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MUSIC REVIEW : Weird Al's Shtick Getting a Bit Tiresome

July 25, 1992|JOHN D'AGOSTINO | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Even the film clips were thematically repetitive, and--much worse--derivative. A mock-commercial about "Spatula City" must have seemed inspired to those who hadn't seen David Letterman's visits to such actual New York shops as "Only Lampshades," or the "Saturday Night Live" sketch about a Scotch tape store. The mock-movie-trailer for "Gandhi II," in which the legendary pacifist returns to kick some you-know-what, Rambo-style, was taken from Yankovic's movie, "UHF."

One hoped that Yankovic at least would have freshened his shtick since his 1985 show at Humphrey's, which wasn't exactly a high watermark in live music-comedy. Instead, Thursday night's show demonstrated that he isd content to keep repackaging the same old corn, with little thought for renovation, let alone innovation. But then, why break new ground when you can make more money breaking wind? If his current show left any impression of genuine value, it was that what we really need in 1992 is someone to spoof Weird Al Yankovic.

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