ARTIST: “Weird Al” Yankovic
TITLE: Dare to Be Stupid
YEAR RELEASED: 1985
CHART ACTION: #50
SINGLES: This Is the Life, Like a Surgeon (#47). I Want a New Duck, One More Minute, Hooked on Polkas
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Yoda
LINEUP: “Weird Al” Yankovic, Rick Derringer, Steve Jay, Jim West, Jon Schartz, other sessioneers
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A third “Weird Al” album follows a predictable formula, with predictable laughs.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: By 1985, “Weird Al” was a known commodity. Any new record was going to have a half-dozen parodies, a polka medley, and some originals lampooning a style or motif.
While the parodies are pretty hilarious (all but one provide a guffaw, or at least a loud ha), the originals seem to be better on this album. Especially “This Is the Life”, with a catchy melody and a convincing update of the jazz age sound, and the title track, which hits Devo where it hurts,
There’s fun to be had here, and at least you won’t skip some of the originals here.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He covered the George of the Jungle theme, which is his only straight cover.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE B: It’s more consistent, even if it doesn’t reach the highs of his previous parodies.