Dr. Demento Covered in Punk

Dr. Demento Covered in Punk

by Dr. Demento


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Dr. Demento Covered in Punk is a double CD or triple LP presented in the style of the legendary DJ's radio programs (which he still recorded and posted online every week, as of early 2018), focusing on punk rock and featuring all-exclusive material. Demento isn't just the world's foremost authority on novelty music, he's also a veritable music historian, and his between-song announcements are filled with facts, trivia, and anecdotes. The songs covered here prove that his enthusiasm for the history of recorded music has rubbed off on his listeners -- all of the bands featured on the album seem to have grown up with his program, and know all of the show's biggest hits by heart. Just witness James Kochalka Superstar's typically enthusiastic version of "Dead Puppies." The songs covered run the gamut from mid-century novelty tunes such as the Demento standard "Shaving Cream" (which New Jersey TV legend Uncle Floyd interprets twice, once with punk-themed lyrics) to various '70s and '80s punk classics. Cut to the chase: the undisputed highlight of the entire album is the segment where the mighty Brak breaks into the studio and belts out Suicidal Tendencies' "Institutionalized," accompanied by kazoo and ukulele -- something that really should've happened on Cartoon Planet back in the mid-'90s. Second place is Scharpling & Wurster character Philly Boy Roy's take on the Dead Milkmen's "Punk Rock Girl," which is immediately followed by the Milkmen themselves, with a rousing rendition of "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" (made famous by Groucho Marx). Most of the songs are short, which means there are way too many tracks on this thing to pick out every single highlight, but it's hard to go wrong with William Shatner covering the Cramps' "Garbageman" or Weird Al Yankovic doing an accordion-infused run through the Ramones' "Beat on the Brat." Not every track needs to be heard more than once, and somehow, surprisingly, nobody recorded a version of Black Flag's "TV Party" for the album. As a whole, though, the collection is an enormous labor of love and laughter, and is great fun for any punk who also happens to be a gigantic music nerd.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/2018
Label: Caf Muzeck
UPC: 0859433007007
catalogNumber: 300700
Rank: 45781

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Demento   Primary Artist,Vocals
Joan Jett   Guitar,Vocals
Tesco Vee   Vocals
Mike Davis   Trumpet
Dale Bozzio   Vocals
Dean Clean   Drums,Background Vocals
Melora Creager   Percussion,Cello,Vocals
Dennis Diken   Drums
Warren Fitzgerald   Guitar,Keyboards
Josh Freese   Drums
Kenny Laguna   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Sal Maida   Bass
Jimmi Mayweather   Piano
Joe McGinty   Piano
Jerry Only   Bass,Vocals
John Plymale   Background Vocals
Thommy Price   Drums
Billy Sherwood   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Greg Townson   Guitar
Naoko Yamano   Guitar,Vocals
"Weird Al" Yankovic   Accordion,Vocals
Danny Amis   Guitar
Eddie Angel   Guitar
Dez Cadena   Guitar,Background Vocals
Brian Dennis   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Melodica
Joe Escalante   Bass
Joe Jack Talcum   Guitar,Background Vocals
Dave Quackenbush   Vocals
Quintron   Organ,Drums,Vocals
Dean Rispler   Bass,Guitar
Rodney Anonymous   Vocals
Adam West   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Fred Schneider   Vocals
Andy Merrill   Harp,Ukulele,Toy Accordian
Morten Henriksen   Bass,Guitar
Jon Wurster   Drums,Background Vocals
Eric Olson   Bass,Piano,Soloist
Eric Arce   Drums
Risa   Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jesse Cannon   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Kazoo,Marimbas,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Cafiero   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roman Yumeno   Bass,Guitar
Atsushi Shibata   Guitar
Miss Pussycat   Maracas,Vocals
Dougie Needles   Guitar
Dan Stevens   Bass,Piano,Background Vocals
Hindu Kush   Guitar
Nobunny   Bass,Guitar,Bongos,Drums,Kazoo,Vocals
Imai Akio   Bass
James Kochalka   Vocals
Hirosuke   Vocals
Zac Dawson   Drums
Rob Vannice   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Mike Oettinger   Rhythm Guitar
Jeremy Frederick   Drums
Chris Sprague   Drums,Vocals
Sami Yaffa   Bass
Caroline Andersen   Vocals
Nadav Nirenberg   Trombone
Colleen Green   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Pete Curry   Bass
Swarthy "Bun Length" Franklin   Drums
Danny Dirtbag   Bass,Vocals
Dan Lipsitz   Saxophone
Harry Kipper   Vocals
Creston Leo   Guitar
Dahlia Cafiero   Background Vocals
Wendy Fortin   Strings
Maggie Aytec   Piano,Vocals
Olle Hov   Drums
Veronica Zamora   Background Vocals
Mark Gayles   Background Vocals
Dennys Ticas   Vocals
Rene Ignacio   Background Vocals
Medardo Arevalo   Background Vocals
Leticia Oliva   Background Vocals
Ying-Yi Huang   Background Vocals
Denzley Renner   Background Vocals
David Porter   Keyboards
Jason Cooley   Guitar
Royden "Philly Boy Roy" Ziegler   Vocals
Brak   Vocals
Micburglar   Horn,Vocals

Technical Credits

Dead Milkmen   Arranger,Producer
Melora Creager   Engineer
Warren Fitzgerald   Producer
Kenny Laguna   Producer
Jimmi Mayweather   Engineer
Billy Sherwood   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Ed Stasium   Producer,Engineer
Naoko Yamano   Producer
Morten Henriksen   Producer,Engineer
Brian McTear   Engineer
Tony Hamera   Producer,Engineer
Balzac   Producer
Mike Langlie   Engineer
Jesse Cannon   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Art Direction,Concept,Additional Production
John Cafiero   Arranger,Producer
Rob O'Dea   Engineer
Atsushi Shibata   Producer
Amy Morrissey   Engineer
Mark Turrigiano   Engineer
Ippei Suda   Engineer
Chris Kramer   Engineer
Rob Vannice   Producer
Mike Oettinger   Engineer
Peter Kuperschmid   Engineer
Ben Collette   Engineer
Larry Kriz   Engineer
Andrew Carpenter   Engineer
Jason "Elvis Christ" Testasecca   Engineer
Colleen Green   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Brian Routh   Engineer
Pete Curry   Producer
Nick Agee   Engineer
Hamburglars   Engineer
Neil Camera   Artwork

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