1985 – “Weird Al” Yankovic records…

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1985 – “Weird Al” Yankovic records “Hooked on Polkas” is a hit on this day in rock history!

Hooked On Polkas
by Al Yankovic

Lyrics:

You’re takin’ to me good
Just like you know you should
You get me on my knees
Please, baby, please

She looks so great, every time I see her face
She put me in a state (ooh, state of shock)

Top coat, top hat
I don’t worry, ’cause my wallet’s fat
Black shades, white gloves
Lookin’ sharp, lookin’ for love
They come a runnin’ just as fast as they can
‘Cause every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man, hey

Woo, ah ha

Oh, what’s love, got to do, got to do with it
What’s love but a second-hand emotion
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart, when a heart can be broken

M-E-T-H-O-D-O-F-L-O-V-E
It’s the method of modern love

Owner of a lonely heart
Owner of a lonely heart
Much better than the owner of a broken heart
Owner of a lonely heart

Yow

We’re not gonna take it
No, we ain’t gonna take it
We’re not gonna take it any more

Neun und neunzig Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Hielt man fuer UFOs aus dem All
Darum schickte ein General

Now I gotta cut loose, footloose
Kick off my Sunday shoes
Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees
Jack, get back, come on before we crack
Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose

So why don’t you use it
Try not to bruise it
Find time, don’t lose it

Bang your head
Mental health’ll drive ya mad
Bang your head
Mental health’ll drive ya mad

Relax, don’t do it
When you want to go to it
Relax, don’t do it
When you want to come

Relax, don’t do it
When you want to sock it to it
Relax, don’t do it

When you want to come
When you want to come
When you want to come

In music, a medley is a piece composed from parts of existing pieces, played one after another, sometimes overlapping. They are common in popular music, and most medleys are songs rather than instrumental. A medley which is a remixed series is called a megamix, often done with tracks for a single artist, or for popular songs from a given year or genre.

List of medleys

Some examples of medleys:

This is an incomplete list, which may never be able to satisfy certain standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with sourced additions.

* “Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World” medley (1993) released by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
* “Sum 41 did a medley with Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe.
* “Stars on 45 Medley” (1981) single by Stars on 45. Several other medleys by Stars on 45 were also released.
* “Whole Lotta Love” was often made into a medley lasting up to 45 minutes in live shows by the band Led Zeppelin.
* “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon” (1970) from Chicago’s double album Chicago II
* “Beatles Movie Medley” (1982) single by The Beatles.
* “Beatles Medley” by Tommy Emmanuel
* “My Generation” by The Who from their Album Live at Leeds (1970).
* “Beach Boys Medley” (1981) single by The Beach Boys.
* “Ageless Medley (EP)” (1983) by Amy Grant.
* “Antakshari” (1989) by Lata Mangeshkar and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam for the film Maine Pyar Kiya, based on the Antakshari game.
* “Fast and Slow Medleys” (2007) by Papa Eden.
* “The Grease Megamix” (1991) by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
* “Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby)” (1988) by Will to Power.
* “Purple Medley” (1995) by Prince.
* “Never Too Far/Hero Medley” (2001) by Mariah Carey.
* “Instrumedley” (2002) by Dream Theater from their live album Live at Budokan.
* “Medley” (2003) by Five Iron Frenzy from their live album The End Is Here.
* “HELL-O Medley” (2006) by GWAR from their From the Bloodbath and Beyond.
* “Weird Al” Yankovic has had a medley played as a polka on every album except his debut, Even Worse and Alapalooza. Most often, Yankovic’s polka medleys feature snippets of hit songs that are popular at the time he records an album, though he sometimes chooses songs of a similar genre (and in one case, different songs recorded by a single group) for a themed medley.
o “Polkas on 45” (1984) from his album In 3-D.
o “Hooked on Polkas” (1985) from his album Dare to be Stupid.
o “Polka Party!” (1986) from his album Polka Party!.
o “The Hot Rocks Polka” (1989), a medley of The Rolling Stones songs, from his album UHF.
o “Polka Your Eyes Out” (1992) from his album Off the Deep End.
o “The Alternative Polka” (1996) from his album Bad Hair Day.
o “Polka Power” (1999) from his album Running With Scissors.
o “Angry White Boy Polka” (2003) from his album Poodle Hat.
o “Polkarama!” (2006) from his album Straight Outta Lynwood.
* “The Queen Is Dead” by The Smiths

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