Poodle Hat

Poodle Hat

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by "Weird Al" Yankovic

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Just when MTV's prettiest faces thought it was safe to play pop music without fear of parody, out pops Weird Al, ready to take on all comers with his twisted purview. Given the tough attitude of today's chart-toppers, Yankovic's got a lot of territory to cover -- and he does a doggone comprehensive job on Poodle Hat. Eminem gets his


Just when MTV's prettiest faces thought it was safe to play pop music without fear of parody, out pops Weird Al, ready to take on all comers with his twisted purview. Given the tough attitude of today's chart-toppers, Yankovic's got a lot of territory to cover -- and he does a doggone comprehensive job on Poodle Hat. Eminem gets his comeuppance on "Couch Potato," a tale of suburban goober angst and severe TV addiction set to the tune of "Lose Yourself," while -- giving equal attention to the angry young women out there -- Al twists Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" into the goofily tongue-twisting "A Complicated Song." Showing that he's still got a finger on the pulse of the gross-out market, Al drags Nelly's "Hot in Herre" through the muck on "Trash Day" ("It was like, the last day before trash day / My place is gettin' kinda nas-tay") and the non-parodic (but still pretty nasty) "Party at the Leper Colony." Poodle Hat's most dizzying component, however, is the tour de force "Angry White Boy Polka," on which the Weird one unleashes his fiercest accordion fury on a passel of pasty rock songs by Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, and the White Stripes. Polka doesn't get more provocative than that, and Al, who's famous for such gut-busters as "Eat It" and "Smells like Nirvana," has rarely sounded funnier.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's been said that artists will truly know they've entered pop culture when Weird Al Yankovic records a parody of their hit. But what does it mean when pop culture is ahead of Weird Al? Take his parody of the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," which Yankovic turns into "Ebay," but his satire is not far removed from the auction website's own advertising campaign of 2003, where people rave about the junk they bought on eBay to the tune of "My Way" ("I did it eBay"). What does this mean? Well, that Weird Al Yankovic's sensibility has been so thoroughly assimilated by mass culture that it's tougher than ever for him to stay ahead of the game. For instance, there's his parody of Eminem's "Lose Yourself," for which Marshall Mathers refused to let Alfred Matthew Yankovic make a video -- an event that gave Poodle Hat a lot of press upon its spring 2003 release. The album ends with "Genius in France," a multi-part epic that's equal parts Utopia-era Todd Rundgren, Frank Zappa, and They Might Be Giants; it's the most ambitious and weirdest thing here, which counts for a lot, ending with a Grey Poupon joke. It works because, at his best, Weird Al is a very good musician with some clever ideas and a skilled band, so music that showcases that is best for him -- it helps put his jokes across.
Entertainment Weekly - Evan Serpick
Yankovic is one of the few musicians who play with words and pop culture as deftly as Eminem. (B)

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Performance Credits

"Weird Al" Yankovic   Primary Artist,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Shouts
Dweezil Zappa   Guitar
William K. Anderson   Harmonica
Kim Bullard   Keyboards
Tom Evans   Saxophone
Steve Jay   Banjo,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Shouts
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Herb Pedersen   Banjo
Joel Peskin   Clarinet
Ruben Valtierra   Piano,Keyboards
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
John "Juke" Logan   Harmonica
Julia Waters   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ben Folds   Piano
Lisa Popeil   Background Vocals
Jim West   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Shouts
Tommy Johnson   Tuba
Carmen Twilley   Background Vocals
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Shouts,Laughs
DJ Swamp   scratching
Lee R. Thomburg   Trombone,Trumpet

Technical Credits

Steve Jay   Sound Effects
Tony Papa   Engineer
"Weird Al" Yankovic   Arranger,Sound Effects,Producer
Jim West   Sound Effects
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz   Sound Effects,drum programming
Rafael Serrano   Engineer

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Poodle Hat 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this has got to be the best yankovic album yet. it takes true talent to make lyrics such as these. And to the guy who wrote the first review on this page, about how al should pack it up...WHAT are you DOING comparing WEIRD AL YANKOVIC to PHIL COLLINS??!! what's wrong with you?!! you have no sense of humor and no appreciation of talent when you see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is one of his best! Some of the songs like Party at the leper colony and ode to a superhero might be boring but the other ones are amazing! Although this is his first album that I bought, I heard his older songs and this cd is not his best. In order to get the real humor out of this cd you need to listen to the actual songs and read the lyrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can only think of three words to describe this album: F-U-N! It is a blast! My friends and I put this cd in at a party last weekend. Everyone was really cracking up to it. We were doing the hussle and the boogie all night, old friend. It all started when my friend Royce broke out the airplane model glue and passed that around the table. We were majorly high from that and started into huffin' the air from the whipped cream can. Talk about the perfect time to pop in some Weird Al! I ain't no scallywag! Whoa! So, anyhow, we decided to rub peanut butter all over our bodies and have a wrestling match. Don't get the wrong idea when I tell you that, kiddo. We were all so carried away in the moment. We stole my dad's Lincoln and went out plowing mailboxes. Big mistake! The car got trashed and we got busted the next morning. There are some really good tracks on here. My favorite one is Al's take on Nelly's "Must be the money". He turns it into "Must be the honey"! I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good comedy cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
yes, it is supposed to be a zappa thing. i know this because if you scroll down to people that worked on the album (band, feat. etc), dweezil zappa was recruited to help out, and if you preview it, itll tell you that its (feat, dweezil zappa)on the song... read, folks
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just am speechless. My favrotes are Couch Patato and Angry White Boy Polka.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The song "Eat It" was an inspired work of genius. Poodle Hat, as an album, has many, many faults: 1) A lot of Al's previous album titles were cliches, like Off The Deep End, Bad Hair Day and Running With Scissors, but the new title is plain pathetic. 2) How do you explain such ordinary song titles as "Couch Potato," "Hardware Store," "Trash Day," "Party At The Leper Colony," and "Ode To A Superhero"? Even Alapalooza had better song titles. 3) The lettering is unimaginative since it's basically subway car lettering, and there is NO direct line from Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge! 4) "Couch Potato" is just repetition and listing of TV shows. Al, we've had just about enough of your TV themes! (By the way, thank you Eminem for not allowing a video.) 5) "Trash Day" is beyond disgusting. It makes Cannibal Corpse look like Phil Collins. 6) The part where Al finds his girlfriend is his cousin in "A Complicated Song" is neither funny or ironic, it is pathetic. I wish Avril Lavigne had denied Al permission for a parody (even though I hated her first album). 7) "Bob" is full of palindromes and none of the lyrics make sense at all! "Lonely tylenol," indeed! 8) If Frank Zappa was alive and heard "Genius In France," he'd be cheesed. The lyrics are gross and scatalogical and unsuitable for someone like Al Yankovic. Sorry, Al fans, but I only wrote this because I feel it's time for Al to pack it in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a good album at first then it just gets boring. I listen to if for a month and I dont think I will ever want to listen to it again. If you want a CD that will be good for about a month buy it. Atleast it is fairly cheaply priced. Well it is Ok. I think you should see if any friends have it so u can borrow it. They probly are bored with it alreaddy. Some of the stuff is kinda little kid funny. To clean, man it is like a 3 year old album. All in all it is ok. It is his wordt album of all, exept for pOLKA pARTY.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like "Alapalooza" and "Bad Hair Day," this CD was a complete waste of time. Whatever happened to the Weird Al who made his audiences roar with laughter with "Eat It" and "Fat"? The songs on here are just not funny, and some of them are just downright horrible ("Trash Day" for instance). The wait between this and "Running With Scissors" (great CD if I do say so myself!) was the longest, and now all that waiting time is gone. And what we expected to be really great was unlistenable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the my faveorite cd. Weird al has done a great job agein turning the songs upside down. I love the look on my sisters faces when i play "A complicated song"
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, it's safe to say that this is the best Weird Al CD since "Off the Deep End" and it brings proof that Al isn't done quite yet. Poodle Hat brings some great parodies, Al even manages to rap better than Nelly in the remake of the song "Hot in here". The worst song on this CD is "Couch Potato", which is an overly used topic for Weird al, not to mention he simply can't find enough to make the song funny. From that point on the album does nothing but shine. Though, Al is a little late on mocking the Backstreet Boys, but thats no reason to discredit the comedy on that track. "Angry white boy polka" is by far the best title for a polka to date, and "Why does this always happen to me" is by far one of Weird Al's best origional pieces. This CD is a must have for any fan's of Weird Al, yet I doubt it will be able to convert the skeptical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Al once again shines in Poodle Hat. Every song is strong, parody and original. Whether Al is dishing out TV: Eminem style, or capturing the anger of white bands in Angry White Boy Polka, "The Weird One" continues to show he's still the King of Parody and Prince of Polka!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weird Al has made yet another brilliant album. His lyrics are great and his singing is dead on. For a huge laugh, buy this album immediately!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Al's most recent album, "Poodle Hat" is a disappointment. Gone is the enthusiastic Al of year's past. On the album and on the tour there is just no spark. It seems like all the fun has gone out of this for Al. Lyrics do contain some violence and I wouldn't recommend it for children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that the parodies are the best ones yet! I see that Weird Al is starting a pattern of doing parodies of old classics and turn it into a sort-of summary of a particular movie. "Running with Scissors" (al's previous album) saw an awesome parody of Don McLean unforgetable "American Pie," which Al turned into "The Saga Begins," a song about STAR WARS: EPISODE 1. "Poodle Hat" has a phenominal parody of Billy Joel's "Pano Man," reworked as "Ode to a Superhero," which is about the SPIDERMAN movie. All in all, Yankovic has done a great job with his original songs, which are a step up from the lackluster originals on "Running with Scissors."
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album was hilarious, expessially "A Complicated Song." A few were boring though, like "A Party at the Leper Colony" and "Bob." I loved "Ode to a Superhreo," and can't wait until the next movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wierd Al always makes me laugh. Like his other albums, I enjoyed hearing his take on contemporary pop music, which grows tired and wilts the second airwaves hit it. Did Genius in France remind anyone else of Frank Zappa? Is there supposed to be a connection?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Between the parodys of Emenem,Nelly,Avril Lavine,and the Backstreet Boys you have to hear it.For kids who want it is extreamly clean,the worst thing he says is hitched and butt.This album rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a Weird Al fan since the days of "Eat it" and "Midnight Star". Everytime he releases a new album I run out and get it. Some albums in the past have let me down, "Dare to be Supid" for example. But this album's parodies are great. If I had to find any flaw it would be the last song it is way too long. Overall it is great. Can't wait to see some videos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has so many great songs that its definetly worth the money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i about died laughing when i first listened to this album. wannna be ur luvr made me cry i was laughing so hard. im 13, so this is my fav, cause the songs r newer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Al does wonderful parodies on this CD, but my favorites are his originals. I'll try to be concise, but I'm just so excited about this! Hardware Store has to be heard to be believed, it is incredibly complex both musically and lyrically. The rapid-fire wordplay is simply AMAZING. Party at the Leper Colony is delightfully politically incorrect, and Wanna B Ur Lovr has to be my personal favorite for sheer contrast of the sultry music and the goofy lyrics. I LOVE IT! Ebay is a wonderful Back Street Boys parody, Couch Potato mocks Eminem's Lose Yourself, and (although I usually don't like rap), this one grows on me more and more each day. Genius in France is a tour-de-force tribute to Frank Zappa, (with son Dweezil Zappa on guitar) and captures his style perfectly. "Bob" is an incredibly ambitious tribute to Dylan, with perfect Dylan vocalization and rambling lyrics that are all palindromes (words that read the same backwards and forwards...words like "Bob", and "WOW"! Who else do you know on the pop music scene today with that sort of intellectual sophistication? I can't stop listening to Poodle Hat. Oh, and for those HOOLIGANS who think they'll just download from some cheesey P2P, they will miss the incredible enhancements which are worth the price of the CD alone. You can actually see Al's home movies! Live life to the fullest! Take home a platter of the best music out there today...Poodle Hat!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
as always, i dont need to preview the cd first, cuz wierd al is just awesome and so funny, so no matter what, this crazy guy deserves it!
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