Straight Outta Lynwood

Straight Outta Lynwood

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by "Weird Al" Yankovic
     
 

Weird Al Yankovic's 13th album of incisive musical commentary is bolstered by a bonus DVD including six animated videos. "Don't Download This Song," which Al made available on the Web, naturally, is accompanied by a video directed and animated by Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton, urging fans to resist the temptation to share files -- "Even Lars Ulrich knows it's… See more details below

Overview

Weird Al Yankovic's 13th album of incisive musical commentary is bolstered by a bonus DVD including six animated videos. "Don't Download This Song," which Al made available on the Web, naturally, is accompanied by a video directed and animated by Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton, urging fans to resist the temptation to share files -- "Even Lars Ulrich knows it's wrong." "Close But No Cigar" is directed by Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi. Also worth noting is Al's tribute to Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson, a song called "Pancreas." The accompanying video is animated by Jim Blashfield, known for his work with Michael Jackson and Talking Heads. Parodies of songs by Chamillionaire, Green Day, Usher, R. Kelly, and American Idol Taylor Hicks round out this set.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Three years between Weird Al Yankovic albums has been the norm since the '90s, but a lot happened to the parody king between 2003's Poodle Hat and his 2006 release, Straight Outta Lynwood. First off, Poodle Hat stalled after one single. Then while on tour promoting the album, Yankovic's parents were both killed in their home from carbon monoxide poisoning. Al handled the issue quickly and honestly with his fans, promising to carry on before disappearing for a couple years to cope. Then he came back with the pretty good "You're Pitiful" -- a riff on James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" -- and as the track wormed its way around the Internet, Blunt's label, Atlantic, recanted their permission for the parody after they had already granted it. The latter event is something Al's been through before and it always drums up some hype, but his quick and snide reference to Atlantic Records in the "White & Nerdy" video seemed genuinely ticked and wiped away some suspicion the whole thing was staged. "White & Nerdy" -- a suburban take on Chamillionaire's big hit "Ridin'" -- is the hilarious reason to celebrate his return, and the album it lands on is inspired. The original, non-parody material is usually where the man stumbles, but here the ridiculous "Weasel Stomping Day" and clever "Don't Download This Song" offer something that isn't filler. "White & Nerdy" -- where the terminally uncool singer boasts he's a "whiz at Minesweeper" and "fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon" -- is up there with his best, and "Canadian Idiot" -- a hockey-loving, toque-wearing rip on Green Day's "American Idiot" -- is great, making this effort already one highlight better than Poodle Hat. The latest installment in his series of polka parody melodies -- this time it's "Polkarama!" -- is a brilliant roll through the recent hits of Modest Mouse, 50 Cent, Rihanna, and many more with a short tribute to the legendary Spike Jones stuck at the end, a thrilling moment for novelty fanatics. Topping it off is the 11-minute "Trapped in the Drive-Thru," which turns R. Kelly's epic "Trapped in the Closet" into an excruciating -- but funny -- wait for that greasy bag that will most likely contain the wrong order. This handful of prime Yankovic overshadows the only mildly humorous Usher and Taylor Hicks parodies and the couple original tunes that really drag, but Yankovic's fans don't expect perfection until the next "best-of" rolls around. Lynwood's highs are higher than usual, with Yankovic trying harder and landing more shots. Turns out novelty music's silliest hitmaker is a survivor.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2006
Label:
Volcano
UPC:
0828768995129
catalogNumber:
89951

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. White & Nerdy  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  2. Pancreas  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  3. Canadian Idiot  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  4. I'll Sue Ya  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  5. Polkarama!: The Chicken Dance/Let's Get It Started/Take Me Out/Beverly  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  6. Virus Alert  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  7. Confessions, Pt. 3  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  8. Weasel Stomping Day  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  9. Close But No Cigar  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  10. Do I Creep You Out  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  11. Trapped in the Drive-Thru  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  12. Don't Download This Song  - "Weird Al" Yankovic

Disc 2

  1. White & Nerdy [Multimed  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  2. Pancreas  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  3. Canadian Idiot [Multime  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  4. I'll Sue Ya [Multimedia  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  5. Polakarama!: The Chicken Dance/Let's Get It Started/Take Me ...  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  6. Virus Alert [Multimedia  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  7. Confessions, Pt. 3  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  8. Weasel Stomping Day  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  9. Close But No Cigar  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  10. Do I Creep You Out  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  11. Trapped in the Drive-Thru  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  12. Don't Download This Song  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  13. Don't Download This Song  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  14. I'll Sue Ya  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  15. Virus Alert  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  16. Close But No Cigar  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  17. Pancreas  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  18. Weasel Stomping Day  - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  19. The Making of Straight Outta Lynwood  - "Weird Al" Yankovic

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

"Weird Al" Yankovic   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Piano,Accordion,Harpsichord,Horn,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping,Vibraslap,Vibes,Finger Snapping,Toy Piano,Bass Harmonica
Tommy Johnson   Clarinet
Kim Bullard   Keyboards
Randy Crenshaw   Choir, Chorus
Jon "JD" Dickson   French Horn
Monique Donnelly   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Scottie Haskell   Background Vocals
Angie Jaree   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Steve Jay   Banjo,Flute,Bass (Vocal),Bass Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping,Synthesizer Bass,Finger Snapping
David Joyce   Choir, Chorus
Nick Lane   Trombone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Joel Peskin   Clarinet
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Lisa Popeil   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Miles Jay   String Bass
Jim West   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Ukulele,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Peter Bradley   Rendering
Kim Erin   Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Robert Plant   Composer
Tracie Ackerman   Composer
John Bonham   Composer
Jermaine Dupri   Composer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Tony Papa   Engineer
"Weird Al" Yankovic   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Concept,Animation
Doug Goldstein   Concept
Jim West   Orchestral Arrangements
Robert Kelly   Composer
Jim Blashfield   Director,Concept
Bill Plympton   Director,Animation
Usher Raymond   Composer
Terry Rendall   Composer
Anthony Henderson   Composer
Billie Joe Armstrong   Composer
Rafael Serrano   Engineer
Shan Yunlu   Artwork
Chris Haggerty   Authoring
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer
Jeff Gilligan   Art Direction
Jaime A. Dávila "Tame" Gómez   Composer
Jay Levey   Management
Thomas Edward Lee   Director,Animation
Emily Harrell   Producer
Robot Chicken   Director
Seth Green   Concept
Kerri Jaworski   Producer,Digital Composition
Andrew Keplinger   Producer
John Kricfalusi   Director
Lisa LaBracio   Colorist
Tom Root   Concept
Matthew Senreich   Concept
Shadow Machine   Producer
Stoopid Monkey   Executive Producer
Suzanne Yankovic   Camera Operator
Debbie Yuen   Artwork
Marilyn Zornado   Producer
Oscar Salinas   Composer
William Adams   Composer

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