Having been a fan of “Weird Al” Yankovic since that fateful afternoon at 4-H Camp in 1985 (the song “Like A Surgeon” was playing in the boom box while I was busy making drip candles), it stands to reason that I’ve amassed quite a collection of favorites from his rather extensive collection over the decades. And while most casual “normal” people would dismiss him as merely “that guy who does music parodies”, Weird Al has also been doing a goodly amount of original content since his first album back in 1983. Considering this, I thought I’d share with all of you tender readers my Top 10 Favorite “Weird Al” originals:
1. “I’ll Be Mellow When I’m Dead” (from “Weird Al” Yankovic)
Kind of a punk song for the accordion. It’s also one of the songs I have legally binding to have played at my own funeral. Which is soon, I hope.
2. “Albuquerque” (from Running With Scissors)
Written as a song that Weird Al admitted to be an attempt to annoy the listener for twelve minutes and put on the tail-end of the album it was released on, it instead had the opposite effect, and is an oft-listened to and requested fan favorite, despite being a spectacularly whimsical mess.
3. “U. H. F.” (from U. H. F. – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack And Other Stuff)
I’ll be straight forward with this: I didn’t like the title song from the greatest movie ever made: U. H. F. Over the years, though, it’s grown on me. Much like a fungus. And now it’s one I tend to crank whenever it comes around on my player.
4. “Hardware Store” (from Poodle Hat)
I listen to this, and I continue to be in awe at the layers of complex intricacies that was put in this song. This one is proof of the artist’s Brian Wilson-level of musical genius.
5. “Don’t Download This Song” (from Straight Outta Lynwood)
Mmmmmm, that’s good satire…
6. “Happy Birthday” (from “Weird Al” Yankovic)
Ever since hearing this song from the debut album that I got back when I was 12…or maybe it was 11, I can’t recall exactly…I’ve had this song played as my official birthday greeting. It matches my sense of humor perfectly.
7. “Christmas At Ground Zero” (from Polka Party!)
And like “Happy Birthday”, this is the only song I ever voluntarily play around Christmas, otherwise known as the Darkest Day of the Year.
8. “Trigger Happy” (from Off The Deep End)
It’s a peppy, Beach Boys style fun song about shooting people. What’s not to love?
9. “Truck Drivin’ Song” (from Running With Scissors)
I so very much want to perform this song if I’m ever conned into doing a Karaoke thing…which will never happen. I’m indifferent about it.
10. “Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung” (from “Weird Al” Yankovic)
I think it might have been a red flag as far as my type of sense of humor is when, as a tween, I found this song hilarious instead of being appalled, like my mother was.
So, that was my ten favorite original “Weird Al” songs. There are others, but I really don’t feel like filling in an “Honorable Mentions” list at this moment. Perhaps a second Top Ten list at a later time. We’ll see. Cheers, all.