Twenty Years Ago Today: “Weird Al” encourages dangerous exercise

Weird Al Yankovic Running With ScissorsRunning With Scissors, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s tenth studio album, was released on June 29, 1999. Not as strong as 1996’s Bad Hair Day, but infinitely better than 2003’s Poodle Hat, Running With Scissors features parodies of The Offspring, Barenaked Ladies, Puff Daddy, and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and a polka medley that pokes fun at the Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Beastie Boys, Hanson, Matchbox Twenty, and more.

The most enduring song from the album, however, is a parody of Don McLean’s 1971 hit, “American Pie.” Yankovic took the song and transformed it into an ode to George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

In addition to all the parodies, Yankovic shows his chops as a songwriter with six original compositions in various styles. My personal favorite of these is the 11-minute opus “Albuquerque” that closes the album.

I have loved “Weird Al” since I first discovered his music in elementary school, though he has currently stopped performing in concert a couple of the songs that drew me to his brilliance—“Eat It” and “Fat,” both parodies of Michael Jackson hits. He has not decided whether he will retire them permanently or not, but with the renewed scrutiny of Jackson’s alleged indiscretions, Yankovic has decided to remove them from his current repertoire.

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on June 29, 2019, in music and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. A thumbs up from me…

    ..EXCEPT that when you said called this album “infinitely better than 2003’s Poodle Hat”, I did a spit take. I would let “better” pass uncommented, but ” ***infinitely*** better”? Sir, I take off my white glove and foppishly slap you across the face! 🙂

  2. I met Weird Al on this tour. He was a very patient man and a wonderful soul. Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz was a saint with me. I was a little starstruck and Jon helped immensely. Great album and an awesome show!

  3. What a coincidence to see this show up in my feed. I just finished listening to his Dare to Be Stupid album around ten minutes ago. I never owned Running With Scissors, but it’s inevitable that I will one day.

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