I can't hate the guy, but I never thought his stuff was that great. He was the first person with a decent singing voice and access to a recording studio who figured out how to replace popular song lyrics with names of food? Musical parody was still new I guess? People loved crap like Dickie Goodman and MAD's "Making Out" single.
Is there really anything in UHF that would be out of place in a Family Guy gag?
"See, it's Conan the LIbrarian, which sounds similar to 'barbarian' but are in fact two very contrasting things!"
I always loved Al, and his records have some very strong non-parody songs. His last tour was all non-parodies. Maybe his record company thought that only the parodies had commercial potential so that’s all you heard & saw on TV & radio. I don’t really know. He had an insane contract that was like 30 years long and only just completed it.