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  • #51
    10. White and Nerdy
    Eat It
    Party In The CIA
    Smells Like Nirvana
    King Of Suede
    Fat
    Christmas At Ground Zero
    Bob
    Virus Alert
    1. Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me
    "And keep reaching for the stars...." Casey Kasem RIP 1932-2014

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    • #52
      10. Christmas At Ground Zero
      09. Party In The CIA
      08. Smells Like Nirvana
      07. Eat It
      06. White and Nerdy
      05. Fat
      04. King Of Suede
      03. Virus Alert
      02. Bob
      01. Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me

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      • #53
        So we're into the top 50 - and it seems people don't agree with me on a few songs at this stage.

        First out in the top 50, we have a song which is a style parody of Sparks. Now I fully appreciate that Sparks are not everyone's cup of tea, they're really rather odd, and therefore this song is similarly rather odd. However, lyrically this is also pure genius - the most ridiculously extreme computer virus of them all - "Virus Alert".

        From one song I discovered through this survivor to another one now. From a song urging you to forward an e-mail to everyone (to warn them of the virus), to one that does precisely the opposite. Just before I first heard this song, one of my Facebook friends shared something saying "Everyone who shares this post will get a free hamper from Cadbury's chocolate", whilst another couple of Facebook friends forwarded me messages saying that someone tell me that a girl in a picture gets a pound towards her kidney treatment for every forward of the message. So yes, please "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me"! This is another where I absolutely love the artist it's style-parodying - in this case the work of Jim Steinman. If Steinman wrote a song for Weird Al, this would be it.

        The one we lose today that I have to say is leaving at the right time comes from back in the 80s - and is a pure parody. Taking a Police classic and turning it into an advert about a clothes store, it's farewell to "King of Suede".

        During this lockdown my wife's church are doing a weekly quiz on a Saturday evening, and it's not that often that Weird Al can help you with multiple answers in the same quiz. The round was on clues to palindromes - words or phrases that read the same backwards (at least at times if you ditch the spaces). The quiz included both "Was it a rat I saw" and "No lemon no melon", both of which are nearly featured in a Weird Al song. Ironically, the one that was exactly in a Weird Al song - "UFO tofu", I just couldn't get the clue! The Weird Al song in question is "Bob", a parody of "Subterranean Homesick Blues", both in song and in video, comprising entirely of palindromes. Before you hear this song, you will never have realised either "Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo", "May a moody baby doom a yam" or "Go hang a salami, I'm a lasagna hog" were palindromes!


        The table is now going to be based on cumulative scores. Therefore, whilst "Bob" was fourth lowest this round, it ranks lower than "King of Suede"
        47. King Of Suede
        48. Bob
        49. Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me
        50. Virus Alert
        Rank the 10 songs - 10=favourite.

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        • #54
          10 Amish Paradise
          9 Yoda
          8 Word Crimes
          7 It's All About The Pentiums
          6 Since You've Been Gone
          5 I Think I'm A Clone Now
          4 UHF
          3 Sports Song
          2 Now That's What I Call Polka
          1 I Want A New Duck
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          • #55
            10 Amish Paradise
            09 Word Crimes
            08 Yoda
            07 I Want A New Duck
            06 I Think I'm A Clone Now
            05 UHF
            04 It's All About The Pentiums
            03 Sports Song
            02 Since You've Been Gone
            01 Now That's What I Call Polka

            Edit: Can't believe that polka medley made it past the first round

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            • #56
              10 Amish Paradise
              9 I Want A New Duck
              8 Now That's What I Call Polka
              7 Word Crimes
              6 I Think I'm A Clone Now
              5 Yoda
              4 UHF
              3 Sports Song
              2 Since You've Been Gone
              1 It's All About The Pentiums
              trebor's - 2016 in Country Music
              trebor's - 2015 in Country Music

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              • #57
                Amish Paraside
                Word Crimes
                It's All About The Pentiums
                Yoda
                Sports Song
                UHF
                I Think I'm A Clone Now
                I Want A New Duck
                Now That's What I Call Polka
                Since You've Been Gone

                "And keep reaching for the stars...." Casey Kasem RIP 1932-2014

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                • #58
                  If you ask me, this round is much weaker than the last one. Therefore, I found a space in my top 5 for "Since You've Been Gone". Everyone else thought it was definitely time to give it the boot though, and I can't say I'm mortified.

                  From a really short song, to something a bit longer - another of the polka medleys. We go back to the early 10s for this one, so it's Miley Cyrus, Foster The People, One Direction, PSY, Carly Rae Jepsen, will.i.am, Gotye, Pitbull, LMFAO, Macklemore and Daft Punk classics that get the polka treatment. Farewell to "Now That's What I Call Polka!"

                  The third one we lose this round is the parody of the American marching bands before big sports games. Farewell to "Sports Song". Everyone, join in, "We're great... and you suck!"

                  Finally for today's losers, we have a song that no-one exactly hated, we just all passed over somewhat, seeming to have little concern whether it lasted or it didn't. Farewell to "UHF". Unusually, according to Wikipedia this is a complete original - not even a parody of someone else's style.


                  43. King Of Suede
                  44. Bob
                  45. UHF
                  46. Now That's What I Call Polka
                  47. Sports Song
                  48. Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me
                  49. Virus Alert
                  50. Since You've Been Gone
                  Rank the ten tracks - 10=favourite

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                  • #59
                    10 The Saga Begins
                    9 Lasagna
                    8 Bedrock Anthem
                    7 Foil
                    6 I Lost On Jeopardy
                    5 Polka Power!
                    4 Jurassic Park
                    3 Dog Eat Dog
                    2 Isle Thing
                    1 Polka Face
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                    • #60
                      I Lost On Jeopardy
                      Foil
                      Polka Face
                      Jurassic Park
                      Bedrock Anthem
                      The Saga Begins
                      Polka Power!
                      Lasagna
                      Dog Eat Dog
                      Isle Thing
                      "And keep reaching for the stars...." Casey Kasem RIP 1932-2014

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                      • #61
                        10 I Lost On Jeopardy
                        9 Jurassic Park
                        8 Bedrock Anthem
                        7 The Saga Begins
                        6 Polka Face
                        5 Dog Eat Dog
                        4 Isle Thing
                        3 Polka Power!
                        2 Foil
                        1 Lasagna
                        trebor's - 2016 in Country Music
                        trebor's - 2015 in Country Music

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                        • #62
                          10 I Lost On Jeopardy
                          09 Lasagna
                          08 Polka Face
                          07 Bedrock Anthem
                          06 Isle Thing
                          05 Foil
                          04 Dog Eat Dog
                          03 Jurassic Park
                          02 The Saga Begins
                          01 Polka Power!

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                          • #63
                            Four more songs need to go this round, and first up, it's one that was really rather lucky to make it this far. It narrowly beat out the theme to "Captain Underpants", but it's farewell to a Tone Loc parody that fits somewhere between "Funky Cold Medina" and "Wild Thing" - farewell to "Isle Thing"

                            Next up, it's some more polka, and this time from the late 90s. So, we have Spice Girls, Harvey Danger, Pras Michel, Backstreet Boys, Smash Mouth, Beastie Boys, Chumbawamba, Madonna, Matchbox 20, Third Eye Blind, Marilyn Manson, Hanson, Marcy Playground and Semisonic. Farewell to "Polka Power!"

                            Third out is a rather bizarre song about office work. A song in a rather Talking Heads-esque style, I have to say I don't really relate to it in real life office work. Farewell to "Dog Eat Dog".

                            This round had three clear losers, and two clear winners, and no more than half a point separating the other five songs. In the end the one we lose is one that was just rather polarising - two of us thought it one of the best in the bunch and two of us thought it one of the worst. Still, it means we get to see a video of the wonderful Los Lobos parody about some really tasty Italian food. Everyone join in now... "Laaaa, laaaaa, -sagna!"


                            39. King Of Suede
                            40. Bob
                            41. UHF
                            42. Polka Power!
                            43. Lasagna
                            44. Now That's What I Call Polka
                            45. Dog Eat Dog
                            46. Sports Song
                            47. Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me
                            48. Virus Alert
                            49. Isle Thing
                            50. Since You've Been Gone
                            Once again, rank the 10 songs, 10=favourite

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                            • #64
                              10 eBay
                              9 Canadian Idiot
                              8 You're Pitiful
                              7 Perform This Way
                              6 Gump
                              5 Trigger Happy
                              4 My Bologna
                              3 One More Minute
                              2 Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies
                              1 This Is The Life
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                              • #65
                                10 Canadian Idiot
                                9 eBay
                                8 My Bologna
                                7 You're Pitiful
                                6 Perform This Way
                                5 Gump
                                4 One More Minute
                                3 Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies
                                2 Trigger Happy
                                1 This Is The Life
                                trebor's - 2016 in Country Music
                                trebor's - 2015 in Country Music

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                                • #66
                                  10 Perform This Way
                                  09 My Bologna
                                  08 Gump
                                  07 You're Pitiful
                                  06 eBay
                                  05 Canadian Idiot
                                  04 This Is The Life
                                  03 Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies
                                  02 Trigger Happy
                                  01 One More Minute



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                                  • #67
                                    Canadian Idiot
                                    My Bologna
                                    Gump
                                    eBay
                                    One More Minute
                                    Perform This Way
                                    Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies
                                    This Is The Life
                                    Trigger Happy
                                    You're Pitiful
                                    "And keep reaching for the stars...." Casey Kasem RIP 1932-2014

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                                    • #68
                                      Okay - had to leave this open slightly longer than usual as I was on a long phone call last night, and not everyone had voted anyway. Let me take you back almost 100 years to the jazz music of the 1920s and 30s. When Weird Al takes this on, he seems to just do it straight with a decent but relatively unremarkable song. Farewell to "This Is The Life".

                                      Fast forward now to the 1960s, to the surf rock scene, and a song that almost sounds like it's a direct parody of something like "Fun Fun Fun". Taking on the theme of the American obsession with guns that none of us over this side of the pond can really get, it's; time to lose "Trigger Happy".

                                      Third out is an out and out parody - this time taking Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" and giving it lyrics to do with "Beverly Hillbillies". Can't say I'm that fussed on it myself, and it seems we largely agreed. In fact, we largely agreed on all the results tonight!

                                      Finally, we go back to the 50s or early 60s, with a wonderful slice of doo-wap, and a vocal that sounds like it could easily be sung by Elvis. One of a number of songs that rather excessively talk about either leaving someone you hate, or breaking up with someone you love, we lose "One More Minute"

                                      35. King Of Suede
                                      36. Bob
                                      37. UHF
                                      38. Polka Power!
                                      39. Lasagna
                                      40. Now That's What I Call Polka
                                      41. Dog Eat Dog
                                      42. One More Minute
                                      43. Sports Song
                                      44. Trigger Happy
                                      45. Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me
                                      46. Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies
                                      47. Virus Alert
                                      48. Isle Thing
                                      49. Since You've Been Gone
                                      50. This Is The Life
                                      So - time for the final batch to get us down to a top 30. Once again, rank the ten songs, with 10=favourite.

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                                      • #69
                                        tdc2000 trebor cheapthrills

                                        Time for a batch of songs​ some of which fit lockdown either rather well or rather badly.​​​​​​ Much better be the "Couch Potato" than be on "the bus"!

                                        10 Don't Download This Song
                                        9 Achy Breaky Song
                                        8 Like A Surgeon
                                        7 Hardware Store
                                        6 Couch Potato
                                        5 Another One Rides The Bus
                                        4 Pretty Fly (For A Rabbi)
                                        3 Polkas On 45
                                        2 Dare To Be Stupid
                                        1 TMZ

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                                        • #70
                                          10 Like A Surgeon
                                          09 Couch Potato
                                          08 Don't Download This Song
                                          07 Pretty Fly (For A Rabbi)
                                          06 TMZ
                                          05 Dare To Be Stupid
                                          04 Polkas On 45
                                          03 Achy Breaky Song
                                          02 Another One Rides The Bus
                                          01 Hardware Store

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                                          • #71
                                            Like A Surgeon
                                            Pretty Fly (For A Rabbi)
                                            Dare To Be Stupid
                                            TMZ
                                            Another One Rides The Bus
                                            Polkas On 45
                                            Achy Breaky Song
                                            Couch Potato
                                            Don't Download This Song
                                            Hardware Store

                                            "And keep reaching for the stars...." Casey Kasem RIP 1932-2014

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                                            • #72
                                              10 Couch Potato
                                              9 Pretty Fly (For A Rabbi)
                                              8 Like A Surgeon
                                              7 Dare To Be Stupid
                                              6 Achy Breaky Song
                                              5 TMZ
                                              4 Don't Download This Song
                                              3 Another One Rides The Bus
                                              2 Hardware Store
                                              1 Polkas On 45
                                              trebor's - 2016 in Country Music
                                              trebor's - 2015 in Country Music

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                                              • #73
                                                One place it seems you have been able to go during lockdown, is a DIY shop. They've been considered "essential shopping", albeit the garden centres have only recently been included. Anyway, it seems that Weird Al's song about doing just that is one that I love whilst our other voters don't get - as they almost unanimously put it last! Therefore, we definitely lose "Hardware Store".

                                                Next out it's the first and defining one of the polka medleys if you ask me. "Polkas On 45" includes versions of classics from "Hey Jude" to "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". It managed to scrape through the first round it was in, but alas only "Polka Face" makes it into the final 30 to represent Weird Al's polka side.

                                                The third song we lose tonight is arguably his real breakthrough song - his fantastic Queen parody "Another One Rides The Bus". You can kind of tell the production values for this one were pretty much nil, but still, it's a great parody. Alas you wouldn't get a bus like that these days, there's absolutely no concept of social distancing in this song!

                                                Finally, a parody of a song by someone who wasn't even alive when the last parody was released. In fact, a fair proportion of Weird Al's hits were released before Taylor Swift was even a twinkle in her daddy's eye. Anyway, it's a parody of "You Belong With Me", and an ode to the paparazzi - "TMZ"



                                                Code:
                                                 
                                                31. King Of Suede
                                                32. Bob
                                                33. UHF
                                                34. Polka Power!
                                                35. Another One Rides The Bus
                                                36. Lasagna
                                                37. TMZ
                                                38. Now That's What I Call Polka
                                                39. Dog Eat Dog
                                                40. One More Minute
                                                41. Sports Song
                                                42. Trigger Happy
                                                43. Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me
                                                44. Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies
                                                45. Virus Alert
                                                46. Isle Thing
                                                47. Hardware Store
                                                48. Since You've Been Gone
                                                49. Polkas On 45
                                                50. This Is The Life
                                                51. Headline News
                                                52. The Night Santa Went Crazy
                                                53. Ricky
                                                54. Trapped In The Drive-Thru
                                                55. The Hamilton Polka
                                                56. Captain Underpants Theme Song
                                                57. Spy Hard
                                                58. Handy
                                                59. If That Isn't Love
                                                60. The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota
                                                61. Craigslist
                                                62. Living With A Hernia
                                                63. Tacky
                                                64. Do I Creep You Out
                                                65. Frank's 2000" TV
                                                66. Albuquerque
                                                67. Pancreas
                                                68. I'll Sue Ya
                                                69. Skipper Dan
                                                70. Everything You Know Is Wrong
                                                71. Taco Grande
                                                72. Weasel Stomping Day
                                                73. Your Horoscope For Today
                                                74. I Love Rocky Road
                                                75. Hooked On Polkas
                                                76. Wanna B Ur Lovr
                                                77. Lame Claim To Fame
                                                78. Mission Statement
                                                79. Midnight Star
                                                80. Ringtone
                                                81. Melanie
                                                82. Another Tattoo
                                                83. You Don't Love Me Anymore
                                                84. Good Old Days
                                                85. First World Problems
                                                86. Close But No Cigar
                                                87. Genius In France
                                                88. Whatever You Like
                                                89. Daisy Bell
                                                90. CNR
                                                So - where to go from here? Well, I think we still have rather a lot to go through. Therefore, let's do some more lists of 10 songs. However, from now on, only the bottom 3 will leave.
                                                Rank the 10 songs in order - 10=favourite. The three with the lowest scores will go.

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                                                • #74
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                                                  10 Fat
                                                  9 Canadian Idiot
                                                  8 Bedrock Anthem
                                                  7 Gump
                                                  6 Foil
                                                  5 Couch Potato
                                                  4 Dare To Be Stupid
                                                  3 I Lost On Jeopardy
                                                  2 ​​​​​​​My Bologna
                                                  1 Polka Face

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                                                  • #75
                                                    10 I Lost On Jeopardy
                                                    9 Couch Potato
                                                    8 My Bologna
                                                    7 Polka Face
                                                    6 Bedrock Anthem
                                                    5 Gump
                                                    4 Fat
                                                    3 Canadian Idiot
                                                    2 Dare To Be Stupid
                                                    1 Foil

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