7 February 2013

Weird Al Yankovic - Dare To Be Stupid



If you have not heard of Weird Al Yankovic, then you really have been hiding in a little cave. For more than 4 decades he has been parodying bad artists and making comedy records that have took most of the western world by storm.  Songs like "Smells Like Nirvana" (reworking of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"), "Your Pitiful" (reworking of James Blunt's "Your Beautiful") and "Eat It" (reworking of Michael Jackson's "Beat It") have been entertaining teenagers and silly people for years. So it is strange to have been asked to look into his 3rd album - Dare To Be Stupid.

The title track was also on the original cartoon Transformers movie, which in itself a tribute/parody of the band Devo. As silly as a whoopee cushion - this album is not trying to change the world. You could not make world peace with a parody of the Kinks "Lola" called "Yoda" and all about the little green Jedi warrior. You would have to be dead from the head upwards if you did have a smile by the end of the doo-wop loving "One More Minute".

There is a limited shelf life to this sort of album; it is not gonna be the album you want to listen to for a romantic dinner for instance. But why should that hold people back from this sort of stuff? It has a song about a 1950's style alien invasion and a polka mix of the hits of the day which still makes me chuckle after the 100th+ listen.  Never gonna change the world, maybe that statement is not true, make it makes the world a more funny and silly place.

7 out of ten - This is good and well worth a check


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