Friday, August 07, 2009

Off the Deep End

Off the Deep End is the seventh album by "Weird Al" Yankovic, released in 1992. This is also Al's first self-produced album, after six albums with Rick Derringer at the helm. Smells Like Nirvana was the first single off of what was Yankovic's first album in three years. The song, which pokes fun at the original version's incoherent lyrics, was a smash hit, and not undeserving either, it reveals the kind of brilliant writing Yankovic is capable of doing. In addition to re-establishing his satirical craftsmanship, Deep End showcases some of Yankovic's best originals ever; "Trigger Happy," "When I Was Your Age," and "You Don't Love Me Anymore" prove to be the album's highlights. Up to this point the album became Yankovic's best selling album. The albums first single, "Smells Like Nirvana" was a hit on the Billboard Hot 100, charting at number 35. It also charted on Hot 100 Singles Sales (at number 12) and the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart (at number 35). Both the album and hit single helped to re-energize Yankovic's career. Al's previous album was the soundtrack to his cult film UHF. While homercat thought it was brilliant, it almost took All off the radar. While most novelty and comedy artists are one-hit wonders, Yankovic's continued success has enabled him to escape the stigma often associated with novelty music. While most novelty artists are one-hit wonders, Yankovic's continued success. In fact the top 10 single "White & Nerdy" and album Straight Outta Lynwood from 2006 was to become Al's first top Ten album coming in the 30th year of his career. Al's sheer brilliance has enabled him to escape the stigma often associated with novelty music. What some people might not realize is that often his best work is the original music he writes and not the parodies as in the case with today's tunes.

Trigger Happy
You Don't Love Me Anymore
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