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Album Review

Like many of Weird Al's 1990s albums, Running With Scissors is something of a mixed bag, although devoted fans will definitely find enough of interest to add it to their collections. As usual, the highlights tend to be song parodies: "The Saga Begins" is a retelling of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace from Obi-Wan Kenobi's point of view set to the tune of "American Pie," while "Jerry Springer" is a clever rewrite of the Barenaked Ladies' "One Week." Not all of them quite hit the mark, though: "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" has the same borderline ethnic condescension of the Offspring's original, and Yankovic's mimicry of the sound of his source material on the Puff Daddy takeoff "It's All About the Pentiums" isn't quite up to his usual standards. The originals tend to come off as forced, as though Yankovic is trying way too hard to live up to his nickname; although the snarky rip of "My Baby's in Love With Eddie Vedder" hits pretty close to the mark, the 11-minute closer "Albuquerque" is interminable. Overall, there are some songs worthy of adding to Yankovic's next best-of, and some more that no one will miss.

Customer Reviews

Pretty Good

I love Al, but it stinks that they make you buy the whole album just to get Albuquerque.

Weird Al or Bust

When I first bought this album, I did it just to see albuquerque. Well, at first I was reluctent to listen to anything other than albuquerque because I was already hooked on Weird Al's "Permanent Record." But when I listened to it, I found that there wasn't one song that didn't get me howling with laughter. It turns out that I thought albuquerque was NOT the best song in the album. This album was the album that inspired me to buy every single one of his other songs (except for "George of the Jungle"). I like listening to him so much that whenever I mention him (and I do it A LOT) everyone around me says, "Oh my gawd! you are obsessed!" If you're looking for specific songs here they are: 1. Your Horoscope for Today, Brilliant 2.Grape fruit diet, Perfect 3.Pretty Fly for a Rabbi, Hilarious. Also if you have time watch "The Weird Al Show", the theme song is amazing.

poop pop

I love your music!! OMG! Keep writing them!


Born: October 23, 1959 in Lynwood, CA

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The foremost song parodist of the MTV era, "Weird Al" Yankovic carried the torch of musical humor more proudly and more successfully than any performer since Allan Sherman. In the world of novelty records — a genre noted for its extensive back catalog of flashes-in-the-pan and one-hit wonders — Yankovic was king, scoring smash after smash over the course of an enduring career which found him topically mocking everything from new wave to gangsta rap. Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born...
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