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Dr. Demento 30th Anniversary Collection: Dementia 2000
     

Dr. Demento 30th Anniversary Collection: Dementia 2000

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In his 30 years on the air, Dr. Demento (real name Barry Hansen) has used his nationally syndicated radio show to introduce the world to the likes of "Weird" Al Yankovic, not to mention Benny Bell's "Shaving Cream." The good Doctor--who is one of the world's foremost record collectors -- also increased

Overview

In his 30 years on the air, Dr. Demento (real name Barry Hansen) has used his nationally syndicated radio show to introduce the world to the likes of "Weird" Al Yankovic, not to mention Benny Bell's "Shaving Cream." The good Doctor--who is one of the world's foremost record collectors -- also increased the shelf life of novelty songs that peppered the airwaves during the '50s and '60s (yes, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" is included here). This lovingly compiled two-CD collection of Dementia has some real gems, including an "unplugged" entry from "Weird" Al (the Queen parody "Another One Rides the Bus"), first-time-on-CD tracks from Billy Crystal and George Carlin, and the Bonzo Dog Band's "I'm the Urban Spaceman," as produced by Paul McCartney. There are plenty of other high or--depending on your taste - low points here (song parodies always run the risk of getting stale after a few listens), but it's hard not to appreciate cuts like Monty Python's "Lumberjack Song" and the strangely appealing "Bulbous Bouffant" by the Vestibules.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The Dr. Demento 30th Anniversary Collection: Dementia 2000 is the third double-disc Dr. Demento "anniversary" compilation Rhino has released, and it's kind of surprising that some of the songs here haven't been featured on the previous installments. But that works to the benefit of this collection, which includes big-ticket novelty records like Loudon Wainwright III's "Dead Skunk," Ozzy Fudd's "Kill the Wabbit," Tom Lehrer's "The Elements," Chuck Berry's "My Ding-A-Ling," and the Bonzo Dog Band's "I'm the Urban Spaceman," plus several Weird Al Yankovic songs. There are also hit oldies like the Coasters' "Charlie Brown" and Brian Hyland's "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," plus material from full-fledged comedy acts like George Carlin, Cheech & Chong, Billy Crystal, National Lampoon, and Monty Python. Overall, it's a necessary addition for anyone who enjoyed the previous volumes.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/29/2000
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227978723
catalogNumber:
79787

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Demento   Primary Artist
George Carlin   Track Performer
Cheech & Chong   Track Performer
Billy Crystal   Track Performer
Tom Lehrer   Track Performer
National Lampoon   Track Performer
Jane Siberry   Track Performer
Loudon Wainwright   Track Performer
Chuck Berry   Track Performer
Bonzo Dog Band   Track Performer
Brian Hyland   Track Performer
Willis Alan Ramsey   Track Performer
Phil Harris   Track Performer
Ivor Biggun   Track Performer
Rolf Harris   Track Performer
Leonard Nimoy   Track Performer
Jack Blanchard   Track Performer
Mel Blanc   Track Performer
"Weird Al" Yankovic   Track Performer
Misty Morgan   Track Performer
Meri Wilson   Track Performer
Jim's Big Ego   Track Performer
Johnny Spence   Track Performer
Sam Bobrick   Track Performer
Nancy Tucker   Track Performer
Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan   Track Performer
Jimmy Cross   Track Performer
Bowser and Blue   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Steve Bates   Art Direction
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Barry Hansen   Liner Notes
Graham "Suggs" McPherson   Composer
Bill Fries   Composer
Botkin   Composer

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Dr. Demento 30th Anniversary Collection: Dementia 2000 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maby they can't all be gems, but you'll find something funny here-whether your a hardened cynic or just plain demented. Suitable for all audiences under 17 or over 25.