"Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D

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"Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 28, 1984
RecordedOctober 1–December 13, 1983
StudioSanta Monica Sound Recorders, Santa Monica
GenreComedy, parody
LabelRock 'n Roll Records
Scotti Brothers
ProducerRick Derringer
Singles from In 3-D
  1. "Eat It"
    Released: February 28, 1984
  2. "King of Suede"
    Released: April 1984
  3. "I Lost on Jeopardy"
    Released: June 4, 1984

"Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D (sometimes called In 3-D) is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter "Weird Al" Yankovic. It was released on February 28, 1984 by Rock 'n Roll Records. It was produced by Rick Derringer. It was recorded between October and December 1983.

The album's music is parodies of pop and rock music from the 1980s. Yankovic made parody versions of songs by many musicians. Half of the album is parodies of songs other people have made, such as Michael Jackson, Men Without Hats, the Police, and Survivor. The other half of the album is "style parodies". This is music that does not parody any song. It parodies the style of music a person makes. The album has style parodies based on Bob Marley and the B-52s. In 3-D is different from Yankovic's first album ("Weird Al" Yankovic). The parody songs on the album were more similar to their original songs. Yankovic also did not play the accordion for every song. It is Yankovic's first album with a polka themed mix of popular songs on it. Yankovic has put a polka mix on many albums since In 3-D.

"Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D went to number 17 on the Billboard 200.[1] This is an American music chart. It also went to number 61 on Australian music charts. The album has one of Yankovic's most popular singles on it. It is named "Eat It". This single went to number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. This was his highest charting song until 2006. "Eat It" was also number one in Australia.[2] This makes it his only number one song in any country. The album had two more singles: "King of Suede" and "I Lost on Jeopardy".[3] The album was certified platinum by the RIAA.[4] "Eat It" won a Grammy Award in 1985.[5]

Track listing[change | change source]

Side one
No. TitleParody of Length
1. "Eat It"  "Beat It" by Michael Jackson 3:21
2. "Midnight Star"  Original[6] 4:35
3. "The Brady Bunch"  "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats 2:37
4. "Buy Me a Condo"  Style parody of Bob Marley and reggae, specifically "Buffalo Soldier"[7] 3:45
5. "I Lost on Jeopardy"  "Jeopardy" by the Greg Kihn Band 3:28
6. "Polkas on 45"   4:23
Side two
No. TitleParody of Length
7. "Mr. Popeil"  Style parody of the B-52s[8] 4:42
8. "King of Suede"  "King of Pain" by the Police 4:13
9. "That Boy Could Dance"  Original 3:34
10. "Theme from Rocky XIII"  "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor 3:37
11. "Nature Trail to Hell"  Original[6] 5:55

References[change | change source]

  1. "In 3-D – Weird Al Yankovic: Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  2. "Kent Music Report for May 7, 1984". Kent Music Report. May 7, 1984.
  3. Yankovic, Alfred M. (2003). "Awards". The Official "Weird Al" Yankovic Web Site. Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  4. "Gold & Platinum – Search Results: 'Weird Al' Yankovic". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  5. "'Weird Al' Yankovic". Grammy.com. The Recording Academy. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Yankovic, Alfred (July 15, 2014). "'Weird Al' Yankovic confirming that both 'Midnight Star' and 'Nature Trail to Hell' are not style parodies". Reddit. IAmA. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  7. Hansen, Barret (1994). Permanent Record: Al in the Box (liner). "Weird Al" Yankovic. California, United States: Scotti Brothers Records.
  8. Yankovic, Alfred M. (January 2000). "'Ask Al' Q&As for July 1999". The Official "Weird Al" Yankovic Web Site. Archived from the original on June 24, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2010.