Words I never expected to type: Weird Al did a Ramones cover. No, not a parody, an actual cover. Which in its own way is still weird because although he’s obviously an extremely talented musician, you don’t generally think of him as someone who does anything other than parody famous songs or write his own strange ones.
This is his contribution to the new “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk” album that came out on January 12th. It sounds like a fantastic mess. I mean just look at it! The Vandals Are covering Tom Lehrer, for crying out loud!
Wind up your radio dementites and dementoids—the doctor is in!
This extra-special two-hour demented punk extravaganza is an audio oddity unlike anything else! An eclectic mix of artists from the world of classic and contemporary punk/indie/alt-rock have assembled, along with special guest stars from film, TV and more, to pay homage to radio icon Dr. Demento (a world renowned institution who has championed novelty music and its creators since the 1970s), for this mind-blowing compilation. Over thirty different, never before released, all-new ‘punk’ cover versions of ‘mad music and crazy comedy’ songs famously heard on the airwaves of the legendary “Dr Demento Show”—have been intermixed with ‘wild card’ tracks showcasing some incredible, newly ‘demented’ versions of punk-rock classics!
The result is a uniquely original, highly entertaining, modern day homage to Dr. Demento’s classic radio show, and its undeniable impact on popular culture. This bizarro broadcast from beyond the fringe is hosted by Dr. Demento himself, offering up interesting factoids and anecdotes between songs, with celebrity guest ID spots, creatively crafted bumper segments, and more ‘demented’ surprises tying it all together into an unconventional take on the traditional radio show format.
Over two-full hours, a total of 64 tracks—all created specifically for “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk”!