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No Polka Party like a Weird Al Polka Party.

Polka Party! is the fourth studio album by "Weird Al" Yankovic, which was released in 1986.


Side One
  1. "Living With A Hernia"note 
  2. "Dog Eat Dog"
  3. "Addicted To Spuds"note 
  4. "One Of Those Days"
  5. "Polka Party!"

Side Two

  1. "Here's Johnny"note 
  2. "Don't Wear Those Shoes"
  3. "Toothless People"note 
  4. "Good Enough For Now"
  5. "Christmas At Ground Zero"


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  • Addiction Song: "Addicted To Spuds", which is about being addicted to potato-based products.
  • Anti-Christmas Song: "Christmas At Ground Zero". Done as Writer Revolt.
  • Anti-Love Song: "Good Enough For Now" is a mild affection song.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "One of Those Days" is about this. A good illustration:
    The bank called me up and told me I'm overdrawn, Some freaks are burning crosses out on my front lawn, And I can't believe it! All the Cheetos are gone!
    • I just wrapped my Cadillac around a tree, A big swarm of locusts is following me, There's not even anything good on TV!
  • Black Comedy: "Christmas at Ground Zero" is about nuclear war.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "One Of Those Days" features this as well as Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking mentioned above:
    I lost one of my socks in the drier
    I can't find my wallet and my hair is on fire
  • Damned by Faint Praise: "Good Enough For Now" is all about this; his momentary lover is described as "pretty good", "above average", "the woman that he's (not really) always dreamed of", and he doesn't plan to leave her... until "something better comes along".
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  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Concluding "One of Those Days".
    Then late at night just before I go to bed
    The world blows up and now everybody's dead
    You can't deny it, it's just like I said
  • End of the World as We Know It: A nuclear war that happens during the Christmas season.
  • Excited Show Title!: Polka Party!
  • Face on the Cover: "Weird Al" in polka clothes with his accordion.
  • Finagle's Law: "One of Those Days".
  • Food Songs Are Funny: "Addicted To Spuds".
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: "Christmas at Ground Zero".
    "What a crazy fluke/we're gonna get nuked/on this jolly holiday!"
  • In the Style of:
    • "Dog Eat Dog" - Talking Heads, specifically "And She Was" and "Once In A Lifetime."
    • "Don't Wear Those Shoes" - The Kinks, specifically the intro to "Father Christmas."
    • "Good Enough For Now" - Country love songs
    • "Christmas At Ground Zero" - Phil Spector-produced Christmas songs
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Christmas At Ground Zero". Although maybe subverted during the bridge and end, as air raid sirens are mixed in with the festive music.
  • Medley: "Polka Party!" Songs featured in it are:
  • Off with His Head!: One of the patients in the video for "Living with a Hernia" is a construction worker who's been decapitated on the job. It's done for humorous effect, however; he's holding his disembodied head in his left arm.
  • Parody Assistance: James Brown arranged for Al to record the music video for "Living With a Hernia" using the backdrop where he performed the original "Living in America" song in Rocky IV.
  • Record Producer: Rick Derringer.
  • Scary Teeth: The subject of "Toothless People".
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Al gets tied up by some of them and covered with ants in "One of Those Days".
    • A group of freaks are burning crosses on his front lawn.
  • Title Track: One of only three albums of his to include one, the others being Dare to Be Stupid and UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff.
  • Turn Your Head and Cough: In the song "Living With A Hernia," the narrator goes to see his physician, Dr. Jones, who we are told takes off the narrator's pants and tells him to cough. While a Stock Joke, it is actually part of the procedure of checking for a Hernia as mentioned on the Trope page.