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|The Essential Weird Al Yankovic
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2009 two CD career-spanning collection of tracks hand-picked by Weird Al himself. Yankovic is a true artistic genius in the classic sense of the word. No other artist can parody a song or a music video without being directly compared to the maestro. Throughout his career, Al has offered up an alternate reality of sorts to the history of pop music, lovingly re-casting hits of all genres into bizarre and hilarious songs and videos that themselves have become hits. Al's work became so synonymous with the hits they parodied that Michael Jackson gave Al access to the 'Bad' video set to make his classic 'Fat' video! This is to say nothing of Al's original songs which are as witty and endearing as his parody work. 40 tracks.
- Record Label: Sony
- Catalog#: 88697 585432
- Country Of Release: NLD
- Year Of Release: 2010
- Notes: .. Yankovic
|Songs & More Songs By Tom Lehrer
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Back in print at last, here are the two 10" LPs that Tom Lehrer put out on his own label during the '50s! Mind you-these are not the live albums that came out on Reprise during the '60s these are Tom's original studio recordings, 28 of 'em to be exact, with notes and a new Lehrer interview!
In the wake of the '80s comedy boom that made casual obscenity and bodily functions safe for TV, a listen to these '50s classics from a piano-playing Harvard grad student with a thin singing voice sounds tame if not quaint. Yet Lehrer's first two self-produced albums, among the first generation of comedy LPs, remain beloved gems of musical parody, and noteworthy for their original success in an era when their topics were strictly taboo for broadcast media. He kids cold war paranoia ("We Will All Go Together When We Go"), sends up then-hip folk revivalists with a cheerful murder ballad ("The Irish Ballad"), and gets laughs out of incest ("Oedipus Rex"), drugs ("The Old Dope Peddler"), and racism ("I Wanna Go Back to Dixie"). Closer to Gilbert & Sullivan (whom he in fact raids for one melody) than Def Comedy Jams, Lehrer can still raise a modern frisson when he plays necrophilia as romance ("I hold your hand in mine dear, I press it to my lips/ I take a healthy bite from your dainty fingertips..."). --Sam Sutherland
|My Son, The Greatest: The Best Of Allan Sherman
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Oy vay ! It's a 19-track "best-of" from the one and only Allan Sherman, featuring the immortal Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh ! Also here are Allan's twisted version of Downtown (entitled Crazy Downtown ), plus Pop Hates the Beatles; Shticks of One, Half a Dozen of the Other; Hail to Thee , and more.
This collection gathers 19 of Sherman's humorous story-songs. The comic uses original lyrics and pre-existing tunes to poke fun at television shows and consumer items, to send-up the kids and generally riff on early and mid-'60s American pop culture. On tracks like "Pop Hates the Beatles" and "Crazy Downtown," his subject is the generation gap. "Al 'n Yetta" portrays a TV-dependent couple while "Lotsa Luck" describes the complicated hassles of dealing with faulty TVs and new-fangled tape recorders. Sherman assumed his audience had a little knowledge of history, too. On "Good Advice" and "You Went the Wrong Way, Old King Louie," he sings about inventors and French history, respectively. It's hard to imagine contemporary comedians working the historical beat. "One Hippopatami" is a delightfully goofy festival of wordplay that requires only a love of language and a tolerance for schmaltz. --Fred Cisterna
|Ray Stevens' Box Set
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Not 1, not 2, but 3 CDs for the price of one, featuring Ray's favorite and funniest songs! Includes The Streak; Ahab the Arab; Gitarzan; Everything Is Beautiful; Santa Claus Is Watching You; The Haircut Song; Freddie Feelgood (and His Funky Little Five Piece); The Mississippi Squirrel Revival; Shriner's Convention; The Ballad of the Blue Cyclone (The End) , and more.
|That Was the Year That Was
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1965, to be exact, when the Hah-vahd Professor issued such belly-laughin' broadsides as Pollution; Send in the Marines; National Brotherhood Week; The Vatican Rag, and more.
Harvard-educated mathematician by trade and sociopolitical humorist and satirist by avocation, ivory tickler Tom Lehrer sang irreverent ditties that both outraged and delighted listeners during his on-again, off-again heyday of public performance in the late 1950s through the 1970s. Perhaps best known for his "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park," Lehrer combined razor-sharp wit with dry delivery inspired by everything from vaudeville and ragtime to whimsical show tunes and faux folk. Though a tad dated, Lehrer's wickedly pointed That Was the Year That Was is as good a representation of the mid-'60s American social and political climate as any. Recorded live in 1965 and composed largely of songs from the contemporaneous NBC series That Was the Week That Was, the album takes on boho Americana ("The Folk Song Army"), censorship ("Smut"), and the atomic bomb ("Who's Next"). Devilishly funny as well are the outstanding "Vatican Rag" and the puzzle that is "New Math." --Paige La Grone
|Love Their Country
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Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, the cover band who have single handedly revitalized the careers of many long forgotten artists, are back with their 6th full length entitled Love Their Country. If their stylistic focus this time around isn't completely clear from the album title or the cover photo, then let me spell it our for you, C-O-U-N-T-R-Y (as in music). The Gimmes are set to breathe new life into this almost forgotten genre! With a curtsy and a tip of the old ten-gallon hat Me First tear through 13 of country music's most famous tunes. Songs by the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, and Kenny Rogers just to name a few. A supergroup of sorts, bringing together members from NOFX, Lagwagon, The Swingin' Utters, and the Foo Fighters, it's no wonder that Me First and the Gimme Gimmes pull off a country record flawlessly. If I didn't know better I'd think they wrote these tunes themselves. So mosey on up to some sort of cold beverage, and get yourself ready, because the hoedown's a fixin' to go down!
|Weird Al Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection
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If you're only hearing Al's inspired song parodies, you're missing half the gags! His long-awaited classic-video collection boasts 24 of his best including Bob from his recent album Poodle Hat ; that joins Ricky; Eat It; I Lost on Jeopardy; Like a Surgeon; Fat; Smells Like Nirvana; Amish Paradise; Dare to Be Stupid; Living with a Hernia; I Love Rocky Road , and more.
- Brand Name: SONY MUSIC Mfg#: 828765372794
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- Genre: MUSIC VIDEO/PERFORMANCE
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|Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection: The Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time
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The keeper of the keys to crazy comedy celebrates two decades of madcap broadcasting with this collection of favorites! (For more Dr. Demento, see also Holiday and Kid Rhino sections.) Certified Gold by the RIAA. (11/01)
Pop has a good time eating itself on this collection of Doctor Demento favorites. The tunes on this stylistically varied double CD send up a plethora of pop culture phenomena. The perpetrators come from every imaginable entertainment background. Pro wrestlers, folk singers, comedians, actors, garage bands--you never know who's liable to produce a novelty song. Here it doesn't matter if a respected composer or a one-hit wonder recorded the ditty; all sorts of tracks jostle each other on this funny collection. The material covers quite a time span, ranging from Spike Jones's "Der Fuehrer's Face," released in 1942, to "Wappin'," an unreleased track by Darrell Hammond and Christopher Snell which was a hit on Demento's radio show at the tail end of the 1980s. The 20th Anniversary Collection is quite an assortment of the corny, goofy, wacky, and wild. --Fred Cisterna
|The Chipmunk Adventure Soundtrack
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- Record Label: Universal
- Catalog#: 06025 1796904
- Country Of Release: NLD
- Year Of Release: 2009
- Notes: Guests:Justin Timberlake/Natalie Portman/Norah Jones/E-
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