ludovica64 wrote:Al's on record as saying that Touring and Merch is where the big money is. Now he can add writing books to that, hopefully he will have more options.
I think Al should put out an album as soon as he is happy with it, and no sooner. Waiting 5 years worked for him on this occasion, as this is an extraordinarily great album. Id rather wait and get a quality product, with maybe a few digital releases to tide us over. Whatever we feel about it, the fact is that Alpocalypse is both awesome, and currently popular. He judged just right. I LOVE that the Internet Leaks are on the album. It hasnt spoiled it for me at all.
Whatinthe27 wrote:If he felt this way in the past, he would have put out In 3-D, and then followed it up with UHF. There'd be no Dare To Be Stupid, Polka Party, or Even Worse.
Alinite27 wrote:I really don't think that the length of time between albums is why Al wrote Good Enough For Now, or gave it that title. That's one of my favorite songs. Just because you don't like it, or the album in particular, doesn't mean that Al or anyone else thought that it wasn't good.
anthontherun wrote:I don't think Greg's commenting on the quality of that song, just that the title (consciously or not) was pretty telling. Polka Party! was Al's fourth album in as many years and although it's certainly not bad (I actually prefer it to the two albums it's sandwiched between), it's clearly the product of a parodist who's burned out.
CatraDhtem wrote:Whatinthe27 wrote:If he felt this way in the past, he would have put out In 3-D, and then followed it up with UHF. There'd be no Dare To Be Stupid, Polka Party, or Even Worse.But, respectfully, the problem with your point is that it was a different time in Al's career. He was just starting out, and "Eat It" made a comedy artist a top twenty music star, something almost unheard of in 1984. The label wanted Al to churn out releases more often in order to keep him out there in the public eye. There were no children's books to write or state fair exhibits to produce or feature films to make or frequent guest appearances on basic cable shows. He was a (still-new) recording artist first and foremost at that point, and nobody at the time would have felt comfortable if he had taken three or more years off between albums.
[/quote]It is interesting that you bring up "Polka Party!", because that was the album that sort of exposed the problem of having an artist keep plugging away and releasing new material year after year. Al was creatively exhausted at that point, and it shows from the paltry ten tracks on the album to the contrived song ideas like "Don't Wear Those Shoes" and "Toothless People." Al often talked about how he was under pressure to put out that album, and with a single he wasn't entirely confident with. I've said this before one way or another, but is it any surprise that the final song recorded for the album at the last minute just happens to be called "Good Enough for Now?" The album was the best he could come up, but even then he knew it wasn't really all that great.
Whatinthe27 wrote:Yeah, but there was projects like ALtv that were 2-4 hours long. Projects like the Compleat Al. The Authorized Al. Being the house band for MTV's Rocking Eve (86 i believe) The guide to the grammys. And writing and filming UHF. He had plenty to do. He did plenty.
I would argue he did more work back then.
And I happened to like all three of those songs. That album dates it's self with what I call 80's guitar riff songs, but back then, i loved it. Are you saying you wish Polka Party wasn't recorded?
I'd hate to lose it. Even if you discount Polka Party, you'd lose Dare to Be Stupid and Even Worse.
If you could only pick 12 songs, 5 parodies, one polka medley and 6 originals, what songs would you pick, knowing you'd have to sacrifice them as if they would never be recorded.
And this is all hind-sight. Which blows my mind.
Why would anybody say they would be happy with less or having to wait longer in between albums? Because that's what you'd basically be saying.
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