http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/392a4b97179eea41f1c24a80420f81a8b4571987.jpg Alpocalypse

"Weird Al" Yankovic


Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 2.5 0
June 21, 2011

Like a Top 40 Henny Youngman, "Weird Al" Yankovic's appeal seems to be as much about his semiheroic refusal to hang it the fuck up, already, as it is about his rec­ords - which, love 'em or hate 'em, never lack for targets. His latest batch of fish in a barrel sends up the paparazzi ("You just picked up some transvestite/Seconds later, it's up on the website," he chirps on "TMZ," a remake of Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me"), online commerce (the Doors-biting "Craigslist") and Lady Gaga ("Perform This Way"). The jokes don't always relieve the earworm annoyingness of the Xeroxed tunes. Still, you can only hate so much on an accordion medley titled "Polka Face."

 Listen to "Perform This Way":

RELATED: 'Weird Al' Yankovic Parodies Lady Gaga in 'Perform This Way'

Album Review Main Next


Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...


Sort by:
    Read More
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.


    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Madame George”

    Van Morrison | 1968

    One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

    More Song Stories entries »