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The Real "Weird Al" Yankovic

Well it was fun while it lasted.

When Napster was offering free music, you could listen to the songs below in their entirety. The playlist played the Weird Al song followed by the real song or songs that he imitated.

The playlist covered Weird Al Yankovic's first two albums.

Unfortunately, Napster pulling the plug on their free music silenced Knowzy's Real Weird Al page.

You can still view the playlist. You just can't play the songs.

If you click the song's album art, you can usually hear a 30 second preview on Amazon.

If you really must hear some full-length Al songs or songs spoofed by Al, Rhapsody offers 20 free songs per month. You don't need to sign up, despite what the pop-up may lead you to believe (just click "Continue to Rhapsody" if you see the pop-up).

Finally, Wikipedia offers an exellent, album-by-album guide to Weird Al songs and their origins.

 

Album #1, "Weird Al" Yankovic, 1983

Weird Al's first, self-titled album contains some of his classics: "Another One Rides the Bus," "I Love Rocky Road" and "Stop Draggin' My Car Around" to name a few.

The album contains a nearly equal number of original songs, which is uncharacteristic of his later albums. This is evident by the number of empty spots on the right side of the comparison chart- there's no song to compare it to!

See how Weird Al Yankovic got his start. In this first album, his style is still taking shape. The music is simpler and more reliant on the accordion and fart noises. These are his cream-of-the-crop songs he developed as he sought out a record label willing to sign him.

See Weird Al before he became reasonably wealthy and famous. Check out his first album: "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Weird Al SongReal Song
Track #1

Ricky

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
Weird Al Yankovic
Arrow pointing to the right column
Track #2

Mickey

Artist
Toni Basil
Album
The Best of Toni Basil: Mickey and Other Love Songs
Track #3

Gotta Boogie

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
Weird Al Yankovic
Commentary

A Weird Al original as far as I know (please correct me if I'm mistaken).

While it has a funky beat, "Gotta Boogie" doesn't refer to Disco!

Track #4

I Love Rocky Road

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
Weird Al Yankovic
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Track #5

I Love Rock 'n Roll

Artist
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Album
I Love Rock N Roll
Track #6

Buckingham Blues

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
Weird Al Yankovic
Arrow pointing to the right column
Track #7

Jack & Diane

Artist
John Mellencamp
Album
American Fool (Rpkg)
Commentary

Lyrics resemble Jack & Diane at times but music does not.

Weird Al Yancovic does another cover of this song in his guest appearance on the Simpsons episode "Three Gays of the Condo"

Track #8

Happy Birthday

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
Weird Al Yankovic
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Track #9

The Funky Western Civilization

Artist
Tonio K
Album
Life in the Foodchain
Track #10

Stop Draggin' My Car Around

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
Weird Al Yankovic
Arrow pointing to the right column
Track #11

Stop Draggin' My Heart Around

Artist
Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Album
Bella Donna
Track #12

My Bologna

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
Weird Al Yankovic
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Track #13

My Sharona

Artist
Knack
Album
Retrospective: Best of
Track #14

The Check's In The Mail

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
Weird Al Yankovic
Commentary

Another Weird Al Yankovic Original.

Track #15

Another One Rides the Bus

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
Weird Al Yankovic
Arrow pointing to the right column
Track #16

Another One Bites the Dust

Artist
Queen
Album
The Game (+ Bonus Track)
Track #17

I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
Weird Al Yankovic
Commentary

Weird Al original #3.

Track #18

Such a Groovy Guy

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
Weird Al Yankovic
Commentary

Original #4

Track #19

Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
Weird Al Yankovic
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Track #20

Alice's Restaurant

Artist
Arlo Guthrie
Album
Alice's Restaurant

 

Album #2, In 3-D, 1984

"In 3-D," is a big improvement on "Weird Al's" first album. The sound is more polished and musically diverse. His style is more defined. And only one song is accented by fart noises. Only his lyrical wit and humor is consistent with his first album- "Weird Al" is as funny and sharp as he was in his debut!

In this album, Weird Al pokes fun at many of pop music's greatest performers. Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, The Police, The Who, The B-52's and more. Don Pardo even makes a guest appearance, berating the contestant who "Lost on Jeopardy."

This is the first album to feature a Polka where Weird Al pays tribute to some of pop culture's most memorable songs. His fast-paced "Polkas on 45" covers of 14 different songs in 4 minutes and 20 seconds! Weird Al weaves snippets of the original lyrics to form a semi-coherent thread, allowing the Polka to stand on its own.

In his first album, Weird Al featured a number of original songs. This led to large gaps on the "Real Song" side of the chart. Weird Al's second album has only one original, making a more interesting right side. (The original is even said to be in the style of the Kinks, though I'm not convinced).

"In 3-D" cemented "Weird Al" Yankovic's style and his pop star status. His parody songs match the originals more closely than his first album. Most of all the album is a lot of fun. Enjoy the 11 songs on the album plus the 27 original songs he parodies.

Weird Al SongReal Song
Track #21

Eat It

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
In 3-D
Arrow pointing to the right column
Track #22

Beat It

Artist
Michael Jackson
Album
Thriller
Track #23

Midnight Star

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
In 3-D
Arrow pointing to the right column
Track #24

Hold the Line

Artist
Toto
Album
Past to Present
Track #25

The Brady Bunch

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
In 3-D
Arrow pointing to the right column
Track #26

Safety Dance

Artist
Various Artists
Album
New Wave Gold
Track #27

Buy Me A Condo

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
In 3-D
Arrow pointing to the right column
Track #28

Buffalo Soldier

Artist
Bob Marley & Wailers
Album
Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers - Sound+Vision
Track #29

Get Up, Stand Up

Artist
Bob Marley & Wailers
Album
Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers - Sound+Vision
Track #30

I Lost On Jeopardy

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
In 3-D
Arrow pointing to the right column
Track #31

Jeopardy

Artist
Greg Kihn
Album
True Kihnfessions
Track #32

Polkas on 45

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
In 3-D
Commentary

This is the Weird Al's first Polka, a montage of many songs at a breakneck pace. "Polkas on 45" imitates 14 songs in just over 4 minutes!

Every Weird Al Yankovic album after this has a similar Polka mash-up, with the exception of his fifth album, "Even Worse." His eighth album, "Alapalooza" does feature a Polka, but only parodies one song, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Please forgive all of the empty space on this side of the comparison. I'm trying to fill it up with commentary, but I'd have to write a whole book fill the space of 14 songs on the right side!

Here's an interesting fact: The 14 songs, played full-length, total about 75 minutes. The entire Weird Al in 3-D album is only 45 minutes!

Enjoy the Polka and the real songs it is made of. And again, my apologies for all the blank space that follows!

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Track #33

Jocko Homo

Artist
Devo
Album
Q: Are We Not Men
Track #34

Smoke on the Water

Artist
Deep Purple
Album
Machine Head
Track #35

Sex (I'm A...)

Artist
Berlin
Album
Pleasure Victim
Track #36

Hey Jude (Live 2002)

Artist
Beatles
Album
Let It Be (1990)
Track #37

L. A. Woman

Artist
Doors
Album
L.A. Woman
Track #38

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Artist
Iron Butterfly
Album
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Track #39

Hey Joe

Artist
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Album
Are You Experienced
Track #40

Burning Down The House

Artist
Talking Heads
Album
Talking Heads: Speaking in Tongues
Track #41

Hot Blooded

Artist
Foreigner
Album
Double Vision (Mlps)
Track #42

Bubbles In The Wine

Artist
Lawrence Welk
Album
16 Most Requested
Track #43

Every Breath You Take

Artist
Police
Album
Synchronicity
Track #44

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Artist
Clash
Album
Combat Rock
Track #45

Jumpin' Jack Flash

Artist
Rolling Stones
Album
Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)
Track #46

My Generation

Artist
Who
Album
Who Sings My Generation
Track #47

Mr. Popeil

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
In 3-D
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Track #48

Rock Lobster

Artist
The B-52's
Album
B-52's
Track #49

King Of Suede

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
In 3-D
Arrow pointing to the right column
Track #50

King Of Pain

Artist
Police
Album
Synchronicity
Track #51

That Boy Could Dance

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
In 3-D
Commentary

According to Wikipedia, this song is in the style of the Kinks. I don't hear the resemblance and I'm fairly well versed in their career. If you have examples of Kinks songs that are similar to this one, please let me know.

Track #52

Theme from Rocky VIII (The Rye or the Kaiser)

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
In 3-D
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Track #53

Eye of the Tiger

Artist
Survivor
Album
Ultimate Survivor
Track #54

Nature Trail To Hell

Artist
Weird Al Yankovic
Album
In 3-D
Arrow pointing to the right column
Track #55

Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding

Artist
Elton John
Album
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Track #56

Stairway to Heaven

Artist
Led Zeppelin
Album
Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)
Track #57

Thriller

Artist
Michael Jackson
Album
Thriller
Track #58

A Day in the Life

Artist
Beatles
Album
Sgt.Pepper's Loney Heart's Club Band (Reis)

 

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Special Thanks to "Weird Al" Biographers at Wikipedia

The "Weird Al" Yankovic entry on Wikipedia is a "featured article" and for good reason. The immense amount of detail and in particular the discography, were invaluable in creating this page. Great work!

 

Originally Published:  Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 5:00 PM PT

Last Updated:  Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 2:09 PM PT

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