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‘Weird Al’: 5 Songs to Scare the Neighbors

Pop-parody king on his favorite off-color sonic oddities

Weird Al Yankovic

'Weird Al' Yankovic at RCA Records in New York City, September 30, 2014.

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"Weird Al" Yankovic knows a good song when he hears one — four decades' worth of spot-on parodies can attest to that. But the singer-accordionist, who's gearing up for a summer tour in support of 2014's hit Mandatory Fun LP, also has an ear for the offbeat, as this playlist demonstrates. "I want to stress that these are not bad songs," Yankovic told Rolling Stone of his selections. "I personally really like all of them. All I'm saying is, this is a sampling of tunes that most people wouldn't particularly appreciate hearing through their bedroom wall at two o'clock in the morning."

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'Weird Al' Yankovic at RCA Records in New York City, September 30, 2014.

Wild Man Fischer, “Merry-Go-Round”

Larry "Wild Man" Fischer was a certified bipolar, acute schizophrenic street musician who was discovered by Frank Zappa in the late 1960s. Zappa produced his first album, which is called An Evening With Wild Man Fischer. The album's long been out of print, and from what I've been told, the Zappa estate has chosen to never re-release it. I guess you could say "Merry Go Round" was the "hit" from that album. Over loopy percussion, Larry yelps — I'm gonna say, an infinite number of times — that we should join him as he goes up and down on a merry-go-round. It's a really joyous song. It's primal, and certainly impassioned, but I imagine that if you had to listen to it on repeat for an entire weekend you might need to be institutionalized yourself.

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