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Even Worse is the fifth studio album by "Weird Al" Yankovic, released in 1988. It is notably Weird Al's best selling album to date. The album was seen as a return to form for Al, both critically and commercially, after Polka Party! had put his career in a bit of a slump.


Side One
  1. "Fat"note 
  2. "Stuck In The Closet With Vanna White"
  3. "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long"note 
  4. "You Make Me"
  5. "I Think I'm A Clone Now"note 

Side Two

  1. "Lasagna"note 
  2. "Melanie"
  3. "Alimony"note 
  4. "Velvet Elvis"
  5. "Twister"
  6. "Good Old Days"

This album's just six tropes long. (Actually, it's longer that that!)

  • All Just a Dream: "Stuck in the Closet with Vanna White" is about a string of these.
  • Anti-Love Song: "Melanie", with Al as a Stalker with a Crush.
  • Big Eater: "Fat" is sung from the perspective of one.
  • Black Comedy
    • “Good Old Days” is a sentimental reminiscence from the POV of a literal psychopath.
    • “Melanie” is about stalking a woman he barely knows, ending with him killing himself
  • Blatant Lies: "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long" is lyrically longer than that.
  • Chirping Crickets: In the subway station after Al changes into his leather gear and his fat guy posse show up in the video for "Fat".
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  • Cloning Blues: The subject of "I Think I'm A Clone Now".
  • Comedic Sociopathy: “Good Old Days”.
  • Divorce Assets Conflict: The subject of "Alimony".
  • Face on the Cover: "Weird Al" dressed as Michael Jackson, parodying the cover of his album Bad.
  • Fat and Proud: The subject of "Fat".
  • Food Songs Are Funny: "Fat" and "Lasagna".
  • Gratuitous Italian: Parodied in "Lasagna" which names many Italian foods while rattling off Italian phrases.
  • In the Style of...:
  • Lyrical Cold Open: "Melanie".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Good Old Days", a James Taylor-esque folk ballad about childhood. However, this particular childhood involved torturing rats with hacksaws, burning down a corner store and brutally beating the shop owner, and taking a girl from highschool to a dance, and then shaving her bald and abandoning her in the desert tied to a chair. Al has said the song was an attempt to write a collaboration between Taylor and Charles Manson.
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  • Miniscule Rocking: "Twister", coming in at 1 minute 7 seconds.
  • Money Song: "Alimony", which is about not having enough money anymore because it's all going to the ex-spouse.
  • Naughty Birdwatching: "Melanie".
  • One-Woman Song: "Melanie" and "Stuck In The Closet With Vanna White".
  • Parody Assistance: Michael Jackson donated the subway set used for "Badder" (the kid version of "Bad" filmed for Moonwalker) to Yankovic for his parody "Fat".
  • Posthumous Narration: "Melanie".
  • Record Producer: Rick Derringer.
  • Shout-Out: According to "Fat", Al's shadow weighs 42 pounds, a possible reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  • Stalker with a Crush: "Melanie". Complete with peeping into her bathroom with a telescope and being willing to jump out a 16 story window for her love. Even being dead cannot stop him.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: In "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long":
    I know if I put my mind to it
    I know I could find a good rhyme here
  • Talking with Signs: In the final chorus of the video for "Fat," Al sings two "Woo!"s, then holds up a cardboard speech bubble for the final one.


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