Oh, like AL has ever sung a song about food before... The Japanese Food Album

THE FOOD ALBUM

Original CD/cassette release: June 22, 1993
#72392 75210-2/4
Scotti Bros./Rock n' Roll Records/BMG Music

CD/cassette reissue release: 1996
Scotti Bros./All American Music/Warner/Elektra/Atlantic
CD/cassette reissue release: March, 1999
#61422 32021-2/4
Way Moby/Volcano Entertainment/BMG Music

Current Sales Status:
GOLD
as of January 25, 2006


TRACKS

1. Fat (3:36)
2. Lasagna (2:44)
3. Addicted To Spuds (3:50)
4. I Love Rocky Road (2:34)
5. Spam (2:59)
6. Eat It (3:17)
7. The White Stuff (2:43)
8. My Bologna (2:00)
9. Taco Grande (3:44)
10. The Rye Or The Kaiser (Theme From Rocky XIII) (3:30)


NOTES & TRIVIA

Al's second domestic compilation album, released a few months before Alapalooza.

The first compilation to earn Al a U.S. Gold Record, although both Greatest Hits albums had previously gone Gold in Canada.

The only food parody at this point that was missing from this album, Dare To Be Stupid's "Girls Just Want To Have Lunch," was the casualty when Al had reached his limit on the number of parodies (or rather, on the amount of total royalties paid for the parodies) that he was allowed by Scotti Bros. to include. Al didn't necessarily mind, as he was kinda pushed into doing that song by his label, which insisted on DTBS featuring a Lauper parody for some reason. Oddly enough, the first track on this compilation, "Fat," isn't really about food to begin with!

The cover illustration is by cartoonist Mr. Lawrence, who would later find fame as part of the creative team behind SpongeBob SquarePants, where he not only writes but also provides the voice of diminutive, evil buffoon Plankton.

Released in Japan on August 20, 1993. The Japanese version of this album (see pic at top right) included a bonus, eleventh track of "Eat It" minus Al's vocals. This oddity first appeared on the 1984 Japanese compilation The Official Music of "Weird Al" Yankovic. To read more about this coveted Japanese version, check out Jon's page at the Official Weird Al site!

As with all of Al's Scotti Bros. albums, The Food Album had been reissued a couple of times, once through WEA and again by Volcano. The WEA reissue used the same unique, green font for the copyright information on the back cover that had been used on the original BMG release. For reasons unknown (perhaps monetary and/or technical), the Volcano reissue covered the past copyright info with a white panel with the new Volcano info printed on it in a black, boring font...while covering the Scotti Bros. logo with another white panel with the Way Moby logo printed on it. With both of these coverings slapped on, much of the album's original back cover art is now obscured.


RHINO-STYLE TRACK NOTES What's this??

1. FAT [3:36]

Parody of "Bad" (Michael Jackson) New lyrics by Al Yankovic
"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC: lead & backing vocals * JIM WEST: guitar * STEVE JAY: bass * JON "BERMUDA" SCHWARTZ: drums * KIM BULLARD: keyboards
Produced by RICK DERRINGER * Arranged by AL YANKOVIC * Engineered and mixed by TONY PAPA * Assistant engineer: JAMIE DELL
Recorded at Santa Monica Sound Recorders, Feb. 18, 1988
Scotti Bros. single #07769, Apr. 12, 1988; Hot 100 #99 (E)

2. LASAGNA [2:44]

Parody of "La Bamba" (traditional) New lyrics by Al Yankovic
"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC: lead & backing vocals, accordion * JIM WEST: mandolin * STEVE JAY: bass * JON "BERMUDA" SCHWARTZ: drums
Produced by RICK DERRINGER * Arranged by AL YANKOVIC * Engineered and mixed by TONY PAPA * Assistant engineer: JAMIE DELL
Recorded at Santa Monica Sound Recorders, Feb. 19, 1988
Scotti Bros. single #07961, May, 1988 (E)

3. ADDICTED TO SPUDS [3:50]

Parody of "Addicted To Love" (Robert Palmer) New lyrics by Al Yankovic
"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC: lead & backing vocals * JIM WEST: guitar * STEVE JAY: bass * JON "BERMUDA" SCHWARTZ: drums * PAT REGAN: keyboards
Produced by RICK DERRINGER * Arranged by AL YANKOVIC * Engineered and mixed by TONY PAPA * Assistant engineer: JAMIE DELL
Recorded at Santa Monica Sound Recorders, Aug. 4, 1986
From the album Polka Party! (D)

4. I LOVE ROCKY ROAD [2:34]

Parody of "I Love Rock n' Roll" (J. Hooker & A. Merrill) New lyrics by Al Yankovic
"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC: lead & backing vocals, accordion * STEVE JAY: bass * JON "BERMUDA" SCHWARTZ: drums * RICK DERRINGER: guitar * "MUSICAL MIKE" KIEIFFER: musical hands * DR. DEMENTO, JAKE HOOKER, JAY LEVEY: backing vocals and clapping
Produced by RICK DERRINGER * Arranged by AL YANKOVIC * Engineered and mixed by PETER KELSEY
Recorded at Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, Mar. 14, 1982
Scotti Bros. single #03998, July, 1983; Bubbling Under Hot 100 #106 (A)

5. SPAM [2:59]

Parody of "Stand" (William Berry, John Stipe, Peter Buck & Michael Mills) New lyrics by Al Yankovic
"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC: lead & backing vocals * JIM WEST: guitar * STEVE JAY: bass * JON "BERMUDA" SCHWARTZ: drums * KIM BULLARD: keyboards
Produced by RICK DERRINGER * Arranged by AL YANKOVIC * Engineered and mixed by DARRYL DOBSON & TONY PAPA * Assistant engineer: BILL MALINA
Recorded on May 24, 1989
From the album UHF/Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (F)

6. EAT IT [3:17]

Parody of "Beat It" (Michael Jackson) New lyrics by Al Yankovic
"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC: lead & backing vocals * JIM WEST: guitar * STEVE JAY: bass * JON "BERMUDA" SCHWARTZ: drums * PAT REGAN: keyboards * RICK DERRINGER: guitar solo * "MUSICAL MIKE" KIEIFFER: musical hands * TONY PAPA: belch
Produced by RICK DERRINGER * Arranged by AL YANKOVIC * Engineered and mixed by TONY PAPA
Recorded at Santa Monica Sound Recorders, Dec. 13, 1983
Scotti Bros. single #04374, Feb. 28, 1984; Hot 100 #12 (B)

7. THE WHITE STUFF [2:43]

Parody of "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" (Maurice Starr) New lyrics by Al Yankovic
"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC: lead & backing vocals * JIM WEST: guitar * STEVE JAY: bass & backing vocal * JON "BERMUDA" SCHWARTZ: drums * BRAD BUXER: keyboards
Produced by AL YANKOVIC * Engineered and mixed by TONY PAPA * Assistant engineers: COLIN SAUERS & JAMIE DELL
Recorded on Dec. 3, 1990
From the album Off The Deep End (G)

8. MY BOLOGNA [2:00]

Parody of "My Sharona" (D. Feiger & B. Averre) New lyrics by Al Yankovic
"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC: lead & backing vocals, accordion * STEVE JAY: bass * JON "BERMUDA" SCHWARTZ: drums * RICK DERRINGER: guitar
Produced by RICK DERRINGER * Arranged by AL YANKOVIC * Engineered and mixed by PETER KELSEY
Recorded at Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, Mar. 14, 1982
From the album "Weird Al" Yankovic (A)

9. TACO GRANDE [3:44]

Parody of "Rico Suave" (Gerardo Mejia & Christian Carlos Warren) New lyrics by Al Yankovic
"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC: lead & backing vocals * JIM WEST: guitar * STEVE JAY: bass * JON "BERMUDA" SCHWARTZ: drums * CHEECH MARIN: voice-over
Produced by AL YANKOVIC * Engineered and mixed by TONY PAPA * Assistant engineers: COLIN SAUERS & JAMIE DELL
Recorded in Jan., 1992
Scotti Bros. single #75338, Aug., 1992 (G)

10. THE RYE OR THE KAISER (THEME FROM ROCKY XIII) [3:30]

Parody of "Eye Of The Tiger" (Frankie Sullivan & Jim Peterik) New lyrics by Al Yankovic
"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC: lead vocal * JIM WEST: guitar * STEVE JAY: bass * JON "BERMUDA" SCHWARTZ: drums * PAT REGAN: keyboards
Produced by RICK DERRINGER * Arranged by AL YANKOVIC * Engineered and mixed by TONY PAPA
Recorded at Santa Monica Sound Recorders, Dec. 12, 1983
From the album "Weird Al" Yankovic In 3-D (B)

ORIGINAL ALBUM SOURCES:

(A) "Weird Al" Yankovic
    Scotti Bros. #38679, Apr. 26, 1983; #139

(B) "Weird Al" Yankovic In 3-D
    Scotti Bros. #39221, Feb. 28, 1984; #17

(C) Dare To Be Stupid
    Scotti Bros. #40033, June 4, 1985; #50

(D) Polka Party!
    Scotti Bros. #40520, Oct. 21, 1986; #177

(E) Even Worse
    Scotti Bros. #44149, Apr. 12, 1988; #27

(F) UHF/Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff
    Scotti Bros. #45265, July 18, 1989; #146

(G) Off The Deep End
    Scotti Bros. #75256, Apr. 14, 1992; #17

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The Food Album ©1993 Scotti Bros. Records. ©1999 Way Moby/Volcano Entertainment III.

Personnel and recording studio information according to Permanent Record: Al In The Box and respective studio album liner notes. Recording dates, Billboard chart, and additional personnel information available at Weirdal.com, compiled by Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz. Most release dates according to the Library of Congress.