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Postby CatraDhtem » Tue Jan 16, 2007 9:50 am

I think I understand the problem, and I'm going to try to explain where I think the discrepency is coming from.

In addition to the "Hot 100"/"Bubbling Under" chart, at the time "Billboard" also had a unique "Hot 100 Singles Sales" chart. The magazine currently has a chart just titled "Hot Singles Sales" on its web site, which I assume is the same chart.

Anyway, according to my vague notes, "Gump" did show up on this other chart in addition to the "Bubbling Under" chart. From time to time Al's singles would also show up on other singles-related charts outside of the standard "Hot 100." One recent example would be "White & Nerdy" charting on the "Hot Digital Tracks" chart.

The sales chart, I imagine, measures sales of actual physical singles, such as the CD or cassette single in this case. "Gump" probably did as well as it did on this chart because a lot of people no doubt bought it to get "Spy Hard." Why this would differ so much with the single's placement on the normal "Hot 100" is because, as you pointed out, radio airplay also factors a lot into the chart positions. That's not the case with just the sales chart.

So yes, while "Gump" did relatively well on the sales chart, its position there shouldn't be counted as its "official" chart position. That kind of general designation usually only refers to a single's placement on the "Hot 100"/"Bubbling Under."
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Re: Gump

Postby Yankomaniac » Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:39 am

Not sure if this was the only time this happened but after this was recorded Al showed it to The Presidents Of The United States Of America on their tour bus and got to see their reaction as he showed them. The first time he did this was for this song but I don't know if he has done that for anybody else he has parodied since.
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Re: Gump

Postby BullMoose » Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:42 am

He showed Virus Alert to .... the guys he pistachio'd that from. If that counts. They hadn't seen it before. You can see pictures on his Instagram of it.
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Re: Gump

Postby LaikaComeHome » Fri Dec 02, 2016 1:47 am


Very good song, not one of my personal favorites but still good. <3
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Re: Gump

Postby arewethereyet » Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:14 am

Ok, this is probably pretty obvious to most of you but I’ve searched the board and couldn’t find any mention of it. . . apologies if I missed it.
My daughter has to listen to a lot of Al when we’re in the car, so much so that she’s started singing along. When “Gump” came up, she started singing “Trump”… it works pretty well in a lot of lines!

He's Trump, He's Trump
What's in his head?
He's Trump, He's Trump, He's Trump
Is he inbred?
Trump was a big celebrity . . .
. . .
He's Trump, He's Trump, He's Trump
What's with that hair?
. . .
Is this Trump out of his head?
I think so
Is this Trump really brain dead?
I think so
Did this Trump make lots of bread?
I think so
And that's all I have to say about that
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