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"Weird Al" Yankovic
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Studio Album by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Released April 3, 1983 (record and cassette by CBS)
1991 (CD and cassette by BMG)
1996 (CD and cassette by Warner Bros.)
1999 (CD by BMG)
Recorded December 1979 - February 1983
Length 32:34
Format Vinyl, Cassette, CD
Record Label Rock 'n' Roll Records / Scotti Brothers
Catalog Number PZ 38679 (Vinyl) (first release)
5206-02-SB (Scotti Brothers reissue)
32003-2 (Volcano reissue)
Producer Rick Derringer
Lead Single My Bologna
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"Weird Al" Yankovic is the self-titled debut studio album from recording artist "Weird Al" Yankovic. It was released on April 3, 1983. Most of the album was recorded in March 1982, with some early songs like My Bologna being re-recorded. This is the first album that Weird Al worked for Scotti Brothers.

Singles[]

  1. My Bologna
  2. Another One Rides The Bus
  3. Ricky
  4. I Love Rocky Road

Tracks[]

No. TitleWriter(s)Parody of Length
1. "Ricky"  Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn, "Weird Al" Yankovic"Mickey" by Toni Basil 2:35
2. "Gotta Boogie"  YankovicOriginal 2:13
3. "I Love Rocky Road"  Jake Hooker, Yankovic"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by Joan Jett 2:36
4. "Buckingham Blues"  YankovicOriginal 3:14
5. "Happy Birthday"  YankovicStyle parody of Tonio K 2:28
6. "Stop Draggin' My Car Around"  Tom Petty, Yankovic"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks 3:16
7. "My Bologna"  Doug Fieger, Berton Averre, Yankovic"My Sharona" by The Knack 2:00
8. "The Check's In The Mail"  YankovicStyle parody of 1970s-era pop music 3:14
9. "Another One Rides The Bus"  John Deacon, Yankovic"Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen 2:37
10. "I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead"  YankovicStyle parody of the Ramones 3:40
11. "Such A Groovy Guy"  YankovicOriginal 3:03
12. "Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung"  YankovicOriginal 1:56

Personnel[]

  • "Weird Al" Yankovic - Accordion, lead vocals
  • Rick Derringer - Guitars
  • Steve Jay - Bass
  • Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz - Drums, Percussion
  • Richard Bennett - Banjo, Ukulele, Guitar solo on "I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead"
  • William K. Anderson - Saxophone, Harmonica
  • Joel Miller - Bongos
  • "Musical Mike" Kieffer - Musical Hands
  • Dorothy Remsen - Harp
  • Tress MacNeille - Voice of Lucy
  • Dawn Smithey, Zaidee Cole, Joan Manners - Female Backing Vocals
  • Al, Rick, Steve, Jon, Jay Levey, Damaskas, Jake, the Doctor - Male Backing Vocals
  • Jay Levey Associates, Los Angeles, CA - Management

Production[]

Certifications[]

U.S.A.
Gold

Trivia[]

  • This is Weird Al's first full-length album.
  • "Another One Rides The Bus", "Happy Birthday", "Gotta Boogie" and "Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung" were originally featured on his 1981 debut EP.
  • Many of the items on the cover are references to songs on the album. There is a school bus (Another One Rides The Bus), I Love Lucy on the TV and a picture of a cheerleader with pigtails on the wall (Ricky), an I Love Rocky Road sticker and the ice-cream itself along with a picture of a female punk rocker holding several scoops of ice cream (I Love Rocky Road), a man in an iron lung (Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung), a Big Mac (I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead), hands holding a steering wheel, tire, air intake, keys (Stop Draggin' My Car Around), bologna everywhere (My Bologna) and a mail box (The Check's In The Mail) and beer and broccoli (eat a lot of broccoli and drink a lot of beer, Happy Birthday) plus, a birthday cake and party hat.
  • The album cover was designed by Brazillian artist Rogerio. Al chose him because of his MAD Magazine-like drawing style.
  • To the left of Al's head in the album artwork is a picture of Dr. Demento.
  • This is one of two albums without a polka medley (the other being Even Worse).
  • Al made his TV debut performing "Another One Rides the Bus" on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder on April 21st, 1981. The rainbow pants he wore for the appearance can be seen hanging of the foot of his bed on the album cover
  • If you look closely in the letters of the album title, you can see tiny faces.

See Also[]

Studio Albums

"Weird Al" Yankovic (1983)"Weird Al" Yankovic In 3-D (1984)Dare To Be Stupid (1985)
Polka Party! (1986)Even Worse (1988)Peter and the Wolf (1988)
UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989)Off The Deep End (1992)
Alapalooza (1993)Bad Hair Day (1996)Running With Scissors (1999)Poodle Hat (2003)
Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)Alpocalypse (2011)Mandatory Fun (2014)

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