Al’s worst album, IMO. He put all of his best ideas into OTDE, which came out about a year earlier, and this album had to get rushed to shelves while Jurassic Park the movie was still the thing everyone was talking about. This is also Al’s only album where the parodies are way stronger than the originals.
Alapalooza didn’t do great in the USA, but it sold like crazy in Canada, leading to Al & his band doing a massive Canadian tour (with a couple of American stops, including about 5 concerts in Alaska!). The first time I saw his band live was on this tour.
Many of this album’s sales came from people mistaking the cover art for being the real Jurassic Park soundtrack. They were forced to put a big sticker on the cover saying “NO, this is NOT the Jurassic Park soundtrack!”
Rejected from this album was Green Eggs & Ham (Numb by U2). U2 loved the song, but Dr Seuss’s estate wouldn’t allow its release.
The Jurassic Park music video gave Al his 5th Grammy nomination (but lost to Peter Gabriel)
The Japanese release of this album featured Jurassic Park sung in Japanese by Al.
Billy Ray Cyrus allowed the release of the Acky Breaky parody only under the condition that the proceeds from the song go to charity
Talk Soup was written for the theme song to the show…and they only ended up using the instrumental version of it
Headline News was actually released about a year later, as a stand alone single. However, it’s grouped with Alapalooza in my itunes, where I copied the track listing from. Oh well, vote for it if you think it’s better than anything on the proper album.
Mime is one of Al’s most boring songs, and also one of his longest. One of the big reasons this is my least favorite of his albums.
I like “Bedrock Anthem”, but I like “Jurassic Park” too and the video is amazing. Plus “MacArthur Park” is a rich source of comedy (Dave Thomas as Richard Harris on “Mel’s Rockpile” is an SCTV classic!).