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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2022-11-09: “Weird” Al Yankovic, Opportunistic Marathon Fundraiser Rebroadcast

November 9, 2022
AccNoir 2022-11-09
Movie poster for "Weird:  The Al Yankovic Story." In the style of 1980s action-movies, with explosions in the background. Daniel Radcliffe with Weird Al hair, mustache and accordion. Evan Rachel Wood dressed as Madonna is looking sexy at his feet.
The obvious reason to rebroadcast these three episodes as one 3-hour “Weird” Al Marathon is that it’s the Co-op Radio Fundraiser! And it took a tremendous amount of work putting them together to broadcast the first time. And, oh yeah, there’s this movie we can coat-tail on. But Al’s films have historically all bombed, so hopefully it won’t matter that I forgot to mention it when I updated the shows with new information from the other artists we interviewed. Maybe Al’s fans won’t be weird about it because there’s lots of other great stuff in these episodes, which you might have missed even if you already listened to them last year. So listen again, next year there will be a quiz. But if by chance you haven’t heard, Al’s new movie is quality non-fiction filmmaking as seen on the History Channel. But you of course already know that if you’re even considering listening to three hours of Weird radio/podcast, so it probably isn’t the end of the world that I forgot to mention that Al has a new movie, which could be eligible for awards as both best documentary and best fictional drama. So listen to our show while you make a whole lot of popcorn before watching the movie, and then donate to Co-op Radio, and tell them Accordion Noir sent you.
🪗 Bruce

We’re living through weird times at the moment, and a resurgence of interest in the life and career of famously squeezy parodist “Weird” Al Yankovic is resulting from the recent release of his mockumentary biopic on Roku. For our parent radio station CFRO’s fall member drive, Bruce has taken the opportunity to remaster his three-episode suite dedicated to that peculiar subject from a year ago, bundled together as an omnibus complete with re-edited interviews with “Beer’d Al” podcaster Lauren Carey, Al authors Lily Hirsch and Nathan Rabin, longtime Yankovic sideman Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz and, well, the Weird One himself. If your Apple or Android (or plain old RSS) 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:

  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟I’ll Be Mellow When I’m Dead” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) – Lynnwood, California, USA –
  • “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 –
  • Lily E. Hirsch – “Weird Al Seriously” interview – ‟Expanded Edition” and ‟Seriously Funny” –
  • “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!
  • “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.”)
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Alternative Polka” – Bad Hair Day (1996) – Lynnwood, California, USA – Medley of….
  • Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz interview – ‟Black & White & Weird All Over, Photo Book,” ‟Accordion Case Drumming”  –
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Another One Rides The Bus” (1983)
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) (With the musical air-valve)
  • Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz interview – ‟Weird Al Polka Style”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Polkas On 45” – In 3-D (1984) – See also:
  • Walter Ostanek – ‟Button Accordion Polka ” – I Like Frankie Yankovic (1969?) – Canada –
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟The Hamilton Polka” (2018)
  • Lauren Carey, “Beer’d” Al Podcast Interview – ‟Beer’d Al podcast (Water Quality)” –
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟My Baby’s in Love with Eddie Vedder” – Running with Scissors (1999)
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Headline News” – Medium Rarities (Squeeze Box: Complete Works boxed set) (2017)
  • Alfred Yankovic, Tom Walters, Jon Iverson, and Joel Miller – ‟Take Me Down” – Medium Rarities (November 24, 2017)
  • The Creaking Planks – ‟Kiddie Closer” (2011) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Angry White Boy Polka” – Poodle Hat (2003) – Lynnwood, California, USA –
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Polka Power!” – Running with Scissors (1999)
  • Nathen Rabin interview – ‟How Did This Start? / Gift That Keeps on Giving” – Nathen Rabin Weird Al Interview (2021) –
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟My Bologna” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) – Parody of “My Sharona” by The Knack
  • Nathen Rabin interview – ‟Many Many Books / The Coloring Book”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic & Wendy Carlos – ‟Peter & the Wolf/Carnival of the Animals – Part II ” – Peter & the Wolf (1988) –  –
  • Nathen Rabin interview – ‟Music Today vs 1986 / Self Indulgent Projects”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Classical Gas (Mason Williams)” – The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour | Night 64, May 24, 2018 (2018) – Eugene, Oregon, USA –
  • Ken Emerson & Jim “Kimo” West (w/”Weird” Al Yankovic, acc) – ‟Slack Key Polka” – Slackers In Paradise (2017) – Canada / California / Hawaii –
  • Nathen Rabin interview – ‟Accordion on first album / Polka Nonsense”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Bohemian Polka” – Alapalooza (1993) – Parody of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic interview – ‟Always Have a Backup Accordion” – 2021-10-27
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Stop Draggin’ My Car Around” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) – Parody of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Pac-Man” – Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic (1981) – Parody of the Beatles’ “Tax Man”

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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