It was Al's last album to be produced by Rick Derringer. All of his albums since have been self-produced.
- "Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies"note
- "Gandhi II"
- "Attack Of The Radioactive Hamsters From A Planet Near Mars"
- "Isle Thing"note
- "The Hot Rocks Polka"
- "Let Me Be Your Hog"
- "She Drives Like Crazy"note
- "Generic Blues"
- "Spatula City"
- "Fun Zone"
- "The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota"
We trope it all on UHF.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: Yes, the Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota is a real local attraction. Al himself makes it a point to visit it whenever he's on tour. The song also makes reference to several other roadside attractions, all of which are (or became) real: Elvis-A-Rama (now closed), The Tupperware Museum, The Boll Weevil Monument, Cranberry World (now closed), The Shuffleboard Hall of Fame, Poodle Dog Rock (Located in Valley of Fire State Park), and The Mecca of Albino Squirrels. There was also an actual "Twine Ball Inn" (actually a restaurant) close by the Twine Ball, which closed down in 2015.
- Animated Music Video: "Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies," recreating the visuals from Dire Straits landmark computer-animated video for "Money For Nothing."
- Bizarre Taste in Food: The Family from The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota have some strange culinary preferences, happily chowing down on potato skins, pickled wieners, rhubarb pie, pickled wieners, chocolate soda, and more pickled wieners throughout their 3-day journey.
- Brick Joke: Bernie the hitchhiker in "Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota".
- Camera Abuse:
- Fist-pumps the screen and cracks it in his parody of Billy Idol in the video for "UHF".
- In the music video for "Beverly Hillbillies", Al tries to follow the camera when it does a rapid-fire sequence of continuously changing angles, until he gets so fed up that he grabs the camera to stop it from moving.
- Car Song: "She Drives Like Crazy".
- Does Not Like Spam: Averted when he sings about the Trope Namer in "Spam"; he pokes fun at it for being Mystery Meat, but seems to be genuinely pleased with its versatility.
- Drives Like Crazy: The Trope Namer. In fact, the trope's name originally consisted of the full song title before the first word was lopped off to make it more unisex.
- Epic Rocking: The six-minute long mini-Rock Opera "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota."
- Face on the Cover: "Weird Al", as taken from the poster for UHF.
- Fading into the Next Song: More like "Record Skipping" into the next song with "Let Me Be Your Hog" skipping into "She Drives Like Crazy".
- Filk Song: "Isle Thing", a parody of Tone-Lōc's "Wild Thing", is a lesser example of this for Gilligan's Island.
- Food Songs Are Funny: "Spam".
- Girls With Mustaches: Seen on the women parodying those found in Robert Palmer videos in the video for "UHF".
- Instrumentals: "Fun Zone".
- In the Style of...:
- Longest Song Goes Last: The album ends with "The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota" (6:50)
- Medley: "The Hot Rocks Polka," consisting entirely of songs by The Rolling Stones featured on their Greatest Hits album Hot Rocks 19641971. Until 2018's "The Hamilton Polka", it would remain the only polka medley he'd done to feature songs from a single music act.
- "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)"
- "Brown Sugar"
- "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
- "Honky Tonk Women"
- "Under My Thumb"
- "Ruby Tuesday"
- "Miss You"
- "Sympathy for the Devil"
- "Get Off of My Cloud"
- "Let's Spend the Night Together"
- "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
- and "Ear Booker Polka" by Al Yankovic
- Miniscule Rocking: "Let Me Be Your Hog", coming in at 16 seconds. Reportedly, Al only wrote it because he couldn't license "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas for the scene in UHF where Uncle Harvey is in his pool.
- Notice This: In Al's mini-parody of George Michael's "Faith" video, Al's video for the Title Track features him in the same outfit with the words "Look at my butt" where the original had the word "Revenge."
- Overly Narrow Superlative: Averted with "The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota". There are, in fact, bigger balls of twine in other states.
- Parody Assistance
- A segment of the "UHF" video parodies the video for Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love", with Al in the middle of a group of women (with Al's trademark glasses and mustache) miming playing to the song. The women? The same ones from Palmer's video. Yes, really.
- Mark Knopfler only agreed to Al's parody of "Money For Nothing" if he was allowed to play guitar on it.
- Parody Commercial: "Gandhi II" and "Spatula City", taken straight from the film, are this.
- Record Needle Scratch: One acts as a transition between the deliberately brief Let Me Be Your Hog and She Drives Like Crazy.
- Record Producer: The last of Al's albums to be produced by Rick Derringer.
- Riddle for the Ages: Al poses a few interesting questions about the Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota:What on earth would make a man decide to do that kind of thing?
Winding up 21,140 pounds of string?
What was he trying to prove? Who was he trying to impress?
Why did he built it? How did he do it? Its anybodys guess!
Where did he get the Twine? What was going through his mind?
Did it just seem like a good idea at the time?
- Severely Specialized Store: "Spatula City".
Don't you know that we control the horizontal? We control the vertical, too.
- To The Outer Limits (1963) in "UHF".
- The music video for "UHF" is loaded with parodies of popular music videos and concert films from the 80's, plus Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles (hey, wave 2 of Beatlemania was already in full swing by the end of the decade). They are, in order of first appearance:
- Guns N' Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle"
- George Michael - "Faith"
- Robert Palmer - "Addicted to Love"
- Prince and the Revolution - "Let's Go Crazy"
- Talking Heads - "Once in a Lifetime"
- Peter Gabriel - "Sledgehammer"
- ZZ Top - "Legs"
- Billy Idol - "White Wedding"
- Prince and the Revolution - "Baby I'm a Star"
- The Beatles - "Your Mother Should Know"
- INXS - "Mediate" (itself a Whole Plot Reference to "Subterranean Homesick Blues" by Bob Dylan)
- Randy Newman - "I Love L.A."
- Prince and the Revolution - "When Doves Cry"
- Billy Idol - "Rebel Yell"
- Talking Heads - "Girlfriend is Better" (specifically the live performance depicted in Stop Making Sense)
- Something Blues: "Generic Blues".
- Special Guest: Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits plays the guitar on "Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies".
- Title Track: "UHF"