Hey hey, I’m back! and with a song from the first CD I ever bought! We got the always awesome Weird Al, with his hit “Midnight Star” off the “In 3-D” album!
“Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D (often referred to simply as In 3-D) is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter “Weird Al” Yankovic, released on February 28, 1984 by Rock ‘n Roll Records. The album was one of many produced by former The McCoys guitarist Rick Derringer. Recorded between October and December 1983, the album was Yankovic’s follow-up to his modestly successful debut LP, “Weird Al” Yankovic.
The music on “Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D is built around parodies and pastiches of pop and rock music of the mid-1980s. Half of the album is made up of parodies, featuring jabs at Michael Jackson, Men Without Hats, The Greg Kihn Band, The Police, and Survivor. The other half of the album is original material, featuring many “style parodies”, or musical imitations that come close to, but do not copy, existing artists. These style parodies include imitations of specific artists like Bob Marley and The B-52s. This album marked a musical departure from Yankovic’s self-titled debut, in that the arrangements of the parodies were now closer to the originals and the accordion was no longer used in every song, now only being featured where deemed appropriate or wholly inappropriate for comedic effect. “Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D is also notable for being the first album released by Yankovic to feature a polka medley of hit songs. These pastiches of hit songs, set to polka music, have since appeared on nearly all of Yankovic’s albums.
One of the first originals recorded for the album was “Midnight Star”, a loving ode to fictional supermarket tabloids. The liner notes to Permanent Record state that a Weekly World News article about the “Incredible Frog Boy” helped to inspire the song. According to Yankovic, most of the tabloid headlines were real. He spent several weeks collecting and looking through old tabloids to find inane titles. Initially he thought that “Midnight Star” should have been the lead single for the album, but later relented and released “Eat It” instead.
So sit back, eat it, read the midnight star…and KEEP IT WEIRD!!!