|"Weird Al" as he appeared on the cover of his eponymous debut LP.|
"My whole first album was recorded extremely quickly, and without a lot of attention to detail or production value. Basically, we didn't have any money, and we were doing it as quickly as we could. The perfectionist in me would like to just re-record that whole first album, although I don't have the George Lucas impulse to actually redo everything I've done in the past. I like to let things exist in their historical perspective. People like 'Another One Rides The Bus' the way that it is, with my drummer banging on the accordion case. I don't think they'd really want to hear it done with Pro Tools in a 98-track studio." - "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC in a 2007 interview with the AVC Club
With a career now into its fourth decade, Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic has certainly exceeded all expectations for a novelty artist in terms of longevity and popularity. One of the keys to his success, one might argue, has been the ease with which he has adapted to changing musical styles and fads over the last 30 years. His recordings, videos, and stage act have all certainly become slicker and more technically polished over time. A song like "Pancreas" from his last studio album, Straight Outta Lynwood, might even be described as "pretty" with its stacked harmonies and fussy, Brian Wilson-inspired arrangement.
|Al and his squeezebox in the raw, early days.|
But now, let us examine this album track by track:
2. "Gotta Boogie"
3. "I Love Rocky Road"
4. "Buckingham Blues"
5. "Happy Birthday"
6. "Stop Draggin' My Car Around"
After the jump, we proceed with the infamous Side Two.
1. "My Balogna"
2. "The Check's in the Mail"
3. "Another Rides the Bus"
SIDE NOTE: In later years, the parody/original/parody pattern would become fairly rigid on Yankovic's albums. But that formula had not been quite established back in 1983, so this LP ends with three Al originals, at least two of which are about death.
4. "I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead"
5. "Such a Groovy Guy"
6. "Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung"
"It's Still Billy Joel To Me"