Dr. Demento hosted a legendary comedy radio show back in the 1970s. His show began as a classic rock show that occasionally played some novelty or comedy songs. But Demento received such a positive reaction to the novelty songs that eventually he just did an entire 4 hour show on novelty songs in California.
Producer John Cafiero gathered a diverse group of musicians, actors and performers to create an homage to the classic weirdo radio show. The album is called Dr. Demento Covered in Punk and is out today.
“I produced the album and curated the artist roster as if it was a musical art exhibition, or directing a feature film, and packaged it in the form of a traditional radio show hosted by Dr. D. himself. For some this might be an introduction to the lost art of the traditional radio format, and for others, a welcome return,” adds Cafiero. “The artists here range from classic to contemporary, from icons and legends, to fresh voices from the underground-but I don’t think any of them are doing what you might expect of them here! It’s really a celebration of the bizarre, and I can’t wait to unleash it on to the world.”
The list of performers is extensive…but one that stood out for me is Adam West. YES, the original 60s Batman in one of his final performances before his death.