics are not much more inane than the original they cover...in fact, they sound like the thoughts that must have been running through the writer's head when he penned it.
You Make Me--This gets even weirder than the second song, and sets the stage for all the originals on the album with its insane lyrics and hyperactive pace.
I Think I'm A Clone Now--I've never heard the original this satirizes but what would be the point? Like "Like a Surgeon," there is no way the original could be as good (I've often found this to be the case with Al).
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Weird Al's fifth album sets three precedents. One, he mimics an album cover, i.e. Michael Jackson's Bad. Two, it's the first time he took a year off inbetween recordings. Three, there is no polka medley here. Four, the album's title, in comparison to his previous releases, is accurate--even worse, though it's merely good, not great.
"Fat", sending up Michael Jackson's "Bad" and is about someone very on the portly side, who's got "more chins than Chinatown" and who "takes up seven rows in a movie theatre." Some of the material seems like a reconstruction fat jokes that have been told in junior or high schools.
"Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White" is a guitar rocker with weird dreams told to a psychiatrist. It's bizarre, not too funny.
"(This Song's Just) Six Words Long" sends up George Harrison's "Got My Mind Set On You", dwelling on the simplicity of the song and not too substantial verses. When Al sings "I never wrote the lyrics", he is right. George was doing a cover of a Rudy Clark song, so despite Al's poking fun, it isn't the Quiet One's fault. Hey, it did get to #1.
"You Make Me" is a quick-tempo new wave Cars or Devo-like song, with alternating levels of weirdness. "you make me wanna write dozen book reports then pack myself in styrofoam", "you make me wanna make a model of the Eiffel Tower out of Belgian waffles",
"you make me wanna do my laundry in the dark, and use a recommended bleach." Weird but surreal.
Then comes a send-ups of one of two Tommy James covers that went to #1 in 1987. "I Think I'm A Clone Now" is about having oneself duplicated. "I guess you could say I'm beside myself." and being born "without a father and a mother, just a test tube and a womb with a view" are some of the clever lyrics here.
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On his first four albums "Weird Al" Yankovic fell into something of a rut. Perhaps it was the demands of putting out one album a year for four straight years, but when the best song on a "Weird Al" album is the polka medley, that is not a good sign. So after skipping a year Yankovic made his first "comeback" in 1988 with "Even Worse." There were those who thought it was dangerous for "Weird Al" to go back to another parody of Michael Jackson again after the success of "Eat It," but funny is funny and that is the bottom line in the musical satire business. With "Even Worse" Yankovic adds the movie cover parody to his repertoire, proving that if a curly haired guy wearing classes and a thin mustache dresses up with the King of Pop it is going to get a laugh. Of course, "Even Worse" plays well off of "Bad" as a title as well and this is one of those albums where a lot of sales can be traced to the successful music video.
"Even Worse" was the best "Weird Al" album to date. After his self-title debut album Yankovic put together his own band and while the accordion still announced its presence with authority (e.g., "Lasagna"), a key element in his musical satires was that the music sounded as good as the original; only the words had been changed, to humorous effect. With this fifth album the key lesson "Weird Al" learned was that he did not have to look at the current Billboard charts for this targets.
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