These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Covered Up: Al does this to other artists; younger fans might not know that, for instance, "I Lost On Jeopardy" is a cover of Greg Kihn's "Our Love's In Jeopardy". (Kihn wasn't offended—he appears in Al's music video for the song.)
Dork Age: Some fans felt that Al's appearance entered a Dork Age after he lost the glasses, grew out his hair, and shaved his mustache - in other words, when his look became more "mainstream."
Ear Worm: Everything he's ever made. But especially Trapped in the Drive Thru.
"Then we drive to the drive-thru
Heading off to the drive-thru
We're approaching the drive-thru
Getting close to the drive-thru!
Almost there at the drive-thru
Now we're here at the drive thru
Here in line at the drive-thru
Did I mention the drive-thru?"
Epic Riff: "Eat It" has a riff that's so epic the guitar explodes.
Apart from parodying songs that are famous for Epic Riffs themselves ("Smells Like Nirvana", "Beverly Hillbillies/Money For Nothing"), a few of Al's originals fit this trope as well. "I'll Sue Ya," "Dare to be Stupid," and the White Stripes flavored "CNR" all come to mind.
Face of the Band: Al has recorded with the same band (Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, Jim West, and Steve Jay) for virtually his entire career, and they appear in all his videos. How many, outside of his dedicated fans, even know they exist (beyond saying "Hey, It's That Guy! from all of Weird Al's videos!")?
Lampshaded by the band themselves in "Al's Band," a stand-alone single featuring Al solely on accordion. Sung by the guys themselves, it details their history with him.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: By a day. Al released "TMZ" on Alpocalypse on June 21, 2011, which contains the lyrics "... it's getting to the point where a famous person can't / Even get a DUI or go on a racist rant" and "Seems that every single time a star decides to / Shave their head or ram their car into a tree / They're on TMZ." The day before, Ryan Dunn of Jackass had killed himself by getting drunk and plowing into a tree at high speed. The story was, naturally, on TMZ.
The video for "TMZ" depicts a celebrity being plagued by photos of her own behind getting spread everywhere. Scarlett Johansson would go through this for real.
The opening line of "Traffic Jam", "Carbon monoxide making me choke", became far less amusing after Al's parents simultaneously succumbed to CO poisoning.
"Canadian Idiot" features the line "They don't even bring their guns to the mall". The Toronto mall shooting begs to differ.
"Fat", after learning about how fast food restaurants target and exploit low-income neighborhoods with their cheap but unhealthy food.
Funny Moments: Most of his songs have at least one, but special mention is deserved for the "Smells Like Nirvana" music video. ALL OF IT.
Al himself felt this way about "Achy Breaky Song", and apologized to Billy Ray Cyrus by donating money to his favorite charity.
Hate Dumb: Any of his videos (be it parodies or interviews) will attract angry comments from fans of the original artist, who are probably missing the fact that it's parodic...and that Al gets permission from the parody's target in the first place. On the other end, there's also the comments on his parodies and polkas that find great joy in how Al ripped the original songs a new one and proved to the world how much they suck.
On the other side there are fans of Weird Al who overlook his occasional mean-spiritedness against people who decline to allow him to parody their work, lest they and their songs suffer from the "Weird Al Effect".
Hilarious in Hindsight: "I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead", off his first album, contains the lyrics "I'd rather have a Big Mac or a Jumbo Jack than all the bean sprouts in Japan!" and "Don't want no part of that vegetarian scene." Al has since become a vegan.
He once wrote a song called "I Lost on Jeopardy". Later, he won a game of Wheel of Fortune during a charity week, but lost on the "Friday Finals" tournament at the end of the week. He also lost on Rock & Roll Jeopardy.
"Theme from Rocky XIII" depicted the Champ taking ownership of the neighborhood deli...this was before Rocky Balboa, wherein he purchased a restaurant.
Also, in "It's All About the Pentiums", Al describes his personal computer as having a 40-inch-wide flatscreen monitor, 100 gigabytes of RAM, and a 32-bit operating system which is connected to the internet via a T1 line. While 40 inch monitors did exist and in fact became common a few years later as High Definition became standard, 32-bit x86 processors (Pentiums) cannot address more than 64 gigabytes of RAM, and no commercial 32-bit operating system as of 1999 permitted addressing more than 4. However, some versions of the 64-bit Windows 7 (and now Windows 8) can address 192 gigabytes of RAM thus making the lyrics of his song a possibility. As of now, most commercial motherboards can only support between 32-64 gigabytes of RAM. A dedicated RAM disk, on the other hand...
In the same song, Al says, "You could back up your whole hard drive on a floppy diskette." While small floppy diskettes can actually store up to over 200 megabytes of RAM, they were actually superseded through the years up from 1999 by data storage methods such as USB flash drives, which could now contain up to a terabyte; these drives were in their stages of infancy in 1999 at the time that the song was released, and did not go into the first commercial product until over a year later.
Also, not withstanding, that with the advance of this technology, it has since become common practice for one to back up their entire hard drive so they don't lose any of their files in the event of their computer becoming unusable.
The video for "Ringtone", produced by the minds behind Supernews, was released in August 2009. During the list of people who hate the ringtone, once the lyrics get to "all the Pakistanis", Osama bin Laden can be seen hiding behind them. The existence of the Abbottabad compound wouldn't be revealed to the American public until almost two years later.
In the song called "Yoda", we have the line "I'll be playing this part 'till I'm old and gray." Mark Hamill may not be gray, but he certainly is old, and he is still going to be playing Luke in the upcoming sequels.
And, by the way, if one day you happen to wake up and find yourself in an existential quandary, full of loathing and self-doubt, and wracked with the pain and isolation of your pitiful meaningless existence; at least you can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that somewhere out there in this crazy old mixed-up universe of ours, there's still a little place... Called Albuquerque!.
Misattributed Song: Al's page on Wikipedia has an entire section devoted to the various parodies that he didn't do but are attributed to him, complete with a screen shot of Limewire.
Never Live It Down: He became so known for singing about food in his early career (even releasing a compilation album of food songs) that many artists approached for parody automatically assume it's about food.
Nightmare Fuel: "Christmas at Ground Zero". The last lines say it all:
Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: TMZ. Like many of his other songs, it's a brilliant (if somewhat awkward, see above) parody with strong attention paid to the original. But when you really listen in on the lyrics, you'll realize that it's actually a serious commentary of our culture and how accepting we are of how shameful the paparazzi has become. It's really a Take That at what our popular culture has become and how little we've learned from the Princess Diana catastrophe. This is reinforced in the music video where the celebrity in question is running in the streets. Humiliated beyond words. Beyond comprehension. THAT alone says something.
Also, Phony Calls (which parodies TLC's Waterfalls). Remember, don't go making them...
Tastes Like Diabetes: "If That Isn't Love". Yes, it's supposed to be a spoof of these types of love songs, but one could argue that he spoofed them a little *too* well, and that the attempts at "twisted" humor fail to offset the cheesiness of the chorus. Not to mention that it's a style parody of Hanson, who are arguably an example of this trope.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Let's be honest, Osama bin Laden's death would have been a better subject for "Party in the CIA", despite the fact that Al no doubt wrote the song before it happened.
Al's friend and collegenote Specifically, California Polytechnic State University, or "Cal-Poly" for short. classmate Joel Miller said in Al's Behind The Music episode that he thinks drugs would make Al turn normal.