The April 1996 U Magazine interviewed Al but didn't have space for all the questions and answers. Thanks to U's Shad Powers who gave the Midnight Star permission to print the rest of the interview!
1. I saw you sporting a Coolio-esque hairdo at a music awards show; Is that a permanent thing?
I knew that I was going to be co-presenting with Coolio at the American Music Awards, co I just wanted my hair to bond with his.2. What were your college years like? Where did you go, if at all?
I graduated with a degree in architecture from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. I remember next to nothing, but I can still print pretty neatly.3. I'm guessing MTV has always been pretty cool to you, or at least pretty good for you...What do you think of the current MTV as opposed to the MTV of the '80s?
You know, the weirdest thing happened to me the other day. I happened to turn on MTV, and they were playing a music video!4. A lot of successful bands meet and evolve in college. Why do you think college is good for the creative musical process?
I'm sure that my songwriting ability would suffer immensely if it hadn't been for those three years of calculus that I took in college5. A new spot on many college students' road trips is the musical Mecca of Cleveland to visit the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. What do you think of this landmark, and do you expect to make it into the mighty Hall one day?
I think my chance of making it into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is only slightly better than Milli Vanilli's.6. What kind of student were you in school? Troublemaker, geeky guy that always raised his hand, always asleep, smokin' in the boys' room, what?
I wasn't a nerd in high school. I was King of the Nerds! Straight-A student, school valedictorian...even the teachers wanted to beat me up.7. What do you think of the current movie scene? Do you feel UHF got snubbed by the Academy?
After recovering from the shock over UHF not even being nominated for best picture of 1989, I decided to completely dismiss the Oscars as being any kind of arbiter of quality entertainment.8. What birth control devices do you condone?
I've always figured that my personality was an effecitve brith-control deivce.9. A small college newspaper chose to call itself the Voice. New York's big-time newspaper, the Village Voice, has taken exception to that and is threatening a lawsuit. Do you think that's fair?
People today are lawsuit-crazy. I'm in the middle of trying to develop a TV show for myself, and I wanted to call it "Seinfeld" - but the stinking lawyers thought we might have "problems". What is this world comming to?10. Gender equity in college athletics is a big issue in this day and age. Any input?
I consider myself very liberal, pro-feminist and politically correct. Therefore, I see no reason why chicks and broads shouldn't compete in college athletics.This file is part of Al-oholics Anonymous located at: http://www.Al-oholicsAnonymous.com. Please do not distribute any part of this document without authorization from the Midnight Star. They can be reached at: