"Weird Al" Yankovic releases Polka Party!
Polka Party! is the fourth studio album by "Weird Al" Yankovic, released in 1986.
The album is the third of Yankovic's to be produced by former The McCoys guitarist Rick Derringer. The musical styles on Polka Party! are built around pastiches of pop and rock music in 1986, featuring parodies of James Brown, Mick Jagger, El DeBarge, and the Robert Palmer.
Polka Party! is known for having three of its four parodies be of theme songs to then-recent movies: Rocky IV ("Living in America" parodied into "Living with a Hernia"), Ruthless People ("Ruthless People" parodied into "Toothless People"), and Short Circuit ("Who's Johnny?" parodied into "Here's Johnny"). This is also the only album by Weird Al that is named after one of his polka medleys.
Peaking at only number 177 on the Billboard 200, Polka Party! was met with mixed reviews and was considered a commercial and critical failure. Despite this, the album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording in 1986.