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Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson—the platinum-selling song parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic has had a longer career than all of them. With the release of Mandatory Fun, the kinky-haired satirist is approaching his fourth decade lampooning pop music. In Al's hands, Lorde's "Royals" becomes "Foil," a song about food preservation and alien invasions (you'll see). Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is transformed into a grammatical object lesson in "Word Crimes," while "Handy," a goof on Iggy Azalea's ubiquitous summer jam "Fancy," finds Al boasting of his contractor skills (sample lyric: "I've got 99 problems but a switch ain't one"). Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" makes a cameo on the requisite polka track "Now That's What I Call Polka." The real showstopper, though, is "Jackson Park Express": a nine-minute Yankovic original in the style of a vintage rock opera.

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Just take my money now

You don't need to hear any preview clips. This is "Weird Al" we're talking about here. You WILL buy this album. The fun will be MANDATORY!!!


He who's tired of Weird Al is tired of life.

Heil Awesome'

This is some of the best music I have not yet ever heard. Sampling just the anticipation it is some of the sweetest vintage of anticipation that I have ever known. In conclusion, Weird Al does it again as he has me biting my nails, my panties in bunches, and my GI track filled with butterflies. Simply put, Weird Al, mission accomplished, job well done, I'm already eagerly waiting your 'next' album - I hope it comes out sooner than this one.


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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