My Dream “Weird Al” Concert Set

He's done it again. "Weird Al" Yankovic has released another single last week. This time a polka based on the songs from the hit musical Hamilton.

I don't really like to heap praise on someone but "Weird Al" is someone who I think deserves the praise. He has been in the music business for a very long time and can parody (and sing) almost any kind of song. Moreover, what he is able to do with an accordion is nothing short of amazing. Also, he is now on tour again (about the only way a musician makes money these days).

My first memory of hearing a "Weird Al" song was in 1983 and it was in a friend's room where I heard "Another One Rides the Bus", "Ricky", "I Love Rocky Road", "Stop Dragging My Car Around", "My Bologna", and the rest of his first album. It was like nothing I had heard before. To my 12 year old ears it was quite subversive. Needless to say I've been a fan of his ever since that point. 

This got me to wondering. If I were to have a private concert from the Mad Scientist of Music, what songs would I like to hear? Considering that music is subjective I am sure that everyone will have different answers to this. I think the easiest way to do this is to break up the songs into three clear groups: Originals, Parodies, and Polkas (medley of songs done in a polka style). The songs will be mostly in alphabetical order.

Originals

  • Mr. Frump In the Iron Lung
  • Buy Me a Condo
  • The Check's in the Mail
  • CNR
  • Dare to Be Stupid
  • Dog Eat Dog
  • Good Enough For Now
  • I'll Sue Ya
  • Midnight Star
  • Mission Statement
  • Mr. Popeil
  • Nature Trail to Hell
  • One More Minute
  • Slime Creatures from Outer Space

Parody

Polka

This is probably a little longer of a concert than he would typically perform but being that he won't be performing a private concert for me, I don't have to worry about the length of the thing. 

P.S. Al – If you are reading this and want to give me a private concert; give me a call.