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Sunday, March 01, 2009

"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC IN 3-D released 25 years ago

Twenty-five years ago today "Weird Al" Yankovic In 3-D was released... and neither music or pop culture in general was ever the same again.

True, this was the second album that "Weird Al" Yankovic came out with (following his self-titled debut record). But In 3-D was the one that blasted his career into high orbit and he hasn't come down yet. The first song of the album, "Eat It", was a culinary parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It". The song itself is a mirthful marvel in its own right, but the "Eat It" music video is what grabbed everyone's attention: in 1984 and the height of the MTV revolution, nobody had seen a music video packed with so much humor! "Eat It" wound up winning a 1984 Grammy, for Best Comedy Performance Single or Album, Spoken or Musical. It would be just the first of many for Yankovic.

So to "Weird Al" and his band: congratulations on In 3-D reaching the quarter century milestone! :-)