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Tue, 05 Oct 2004

Bad Hair Day / "Weird Al" Yankovic
Bad Hair Day I was a weird kid. (Yes, it's true. I'm as shocked as you are.) While other kids argued the merits of The Beatles vs. the Dave Clark Five (really!), I just absorbed it all without much feeling one way or another. And then I discovered novelty recordings. First it was Allen Sherman, the original one trick pony. Then I got to hear my older brother's Tom Lehrer. And I knew that I was not alone, that there were other weird kids in the world.

In high school it was a lot easier to find the other weird kids. And college was weird nirvana, at least in Computer Science, at least where I went. Which is where I first discovered Dr. Demento. And his most successful disciple, the aptly named "Weird Al" Yankovic. From a slow start, "Weird Al" has become more than just another novelty act, showing occasional flashes of brilliances like The Saga Begins, his take on Star Wars: Episode I that's both tighter and more entertaining than George Lucas's version. Or his parody of Gangsta's Paradise on this album, which translates the song from the hood to an Amish farm. Brilliant? Or sick and twisted? Actually, it's both.

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