Running With Scissors is the tenth studio album by "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Running With Scissors
Studio Album by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Released June 28, 1999
Recorded June 1997 - April 1999
Length 49:44
Format Cassette, CD
Record Label Volcano
Catalog Number 61422 32118-2 (CD) (first release)
Producer "Weird Al" Yankovic
Lead Single The Saga Begins
Previous Album Bad Hair Day
Next Album Pokémon 2000 The Movie soundtrack


  1. The Saga Begins
  2. It's All About The Pentiums
  3. Polka Power!
  4. Pretty Fly (For A Rabbi)


No. TitleParody of Length
1. "The Saga Begins"  American Pie by Don McLean 5:27
2. "My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder"  Style parody of the zydeco genre 3:25
3. "Pretty Fly For A Rabbi"  Pretty Fly For A White Guy by The Offspring 3:02
4. "The Weird Al Show Theme"  Original 1:13
5. "Jerry Springer"  One Week by Barenaked Ladies 2:46
6. "Germs"  Style parody of Nine Inch Nails 4:38
7. "Polka Power!"  Can be found here. 4:21
8. "Your Horoscope For Today"  Style parody of Reel Big Fish 3:59
9. "It's All About The Pentiums"  It's All About the Benjamins by Puff Daddy 3:34
10. "Truck Drivin' Song"  Style parody of C. W. McCall and Dave Dudley 2:27
11. "Grapefruit Diet"  Zoot Suit Riot by Cherry Poppin' Daddies 3:30
12. "Albuquerque"  Style parody of Dick's Automotive by The Rugburns 11:32


  • "Weird Al" Yankovic - Lead and background vocals, keyboards and accordion
  • Jim West - Guitars and background vocals
  • Steve Jay - Bass Guitar and background vocals
  • Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz - Drums, percussion and background vocals
  • Chaz Jankel - Guitars and keyboards (Pretty Fly For A Rabbi, Polka Power!, Albuquerque)
  • Kim Bullard - Keyboards (Germs)
  • Warren Luenig - Trumpet (Weird Al Show Theme, Polka Power!)
  • Wilko Johnson - Guitars (Polka Power!)
  • Tommy Johnson - Tuba (Polka Power!)
  • Bill Reichenbach - Trombone (Weird Al Show Theme)
  • Lee Thornberg - Trumpet and Trombone (Your Horoscope For Today, Grapefruit Diet)
  • Tavis Werts - Trumpet (Your Horoscope For Today)
  • Dan Regan - Trombone (Your Horoscope For Today)
  • Tom Evans - Saxophone (Your Horoscope For Today, Grapefruit Diet)
  • Marty Rifkin - Pedal Steel Guitar - (Truck Drivin' Song)
  • Tom Sauber - Fiddle (My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder)
  • Pat Sauber - Banjo - (Truck Drivin' Song)
  • Mick Gallagher - keyboard (Pretty Fly For A Rabbi)
  • Grey DeLisle - Female Vocal (Pretty Fly For A Rabbi, Jerry Springer)
  • Lauren Tom - Female Vocal (Pretty Fly For A Rabbi)


  • Produced by Al Yankovic
  • Engineered and Mixed by Tony Papa
  • Engineered and Mixed by Richie Wise (Weird Al Show Theme)
  • Assistant Engineers: Jeff Moses and Fredrik Sarhagen

Recording of Running With Scissors began in October 1998, with the first track recorded being 'Germs'. A couple of days later, he recorded 'Truck Drivin' Song', 'Albuquerque', 'Your Horoscope For Today' and 'My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder' (The rest of the original songs on the album).

Although 'The Weird Al Show Theme' was recorded in 1997, it is not counted as it was not recorded in the actual Running With Scissors recording sessions.

Al took a break from recording to write his parodies from '98 to '99, then returned to the studio on the 19th of April, 1999 to record all of the parodied except 'The Saga Begins' and the polka medley, 'Polka Power!', which he recorded the following day.

The cover art for Running With Scissors was shot on May 9, 1999.


In 1999, Running With Scissors peaked at #16 on The Billboard 200.

In the same year, it also reached #16 on the Top Canadian Albums.

Also in 1999, It reached #3 on Top Internet Albums.


  • On the cover of the album, Weird Al's running number is 27.
    • This is also Weird Al's first album for the Volcano label after leaving Scotti Brothers.

Easter eggs

  • The Compact Disc of Running With Scissors is an Enhanced CD. When loaded into a computer, disc displays a folder named 'SECRET FILE!'. In this folder there is a movie file, compiled with some scenes from 'There's No Going Home", a special Al did for the Disney channel in 1996.

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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