BAD HAIR DAY
Original CD/cassette release: March 12, 1996
Scotti Bros./All American Music/Warner/Elektra/Atlantic
CD/cassette reissue release: March, 1999
Way Moby/Volcano Entertainment/BMG Music
Highest Billboard Chart Position: #14
|Current Sales Status:
(Achieved Gold Status: May 15, 1996)
|Current Sales Status (Canadian):
(Achieved Gold Status: April 23, 1996)
1. Amish Paradise (3:20)
2. Everything You Know Is Wrong (3:46)
3. Cavity Search (4:16)
4. Callin' In Sick (3:41)
5. The Alternative Polka (4:50)
6. Since You've Been Gone (1:20)
7. Gump (2:11)
8. I'm So Sick Of You (3:25)
9. Syndicated Inc. (3:46)
10. I Remember Larry (3:55)
11. Phony Calls (3:21)
12. The Night Santa Went Crazy (3:59)
|SINGLES SPAWNED FROM THIS ALBUM|
The Night Santa Went Crazy
Noteworthy Related Singles:
|NOTES & TRIVIA|
Parody/original/polka ratio: 5/6/1
TV songs: "Syndicated Inc." (15)
Love songs: "Since You've Been Gone" (10), "I'm So Sick Of You" (11)
Movie songs: "Gump" (3)
Cultural Stereotype songs: "Amish Paradise" (1)
Production Summary: All twelve songs were recorded specifically for this album, yet thirteen songs were written in full for it. Al's original plan was to include "Theme from Home Improvement," a parody of the Rembrandts' Friends theme "I'll Be There for You." Rembrandts singers/songwriters Phil Sōlem and Danny Wilde were on board with the parody and gave their permission, causing Al to go ahead and write and arrange the full parody while waiting for the final okay from Friends executive producers (and song co-writers) David Crane and Marta Kauffman. Unfortunately, at the last minute Crane and Kauffman felt that the theme song had already become too overexposed and that a Weird Al parody would devalue it even more so, so they had to turn Al down. Desperate now to fill a slot on the album, he quickly wrote and recorded "Syndicated Inc." as a last-minute replacement. "Theme from Home Improvement," however, would nevertheless be featured as a full-length live number during the 1996-1997 Bad Hair Tour.
Dr. Demento Status: Eight of the album's twelve songs have aired on the syndicated Dr. Demento Show, with the last song to premiere on the show being "Phony Calls" on April 28, 1996. By the time The Dr. Demento Show ended its run on terrestrial radio on June 5, 2010, "Callin' in Sick," "I'm So Sick of You," "Syndicated Inc.", and "I Remember Larry" remained the four songs from the album never played on the program.
Tour Status: As of this update, 65% of this album has been included in a regular tour setlist.
Al's best-selling release of all time. Soundscan's raw numbers have tallied the album as selling over two million copies, yet Sony Music has refused to order a new Recording Industry Assocation of America audit of Al's catalog since 2008.
The first ALbum distributed by Warner/Elektra/Atlantic, as indicated by the impressed Warner Bros. logo on the back of the original CD release's jewel case.
On early shipments (the first 500,000), the actual disc featured a full-color picture of Al. Later copies were changed to a black and white picture of Al. At this time, neither are considered more valuable than the other.
ALbum title/song connection: The cover mocks Coolio's trademark hairstyle, so the title naturally makes sense (although Al had said in interviews that he had been wanting to do an album concept around the slang phrase "Bad Hair Day" for quite some time)...while the lead-off single parodies Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise."
Debuting at #28 in Billboard, this album had the second best debut of any of Al's work at that time (behind Off the Deep End) and would become the highest charting release of Al's career until 2006. It would eventually stay on the "Billboard 200" chart for a whopping fifty-six weeks, a record for any Al release. It would also have the longest run in the top twenty of any of Al's albums, staying there for twelve weeks.
Despite its great domestic success, Bad Hair Day was only initially released internationally in Canada, Korea, and Japan. This was due to the fact that All American Music was in the middle of finalizing a deal for international distribution. Unfortunately it never came to be, although the label was prepared to get Al and the band into Europe for a Spring 1997 tour if a distribution deal was struck by 1996.
Speaking of great plans, Scotti Bros. was contemplating a third retail single for the summer of 1996, but nothing came to be until the promo of "The Night Santa Went Crazy" that November.
The first studio album since 1986 (and not counting the UHF soundtrack) to not feature a direct cover art parody.
Most of the original songs were recorded in late 1994, as Al had originally wanted the album to be completed and in stores no later than 1995. The delay, as is usually the case, came from Al waiting for just the right song to come along for the lead parody.
When Volcano released their reissue of the album on Al's Way Moby imprint, two variations were issued. One reissue had a normal solid black CD tray, rather than the clear tray from the original release and the picture of Al "behind" the disc. A second reissue does feature the clear CD tray as did the original CD release. However, so far reportedly all reissues released have shown up with a major printing error on the actual disc. Instead of the image of Al that is on the original Bad Hair Day CD, this new version features the disc image from the Alapalooza CD! Rest assured, the disc does play the songs from Bad Hair Day. It appears that Volcano has no plans to correct their little "boo-boo," so it doesn't look like this variation is considered to be all that rare.
Additionally, the packaging of the Volcano reissue gives an erroneous copyright date of 1994.
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Bad Hair Day ©1996 Scotti Bros. Records. ©1999 Way Moby/Volcano Entertainment III.