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Accordion Noir 2021-11-03: “Weird Noir” Yankovic (episode 1) with Lily E. Hirsch

November 4, 2021

Since Bruce published his accordion history book he’s been more tuned into the world of publishing, especially when he is joined in the relatively small club of people who have written and published new books pertaining to accordion affairs. There is one subset of Accordion Studies which is currently booming in the print world, and it is volumes celebrating the career and legacy of California’s accordionic parodist par excellence, “Weird Al” Yankovic. Bruce started interviewing the author of one of these books, Lily Hirsch and her Weird Al Seriously, only to find himself travelling down a rabbit hole that also led him to Nathan Rabin’s The Weird-A-Coloring To Al Coloring Book (also available Colored In). and Al sideman Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz’s Black & White & Weird All Over photo book… and indeed, ultimately to a phone interview with the very peculiar Alfred himself. This journey yielded rather more grist for the radio mill than Bruce was expecting to rustle up on his expedition, so rather than throwing together a brief episode about Al on the recent occasion of his birthday, you are getting a comprehensive series on the elephant in the room, after conspicuously failing to investigate him rigorously in our 15 years covering the alt-squeezebox beat. Lie back, relax, and get ready for a few weeks of patented Yankovic weirdness. If your Apple or Android podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to the episode’s availability yet, you can enjoy listening to it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2021-11-03, Weird Noir Yankovic (episode one) with Lily E. Hirsch, author of Weird Al Seriously (Expanded paperback edition, pre-order now!)

Thanks to Lily Hirsch for writing about Weird Al seriously and talking with Accordion Noir. Her work inspired this whole series of episodes.
Get copies of Weird Al Seriously for all your family and friends, and ask your local library to acquire it!
http://www.lilyhirsch.com

Fan-fact: Lily got an extremely rare interview with the great Tom Lehrer for her sequel on funny music. I can’t wait!

This episode is a fund-raiser for Vancouver’s Co-op Radio. Independent media since 1975. (Accordion Noir since 2006)
Squeeze on over to https://coopradio.org/ and support us, and remind them Accordion Noir loves you.

Here’s the promo I made for Accordion Noir’s ongoing Weird Al series:
The next few episodes — Wednesday, Nov 10 and 17 — will feature Al’s drummer Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, Nathan Rabin producer of the Weird A-Coloring to Al coloring book, and Lauren Carey from the Beer’d Al podcast. I may also go off on polka, accordions, and fashionable prejudice.

Playlist:

  • Bill Davis Trio w/Bruce Triggs – ‟”Bring the Money In” (1954) – Co-op Radio Member Drive announcement
  • ‟The Many Voices of Accordion Noir 100.5 FM” – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009) – http://thedardanelles.com/
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟I’ll Be Mellow When I’m Dead” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) – Lynnwood, California, USA – http://www.WeirdAl.com
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Polka Your Eyes Out” – Off The Deep End (1992)
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – interview – ‟Craigslist Brand Accordions”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Love Lies Bleeding (Elton John)” – The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour – Night 60 / May 18, 2018 – Turlock, California, USA –
    https://www.stitcher.com/show/weird-al-yankovic-the-ridiculously-selfindulgent-illadvised/episode/60-turlock-ca-54808691
  • Lily E. Hirsch – “Weird Al Seriously” interview – ‟Expanded Edition” and ‟Seriously Funny” – http://www.lilyhirsch.com
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Lasagna” – Even Worse (1988) Parody of “La Bamba”
  • Lily E. Hirsch – interview – ‟Accessible (and other books)” and ‟Funny Music Seriously (looking forward to her next book)”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟NOW That’s What I Call Polka!” – Mandatory Fun (2014)
  • Lily E. Hirsch – interview – ‟Dispelling Catagories (what about the accordion, and food?)” and ‟The Accordion Cool as Hierarchies are Switched”
  • Betty White’s How to Dance Course – ‟Heel and Toe, Skater’s Position (Man and Woman)” – How to POLKA (1960)
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Polka Party!” – Polka Party (1986)
  • Lily E. Hirsch – interview – ‟Nice Person” and “I love Rocky Road”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟I Love Rocky Road” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) – Parody of “I Love Rock And Roll” by Joan Jett
  • Lily E. Hirsch – interview – ‟Fan of Fans” and “The Mean Weird Al Fan”
  • Helen Ketcham – Introducing ‘Everything You Know is Wrong’ – Helen was so helpful getting this episode together! 😻 Follow her on twitter! https://twitter.com/HelenOE
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Everything You Know Is Wrong” – Bad Hair Day (1996) Pastiche of They Might be Giants. (Journalists love Weird Al because they get to use words like “pastiche.”)

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

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