Running with Scissors

Running with Scissors

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by "Weird Al" Yankovic
     
 

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"Weird Al" Yankovic has sold more albums of purely humorous music than anyone else, ever. His last outing, 1996's Bad Hair Day, was his biggest yet, giving this new one a lot to live up to. Can Running with Scissors cut it? Yes. Track for track, it's the best Weird Al album yet. The opener, and the first single, "The Saga…  See more details below

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"Weird Al" Yankovic has sold more albums of purely humorous music than anyone else, ever. His last outing, 1996's Bad Hair Day, was his biggest yet, giving this new one a lot to live up to. Can Running with Scissors cut it? Yes. Track for track, it's the best Weird Al album yet. The opener, and the first single, "The Saga Begins," retells the story of "The Phantom Menace" to the music of "American Pie." It's very nicely done, but Al's just getting started. "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" is self-explanatory, and just as funny as Bad Hair Day's "Amish Paradise." Barenaked Ladies' "One Week" becomes a smashing ode to Jerry Springer, while songs about astrology, the Grapefruit Diet, and a transvestite truck driver prove that Al's humor isn't just for kids. "It's All About the Pentiums" contains my favorite single line -- "You're just about as useless as JPEG's to Helen Keller!" -- and there's a medley of recent chart-toppers in polka time. The fact that Yankovic can keep this old gag fresh time after time is a tribute to his musicianship and that of his backup band (he's had the same three guys with him for 16 years). The grand finale, "Albuquerque," is an 11-minute roller-coaster ride, with a surrealistic surprise around every bend. There's never been anything else like it in the history of comedy music. After all these years, Al Yankovic is still discovering new ways to be funny.

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Like many of Weird Al's 1990s albums, Running With Scissors is something of a mixed bag, although devoted fans will definitely find enough of interest to add it to their collections. As usual, the highlights tend to be song parodies: "The Saga Begins" is a retelling of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace from Obi-Wan Kenobi's point of view set to the tune of "American Pie," while "Jerry Springer" is a clever rewrite of the Barenaked Ladies' "One Week." Not all of them quite hit the mark, though: "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" has the same borderline ethnic condescension of the Offspring's original, and Yankovic's mimicry of the sound of his source material on the Puff Daddy takeoff "It's All About the Pentiums" isn't quite up to his usual standards. The originals tend to come off as forced, as though Yankovic is trying way too hard to live up to his nickname; although the snarky rip of "My Baby's in Love With Eddie Vedder" hits pretty close to the mark, the 11-minute closer "Albuquerque" is interminable. Overall, there are some songs worthy of adding to Yankovic's next best-of, and some more that no one will miss.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1999
Label:
Volcano
UPC:
0614223211824
catalogNumber:
32118

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

"Weird Al" Yankovic   Primary Artist,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kim Bullard   Keyboards
Tom Evans   Saxophone
Steve Jay   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Thomas "Snake" Johnson   Tuba
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Joel Peskin   Clarinet
Dan Regan   Trombone
Marty Rifkin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tom Sauber   Fiddle
Ruben Valtierra   Keyboards
Lee Thornberg   Trombone,Trumpet
Jim West   Banjo,Guitar,Background Vocals
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Tavis Werts   Trumpet
Mary Kay Bergman   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Brian Holland   Composer
Tony Papa   Engineer
Richie Wise   Engineer
Doug Haverty   Art Direction

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Running with Scissors 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was worth every penny, I bought it just for The Saga Begins, but now The Weird Al Theme, and Pretty Fly for a Rabbi has grown on me to. Overall if you like Weird Al, it's worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is Great! I love it! Every single song makes me crack up, and i it made me alot more popular with my icy friends!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the goyims say, I'm pretty fly for a rabbi!!The saga begins, pretty fly for a rabbi, jerry springer, grapefruit diet, and albu...whatever,are my favorite songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anything by Weird Al is the best, especailly this album!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the coolest cd in the world! Al's best!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have every single one of Weird Al's albums, and this by far is the best! The ending track, 'Albuquerque,' alone was worth the three year wait. 'Your Horoscope for Today' is a hilarious tour-de-farce in which Al reads everyone's horoscope, Onion-style, while 'Germs' is a NIN-inspired original which I didn't really like at first, but which has definitely grown on me (no pun intended). As for parodies, 'It's All About the Pentiums' definitely ties with 'Amish Paradise' as the best Weird Al rap parody song ever, and 'Jerry Springer,' a One Week parody, contains a dialogue between two JS guests that has to be heard to be believed. Overall, a treat to Al fans everywhere. And if you claim to not be an Al fan, please listen to this album and see if you don't change your mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
RUNNING WITH SCISSORS is my first ever Weird Al Yankovic album. RUNNING WITH SCISSORS really is a great album! I really enjoyed listening to IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PENTIUMS--obviously, a parody of Puff Daddy's IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS. It's my favorite song on this CD (and, sadly, I never heard that song at all on the radio).
Guest More than 1 year ago
well, first my cousin got me into weird al by reciting some lines from The Saga Begins. Then i found the cd in the mall and i bought it...I still listin to it daily.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ALBUQERQUE, ALL ABOUT THE PENTIUMS, AND POLKA POWER WERE MY FAVES ON THE C.D.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gotta love the CD Rom ''Secret Movie''. Grapefruit Diet Rules!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD. It is defenitly one of his best ever!!! I liked all of the songs, especialy The Saga Begins, Pretty Fly for a Rabbi, Your Horoscope for today, and Albequrqe!! Buy this CD!!! You wont regret it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
although this cd is not one of his best, its still very entertaining and good
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't too impressed with Al's previous 2 albums. But when I heard ''The Saga Begins'' on the radio, it thought it was a good song. Hearing it made me decide to buy the CD one year later while I was on vacation. I thought it was going to suck. But it didn't. In fact, I LOVED IT! I really loved it. Nearly every song was excellent. Let's not forget Your Horoscope For Today. Man, do I love that song! It's a got a good ska beat, funky horns and pretty funny lyrics. I just couldn't any song out of my head as long as I was on vacation. This is Al's finest hour.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS CD DOES GREAT FOR ANYBODY AT ALL AGES!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wierd Al is a really good artist in general... All of the albums I've gotten (or heard) have been great! As his name proclaims, he is very funny and very weird!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD. I really enjoy. It is a rating 5. You should buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS ALBUM IS THE BEST, EVER BETTER THAN AMISH PARADISE. DEFINATLY BUY THIS EVEN IF YOUR NOT A WIERD AL FAN. ////oo\\\ THAT IS JOHN LENNON
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!! ive bought all the tracks so far, and loved them. THis one is the best track yet. YEAH!!!!!!!!! YOU ROCK WEIRD AL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If I had my choice of how many stars i'd give it, id give it 999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999 stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD rules. It has everything from Jerry Springer(Parody of One Week)to Albuquerque. I suggest you purchase this great album
Guest More than 1 year ago
Any 1 who likes a funy song will like this .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Weird Al Yankovic CD EVER!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite CD. All of the titles are good, but my personal favorites are Pretty Fly For a Rabbi, Grapefruit Diet, and Your Horoscope For Today. Track twelve, Albequerque, is over ten minutes long and more of a story than a song, but twists at the end expressing that the whole story could have been said in three words: I hate saurkraut. This is a great CD. You'd be a fool not to buy it!!!!!!