"Yoda," Al's parody of the Kinks' "Lola," is a song that Al actually wrote in 1980 when the movie "The Empire Strikes Back" was in theaters, but it took years to actually get permission from Lucasfilm and the writers of the original Kinks song before this parody could make it on to one of Al's albums.Best Parody: "Yoda"Best Original: "Dare to Be Stupid"Poodle Hat is a terrifically solid album."Wanna B Ur Lovr" is a crazy song that is full of cheesy come-on's and pick-up lines.Al's parody of Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" is gut-busting hysterical.To be honest, some of the problem could be due to the fact that the quality of the popular songs that have been coming out of late are just terrible. Some of the parodies on this album are kind of sub-par, but some parodies ("Foil" and "Word Crimes") are stinkin' awesome! I also really love "Sports Song," which is Al's version of a football fight song. "Don't Wear Those Shoes" is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine."First World Problems" is an original that kind of caught me off guard. I really wish this song existed when I was in high school marching band (then again, we couldn't have used it because our football team sucked). Best Parody: "Word Crimes"Best Original: "First World Problems"Polka Party! I'll admit its premise is kind of stupid, but that's the beauty of it.It is sung from the perspective of a guy who will go to all kinds of crazy lengths to deter his girlfriend from wearing a particular pair of shoes.For those who have ever worked in an office environment (especially for a corporation), the song "Dog Eat Dog" should be thoroughly enjoyable.
Instead of a medley of several different songs, we get a polka-fied cover of a single song: Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Who doesn't love rocking out to the original?
Interestingly, this album includes the only time that Al did a parody from someone else's idea.
As legend has it (ha), Madonna had just achieved popularity with her song "Like A Virgin" when she apparently made an off-hand comment that resembled, "I wonder when Weird Al will come out with 'Like A Surgeon.'" One of the people who overheard the comment happened to be friends with Al's manager Jay Levey, who then told Al. This album also includes the only straight cover song Al has ever done (if you don't count his polkas) with his rendition of the "George of the Jungle" theme song.
However, the songs that are on this album are pretty good, for the most part. parody “Spam” is a fun one about America’s favorite mystery meat, and is a fun sing-along when it is performed live.
In my opinion, there’s only one song on this album that’s kind of “meh” and that’s “Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters From a Planet Near Mars.” Particularly good on this album is the Dire Straits parody which uses the words from the TV theme song “The Beverly Hillbillies.” GENIUS. This album also features a polka medley (something that Al features on all of his albums except his debut outing) consisting of all Rolling Stones tunes.