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CATS 2032: In August we're spotlighting companion animals! Cats are first up this year, with over an hour of Demented feline favorites. Aug 8, 2020
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BASEMENT TAPES #5 2031: Today's show features Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes #5, complete and (mostly) uninterrupted. In the first hour, enjoy the Demented happenings of the year 2000, plus songs about underwear, baseball, and a steam-powered airplane. Aug 1, 2020
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TOP TEN 2030: The Top Ten for July 2020, plus a look back at 1999, a Japanese food trilogy, and an hour of scrambled Dementia! Jul 25, 2020
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BLACK DEMENTIA II 2029: Part Two of our program of Black Dementia shows off more of the huge variety of entertainment that fits in that category, from the ridiculous to the sublime. Jul 18, 2020
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BLACK LIVES MATTER 2028: This show features more than an hour of great Demented music and comedy from artists who happen to be Black. From Bert Williams and Cab Calloway to Richard Pryor and Sir Mix-a-lot, the great ones are out in force. First of two parts. (Note: On the Pryor track he tells why he dropped the N-word from his act; in the process, he speaks the word several times. It is the last track in the show). Jul 11, 2020
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AMERICA 2027: America's a better than average country, as countries go. I'll celebrate some of its good points, and call out some of its bad ones, on the show debuting (appropriately enough) on the Fourth of July. I'll also commemorate the late Carl Reiner. Jul 4, 2020
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TOP TEN 2026: Here's the Top Ten for June 2020 - halfway through this tumultuous year! Plus more trash and treasures, summertime songs, and a whole set of Happy Songs. Jun 27, 2020
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FATHER'S DAY 2025: There are more songs about mothers than about fathers, but father songs are more likely to be Demented! Some of the best ones, and maybe one or two of the worst, are on this week's show. Jun 20, 2020
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FUNNY PARODIES/FROGS 2024: A Dr Demento double feature this week -- parodies of songs that are already funny, and some cool songs about frogs. The second set really stinks, though! Jun 13, 2020
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BASEMENT TAPES #4 2023: Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes #4 is the most sought-after CD in the series; we ran out years ago! Hear it complete on this show. Plus hot new stuff and some cool Demented oldies! Jun 6, 2020
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TOP TEN 2022: 1991 was a busy year! The 20th Anniversary Collection, our all time best-seller, was released on CD and cassette...we had a gala 20th Anniversary concert, shown on Comedy Central...and the Doctor interviewed Tom Lehrer. This week's show has highlights of all those, plus more of the Strangest Songs, and the Top Ten! May 30, 2020
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STRANGE SONGS 2021: What is the strangest song you know? A listener asked that question on the Dr. Demento Official Facebook group. Hear some of the amazing songs other listeners suggested on this show! May 23, 2020
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ALIENS 2020: Our topic today is aliens. Fascinating creatures, whose shape and size is limited only by our imagination! We also remember Little Richard, Florian Schneider and Jerry Stiller. May 16, 2020
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MOTHER'S DAY/NUDITY 2019: A double feature for you today - Mother's Day plus Nudity. A couple of songs fit in both categories! May 9, 2020
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MARIJUANA 2018: The crisis rages on, and our intrepid songwriters continue to inspire us. Hear the latest shining examples on each week's show -- then escape into the land of Dementia! This week, marijuana melodies through the decades. May 2, 2020
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BASEMENT TAPES 3/TOP TEN 2017: A tribute to Ian Whitcomb, PLUS Basement Tapes 3 complete, PLUS the Top Ten for April! Durty wirds on #4 and #6. Apr 25, 2020
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STORY SONGS 2016: Here's another Dr. Demento Story Hour -- "Mississippi Squirrel Revival," "Crispy Critters," "Albuquerque" and more that are as good the eleventh time as the first -- plus Earth Day, "It's In the Book" (the one about Grandma's lye soap) and the Demented Year 1985. Apr 18, 2020
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EASTER 2015: Happy Easter! I've got a basket full of novelty tunes about bunnies and eggs (powerful fertility symbols for springtime!), plus "Eat It" and more from the Year in Dementia 1984...and farewell salutes to John Prine and music producer Hal Willner. Apr 11, 2020
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STORY SONGS 2014: Once again we begin with new STORY SONGS songs (note: lots of f-words in the third one) but we soon move on to more pleasant topics - Story Songs, requests, the Demented Year 1983, and a YouTube star whose music videos have been a pleasant surprise (even though they're not comedy) while I'm voluntarily sequestered in Dementia Central. Apr 4, 2020
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TOP TEN 2013: Here's the Top Ten for March - a month when the headlines were monopolized by coronavirus. This show features a dozen songs about that, all new this month (and all remarkably different from each other, musically and lyrically). Other great goodies too, including The Year of Dementia: 1982. Mar 28, 2020
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PSEUDONYMS 2012: Nearly all of the new songs and parodies that came in this week, and well over half the requests, have been for songs, old and new, that somehow relate to COVID-19 and especially the enforced "social distance" or whatever you want to call it. We are living in historic times! This show begins with a half hour devoted to that. For the rest of the show we move on to more pleasant territory with "Surprises in Disguises," songs by artists recording under pseudonyms Mar 21, 2020
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ST. PATRICK'S DAY 2011: The St. Patrick's Day Parades may be cancelled, but my St. Patrick's Day show is ready for you now! The new show also features the Year in Dementia 1980 (and what a year that was!) and Carla Ulbrich's new CD. Mar 14, 2020
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BASEMENT TAPES #2 2010: This week's show features Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes #2, including Whimsical Will's all time most-requested episode, Weird Al, Barnes & Barnes and 22 more, plus A Year In Dementia: 1979 and a mess of other goodies (and maybe a baddie or two). Mar 7, 2020
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TOP TEN 2009: Here's the Top Ten for February, together with The Year in Dementia 1978 (the year of Fish Heads, Titties and Beer, and our first Westwood One show) plus a curated selection of artisan-crafted Dementia from yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Feb 29, 2020
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HAWAII 2008: Today I have a tropical treat for your February - demented tunes from Hawaii and other balmy climes. We also have another de-mo-mentous Year in Dementia, a few songs for Washington's Birthday, and I'll discuss two, that's two brand new books about "Weird Al" Yankovic! (note: the fifth song in the show has a four-letter C-word which is very nasty in the USA, but less so in England, and is specifically used in the British context, which I explain after it plays). Feb 22, 2020
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FIRST BASEMENT TAPE 2007: This week we salute another great Year in Dementia, 1976. Also a tribute to that amazing entertainer Orson Bean, and the very first Dr. Demento Basement Tape in its entirety. Feb 15, 2020
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DEMENTED LOVE SONGS 2006: Can a song (or a person) be both Deeeeeeeeemented and romantic? Check out this week's show for more than 90 minutes of deeeemented love songs, plus the Demented year 1975 and other surprises. Feb 8, 2020
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REQUESTS 2005: Requests rule on this week's show! Over an hour of individual requests, from all over the funny-music map, plus the Top Ten for January. Feb 1, 2020
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COMEDY HISTORY 2004: Since 1994 Dr D has given talks on comedy and music history almost every year at his alma mater, Reed College. This show features an adaptation of one of those, a survey of 20th Century spoken comedy on records, sketches and standup (and a couple of songs). Plus "A Year In Dementia" (1973), the Demented News, a short tribute to Terry Jones, and more. A few F-words toward the end, and a few ethnic slurs typical of the times (but no N-words). Jan 25, 2020
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RANDOM CHOICE 2003: This is like a random choice show - except I switched some of the random choices to things I thought really deserved, or even needed, to be heard! Some new things and requests too. Hope you like it - comments welcome at drdemento.com or the Dr D Official Facebook group. Jan 18, 2020
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2002 RADIO MORNING SHOWS: A topic we haven't covered before - Demented Hits from Radio Morning Shows. There've been a ton of them - "The Devil Went to Jamaica," "Squirrels" and "We Love Barney Fife" for starters. Some surprises too. Our historical recap of The Years of Dementia reaches 1971 - an offhand guess I made that year about the show's future would come very true eight years later. Jan 11, 2020
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NEIL INNES TRIBUTE 2001: We lost some good people over the holidays, including Neil Innes, co-founder of the Bonzo Dog band, who also provided lots of music for Monty Python and the Rutles among many others. Dr D recorded a 55-minute interview with Neil in 1994, and it's all on this show, the first time it's been heard since then. This show also has a tribute to Don Imus, and the debut of an exciting new feature celebrating the show's 50th anniversary. (Note: the survey of Demented hits created for radio morning shows has been rescheduled for Jan. 11th). Jan 4, 2020
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