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1. "Weird Al" Yankovic – Alfred Matthew Weird Al Yankovic is an American singer, songwriter, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, voice actor, music video director, film producer, and author. Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has more than 12 million albums, recorded more than 150 parody and original songs. His works have earned him four Grammy Awards and a further 11 nominations, four gold records, Weird Als first top ten Billboard album and single were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career. His latest album, Mandatory Fun, became his first number-one album during its debut week and he directed later videos himself and went on to direct for other artists including Ben Folds, Hanson, The Black Crowes, and The Presidents of the United States of America. Weird Al has stated that he may forgo traditional albums in favor of timely releases of singles, in addition to recording his albums, Weird Al wrote and starred in the film UHF and The Weird Al Show. He has also made guest appearances and voice acting roles on television shows and video web content. He has also written two books, When I Grow Up and My New Teacher and Me. Yankovic was born in Downey, California and raised in Lynwood. He is the child of Mary Elizabeth and Nick Yankovic. Mary, who was of Italian and English descent, had come to California from Kentucky, Als first accordion lesson, which sparked his career in music, was on the day before his sixth birthday. A door-to-door salesman traveling through Lynwood offered the Yankovic parents a choice of accordion or guitar lessons at a music school. Yankovic said that parents chose the accordion because they were convinced it would revolutionize rock and he continued lessons at the school for three years before continuing to learn on his own. Yankovics early accordion role models included Frankie Yankovic and Myron Floren, in the 1970s, Yankovic was a big fan of Elton John and claims Johns Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album was partly how I learned to play rock n roll on the accordion. Other sources of inspiration for his comedy come from Mad magazine, Monty Python, Yankovic began kindergarten a year earlier than most children, and he skipped second grade. My classmates seemed to think I was some kind of rocket scientist so I was labeled an early on. As his unusual schooling left him two years younger than most of his classmates, Yankovic was not interested in sports or social events at school and we started the club just to get an extra picture of ourselves in the yearbook. Weird Al graduated in 1975 and was valedictorian of his senior class, Yankovic attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he earned a bachelors degree in architecture. Yankovic received his first exposure via southern California and syndicated radio personality Dr. Dementos radio show, saying If there hadnt been a Dr. Demento. The tapes first song, Belvedere Cruisin - about his familys Plymouth Belvedere - was played on Dementos comedy radio show, launching Yankovics career
2. Rock music – It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, itself heavily influenced by blues, rhythm and blues and country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of genres such as electric blues and folk. Musically, rock has centered on the guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass guitar. Typically, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse-chorus form, like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political in emphasis. Punk was an influence into the 1980s on the subsequent development of subgenres, including new wave, post-punk. From the 1990s alternative rock began to rock music and break through into the mainstream in the form of grunge, Britpop. Similarly, 1970s punk culture spawned the visually distinctive goth and emo subcultures and this trio of instruments has often been complemented by the inclusion of other instruments, particularly keyboards such as the piano, Hammond organ and synthesizers. The basic rock instrumentation was adapted from the blues band instrumentation. A group of musicians performing rock music is termed a rock band or rock group, Rock music is traditionally built on a foundation of simple unsyncopated rhythms in a 4/4 meter, with a repetitive snare drum back beat on beats two and four. Melodies are often derived from older musical modes, including the Dorian and Mixolydian, harmonies range from the common triad to parallel fourths and fifths and dissonant harmonic progressions. Critics have stressed the eclecticism and stylistic diversity of rock, because of its complex history and tendency to borrow from other musical and cultural forms, it has been argued that it is impossible to bind rock music to a rigidly delineated musical definition. These themes were inherited from a variety of sources, including the Tin Pan Alley pop tradition, folk music and rhythm, as a result, it has been seen as articulating the concerns of this group in both style and lyrics. Christgau, writing in 1972, said in spite of some exceptions, rock and roll usually implies an identification of male sexuality, according to Simon Frith rock was something more than pop, something more than rock and roll. Rock musicians combined an emphasis on skill and technique with the concept of art as artistic expression, original. The foundations of music are in rock and roll, which originated in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Its immediate origins lay in a melding of various musical genres of the time, including rhythm and blues and gospel music, with country. In 1951, Cleveland, Ohio disc jockey Alan Freed began playing rhythm and blues music for a multi-racial audience, debate surrounds which record should be considered the first rock and roll record. Other artists with rock and roll hits included Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis
3. Polka – The polka is originally a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. It originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia, local varieties of this dance are also found in the Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America and the United States. The name polka possibly comes from the Czech word půlka, referring to the short half-steps featured in the dance. e, the absence of diacritics, both referring to the half-tempo 24 and the half-jump step of the dance. Zíbrt also ironically dismisses the etymology suggested by A. Fähnrich that polka comes from the Czech word pole, on the other hand, Zdeněk Nejedlý suggests that the etymology given by Fr. Doucha is nothing but an effort to prove the true Czech folk origin of Polka, Nejedlý also writes that Václav Vladivoj Tomek also claims the Hradec Králové roots of a Polka. OED also suggests that the name may have derived from the Czech polka meaning Polish woman. The word was introduced into the major European languages in the early 1840s. It should not be confused with the polska, a Swedish 34-beat dance with Polish roots, a related dance is the redowa. Polkas almost always have a 24 time signature, folk music of Polka style appeared in written music about 1800. She is said to have called the dance Maděra, because of its liveliness, the dance was further propagated by the music teacher Josef Neruda, who witnessed Anna dance in an unusual way, put the tune to paper, and taught other young men to dance it. Čeněk Zíbrt notices that a claim that the events happened in Týnec nad Labem. Zibrt writes that when he published this story in 1894 in Narodni Listy newspaper. In particular, he wrote according to further witness, the originating event actually happened in 1830, in Kostelec nad Labem. Zíbrt writes that he published the first version of the story in Bohemia, from where it was reprinted all over Europe and in the United States. Zíbrt also wrote that simple Czech folk claimed that knew and danced Polka long before the nobles got hold of it. By 1835, this dance had spread to the ballrooms of Prague, from there, it spread to Vienna by 1839, and in 1840 was introduced in Paris by Raab, a Prague dance instructor. It was so well received by both dancers and dance masters in Paris that its popularity was referred to as polkamania, the dance soon spread to London and was introduced to America in 1844. It remained a popular dance until the late 19th century
4. Accordion – Accordions are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox. A person who plays the accordion is called an accordionist, the concertina and bandoneón are related, the harmonium and American reed organ are in the same family. The instrument is played by compressing or expanding the bellows while pressing buttons or keys, causing pallets to open and these vibrate to produce sound inside the body. Valves on opposing reeds of each note are used to make the instruments reeds sound louder without air leaking from each reed block. The performer normally plays the melody on buttons or keys on the manual. The accordion is widely spread across the world, nevertheless, in Europe and North America, some popular music acts also make use of the instrument. Additionally, the accordion is used in cajun, zydeco, jazz music. The piano accordion is the official city instrument of San Francisco, the oldest name for this group of instruments is harmonika, from the Greek harmonikos, meaning harmonic, musical. Today, native versions of the accordion are more common. These names refer to the type of accordion patented by Cyrill Demian, accordions have many configurations and types. Similar to a bow, the production of sound in an accordion is in direct proportion to the motion of the player. The bellows is located between the right- and left-hand manuals, and is made from pleated layers of cloth and cardboard, with added leather and metal. It is used to pressure and vacuum, driving air across the internal reeds and producing sound by their vibration. These boxes house reed chambers for the right- and left-hand manuals, each side has grilles in order to facilitate the transmission of air in and out of the instrument, and to allow the sound to better project. The grille for the manual is usually larger and is often shaped for decorative purposes. The right-hand manual is used for playing the melody and the left-hand manual for playing the accompaniment. The manual mechanism of the instrument either enables the air flow, or disables it, the different types have varying components. All instruments have reed ranks of some format, the most typical accordion is the piano accordion, which is used for many musical genres
5. Stan Freberg – Stan Freberg was an American author, recording artist, voice actor, comedian, radio personality, puppeteer and advertising creative director, whose career began in 1944. He remained active in the industry into his late 80s, more than 70 years after entering it, Freberg was born Stanley Friberg in Pasadena, California, the son of Evelyn Dorothy, a housewife, and Victor Richard Friberg, a Baptist minister. Freberg was a Christian and of Swedish and Irish descent, as Freberg explained to Rusty Pipes, After I replaced Jack Benny in 1957, they were unable to sell me with spot announcements in the show. That would mean that three minutes Id have to drop a commercial in. I want to be sponsored by one person, like Benny was, by American Tobacco or State Farm Insurance, I refused to let them sell me to any cigarette company. Frebergs first wife, Donna, died in 2000 and he had two children from that marriage, Donna Jean and Donavan. He married Betty Hunter in 2001, Freberg was employed as a voice actor in animation shortly after graduating from Alhambra High School. He began at Warner Brothers in 1944 by getting on a bus, as he describes in his autobiography, It Only Hurts When I Laugh, he got off the bus and found a sign that said talent agency. He walked in, and the agents there arranged for him to audition for Warner Brothers cartoons where he was promptly hired. He often found himself paired with Mel Blanc while at Warner Bros. where the two men performed such pairs as the mice Hubie and Bertie and Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier. In 1950, he was the voice of Friz Frelengs Dumb Dog in Foxy By Proxy and he was the voice of Pete Puma in the 1952 cartoon Rabbits Kin, in which he did an impression of an early Frank Fontaine characterization. Freberg is often credited with voicing the character of Junyer Bear in Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears, after Rogers was killed during World War II, Freberg assumed the role of Junyer Bear in Chuck Jones Looney Tunes cartoon Whats Brewin, Bruin. Featuring Jones version of The Three Bears and he also succeeded Rogers as the voice of Beaky Buzzard. Freberg was heard in many Warner Brothers cartoons, but his screen credit on one was Three Little Bops. His work as an actor for Walt Disney Productions included the role of Mr. Busy the Beaver in Lady. Freberg also provided the voice of Sam, the orange cat paired with Sylvester in the Academy Award-nominated short Mouse and he voiced Cage E. Coyote, the father of Wile E. Coyote, in the 2000 short Little Go Beep. Freberg was cast to sing the part of the Jabberwock in the song Beware the Jabberwock for Disneys Alice in Wonderland, with the Rhythmaires and Daws Butler. Written by Don Raye and Gene de Paul, the song was a rendering of the poem Jabberwocky from Lewis Carrolls Through the Looking Glass
6. Spike Jones – Lindley Armstrong Spike Jones was an American musician and bandleader specializing in satirical arrangements of popular songs. Ballads and classical works receiving the Jones treatment were punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells and outlandish and comedic vocals. From the early 1940s to the mid-1950s, Jones and his band recorded under the title Spike Jones and his City Slickers and toured the United States, Jones father was a Southern Pacific railroad agent. Young Lindley Jones got his nickname by being so thin that he was compared to a railroad spike, at age 11 he got his first set of drums. As a teenager he played in bands that he formed himself, Jones first band was called Spike Jones, a railroad restaurant chef taught him how to use pots and pans, forks, knives and spoons as musical instruments. Jones frequently played in pit orchestras. In the 1930s he joined the Victor Young orchestra and got many offers to appear on shows, including Al Jolsons Lifebuoy Program, Burns and Allen. Jones became bored playing the music each night with the orchestras. He found other like-minded musicians and they began playing parodies of songs for their own entertainment. The musicians wanted their wives to share their enjoyment, so they recorded their weekly performances, one of the recordings made its way into the hands of an RCA Victor executive, who offered the musicians a recording contract. The City Slickers first record was Der Fuehrers Face, the records success inspired Jones to become the bands leader. He initially thought the popularity the record brought them would fade, however, audiences kept asking for more, so Jones started working on more comic arrangements. From 1937 to 1942, Jones was the percussionist for the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and he was part of a backing band for songwriter Cindy Walker during her early recording career with Decca Records and Standard Transcriptions. Her song Were Gonna Stomp Them City Slickers Down provided the inspiration for the name of Jones’s future band, the City Slickers developed from the Feather Merchants, a band led by vocalist-clarinetist Del Porter, who took a back seat to Jones during the groups embryonic years. They made experimental records for the Cinematone Corporation and performed publicly in Los Angeles, original members included vocalist-violinist Carl Grayson, banjoist Perry Botkin, trombonist King Jackson and pianist Stan Wrightsman. The band signed a contract with RCAs budget-priced Bluebird label in 1940. They recorded extensively for the company until 1955 and they also starred in various radio programs and in their own NBC and CBS television shows from 1954 to 1961. Peter James and Paul Mousie Garner were former members of Ted Healys stage act on Broadway, James joined Healy for a two-year run in the Shubert revue A NIGHT IN SPAIN where he worked alongside Shemp Howard and Larry Fine
7. P. D. Q. Bach – Bach is a fictitious composer invented by musical satirist Professor Peter Schickele. Schickele developed a career, performing the discovered works of the only forgotten son of the Bach family. Schickeles music combines parodies of musicological scholarship, the conventions of Baroque and classical music, and slapstick. The name P. D. Q. is a parody of the names given to some members of the Bach family that are commonly reduced to initials. PDQ is an initialism for pretty damned quick, Schickele began working on the character while studying at the Aspen Music Festival and School and at Juilliard, and has performed a variety of P. D. Q. The Village Voice mentions the juxtaposition of collage, bitonality, musical satire, Bach he has single-handedly mapped a musical universe that everyone knew was there and no one else had the guts to explore. As of 2012 he has decreased touring due to age and he performed two concerts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his first concert at The Town Hall in New York on December 28 and 29,2015, and continues to have live concert performances. Schickele gives a fictional biography of the composer according to which P. D. Q. Bach was born in Leipzig on April 1,1742, the son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Anna Magdalena Bach and he died May 5,1807, though his birth and death years are often listed on album literature in reverse, as. According to Schickele, P. D. Q. possessed the originality of Johann Christian, the arrogance of Carl Philipp Emanuel, schickeles works attributed to P. D. Q. Bach often incorporate comical rearrangements of well-known works of other composers, there is often a startling juxtaposition of styles within a single P. D. Q. The Prelude to Einstein on the Fritz, which alludes to Philip Glass opera Einstein on the Beach, Bachs first prelude from The Well-Tempered Clavier, but at double the normal speed, with each phrase repeated interminably in a minimalist manner that parodies Glasss. On top of this structure is added everything from jazz phrases to snoring to heavily-harmonized versions of Three Blind Mice to the chanting of a meaningless phrase. Through all these mutilations, the piece never deviates from Bachs original harmonic structure, Bachs fictional musical output into three periods, the Initial Plunge, the Soused Period, and Contrition. During the Initial Plunge, P. D. Q, Bach wrote the Traumerei for solo piano, an Echo Sonata for two unfriendly groups of instruments, and a Gross Concerto for Divers Flutes, two Trumpets, and Strings. During the Soused Period, P. D. Q, during the Contrition Period, P. D. Q. A final work is the mock religious work Missa Hilarious, the tromboon is a musical instrument made up of the reed and bocal of a bassoon, attached to the body of a trombone in place of the trombones mouthpiece. It combines the sound of double reeds and the slide for a distinctive, the name of the instrument is a portmanteau of trombone and bassoon
8. The BossHoss – They incorporate stereotypical American cowboy behavior into their act, they wear Stetson hats, tank tops and large sunglasses, display whiskey bottles, and yell yeehaw. The band refers to their style as Country Trash Punk Rock. Rocket - electric guitar Ernesto Escobar de Tijuana - percussion, keytar melodica Michael Frick - double bass Russ - electric guitar Russ T and they were featured in the trendsetting music show Tracks and played live during the Kiel Week. In late 2004 they signed a deal with Universal Music Domestic Division. The band played about 180 concerts that year, in 2005 they adapted Ca plane pour moi from the Belgian artist Plastic Bertrand. In 2006 BossHoss provided the soundtrack for the football movie FC Venus, release of the first single I Say A Little Prayer on April 28 and the second album Rodeo Radio on May 19. Half of that album were their own songs, the other half cover versions. After they had released that album, their first album rose into the charts again, sold 100,000 copies by the end of May 2006. BossHoss played a lot of concerts in Germany and at festivals all over Europe. Others Stallion Battalion live from Cologne Notes Hey Ya
9. Dread Zeppelin – Dread Zeppelin is an American band best known for performing the songs of Led Zeppelin in a reggae style as sung by a 300-pound Las Vegas Elvis impersonator. Over the years they would perform songs originally by Elvis Presley, Bob Marley. The group toured extensively around the world during their tenure with I. R. S, the nucleus of Dread Zeppelin, bassist Put-Mon, drummer Cheese and guitarist Jah Paul Jo, were from a Pasadena, California group called The Prime Movers. Signed to Island Records in 1986, The Prime Movers had some success in the UK with singles On The Trail, when The Prime Movers ended in 1989, Jah Paul Jo hatched the idea for a new group that would call itself Dread Zeppelin. Aside from the three members, the band recruited guitarist Carl Jah and 300-pound Vegas-era Elvis impersonator Tortelvis. The band supposedly met Tortelvis when he rammed his milk float into the back of the bands car, longtime graphic artist for The Prime Movers, Bryant Fernandez, was brought in as conga-man Ed Zeppelin. The concept for Dread Zeppelin may be less bizarre than it seems, notably, Led Zeppelin did make several recordings which reflected a prominent reggae influence, such as the 1973 song Dyer Maker. Also, the frequently performed Elvis Presley songs in concert. Led Zeppelin met Elvis briefly in 1974 after attending one of his concerts in Los Angeles, the first Dread Zeppelin recording was meant to be a goof on Led Zeppelins 45 single Immigrant Song and its sought-after non-LP B-Side Hey Hey What Can I Do. All early Dread Zeppelin recordings and most of the bands first album Un-Led-Ed were recorded at the studio of Dave Stewart of Eurythmics. After the success of Immigrant Song, a single, Whole Lotta Love/Tour-telvis. A third, Your Time is Gonna Come/Woodstock, was released not as a single, there was also a live cassette issued by Birdcage, but only to members of The Dread Zeppelin fan club, called Live On Blueberry Cheesecake. In 1990, Dread Zeppelin were signed to Miles Copeland IIIs IRS label and their first album, Un-Led-Ed, consisted of more covers taken from Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II, plus Black Dog from the untitled fourth album. Original drummer Cheese left the band just after recording Un-Led-Ed and he was replaced by Fresh Cheese. Shortly before Un-Led-Ed was released, the original Ed Zeppelin was replaced by his twin brother. Un-Led-Ed was surprisingly successful, and in the fall of 1990, Dread Zeppelin took a break from touring and recorded their second album,5,000. In addition to the usual Zeppelin in a style, this album also featured a cover of Bob Marleys Stir It Up as well as three original songs. For the next album, the band had planned a rock opera entitled Albert about a critic who wanted to be a star
10. Neil Innes – Neil James Innes is an English writer, comedian and musician, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. Innes was born in Danbury, Essex and he spent much of his childhood with his parents and older brother Iain in post-war Germany during his Scottish fathers military assignment as a warrant officer. He took piano lessons from age 7 to 14 and taught himself to play guitar and his parents were supportive of their sons interests. His father showed some ability as well, he frequently drew. Innes later attended Thorpe Grammar School and the Norwich School of Art, because Norwich lacked a particular art curriculum in which he was interested, he transferred to Goldsmiths, where he studied drama. At Goldsmiths he met Yvonne Catherine Hilton, whom he married on 3 March 1966 and they have three sons, Miles, Luke, and Barney. Innes graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Goldsmiths in 1966, Innes met Vivian Stanshall at the Central School of Art, where both studied drawing. Together they wrote most of the songs, including Im the Urban Spaceman, their sole hit, and Death Cab for Cutie. Innes won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Novel Song in 1968 for Im the Urban Spaceman, unfortunately for them, by the time their sole album Lucky Planet was released in 1970, the members had already disbanded and were moving on to other projects. In the mid-1970s, Innes became closely associated with the TV series Monty Pythons Flying Circus and he played a major role in performing and writing songs and sketches for the final series in 1974. He wrote a squib of a song called George III for the episode The Golden Age of Ballooning, which was sung by The Flirtations and he also wrote the song When Does a Dream Begin. Used in Anything Goes, The Light Entertainment War and he is one of only two non-Pythons to ever be credited writers for the TV series, the other being Douglas Adams. He appeared on stage with the Pythons in New York City in 1976 and he was introduced as Raymond Scum. After his introduction he told the audience, Ive suffered for my music, in 1980 he travelled to the States with the Pythons again, subsequently appearing in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl. He performed the songs How Sweet to Be an Idiot and Im the Urban Spaceman and he also appeared as one of the singing Bruces in the Philosopher Sketch and as a Church Policeman in that sketch. Innes wrote original songs for the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, such as Knights of the Round Table and he appeared in the film as a head-bashing monk, the serf crushed by the giant wooden rabbit, and the leader of Sir Robins minstrels. He also had a role in Terry Gilliams Jabberwocky. His collaborations with Monty Python and other artists were documented in the musical film The Seventh Python, after Python finished its original run on UK television, Innes joined with Pythons Eric Idle on the series Rutland Weekend Television
11. Beatallica – Beatallica is a mash-up band that plays music made from combinations of songs of the Beatles and Metallica. A Beatallica song is typically a blend of a Beatles song, the lyrics slip back and forth between the two songs, or occasionally neither, in lieu of original lyrics comically referencing Metallica, heavy metal music, or the heavy metal community. While the scansion and melody are usually Beatles-based, the music is played metal style with some Metallica riffs, consistent quirks made in the lyrics also criticize glam metal much in the fashion that thrash metal fans would do, as well as many references to blood. Their version of I Want to Hold Your Hand called I Want to Choke Your Band, is an example of their criticism towards glam metal, although facing some misunderstandings in the media, members of Metallica itself have repeatedly praised the comedic styling of the group. For example, Kirk Hammett has publicly remarked point-blank that I think its cool, james Hetfield and Lars Ulrich have also been friendly with the band. The project was founded in 2001 by original guitarist Krk Hammetson, the EP A Garage Dayz Nite was recorded for the annual Spoof Fest concert held in Milwaukee, as a memento of that years concert. A few dozen copies of the EP were handed out to friends, later that year, one of those CDs made its way to Milwaukee resident Dr. David Dixon, who created a web page that included mp3s of the songs and he named the band Beatallica. The band was unaware of the webpage until Dixon finally met them in the summer of 2002, carrying a stack of fan emails from all around the world. Beatallica gave the webpage its blessings, and after further urgings from its internet fanbase, recorded the EP Beatallica, also known as The Grey Album, releasing it online on April 1,2004. Later in 2004, the band started to perform at live venues nationally and internationally and they also played as an opening act for Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy even joined the band on stage playing drums for one song. During 2005 and 2006 the band toured around the world, playing over 60 shows, may 2008, marked the release of Beatallicas single, All You Need Is Blood recorded in 13 languages as a worldwide thank-you to the network of Beatallica fans known as Beatallibangers. The band added Belgium, Czech Republic, and Poland to the list of places they have toured, hetfields Motorbreath Pub Band was released in Poland on the label Metal Mind Productions. September and October 2008 saw the release of both album Sgt, hetfields Motorbreath Pub Band and single All You Need Is Blood by Sony-ATV in Japan. Both Japanese CD versions contain bonus tracks, on April 1,2009, Beatallica met Metallica backstage after Metallicas show in Paris, France. This was the first time that both bands had met each other in person, both bands had communicated with each other over the years, as they continue to do so. On August 4,2009, Masterful Mystery Tour, the bands second album was released internationally. An official music video for the first single, Hero of the Day Tripper, was made with the band starring as hesh 1970s superheroes saving a party from the clutches of four Big Sleazers, on September 9,2009, Masterful Mystery Tour was released by Sony-ATV in Japan. The Japanese album version includes 2 bonus tracks, live versions of I Want to Choke Your Band and Revol-ooh-tion, recorded live in concert in Milwaukee, September 11,2009 Masterful Mystery Tour was released by the German label Megapress