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Postby scottidog » Fri Dec 24, 2004 5:17 am

Of course he is. Mmmmm cookies....
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Postby minnick27 » Sat Dec 25, 2004 12:49 am

You know when I saw the AP video, I looked for things that I recognized (Im on topic, I over analyzed the video), being only an hour away from Lancaster Ive been there a bunch of times, including on my last vacation. I actually thought that he came to Pa to film his video.
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Postby Seva » Sat Dec 25, 2004 1:53 am

Wow! Sheesh! Ugh! Another trick from Al and you folks! Those were the lyrics from Gilligan's Island, the show I've never seen before! Another page added to my ALcyclopaedia...8)

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Postby Teh Dingo » Tue Dec 28, 2004 9:33 pm

We've all figured out pretty much why Poodle Hat hasn't sold as well as previous Al-Bums, but let's over-analyze Polka Party's coming up short (Insert Prince Joke)


Now Al's certainly not a childrens artist, but think about it:

If you were anywhere from 5 to 12 during the 80's, and you heard Al you could say "Hey, I eat food!" or "Hey, I've been to a hospital!"


UHF doesn't count due to it being part of a more major project.

When Smells Like Nirvana came out, Al didn't need to worry about kids, because kids in the 80's who were Nirvana fans already knew who Al was. Same with Bad Hair Day or Running With Scissors (Alapalooza may have had a slight younger bump because every kid and their mother saw or wanted to see Jurassic Park)

But back to the 80's, if you're a kid, you have no idea what a hernia is (Al would've got better sales with kids if he just flat out said "Living With a Butt Pain") and also didn't know who James Brown or Rocky was.

Now, if you go by that theory (Which keep in mind, I'm a complete idiot), Poodle Hat was an attempt to reintroduce him to a new audience, while keeping the old...because if Couch Potato was allowed to continue to a video, kids can say "Hey! I watch tv!".


Remember, I'm not saying Al's a childrens artist. So don't yell at me
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Postby anthontherun » Tue Dec 28, 2004 9:47 pm

You've got an excellent point. (Although "Theme from Rocky XIII" is on In 3-D)

On paper, Polka Party! looks like it's aimed at adults. Parodies of James Brown, Mick Jagger, Robert Palmer (I know "Addicted to Love" was a hit, but was it big with the younger audience?), and El Debarge (who?). At best, kids would only know a handful of the artists in the polka: INXS, Janet Jackson, and Madonna. And in those pre-Internet days, you never knew who was in the polka until you bought the album.
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Postby minnick27 » Tue Dec 28, 2004 10:57 pm

I knew who Rocky was when IN 3-D came out, even if I was only 4. But living in Philly probably makes me more likely to know it that a kid in say Butte.
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Postby Carol » Fri Jan 07, 2005 6:24 am

Hmmm.... doing a little research here... it seems like the Amish are Mennonites, but not all Mennonites are Amish. They're both Anabaptists.

So Al was correct in calling them Mennonites.



Well, I disagree, but I don't have a cointerpoint so whatever.

It's times like this I am proud to be of pure Mennonite blood.
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Postby Orthography Enthusiast » Sun Jan 09, 2005 7:39 am

Something that I began to wonder about while watching the AP video last night: just WHO is the Florence Henderson character supposed to be? She's not the "very plain" wife. Is Al's Amish dude beginning to develop a wandering eye? :o
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Postby CatraDhtem » Sun Jan 09, 2005 9:53 am

Orthography Enthusiast @ Jan 9 2005, 12:39 AM wrote:Something that I began to wonder about while watching the AP video last night: just WHO is the Florence Henderson character supposed to be? She's not the "very plain" wife. Is Al's Amish dude beginning to develop a wandering eye? :o


Perhaps Florence's role could be figured out if anyone knew what Michelle Pfieffer's part was in the "Gangsta's Paradise" video. I'm not sure if she was just continuing the same role she had in "Dangerous Minds."
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Postby Orthography Enthusiast » Sun Jan 09, 2005 11:07 am

I couldn't find anything quickly via Google about who Michelle P was supposed to be in the Gangsta's Paradise video, but I did find a nice review of the Amish Paradise video.

Maybe this is why Coolio was so mad?

From the moment "Amish Paradise" was first aired, Coolio became a total joke. He hasn't been heard of since.
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