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Dr. Demento

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He was created Barret Hansen, getting the proud owner of the master’s level in music from UCLA under that moniker, but he’s much better known to an incredible number of radio listeners while “Doctor Demento.” In 1995, he celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary of broadcasting the best novelty records ever, both fresh and old. For the reason that period, he’s raised the novelty record — in every its myriad designs — to a higher trash culture talent. He’s made strikes from 40-year-old information that nobody had ever performed, and was singularly in charge of the achievement of “Strange Al” Yankovic, whose music parodies debuted on his display. Hansen’s trip from record collector to nationwide personality may be the trip of the air everyman, but one also grounded in a good understanding of American music in every its glorious forms. At age 19, Hansen 1st began broadcasting at Reed University in Portland, OR. He continued the air in the small ten-watt campus train station having a half-hour every week blues show, operating his method up with the rates to eventually end up being the college student train station supervisor. An early on forerunner of his present-day format was exhibited on the show he managed in the train station known as Music Museum. Hansen’s like of music’s eclectic part led him to briefly edit the tiny Sandy Review. The Review have been a hardcore folk music journal — among the first to create about Dylan — but Hansen’s tenure discovered him authoring eclectic electrical rockers like Frank Zappa rather, this literary bent leading him to accomplish record evaluations for Rolling Rock aswell. In the past due ’60s, Hansen discovered himself gainfully utilized by Niche Information in Hollywood. This is in the times before Area of expertise had become totally a reissue label, and Hansen’s behind-the-scenes responsibilities included compiling and annotating many excellent vinyl produces (included in this several fine Small Richard deals and Doo Wop, among the Doctor’s regions of accurate musical knowledge), creating and issuing the decidedly demented Edard Nelson one “Pale Blues,” and nearly putting your signature on an embryonic edition from the J. Geils Music group towards the label. Seated in like a guest on the ’50s rock and roll & move oldies radio display on KPPC-FM in Pasadena, CA, in 1970 was the turning stage in his broadcasting profession, and where his radio personality truly started in earnest. When his DJ friend Steven Siegal asked him to generate some off-the-wall rock and roll & move singles for the upcoming week’s display, the seed products of what would quickly end up being the Doctor Demento Display had been sown. He proceeded to go from on-the-air visitor to his personal Sunday night change and, as he quickly observed, “everybody loved the obscure blues and doo wop information sufficiently, but each and every time I performed ‘Transfusion’ by Nervous Norvus, the cell phones lit up constantly.” Knowing a very important thing when it got in his lap, the nice Doctor started tinkering with music from a time which was beyond the rock and roll & move pale. Among this is 1947’s “Pico and Sepulveda,” which would become his show’s theme track. The pass away was cast. After resigning from Niche to produce a quick U-Haul trip as much as San Francisco for any summer’s change at KPPC’s sister train station, Hansen discovered himself back in the Pasadena affiliate marketer just long plenty of to view himself and all of those other staff get terminated. In Dec of 1971, Siegal had got on his radio ft, this time around at Los Angeles’ KMET-FM. Carrying it out all once more, Demento guested on Siegal’s present and soon got his own present on the place, broadcasting once more on Sunday evenings. While functioning at Warner Bros. Information — placing sampler albums of brand-new material jointly — he asked his first particular guest on this program, his “teenage hero,” Frank Zappa. With a good period slot machine, interesting guests, the Doctor’s upbeat character, and an arsenal of audio goodies, the display became an enormous success very quickly toned, and Hansen remained at KMET for another 15 years among the jewels in its radio crown. In 1973, Demento present himself using a supervisor who had a watch for syndicating his present for a nationwide audience. The procedure was a gradual one, beginning in March of 1974 with place in Seattle, but by year’s end the set of clients topped over 100. It had been the Doctor’s continuous programming of the 30-year-old obscurity — “Shaving Cream” by Brooklyn, NY, indigenous Benny Bell — that captured the eye of his NEW YORK affiliate marketer, catapulting him to network Television appearances, national press attention, as well as the upshot of a lot more stations registering for syndication. In 1975, his profile was high plenty of that Warner Bros. released the first assortment of choices from his radio display, Dr. Demento’s Delights, paving just how for additional likeminded compilations on Rhino Information. Hansen in addition has stayed energetic with liner notice and comp focus on such varied tasks as Rhino’s John Fahey and Spike Jones selections as well as the “Strange Al” Yankovic package arranged on Capitol. With a fresh syndication company strongly in place as well as the 2000 launch from the Dr. Demento 30th Wedding anniversary Collection: Dementia 2000 arranged, he demonstrated no indication of slowing in his quest for recorded dementia.

Quick Facts


Full Name Dr. Demento
Date Of Birth April 2, 1941
Profession Disc jockey, Actor, Radio personality
Education Reed College, University of California, Los Angeles
Nationality American
Spouse Sue Hansen
Music Songs Shaving Cream, Humpty Dumpty Gets Scrambled, The Doctor Is In, Mother Goose With an Attitude, Little Jack Horner's Corner, Mother Goose Arrives, Little Bo Peep & Co., No, but Seriously, Folks..., Not Exactly Old King Cole, Little Boy Blue Gets a Gig, Peter Piper's Problem, Mary-Mary Is Very Contrary, Doctor of Dementia, Monster Mash, The Vomit Song, The Doctor Is Out, Commentary, Intro
Albums Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection, Dr. Demento 30th Anniversary Collection: Dementia 2000, Dr. Demento 25th Anniversary Collection, Dr. Demento's Delights, Dr. Demento's Dementia Royale
Movies UHF, Jandek on Corwood, Fish Heads


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#Fact
1 Owns more than 85,000 LP's, which is considered one of the largest private collections in the world.
2 Educated at UCLA where he received a Master's Degree in music.
3 Owner of the world's largest private collection of comedy and novelty recordings.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection 2003 Video Dr. Demento ("Ricky - Headline News") / Cashier ("I Love Rocky Road") / Proctor ("I Lost on Jeopardy") (uncredited)
The Weird Al Show 1997 TV Series Dr. Demento
Bad Hair Day: The Videos 1996 Video short Dr. Demento (Headline News) (uncredited)
The Simpsons 1994 TV Series Dr. Demento
The 'Weird Al' Yankovic Video Library: His Greatest Hits 1992 Video short Dr. Demento (Ricky) / Cashier (I Love Rocky Road) / Proctor (I Lost on Jeopardy) (uncredited)
Body Parts 1992 The Ten-Second Wonder (as 'Doctor' Devlen)
Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection 1991 Video Dr. Demento (as Dr. Demento)
UHF 1989 Whipped Cream Eater (as Dr. Demento)
Lobster Man from Mars 1989 Narrator (voice, as Dr. Demento)
Demented Top 20 Video Countdown 1988 TV Movie Dr. Demento (as Dr. Demento)
Fish Heads 1980 Short Homeless Man (uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection 1991 Video as Dr. Demento
Demented Top 20 Video Countdown 1988 TV Movie as Dr. Demento

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Compleat Al 1985 Video music consultant - as Dr. Demento

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk 2014 special thanks
Stupid Teenagers Must Die! 2006 special thanks
The Spirit of '76 1990 special thanks - as Dr. Demento
Sing Beast Sing 1980 Short inspiration

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Under the Smogberry Trees 2016 Documentary post-production Dr. Demento
Some Jerk with a Camera 2014-2015 TV Series documentary Dr. Demento
Jingle Bell Rocks! 2013 Documentary Himself (Aka Doctor Demento)
Rhino Resurrected 2011 Documentary Himself (as Dr. Demento)
Western Music and Variety 2009 Video Himself (as Dr. Demento)
Biography 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Derailroaded 2005 Documentary Himself (as Dr. Demento)
Jandek on Corwood 2003 Documentary
E! Mysteries & Scandals 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Behind the Music 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The Weird Al Show 1997 TV Series Himself
'Weird Al' Yankovic: (There's No) Going Home 1996 TV Movie Himself (as Dr. Demento)
Square One Television 1991 TV Series Himself
The Spike Jones Story 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Dr. Demento)
The Compleat Al 1985 Video Himself (as Dr. Demento)
Welcome to the Fun Zone 1984 TV Movie Himself - Special Guest
Late Night with David Letterman 1983 TV Series Himself
Prime Times 1983 TV Movie Himself (as Dr. Demento)
Barnes & Barnes: Fish Heads 1980 Short Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1978 TV Series Himself - Comic Musician
Lily 1975 TV Special as Dr. Demento

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Videos 1996 Video Dr. Demento (Ricky, Headline News) / Cashier (I Love Rocky Road) / Proctor (I Lost on Jeopardy)
Saturday Night Live 1980 TV Series Homeless Man

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#Trademark
1 Wears a top hat on all his television appearances


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