Even Worse is the fifth studio album by Weird Al Yankovic, released on April 12,1988. The album was produced by former The McCoys guitarist Rick Derringer, recorded between November 1987 and February 1988, this album helped to revitalize Yankovics career after the critical and commercial failure of his previous album Polka Party. The music on Even Worse is built around parodies and pastiches of pop, half of the album is made up of parodies, featuring jabs at Michael Jackson, George Harrison, Tiffany, Los Lobos version of the folk song La Bamba, and Billy Idol. 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 such as Oingo Boingo, Beastie Boys, and James Taylor. Even Worse has the distinction of being one of two albums by Yankovic lacking any polka renditions of pop songs or medleys, the other being his debut album Weird Al Yankovic and this albums title and cover art are spoofs of Michael Jacksons 1987 album Bad. Even Worse was met mostly positive reviews and peaked at number 27 on the Billboard 200. The album also produced one of Yankovics hit singles, Fat, a parody of Michael Jacksons Bad, which peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became a staple on MTV. The album was certified as a gold record, and later as a platinum record with sales of over one million copies in the United States. Fat later won a Grammy Award for Best Concept Music Video at the 1989 Grammy Awards, after success in the early 80s, Yankovic released Polka Party. After the disappointment with Polka Party, Yankovic went on record saying, I thought it was the end of my career. For most of 1987, Yankovic took a break from recording, in November 1987, Yankovic returned to the studio to craft his follow-up to Polka Party. Once again, former The McCoys guitarist Rick Derringer was brought in as producer, during the first session, two songs were recorded, Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White, and Melanie. The next month, three songs were recorded, Good Old Days, You Make Me, and Velvet Elvis, finally, in early 1988, the remaining songs were recorded. One of the first original songs recorded for the album was Stuck in a Closet With Vanna White, allmusic described the song as a real winner for Yankovic because it was the first song wrote that his target audience actually liked as much or even more than his parodies. You Make Me is a song involving a desire to engage in strange and/or violent behavior compelled by the weirdness of another person. According to the notes of The Permanent Record, Its about as close as ever come to writing a real love song. Musically, the song is a parody of Oingo Boingo. Melanie is a twisted love song to his neighbor Melanie
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Michael Jackson was such a fan of Yankovic's music that after the success of "Fat", he bought twelve copies for friends and family.