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Weird Al, the understudy for famine.

Alpocalypse is the thirteenth studio album by "Weird Al" Yankovic, which was released in 2011. It contains some songs that were previously released on his 2009 EP Internet Leaks.


  1. "Perform This Way"note 
  2. "CNR"
  3. "TMZ"note 
  4. "Skipper Dan"
  5. "Polka Face"
  6. "Craigslist"
  7. "Party In The CIA"note 
  8. "Ringtone"
  9. "Another Tattoo"note 
  10. "If That Isn't Love"
  11. "Whatever You Like"note 
  12. "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me"

Baby, I just trope this way.

  • Affectionate Parody: "Perform This Way" for Lady Gaga's "Born This Way", as it doesn't make fun of the topic she sings about in her song, but rather about Lady Gaga and her costumes, celebrating her Cloud Cuckoolander-ness.
  • Animated Music Video: "Skipper Dan".
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Referenced In-Universe in "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me": "And by the way, your quotes from George Carlin aren't really George Carlin…"
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: In "CNR", Charles Nelson Reilly "made sweet, sweet love to a manatee." Rather than thinking it depraved, the singer is very impressed.
  • Big Eater: In "CNR", several lines say that Charles Nelson Reilly is this, and also an Extreme Omnivore.
    "He ate his own weight in coal/and excreted diamonds every day."
    "He can eat more frozen waffles/than any other man I know."
    "I've seen the man unhinge his jaw/and swallow a Volkswagen whole."
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  • Bilingual Bonus: "Perform This Way" has « Excusez-moi, qui a pété? », which means "Excuse me, who farted?"
  • Brick Joke: In the music video for "Skipper Dan," Dan's co-star from his performance in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof shows up at the end as a fellow tour guide, and the two share a silent moment of commiseration over their dead-end jobs.
  • Camera Abuse: Charles Nelson Reilly punches the screen and cracks it at the end of "CNR".
  • Classically Trained Extra: "Skipper Dan" is built on this trope. It's the tale of a former up-and-coming, critically-acclaimed Broadway actor... who is stuck giving shows on the "Jungle Cruise" at Disneyland.
  • Conspicuous CG: The video for "Perform This Way" features Weird Al's head pasted over a woman's body. The effect works for the most part, but it looks just slightly off...
  • Curse Cut Short: The last part of "Another Tattoo", at the very end, is the closest he ever comes to swearing in a song (as in, Seven Dirty Words levels of swearing). The line in question? "Ow! Motherf..."
  • Deconstructive Parody: The original "Whatever You Like" is a song about a rich rapper buying whatever his girlfriend wants. Weird Al's parody is about someone who was made broke by the then-recent recession and treats them to things like White Castle and Government Cheese.
  • A Degree in Useless: The aspiring actor in "Skipper Dan" who ends up hating his life as "a tour guide on the Jungle Cruise ride."
    "I shoulda listened when my grandfather said
    'Why don't you major in business instead?'"
  • Die Laughing: In the video for "Party in the CIA", some of the agency's enemies have caught up with Al, and Al dies this way.
  • Digital Head Swap: Al had his face digitally placed on a female dance model in the video for "Perform This Way".
  • Disturbed Doves: These show up in the music video for "If That Isn't Love" during a couple of repeats of the chorus.
  • Doo-Wop Progression: The chorus of "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me" uses it.
  • Downer Ending:
    • "Party in the CIA" readily comes to mind, as the protagonist is captured and is about to be executed.
    • Averted by "TMZ", which is more of a downer song with a sort of heroic The Dog Bites Back ending.
  • Embarrassing Ringtone: "Ringtone" is about this:
    "Why did I buy the stupid ringtone?
    I just can't imagine now
    what I was thinking at all!
    My friends all stare at me whenever I get a call!
    When everybody (everybody)
    everybody (everybody)
    everybody in the world really hates my ringtone!"
  • Everyone Has Standards: The narrator of "Perform This Way" admits that even he would never wear white after Labor Day.
  • Eye Scream: In "Perform This Way", Al sings "I'll poke your eye out with a dress like this," and in the video, Al as Lady Gaga pokes a dancer's eye out with sharp protrusions from the dress, causing a Stock Scream.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In "CNR", Charles Nelson Reilly goes onstage and starts attacking Weird Al's band, then smashes the "screen".
  • Gratuitous French: Parodied in "Perform This Way"
    And for no reason now I'll sing in French
    Excusez-moi, Qui a pété? (Translation: Excuse me, who farted?)
  • Hollywood Silencer: A sound effect in "Party In The CIA". Lampshaded by the lyric "And my silencer was on".
  • Human Head on the Wall: The video for "CNR" has a brief look at a wall in Charles Nelson Reilly's house which is covered with trophy heads. One of them is human. Even better: it's Chuck Norris.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Parodied on the album cover, with Al being one of the four horsemen, replacing Famine. Appropriate, given how many of his songs are about food.
  • I Am Not Shazam: "Perform This Way" has the line "I'm Frankenstein, I'm Avatar". Not an Example of Cowboy BeBop at His Computer though, as it was deliberately invoked.
  • I'd Tell You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You: From "Party In The CIA"
    "Burn that microfilm, buddy, will you?
    I'd tell you why but then I'd have to kill you"
  • Institutional Apparel: Parodied with "Weird Al" as Lady Gaga dressed in a gold lame straight jacket in the video for "Perform This Way".
  • In the Style of...:
  • It's All About Me: "If That Isn't Love".
  • Longest Song Goes Last: The album ends with "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me" (5:42)
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Skipper Dan" and "Party in the CIA".
  • Man on Fire: In "Perform This Way".
    I'll wrap my small intestines around my neck
    And set fire to myself on stage.
  • Medley: "Polka Face". Songs featured, in order:
  • Naked People Are Funny: From "Perform This Way:"
    Hope you won't think it's cliché if I go nude today
    Don't call the cops now, baby, I perform this way
  • Parody Assistance:
    • The late Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for The Doors, played keyboards and bass on the Doors style parody "Craigslist".
    • Taylor Hanson played the piano on the Hanson pastiche "If That Isn't Love".
  • Record Producer: "Weird Al" Yankovic.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To Madonna as a Blonde Ambition Tour lookalike of her says "Express yourself" in the video for "Perform This Way," spoofing the controversy of "Born This Way" supposedly ripping off the melody from Madonna's song.
    • The line from "CNR," "'Cause you can spit in the wind or tug on Superman's cape", is borrowed from the chorus of the Jim Croce song "You Don't Mess Around with Jim".
    • The concept of "CNR" is a take off on the then-popular Chuck Norris Facts.
  • Signed Up for the Dental: According to "Party In the CIA", they have a better dental plan than the FBI.
  • Special Guest: Ray Manzarek of The Doors played keyboard on "Craigslist".
  • Spoken Word in Music: Al does this in the bridge section of "Craigslist" as a parody of Jim Morrison doing the same in his songs.
  • Stock Scream:
    • From one of the dancers in the video for "Perform This Way" when Al as Lady Gaga pokes his eye out with a sharp protrusion from a dress.
    • The Wilhelm scream is heard in the video for "CNR" when Reilly punches someone.
  • Take That!: "TMZ" calls out both the website and the bad celebrity behavior that ends up on it.
  • Triple Nipple: "CNR" claims that Charles Nelson Reilly had a third nipple on the back of his neck.
  • Uniformity Exception: In the video for "Party in the CIA", all the CIA agents are in black and white, except for Al.


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