Why "Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D" is one of the greatest albums of all time. : Bullseye with Jesse Thorn "Cannonball" is a segment on Bullseye that gives us a chance to take a closer look at albums that should be considered classics, to find out what makes them great. This time, Nathan Rabin makes the case for why Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D deserves to be added to the canon of classic albums.
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The Weird Accordion to Al: Every "Weird Al" Yankovic Album Obsessively Analyzed by Nathan Rabin is out now. Nathan Rabin hide caption

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Nathan Rabin

Cannonball: Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D

"Cannonball" is a segment on Bullseye that gives us a chance to take a closer look at albums that should be considered classics, to find out what makes them great. This time, Nathan Rabin makes the case for why Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D deserves to be added to the canon of classic albums.

Nathan is a writer – he's covered pop culture for AV Club and The Dissolve, among others.

He's also the author of several books, including Weird Al: The Book and You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me: Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures with Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes.

His latest book is an even deeper dive into Weird Al – The Weird Accordion to Al: Every "Weird Al" Yankovic Album Obsessively Analyzed. The brand new 500 page expanded edition leaves no stone left unturned in the Weird Al oeuvre. You can purchase on Nathan's website.

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Rock 'n Roll Records.

Rabin stops by to obsessively analyze this classic Weird Al album – including songs like: "Eat It," "Mr. Popeil" and "King of Suede." Plus, how Weird Al inadvertently might have created horrorcore with the track "Nature Trail to Hell."