(1) "One of the most successful bands to come out of the 60's..."
(2) "...they have sold over 80 million records, tapes, Cds and DVDs" (Heck Jordan, why stop at 80 million? Go for 800 million, big fella!)
(1) Yeah, as long as you don't include pretty much anyone else...
say like this partial list of more than fifty bands that began in the sixties who sold many, many more records than the Association listed in numerical order of sales...
(1960) Beatles, (1968) Led Zeppelin, (1965) Pink Floyd, (1962) Rolling Stones, (1967) Fleetwood Mac, (1967) Santana, (1961) Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, (1967) Chicago, (1965) Simon & Garfunkel, (1965) Doors, (1964) Lynyrd Skynyrd, (1963) Bee Gees, (1967) Creedence Clearwater Revival, (1968) Rush, (1969) ZZ Top, (1969) Carpenters, (1967) Steve Miller Band, (1969) Earth, Wind & Fire, (1967) REO Speedwagon, (1969) Doobie Brothers, (1967) Genesis, (1961) Beach Boys, (1964) Who, (1968) Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, (1965) Styx, (1965) Grateful Dead, (1966) Monkees, (1959) Isely Brothers, (1968) Black Sabbath, (1960) Temptations, (1965) Jefferson Airplane/Starship, (1968) Yes, (1969) Hall & Oates, (1969) Electric Light Orchestra, (1967) Jethro Tull, (1969) Scorpions, (1967) Jimi Hendrix Experience, (1968) Moody Blues, (1968) Three Dog Night, (1969) Grand Funk Railroad, (1969) Allman Brothers, (1965) 5th Dimension, (1968) Deep Purple, (1967) Blood, Sweat & Tears, (1961) Peter, Paul & Mary, (1967) Steppenwolf, (1960) Supremes, (1967) J. Geils Band, (1967) Blue Öyster Cult, (1963) Herman's Hermits, (1962) Righteous Brothers, (1965) Mamas & the Papas, (1965) Rascals... just to name a few! Please look it up yourself.
This partial list doesn't even include the multi-dozens of best-selling solo artists from the sixties and early seventies. Throw in a few bands that started in the very early seventies that also sold many, MANY more records, and you get a much more clear and accurate picture
(1971) Eagles, (1973) AC/DC, (1970) Aerosmith, (1973) Journey, (1971) Queen, (1974) Manheim Steamroller, (1973) Heart, (1971) Paul McCartney & Wings, (1973) Bad Company, (1970) Kansas, (1972) Steely Dan, (1972) Abba, (1970) America, etc., etc.!
(2) I don't think so. That's more than say... the Bee Gees, Doobie Brothers, Beach Boys, & Three Dog Night COMBINED - really? They sold more than four bands that have racked up a total of 50 gold, 27 platinum, 12 multi-platinum, and 2 diamond awards between them - really gentlemen? Although they have always excelled at exaggeration at a very high level, honesty has never exactly been this band's strong suite, right Paul? "Along Comes the Association" .5 million, "Insight Out" .5 million, and the 2 million "Greatest Hits" album (you know, that album with the timeless mega-hits like "The Time It Is Today," "Like Always," "No Fair At All" and "We Love Us" on it) sold a total of 3 million units. That's it fellas, THREE million albums, total. Even all of the rest of their other ten or so albums, put together, don't even add up to .5 million, according to RIAA, because the RIAA album total would then be 3.5 million or more instead of 3 million, right boys? Come to think of it, under 500,000 RIAA total sales for at least ten other albums combined really is pretty pathetic. In fact, without the "Greatest Hits," the grand total of all of their album sales would only total a little over 1 million. But let's be generous and add in 1 million each for the singles "Windy" and "Never My Love" and the .5 million for "Cherish." That means that, according to the RIAA, NOTHING else by them (album or single) sold even .5 million. I count maybe only something between 5.5 and 6 million total ANYTHING officially sold now, how about you? Exactly where do the other 74 MILLION come from, Jordan and Paul?
I'm always thirsty for knowledge. Someone, anyone... Please enlighten me as to how this adds up to even 8 million, much less 80 million!
There must have been a real "buttload" of unreported sales of Association DVD's, somewhere!
WAIT... Hey Russ, I think I know what happened...quick, click on picture