In the great tradition of the Beatles's "Hard Day's Night" album, "UHF" not only presents all of the songs that appeared in "Weird Al" Yankovic's 1989 film of the same name, but additional songs recorded in the studio. By now, the "Weird Al" formula is set in stone. Producer Rick Derringer not only plays guitar but makes sure the parodies on "UHF" sound as much like the originals as possible (e.g., "She Drives Like Crazy" versus the Fine Young Cannibal's "She Drives Me Crazy"). This serves to set up the humor of the lyricism sung in Yankovic's weird but strangely compelling voice (his singing talent as a parodist is probably the most overlooked aspect of his success). Yes, "Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters From a Planet Near Mars" is one of his worse original compositions, but clearly the man needs to purge such things out of his system with appalling regularity. But "Weird Al" makes up for this with "Gandhi II," a brilliant take off on the theme from "Shaft." "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies," "Isle Thing," and "Spam" all reinforce the "Weird Al" fixation on two key ingredients of modern American popular culture, namely television and food. The polka medley makes its return on this album, with "The Hot Rocks Polka" devoted entirely to the music of the Rolling Stones (I am still waiting for "Weird Al" to take on the Beatles, but that might require an entire album--which is perfectly all right with me, boys and girls). Ultimately, "UHF" is neither as good as the album that preceded it, "Even Worse," or the great one that would follow, "Off the Deep End," but on balance it is better than any of his first four efforts.