Top Ranking Albums of July 2014

SOJAAmid the Noise and Haste [ATO Records 2014]

“Weird Al” YankovicMandatory Fun [RCA 2104]

Maxi PriestEasy To Love [VP Records 2014]

Old Crow Medicine ShowRemedy [ATO Records 2014]

Delly RanxSweet Reggae [Very Important Sound Records 2014]

Dre Island Live Forever [Natural High Music 2014]

Various ArtistsCountry Funk II 1967-1974 [Light in the Attic 2014]

BleachedFor The Feel [Dead Oceans 2014]

SpoonThey Want My Soul [Loma Vista 2014]

J MascisTried A Star [Sub Pop Records 2014]

Various ArtistsGuardians of the Galaxy (Awesome Mix Vol. 1) [Hollywood Records 2014]

Eric Clapton & FriendsThe Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale [Bushbranch Records 2014]

Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersHypnotic Eye [Reprise 2014]

LulucPasserby [Sub Pop Records 2014]

Jenny LewisThe Voyager [Warner Brothers 2014]

TennisRitual in Repeat [Communion Records 2014]

Tramples By TurtlesWild Animals [Banjodad Records 2014]

John HiattTerms of My Surrender [New West 2014]

Levon HelmMidnight Ramble, Volume 3 [Vanguard 2014]

Steve Earle – Live Nashville 1995 [Shout Factory Records 2014]


Top Ranking Albums of July 2014

Weird Al Yankovic and the King of Pop


Weird Al Yankovic rode the Michael Jackson coat tails quite unlike any other performer in modern history. When you listen to artists like Weird Al Yankovic, DJ Spooky, Q-Tip, Herbie Hancock, and LL Cool J speak about Michael Jackson on the Thrillercast podcast you learn just how huge a superstar Michael Jackson actually was. In fact Jackson created an entire industry. Just think about the popularity and the money made from the parodies.“Weird Al” Yankovic’sEat It” and “Fat” made hits out of Jackson’s super hits “Beat It (Single Version)” and “Bad.” Jackson and Yankovic share the royalties of the parodied songs.  On the recent Thrillercast, a podcast celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the album Thriller 25 Super Deluxe Edition, Yankovic said he bought a very nice house with the royalties from the Michael Jackson parodies.

I loved Weird Al Yankovic as a kid and his videos were very funny.  My brother, friends, and I memorized the Even Worse album.  I even was a fan of his film UHF. Perhaps Michael Jackson is the King of Pop but Weird Al Yankovic must be the King of Pop Parody. I always thought Weird Al Yankovic was the son of the “King of Polka” Frank Yankovic. However, readers have informed me of the truth. “Weird Al” is not the son of Frankie Yankovic. Anyways go ahead and check out Frankie Yankovic and the Yanks on the album Frankie Yankovic & His Yanks’ Greatests Hits. Frankie Yankovic played a wonderful “Beer Barrel Polka.”

Weird Al Yankovic and the King of Pop