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Category: 07-July

July 31: Napoleon XIV ~ They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

Although the radio aspect of Dr. Demento’s career is done (broadcast syndication of the show ended on June 6, 2010 according to Wikipedia), you can still find him online here: http://www.drdemento.com/online.html

Fortunately, I have the complete vinyl set (the CD leaves pieces out) and vinyl – digital transfer equipment, so eventually I’ll have all my favorite wacky pieces available whenever I want them.

Dr. Demento Week continues with Napoleon XIV

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July 30: Tom “T-Bone” Stankus ~ Existential Blues

More history…

When I was a kid, my favorite radio station was the now-defunct WAXC — AM classic Top 40 radio at its finest. When the station switched format to all religion all the time, I moved to WCMF (classic rock), but it was never quite the same, except…

Dr. Demento played late night on the Westwood One Radio Network.

First time I heard it, I was hooked. 1978, in my first year of high school, I was prime audience material for the show, and I stuck with it all the way till I got to my second year in college, when I shipped off to New Paltz and had to leave the good Dr. behind.

But not before “Poppies, poppies, poppies…” became firmly embedded in my grey matter.

Dr. Demento Week continues…

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July 29: Kip Addotta ~ Wet Dream and Life in the Slaw Lane

And so we begin Dr. Demento Week. Not with “Weird Al” (though he will show up sometime later this week, he was only part of the overall Dr. D. experience), but with Kip Addotta, and two of my all-time favorite pun-filled pieces.

In 1986, when I moved to the DC area, I also attended my first World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon), in Atlanta, GA. A group of us drove to and from the con in convoy mode, with (I think) two CB radios for easy communication. One of us ran in front of the four-vehicle convoy, and the other brought up the rear.

The two radios (as I recall) belonged to me and my friend Marty Gear, who died suddenly a few weeks ago. Vampire and White Rabbit, Tan Van, and the fourth car, which I’ve since forgotten, were on the road some 14 hours straight from one point to the other.

On the way home, punchy from general lack of sleep and the late night, I recall engaging in (if not instigating) a fish-based pun war, thanks in part to Addotta’s work. I’ve since forgotten most of the events of that con, but not the drive home.

I have no idea how many truckers or other drivers were involved, but I do know it expanded well beyond our two radios. Kept us going for at least an hour on the road.

But enough for now. On with the show…

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July 28: Font Conference

Only a real font geek will get this. Or maybe not.

Viral video aside, this made me cry the first time I saw it. I hurt myself. Really.

And this seems a perfect segue between Unexpected Crossover Week and… Dr. Demento Week. Starting tomorrow. Be afraid.

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July 27: PBS: The Movie (PBS Meets The Avengers)

Another Spit-Take warning from your friendly neighborhood video pusher. How to give PBS that extra edge? Pull out the super powers, that’s how.

Unexpected Crossover Week comes to an end tomorrow with a cross between superheroes and seriously bad puns, leading to…well…that would ruin the surprise, wouldn’t it?

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July 26: Space Oddity

“A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.”

Seriously. How cool is this?!?

Unexpected Crossover Week continues…

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July 23: Smeagol Sings Empire State of Mind

This one might command a “swallow first” before playing it. Seriously. Protect your keyboard or don’t blame me later. Unexpected Crossover Week continues with this mash-up of Lord of the Rings and rapper Jay-Z.

Seriously. Here’s the original:

(In the previous video, Leonard Nimoy is singing part of his Ballad of Bilbo Baggins. You see, this is how my mind works.)

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July 15: Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, organ

A new way to view music! I picked these up when someone posted one of these pieces randomly on my FB feed, and I spent the better part of a couple of hours wandering around the YouTube site finding more pieces, with music I liked. Toccata and Fugue in D minor has a warm, fuzzy spot in my heart. It’s been my cell ring tone for the better part of a decade.

These pieces are somewhat reminiscent of Disney’s Fantasia, my intro to the music. Trust animation to get these pieces of music implanted firmly in the minds of the young.

Musanim Week begins now.

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