What a Weird CD cover! LP sticker

"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC

Original LP/cassette release: May 3, 1983
#BFZ 38679/PZT 38679
Scotti Bros./Rock n' Roll Records/CBS Records

CD/cassette reissue release: March 12, 1991 (copyright 1990)
#72392 75206-2/4
Scotti Bros./Rock n' Roll Records/BMG Music
CD/cassette reissue release: 1996
Scotti Bros./All American Music/Warner/Elektra/Atlantic
CD/cassette reissue release: March, 1999
#61422 32003-2/4
Way Moby/Volcano Entertainment/BMG Music

Highest Billboard Chart Position: #139

Current Sales Status:
GOLD
as of February 24, 2003


TRACKS

1. Ricky (2:35)
2. Gotta Boogie (2:13)
3. I Love Rocky Road (2:35)
4. Buckingham Blues (3:11)
5. Happy Birthday (2:26)
6. Stop Draggin' My Car Around (3:14)
7. My Bologna (2:01)
8. The Check's In The Mail (3:12)
9. Another One Rides The Bus (2:35)
10. I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead (3:37)
11. Such A Groovy Guy (3:00)
12. Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung (1:55)


SINGLES SPAWNED FROM THIS ALBUM

Ricky
I Love Rocky Road
I Lost On Jeopardy (b/w I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead)

Noteworthy Related Singles:

My Bologna
Another One Rides The Bus


NOTES & TRIVIA

The first "Weird Al" Yankovic LP.

Parody/original ratio: 5/7

Food songs: "I Love Rocky Road" (1), "My Bologna" (2)

TV songs: "Ricky" (1)

Production Summary: "Another One Rides The Bus" was recorded live when Al premiered the song on The Dr. Demento Show. Eleven songs were recorded for this album, while three ("Ricky," "Buckingham Blues," and "Such A Groovy Guy") were newly written specifically for this album...the others had been previously demoed and played at various times in the past on The Dr. Demento Show.

Dr. Demento Status: As of this update, eleven of the album's twelve songs have aired on the syndicated Dr. Demento Show, with the last song to premiere on the show being "Gotta Boogie" on July 3, 1983. "Such A Groovy Guy" remains the only song from the album yet to be played on the show.

Tour Status: As of this update, 58% of this album has been included on a regular tour setlist. In addition, a number of other songs--"Ricky," "I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead," "Such A Groovy Guy," and "Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung"--have been performed on occasion either apart from a regular tour or for a special once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, making 91% of the album having been performed live at one point or another. "The Check's In The Mail" remains the only song on the album yet to be played live.

The jacket artwork has a visual reference to every song on the album.

Two versions of the jacket exist: One with a red UPC on the back, and one with a white UPC.

Al thanks Dr. Demento on the back of the LP jacket. For reasons unknown, only song artists would be thanked on future albums until 1992's Off The Deep End. Afterward, every studio ALbum has thanked The Good Doctor in some way.

Most of the songs on this album are remakes of songs that had originally been issued as singles or had been featured on The Dr. Demento Show.

Etched onto most copies of the record on Side 1: "An Accordion is a Terrible Thing to Waste." On Side 2: "Eat Your Broccoli!"

The artwork on the back of the LP jacket depicts a real-life photo of Al and the band performing on stage. As he's performing, Al is daydreaming about being in bed with his accordion (a flip-flop of the album's cover). This back cover can only be seen on the LP version of the album and on the long box that the original CD release was packaged in. It is missing from every other release of the album. The photo (minus the daydream balloon) would resurface in 2009 on the back of the jewel case for the Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic compilation.

Debuting at #196 in Billboard, this album had the worst debut of any of Al's work. It would stay on the "Billboard 200" chart for eight weeks.

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This page was last updated December 8, 2009.

"Weird Al" Yankovic ©1983, 1990 Scotti Bros. Records. ©1999 Way Moby/Volcano Entertainment III.