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    Weird: The Al Yankovic Story [27]

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    I started listening to the Doctor Demento show on KMET from Los Angeles in October 1980. The song, "Another One Rides The Bus" had been recorded live on the show just a month earlier with Weird Al Yankovic in the Doctor Demento studio. I thought I was already late on the Weird Al wave. As it turns out, I was an early adopter. Many of his parodies I heard first before I heard the actual song. His overnight success has taken decades, but truly he is a musical icon now.

    The Doctor Demento show has faded to a streaming service. I do credit the good doctor for introducing me to all the novelty music I ever wanted to hear.

    There are so many demented music in jokes in the movie, I know that many would take too much explaining. In the first 20 minutes I laughed long and hard. The reason is that they are playing fast and loose with the story, but not pausing for laughs. It is all straight, which makes it funny. This movie is a parody of all the performing artist biopics you ever saw. It has a lot of the Neil Diamond version of the Jazz Singer in the plot. It would all be heartbreaking if it actually were true. Look for Al himself playing Tony Scotti, along with Will Forte as his older brother Ben Scotti. Too many other cameos to catch, especially at the pool party at the Doctor Demento house in the Valley. That cinder block backyard wall with the decorative concrete top level adorns so many homes built in the 1970s in Southern California. It was especially necessary if you were going to have a pool, to have a solid fencing from your neighbor.

    The rest of the movie could not sustain the original pace, but I enjoyed it just the same. Highly recommend! {BB}

    Added: November 5th 2022
    Reviewer: BB
    29 Point Scale Score: 27    [27]

    Related Link (IMDB): Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (IMDB)
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    Language: english


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