Off the Deep End

Off the Deep End

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by "Weird Al" Yankovic
     
 

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Following his exposure in the mid-'80s, Weird Al Yankovic's career stumbled with the poor-selling Polka Party in 1986 and his feature film UHF that tanked in 1989. Clearly, many people had grown tired of Yankovic's presence, just as they'd grown tired of the artists he was satirizing. Thus his chance for a comeback came in 1992, when See more details below

Overview

Following his exposure in the mid-'80s, Weird Al Yankovic's career stumbled with the poor-selling Polka Party in 1986 and his feature film UHF that tanked in 1989. Clearly, many people had grown tired of Yankovic's presence, just as they'd grown tired of the artists he was satirizing. Thus his chance for a comeback came in 1992, when Nirvana stormed the scene with "Smells Like Teen Sprit," a song that turned the music world upside down and ended the careers of many of the artists Yankovic had once used to heighten his success. Not too surprisingly, "Smells Like Nirvana" was the first single off of Off the Deep End, 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 undeservingly -- it reveals the kind of brilliant writing Yankovic was still capable of doing. Though no other parody on the album matches the cleverness of "Smells Like Nirvana," satires such as "I Can't Watch This" and "Taco Grande" come quite close. 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 greatest songs. As his best album since In 3-D, Off the Deep End is the answer to those who questioned Yankovic's credibility as an evolving artist.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/14/1992
Label:
Volcano
UPC:
0614223201627
catalogNumber:
32016

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

"Weird Al" Yankovic   Primary Artist,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Brad Buxer   Synthesizer
Gene Morford   Background Vocals
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Steve Jay   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Joel Peskin   Clarinet
Neil Ross   Overdubs
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Luther Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Jerry Whitman   Background Vocals
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Jim West   Banjo,Guitar,Background Vocals
Tommy Johnson   Tuba
Edith Fore   Overdubs
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz   Percussion,Drums
Peggy Newman   Background Vocals
Marlene Aragon   Overdubs
Alisa Curran   Background Vocals
Beau Weaver   Overdubs

Technical Credits

B-52s   Composer
Billy Idol   Composer
Suzanne Vega   Composer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Cheech Marin   Contributor
Tony Papa   Engineer
"Weird Al" Yankovic   Arranger,Producer

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