Excuses for Bad Behavior

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Excuses for Bad Behavior is a two-part album series by Sandra Bernhard. The first album was released in 1991 while the second was released in 2004.

Part one[edit]

Excuses For Bad Behavior (Part One)
Studio album Vinyl record by Sandra Bernhard
Released 1991
Genre Pop
Length 68:19
Label SB.com
Producer Sandra Bernhard, Mitch Kaplan
Sandra Bernhard chronology
Without You I'm Nothing
1987
Excuses For Bad Behavior (Part One)
1991
I'm Still Here... Damn It!
1998

Excuses for Bad Behavior (Part One) is a combination of spoken comedy bits, comedic songs, and pop/rock music.

Co-written and co-produced by Bernhard's longtime collaborator Mitch Kaplan, the album features Bernhard singing originals and standards re-interpreted with a new sound. Disco classic "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" begins with an operatic solo and is then translated to a modern dance song. "Manic Superstar" combines the song "Everything's Alright" from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar and the song "Manic Depression" by Jimi Hendrix. "Sympathy For the Devil" by the Rolling Stones becomes a seductive siren's song.

Comedic bits include the spoken word "The Letter" in which Bernhard reads a fictional letter from a lesbian fan who has "heard" the album in question ("Jesus Christ, why is she singing?"). "Christmas" is a heartwarming story of holidays past told by a Jewish woman who never actually experienced them. Other songs have a comedic edge, such as "Prophecies," a spoof on 1-900 psychic hotlines.

The album was released on a smaller independent label and did moderately well, but is currently unavailable for mainstream purchase. Plans for a special 2-disc re-release version (made exclusively available on Bernhard's website) have been posted there for over a year, but no product has been offered yet.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Village Voice 3.5/5 stars

The Village Voice wrote of the release "Bernhard is petty and bilious as ever."[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Excuses For Bad Behavior"
  2. "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)"
  3. "Manic Superstar"
  4. "(I'm Waiting)"
  5. "Who Knew?!"
  6. "Innocence"
  7. "The Letter"
  8. "Lonely Town"
  9. "Christmas"
  10. "Prophecies"
  11. "Sympathy For The Devil"
  12. "Manhattan"
  13. "Phone Sex (Do You Want Me Tonight?)"
  14. "(I'm Waiting)"
  15. "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover"
  16. "La Lupe"
  17. "The Woman I Could've Been"
  18. "The Way You Make Me Feel"

Part two[edit]

Excuses for Bad Behavior (Part Two)
Studio album vinyl record by Sandra Bernhard
Released January 2004
Recorded 1998, 2003–2004
Genre Pop
Length 79:03
Label SB.com
Producer Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard chronology
Hero Worship Excuses For Bad Behaviorr (Part Two)
(2004)
The Love Machine Remastered

Excuses for Bad Behavior (Part Two), unlike Part One, is a combination of spoken comedy bits, comedic songs, and pop/country/rock music. Unlike Part One, the album was not released by a major label. It was sold on burned CD-Rs by Bernhard at her live shows and via her website.

Bernhard announced in 1995 that she had no interest in making a (Part 2), despite the title of (Part 1) [1], and that rather the title was simply a "tongue-in-cheek twist on" the Guns N' Roses albums Use Your Illusion I & II. [2]

The album deals heavily with politics, including discussions about 9/11. In The Dixie Chicks, Bernhard sings: "The Dixie Chicks were wrong, then right. I can't comprehend what is true. You tell me something, then take it back. Why the hell do you support Iraq?". The political controversy that surrounded The Dixie Chicks is discussed. A small tour was launched to accompany the release. They would later become friends; Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks appeared at several of Bernhard's performances of her later show Everything Bad & Beautiful, and the group and Bernhard appeared in a Christmas commercial for Old Navy.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Here I Go Again
  2. Crazy Day In The Valley
  3. Surreal With Love
  4. High Alert At 20th Century Fox
  5. Invitations
  6. Recent Tragic Events
  7. Condoleezza Rice
  8. The Dixie Chicks
  9. 30th High School Reunion
  10. Arizona
  11. Can't You See
  12. Cicely Bernhard: Platinum Member
  13. Canadian Mishigas
  14. Dylan's Candy Bar
  15. Making Out With Britney
  16. Every Comes & Goes
  17. Jane Seymour
  18. What's Up With Comme?
  19. What's Going On
  20. Little Red Corvette