Album Preview: “Mandatory Fun” by Weird Al Yankovic

Mandatory FunAlbum
Mandatory Fun

Weird Al Yankovic

Release Date
Tuesday, July 15


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Very few artists are able to successfully splice comedy into music, yet Weird Al Yankovic has enjoyed a prolific career spanning over three decades. From his humble beginnings with comedy radio in the late 1970’s, Weird Al has established himself as the uncontested King of Pop Parody.

Michael Jackson even worseWeird Al has sold over 12 million albums and has won 3 Grammy Awards. He is a cultural chameleon: The 1980s saw Weird Al portraying comical caricatures of Michael Jackson and Devo. The 1990s brought iconic parodies of Nirvana and Coolio. Recently, Weird Al earned his first Top-Ten Billboard album with his 2006 release Straight Outta Lynwood

Weird Al - Off the Deep EndThe release of Mandatory Fun has been shrouded in mystery. Weird Al himself began to release mysterious images and teaser trailers only last month. Al commented on his own Facebook page, “A lot of people have been wondering when I’m going to release the lead single for “Mandatory Fun.” Well, here’s the thing… there IS no “lead single” for my new album. I’ll be releasing 12 “singles” all at once on July 15 – so you can decide for YOURSELF which songs are the hits!”

The Essential Weird AlAdditionally, Weird Al plans to release no less than 8 new music videos to promote the album. It seems safe to say that Mandatory Fun will be a massively entertaining and extremely listenable satire on today’s pop music.

Pre-order Mandatory Fun today on Murfie, and get it in your collection on July 15th! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC. 

Staff Picks: April Fools

This week we like…Music that makes us laugh

It’s that time of year again…that’s right, the special day where we tell our friends we won the lottery or slip ex-lax into the boss’ coffee. In the spirit of this holiday, we are here with four selections from the Murfie vault that make us laugh. All these albums and more are available for sale or trade on (and that’s no joke).

Wesley Willis: “Greatest Hits”

HTML tutorialChicago-based musician and visual artist Wesley Willis gained a massive cult following in the 90s with a prodigious output of bizarre, humorously obscene music. Despite being diagnosed with schizophrenia, Willis enjoyed a career spanning more than fifty albums. This Greatest Hits collection contains the classic Willis tracks “Rock N’ Roll McDonald’s” and “I Wupped Batman’s Ass.”

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog: “Come Poop With Me”

HTML tutorialIn 1997, Saturday Night Live comedian and animator Robert Smigel debuted his “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Building a following by berating celebrities and the general public, “Triumph” has leveled his low-brow wit at targets including Star Wars fans, presidential candidates, French Canadians, and Eminem.

Weird Al Yankovic: “Running with Scissors”

HTML tutorialIn 1976, Southern California radio personality Dr. Demento played a demo called “Belvedere Cruising” by 16-year-old Al Yankovic. In the thirty-five years since, “Weird Al” Yankovic has released twelve studio albums featuring parodies of popular songs of the time, as well as touring all over the globe and writing and directing the hilarious film UHF. “Running with Scissors” contains parodies of Don McLean’s “American Pie” (“The Saga Begins”) and Puff Daddy’s “It’s All About the Benjamins” (“It’s All About the Pentiums”).

Die Gerd Show: “Die Show mit Gerd und Pferd”

HTML tutorialDie Gerd Show was a comedy program broadcast on Germany’s Eins Live (WDR). It gained popularity for its host’s spot-on impressions of then-German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, as well as “Weird Al” Yankovic-style parodies of contemporary German pop hits. This album also contains a bizarre cameo by Murfie lead programmer and amateur German-language stand-up comedian, Phillip Crawford…April Fools!