“Weird Al” Yankovic detailed Medium Rarities – a collection of unreleased and non-album tracks housed within his career-spanning, accordion-styled Squeeze Box set – in a new video inspired by 8-bit video games.
Like Squeeze Box, Medium Rarities covers Yankovic’s entire career, from his earliest recordings (“Take Me Down”) to the theme song for Comedy Bang! Bang! Yankovic curated the collection’s track list.
The 23-song LP also includes an ode to Pac-Man sung to the tune of the Beatles’ “Taxman,” a demo version of the Kinks/Star Wars mash-up “Yoda,” loose TV and movie soundtrack cuts and an “extra gory” version of Yankovic’s Christmas classic “The Night Santa Went Crazy.”
Squeeze Box, due out November 24th, features all 14 of rock’s greatest parodist’s studio albums, from his 1983 self-titled debut to 2014’s Mandatory Fun, on vinyl and digitally remastered, with six of the albums available on vinyl for the first time. The whole collection is packaged inside a replica of Yankovic’s accordion.
Visit Yankovic’s Pledge Music page to pre-order Squeeze Box; the deadline to order is March 20th.
Medium Rarities Track List
“Take Me Down”
“My Bologna” (Capitol single version)
“Dr. Demento Jingle”
“Dare to Be Stupid” (instrumental)
“Since You’ve Been Gone” (karaoke)
“The Night Santa Went Crazy” (extra gory version)
“Lousy Haircut” (from The Weird Al Show)
“Homer and Marge”
“The Brain Song” (from the 3-D film Al’s Brain)
“30 Rock Theme Parody”
“Super Duper Party Pony” (from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)
“Sir Isaac Newton vs. Bill Nye” (from Epic Rap Battles of History)
“Let the Pun Fit the Crime” (from Wander Over Yonder)
“Hey, Hey, We’re the Monks” (from Galavant)
“Comedy Bang! Bang! Theme”
“It’s My World (And We’re All Living In It” (from Milo Murphy’s Law)
“Happy Birthday” (new version)