Song: Mr. Popeil

Running Time: 4:42

Year: 1984

Album: In 3-D, Al-In-The-Box

Style parody of: The B-52's (Rock Lobster, There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon),  Private Idaho) 

Genre: New wave

Lyrics: Lyrics

Video: None

Fan Video

Download/Listen: Mp3

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  • The song is a tribute to father-and-son inventors and pitchmen Samuel and Ron Popeil. The elder Sam invented the Veg-O-Matic, and his son Ron became famous for helping to popularize the "infomercial" (a kind of long-form television commercial) to sell Ronco-branded gadgets like the Smokeless Ashtray, the Pocket Fisherman and the Showtime Rotisserie and Barbecue.
  • After learning that Ron Popeil's sister Lisa was a singer, Al hired her as a backing vocalist on this track; Lisa has gone on to sing on several of Al's other songs and even taught him how to improve his vocal technique.
  • The riff is mostly taken from Rock Lobster
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