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The Resource Mandatory fun, "Weird Al" Yankovic, (sound recording)

Mandatory fun, "Weird Al" Yankovic, (sound recording)

Label
Mandatory fun
Title
Mandatory fun
Statement of responsibility
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Weird Al" Yankovic is already accepted as a bona fide talent in the world of parody; his musicianship, comedic timing, his pop-culture reference awareness, and his great wordplay are all well-documented. The only thing that matters when it comes to "Weird Al" Yankovic albums is how inspired the king of novelty songs sounds on any given record. On Mandatory Fun, Yankovic's 14th studio album, the inspiration meter goes well into the red, something heard instantly as Iggy Azalea's electro-rap "Fancy" does a complete 180 thematically on the opening "Handy, " the song now heading toward the local home improvement store where the craftsmen vogue in their orange vests and blow sweet come-ons like "I'll bring you up to code" and "My socket wrenches are second to none." Pharrell's "Happy" becomes "Tacky" and Al's amazing ability to follow an everyday poke ("Wear my Ed Hardy shirt with fluorescent orange pants") with something brainy and reserved ("Got my new resume, it's printed in Comic Sans") surprises once more, but for end-to-end "wows, " it's his brilliant redo of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines, " now the smug and twerking "Word Crimes, " which gives copy editors, English professors, and grammar nerds a reason to hit the dancefloor ("And listen up when I tell you this / I hope you never use quotation marks for emphasis!"). Hardcore and hilarious musical moments start to happen when Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" becomes "Inactive, " a singalong anthem for the sluggish and the slovenly ("Near comatose, no exercise / Don't tag my toe, I'm still alive") with a dubstep-rock bass line. Better still is the every-Al-album pop-polka medley, this time called "Now That's What I Call Polka!" which polkas-up Daft Punk ("Get Lucky"), PSY ("Gangnam Style"), and Miley Cyrus ("Wrecking Ball"), and with more Spike Jones-styled sound effects than usual. Wonders never cease on Mandatory Fun, and neither do the laughs. -- Editorial Review provided by David Jeffries for All Music Guide, taken and adapted from Barnes And Noble website
Accompanying matter
libretto or text
Cataloging source
LPU
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1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Yankovic, Al
Credits note
  • Produced by Al Yankovic ; Engineered by Dave Way, Brian Warwick, and Rafael Serrano
  • Recorded at Bedrock L.A. and Way Station, both in Los Angeles, as well as at GoDaveyGo Studio in North Hollywood, all in California
  • Mixed by Dave Way at Way Station, in Los Angeles, California
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, in Hollywood, California
Dewey number
782.4216/3
Form of composition
popular music
Format of music
not applicable
LC call number
M1630.18.Y36
LC item number
M36 2014
Music parts
not applicable
PerformerNote
Performed by Al Yankovic (lead and background vocals, keyboards) ; with instrumentalists and vocalists accompanying
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Popular music
Target audience
general
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
Mandatory fun, "Weird Al" Yankovic, (sound recording)
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Lyrics and full credits on container insert
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
performed music
Content type code
prm
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Inactive
  • First world problems
  • Tacky
  • Jackson Park express
  • Handy
  • Lame claim to fame
  • Foil
  • Sports song
  • Word crimes
  • My own eyes
  • Now that's what I call polka!
  • Mission statement
Control code
ocn881730725
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
  • 4 3/4 in.
  • 4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Extent
1 audio disc
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
s
Other control number
888430937529
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
88843-09375-2
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1640078
  • (OCoLC)881730725
System details
Compact disc
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable
Label
Mandatory fun, "Weird Al" Yankovic, (sound recording)
Publication
Copyright
Note
Lyrics and full credits on container insert
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
performed music
Content type code
prm
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Inactive
  • First world problems
  • Tacky
  • Jackson Park express
  • Handy
  • Lame claim to fame
  • Foil
  • Sports song
  • Word crimes
  • My own eyes
  • Now that's what I call polka!
  • Mission statement
Control code
ocn881730725
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
  • 4 3/4 in.
  • 4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Extent
1 audio disc
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
s
Other control number
888430937529
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
88843-09375-2
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1640078
  • (OCoLC)881730725
System details
Compact disc
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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