11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Championed by junior high-school boys in 1984, Weird Al Yankovic’s In 3-D was the very first high-profile piece of pop-culture to lampoon Michael Jackson. “Eat It,” was a perfect parody of the late, great, gloved-one’s smash-hit “Beat It” replete with a guitar solo by Rick Derringer that nearly upstages Eddie Van Halen’s original. But to paraphrase Courtney Love, you’re nobody until Weird Al Yankovic makes fun of you. Ripping on Men Without Hats’ “Safety Dance,” Yankovic’s “The Brady Bunch” also simultaneously pokes fun at sitcom television and new-wave music. “Theme From Rocky XIII” takes on Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” with all the pubescent wit of Mad magazine’s best moments, right down to referencing the kinds of sandwiches only available in finer kosher-style delicatessens of the East Coast. Along the way you get the accordian-riddled original tune “Polkas On 45” and “I Lost On Jeopardy,” a send-up of Greg Kihn’s “Jeopardy” where the voice of game show narrator Don Pardo makes a hilarious cameo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Championed by junior high-school boys in 1984, Weird Al Yankovic’s In 3-D was the very first high-profile piece of pop-culture to lampoon Michael Jackson. “Eat It,” was a perfect parody of the late, great, gloved-one’s smash-hit “Beat It” replete with a guitar solo by Rick Derringer that nearly upstages Eddie Van Halen’s original. But to paraphrase Courtney Love, you’re nobody until Weird Al Yankovic makes fun of you. Ripping on Men Without Hats’ “Safety Dance,” Yankovic’s “The Brady Bunch” also simultaneously pokes fun at sitcom television and new-wave music. “Theme From Rocky XIII” takes on Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” with all the pubescent wit of Mad magazine’s best moments, right down to referencing the kinds of sandwiches only available in finer kosher-style delicatessens of the East Coast. Along the way you get the accordian-riddled original tune “Polkas On 45” and “I Lost On Jeopardy,” a send-up of Greg Kihn’s “Jeopardy” where the voice of game show narrator Don Pardo makes a hilarious cameo.

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