RUNNING WITH SCISSORS
Original CD/cassette release: June 29, 1999
Way Moby/Volcano Entertainment/BMG Music
Highest Billboard Chart Position: #16
|Current Sales Status:
(Achieved Gold Status: August 2, 1999)
|Current Sales Status (Canadian):
|Current Sales Status (Australian):
1. The Saga Begins (5:27)
2. My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder (3:25)
3. Pretty Fly For A Rabbi (3:02)
4. The Weird Al Show Theme (1:13)
5. Jerry Springer (2:46)
6. Germs (4:38)
7. Polka Power! (4:21)
8. Your Horoscope For Today (3:59)
9. It's All About The Pentiums (3:34)
10. Truck Drivin' Song (2:27)
11. Grapefruit Diet (3:30)
12. Albuquerque (11:22)
|SINGLES SPAWNED FROM THIS ALBUM|
The Saga Begins
It's All About The Pentiums
Polka Power! (Germany)
Pretty Fly For A Rabbi (Australia)
|NOTES & TRIVIA|
Parody/original/polka ratio: 5/6/1
Food songs: "Grapefruit Diet" (13)
TV songs: "The Weird Al Show Theme" (16), "Jerry Springer" (17)
Love songs: "My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder" (12)
Movie songs: "The Saga Begins" (4)
Song songs: "Truck Drivin' Song" (4)
Cultural Stereotype songs: "Pretty Fly For A Rabbi" (2)
Al's first new album from his own imprint Way Moby, spawned from his new label, Volcano Entertainment.
Al's first album to not be promoted with any commercial singles, due to a "no singles" policy at Volcano.
Running With Scissors marks the return of BMG distributing Al's material, as per a distribution deal with Volcano. BMG would eventually acquire Volcano's parent company, Zomba.
There are two stories as to the origin of the album's concept. In November 1999 Bermuda posted on alt.music.weird-al that "Running With Scissors" was to be the original title for Bad Hair Day back when the album was in production in 1995 and before Al decided to parody Coolio, thus creating a new "look" for the album. Yet in August 2006 on the Weird Al Show: The Complete Series DVD, Al explained in the commentary for the "One for the Record Books" episode that a discarded segment that was written, in which Al presents a home movie of his days as a track star in which he wielded scissors as he ran (thus seriously injuring the other runners), was the inspiration for the album.
Also, this is the first album cover to feature Al's new, mustache-less, glasses-less look!
AND, the CD is the first Al release to feature that magical number "27" on the cover!
Features Al's longest song (not counting material on Peter And The Wolf), "Albuquerque."
Debuting at #35 in Billboard, it would jump into the top twenty a week later, becoming Al's fastest selling release. It would eventually stay on the "Billboard 200" chart for thirty-two weeks.
The CD of this album contains bonus multimedia items to be used on a PC (a first for Al). It includes a movie file from the Disney Channel special There's No Going Home and an accompanying text file of "instructions."
The first album to feature Rubén Valtierra (sort of) in the booklet pictures.
Only the second album to credit Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz with vocals (the first being the debut album).
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This page was last updated January 15, 2008. Scans of Canadian sticker, Australian sticker, and collector card courtesy of Dave "Elvis" Rossi.
Running With Scissors ©1999 Way Moby/Volcano Entertainment III.