Idiot Box II - Various - Idiot Box (CD, Album)

Despite this, the album failed to chart upon release, and ranks as one of Yankovic's lowest-selling records. The music featured on the album span Yankovic's release in the s, with the earliest songs being recorded inand the most recent song being recorded in Heather Phares of AllMusic noted that, "though [the album] only covers the first half of "Weird Al" Yankovic's career, it nevertheless features nearly all of his best work".

The record was released on October 18,and upon its release failed to chart. As of Januarythe album was one of Yankovic's least-selling records, although it ranked above several other albums such as Yankovic's second greatest hits compilationThe Food Albumthe soundtrack album to his film " UHF ", The TV Albumand the Permanent Record box set in terms of sales.

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Typically, you can find the length of each audiobook in its description. A's Straight Outta Compton. The musical styles on the album are built around parodies and pastiches of pop and rock music of the mids. The single debuted at 28 on the Billboard Hot Album) peaked at 9 Idiot Box II - Various - Idiot Box (CD following week; " Canadian Idiot ", a parody of Green Day 's " American Album) ", also charted, peaking at The other half of the album is original material, containing many "style parodies"—musical imitations of existing artists, such as Brian WilsonRage Against the MachineSparksanimated musical specials, Cakeand s charity songs.

Originally, there were plans for the album's lead single to have been a spoof of James Blunt 's hit " You're Beautiful " entitled " You're Pitiful ", but Blunt's record label, Atlanticblocked the commercial release of the parody. Inthe album was released as both a digital download and as a DualDisc a double-sided optical disc that contained a CD on one side and a DVD on the other containing both the album and animated music videos for a number of the album's songs.

Some of the other parody songs, however, were met with a more mixed response. The album peaked at number 10 on the Billboard The record itself was certified Gold for shipments of overcopies.

Yankovic joked that the reason the song was written was because "my pancreas has given so much to me over the years, I felt like I needed to give something back to it". On February 19,Yankovic began working on the album's parodies. During these sessions, three parodies were recorded; the first of these, " Canadian Idiot ", is a play on " American Idiot " by Green Day. It is a satirical commentary on American nationalism and the stereotypical American view of Canadians.

Kelly 's Trapped in the Closet. Yankovic was inspired to pen the spoof after hearing the "brilliant and wonderful and ridiculous" original. This in turn would have forced Yankovic to remove one of his parodies from the album. However, R. Kelly allowed Yankovic to only pay the royalty rate for one song. The song purports to be a continuation of the Usher songs " Confessions " and "Confessions Part II", focusing on trivial, silly, strange, and disturbing confessions; Yankovic explained that, "After hearing Usher do [the original songs], I couldn't help but think that maybe he'd left a few things out, that there were a few confessions he had yet to make.

The song describes the life of a white nerd whose wish to "roll with the gangstas " is impeded by his stereotypically white and nerdy behavior; the song is also filled with references to nerd culture. Yankovic later joked that it was a song he "was born to write" due to association with nerd humor.

The two musicians recorded their specific tracks at their home studios, and the finished audio tracks were then brought to Westlake Studio in Los Angeles, California, where Yankovic added his vocals.

I didn't know he could rap like that. Yankovic explained that, "if there's a song that I think is really ripe for parody but I just can't think of a clever enough idea, sometimes it'll end up in the polka medley. Fans would be Idiot Box II - Various - Idiot Box (CD in the streets, I think, if I didn't do a polka medley.

Yankovic had originally wanted to record a parody of James Blunt 's hit " You're Beautiful " and release it as the lead single for the album. The parodist had approached Blunt about the spoof, and the singer approved his idea. Yankovic then went into the recording studio on April 12,and recorded his version, entitled " You're Pitiful ".

Yankovic eventually learned that Atlantic felt "it was 'too early' in James' career for a parody, and that they were afraid that focusing any more attention on 'Beautiful' at that point might lead to the perception of James as a ' one-hit wonder.

At first, the label promised that they would let Yankovic release the parody at an unspecified later date. Yankovic, however, later learned that they had no such intentions.

But since it's a bunch of suits—who are actually going against their own artist's wishes—I have absolutely no problem with it. Yankovic later decided not to record the song, but T-Pain was still thanked in the album's liner notes, [17] and Yankovic still performed the song in the parody medley during his Straight Outta Lynwood Tour.

Yankovic nonetheless thanked Nickelback in the liner notes to Straight Outta Lynwoodhowever. The title is a takeoff on Straight Outta Comptonan album by N. Lynwood, CaliforniaYankovic's home town, is a neighboring community to Compton, California.

All of the images from the album were photographed by Michael Blackwell on April 22, Blackwell is an AtlantaGeorgia-based photographer who has also taken images of notable hip hop stars as T. The numbers and letters on the album cover each have double meanings: "NLY" are the initials of both Yankovic's daughter and his father.

The number "27" is an in-joke with Yankovic's fans, but February 7 was also his mother's birthday. While Yankovic's previous albums usually generated only one or two official music videos, Straight Outta Lynwood spawned nine, and the DualDisc release of the album included videos for all six original songs.

Yankovic's record label had suggested he release a DualDisc, and he was in favor of the idea once he realized that he could hire animators to create videos for the original songs to make the release more rewarding for fans who purchased it. At first, Yankovic was unsure whom he would be able to hire, because of the budget, but Album) his surprise, many notable artists signed on. A music video for "Virus Alert" was helmed by David Lovelace, creator of Retarded Animal Babies; Yankovic admitted to exercising more creative control over this video than the others present on the DVD, citing concern with Lovelace's previous content.

Subsequent videos were also made for three of the album's parodies. He posted a solicitation for volunteers to appear in the video on his MySpace blog. In regards to the latter, Bresler's original cut of the video modelled the male in the song after Yankovic. Yankovic later asked that Bresler give the character a more neutral look, noting that if a live action video had been made, he "would almost certainly be playing a character [in the video, and] not 'Weird Al'".

Starting on March 10, and concluding on August 28,Yankovic played shows across the United States. The site allowed a user to launch an e-card that included a download and stream of the song, as well as options to email the card to friends. Chris Carle of IGN awarded the album an 8 out of 10, denoting a "great" release. However, he felt that the Usher and Taylor Hicks parodies were "only mildly humorous" and that some of the original songs "really drag" when compared to the others.

Shipley concluded that the most hilarious moment on the album was Yankovic singing the lyrics to " Candy Shop " by 50 Cent over a polka beat in "Polkarama!

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