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):
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)
Al's best-selling release of all time.
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.
Before deciding to parody a Coolio song as the lead-off single, Al's original title for the album was going to be Running With Scissors.
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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This page was last updated January 14, 2008.
Bad Hair Day ©1996 Scotti Bros. Records. ©1999 Way Moby/Volcano Entertainment III.