is the eleventh Poodle Hat studio album by "Weird Al" Yankovic, released on May 20, 2003 on Volcano Records. It debuted at #17 on the . The album was released on an Billboard 200 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".
Track listing [ edit ]
The following is adapted from the album liner notes.
Jeffrey Bass, Marshall Mathers, Luis Edgardo Resto, "Weird Al" Yankovic "
Lose Yourself" by Eminem 4:18
Chuck Brown, Cornell Haynes, Pharrell, Yankovic "
Hot in Herre" by Nelly 3:12
"Party at the Leper Colony"
Style parody of
Bo Diddley 3:38
Angry White Boy Polka"
A polka medley including:
"Wanna B Ur Lovr"
Style parody of
Beck  6:14
"A Complicated Song"
Avril Lavigne, Yankovic Parody of "
Complicated" by Avril Lavigne 3:39
"Why Does This Always Happen to Me?"
Style parody of
Ben Folds 4:52
"Ode to a Superhero"
Billy Joel, Yankovic Parody of "
Piano Man" by Billy Joel 4:53
Style parody of
Bob Dylan  2:29
Andreas Carlsson, Max Martin, Yankovic Parody of "
I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys 3:36
"Genius in France"
Style parody of
Frank Zappa   8:58
Music videos [ edit ]
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 in 2003: Chicago Sun-Times
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.  ”
A quick video for "Bob" was shot instead and used on the tour and the 2003 edition of
. The video for "Bob" can now be found on the Al TV "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection DVD. The video for "Bob" is based on the promo video that was shot for D.A. Pennebaker's , detailing Dylan's second tour of England, including Dont Look Back Bob Dylan's song, " Subterranean Homesick Blues", which was included on Pennebaker's film. The song "Bob" also has very many similarities in rhythm and movement of Dylan's song, "Subterranean Homesick Blues".
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 in the Allen Ginsberg role) speaking with a man in a black suit (played by Yankovic's long-time manager and director Jay Levey filling in for UHF Bob Neuwirth).
Personnel [ edit ]
"Weird Al" Yankovic - accordion, keyboards, sound effects, vocals, backing vocals, clapping, shouts
Jim West - guitar, mandolin, sound effects, vocals, clapping, shouts
Steve Jay - bass guitar, banjo, sound effects, vocals, clapping, shouts
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz - drums, percussion, sound effects, vocals, clapping, shouts, laughs
Rubén Valtierra - piano, keyboards on "Party At The Leper Colony", "Ode To A Superhero" and "Bob" William K. Anderson
-  harmonica on "Bob" Kim Bullard - keyboards on "Couch Potato", "Trash Day", "Wanna B Ur Lovr", "A Complicated Song" and "eBay"
DJ Swamp - scratching on "Wanna B Ur Lovr" Tom Evans -
saxophone on "Party At the Leper Colony", "Wanna B Ur Lovr" and "Genius In France" Tommy Johnson -
tuba on "Angry White Boy Polka"
John "Juke" Logan - harmonica on "Ode To A Superhero" Warren Luening -
trumpet on "Angry White Boy Polka"
Herb Pedersen - banjo on "Bob" and "Genius In France" Joel Peskin -
clarinet on "Angry White Boy Polka"
Lisa Popeil - backing vocals on "Hardware Store" Lee R. Thomburg -
trombone, trumpet on "Wanna B Ur Lovr" and "Genius In France" Carmen Twilley - backing vocals on "Genius In France"
Julia Waters - vocals on "Trash Day", backing vocals on "Genius In France"
Maxine Waters - backing vocals on "Genius In France"
Ben Folds - piano on "Why Does This Always Happen to Me?"
Dweezil Zappa - opening guitar solo on "Genius In France"
Production [ edit ]
Producer: Al Yankovic
Engineers: Tony Papa, Rafael Serrano
Assistant engineers: Aaron Kaplan, Doug Sanderson, Antony Zeller
Mixing: Tony Papa
Mastering: Bernie Grundman
Arranger: "Weird Al" Yankovic
Drum programming: Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz
Design: Nick Gamma, Jackie Murphy
Photography: Mark Seliger
Best Comedy Album
References [ edit ]
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^ Poodle Hat (liner). "Weird Al" Yankovic. Volcano Records. 2003.
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