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Yankovic, "Weird Al" / Essential, The
Album:Essential, The Collection:General
Artist:Yankovic, "Weird Al" Added:02/2010
Label:Rca Records (Modern) 

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Add Date:2010-05-09 Pull Date:2010-07-11 
Week Ending:11 Jul27 Jun20 Jun13 Jun6 Jun30 May23 May16 May
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 Recent Airplay
1.Oct 05, 2013:ThermoNuclear Bar
Trigger Happy
4.Feb 23, 2013:Slanford and Sponge
I Lost On Jeopardy
2.Sep 01, 2013:Tragical History Tour
Dare To Be Stupid
5.Aug 07, 2012:That's Not Bluegrass
The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota, Bob
3.Apr 20, 2013:Uncle Steve's Dance Party
Polkas On 45
6.Apr 07, 2012:Pre-Easter Hullabaloo
Dare To Be Stupid

Album Review
Uncle Steve
Reviewed 2010-05-01 
Weird Al Yankovic-“The Essential Weird Al Yankovic”

(reviewed by “Uncle Steve”) No FCCs Detected

Two greatest hit discs, from the dominant force in musical parody for the last 3 decades. Expect clever lyrics and original-sounding or accordion-based music. And lots of references to food.

Tracks: All are great in their own right, but I suggest: 1-2, 1-7, 1-16, 2-3. 2-14, 2-17

1-1 (Another One Bites The Dust) Accordian & lo-fi vocals
1-2 (Medley) Polka band, with Spike Jonze feel & the original lyrics
1-3 (Beat It) Original music with embellishment.
1-4 (Jeopardy) Original music with embellishment.
1-5 (Lola) Original music with embellishment.
1-6 (Doo-wop parody) Doo-wop music/vocals.
1-7 (Like A Virgin) Original music with embellishment.
1-8 (Devo-esque) Synths/Vocal style right out of a Devo track.
1-9 (And She Was) Talking Heads style + synths
1-10 (La Bamba) Original music with embellishment
1-11 (Marshall Crenshaw-esque) Similar to “Whenever you’re on my mind”.
1-12 (Fat) Original music with embellishment
1-13 (State of Shock-esque) Original music with embellishment.
1-14 (30,000 lbs of bananas) Folk storytelling style song.
1-15 (Surf City-esque) Beach Boys/Jan & Dean style
1-16 (Smells Like Teen Spirit) Original music with embellishment.
1-17 (More Than Words-esque) Power ballad.
1-18 (Under The Bridge/Give It Away) Original music with embellishment.
1-19 (REM-esque) Their style of lyrics/phrasing/guitar work.
1-20 (MacArthur Park) Original music with embellishment.

2-1 (Doo-wop style) A cappella multi-part vocals.
2-2 (Gangsta’s Paradise) Original music with embellishment
2-3 (Lump) Original music with embellishment.
2-4 (They Might Be Giants-esque) Their style of lyrics/phrasing/chord progressions.
2-5 (Soul Asylum Power Ballad) Quiet ballad into power ballad in the chorus.
2-6 (Ska) Similar to Mighty Mighty Bosstones’s songs.
2-7 (It’s All About the Benjamins) Original music with embellishment.
2-8 (American Pie) Original music with embellishment (Star Wars Theme).
2-9 (hard to categorize) (long track) Punk/Pop. Story telling style.
2-10 (I Want It That Way) Original music with embellishment.
2-11 (Dylan-esque) Dylan vocal style/harmonica
2-12 (???) Polka-Pop…I know there’s a reference, but can’t place it.
2-13 (Rage-esque) Power/funky Guitar/Vocal style.
2-14 (American Idiot) Original music with embellishment.
2-15 (Beach Boys-esque) Medley of Beach Boy song styles.
2-16 (We Are the World-esque) Similar instrumentation/vocal phrasing.
2-17 (Ridin) Original music with embellishment.
2-18 (Trapped in the Closet) (long track) Original music with embellishment. Led Zeppelin intermezzo.

Track Listing
1.Another One Rides The Bus 20.Jurassic Park
2.Polkas On 45 21.Since You've Been Gone
3.Eat It 22.Amish Paradise
4.I Lost On Jeopardy 23.Gump
5.Yoda 24.Everything You Know Is Wrong
6.One More Minute 25.The Night Santa Went Crazy (Extra Gory Version)
7.Like A Surgeon 26.Your Horoscope For Today
8.Dare To Be Stupid 27.It's All About The Pentiums
9.Dog Eat Dog 28.The Saga Begins
10.Lasagna 29.Albuquerque
11.Melanie 30.Ebay
12.Fat 31.Bob
13.Uhf (Single Version) 32.Hardware Store
14.The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota 33.I'll Sue Ya
15.Trigger Happy 34.Canadian Idiot
16.Smells Like Nirvana 35.Pancreas
17.You Don't Love Me Anymore 36.Don't Download This Song
18.Bedrock Anthem 37.White & Nerdy
19.Frank's 2000" Tv 38.Trapped In The Drive-Thru