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LATEST UPDATE 4/9 - Alpocalyptic April Day 5 - A Complicated Song

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GUITAR/VOCALS: Seil

BASS/KEYS: EmotionalFlight

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"A Complicated Song" is spoof of "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne. The song is composed of three vignettes: in the first, the singer laments that he is constipated, in the second, he discovers that he and his girlfriend are related, and in the third, he expresses regret that he recently was decapitated. In interviews, Al said that he was unsure of which concept to finish, so he just used all three instead, one per verse. Due to the first section of the song being about constipated from Pizza, the song on the internet has often been mislabeled as "Constipated".
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LATEST UPDATE 4/10 - Alpocalyptic April Day 6 - Callin' In Sick

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GUITAR: Seil

VOCALS: Atruejedi

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“Callin' In Sick” is Al’s post-Nirvana/“Smells Like Teen Spirit” grunge pastiche. Now we all know that the only “jobs” grunge rockers have involve being depressed and getting addicted to heroin but “Callin' In Sick” imagines a world in which they work the same kinds of jobs us normal folks do, you know, like writing about every “Weird Al” Yankovic song in obsessive detail. As always, Al and his collaborators nail the sonic details: the groove here feels effortlessly authentic. The vibe of “Callin' In Sick” is dramatic and intense but the lyrics are low-key and observational as Al adopts the perspective of an ennui-addled wage slave who decides to engage in a little low-level, everyday rebellion by shucking off the onerous responsibility of going to their place of employment for a day of avoiding labor, meaningful or otherwise. It's probably the only grunge song ever to reference Ernest Goes to Camp.
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LATEST UPDATE 4/11 - Alpocalyptic April Day 7 - Young, Dumb, & Ugly

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GUITAR: Onyxite/PhantomBlade8

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VOCALS: drummerockband

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According to Al himself: Ah, that was my big parody of heavy metal in general and AC/DC specifically. I recorded it in a register that was really too high for my singing voice, but my manager thought that it was funny that I was cracking my voice trying to reach the notes.
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LATEST UPDATE 4/12 - Alpocalyptic April Day 8 - Midnight Star

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GUITAR/BASS/VOCALS: Sideshow

KEYS: EmotionalFlight

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According to Al himself: That was, at the time, my favorite track on the album. My first album was very quickly recorded and cheaply produced. With the second album I was able to spend a little more time, because I had back-up singers and a professional bass vocalist, and I got kind of excited, and my original thought was for it to be the first single off the album, until cooler heads prevailed and they said, “Why don’t you go with the Michael Jackson parody? That has a little more commercial potential.”
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LATEST UPDATE 4/13 - Alpocalyptic April Day 9 - Genius in France

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GUITAR/BASS/VOCALS/KEYS: Seil

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This song is a tribute to Frank Zappa; his son Dweezil Zappa plays the opening guitar solo. The lyrical premise may be a reference to the fact that American comedian Jerry Lewis was a respected filmmaker and actor in France (and other European countries) while in America he was often viewed as lowbrow and unfunny. According to Al himself: While I've never been a big fan of long solos, I've always admired Frank Zappa's compositional acumen, which I studied religiously while writing my Zappa homage, 'Genius in France.' To create my 'style parodies,' I dissect my favorite artists' work and try to step into their shoes and, I hope, create a composition not unlike something they might have done themselves. I felt extra pressure doing that with Zappa; he's one of my all-time heroes and, frankly, I didn't want to screw it up. One reason 'Genius' is nine minutes long is that Frank's style consists of so many components, I felt it would do him a disservice to try to emulate it in three or four minutes. And he'll always have a warm place in my heart for categorically proving to the unwashed masses once and for all that humor really does belong in music.
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LATEST UPDATE 4/14 - Alpocalyptic April Day 10 - I Was Only Kidding

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GUITAR: Seil

BASS: BassSinger313

VOCALS: Bansheeflyer

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"I Was Only Kidding" (the ultimate break-up song) takes a soft love ballad in the beginning, saying sweet loving things to a girl, then goes into a raucous barrage, including animal sounds that tells her he was only kidding. Al says the line "I really love you... NOT!" is specifically a reference to the movie Wayne's World. As a 90's kids I remember the one year that this was a common burn for the masses. Al ended up recording one too many original songs for Off the Deep End, and chose to include this one over "Waffle King" (which was later included on Alapalooza) in case the "NOT!" joke became too dated. According to Al himself: I’m not sure how many people know who Tonio K. is, but he’s one of my favorite artists and I’ve actually done two style parodies of him (“Happy Birthday” and “I Was Only Kidding”).
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LATEST UPDATE 4/15 - Alpocalyptic April Day 11 - You Make Me

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GUITAR/BASS: Seil

VOCALS: BornGamerRob

STANDARD KEYS: EmotionalFlight

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"You Make Me" is a song involving a person's desire to engage in strange or violent behavior compelled by the weirdness of another person. According to the liner notes of The Permanent Record, "That was kind of an Oingo Boingo soundalike, a fun one to do. It's about as close as I ever come to writing a real love song."
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LATEST UPDATE 4/16 - Alpocalyptic April Day 12 - This is the Life

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GUITAR: Seil

BASS: naginalJJ

VOCALS: kueller

KEYS: EmotionalFlight

PREVIEW VIDEO: MrPrezident

 

"This Is The Life" describes the narrator's overly lavish lifestyle and had originally been commissioned for the gangster spoof movie Johnny Dangerously. Musically it sound like a ragtime number which pays tribute to the glorious gangster lifestyle of the roaring ’20s. It’s also easy to see it paralleling the excess of the ’80's and if you don’t see it, then dig this verse: “They say that money corrupts you / But I can’t really tell / I got the whole world at my feet / And I think it’s pretty swell.”
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LATEST UPDATE 4/17 - Alpocalyptic April Day 13 - Dog Eat Dog

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GUITAR/BASS: Seil

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"Dog Eat Dog" is an homage to Talking Heads classics like "Once in a Lifetime" and "And She Was," but the live performances features Al in full-on Byrne regalia and mannerisms. According to Al himself: "That's one of my favorite songs off the album," says Al. "It's inspired by Talking Heads, and also by my days working in the traffic department at Westwood One -- my first and hopefully only desk job. At first I thought it was kinda cool that I had a phone and a desk and a little cubicle to call my own, but after a while I felt like my soul had been sucked out of me. The song is kind of a tongue-in-cheek look at office life."
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LATEST UPDATE 4/18 - Alpocalyptic April Day 14 - Generic Blues

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GUITAR: PhantomBlade8

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VOCALS: drummerockband

KEYS: TheSheepQueen

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"Generic Blues": It's a blues song as you'd expect, but with the sadness turned way up, and the hilarity too! Also a great solo, with Al yelling "Make it talk son, make it talk!" and eventually, "okay now, make it stop!" According to Al himself: "I just wanted to write the ultimate blues song. I was told recently that B.B. King mentioned it as one of his ten favorite blues songs of all time."
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LATEST UPDATE 4/19 - Alpocalyptic April Day 15 - Truck Drivin' Song

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GUITAR: PhantomBlade8

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VOCALS: Seil

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"Truck Driving Song", a detailed account of a truck-driver working, while at the same time worrying about their clothing and makeup, is a style parody of truck-driving country. While writing the song, Yankovic listened to C.W. McCall for inspiration. The lyrics begin with begins with a flurry of macho truck talk, with the singer singing in a voice deeper than he’s ever attempted before about his “diesel rig” being “northward bound” and it being “time to put that hammer down” on the “twenty tons of steel” in his truck. Ah, but our country crooner isn’t just devoted to the open road and the grubby romance of the trucker lifestyle. He’s equally devoted to cross-dressing. In that respect, “Truck Drivin’ Song” is an homage to Monty Python’s thematically similar “Lumberjack Song.” Both toe-tapping ditties glean laughs from the incongruous juxtaposition of an almost cartoonishly manly profession (lumberjack, truck driver) and decidedly unmanly garb. Al has never sounded more conventionally masculine than when singing about crotchless panties, feather boas, pink angora sweaters, mascara, high heels, nipple rings, rhinestones, sequins and chiffon. Al recorded the vocals for the song first thing in the morning, when his voice is naturally lower in pitch.
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LATEST UPDATE 4/20 - Alpocalyptic April Day 16 - Good Old Days

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There are 3 things that Al will end his albums with:
*A really long song
*A really dark song
*A polka medley
This definitely falls into the dark category. One of the most dark and violent songs Al has ever made, this is the story of a man fondly remembering his childhood. He thinks back to the first time he murdered a shop owner, and his time with his homecoming date, which went well until he abandoned her in the desert. He doesn't regret it, he just sees those horrible acts at part of growing up. It can be very funny, however it may be too dark for some. Al described the song: "That was another experiment. I wanted to see if I could write a song as if Charlie Manson and James Taylor were collaborating."
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LATEST UPDATE 4/21 - Alpocalyptic April Day 17 - I Remember Larry

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GUITAR/VOCALS: Seil

KEYS: TheSheepQueen

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“I Remember Larry” is a throwback lyrically as well to the more apocalyptic, bloody and dark humor of Al’s 1980s, when he accidentally created the genre of “Horrorcore” through songs like “I Remember Larry”, which sounds like a zippy, silly, goofy roller-skate through the park but prominently features torture, sadism, abuse and ultimately murder. Some of Larry’s actions fall loosely under the category of “juvenile mischief”, like making phony calls (something Al is very much against, as we will discover in the next entry in this column), doling out wedgies, pantsing people, the old “Ben Gay in the jock strap” routine and the like. But a good number of Larry’s offenses qualify as criminal and borderline psychotic, like dumping toxic waste on people’s lawns and cutting cars in two. What at first appears to be the song of a good-natured masochist willing to put up with anything in the name of tomfoolery turns sadistic when the singer spends the final verse of the song recounting how he got back at Larry by murdering him. The song sounds every bit as dementedly cheerful and upbeat as ever, only now it’s chronicling Larry being abducted and left for dead. "I Remember Larry" is a demented gem that’s more than just a pretty good gag and a pretty good, very dark song.
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"I Remember Larry" was my introduction to Weird Al. My kid brother played this for me and said "Sometimes I can relate to this song, you S.O.B." Ahh......great times!

 

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Was Sir Funkenstein a laugh a minute joker prankster?

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LATEST UPDATE 4/22 - Alpocalyptic April Day 18 - Melanie

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GUITAR: kueller

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"Melanie" is a stalker's twisted love song to his neighbor Melanie. He falls in love with a girl he sees through his telescope and then becomes so obsessed with her that he goes through her garbage to learn more about her and tries to impress her by tattooing her name on his forehead. Once again, Al’s slightly morbid sense of humor comes shining through in the end, with the lovesick sap singing, “You wouldn’t listen when I promised to be true / I couldn’t stand it, so I jumped out from the sixteenth story window / Right above you.” The punchline…? “Now I may be dead, but I still love you.”
It's one of Al's few songs that might be rated PG-13 if it were a movie. Al added in an interview; "Sometimes I have an alternate verse to a song that I only sing to my friends".
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LATEST UPDATE 4/23 - Alpocalyptic April Day 19 - Cavity Search

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GUITAR/BASS: Seil

KEYS: TheSheepQueen

PREVIEW VIDEO: MrPrezident

 

"Cavity Search", a parody of U2's hit "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" recounts the horror of having to go to the dentist. It features the sound of an actual dental drill. To enhance the dental theme of the song, Yankovic called in his actual dentist, who brought a real drill and a human tooth, which the two took turns drilling while recording to create a genuine sound effect.
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A couple more wacky wonders of weirdness! Thanks!

 

 

 

Was Sir Funkenstein a laugh a minute joker prankster?

Not so much "laugh a minute" but me and my only brother had some great sibling fun....

Painted finger and toenails while he was asleep.... superglued his lips (also while asleep)..... Worked at the same warehouse and filled his brand new 1 week old car with packing peanuts all the way to the top of the dashboard, then shrink wrapped the entire body! :D :rock:

 

But as you all can see, my humor is 'singular'!

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LATEST UPDATE 4/24 - Alpocalyptic April Day 20 - Ricky

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GUITAR: Seil

BASS: naginalJJ

VOCALS/PRO KEYS: maotico

STANDARD KEYS: MrPrezident

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"Ricky" is a duet with voice actress Tress MacNeille. It is a parody of the 1982 song "Mickey" by Toni Basil and a loving homage to I Love Lucy that finds a Cuban-accented Al crooning of both his wild desire and his eternal frustration with his daffy spouse. It’s a song whose affection for its source material comes through in every note but even in this cozy, nostalgic homage to our halcyon black and white past there’s a note of New Wave anti-consumer prickliness when MacNeille-as-Lucy reminds her hubby in one of the many meta lines dotting Al’s discography, “Every day’s a rerun and the laughter’s always canned.”
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LATEST UPDATE 4/25 - Alpocalyptic April Day 21 - Velvet Elvis

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GUITAR: GreenPanda12

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“Velvet Elvis,”a song that sounds just like The Police and tells of the narrator’s renewed sense of interest and purpose in life arriving in the form of one of those kitschy Velvet Elvis paintings. Al undoubtedly studied up on his Sting-isms on this track (right down to the premise, which evokes the kind of hyperbolic emotion of Police tracks like “Can’t Stand Losing You” and “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”), but credit must also go to his backing band, who perfectly capture the energy and chemistry of The Police, from the precise drum work of Stewart Copeland to the reggae-infused chords of Andy Summers.
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LATEST UPDATE 4/26 - Alpocalyptic April Day 22 - One of Those Days

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GUITAR/VOCALS: Seil

PREVIEW VIDEO: MrPrezident

 

"One of Those Days" is a pretty underrated song detailing horrible things as if they were everyday annoyances. Each horrible thing escalates up to global annihilation while more mundane annoyances pop up at different times. The twinkling piano throughout certainly has a nice sound.
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LATEST UPDATE 4/27 - Alpocalyptic April Day 23 - Waffle King

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VOCALS: Seil

GUITAR/KEYS: Oddbrother

BASS: Cheesecake Militia

PREVIEW VIDEO: MrPrezident

 

“Waffle King” is a tribute to a very specific era in Peter Gabriel’s career long after he stopped being a poster boy for Prog Rock theatricality and established himself as a solo artist to be reckoned with. It's a loving tribute to Gabriel’s mid-1980s music video smashes “Big Time” and “Sledge Hammer”, when he devoted himself to making big, cartoony pop songs. The breakfast titan crooning “Waffle King” is full of himself, and, presumably, also the delicious waffles he’s peddling in song. The singer doesn’t just think making superior waffles makes him special: he seems to think it makes him superior to everyone else on earth. He doesn’t just want people to eat his tasty treats: he wants to be worshiped as an angry, waffle-making God. The Soup Nazi is a mellow hippie compared to this waffle-pimping sociopath.
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