The accordion is the wave of the future, the Sound of the 80s!


By Shawn Robare

Seeing as I shared the Weird Al/Michael Jackson congratulatory advertisement earlier in the week, I thought it would be fun to follow that up with this Al Yankovic fluff piece (and not just because he’s interviewed by Fozzie Bear) from the Fall 1984 issue of Muppet Magazine.  There’s not really that much to dig into as far as revelations, or any trivia that isn’t pretty common knowledge, but it is fun to see the duo in similar Hawaiian shirts…

I found it rather interesting that these articles from Muppet are attributed to both a muppet character and to the actual author (in this case Katy Dobbs.)  I mean if you’re going to try and keep the fantasy of the Muppets alive by having them “interview” the celebrities, why then go so far as to list the actual writers with an “as told by” credit?  I get crediting for the work, but I think it could be handled on the contents page or something.  Just think it’s a little weird.  Anyway, I thought it was neat that Yankovic also brought up the fact that he always asks for permission when doing a parody, and to connect it to last week, Fozzie’s favorite song is “Eat It” by Michael Jackson…

Also included in the 4-page spread was the lyrics to “Eat It” and “I Love Rocky Road”, which is a nice touch.  Not sure if the lyrics were in the liner notes of Yankovic’s albums back then, but as a kid I would have totally loved being able to see them transcribed like that…

  • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

    Pax – Yeah, I’ve since acquired all of his stuff up to around Alapalooza or so and I love it. Between Al and They Might Be Giants, I drive my wife nuts on long car trips…

  • http://www.cavalcadeofawesome.net/ Paxton Holley

    The album with Another One Rides the Bus? That was a good album. Many also like Al in 3D, which song for song is GREAT and as good as any “regular” album.

  • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

    Pax – Yeah, my sister gave me his first album on cassette, but it was sans cover and case. Wish I still had that cassette…

  • http://www.cavalcadeofawesome.net/ Paxton Holley

    Weird Al did publish the lyrics to his songs. I’m pretty sure the tapes had them in the liner notes. I know the records did. Plus, many of his 45″ singles had them on the back of the sleeve. Al was good about including lyrics to his songs, especially back in his hey day. Just another reason to love him.