The 5: Shirly Gnome Shares Five Amazing Weird Al Songs That Aren’t Parodies

The 5: Shirly Gnome Shares Five Amazing Weird Al Songs That Aren’t Parodies

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Shirley Gnome Nominated for Juno for Newest Album “Decoxification” on 604 Information

Shirley Gnome, the Vancouver-based cabaret comic, identified for her salacious and unapologetic lyrics, has set a brand new commonplace for X-rated music together with her newest album “Decoxification.” We’re celebrating Shirley’s album being nominated for a Juno award- she’s the one feminine nominee within the Comedy Album class. Her fifth studio album can be her second beneath 604 Information and its comedy arm, Comedy Right here Typically. 

An award-winning entertainer with worldwide accolades and a worldwide fanbase, Shirley is a sex-positive performer and passionate advocate for the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. She obtained her begin in 2012 after profitable Patrick Maliha’s “The Folks’s Champ of Comedy” and has since offered out reveals throughout Canada, the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. Her fourth album “Taking it Up the Notch” was nominated for Greatest Comedy Album on the 2018 Canadian Comedy Awards.

In honor of the nomination, Shirley is sharing with us a Prime 5 from one in every of her personal musical heros– Bizarre Al.

I could also be making a generalisation, however everyone knows Bizarre Al for his unimaginable parodies of pop hits. Sure, we ALL know them. Even the indigenous tribes of the Amazon who haven’t made contact with different civilisations. I mentioned WE ALL KNOW, didn’t I? Nonetheless, not everyone seems to be conscious that Bizarre Al additionally has a lexicon of extremely hilarious unique tunes. They span the whole lot of his a long time lengthy profession, included on each one in every of his releases since his eponymous debut on April 3, 1983. However not all of us have been within the entrance row of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Sick-Suggested Self-importance Tour in 2018 wherein he solely performed a collection of these bangers (though you’ll be able to hear a dwell taping of mentioned live performance on Stitcher Premium). Whereas unique, nearly all of them are homages to a selected style or artist; actually a testomony to the depth of his extremely expert musicality alongside together with his lyrical prowess.

As an enormous Bizarre Al fan, and a touch honored singing clown myself, I might like to sing the praises of a few of Bizarre Al’s lesser identified unique songs. Yeah, we’re gonna go deep lower on this, and it was extremely tough to decide on simply 5 to speak about. Is that this the definitive high 5 Bizarre Al unique songs of all time? Completely not. Am I in any manner certified to be penning this? Hell no. In case your favorite isn’t included, is it best for you to get indignant within the remark part? In fact! Knock your self out. In any case, none of this actually issues within the grand scheme of human struggling. So put your judgy crucial artwork hat, and onward we go to a collection of songs which will simply make your day higher*.

If you happen to’re pondering, “Woah, woah, I didn’t even KNOW Bizarre Al made unique songs! Don’t take me on this deep lower wankfest, you obscurity loving piece of hipster trash!” Honest sufficient. Begin out with ‘The Largest Ball of Twine in Minnesota’, ‘You Don’t Love Me Anymore’, ‘Dare To Be Silly’, ‘One Extra Minute’ ‘Every thing You Know Is Incorrect’ and ‘Frank’s 2000” TV’. While you’re hungry for extra, come again and dive in with me on this record. Collectively, we are going to eagerly await the most recent launch of Bizarre Al originals with large smiles on our faces and perhaps our fingers will brush collectively or one thing. I don’t know, it doesn’t need to be an enormous deal.

*Interrobang, Shirley Gnome and all subsidiaries are usually not chargeable for any elevation or descent of your emotional effectively being on account of listening to those songs.

1. ’Why Does This At all times Occur To Me?’ (Poodle Hat, 2003)

The psychopathy of the bizarre Al lexicon is a marvel to behold. One want go no additional than ‘Melanie’ and ‘Good Previous Days’ to see that Bizarre Al’s originals typically make use of macabre and twisted sensibilities with upbeat melodies. Right here, he marries his trademark medical detachment from all human decency with the self-centered entitlement of the “first world drawback” narrative. With a Ben Folds fashion parody as a backdrop, it’s a satirical exaggeration that rings with a quiet hum of reality as a lot because it rings with a clanging gong of morbidity. As every story turns into more and more darkish, the protagonist of this tune stays steadfast in his whiny pity-party. It actually highlights the absurdity of the narcissistic manner wherein some (You? Me? Everybody in Western tradition?) tends to border their actuality. Enjoyable reality: Ben Folds performs the piano on this observe. Now that’s authenticity!

2. ‘Your Horoscope For At this time’ (Working With Scissors, 1999)

Within the 90s, Third-wave ska/ska punk had it’s second within the solar. Bands like Reel Massive Fish and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have been off-beating their manner up the charts. So too did Bizarre Al have this Elegant second together with his satirical ska takedown of the postulations of astrology. Nonetheless, in contrast to the dwindling curiosity in ska, the indulgences of astrological indicators have by no means been stronger amongst Millenials and Zoomers. This track’s lighthearted sendup of the fallacy of fortune nonetheless lands; a rising signal, maybe, of our age of uncertainty and unreality. My whiny social commentary apart, this track freakin’ rips. Bizarre Al takes the fast hearth tempo of ska and interweaves it with fast hearth celestial specificity, with each star signal getting a future that’s unreasonably specific and utterly unhelpful. It is a hilarious and pleasant opposition to the generic, bias confirming futures inherent to the mystic methodologies of star gazing. Taurus and Capricorn get a one-size suits all, although. Nonetheless, earth indicators are one thing one thing so it is smart. The absurdity is restricted too, with the signature weird, darkish and hilarious imagery that makes Bizarre Al simply so splendidly bizarre. The bridge actually hits the satirical nail with the bizarre al hammer when he says:

“Now you might discover it inconceivable or slightly very least a bit unlikely that
The relative place of the planets and the celebrities
Might have a particular deep significance or that means
That solely applies to solely you
However, let me provide you with my assurance that
These forecasts and predictions are all primarily based on
Stable, scientific, documented proof
So you would need to be some type of moron
To not notice that each single one in every of them is totally true
The place was I?”

*Chef’s kiss*. What a mastermind he’s. Typical Scorpio, I assume.

(Are you feeling personally attacked? Basic Pisces. Learn this and revel in your finest life).


3. ‘{Hardware} Retailer’ (Poodle Hat, 2003)

This track could also be one of many uncommon gems of the Bizarre Al canon that could be a pure unique – effectively, as unique as any track might be. He started penning this track as an homage to alt rock energy trio The Presidents of the USA of America. Nonetheless, it morphed into one thing all its personal – and is considerably of a diehard Bizarre Al fan favorite. A implausible instance of list-rock, the premise is straightforward; a maniacal fanatic enthusiasm for what you should buy in a ironmongery shop. One man impressed by the transcendent ecstasy of energy instruments and constructing supplies, it’s a transformation of the banal to the divine. Prone to hit a chord with handymenchen and hobbyists, the attraction goes past by Bizarre Al’s spectacular technical musicality and show-stopping supply. Marvel on the supply of all the stock of Residence Depot by Bizarre Al’s unstoppable dedication to the drill bit. This isn’t the one tune the place he employs a reverence of the bizarre; take a look at ‘Velvet Elvis’ and ‘Cable TV’ to see how Bizarre Al could make pleasure out of virtually something.

4. Since You Been Gone (Unhealthy Hair Day, 1994)

Lengthy earlier than Kelly Clarkson was so transferring on, yeah yeah, Bizarre Al was gracing us with one in every of a lot of his demented songs of affection and hearbreak. I might be remiss, REMISS I inform you, to not embody somewhat one thing for the lovers on the market. A vocally astounding a’capella (that’s Italian for ‘devices are for losers’) track wherein our benevolent courtroom jester sings each single half (besides the bass, however c’mon give the man a break), it’s one more testomony to the scope of Bizarre Al’s genre-spanning prowess. Is there ANY style he can’t replicate, honour, have a good time, and utterly nail? Don’t reply that. As a substitute, hold studying. With a hefty dollop of that particular Bizarre Al weirdness, he delves deep into the trope of the distress of heartbreak as depicted in well-liked track. It really works as an ideal track in the event you’re in precise post-relationship sorrow, because it each mocks and celebrates how ridiculously terrible it’s to have your coronary heart shattered. There’s one thing particular about being validated whereas additionally having your head gently pulled out of your emotional ass. Probably the greatest components of this quick ditty is the way it seems to be not simply an assemblage of violent and torturous depictions of heartbreak, however a really lengthy stroll to what seems to be the punchline. Go on, go on that stroll. Belief me, the view on the finish is price it.

5. ‘Harvey The Marvel Hamster’ (Alapalooza, 1993)

The eleven yr outdated who nonetheless lives inside me would by no means let me hear the tip of it if I didn’t embody this track. I discovered that lesson once I refused to eat Corn Pops for 3 weeks and he or she JUST WOULDN’T LET IT GO (I ate them, it was grosslicious, and he or she was quieted). Thusly, my closing decide is that this ridiculously quick (0:21) marching anthem of full and utter stupidity. Harvey, regardless of this triumphant and celebratory musical tribute and his exalted moniker, simply runs round on his hamster wheel. It’s ludicrous. It’s mirthful. It’s probably a deeply nihilistic tackle the pointlessness of existence (or, maybe, simply hamsters as pets). In the end, it’s excellent. It has made my life higher on many events, and the pandemic is one in every of them. If you happen to felt such as you have been operating on the Hamster Wheel of Life™ throughout lockdown, let this cheery mood-lifter shine somewhat gentle into your languished existence. Giggle, snicker some extra, after which perhaps cry or punch a tree? No matter feels proper. If that is simply not sufficient Harvey for you, take a look at this clip from AL-TV wherein Harvey is each celebrated and maybe ended? All the higher understanding Bizarre Al is a effectively documented animal lover and vegan.


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