A mandolin is a musical instrument in the lute family and is usually plucked with a plectrum or pick. It commonly has four courses of doubled metal strings tuned in unison, although five, the courses are normally tuned in a succession of perfect fifths. It is the member of a family that includes the mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello. There are many styles of mandolin, but three are common, the Neapolitan or round-backed mandolin, the mandolin and the flat-backed mandolin. The round-back has a bottom, constructed of strips of wood. The carved-top or arch-top mandolin has a shallower, arched back. The flat-backed mandolin uses thin sheets of wood for the body, each style of instrument has its own sound quality and is associated with particular forms of music. Neapolitan mandolins feature prominently in European classical music and traditional music, carved-top instruments are common in American folk music and bluegrass music. Flat-backed instruments are used in Irish and Brazilian folk music.
Some modern Brazilian instruments feature a fifth course tuned a fifth lower than the standard fourth course. There has been a type and an instrument with sixteen-strings. Much of mandolin development revolved around the soundboard, pre-mandolin instruments were quiet instruments, strung with as many as six courses of gut strings, and were plucked with the fingers or with a quill. However, modern instruments are louder—using four courses of metal strings, the modern soundboard is designed to withstand the pressure of metal strings that would break earlier instruments. The soundboard comes in many shapes—but generally round or teardrop-shaped, sometimes with scrolls or other projections, there is usually one or more sound holes in the soundboard, either round, oval, or shaped like a calligraphic f. A round or oval sound hole may be covered or bordered with decorative rosettes or purfling, Mandolins evolved from the lute family in Italy during the 17th and 18th centuries, and the deep bowled mandolin, produced particularly in Naples, became common in the 19th century.
Dating to around c.13,000 BC, a painting in the Trois Frères cave in France depicts what some believe is a musical bow. From the musical bow, families of stringed instruments developed, since each string played a note, adding strings added new notes, creating bow harps, harps. In turn, this led to being able to play dyads and chords, another innovation occurred when the bow harp was straightened out and a bridge used to lift the strings off the stick-neck, creating the lute
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performers music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many roles during the recording process, the roles of a producer vary. The producer may perform these roles himself, or help select the engineer, the producer may pay session musicians and engineers and ensure that the entire project is completed within the record companies budget. A record producer or music producer has a broad role in overseeing and managing the recording. Producers often take on an entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, contracts. In the 2010s, the industry has two kinds of producers with different roles, executive producer and music producer. Executive producers oversee project finances while music producers oversee the process of recording songs or albums. In most cases the producer is a competent arranger, composer. The producer will liaise with the engineer who concentrates on the technical aspects of recording.
Noted producer Phil Ek described his role as the person who creatively guides or directs the process of making a record, indeed, in Bollywood music, the designation actually is music director. The music producers job is to create and mold a piece of music, at the beginning of record industry, producer role was technically limited to record, in one shot, artists performing live. The role of producers changed progressively over the 1950s and 1960s due to technological developments, the development of multitrack recording caused a major change in the recording process. Before multitracking, all the elements of a song had to be performed simultaneously, all of these singers and musicians had to be assembled in a large studio and the performance had to be recorded. As well, for a song that used 20 instruments, it was no longer necessary to get all the players in the studio at the same time. Examples include the rock sound effects of the 1960s, e. g. playing back the sound of recorded instruments backwards or clanging the tape to produce unique sound effects.
These new instruments were electric or electronic, and thus they used instrument amplifiers, new technologies like multitracking changed the goal of recording, A producer could blend together multiple takes and edit together different sections to create the desired sound. For example, in jazz fusion Bandleader-composer Miles Davis album Bitches Brew, producers like Phil Spector and George Martin were soon creating recordings that were, in practical terms, almost impossible to realise in live performance. Producers became creative figures in the studio, other examples of such engineers includes Joe Meek, Teo Macero, Brian Wilson, and Biddu
Ontario, one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada, is located in east-central Canada. It is Canadas most populous province by a margin, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all Canadians. Ontario is fourth-largest in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and it is home to the nations capital city and the nations most populous city, Toronto. There is only about 1 km of land made up of portages including Height of Land Portage on the Minnesota border. Ontario is sometimes divided into two regions, Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario. The great majority of Ontarios population and arable land is located in the south, in contrast, the larger, northern part of Ontario is sparsely populated with cold winters and is heavily forested. The province is named after Lake Ontario, a thought to be derived from Ontarí, io, a Huron word meaning great lake, or possibly skanadario. Ontario has about 250,000 freshwater lakes, the province consists of three main geographical regions, The thinly populated Canadian Shield in the northwestern and central portions, which comprises over half the land area of Ontario.
Although this area mostly does not support agriculture, it is rich in minerals and in part covered by the Central and Midwestern Canadian Shield forests, studded with lakes, Northern Ontario is subdivided into two sub-regions, Northwestern Ontario and Northeastern Ontario. The virtually unpopulated Hudson Bay Lowlands in the north and northeast, mainly swampy. Southern Ontario which is further sub-divided into four regions, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Golden Horseshoe, the highest point is Ishpatina Ridge at 693 metres above sea level located in Temagami, Northeastern Ontario. In the south, elevations of over 500 m are surpassed near Collingwood, above the Blue Mountains in the Dundalk Highlands, the Carolinian forest zone covers most of the southwestern region of the province. A well-known geographic feature is Niagara Falls, part of the Niagara Escarpment, the Saint Lawrence Seaway allows navigation to and from the Atlantic Ocean as far inland as Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario.
Northern Ontario occupies roughly 87 percent of the area of the province. Point Pelee is a peninsula of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario that is the southernmost extent of Canadas mainland, Pelee Island and Middle Island in Lake Erie extend slightly farther. All are south of 42°N – slightly farther south than the border of California. The climate of Ontario varies by season and location, the effects of these major air masses on temperature and precipitation depend mainly on latitude, proximity to major bodies of water and to a small extent, terrain relief. In general, most of Ontarios climate is classified as humid continental, Ontario has three main climatic regions
The guitar is a musical instrument classified as a fretted string instrument with anywhere from four to 18 strings, usually having six. The sound is projected either acoustically, using a wooden or plastic and wood box, or through electrical amplifier. It is typically played by strumming or plucking the strings with the fingers, the guitar is a type of chordophone, traditionally constructed from wood and strung with either gut, nylon or steel strings and distinguished from other chordophones by its construction and tuning. There are three types of modern acoustic guitar, the classical guitar, the steel-string acoustic guitar, and the archtop guitar. The tone of a guitar is produced by the strings vibration, amplified by the hollow body of the guitar. The term finger-picking can refer to a tradition of folk, bluegrass. The acoustic bass guitar is an instrument that is one octave below a regular guitar. Early amplified guitars employed a body, but a solid wood body was eventually found more suitable during the 1960s and 1970s.
As with acoustic guitars, there are a number of types of guitars, including hollowbody guitars, archtop guitars and solid-body guitars. The electric guitar has had a influence on popular culture. The guitar is used in a variety of musical genres worldwide. It is recognized as an instrument in genres such as blues, country, folk, jota, metal, reggae, soul. The term is used to refer to a number of chordophones that were developed and used across Europe, beginning in the 12th century and, later, in the Americas. The modern word guitar, and its antecedents, has applied to a wide variety of chordophones since classical times. Many influences are cited as antecedents to the modern guitar, at least two instruments called guitars were in use in Spain by 1200, the guitarra latina and the so-called guitarra morisca. The guitarra morisca had a back, wide fingerboard. The guitarra Latina had a sound hole and a narrower neck. By the 14th century the qualifiers moresca or morisca and latina had been dropped, and it had six courses, lute-like tuning in fourths and a guitar-like body, although early representations reveal an instrument with a sharply cut waist
Bill Dana is an American comedian and screenwriter. He often appeared on shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show. Dana often portrayed the Jiménez character as an astronaut, Dana was born William Szathmary in Quincy, Massachusetts. He took his stage name Dana after his mothers first name Dena as he felt Szathmary was unpronounceable, the first was growing up in a polyglot neighborhood where Spanish and Italian were among the languages spoken and having a Hungarian immigrant for a father. His older brother was Irving Szathmary, composer of the Get Smart theme, during World War II he served in the United States Army with the 263rd Infantry Regiment, 66th Infantry Division as a 60mm mortarman and machine gunner as well an unofficial interpreter. Dana began his career as a page at NBCs famous Studio 6B while performing comedy in nightclubs around New York with partner Gene Wood. In the 1950s, he performed on The Imogene Coca Show, The Danny Thomas Show and The Martha Raye Show, as well as writing for and producing The Spike Jones Show.
Danas career took a turn when he began writing stand-up routines for the young comedian Don Adams. From there, he was brought in as a writer for The Steve Allen Show, where he created the José Jiménez character for the shows Man in the Street segments. On an Ed Sullivan Show appearance, Dana related a story of how a woman recognized him on the street, but knew him only as José Jiménez, instead of his stage name, Bill Dana, he gave her his real name, William Szathmary. The woman rejoined, Wow, no wonder you changed it to Jiménez, Dana had several comedy albums but only one that strictly featured the Jose Jimenez character. One of the cuts, The Astronaut. an interview from news reporter and producer Don Hinkley. made it to the Billboard Top 40 charts at #19 in September 1961, Hinkley and Dana met as writers for the Allen show. In 1961, Dana made the first of eight appearances on The Danny Thomas Show, the character was so well-received that it was spun off into his own NBC sitcom, The Bill Dana Show.
Jiménez was still a bellhop, but now at a posh New York hotel and his snooty, irritable boss was played by Jonathan Harris. Dana co-wrote the script for the Get Smart theatrical film The Nude Bomb and his brother, Irving Szathmary, wrote the famous theme for the Get Smart television series. In 1966, Dana wrote the animated TV-movie Alice in Wonderland and that same year, the Jiménez character was animated for the Paramount cartoon I Want My Mummy, written by Dana in collaboration with Howard Post. In 1966, Dana appeared uncredited in episode 48 of Batman playing Jose Jimenez, in May 1967, Dana hosted his own late-night talk show, The Las Vegas Show, on the new United Network. Originated live from the Hotel Hacienda in Las Vegas, joey Formans 1968 parody album about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, called The Mashuganishi Yogi, was produced by Dana, and includes a cameo of Dana as Jiménez, as well as a cover appearance
Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist, Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists, Singers may perform as soloists, or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Singing can be formal or informal, arranged or improvised and it may be done as a form of religious devotion, as a hobby, as a source of pleasure, comfort, or ritual, as part of music education, or as a profession. Excellence in singing requires time, dedication and regular practice, if practice is done on a regular basis the sounds can become more clear and strong. Professional singers usually build their careers around one specific genre, such as classical or rock.
They typically take voice training provided by teachers or vocal coaches throughout their careers. Though these four mechanisms function independently, they are coordinated in the establishment of a vocal technique and are made to interact upon one another. During passive breathing, air is inhaled with the diaphragm while exhalation occurs without any effort, exhalation may be aided by the abdominal, internal intercostal and lower pelvis/pelvic muscles. Inhalation is aided by use of external intercostals and sternocleidomastoid muscles, the pitch is altered with the vocal cords. With the lips closed, this is called humming, humans have vocal folds which can loosen, tighten, or change their thickness, and over which breath can be transferred at varying pressures. The shape of the chest and neck, the position of the tongue, any one of these actions results in a change in pitch, timbre, or tone of the sound produced. Sound resonates within different parts of the body and an individuals size, Singers can learn to project sound in certain ways so that it resonates better within their vocal tract.
This is known as vocal resonation, another major influence on vocal sound and production is the function of the larynx which people can manipulate in different ways to produce different sounds. These different kinds of function are described as different kinds of vocal registers. The primary method for singers to accomplish this is through the use of the Singers Formant and it has been shown that a more powerful voice may be achieved with a fatter and fluid-like vocal fold mucosa. The more pliable the mucosa, the more efficient the transfer of energy from the airflow to the vocal folds, Vocal registration refers to the system of vocal registers within the voice. A register in the voice is a series of tones, produced in the same vibratory pattern of the vocal folds
Off the Deep End
Off the Deep End is the seventh studio album by Weird Al Yankovic, released in 1992. This album was the first album self-produced by Yankovic, after six albums with Rick Derringer, recorded between June 1990 and January 1992, the album was a follow-up to the unsuccessful soundtrack to Yankovics 1989 film UHF. Off the Deep End and its lead single Smells Like Nirvana helped to revitalize Yankovics career after a lull in the late 80s. The musical styles on Off the Deep End are built around parodies and pastiches of pop and rock music of the late 1980s and early 1990s, including the newly arisen grunge movement. Half of the album is made up of parodies of Nirvana, MC Hammer, New Kids on the Block, 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 The Beach Boys, off the Deep End was met with mostly positive reviews and peaked at number seventeen on the Billboard 200.
This song was Yankovics second-highest charting single, after Eat It, the cover parodies the cover of Nirvanas album, Nevermind. The original had a baby in the water with a dollar bill cast by a fishing rod, Yankovics replaced the baby with himself. Off the Deep End was Yankovics fourth Gold record, and went on to be certified Platinum for sales of one million copies in the United States. In addition, the album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording in 1993. In 1989, Yankovic starred in a feature film, co-written by himself and manager Jay Levey. Although the movie made a little over six million domestically – out of a budget of five million – it was considered unsuccessful, the album failed to be successful, charting at only 146 on the Billboard 200 and quickly falling off. After the release of UHF, Yankovic returned to the studio to record his follow-up album, on June 6,1990, recording for Off the Deep End officially began at Santa Monica Sound Records, in Santa Monica, California.
The first recording session started with Airline Amy and these recording sessions marked the first time Yankovic self-produced his songs, after six albums with Rick Derringer. By late 1990 five originals—Airline Amy, Trigger Happy, When I Was Your Age, You Dont Love Me Anymore and you Dont Love Me Anymore was one of the last original songs recorded during the 1990 sessions. The song is written as an acoustic ballad. However, the lyrics are of a—literally—destructive relationship between Yankovic and an unnamed girl, although they were formerly in love, the flames died down and they are no longer passionate - in fact the girl hates Yankovic to such an extent that she repeatedly attempts to kill him. In 1992, when the album was released, Yankovic desired to release the song as a single
Bad Hair Day
Bad Hair Day is the ninth studio album by Weird Al Yankovic, released on March 12,1996. It was the studio album self-produced by Yankovic. The musical styles on the album are built around parodies and pastiches of pop and rock music of the mid-1990s, largely targeting alternative rock, the album includes style parodies, imitations of specific artists like They Might Be Giants and Elvis Costello. Amish Paradise caused a controversy after rapper Coolio expressed distaste at having his song parodied by Yankovic. Bad Hair Day was met with mixed to positive reviews, with critics praising Amish Paradise in particular. The album peaked at fourteen on the Billboard 200. Bad Hair Day sold 1,317,000 copies in the U. S. in 1996 alone, the album was certified Platinum in Canada by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. In November 1994, Yankovic entered Santa Monica Sound Recorders in Santa Monica, California to begin the first of the Bad Hair Day sessions, Recording with Yankovic were Jon Bermuda Schwartz on drums, Steve Jay on bass, and Jim West on guitar.
The album was recorded in five sessions, the first session started on November 30 and yielded two originals, Callin In Sick and Everything You Know Is Wrong. The second session started the day and produced the original songs, I Remember Larry, The Night Santa Went Crazy. The third session took place on November 5,1995, and resulted in the original Im So Sick of You, the fourth session yielded The Alternative Polka medley, and the two parodies Gump and Phony Calls. The fifth and final recording session produced Amish Paradise and Syndicated Inc. both of which were parodies, Callin In Sick is a style parody of music popular in Seattle, most notably grunge. Everything You Know Is Wrong is a pastiche of They Might Be Giants. Yankovic explained that he tried to write a sort of in their style. For fans of They Might Be Giants, he put little references in here and there, Yankovic admitted that it is a little bit harder I think to decipher exactly where the inspiration is coming from. The song title is taken from the 1974 Firesign Theatre album of the same name, I Remember Larry is a style parody of Hilly Michaels, and it tells the tale of a neighborhood bully who, after myriad pranks, is brutally murdered by the narrator.
At the 3,10 mark, the contains a backmasked message. The Night Santa Went Crazy tells the story of Santa snapping, embarking on a killing spree, the song had a different third verse, differing in the fact that, at the end of the song, Santa is killed by the SWAT team
Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. With a population of 2,731,571, it is the fourth most populous city in North America after Mexico City, New York City, and Los Angeles. A global city, Toronto is a centre of business, finance and culture. Aboriginal peoples have inhabited the area now known as Toronto for thousands of years, the city itself is situated on the southern terminus of an ancient Aboriginal trail leading north to Lake Simcoe, used by the Wyandot and the Mississauga. Permanent European settlement began in the 1790s, after the broadly disputed Toronto Purchase of 1787, the British established the town of York, and designated it as the capital of Upper Canada. During the War of 1812, the town was the site of the Battle of York, York was renamed and incorporated as the city of Toronto in 1834, and became the capital of the province of Ontario during the Canadian Confederation in 1867. The city proper has since expanded past its original borders through amalgamation with surrounding municipalities at various times in its history to its current area of 630.2 km2.
While the majority of Torontonians speak English as their primary language, Toronto is a prominent centre for music, motion picture production, and television production, and is home to the headquarters of Canadas major national broadcast networks and media outlets. Toronto is known for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. The name Toronto is likely derived from the Iroquois word tkaronto and this refers to the northern end of what is now Lake Simcoe, where the Huron had planted tree saplings to corral fish. A portage route from Lake Ontario to Lake Huron running through this point, in the 1660s, the Iroquois established two villages within what is today Toronto, Ganatsekwyagon on the banks of the Rouge River and Teiaiagonon the banks of the Humber River. By 1701, the Mississauga had displaced the Iroquois, who abandoned the Toronto area at the end of the Beaver Wars, French traders founded Fort Rouillé on the current Exhibition grounds in 1750, but abandoned it in 1759.
During the American Revolutionary War, the region saw an influx of British settlers as United Empire Loyalists fled for the British-controlled lands north of Lake Ontario, the new province of Upper Canada was in the process of creation and needed a capital. Dorchester intended the location to be named Toronto, in 1793, Governor John Graves Simcoe established the town of York on the Toronto Purchase lands, instead naming it after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany. Simcoe decided to move the Upper Canada capital from Newark to York, the York garrison was constructed at the entrance of the towns natural harbour, sheltered by a long sandbar peninsula. The towns settlement formed at the end of the harbour behind the peninsula, near the present-day intersection of Parliament Street. In 1813, as part of the War of 1812, the Battle of York ended in the towns capture, the surrender of the town was negotiated by John Strachan. US soldiers destroyed much of the garrison and set fire to the parliament buildings during their five-day occupation, the sacking of York was a primary motivation for the Burning of Washington by British troops in the war
Running with Scissors ("Weird Al" Yankovic album)
Running with Scissors is the tenth studio album by Weird Al Yankovic, released on June 29,1999. It was the studio album self-produced by Yankovic. It was the first of four albums to be released by Volcano Records, 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. None of the singles charted domestically, although Pretty Fly for a Rabbi charted at number 67 in Australia. The other half of the album is original material, featuring many style parodies, Running with Scissors was met with mostly positive reviews, with many critics praising The Saga Begins, however, felt that the album was rushed. The album peaked at number 16 on the Billboard 200, the Saga Begins went on to become one of Yankovics best-known singles, although it never charted on the Billboard Hot 100. Running with Scissors was Yankovics seventh Gold record in the United States, the album was certified Gold in both Australia and Canada.
In June 1997, Yankovic entered the studio to begin the first of the Running with Scissors sessions, Recording with Yankovic were Jon Bermuda Schwartz on drums, Steve Jay on bass, and Jim West on guitar. The album was recorded in six sessions, the first session started on June 29,1997, in which Yankovic recorded the theme song to his television show, The Weird Al Show. The next day, the session resulted in the song Your Horoscope For Today. On April 19 of the year, Yankovic recorded four parodies during the fifth session, Pretty Fly for a Rabbi, Jerry Springer, Its All About the Pentiums. The albums sixth and final session occurred on April 20, and resulted in The Saga Begins, the album includes The Weird Al Show Theme, which is the theme song to Yankovics short-lived television series. Germs, a parody of industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails that tells of the narrators germophobia. Your Horoscope for Today, is a parody of third wave ska, features Reel Big Fish members Tavis Werts on trumpet and Dan Regan on trombone.
Yankovic attributes the inspiration to the satirical newspaper The Onion. After Ophiuchus was touted by some papers as the 13th zodiac sign, Yankovic originally wrote the song to annoy people for 12 minutes. He felt that it would be an odyssey for fans to sit through it. Instead, to Yankovics surprise, the song has become a fan favorite and my Babys in Love with Eddie Vedder is a style parody of zydeco about a mans frustration that his girlfriend is obsessed with Eddie Vedder, the lead singer for the grunge band Pearl Jam
It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, itself heavily influenced by blues and blues and country music. Rock music 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 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 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, 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
Is the fourth studio album by Weird Al Yankovic, released on October 21,1986. The album was produced by former The McCoys guitarist Rick Derringer, recorded between April and September 1986, the album was Yankovics follow-up to his successful 1985 release, Dare to Be Stupid. The albums lead single was Living With a Hernia, although it was not a hit, is built around parodies and pastiches of pop and rock music of the mid-1980s, featuring jabs at James Brown, Mick Jagger, El DeBarge, and Robert Palmer. The album features many style parodies, or musical imitations that come close to and these style parodies include imitations of specific artists like the Talking Heads, as well as imitations of various musical genres like country music. Peaking at only number 177 on the Billboard 200, Polka Party, was met with mixed-to-negative reviews and was considered a commercial and critical failure. Despite this, the album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording in 1986, is one of Yankovics few studio albums not to be certified either Gold or Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In April 1986 Yankovic entered the studio to begin the sessions to his follow-up to 1985s Dare to Be Stupid. To produce the album, Yankovic 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. The album was recorded in three sessions. The first session took place between April 22 and 23, and yielded four originals, Dont Wear Those Shoes, One of Those Days, Dog Eat Dog, and Christmas at Ground Zero. The second session, which spanned August 4–5, produced three parodies, Living with a Hernia, Addicted to Spuds, and Heres Johnny. The final session, which lasted from August 29 to September 1 produced the parody Toothless People, a song named Good Enough for Now. Thematically, Yankovic described the record as not a lot different than the other albums he had recorded. On April 22,1986, Yankovic began recording three new songs for his next album, Dont Wear Those Shoes, One of Those Days. Although Dont Wear Those Shoes is a composition, Yankovic admitted that the intro was inspired by the style of The Kinks.
Lyrically, the song is a plea by the singer to his wife not to not wear certain shoes which he cannot stand, One of Those Days is a song detailing horrible things as if they were everyday annoyances. Each horrible thing escalates up to global annihilation while more mundane annoyances pop up at different times, Dog Eat Dog is a style parody of the Talking Heads. Described as a look at office life, the song was inspired by Yankovics past experience of working in the mailrooms as well as the traffic department at Westwood One radio station