||From the Vault...
© Eccentric Records
Year of Release: 1982
"Doctor Of Dementia"--
Dr. Demento with
Barnes & Barnes
"I Get Weird"--
John W. Christensen
"I Wanna Kiss Her"--
"My Wife Left Town
With A Banana"--
Carlos Borzenie Sr.
The Other Half
"The Rodeo Song"--
Purvis Pickett &
"The Alphabet Song"--
The Three Stooges
"My Name Is Not
"Don't Go Down
To The Fallout
"Rock And Roll Doctor"--
"I Found The Brains Of
Dr. Demento related sites:
One of Dr. Demento's earliest compilations of wild and wacky tunes he would
present on his weekly show would only appear on vinyl, with his 1982 release,
Demento's Mementos. In reading about this album, at the time, he was
asking listeners to send in their parodies/original wacky demented tunes.
(This would be the lead to the popularity of Weird Al Yankovic.) Mentioning
this, I, myself, was planning on sending a parody of Billy Joel's "Honesty,"
by changing the lyrics relating to allergies, since I had terrible allergies
when I was younger. Unfortunately, I couldn't come up with enough lyrics to
send in, and who knows, maybe I could have been in the same popularity of Weird Al.
From the vast responses of songs the Doctor received, most of the songs on
Demento's Mementos would emerge. There are some classics found here.
The Doctor himself would accompany the first track, "Doctor Of Dementia,"
with Barnes & Barnes. John W. Christiansen's "I Get Weird" will get a
few chuckles, even though its demented as it is. "I Wanna Kiss Her" by
Tim Cavanagh has lyrics just as crazy, indicating to "kiss her but(t)... she
won't let me. I wanna whisper sweet nothings in her (r)ear. Get the hint?
"My Wife Left Town With A Banana" by Carlos Borzenie Sr. may not be
as "creative" as other songs, likewise The Other Half's "Smut." The same
can also be said for "Bodine Brown" by Purvis Pickett & The Punk-a-billies,
and some others, "Swedish Western" by Steve Lisenby (nice bridge of
"Ghost Riders In The Sky" is a highlight).
Continuing on that notion: "My Name Is Not Merv Griffin" by Gary
Muller, "Mediocre Mama" by Doug Robinson, (is this Rupert Holmes? He
sure sounds like him, and not referencing his biggest hit about pina colatas)
"Don't Go Down To The Fallout Shelter (With Anyone Else But Me)" by Tom
Fenton & Ice-Nine,
Uncle Vic's "Space Invaders" was a definite favorite on the Doctor's
"Funny 5," a look at the week's top demented five songs. The censored version
of Showdown's "Rodeo Song" brings back memories of the band I was in, as
we were aware of this song, yet I've never heard the uncensored version.
The Three Stooges' "The Alphabet Song" is another classic, as Moe,
Larry, and Curly provided an educational look at the alphabet.
"Harry Jockstrap" by Dickie Goodman brings back memories of Allan Sherman's
"Sarah Jackman" with Christine Nelson. It's actually a parody of "Frere Jacques."
For the "Rock And Roll Doctor" in all of us, Travesty Ltd. takes a look at
radio talk show hosting, discussing the world of rock and roll and drugs.
The last song is truly a classic, as it looks at Christmas: "I Found The
Brains Of Santa Claus" by Jason & The Strap-Tones.
Here is a table of links for each artist from this compilation.
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