Ear Booker Productions

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Credits
Logo captures by
Eric S.


Editions by
Megadeth99


Video captures courtesy of
Broken Saw

Background

Ear Booker Productions is "Weird Al" Yankovic's vanity plate. It is named after "Ear Booker Polka", a nickname used to denote sections of Weird Al's polka melodies that he composed himself.

(September 13-December 6, 1997, October 1, 2011)

Nicknames: "The Flashing Words", "DAAAAH! DILALALILILWAWAWAWAWA!!!!", "The Bite Me Logo", "Black-and-White Police Siren on Steroids", "Ear/Eye Breaker", "Grayscale Flashing", "Metal Ear Booker", "Weird Al's Maniacal Scream"

Logo: On a rapidly flashing black and white background, we see the words "EAR BOOKER PRODUCTIONS" in FF Blur (a blobby version of Helvetica) zooming in, inverting its colors accompanying with the flashing background, and stopping in the center.

Variant: A variant exists in which the logo plays at a slightly slower speed than usual.

FX/SFX: The flashing and zooming.

Music/Sounds: A condensed version of the "Weird Al" Yankovic song "Bite Me". It consists of several synth shattering effects, a cacophony of loud guitars, and Weird Al screaming incomprehensibly at the top of his lungs.

Music/Sounds Trivia: "Bite Me" originally appeared at the end of the CD version of Weird Al's album Off the Deep End as a hidden track, designed to scare listeners who forgot to turn the CD off and thus were unaware that the song was coming after 10 minutes of silence. It is a parody of the Nirvana song "Endless, Nameless", which appeared at the end of their landmark album Nevermind (with its album cover and hit single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" parodied as "Smells Like Nirvana" on the aforementioned Weird Al album) and similarly featured scary-sounding music (though, arguably not as sudden).

Availability: Seen on The Weird Al Show. It made a surprise reappearance on "Weird Al" Yankovic Live!: The Alpocalypse Tour, in which this is where the slowed down variant appears.

Editor's Note: This logo has a reputation as one of the scariest logos on television due to the flashing lights, cacophonous music, and it originally following a show that was meant for children. As mentioned above, the music was originally created to scare the living daylights out of people (albeit as a joke), and the flashing lights added to that. It is quite effective in that regard, though some will find it funny for that reason. The slowed down version might help a little bit, but not by much since the flashing is still pretty fast, and the difference is not even that noticeable anyways. This is also a logo that is definitely not suitable for epileptic audiences.

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