Vinyl of the Week: Weird Al Yankovic, In 3-D

First record I ever owned, I think; ca. 1984. First concert I ever went to. First piece of media I wore out (can’t do that now. Goddamn digital media.).

Every track great; the originals the best: “Midnight Star” (tabloids), “Theme from Rocky XIII” (27 years later, we’re halfway there, Al!), and especially “Nature Trail to Hell.” Dig the first verse:

Coming this Christmas to a theatre near you
The most horrifying film to hit the screen
There’s a homicidal maniac who finds a cub-scout troop
and he hacks up two or three in every scene

That still cracks me up. What’s more: there’s actual Judas Priest/ Slayer/ whoever backwards masking involving Satan on the track! Dig:

The Satan angle sorta makes sense: it’s been 30 years since Al’s first album, and he apparently has not aged:

1981

2011

Weird Al, clearly then, is Of The Devil.

Could he be any cooler? I submit to you that he cannot.

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