Poodle Hat Music Poster Image

Poodle Hat

(i)

 

All-for-fun rock, pop, and rap parodies.
Popular with kids

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Adverse role modeling parodied with light and dark humor.

Violence

Casual mentions of decapitation, stabbing, deaths.

Sex

Oblique references. Some bathroom humor.

Language

Mild profanity.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Reference to "ice cold keg".

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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

This review of Poodle Hat was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Adult Written byracingrough April 9, 2008

Poodle Hat hits the charts!

Werid Al is a great rap-soul-pop artist and well he Rocks! Great Job werid al !!!!
Adult Written byAndy9Lego August 30, 2012

AWESOME!!!!!

Weird al is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byG3 April 9, 2008