Poodle Hat

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All-for-fun rock, pop, and rap parodies.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 19 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Adverse role modeling parodied with light and dark humor.


Casual mentions of decapitation, stabbing, deaths.


Oblique references. Some bathroom humor.


Mild profanity.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Reference to "ice cold keg".

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that for kids old enough to listen between the lines and understand the nature of parody, the inventive lyrics entertain with pointed messages couched in dark humor.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAndy9Lego August 30, 2012


Weird al is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Adult Written byG3 April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old December 31, 2012


one use of the word gay
Kid, 12 years old May 24, 2012


"Weird Al" Yankovic is targeted to families from 8+ and I really believe that this is a good CD! Very awesome!

What's the story?

Anyone with a sense of irreverence will appreciate POODLE HAT and how well \"Weird Al\" Yankovic turns icons of pop music into humorous rants on the media, materialism, and whatever else comes to mind. The macabre Bruce Springsteen/Buddy Holly inspired \"Party at the Leper Colony,\" describes the place where \"Finger food and an ice cold keg...won't cost you an arm and a leg.\" Then there's the industrial rock litany \"Hardware Store,\" featuring \"kitchen faucets, folding tables, weatherstripping, jumper cables... pesticides for fumigation, high-performance lubrication.\"

Is it any good?

Those listeners "a few fries short of a happy meal" may miss the virtuosity of Yankovic's musical parodies, but no one can miss the unrelenting inventiveness of his lyrics. In "A Complicated Song," a spin off the Avril Lavigne hit, a partygoer takes home too much pizza and asks, "Why'd you have to go and make me so constipated?" He finds out his date is his cousin--"How was I supposed to know we were both related?" Then he stands up on a roller coaster-- "Why'd I have to go and get myself decapitated?" Complementing the witty lyrics, the musical productions are stellar.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fine art of parody. Why does it work and is there a point at which it stops being funny?

Music details

  • Artist: Weird Al Yankovic
  • Release date: May 20, 2003
  • Label: Volcano
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: August 5, 2015

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