And Mandatory Fun is still totally awesome.
Back in 1992, I went to a friend’s birthday party. One of his presents was a tape of Weird Al Yankovic’s Off the Deep End, and we must have listened to that thing a half dozen times over the course of that night.
My other touchstone to Weird Al came from the Dr. Demento Show on the radio. I remember hearing the world premiere of the Japanese version of “Jurassic Park,” sitting up late at night in my bedroom.
I kinda drifted away from Weird Al in college and graduate school. I went through this phase where I thought music had to be serious and somber. I heard some of his stuff, but it didn’t connect with me as well, possibly because I wasn’t familiar with the songs he was parodying. I didn’t listen to rap, wasn’t familiar with the biggest songs on the radio.
And then I downloaded Mandatory Fun Tuesday morning. It’s everything you want in a Weird Al album. And I’m old enough to admit I enjoy fun music again.
And that video for “Tacky” is a slice of absolute brilliance.