Recorded between August and Marchthe album was Yankovic's first studio album released following the success of 's In 3-Dwhich included the Top 40 single " Eat It Burn - Various - Now Thats What I Call Music!
9. The music on Dare to Be Stupid is built around parodies and pastiches of pop and rock music of the mids, featuring reimaginings of MadonnaCyndi LauperHuey Lewis and the Newsand the Kinks. The album also features many "style parodies", or musical imitations that come close to, but do not copy, existing artists. These style parodies include imitations of Devo and Elvis Presleyas well as imitations of various musical genres such as doo-wopsci-fi soundtracksand music from the s and s.
Despite the mixed reception, Dare to Be Stupid sold well and peaked at number fifty on the Billboard The album also produced one of Yankovic's more famous singles, " Like a Surgeon ", a parody of Madonna's " Like a Virgin ", which peaked at number forty-seven on the Billboard Hot The album was Yankovic's second Gold recordand went on to be certified Platinum for sales of over one million copies 12th Street Rag - Weird Al Yankovic - Dare To Be Stupid the United States.
In January Yankovic entered the recording studio to begin the sessions to his In 3-D follow-up album. The album's title track, " Dare to Be Stupid ", is an ode to living life stupidly.
According to the liner notes of The Ultimate Video Collectionthe song represents "Al's motto in life". He seemed to enjoy it a lot. Demento Showand even managed to hit, and hold onto, number one on the Funny Five countdown for several weeks.
Demento 's Basement Tapes. After the large success of the demo version, Yankovic wanted to put the song on one of his albums. In a interview with SpinYankovic explained that, "We approached Ray Davies [the song's composer], we've been approaching him every year and a half, two years before each album comes out and he's always been a little skeptical, a little afraid because 'Lola' was a very personal song for him. Then just out of the blue he decided this time to let us do it.
According to the album's notes, the song may have remained unreleased for some time had it not been for a chance encounter Yankovic had with the song's original songwriter, Ray Davies. When Yankovic asked why he hadn't given him permission, Davies remarked that he had never been asked. The day after recording "Yoda", Yankovic started recording "Like a Surgeon", the lead single for the album.
Madonna asked one of her friends how long it would take until Yankovic satirized her song "Like a Virgin" into "Like a Surgeon".
This friend was a mutual friend of Al's manager, Jay Levey. When word got back Magic - Rainbow - Difficult To Cure Yankovic, he decided it was a good idea and wrote the song.
This is the only known time that Yankovic has gotten a parody idea directly from the original artist. However, Scotti Bros. However, because he was effectively forced to record the parody, Yankovic has cited "Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch" as one of his least favorite songs, and ultimately left it off his compilation album The Food Album.
On March 25,Yankovic rounded out the recording of his new album with a polka medley of then-popular songs in music. After the release of the album, Yankovic undertook the city "Stupid Tour"; this was his biggest tour of the s, and featured "costume changes, carefully designed lighting, and several of Al's videos cleverly integrated into the stage show".
The videos that were made to promote Dare to Be Stupid were later compiled, with additional material into a direct-to-video mockumentary called The Compleat Al. Weisswas one of "the first programs of its kind to be made specifically for the home video market".
To go along with the video, the tongue-in-cheek book The Authorized Al was also released. The book, co-written by Yankovic and Tino Insanahas since gone out of print.
Dare to Be Stupid received moderately favorable reviews from critics. Although it was left off his first greatest hits album the song was featured on the second volume the box set Permanent Record and the compilation The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic. Although the lead single "Like a Uleczmy Maszyny (1989) - Düsseldorf - 1989-1993 and the parody "Yoda" were met with praise, many criticized the album's other parodies.
Rolling Stone writer David Play The Back - Mr. Green - Live From The Streets wrote positively that "the pick of this album's original litter is 'One More Minute', which is a parody of a style Fifties vocal group rather than a specific song and is a superb tune besides — right down to the perfect little gasp right before the final chorus".
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