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who is that guyIt has been quite some time since since I had watched or even reviewed a Rock Doc so I figured there was no better time than now to start. Normally when I am trying to decide what documentary to watch, I usually do not pick one unless I know the subject matter. That was definitely not the case with today’s choice for Rock Docs entitled Who The Fuck Is That Guy’? The Fabulous Journey Of Michael Alago. To put it in simple terms, the reason I chose to watch this documentary was for the simple fact that it had the word Metallica in the description. The documentary follows the life of a gay Puerto Rican New Yorker who would end up being one of the most important people in the metal industry simply for the fact that he signed Metallica. Watch the documentary as you get testimony straight from the source himself Michael Alago as well as James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Cyndi Lauper, Mina Caputo, Cherry Vanilla, Cheetah Chrome, Rob Zombie, John Lydon, Eric Bogosian, Mike Gitter, Phil Caivano, Phil Anselmo, Sean Yseult, John Joseph, Joe Sib, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, and so many more in this amazing doc.

who is that guy 2You may still be wondering just who in the hell Michael Alago is, but he truly is such an important figure for heavy metal because he signed so many acts from Metallica, Metal Church, White Zombie, and so many more. You find out that he was a guy that truly loved music back in the 70’s and 80’s as he describes the night life in New York City and all the legendary clubs that hosted shows back in the day from the L’amour, The Ritz, CBGBs, and so many more. You figure out that all of the names I mentioned above have a huge amount of respect for Michael Alago. He’s a guy who broke down a lot of barriers in the business being a gay man tackling an over-testosteroned genre and he made people understand that it was all about the music. The documentary features interviews, some animation for certain stories he or someone else tells, and a lot of great photos that Michael has had in his collection. You also learn about the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 80’s firsthand from someone who survived it in Michael Alago. Check it out on Netflix right now as we speak and I am going to give it an A- for a final grade.

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weirdThere is a logical reason as to why there was no Parody Of The Week post because I was saving the ultimate parodies for the King Of Pop Parodies “Weird Al” Yankovic and this week’s album of the week Dare To Be Stupid. “Weird Al” at this point had already established himself in the music world as the Parody guy, but he hadn’t released an album that was a huge hit after releasing just two albums. So, it was back to the drawing board for Al, Jim “Bermuda” Schwartz (Drums), Steve Jay (Banjo, Bass), Jim West (Guitar), and Rick Derringer who played guitar on the record as well as produced it. The band would record four parodies, four style period parodies, an original song, and a polka medley. Dare To Be Stupid was the first musical comedy album to be released on Compact Disc back in 1985 and it peaked on the Billboard Top 200 charts at number 50. In 2003, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA. The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording in 1986, but he lost to Whoopi Goldberg.

weird 2The first song on the album was one that was suggested by Madonna. Madonna had asked a mutual friend the question of how long it would take until Al parodied the song Like A Virgin into Like A Surgeon and sure enough Al did. The next track on the record was the brilliant original track Dare To Be Stupid which was a style parody that was inspired by Devo and it’s a song that Devo loved and was jealous of for how Al was able to take the synth sound and run with it. I Want A New Duck is the next track on the record and it’s a parody of the awesome Huey Lewis & The News track I Want A New Drug and you have to love the duck sound effects that Al employs in the track. One More Minute was the next track on the record and it was another style parody, but this time “Weird Al” channeled Elvis Presley’s doo-wop style for the track and it’s brilliant as he talks about a woman that left and he is very upset. Yoda is the next track and it’s a parody of The Kinks track Lola  and it’s a track that he discusses the storied iconic Star Wars character. This is a very funny track and one of my favorites on the album.

weird 3The next track on the record is a cover of of the TV Theme to George Of The Jungle. Slime Creatures from Outer Space is the next track and it’s the next period parody on the album that parodies the sounds of 1950’s sci-fi movie songs and it’s actually a pretty cool bass driven song with all the cool sci-fi effects. Girls Just Want to Have Lunch is a parody of Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want To Have Fun and this is another hilarious track on the record with crunching sounds. This Is The Life is the next style period parody that parodies 1920’s, 30’s jazz, swing, vaudeville songs. Cable TV is the only completely original song  as he talks about how great his life is since he has gotten Cable TV and it’s actually great commentary on how you can have 83 channels of nothing, but you’re just happy you have cable tv. Hooked On Polkas  is a polka medley that covers 13 tracks in 4 minutes. Some of the tracks that it covers are Quiet Riot’s Metal Health (Bang Your Head), Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top, Method Of Modern Love by Hall & Oates, We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister, Owner Of A Lonely Heart by Yes and so much more. This was honestly one of my favorite “Weird Al” albums and you have to respect the king of parodies because he made it cool for everyone to do it. That is why I am giving the album four stars out of five for a final grade.