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"Sign my poodle, s'il vous plaît."
Poodle Hat is the eleventh studio album by "Weird Al" Yankovic, released in 2003.

The album was unfortunately the beginning of a brief career slump for Al at the beginning of the New Millennium, largely due to Eminem revoking permission to shoot a video for "Couch Potato" (his parody of "Lose Yourself") at the last minute, therefore robbing the album of much promotion. A video for "Bob" was shot for that year's Al TV special, but did not receive rotation on MTV. Al would bounce back a few years later with his next album.



  1. "Couch Potato"note 
  2. "Hardware Store"
  3. "Trash Day"note 
  4. "Party At The Leper Colony"
  5. "Angry White Boy Polka"
  6. "Wanna B Ur Lovr"
  7. "A Complicated Song"note 
  8. "Why Does This Always Happen To Me?"
  9. "Ode To A Superhero"note 
  10. "Bob"
  11. "eBay"note 
  12. "Genius In France"


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  • Affectionate Parody: Eminem gave Al permission to parody "Lose Yourself" ("Couch Potato")...but then refused to give him permission to do a music video to the song.
  • An Aesop: Invoked in "Ode to a Superhero":
    "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility"
    That's the catch phrase of old Uncle Ben
    If you missed it, don't worry; they'll say the line
    Again and again and again
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Al doesn't perform the song "Hardware Store" because he isn't sure he could pull the coda off again, especially live.
  • Big Eater: In "A Complicated Song" the singer eats so much pizza (nineteen extra-larges with extra cheese!) he gets severely constipated.
  • Deep South: In "A Complicated Song," the narrator discovers that his beloved girlfriend is also his cousin, and he worries that he'll have to "move to Alabama where that kind of thing is tolerated."
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: From "Bob": "Ah, Satan sees Natasha/No devil lived on."
  • Don't Explain the Joke: From "Wanna B Ur Lover":
    I wanna be your Krakatoa
    Let my lava flow all over you
    I wanna be your anaconda
    And your heat-seeking missile too
    I wanna be your beef burrito
    Am I making this perfectly clear?
    I wanna be your love torpedo
    Are you picking up the subtle innuendo here
  • Epic Rocking: "Genius In France".
  • Everything Is an Instrument: "Hardware Store" has the sound of various hardware tools used in its intro.
  • Face on the Cover: "Weird Al" in a subway car, wearing a poodle for a hat.
  • Filk Song: "Ode To A Superhero" is this to the first Sam Raimi Spider-Man film.
  • Fun with Palindromes: "Bob" is an entire song filled with palindromes, based on Bob Dylan's music.
  • Genre Roulette: This album has rap, speed metal, classic rock, polka, funk rock, pop rock, alternative rock, folk rock, boy band pop, and Zappa rock, in that order minus repeating genres.
  • Gratuitous French: "Genius in France" is chock full of it.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: "Hardware Store".
  • Intercourse with You: "Wanna B Ur Lovr", with "Weird Al" reciting a lot of ridiculous and sometimes unsubtle pickup lines.
  • In the Style of...:
  • It's All About Me: "Why Does This Always Happen To Me?"
  • Jumping the Shark: In-Universe: A line in "Couch Potato" says that The King of Queens did this. In the first minute.
  • Kissing Cousins: "A Complicated Song" includes a man inadvertently dating his cousin.
  • Last Note Hilarity: He extends the last note of "eBay". "On eBayyyyyyy-y-y-y-y. Y. Y. Y. Y."
  • List Song: The bridge section of "Hardware Store". Also "eBay" and "Bob".
  • Longest Song Goes Last: The album ends with "Genius In France" (8:58)
  • Losing Your Head: The third verse of "A Complicated Song" has the narrator losing his head and not only surviving but somehow being able to talk out of his neck (it's a rare instance where the decapitated body stays alive and conscious instead of the head.)
    Haven't been the same since my head and I were separated
  • One-Man Song: "Bob".
  • Major Injury Underreaction: In "A Complicated Song", he is merely frustrated about being beheaded.
    Why'd I have to go and get myself decapitated?
    This really is a major inconvenience; oh man, I really hate it
  • Medley: "Angry White Boy Polka". Songs featured, in order:
  • Misplaced Sorrow: "Why Does This Always Happen to Me?" is all about this.
  • Mistaken for Gay: The narrator of “Couch Potato” complains that “TiVo thinks I’m gay” because he watched one episode of Will & Grace.
  • Mood Whiplash: "Why Does This Always Happen To Me?" is of the "serious to silly" variety. It first appears to be a very straight account of a tragic earthquake in Peru, sung in a very earnest fashion in a song whose melody and tempo is quite fitting to the sad mood....then he reveals himself to be a jerk who's mad that this report about the Peruvian earthquake interrupted his watching and taping The Simpsons....
    I was watching my TV one night when they broke in with a special report
    About some devastating earthquake in Peru
    There were thirty thousand crushed to death, even more were buried alive
    On the Richter scale it measured 8.2
    And I said, "God, please answer me one question...
    Why'd they have to interrupt The Simpsons just for this?"
    What a drag, 'cause I was taping it and everything
    And now I'll have to wait for the rerun to see the part of the show I missed
  • Motor Mouth: The middle of "Hardware Store". He speaks at a rate of 242 words per minute, or all of the below in 30 seconds and in one breath.
    They've got Allen wrenches, gerbil feeders, toilet seats, electric heaters
    Trash compactors, juice extractors, shower rods and water meters
    Walkie-talkies, copper wires, safety goggles, radial tires
    BB pellets, rubber mallets, fans and dehumidifiers
    Picture hangers, paper cutters, waffle irons, window shutters
    Paint removers, window louvers, masking tape and plastic gutters
    Kitchen faucets, folding tables, weather stripping, jumper cables
    Hooks and tackle, grout and spackle, power foggers, spoons and ladles
    Pesticides for fumigation, high-performance lubrication
    Metal roofing, waterproofing, multi-purpose insulation
    Air compressors, brass connectors, wrecking chisels, smoke detectors
    Tire gauges, hamster cages, thermostats and bug deflectors
    Trailer hitch demagnetizers, automatic circumcisers
    Tennis rackets, angle brackets, Duracells and Energizers
    Soffit panels, circuit breakers, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers
    Calculators, generators, matching salt and pepper shakers...
  • Mundane Made Awesome: "Hardware Store".
  • Nerdgasm: The singer in "Hardware Store".
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Couch Potato", "Angry White Boy Polka", "A Complicated Song", "Ode to a Superhero", and "Bob".
  • Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: Part of the reason the singer in "Hardware Store" is so excited.
  • Off with His Head!: The singer in "A Complicated Song" gets his head knocked off after standing up on a roller coaster.
  • Overly Long Gag: The end of "eBay" with him singing the last note.
  • Parody Assistance: Ben Folds played piano on "Why Does This Always Happen To Me?", a pastiche of Ben Folds Five, returning the favor for Al directing his video for "Rockin' The Suburbs."
    • Also, "Genius in France" obviously doesn't feature Frank Zappa, but for the next best thing, it does feature his son Dweezil on guitar and vocals.
  • Pun: Most of "Party at the Leper Colony", but especially:
    There's a guy in the hot tub, I don't know who
    Wait a minute, it looks like Stu!
  • Questioning Title?: "Why Does This Always Happen To Me?"
  • Record Producer: "Weird Al" Yankovic.
  • Sequel Snark: In "Ode to a Superhero," after Peter turns down Mary Jane, Al remarks that MJ "can give it a try again when the sequel comes 'round."
  • Shaped Like Itself: From "Bob": "'Naomi', I moan, 'a Toyota's a Toyota'."
  • Shoddy Shindig: In "A Complicated Song", the singer attends a pizza party thrown by his friend, but no one else shows up. The two are left to sit and sadly eat pizza by themselves, and the singer takes the leftovers home; eating pizza at every meal for the next few days gives him constipation.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: In "Angry White Boy Polka"'s cover of Papa Roach's "Last Resort":
    Suffication, no breathing
    Don't give a (cartoony whistle) if I cut my arm bleeding
  • Special Guest: Ben Folds of Ben Folds Five plays piano in "Why Does This Always Happen To Me?", and Dweezil Zappa plays guitar on "Genius In France".
  • Surprise Incest: The narrator of "A Complicated Song" is aghast to discover that his new girlfriend is his cousin.
  • Toilet Humor: In "A Complicated Song," the narrator gets severely constipated after eating nothing but pizza for several days straight.
    Why'd you have to go and make me so constipated?
    'Cause right now I'd do anything to just get my bowels evacuated
    In the bathroom
  • Trash of the Titans: "Trash Day" is about this.
  • Umpteenth Customer: From "Hardware Store:
    "Every twenty-seventh customer will get a ball peen hammer free!"
  • Uncommon Time: "Genius in France" shifts time signatures and rhythms incessantly, naturally enough since it's a style parody of Frank Zappa (and quite an impressive one at that).
  • Understatement: This bit of "A Complicated Song":
    I gotta tell ya, life without a head kinda makes me irritated
    What a bummer

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