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Dr. Demento: Mad Music and Crazy Comedy!

Since the 70s, legendary radio host Dr. Demento has kept listeners giggling with an array of wacky finds they couldn't hear anywhere else, including songs like "Dead Puppies", "Fish Heads" and "Shaving Cream". The Doctor also launched the career of parody and polka aficionado Weird Al. Now, there is a new double CD set to celebrate him, Dr. Demento Covered in Punk. It features punk rock covers of kooky novelty tunes that were popular on Dr. Demento's show – by artists like Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Fred Schneider of B-52s, and William Shatner. The idea for the project came from long-time fan and musician John Cafiero, who has collaborated with punk bands the Misfits and the Ramones, and whose own band Osaka Popstar contributed to the album. Dr. Demento and producer John Cafiero take us on a fun ride through the new material and through novelty song history.

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