Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Weird Al Yankovic, released on February 28,1984, by Rock n Roll Records. The album was one of many produced by former The McCoys guitarist Rick Derringer, recorded between October and December 1983, the album was Yankovics follow-up to his modestly successful debut LP, Weird Al Yankovic. The music on Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D is built around parodies and pastiches of pop, half of the album is made up of parodies, featuring jabs at Michael Jackson, Men Without Hats, The Greg Kihn Band, The Police, and Survivor. The other half of the album is original material, featuring many style parodies, or musical imitations that come close to and these style parodies include imitations of specific artists like Bob Marley and The B-52s. Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D is also notable for being the first album released by Yankovic to feature a medley of hit songs. These pastiches of hit songs, set to music, have since appeared on nearly all of Yankovics albums. Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D was met mostly positive reviews and peaked at number seventeen on the Billboard 200. The album also produced one of Yankovics most famous singles, Eat It and this song was Yankovics highest charting single until White & Nerdy from his 2006 album Straight Outta Lynwood peaked at number nine in the October 21,2006 Billboard charts. Eat It also charted at number one in Australia, making it Yankovics only number one single in any country, the album also produced two minor US hits, King of Suede, which peaked at number sixty-two, and I Lost on Jeopardy, which peaked at number eighty-one. The album was Yankovics first Gold record, and went on to be certified Platinum for sales of one million copies in the United States. Eat It won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Performance Single or Album, in October 1983, Yankovic began recording his second album at Santa Monica Sound Recorders, in Santa Monica, California. To produce it, he brought in former The McCoys guitarist Rick Derringer, backing Yankovic were Jon Bermuda Schwartz on drums, Steve Jay on bass, and Jim West on guitar. During the first recording session for the album, five songs were recorded, Nature Trail To Hell, Mr. Popeil, Buy Me a Condo, Midnight Star. Every song on Yankovics debut album was played on an accordion, accompanied by bass, guitar, on In 3-D Yankovic decided to restrict the accordion to certain sections, most notably the polka medley Polkas on 45. and of course, on the polka medleys. Im not really downplaying the accordion at all - I usually feature the accordion on three or four songs every album, which is three or four more accordion-based songs than most Top 40 albums have. One of the first originals recorded for the album was Midnight Star, the liner notes to Permanent Record state that a Weekly World News article about the Incredible Frog Boy helped to inspire the song. According to Yankovic, most of the headlines were real. He spent several weeks collecting and looking through old tabloids to find inane titles, initially he thought that Midnight Star should have been the lead single for the album, but later relented and released Eat It instead
Image: Weird Al Yankovic In 3 D
Michael Jackson, composer of "Beat It", thought Yankovic's parody was a "funny idea" (1984, White House Photo Office).