[Poodle Hat]

"Poodle Hat"
Way Moby/Volcano Entertainment (61422-32194-2)
Release Date: May 20, 2003

Poodle Hat contains the parodies and humor you'd expect from a "Weird Al" Yankovic album. On this outing, Al parodies Eminem's "Lose Yourself" ("Couch Potato"), Nelly's "Hot In Herre" ("Trash Day"), Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" ("A Complicated Song"), Billy Joel's "Piano Man" ("Ode To A Superhero"), and Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" ("Ebay"). The strongest parody on the album is "Ebay"; hearing the ridiculous things being bid on and won by the character in the song keeps you laughing. The weakest parody is "A Complicated Song"; overall, I find it more disgusting than humorous.

"Weird Al" Yankovic also delivers some "style parodies" -- songs that don't parody a particular song, but instead parody a particular musical sound. Poodle Hat has style parodies of Bo Diddley ("Party At The Leper Colony"), Prince ("Wanna B Ur Lovr"), and Bob Dyan ("Bob"). While the style parodies on the album aren't necessarily bad, they don't exactly stand out to me, either. Al also serves up the "Angry White Boy Polka," a polka medley including songs by Papa Roach, System Of A Down, The Vines, The Hives, The White Stripes, The Strokes, Disturbed, Rage Against The Machine, Limp Bizkit, Staind, Kid Rock, P.O.D., and Eminem. For me, this wasn't one of his better medleys; but, then again, this may be due to the fact that I'm not as familiar with most of the songs included.

"Weird Al" also delivers some original songs on the album, and the best one is "Hardware Store." The vocal delivery on it is incredible; he tries to cram as many words as he can into a short amount of time, and succeeds without getting completely tongue-tied.

This is an enhanced disc with home movies, a photo gallery, bonus mixes, and song lyrics. The home movies are hilarious, and the remixes are basically instrumentals or slightly alternate versions of songs on the album. The photo gallery contains a few shots of Al and his band. The lyrics section plays the song, and has the lyrics scrolling in time with the song.

Overall, Poodle Hat isn't a bad album. However, it's not as strong as Dare To Be Stupid or Bad Hair Day.

(reviewed by Lesley Muir on August 7, 2003)

"Weird Al" Yankovic
Poodle Hat
Way Moby/Volcano Entertainment (61422-32194-2)
  • Couch Potato
  • Hardware Store
  • Trash Day
  • Party At The Leper Colony
  • Angry White Boy Polka
  • Wanna B Ur Lovr
  • A Complicated Song
  • Why Does This Always Happen To Me?
  • Ode To A Superhero
  • Bob
  • Ebay
  • Genius In France

This is an enhanced CD, which includes home movies, a photo gallery, bonus mixes, and song lyrics

"Hardware Store," "Party At The Leper Colony," "Wanna B Ur Lovr," "Why Does This Always Happen To Me?," "Bob,"
and "Genius In France" written by Al Yankovic
"Couch Potato" written by Jeffery Bass, Marshall Mathers III, and Luis Edgardo Resto; with new lyrics by Al Yankovic
"Trash Day" written by Cornell Haynes, Pharell Williams, and Chuck Brown; with new lyrics by Al Yankovic
"A Complicated Song" written by Avril Lavigne, Lauren Christy, Scott Alspach, and Graham Edwards; with new lyrics by Al Yankovic
"Ode To A Superhero" written by Billy Joel; with new lyrics by Al Yankovic
"Ebay" written by Max Martin and Andreas Carlsson; with new lyrics by Al Yankovic
"Angry White Boy Polka" written by Papa Roach, John Hovig Dolmayan, Daron Malakian, Shavarsh Odadijan,
Serj Tankian, Craig Nicholls, Randy Fitzsimmons, Jack White, Julian Casablancas, Dan Donegan, David Braiman,
Steve Kmak, Michael Wengren, Africa Bambaata, Eric Barrier, Wesley Borland, Leor Dimant, Fred Durst, William Griffin,
John Otto, Samuel Rivers, Aaron Lewis, Jason Krause, David Parker, Robert Ritchie, Sylvia Robinson, Matthew Shafer,
Sonny, Marcos, Traa, Wuv, Thomas Coster Jr., Michael Elizondo Jr., Marshall B. Mathers III, Andre Young,
and Al Yankovic

All songs on this disc produced by Al Yankovic
Review © 2003 Lesley Muir Aeschliman
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