The "alapalooza" Review Thread!

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Postby L285 » Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:53 pm

Jurassic Park - My least favourite lead parody, it's alright though - 7/10
Young, Dumb & Ugly - Pretty funny and quite catchy - 8/10
Bedrock Anthem - Loved the originals, good concept aswell, it also has my favourite Al video - 9/10
Frank's 2000" TV - I love REM, I love Al, Kablam - 9/10
Achy Breaky Song - I like it but it needs more - 8/10
Traffic Jam - There are some fantastic lines in it but I don't like Prince - 7/10
Talk Soup - Best original on the album - 10/10
Living in the Fridge - The original had the best bridge of any song ever, and that plus Al deserves brownie points - 10/10
She Never Told Me She Was A Mime - Not one of Al's best, quite forgettable - 6/10
Harvey the Wonder Hamster - Filler - 4/10
Waffle King - Too dragged out, just a bad version of Talk Soup, has it's moments though - 6/10
Bohemian Polka - One of my least favourite polkas, not that different from the original - 5/10

Overall - A great album up until Living in the Fridge where it takes a considerable turn for the worse - 7.5
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Postby Insomnia » Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:22 am

Jurrasic Park: 8/10 While much funnier withe the video the song is still good. Al's just does this song so well it doesn't even feel like a parody almost.
Young Dumb And Ugly: 7/10 It's funny enough I guess
Bedrock Anthem: 6/10 meh it just doesn't do it for me also I'm still very surprised anthony let Al parody them seeing as how weird he is with his music
Frank's 2000" TV: 10/10 One of my favorite Al songs, I just love it.
Achy Breaky Song: 8.5/10 Really find this one to be funny, pretty mean spirited for an Al song though but maybe that's why I love it.
Traffic Jam: 6/10 It's ok song, it's catchy but I feel like it's goes on for bit too long.
Talk Soup: 4/10 It's not very good, it was originally a theme song for some cancelled show and it shows it just doesn't really seem like an Al song. It feels like this song tries to hard to be funny
Livin In The Fridge: 8/10 It's pretty good and funny but I feel it's a tad overrated
She Never Told Me She Was A Mime: 5/10 I feel like this concept just doesn't work as well as Al had hoped but there is part or two that is ok.
Harvey The Wonder Hamster: 10/10 HEY HARVEY!
Waffle King: 7.5/10 Screw what people say. I like this song
Bohemian Polka: 7/10 meh I like it but not that much.
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Postby anthontherun » Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:25 am

I feel like "She Never Told Me She Was a Mime" would be a great Steven Wright-esque one-liner, but stretched out into a full song...not so much.

Reading my 'review' of this album from 9 years ago(!)...I really need to redo it.
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Postby Killingsworth » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:59 am

Insomnia wrote:Bedrock Anthem: 6/10 meh it just doesn't do it for me also I'm still very surprised anthony let Al parody them seeing as how weird he is with his music.


Here's something to think about: If Anthony Kedis had denied Al permission to use any Chilli Peppers songs, what other 91-93 era songs could Al have turned into a Flinstones themed parody?
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Postby Waffle King » Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:30 am

1.Bedrock Anthem. Great tribute to the Flintstones in a song that flat out rocks!

2.Jurrasic Park. As someone that actually appreciates the music of Richard Harris (yes,he made more songs than just MacArthur Park & the Camelot soundtrack) Al does great by the song. Never been a real fan of the JP movies,but I still get the jokes. My little sister used to hate the video due to the violent death of Barney. :P

3. Young Dumb And Ugly. A real strong 3 song opening.Probably the best on any Album. The music is a cool tribute to all the "hair metal" bands big at the time,with some funny lyrics of living on the "mild side".

4.Waffle King. My namesake. :D As I think I've made mention,I just get a kick out of Al being obnoxious over some trivial accomplishment. I always turn it up for "Listen pal,you can kiss my royal butt!"

5.Traffic Jam. An underrated gem. "Shouldn't have had that bag of bran muffins an hour and a half ago..."

6. Harvey The Wonder Hamster. A fitting tribute to the world's greatest hamster!

7.Bohemian Polka. A departure from Al's typical polka,but it works here. I think I appreciate it more since I can remember the year this became a "re-hit" and you couldn't help but hear it every 15 minutes. It was nice to hear it again,but different for the 2027th time.

8.Frank's 2000" TV. Not really a "laugh out loud" knee-slapper and as a kid I was kinda ambivalent about it,but it has grown on me considerably. It's just very pleasant sounding I guess.

9.Livin In The Fridge. Kinda gets overlooked by me most of the time,I suppose. But a decent parody. Al's background vocals are probably the funniest aspect. "You can't stop the mold from growing! Dysentery! Dysentery! "

10. Achy Breaky Song. Not really a masterpiece,but a catchy song.

11.She Never Told Me She Was A Mime. Extremely forgettable. I don't think I honestly remember any of the lyrics. It's kind of a less engaging "That boy could dance." Perhaps Al was being too clever for us?

12.Talk Soup. Al sounds kinda funny imploring "Listen to me! Listen to meeeee!", but not really enough of a redeeming quality to keep me from skipping it 99% of the time.
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Postby YankoSwag 8888 » Wed May 04, 2016 4:28 am

Jurassic Park: 9.5/10 A fun song with a good video. :jp:
Young Dumb And Ugly: 6/10 A good clasic AC/DC style parody but bad lyrics.
Bedrock Anthem: 10/10 I love how Al combines 2 songs in to 1 and makes a fun TV themed parody. :great:
Franks 2000" TV: 10/10 The best original on this album. :good:
Achy Breaky Song: 8/10 A nice fun way to get over the cancer that is Achy Breaky Heart.
Traffic Jam: 3/10 Al's worst officially released song. Lame music, bad lyrics and too long. :killed:
Talk Soup: 4/10 A quick way to describe this is "Jerry Springer" is way better. :bad:
Livin' In The Fridge: 9/10 A good funny parody of an already great song.
She Was A Mime: 3/10 Refer to "Traffic Jam". :angry:
Harvey The Wonder Hamster: 9.5/10 A nice quick song to wear off the pain of "She Was A Mime" it was released 8 years to late.
Waffle King: 6/10 A good concept just poorly executed. It should have been on Off The Deep End.
Bohemian Polka: 8/10 A good end to a bad album. :accordion:
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Postby Yankomaniac » Sun May 08, 2016 9:52 pm

Opinions, opinions. -_-
What a racket they're makin', Jack, they keep me up at night playin' their electric guitars!!
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Postby YankoSwag 8888 » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:55 pm

Favourite Song: Bohemian Polka
Favourite Original: Franks 2000" TV
Favourite Parody: Bedrock Anthem
Funniest Song: Franks 2000" TV
Least Favourite Song: Traffic Jam

7/10
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Postby iancook » Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:51 am

What can I say about Alapalooza? I can say that it's my least favorite "Al-bum", but even a bad record by Al is still a good record. Most of the songs just don't do it for me like his others. I break it out and listen to it every once in a while hoping that I'll fall in love with something on it like I hadn't before, but it has yet to happen. So, here are my thoughts on the songs.

1. Jurassic park: Not a fan of the original Mcarthur park, but this parody has some really clever lines that make the song listenable. I especially like the line about Barney, and the references to Ian Malcolm. 4/10
2. Young, Dumb, and Ugly: Not really a fan of AC:DC either, but again, there are clever lines but overall, meh. 4/10.
3. Bedrock Anthem: I'm still disappointed that Al didn't continue with an "Under the bridge" parody because that probably would have made the whole album. I feel the same way that Flea felt about the parody, which is pretty much meh. I guess if I actually liked the song, "Give it away" or even if I liked "The Flintstones" this song might have been more enjoyable to me. 4/10
4. Frank's 2000 inch TV: Again, mixed in with most of the song are some clever lines, but still, I get nothing from this song. 4/10
5. Achy Breaky Song: This is hands down my favorite song on this album. I hated the Billy Ray Cyrus song, and this parody just cracked me up. I once replaced someone's MP3 collection with a list I made from this song of bad music and renamed all the files to the music he had. For example, he went to listen to Led Zepplin, he got a Donnie and Marie song. Hilarious! Anyway, this is among Al's best work. 9/10.
6. Traffic Jam: More clever lyrics, but mediocre song. I don't see how it's anything like Prince, but okay. 4/10
7. Talk Soup: Okay song, just not my cup of tea. Most of the lyrics are still pretty clever. 4/10
8. Livin' in the Fridge: Not a fan of Aerosmith, but this is one of their more listenable songs. More clever Al lyrics for the win! 7/10
9. She Never Told Me She Was a Mime: I sometimes just fast forward through this one. Not sure why I dislike this one so much. 3/10
10. Harvey The Wonder Hamster: I like this one, cute song. 8/10
11. Waffle King: Meh. 3/10
12. Bohemian Polka: I like this Polka because of it's originality and love the original song. 8/10

As I was writing this list, I came to realize that I'm not really into the styles of music that he's parodying here, so that may be a big reason why this album scores so low for me. So, of all his albums, this one ranks last for me.
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Postby Yankomaniac » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:54 pm

Traffic Jam is an overly underrated musical masterpiece. Goes so far beyond the realm of Prince or the hilarious lyrics. That bass line is as good as it gets and those guitar solos that fill out throughout so much of the song are incredible, most guitarists could never play nor come up with that. Jim is a genius axeman!! Not to mention the awesome keyboard work that probably would have made Prince cream his jeans if he was even humble enough to listen to it. I don't think he would have wanted to admit how much greater Al and his band are. AHAHAHAH
What a racket they're makin', Jack, they keep me up at night playin' their electric guitars!!
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