Cliff of Somewhere Around Detroit, Michigan asks: Al, you usually only have a couple of videos for each album.Why do six (although I appreciate the extra work that you, the band and the behind-the-scenes people do so fans like me can watch more amazing videos than ever) for Straight Outta Lynwood?and of course there are the 18 My Space friends that I cast as extras.Howard & Cindy Wilson of Hamilton, Ontario asks: On the back page of the CD insert, you mention Nickelback in the credits. We ourselves are not beer-swilling hockey nuts, but we do know several, eh.Or, you can select a specific month’s Q&A’s from the list below. Sept 2, 2006, June 28, 2006, April 27, 2006, November 15, 2005, October 2, 2005, September 6, 2004, September 2, 2003, August 15, 2003, August 7, 2003, July 5, 2003, May, 2000, April, 2000, March, 2000, January, 2000, December, 1999, November, 1999, October, 1999, September, 1999, August, 1999, July, 1999, June, 1999, May, 1999, April, 1999, March, 1999, February, 1999, January, 1999, December, 1998, November, 1998, October, 1998, September, 1998, July/Aug, 1998, May/June, 1998, March/April, 1998, Jan/Feb, 1998, Nov/Dec, 1997, Sept/Oct, 1997, March/April, 1997, Jan/Feb, 1997, Nov/Dec, 1996, Sept/Oct, 1996, July/Aug, 1996, May/June, 1996, March/April, 1996, January, 1996, Oct/Nov, 1995, September, 1995, July, 1995, May, 1995, March, 1995, January, 1995, October, 1994, July, 1994, April, 1994, January, 1994Meg of Skokie, IL asks: Al, how appropriate or inappropriate is the tour material in terms of a 10-yr-old?It’s now made the top of the birthday list, and as a parent, while I’d love to see the tour, I need to know about kids…? I see every demographic in the audience at my live shows, from toddlers to geriatrics. although that doesn’t mean it’s a squeaky-clean G-rated kiddie show.As you probably know by now, the Academy-Award nominated animator Bill Plympton did the video for “Don’t Download This Song”…he’s a true icon in the world of animation, and he’s done several animated feature films (including “The Tune,” “I Married A Strange Person,” “Mutant Aliens” and the soon-to-be-released “Hair High”) as well as the latest Kanye West video.
the two gangstas in the car at the beginning of the video are Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele from MAD TV…Of course, the video is available on i Tunes (in fact, it was the #1 best-selling music video for a couple months!) and I’m hoping it will also be available on some kind of DVD compilation in the future.Actually, I can’t wait until HD-DVD or Blu Ray discs are more prevalent in the marketplace – most people have only seen the video in low res on My Space or on You Tube, and as I’ve said before, we shot the thing in HD… Actually, when the animator Doug Bresler sent me his original animatic, the character in the video did in fact look a lot like me.But my note to him was that the video should not be too “cartoony” – it should be more or less an animated version of what the video would have looked like if we had shot it in live action.