The following "Weird Al" tribute just poured out of me while reading this+ (a tribute to how Yankovic has stayed fresh throughout his career) over in theferrett's archives:
I remember the week [in May 2003] when Poodle Hat came out; my job'd been deeply maddening that week. I worked modified swing-shift in a call center Tuesdays through Saturdays, and that week it seemed like a third of my callers had been angling for a fight; after I got off the phones that Saturday night 'round 10, I told a couple of supervisors "My sense of humor has been beaten out of me." I was exhausted, out of sorts and sick of human stupidity. Then I remembered that the new Weird Al was out. And that there was a big record store a few blocks away open 'til midnight. I went there after work, bought Poodle Hat new and the Cowboy Junkies' Lay It Down used (I needed soothing, too), bussed home, and listened. Thank God I could listen.Things can't be too bad in a world where Weird Al is still doing cool stuff like this new song...
During my first week of owning it, I'd pause Poodle Hat right before "Bob" and go to the bathroom, 'cause I was really scared I'd piss myself laughing at that song.
Thanks for saving my sanity, Al!
+ By the way, shadesong, that entry of The Ferrett's was the first one where you said "Hi!" to him. Two LJ celebs meet!