Close But No Cigar

Album: Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)
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  • This song is about a cat (Voiced by Al) who falls in love with 3 separate girls, but he dumps each one of them for idiotic reasons. Example: "But then one day I found out that she actually owned a copy of Joe Dirt on DVD." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ryan - Ottawa, Canada
  • Yankovic performs this song in the style of Cake, specifically their song "Short Skirt/Long Jacket."
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  • Marge from North Granby, CtAs usual, Al has absolutely nailed CAKE in this little send-up. He makes sure to use a vibraslap to punctuate his lyrics (John McCrea of CAKE has a weakness for the instrument), "Close" has a punchy and ironical trumpet riff just like Vince DiFiore would have contributed, there's a bit of background chorus, and, best of all, some background hollering of "Oh, yeah!" and so on, just like McCrea... But while he gets all the style points, this is not musically a direct parody of any one song. Thematically, it one-ups Short Skirt/Long Jacket, itself a somewhat parodical picture of the perfect woman, but it is an original tune. Perhaps almost a tribute?
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