Off The Deep CD CD sticker

OFF THE DEEP END

Original CD/cassette release: April 14, 1992
#72392 75256-2/4
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 32016-2/4
Way Moby/Volcano Entertainment/BMG Music

Highest Billboard Chart Position: #17

Current Sales Status:
PLATINUM
as of January 25, 2006
(Achieved Gold Status: June 17, 1992)
Current Sales Status (Canadian):
PLATINUM


TRACKS

1. Smells Like Nirvana (3:42)
2. Trigger Happy (3:46)
3. I Can't Watch This (3:31)
4. Polka Your Eyes Out (3:50)
5. I Was Only Kidding (3:31)
6. The White Stuff (2:43)
7. When I Was Your Age (4:35)
8. Taco Grande (3:44)
9. Airline Amy (3:50)
10. The Plumbing Song (4:05)
11. You Don't Love Me Anymore (4:01)
CD-Only Bonus Track 12. Bite Me (0:07)


SINGLES SPAWNED FROM THIS ALBUM

Smells Like Nirvana
You Don't Love Me Anymore
Taco Grande
The White Stuff
I Can't Watch This


NOTES & TRIVIA

Parody/original/polka ratio: 5/6/1

Food songs: "The White Stuff" (9), "Taco Grande" (10)

TV songs: "I Can't Watch This" (11)

Love songs: "I Was Only Kidding" (6), "Airline Amy" (7), "You Don't Love Me Anymore" (8)

Song songs: "The Plumbing Song" (2)

The first Al studio album to not be released on vinyl but rather only CD and cassette.

Al's first album to be initially distributed by BMG Music.

Debuted at #24 in Billboard, the highest debut of Al's career at that time (a record that would last until 2003). It would land in the top twenty just two weeks later, where it would stay for another three weeks. It would eventually stay on the "Billboard 200" chart for twenty-seven weeks, also a record for an Al release at that time (one that would be broken in 1996).

Approximately half of the songs on this ALbum were recorded in 1990, but the lack of a strong enough lead-off parody delayed the completion of this album by two years.

Al had tried writing several Milli Vanilli parodies separately (such as "Blame It On The Drain," "Don't Forget My Plumber," etc.) before combining them into "The Plumbing Song."

ALbum title/song connection: The title and cover concept feature Al parodying Nirvana's Nevermind album cover, while the lead-off single is parodying Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (from Nevermind).

About ten minutes after the song "You Don't Love Me Anymore" ends, Al's "Bite Me" appears on the compact disc as a hidden song. A take-off of Nirvana's Nevermind album bonus track "Endless, Nameless" (but not a direct parody), "Bite Me" is a quick snippet of grunge-like guitar noise and Al screaming (among other noises). An edited version of this song would end each episode of The Weird Al Show when the Ear Booker logo appears on the screen. The chance of finding a copy of the album with this bonus track seems to differ greatly now, as many later domestic pressings and most foreign pressings have omitted the "song," instead ending the album with YDLMA.

The first song off this album to be performed live was "Polka Your Eyes Out," which Al had performed in 1991 for Dr. Demento's 20th anniversary special on Comedy Central.

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Off The Deep End ©1992 Scotti Bros. Records. ©1999 Way Moby/Volcano Entertainment III.