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“Weird Al” Annouces Track List for His Final Album MANDATORY FUN

“Weird Al” Annouces Track List for His Final Album MANDATORY FUN

“Weird Al” Yankovic’s next album Mandatory Fun — his first since 2011’s Alpocalypse — arrives on July 15th from RCA, right smack dab in the middle of the summer, where it’s guaranteed to chase the long, hot dog days away. But Mandatory Fun could also be his final studio album. The comic songwriter posted on his blog last year that, since the album is his last under his current record contract, he’s “weighing his options.” All of which is to say that he may just move to digitally distributing his work himself and continue to fill us with joy and happiness in a slightly different way. In any case, Al has unveiled the full list of tracks on Mandatory Fun, but not the songs these tracks will be parodying, prompting his many fans to formulate a multitude of theories.

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Stereogum has already shared a few more-than-likely ideas. As the website points out, the expected Iggy Azalea parody “has to be” ‘Handy.’ While ‘Foil’ must be his send-up of Lorde’s ‘Royals’ (of which, to be fair, Yahoo’s Sketchy already did a fair parody in ‘White Girls’), “Word Crimes” Robyn Thick’s ‘Blurred Lines,’ and ‘Tacky’ Pharrell’s ‘Happy.'” I myself really don’t care which songs “Weird Al” parodies as long as the end result is as funny as Yankovic classics like “The Night Santa Went Crazy” and the anthemic “White and Nerdy.” One thing’s for certain — with the number of music videos Al has planned (eight, debuting one per day starting on July 14th), he’s as confident as ever in his work.

After checking out the full track list for Mandatory Fun below, let us know what you think the Clown Prince of Pop has in store for us.

01 “Handy”
02 “Lame Claim To Fame”
03 “Foil”
04 “Sports Song”
05 “Word Crimes”
06 “My Own Eyes”
07 “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!”
08 “Mission Statement”
09 “Inactive”
10 “First World Problems”
11 “Tacky”
12 “Jackson Park Express”

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  1. Chris says:

    Music will ALWAYS be worth parodying. That’s what makes it fun, funny and catchy! Love Weird Al!

  2. DarrellS42 says:

    Weird Al`s parodies are a vast improvement over most of the new so called pop music today. Looking forward to getting my LP copy soon :)

  3. Matt Henzel says:

    I’ve been a Weird Al fan since his first album in 1983. “Weird Al” in 3D was my very first album (vinyl) as a kid. It had so many greats on it; Eat It, I lost on Jeopardy!, King of Suede, Brady Bunch, The Rye or the Kaiser. 
    The only thing I’m not crazy about on his new albums is source music he’s parodying. It’s hard to listen to Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, Miley Cyrus, etc. without cringing or being tempted to jab a pencil through your ears. 
    Oh, and I highly recommend his live Blu-Ray concert. He, and his band, put on an amazing and entertaining show.

  4. Matt Henzel says:

    Um, this I not his final album. It’s simply his final album with the current label. 
    Do you really think he would retire like some lame sports athlete? 😉
    I hope Manditory Fun does well for Al.

    • reboot2099 says:

      It IS his final album. But no, he’s not retiring. He will move on to releasing 2 or 3 tracks at a time, digitally, when he feels like it. 
      He thinks that’s the best way to go for him. That way if he wants to parody something, he won’t have to wait 3 years when that song is not as popular.

  5. Quinn says:

    Lolol yayyy. I was hoping hed stop soon… I love weird Al but new music sucks too much to make fun of. I saw “happy”Blurred lines And radioactiveBut now I’m stumped

  6. Davyn says:

    First World Problems has already been done, and well, by MC Frontalot –

  7. Sanjay says:

    Word Crimes – Blurred Lines

  8. Dion says:

    Dumb ass reporter. its not his last album, only with his current label, he is weighing his options.

    • reboot2099 says:

      Before calling someone names, you might want to check your facts. It IS his last album, he said it himself. He will record new songs, but it’s his last 12 songs traditional album. From now on, he’ll go digital with 2 or 3 songs at a time.
      BTW, even if you were right, that’s not an excuse to act like a jerk, internet or not.

  9. Vincent Jernigan says:

    handy = Fancy inactive = radioactive foil = royal tack = timber? the first three are definete

  10. Josh Luth says:

    I’m thinking that “Lame Claim to Fame” is a parody of “Hall of Fame” By The Script

  11. Michael Siever says:

    I’ve got a hunch that “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!” is going to include “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People…

  12. Mikie Hazard says:

    I really hope he isn’t retiring. I also hope he does a classic song rip, like he did with American Pie.

    • wiredwizard says:

      He’s not retiring. It’s just his last record under his present contract. Someone tweaked the facts to make the title draw in more people. =rolls eyes=

  13. Jennifer says:

    Please, Nerdist, ftl, fix that damned typo.
    Weird Al deserves better.

  14. gridsleep says:

    Weird Al Yankovic has finally become Frau Blucher.

  15. Tj Francis says:

    hopefully he parodies macklemore

  16. Ahz d'Large says:

    its his “last album” under contract. he has explicitly said hes looking forward to doing independent albums. Nerdist, please dont turn into Gawker. i actually like and respect you. lets not change that

    • Joshua says:

      Agreed. I’m already upset they got this news six days after the rest of the internet. I hope they’re not trying to make up for it by over-sensationalizing it.

  17. tristen says:

    First world problems is actually a song by mc frontalot sooo idk 

    • Cliff says:

      Al has said that “First World Problems” is an original done in the style of The Pixies :)

  18. I hope ‘Tacky’ spoofs ‘Fancy’ and involves instances of selfies and the Kardashians. 

  19. Gabe Puratekuta says:

    First World Problems… He’s covering MC Frontalot?

  20. Dr. Phartz says:

    I think “Tacky” will be a take on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”

  21. Bonnie says:

    Inactive – Radioactive?

  22. Kyle Voltti says:

    I’d think Hand would be Pharell’s Happy

  23. m_D_t says:

    “Robyn Thick”


  24. Mike says:

    Al has yet to parody a P!nk song. My fingers are crossed, after the number of hit’s she had from her last album, that one of these titles is set to one of her tunes. 

  25. NOW That’s What I Call Polka! is most likely going to be a compilation song just like polka face and i can’t wait to hear what he uses in that one 

  26. So sad, what will the world be like without new Weird Al?  

  27. Weird Al says:

    Handy has to be Pharrell’s Happy.  I’ll bet Foil is Royals.

    • DubC says:

      Great guesses, I think you’re right, although “Tacky” could be a parody of Happy.  Foil has to be Royals so, thats just so Weird Al.

  28. Connor says:

    Word Crimes – Blurred LinesTacky – Fancy

  29. D says:

    tacky = fancy?

  30. Thom Yorke says:

    I can’t wait for this album, it looks fun!

  31. Nathan says:

    Inactive = Radioactiveby Imagine Dragons?