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"Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D is the second studio album from "Weird Al" Yankovic, released in 1984, and his first huge success. It features the breakout hit "Eat It," putting him on the map as a star musical satirist.

It also established the typical formula for most of his future albums, such as all of the original songs being style-based parodies of other musical acts and a medley of other pop songs done as a polka.



Side One
  1. "Eat It"note 
  2. "Midnight Star"
  3. "The Brady Bunch"note 
  4. "Buy Me a Condo"
  5. "I Lost on Jeopardy"note 
  6. "Polkas on 45"note 

Side Two

  1. "Mr. Popeil"
  2. "King Of Suede"note 
  3. "That Boy Could Dance"
  4. "Theme from Rocky XIII (The Rye or the Kaiser)"note 
  5. "Nature Trail to Hell"


I troped on Jeopardy, baby.

  • Acid Reflux Nightmare: Or in this case, an Acid Reflux Dream, as Al wakes up at the end of the video for "Eat It" feeling a pain in his stomach and dropping two antacid tablets in a glass of water.
  • Album Title Drop: In "Nature Trail To Hell," making this Al's only album to have one that isn't just a Title Track.
    Nature trail to hell!
    Nature trail to hell!
    Nature trail to hell!

    In 3-D!
  • Animal Eyes: "Weird Al" with cat eyes at the end of the video for "Eat It", parodying the ending of Michael Jackson's "Thriller".
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Don Pardo's speech that singles out Al as the worst loser that Jeopardy! has ever known is a barrage of insults ending with "You don't even get a lousy copy of our home game!"
  • Badass Bookworm: "That Boy Could Dance".
    He was kind of a jerk, he was kind of a bore.
    But the women would scream when he walked in the door.
    'cause one thing I could tell you for sure — that boy could dance.
  • Badbutt: The two gang leaders, who fight each other with eating utensils while holding a rubber chicken together, in the video for "Eat It".
  • The Cameo: "I Lost on Jeopardy": The music video takes place on a reproduced version of the 1964-75 Jeopardy! set and features both Art Fleming and Don Pardo reprising their roles plus cameo appearances by band members, family members, Demento, and even the guy who sang the song Yankovic was parodying (Greg Kihn).
  • Camera Abuse: Al fogs up the camera with his breath in the video for "Eat It".
  • Careful with That Axe:
    • During the bridge of "Nature Trail to Hell".
    • The guitarist in "Eat It" actually explodes.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: As this is the first album to include a polka medley, this one includes songs which span the (as of then) previous two decades of pop music as opposed to songs that were popular at the time.
  • Face on the Cover: "Weird Al" emerging from a slanted picture frame.
  • Filk Song
    • "The Brady Bunch", a parody of Men Without Hats' "The Safety Dance", is this for the TV series of the same name.
    • "I Lost On Jeopardy," a parody of the Greg Kihn Band's "Jeopardy," is one for the original game show (this was a few months before the Alex Trebek-hosted revival debuted).
  • Food Songs Are Funny: "Eat It", "Theme from Rocky XIII".
  • Game Show Appearance: The subject of "I Lost on Jeopardy." Amusingly, he later appeared on Rock & Roll Jeopardy! in 2001 and lost.
  • Genius Ditz: Jimmy the Geek in "That Boy Could Dance", an awkward nerd who smells bad, has acne, never got a driver's license, had a bad sense of fashion. His one hidden talent: he had some awesome dancing skills, and later on, he has his own dance studio, fan club, and TV show when he grows up, and he owns half of Montana.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The video for "I Lost on Jeopardy" includes the answer, "This German baroness could suck the chrome off a fender."
  • "Have a Nice Day" Smile: Seen on the back of the black gang leader's jacket in the video for "Eat It".
  • Here We Go Again!: From the last verse of "I Lost on Jeopardy!":
    Well, I sure hope I do better
    Next weekend on The Price Is Right.
  • Humiliation Conga: Al is subjected to a shamefully embarrassing one of these in "I Lost on Jeopardy":
    Don Pardo: That's right Al—you lost! And let me tell what you didn't win: a twenty-volume set of the Encyclopedia International, a case of Turtle Wax, and ayear's supply of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat. But that's not all! You also made yourself look like a jerk in front of millions of people! And you brought shame and disgrace on your family name for generations to come! You don't get to come back tomorrow! You don't even get a lousy copy of our home game! You're a complete loser!!
  • In the Style of...:
  • Medley: "Polkas On 45". Songs featured in it are:
  • Longest Song Goes Last: The album ends with "Nature Trail To Hell" (5:50)
  • Now How Much Would You Pay: Called out verbatim in "Mr. Popeil."
  • Off with His Head!: A female in the Bad-Guy Bar gets her head pulled off her body and handed over to another person in the video for "Eat It".
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Al gets a doozy of one from Don Pardo at the end of "I Lost on Jeopardy" which crosses over into Disproportionate Retribution.
  • Record Producer: Rick Derringer.
  • Ridiculous Future Sequelization: "Theme From Rocky XIII" suggests that many entries in the Rocky franchise.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: "Midnight Star" contains several headlines from actual supermarket tabloids including one about "The Incredible Frog-Boy!"
  • Shout-Out
    • "Midnight Star" featured several headlines originally used in Weekly World News. In the liner notes to Permanent Record, it was noted that Al kept the article about "The Incredible Frog Boy" for a long time.
    • The single, echoing piano chord at the end of "Nature Trail To Hell" parodies the cacophonous three-piano ending of "A Day In The Life" by The Beatles.
  • Slasher Movie: The genre's tropes are mocked in "Nature Trail To Hell".
  • Spit Take: A person in a greasy spoon diner does this when another person pats him on the back to summon him in the early part of the video for "Eat It".
  • Spoken Word in Music: Don Pardo guest-stars in "I Lost On Jeopardy" to give "Weird Al" a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Subliminal Seduction: Parodied in the backmasked phrase in the song "Nature Trail to Hell". ("Satan eats Cheez Whiz!")
  • Third Place Is For Losers: Taken Up to Eleven with Don Pardo's losing speech to Al in "I Lost on Jeopardy" listing all the consolation prizes he won't be receiving.
  • Title Track: By way of the chorus of "Nature Trail to Hell".
  • Toilet Humour: A belch is heard in "Eat It".
  • Would Hurt a Child: Implied by the homicidal maniac in "Nature Trail to Hell".

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