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Classic Album Review: “Weird Al” Yankovic | Running With Scissors

The Force is strong with this one — and so are the usual musical parodies.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Now that he’s relaxed his ’fro ditched his trademark aviator specs and shaved his ’stache, it’s almost hard to recognize Weird Al on the cover of his new disc.

His music remains instantly identifiable, however; Running With Scissors is loaded with the usual sharp-witted takeoffs of chart-toppers by Offspring (Pretty Fly For A Rabbi) and Puff Daddy (It’s All About The Pentiums), along with a polka medley that hits everyone from Hanson to Manson. The real standout, though, is the Star Wars-themed The Saga Begins, set to American Pie (“My, my, this here Anakin guy … ”). Al’s non-parodying originals aren’t nearly as fun — when he doesn’t have a target, he seems to miss the mark — but make no mistake: The Force is clearly with him this time.