Vinyl Review

Mandatory Fun cover

Mandatory Fun

Weird Al Yankovic

Released: 2014

Produced by: Weird Al Yankovic


As an enthusiastic music lover with an appreciation for humor, I couldn't wait to spin Weird Al Yankovic's fourteenth studio album, "Mandatory Fun," on vinyl. Released in 2014, this Grammy Award-winning album sees the undisputed king of musical parodies tackling contemporary pop hits and cultural phenomena with his trademark wit and creativity. Produced by Weird Al himself, "Mandatory Fun" is a delightful showcase of his unique ability to blend humor and music, making it a must-listen for fans of comedy and pop culture enthusiasts alike.

""Mandatory Fun"" kicks off with "Handy," a hilarious parody of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy." The track features Weird Al's clever lyrics and impeccable comedic timing, transforming the original song into a laugh-out-loud ode to home improvement and DIY prowess.

Another standout track is "Word Crimes," a brilliant take on Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Weird Al masterfully transforms the controversial pop hit into a witty lesson on grammar and language, complete with catchy hooks and an infectious beat that will have listeners tapping their feet while laughing along.

"Tacky," a parody of Pharrell Williams' "Happy," showcases Weird Al's ability to create humor by juxtaposing the original song's feel-good vibe with absurdly ridiculous lyrics. The track's upbeat melody and Weird Al's hilarious take on contemporary fashion faux pas make it an unforgettable addition to the album.

On the original composition side, "Mission Statement" is a tongue-in-cheek corporate jargon-filled track, set to the tune of Crosby, Stills & Nash's "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." Weird Al's satirical take on the buzzword-heavy language of the corporate world is both clever and comical, making it a standout moment on "Mandatory Fun."

The vinyl edition of "Mandatory Fun" offers a warm, immersive listening experience that brings out the best in Weird Al's hilarious parodies and original compositions. The depth and richness of the analog format enhance the album's catchy melodies and clever lyrics, making it a must-have for fans and collectors of comedy music.

Final Verdict: "Mandatory Fun" is a hilarious musical parody extravaganza that showcases Weird Al Yankovic's unique ability to blend humor and music, featuring clever takes on contemporary pop hits and cultural phenomena. The vinyl edition provides an immersive and enjoyable listening experience that captures the essence of Weird Al's wit and creativity, making it a must-listen for fans of comedy and pop culture enthusiasts alike.


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