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'Weird Al' - Weirdo or comic genius? One vote for genius

October 10, 2006|by SALLY NEWLIN

In 1983, Weird Al Yankovic came out with his first CD, a self-titled album which featured parodies of hits songs. "'Weird Al' Yankovic" featured songs such as "Ricky," a parody of "Mickey" by Toni Basil, and "Another One Rides the Bus," a parody of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust."

Yankovic became an instant hit. He released other CDs such as "Even Worse," which included a parody of Michael Jackson's "Bad" known as "Fat"; "Running with Scissors," which included "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi," a parody of "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)," by The Offspring; and "Poodle Hat," on which he made one of his most famous parodies, "Couch Potato," a version of Eminem's hit song "Lose Yourself."

His new CD is "Straight Outta Lynwood," released in September. The first hit off the CD is "White & Nerdy," a parody of "Ridin' Dirty" by Chamillionaire. His video shows a nerd who is too white but wants to try to fit in with the gangstas.

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The disc in "Straight Outta Lynwood" has a CD side and a DVD side. Songs on the CD include "Canadian Idiot," a parody of Green Day's "American Idiot"; "I'll Sue Ya," a Rage Against The Machine-style song about everything people can sue; "Polkarama!," a mix of songs such as "Chicken Dance," "Let's Get it Started," "Speed of Sound" and other songs sung accordion style; and "Trapped in The Drive-Thru," a parody of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" trilogy.

The DVD side features cartoon videos made by the creators of "The Ren & Stimpy Show" and "Robot Chicken."

So what are you waiting for? Weird Al is the greatest comedic artist of our time. Go buy his CD. It's worth every penny.

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