UHF by Weird Al Yankovic

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UHF by Weird Al Yankovic
UHF by Weird Al Yankovic

Album Released: 1989

UHF ::: Artwork

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1.Money For Nothing - Beverly Hillbillies
2.Gandhi II
3.Attack Of The Radioactive Hamsters From A Planet Near Mars
4.Isle Thing
5.The Hot Rocks Polka
7.Let Me Be Your Hog
8.She Drives Like Crazy
9.Generic Blues
10.Spatula City
11.Fun Zone
13.The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota


I'm yet to see the film, of which this is the soundtrack, which is a bit sad for a self-confessed Al fan, even if I hear it's not much cop anyway. In fact, I hadn't even heard the album until years after its release.

As usual, this is an inconsistent listen from 'Weird Al' Yankovic. The opening "Money for Nothing / Beverly Hillbillies" sounds like it was written in 2 minutes, before the first of the film snippets, the amusing "Gandhi II", and then "Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters from a Planet Near Mars" comes along. Alright, it's just another "Slime Creatures from Outer Space" (from the Dare To Be Stupid album), but it's still fun.

After that is "Isle Thing", a parody of Tone Loc's "Wild Thing" rap (confession: I just had to quickly check and remind myself who the artist was there, as I had completely forgotten, and probably didn't care much at the time of its popularity anyway), only now it's the Gilligan's Isle Thing. It's also highly enjoyable and pretty funny. And I grew up watching Gilligan's Island, which helps.

"The Hot Rocks Polka" is a selection of Rolling Stones songs which I can appreciate now that I'm more familiar with Stones music than I used to be. The song "UHF" is kind of rousing, although it's not even an attempt to be funny and, after the brief oddity "Let Me Be Your Hog", there's the take on Fine Young Cannibals with "She Drives Like Crazy". This is a pretty funny song, but Al makes the fatal mistake of singing like Roland Gift did in the original. In other words, really high. It makes it hard to catch all the lyrics (a crime for any Al song), and he would've been better singing in a lower, "Girls Just Want To Have Lunch" kind of way.

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