I haven’t watched this video since before this upload was on YouTube (and the cut I saw didn’t have so much of the TV host, who apparently never heard “My Sharona” cause he gets the name and the name of the band wrong). It’s my favorite Al performance because there’s nothing hiding him or for him to hide behind. All he and Bermuda need to pull off a performance that stands the test of time is the accordion, it’s case, and some bells and whistles. If someone asked me today who Weird Al is, I’d show them one of the recent polkas, then this video.
Interestingly, Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz is still his drummer. He had already become an accomplished session drummer in LA, which he abandoned to be Al’s exclusive drummer. He has played every Weird Al concert since this video (except three where he was sick). I think after you play this set you’re either with this weirdo for life or never talking to him again.