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The self-titled debut album of "Weird Al" Yankovic, which was released in 1983. It features the hits "My Bologna", "Another One Rides The Bus", and "Ricky".

Tracklist:

Side One
  1. "Ricky" (2:35)note 
  2. "Gotta Boogie" (2:13)
  3. "I Love Rocky Road" (2:35)note 
  4. "Buckingham Blues" (3:11)
  5. "Happy Birthday" (2:26)
  6. "Stop Draggin' My Car Around" (3:14)note 

Side Two

  1. "My Bologna" (2:01)note 
  2. "The Check's In The Mail" (3:12)
  3. "Another One Rides The Bus" (2:35)note 
  4. "I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead" (3:37)
  5. "Such A Groovy Guy" (3:00)
  6. "Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung" (1:55)
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Another one writes the tropes.

  • Black Comedy:
    • "Another One Rides The Bus" is about Al on a ridiculously overcrowded bus and he sings "I haven't been in a crowd like this/Since I went to see The Who!"note 
    • "Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung" which should not be funny but really is.
  • British Teeth: Parodied in the "I Love Rocky Road" video when he sings "If I get fat and lose my teeth, that's fine with me" when his smile shows some of his teeth painted black to make it appear like he lost some of his teeth.
  • Buses Are for Freaks: Invoked in "Another One Rides The Bus".
  • The Cameo: At the 1:10 mark of the "I Love Rocky Road" video, Dr. Demento can be seen for a couple of seconds as the man behind the cash register.
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  • Car Song: "Stop Draggin' My Car Around".
  • Casual Kink: Parodied in "Such A Groovy Guy":
    Oh and then I might decide to tie you up with dental floss
    I'll make you wear a harness and I'll show you who's the boss
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The video for "Ricky", up until the end, when they switch to color for the I Love Lucy theme song melody.
  • Detail-Hogging Cover: The cover, drawn by Brazillian illustrator Rogerio in the style of MAD Magazine, depicts Al sitting up in bed in a room full of different bits of junk which alludes to each individual song on the record. This detail is sadly lost on future releases which forced the image to be scaled down too far for the naked eye to pick up on.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: As his first album, this is evident. Every song features accordion as the lead instrument and Al sings everything with an exaggerated nasal voice, so the parodies aren't nearly as close to the original sonically as later parodies. It's also the only album to date to feature a guest vocalist. It's also one of only three albums not to have any polka medley (Alapalooza has a polka cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" while Even Worse is the only other album to have no polka medley at all) and has only one style parody, "Happy Birthday" (Tonio K.).
  • Everything Is an Instrument
    • "Musical Mike" Kieffer's rhythmic hand-fart noises on "Stop Draggin' My Car Around," "Another One Rides The Bus" and "I Love Rocky Road."
    • John "Bermuda" Schwartz provides percussion on "Another One Rides The Bus" by banging on Al's accordion case.
    • Mr. Frump's iron lung breathing is supplied by the accordion's air release valve.
  • Filk Song: "Ricky", a parody of Toni Basil's "Mickey", is this for I Love Lucy.
  • First World Problems: Parodied in "Buckingham Blues."
  • Food Songs Are Funny: "I Love Rocky Road" and "My Bologna".
  • Honest John's Dealership: The shady agent in "The Check's in the Mail", who gets threatened with a lawsuit for non-payment, giving such lines as "Who loves you, baby? Don't forget to read the fine print" and "Won't you sign on the dotted line, I'm gonna make your dreams come true, The check's in the mail, Would I lie to you?"
  • In the Style of...: "Happy Birthday" - Tonio K.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Happy Birthday" keeps peppy all the way through, but hits serious dissonance at 26 seconds in.
    But that's no reason why we shouldn't have a little fun
    So if you think it's scary, if it's more than you can take
    Just blow out the candles and have a piece of cake!
  • Medium Awareness: Lucy seems to be this in "Ricky":
    "Oh Ricky, what a pity you don't understand / That every day's a rerun and the laughter's always canned"
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung" is just under two minutes long.
  • Nose Nuggets: "Gotta Boogie". ("Gotta boogie on my finger and I can't shake it off!")
  • Record Producer: Rick Derringer.
  • Scary Teeth: Al in the latter end of the video for "I Love Rocky Road" with some of his teeth painted black to look like they're missing.
  • Self-Titled Album
  • Something Blues: "Buckingham Blues".
  • Special Guest: Tress MacNeille does the voice of Lucy in "Ricky".
  • Toilet Humour: The loud belch at the end of the instrumental break on "My Bologna".
  • Vader Breath: In "Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung", Mr. Frump's responses are rather reminiscent of Darth Vader, with Mr. Frump making one last gasp when he dies.

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