Just Arrived: Squeeze Box – The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic!

Today’s arrival is an exclusive limited release from PledgeMusic.com!

The ultimate tribute to one of the most prolific musical careers of the last four decades, Squeeze Box features all 14 of Weird Al’s studio albums remastered on CD, 150-gram vinyl and digital, spanning from his debut album Weird Al Yankovic (1983) to Mandatory Fun (2014). 

Mandatory Fun was not only the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard chart, but also the first to even reach that lofty position in over 50 years. Altogether, the albums included in Squeeze Box have earned multiple Grammy awards, as well as dozens of gold and platinum records in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. 

Six of these albums make their debut on vinyl as part of Squeeze Box. Each has been newly remastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Mark Wilder and personally approved by Yankovic. An Al-curated 15th bonus disc, Medium Rarities, features specially selected non-album tracks from across his remarkable career.

Squeeze Box comes in a unique package worthy of Weird Al’s inimitable style: an amazing replica of his signature accordion, with each album stored in its bellows. An accompanying 100-page book features a trove of rare and unseen photos and memorabilia.


The set includes:


“Weird Al” Yankovic (1983)
“Weird Al” Yankovic In 3-D (1984)
Dare To Be Stupid (1985)
Polka Party! (1986)
Even Worse (1988)
UHF Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989)
Off The Deep End (1992)
Alapalooza (1993)
Bad Hair Day (1996)
Running with Scissors (1999)
Poodle Hat (2003)
Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)
Alpocalypse (2011)
Mandatory Fun (2014)
and the exclusive Medium Rarities (2017)



As an added bonus, this edition of the Squeeze Box included an exclusive”Weird Al” turntable slipmat, sure to delight the rabid Close Personal Friend of Al in your life!

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Something Special for Close Personal Friends of Al

I’m really upset with Pledgemusic because they know so very well that every few months, they shoot me an email saying, “Hey! Remember that thing you love? From way back in the day? Well check this sh*t out!” 

Pledgemusic is a direct-to-fan music platform, and their sole focus is raising funds for musicians. They don’t get their grubby hands into ownership or rights over the content, they encourage artists to contribute to charities as part of their projects, work with artists to offer all sorts of exclusive content to pledgers, and is accessible internationally to unite fans worldwide toward the creation of wonderful and unique musical items for the most rabid of a band’s fanatical followers.

Presently en route to my home is the Orb’s Further Adventures Live 2016 25th Anniversary DVD+3LP box set, which was my first encounter with Pledgemusic. But today, they popped up in my email saying… “Psssssst! Look at the thing!”

Now available for pre-order is something special for Close Personal Friends of Al Yankovic. Having grown up with every Al album from his self-titled debut to the present, my nerdcore childhood would never have been the same without him. And to celebrate his discography and 34 years of mandatory fun, Pledge has pulled out all the stops and created the ultimate Al treasure.

SQUEEZE BOX, as it is titled, contains all 14 studio albums plus a bonus Medium Rarities album of demos and rare tracks. All albums have been remastered and pressed on 150-gram vinyl. The set also includes a 100-page collector’s book of rare photos and memorabilia.

It is available in multiple levels of insanity, the highest of which includes a signed test pressing of your choice of any one of the original 14 studio albums, a Zoetrope-animated  turntable mat, retro-style “WEIRD Al” pennant, a magnetic build-your-own-Al, Commemorative t-shirt, and a CUSTOM PAIR OF WEIRD AL SOCKS!

And for $1500 they’ll ship you a signed test press of every one of the albums in the collection… though all 27 copies quickly sold out.

And, oh yeah, the entire set is packaged in a custom-created replica of Al’s signature accordion!

Shut up and take my money.

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Creme de la Crunk

Saturday July 26th marked the first time in Billboard music history that a comedy record debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 List.  The record was, of course, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun.  This was Al’s final LP in his 14-record contract with RCA, and the success is attributed in part to his brilliant advertising campaign for the record.

Al contacted a number of media portals like Funny or Die and CollegeHumor and offered to deliver virally-popular content in exchange for their funding and producing each of his videos.  Al released one video for 8 days of the album’s 10 day release and acquired more than 46 million views during that short span.

Al commented that, moving forward he would likely focus on singles, as media culture moves so quickly that waiting to build a 12-track album would render your content “yesterday’s news.”

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In honor of “Weird Al’s” success, (and as the delivery of my latest vinyl order has been delayed another two weeks), I thought I’d offer a post on the “lighter side” of music.

So today, we’ll take a look at the best (and the absolute worst) rated records as ranked by aggregate music data sites, Metacritic and rateyourmusic.com.

Metacritic has been tracking aggregate music, film, and video game metascores since January 11 of 2000. Out of curiosity, I populated a list of every album they’ve ever scored and looked up the lowest and highest scores since the site’s inception.

There is a tie for first place –

The Clash – London Calling (25th Anniversary Legacy Ed.)

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and, Weezer – Pinkerton (2010 Deluxe Edition)

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Both have a metascore of 100 from 12 sources and a User Score of 8.8 from 148 and 146 sources respectively.

And the lowest-ever score?

The Bloodhoung Gang’s Hefty Fine is 2nd to last with a failing score of 28.

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But way down at the bottom is Playing With Fire – an attempt at a rap record by Britney Spears’ ex-husband, Kevin Federline.
It scored a miserable 15.

Hailed by critics as “GENERIC!” … “INSTANTLY FORGETTABLE!” … “TRITE!” … and “INCONSEQUENTIAL!” this is one for the books.

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Rateyourmusic’s scores are user-generated and span a much-wider timeline.

All-time highest-scoring records include, Velvet Underground & Nico at #3, Dark Side of the Moon at #2, and Radiohead’s OK Computer holding the #1 position with over 27,000 ratings and an average score of 4.24.

But now on to the dark side of RYM’s charts.

Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits (2005) comes in at #1 with a score of nearly zero.  The album was saved by one sarcastic user who composed several hundred words praising the album sarcastically and awarding it 5 stars.

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And not surprisingly, Crazy Frog charted not once but five times in the bottom 50.

And at number 2 is brokenCYDE – a crunkcore band with four albums in the bottom 10 and another in the bottom 50.

In fact, nine total crunkcore records appear in the bottom 100.

Kevin Federline shows up at #4 on the RYM All-Time Bottom Chart with the same record named by Metacritic.

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Soulja Boy charted four more albums in the bottom 50 with a genre called “snap” – apparently a derivative of crunk music.

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Soulja Boy… staying classy.

Aaron Carter and Justin Bieber each placed four times in the bottom 50 with various forgettables.

Aaron Carter… clearly of the same music university.

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And Professor Bieber.  Selfie of a composer who will live in infamy.

How do you think Bach would feel about the state of the music industry today?

How do you think Bach would feel about the state of the music industry today?

Please do yourself a favor and listen to something arresting, challenging and beautiful today.  Thank you.