Poodle Hat is the eleventh studio album by "Weird Al" Yankovic, released on May 20, 2003 on Volcano Records. It debuted at #17 on the Billboard 200. The album was released on an Enhanced CD. The bonus content includes some of Yankovic's real home videos and his commentary on them, as well as synchronized lyrics and instrumental or acoustic versions of some songs. An Easter egg depicts him with his then-pregnant wife, Suzanne, who also appears on the CD cover wearing a hat and glasses. The album's only single, "eBay", would not be released until January 2007. The album's only song to have a music video is "Bob". As of 2012, it remains one of the only three Yankovic albums to have not achieved gold status, along with Polka Party! and UHF – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff.
Parody of "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne. The singer laments some mishaps resulting from everyday circumstances, such as eating too much pizza and getting constipated, discovering your girlfriend is secretly your cousin, or standing up on a roller coaster ride and getting decapitated.
"Why Does This Always Happen to Me?" (Yankovic)
Style parody of Ben Folds, who also plays the piano in the song. The protagonist describes some particularly horrific tragedies, then complains about the (minor) inconveniences that they have caused him.
A music video for "Couch Potato" was to be shot shortly after the album's release, but Eminem denied Yankovic permission to shoot it. Yankovic told the Chicago Sun-Times in 2003:
We were already in pre-production. We believed that it was just a formality, that Eminem just wanted to hear the final mix of the song... And then we got a phone call saying he was not going to give permission for a video. We were devastated...I certainly don't have any bad feelings toward Eminem. He was gracious enough to let us use the song on the album—and we use "The Real Slim Shady" in the "Angry White Boy Polka" medley, too. But this is the first album I've ever released without an accompanying video.
As the original short film featured famous beat poet Allen Ginsberg, the video shows a rabbi in the background (played by Al's drummer Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz) speaking with a man in a black suit (played by Yankovic's long-time manager and UHF director Jay Levey).