Best Songs from "Weird Al" Yankovic's Running with Scissors

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Running with Scissors is the 10th studio album by "Weird Al" Yankovic, released on June 29, 1999. It was the fourth studio album self-produced by Yankovic. It was the first album for Volcano Records after leaving Scotti Brothers. The musical styles on the album are built around parodies and pastiches of pop and rock music of the late 1990s, largely targeting alternative rock and hip-hop. The album's lead single, " The Saga Begins ", however, was a parody of the 1971 single " American Pie " by Don McLean, and it recounts the plot of the film Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which was released around the same time.

The album featured five parodie,the album also contains lampoons of " One Week " by Barenaked Ladies, " It's All About the Benjamins " by Puff Daddy, and " Zoot Suit Riot " by Cherry Poppin' Daddies. The other half of the album is original material, featuring many "style parodies", or musical imitations of existing artists. These style parodies include imitations of specific artists like Nine Inch Nails and The Rugburns, as well as imitations of different musical genres like zydeco, third-wave ska, and truck-driving country.

Genres: Comedy, parody

Band Members and Production:

"Weird Al" Yankovic – accordion, keyboards, vocals, backing vocals, production

Steve Jay – bass guitar, backing vocals

Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz – percussion, drums, backing vocals

Rubén Valtierra – keyboards on "The Saga Begins", "The Weird Al Show Theme", "Jerry Springer" and "Grapefruit Diet"

Jim West – banjo, guitar, backing vocals

Tony Papa – engineer, mixer


Kim Bullard – keyboards on "Germs"

Tom Evans – saxophone on "Your Horoscope For Today" and "Grapefruit Diet"

Thomas "Snake" Johnson – tuba on "Polka Power!"

Warren Luening – trumpet on "The Weird Al Show Theme" and "Polka Power!"

Joel Peskin – clarinet on "Pretty Fly For A Rabbi" and "Polka Power!"

Dan Regan – trombone on "Your Horoscope For Today"

Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone on "The Weird Al Show Theme"

Marty Rifkin – pedal steel guitar on "Truck Drivin' Song"

Tom Sauber – fiddle on "My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder"

Lee Thornberg – trombone, trumpet on "Your Horoscope For Today" and "Grapefruit Diet"

Tavis Werts – trumpet on "Your Horoscope For Today" Charts and certifications

The Top Ten

1 Albuquerque
2 The Saga Begins
3 It's All About the Pentiums
4 Pretty Fly for a Rabbi
5 Truck Drivin' Song
6 Germs
7 The Weird Al Show Theme
8 My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder
9 Polka Power!
10 Jerry Springer

The Contenders

11 Your Horoscope for Today
12 Grapefruit Diet
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