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Jurassic Park is frightening in the dark.

Alapalooza is the eighth studio album by "Weird Al" Yankovic, which was released in 1993 through Scotti Bros. Records.

Tracklist:

  1. "Jurassic Park"note 
  2. "Young, Dumb & Ugly"
  3. "Bedrock Anthem"note 
  4. "Frank's 2000'' TV"
  5. "Achy Breaky Song"note 
  6. "Traffic Jam"
  7. "Talk Soup"
  8. "Livin' In The Fridge"note 
  9. "She Never Told Me She Was A Mime"
  10. "Harvey The Wonder Hamster"
  11. "Waffle King"
  12. "Bohemian Polka"note 

Tropin' in the fridge.

  • Animated Music Video: The famous claymation video for "Jurassic Park." It went on to be a huge hit at various film festivals.
  • Anything but That!: The narrator of "Achy Breaky Song" lists a number of schlocky music acts he'll gladly accept as a substitute for "Achy Breaky Heart."
    You can torture me with Donnie and Marie
    You can play some Barry Manilow
    Or you can play some schlock like New Kids on the Block
    Or any Village People song you know
    Or play Vanilla Ice — hey, you can play him twice
    And you can play The Bee Gees any day
    But Mr. DJ, please, I'm begging on my knees
    I just can't take no more of Billy Ray!
  • Audience Participation Song: When doing "Bedrock Anthem" live, Al will turn the mic to the audience for the second "Yabba Dabba Yabba Dabba Dabba Doo now" of each chorus.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: The singer of "Talk Soup" says that he has no genitalia.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: One of the secrets the viewpoint character of "Talk Soup" wishes to reveal on national television is having a thing for poodles and rubber underwear.
  • The Cameo: Heather DeLoach reprises her role as "Bee Girl" (from Blind Melon's "No Rain" video) for the opening of the "Bedrock Anthem" video.
  • Car Song: "Traffic Jam".
  • Cover Song: "Bohemian Polka" is Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" done In the Style of polka.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: During the instrumental in the middle of the video for "Jurassic Park." This may be a parody of the music videos from the 60's (the era that "MacArthur Park," the song being parodied, was released).
  • Don't Eat and Swim: One of the misdemeanors the gang in "Young, Dumb & Ugly" brag about is that they go swimming after a big, heavy meal.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Al himself later felt this way about "Achy Breaky Song", and apologized to Billy Ray Cyrus by donating money to his favorite charity.
  • Everyone Hates Mimes: "She Never Told Me She Was a Mime".
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: From "Jurassic Park" (though the syntax deliberately makes it unclear whether it's the dinosaurs or lawyers that aren't all bad): invoked
    A huge tyrannosaurus ate our lawyer
    Well, I suppose that proves they're really not all bad
  • Face on the Cover: "Weird Al" as a dinosaur in a logo based on that of Jurassic Park.
  • Food Songs Are Funny: "Livin' in the Fridge" and "Waffle King".
  • Frank's 2000 Inch TV: Trope Namer.
  • Incessant Music Madness: The narrator of "Achy Breaky Song" absolutely despises "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus and is so fed up with hearing it all the time that it's making him unhinged, to the point that he'd rather die than listen to it.
    Don't play that song, that achy breaky song
    I think it's driving me insane
    Please don't play that song, that irritating song
    I'd rather have a pitchfork in my brain!
  • In the Style of:
    • "Young, Dumb & Ugly" - AC/DC
    • "Frank's 2000'' TV" - R.E.M.
    • "Traffic Jam" - Prince, specifically "Let's Go Crazy."
    • "Talk Soup" - Peter Gabriel and Stevie Wonder
    • "She Never Told Me She Was a Mime" - KISS and Aerosmith
    • "Waffle King" - Peter Gabriel (specifically "Sledgehammer") and Don Henley
  • It Came from the Fridge: "Livin' in the Fridge".
  • It Can Think: In "Jurassic Park", parodying the "Unless it can open doors" scene in Jurassic Park, one of the velociraptors stuck behind a closed door sorts through keys on a keyring.
  • It's All About Me: "Waffle King".
  • Kazoos Mean Silliness: "Achy Breaky Song" features a chorus of kazoos playing the instrumental line at the end of the song.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Bohemian Polka", which takes Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" about a man facing execution and turns it into, well, a polka.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: In "Jurassic Park", the narrator only admits to being "kinda mad" about getting his guts torn out.
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Harvey the Wonder Hamster" is 26 seconds long.
  • Misspelling Out Loud: The narrator in "Young, Dumb, and Ugly" does not know how to correctly spell the word "trouble".
    We got three-day stubble. Our name spells "trouble".
    T-R-U-B-E-L.
  • Mouth Screen: The video for "Bedrock Anthem" features Al's mouth.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The subject of "Waffle King" presents his waffle recipe as this.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Three self-descriptions in the song "Talk Soup" can qualify as this:
    • "An anorexic codependent bingo addict stripper born without a chin."
    • "A cross-dressin' alcoholic neo-Nazi porno star."
    • "Your average schizophrenic nymphomaniac albino go-go dancer."
  • Poke the Poodle: "Young, Dumb & Ugly" is about a gang who boast about various misdemeanors and pranks they've committed as if their actions are serious crimes that help their intimidating cred, such as threatening to TP the listener's lawn if they piss them off.
  • Rap Rock: "Bedrock Anthem," as befitting a Red Hot Chili Peppers parody.
  • Record Producer: "Weird Al" Yankovic.
  • Scary Teeth: In the video for "Bedrock Anthem".
  • Small Name, Big Ego: "Waffle King" is actually a downplayed example since the Waffle King does seem to be a truly successful chef/businessman. But his ego is way out of control.
    "Don't you know who I am? You've gotta be kidding me! I'm the Waffle King!"
  • Stock Scream: There's a portion of "Jurassic Park" that involves a lot of screaming, mainly stock screams.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: The narrator of "Achy Breaky Song" hates "Achy Breaky Heart" so much that listening to it makes him physically ill.
    Don't play that song, that achy breaky song
    You know I hate that song a bunch
    And if you play that song, that nauseating song
    It might just make me lose my lunch!
  • Take That!:
    • The video for "Jurassic Park" has the line, "I'm afraid those things'll harm me/'Cause they sure don't act like Barney", accompanied by Barney's head getting bitten off by a real T. Rex. When shown at his concerts, the crowd regularly responds with thunderous applause.
    • "Achy Breaky Song" is all about one man's hatred of "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus. Al even lists other widely hated music acts which he claims wouldn't be as bad as "Achy Breaky Heart" but are still bad enough to be compared to nails on a chalkboard.
      • Ironically, some of the artists he lists, like ABBA and The Bee Gees, are fairly well regarded today.
  • Toyota Tripwire: This line from "Traffic Jam" provides the page quote:
    There's a motorcycle zoomin' past me
    Watch what happens when I open the door!
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: "Frank's 2000'' TV" changes key from E-flat to F major for the last chorus.
  • Understatement: The narrator of "Jurassic Park" drily soft-sells his harrowing experience on the island, describing nearly becoming dinosaur chow as "a crummy weekend" that left him "kinda mad."
    Now I'm being chased by some irate velociraptors
    Well, believe me, this has been one lousy day
  • Vocal Range Exceeded: Invoked on "Young, Dumb, And Ugly"; the whole song is sung in a high register similar to Bon Scott or Brian Johnson of AC/DC that is too high for Al's natural singing voice. According to Al, his manager convinced him to release it cause he thought it made the performance funnier.
  • Would Rather Suffer: The narrator of "Achy Breaky Song" lists all of the lame music acts he'd rather listen to than Billy Ray Cyrus, and when he runs out of musicians to name, he decides actual torture would be just as fine.
    Tie me to a chair and kick me down the stairs
    Just please don't play that stupid song no more!
  • Wrestler in All of Us: In the video for "Jurassic Park", one of the T. rexes jumps off of a turnbuckle with the WWF logo on it.

 
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