Hooray for Boobies
|Hooray for Boobies|
|Studio album by Bloodhound Gang|
|Released||October 4, 1999 (Europe)
February 29, 2000 (US)
|Recorded||1998-1999, Dome Studios in Royersford, PA|
|Genre||Alternative rock, rapcore, electronica, pop punk|
|Producer||Jimmy Pop, Richard Gavalis|
|Bloodhound Gang chronology|
|Singles from Hooray for Boobies|
Hooray for Boobies is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Bloodhound Gang, released on October 4, 1999, in Europe and February 29, 2000, in the US. The album, produced by Jimmy Pop and Richard Gavalis, was the band's second release on Geffen Records following the gold-selling One Fierce Beer Coaster. The musical style of Hooray for Boobies is grounded in the alternative rock, rapcore, and electronica genres, with prominent rap-metal guitar riffs, samples, electronic instruments, and lyrics rife with toilet humor.
The album received generally favorable reviews and was a commercial success. Hooray for Boobies effectively broke the Bloodhound Gang into the mainstream. The album initially debuted at number two on the US Top Heatseekers chart, but managed to peak at number 14 on the US Billboard 200. The album also hit number one in Australia, Austria, and Germany. Since its release in 1999, the album has sold over 4 million copies internationally.
Five singles were released from the album including "Along Comes Mary", "The Bad Touch", "The Ballad of Chasey Lain", "Mope", and "The Inevitable Return of the Great White Dope". The album's second single, "The Bad Touch", was an international hit, charting on fourteen different charts worldwide, and managing to hit number one on five of them.
Background and development
In March 1995 the Bloodhound Gang signed a record deal with Columbia Records and released their first full-length album, titled Use Your Fingers (1995), but were subsequently dropped by the label. After adjusting its lineup, the group began working on their newest album, One Fierce Beer Coaster.
Released on December 3, 1996, it eventually sold over 500,000 copies in the US. The album's first single, "Fire Water Burn," played a major role in the slow build of interest that ultimately led to the band's mainstream breakthrough. Geffen Records signed the band within two months as word-of-mouth praise for the album spread. After the success of One Fierce Beer Coaster, the band entered the studio in 1998 to record their newest album.
"The Bad Touch," from the group's 1999 album Hooray for Boobies.
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Much like its predecessor, Hooray for Boobies was written and recorded in a heavy alternative-oriented style. But Hooray for Boobies also features a distinct electronica sound, taking influences from European trance music. David Jeffries of Allmusic described the sound of the Bloodhound Gang circa Hooray for Boobies as, "infectious dance-pop."
To create the hip-hop, electronica, and rock fusions on the album, Jimmy Pop utilized the standard hip-hop technique of sampling. The album's fourth single, "Mope," is primarily a mash-up of Falco's 1986 hit "Rock Me Amadeus," Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls," Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax" and the Pac-Man theme song.
The album's title is attributed to Parry Gripp of Nerf Herder (a credit he vehemently denies), who also sings harmony vocals on "I Hope You Die" and toured with the band on their previous record. Hooray for Boobies is the final album with drummer Spanky G, who left mid-production, though he is on the album cover. The song "Yummy Down On This" features drummer Darrin Pfeiffer of Goldfinger.
The final song, "Along Comes Mary," was never intended to be on the album, but Geffen insisted the band include it. Very rare early promo versions of the album exclude the track.
The album, reminiscent of the band's first album, features various skits in between songs. The first of these skits, entitled "Mama's Boy" is an impromptu phone conversation between Jimmy Pop and his mother. "R.S.V.P." features a short monologue from Vivid pornstar Chasey Lain. "That Cough Came With a Prize" is fifteen seconds of coughing. "This Is Stupid" is an arbitrary track performed by the vocal duo who feature in "Right Turn Clyde." Finally, "The Ten Coolest Things About New Jersey" is simply ten seconds of silence. According to the liner notes, Jimmy Pop had to explain the track to certain members of the band.
Release and Promotion
Originally, "Take the Long Way Home" featured the words 'May I have your attention please?' repeated twice. It was later removed and released as such. "Right Turn Clyde" features a chorus parodying Pink Floyd's hit single "Another Brick in the Wall Part II"; "All in all you're just another dick with no balls." Because of these issues, the album was delayed in the US. Both were eventually resolved and the album was finally released. In Europe, the album was initially released without the two songs, thus containing only 45 CD tracks. Later pressings featured the complete track list.
A "clean" version of the CD was released titled simply Hooray. It featured an alternative cover image of a cow's udder.
The track "The Inevitable Return of the Great White Dope" appeared on the Scary Movie soundtrack.
The track "Magna Cum Nada" appeared in the movie, Loser.
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Hooray for Boobies has received moderately favorable reviews. Many reviewers complimented the album's duncical, but ultimately enjoyable, humor. Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas wrote, "on one hand, it's easy to hate the Bloodhound Gang. [...] On the other hand, you almost have to admire the lengths that they go to be, well, defiantly stupid." Many reviewers also complimented the album's eccentric plunderphonic-esque approach to music. Popmatters reviewer Patrick Schabe compared the Bloodhound Gang to Beck, saying, "if anomalous characterization, synthesis, and a popular culture repertoire make Beck the big brother of postmodern music, then surely he’s part of a family? If so, then perhaps the Bloodhound Gang are the snotty, juvenile, teenage brother in that family."
But not all reviews were complimentary. Many critics criticized the band for its heavy use of outdated music and its toilet and sex-based humor. Entertainment Weekly writer Doug Brod decried the album, saying "on Hooray for Boobies these knuckleheads tap into '80s-style metal and New Orderish dance-wave to back their dumbbell odes to oral sex, porn stars, revenge, and – did I mention oral sex?"
On March 18, 2000, Hooray for Boobies debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 19. Four weeks later, on April 15, the album peaked at number 14, after selling 85,924 copies. Twenty-four weeks later, the album fell to number 199. The following week, Hooray for Boobies disappeared from the chart. The album spent a total of 29 weeks on the chart.
All songs written and composed by Jimmy Pop except when noted.
|1.||"I Hope You Die"||3:41|
|2.||"The Inevitable Return of the Great White Dope"||4:02|
|4.||"Three Point One Four"||3:55|
|5.||"Mope"||Jimmy Pop, Falco, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Metallica||4:36|
|6.||"Yummy Down on This"||Jimmy Pop, Lüpüs Thünder, Darrin "Dangerous" Pfeiffer||3:49|
|7.||"The Ballad of Chasey Lain"||2:21|
|9.||"Magna Cum Nada"||4:00|
|10.||"The Bad Touch"||4:20|
|11.||"That Cough Came with a Prize"||0:14|
|12.||"Take the Long Way Home"||3:07|
|14.||"Right Turn Clyde"||Jimmy Pop, Roger Waters||5:24|
|15.||"This Is Stupid"||0:10|
|16.||"A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When the Stripper Is Crying"||5:37|
|17.||"The Ten Coolest Things About New Jersey"||0:10|
|18.||"Along Comes Mary"||Tandyn Almer||3:25|
|60:49 (With silence)|
Charts and certifications
|1999||"Along Comes Mary"||—||—||—||—||—||6||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||5|
|1999||"The Bad Touch"||52||6||21||4||9||1||17||8||1||21||1||1||1||3|
|2000||"The Ballad of Chasey Lain"||—||—||—||15||—||8||—||15||68||—||—||—||35||11|
|2001||"The Inevitable Return of the Great White Dope"||—||—||—||—||—||23||—||—||70||—||—||—||—||37|
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