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Off the Deep End

Off the Deep End

by "Weird Al" Yankovic "Weird Al" Yankovic


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Following his exposure in the mid-'80s, Weird Al Yankovic's career stumbled with the poor-selling Polka Party in 1986 and his feature film UHF that tanked in 1989. Clearly, many people had grown tired of Yankovic's presence, just as they'd grown tired of the artists he was satirizing. Thus his chance for a comeback came in 1992, when Nirvana stormed the scene with "Smells Like Teen Sprit," a song that turned the music world upside down and ended the careers of many of the artists Yankovic had once used to heighten his success. Not too surprisingly, "Smells Like Nirvana" was the first single off of Off the Deep End, Yankovic's first album in three years. The song, which pokes fun at the original version's incoherent lyrics, was a smash hit, and not undeservingly -- it reveals the kind of brilliant writing Yankovic was still capable of doing. Though no other parody on the album matches the cleverness of "Smells Like Nirvana," satires such as "I Can't Watch This" and "Taco Grande" come quite close. In addition to re-establishing his satirical craftsmanship, Deep End showcases some of Yankovic's best originals ever; "Trigger Happy," "When I Was Your Age," and "You Don't Love Me Anymore" prove to be the album's greatest songs. As his best album since In 3-D, Off the Deep End is the answer to those who questioned Yankovic's credibility as an evolving artist.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/1999
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886979177925
catalogNumber: 791779
Rank: 709


  1. Smells Like Nirvana
  2. Trigger Happy
  3. I Can't Watch This
  4. Polka Your Eyes Out
  5. I Was Only Kidding
  6. The White Stuff
  7. When I Was Your Age
  8. Taco Grande
  9. Airline Amy
  10. The Plumbing Song
  11. You Don't Love Me Anymore

Album Credits

Performance Credits

"Weird Al" Yankovic   Primary Artist,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Brad Buxer   Synthesizer
Gene Morford   Background Vocals
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Steve Jay   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Cheech Marin   Guest Appearance
Joel Peskin   Clarinet
Neil Ross   Voiceover
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Luther Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Jerry Whitman   Background Vocals
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Tommy Johnson   Tuba
Edith Fore   Voiceover
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz   Percussion,Drums
Peggy Newman   Background Vocals
Marlene Aragon   Voiceover
Alisa Curran   Background Vocals
Beau Weaver   Voiceover
Jim "Kimo" West   Banjo,Guitar,Background Vocals
Maxine Waters   Background Vocals
Samantha Kaye   Background Vocals
Natasha Neece   Background Vocals
Deidra Gray   Voiceover

Technical Credits

MC Hammer   Composer
B-52s   Composer
David Bowie   Composer
Billy Idol   Composer
Rick James   Composer
Freddie Mercury   Composer
Nirvana   Composer
Brian May   Composer
Roger Taylor   Composer
Bootsy Collins   Composer
Peter Buck   Composer
George Clinton   Composer
Kurt Cobain   Composer
John Deacon   Composer
Frank Farian   Composer
Kirk Hammett   Composer
James Hetfield   Composer
Tony Papa   Engineer
Michael Stipe   Composer
Lars Ulrich   Composer
"Weird Al" Yankovic   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Nikki Sixx   Composer
Bill Berry   Composer
Zac Foley   Composer
Robert Van Winkle   Composer
I. Dench   Composer

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