Category Archives: Tunes

90 Years of Top 40 Music Revisited

Ten years ago, I started a project to document and listen to the progress of popular radio from its beginnings in 1925 to the present (well, 2014 at that time). I grabbed a database of Billboard annual rankings and created … Continue reading

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50 Years of Demented Hits

This year marks the 50th countdown of Funny 25’s by Doctor Demento. I first started listening in high school, probably around 1978, when it aired on WTOS in Skowhegan and later on (I think) WGUY in Bangor. After Looney Tunes … Continue reading

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2022: Time To Get Weird Again

Yes, this was the year of Weird. We went to see “Weird” Al live in April. Somehow, I had never seen Mr. Yankovic perform in the flesh before, but that was rectified in 2022. It was a magical night that … Continue reading

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2021: Return to Normalcy?

2021 was supposed to be the opposite of 2020. It didn’t quite turn out that way, as six days into the new year, we were treated to the culmination of four years of lunacy (and not the good kind), and … Continue reading

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2020 and the (Mostly) Topical Funny 25

While this year’s Funny 25 had its usual share of good ole offbeat wackiness (“Monster Rap,” “Wet Dream,” “Shatnered”), the traditional “Weird Al” song, and the first appearance of a George Carlin classic, it seemed like 2020’s list had far … Continue reading

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The Old Town Road Effect

It’s time for the annual update to Dr. Demento’s TOP 100 (or so) DEMENTED HITS (from Funny 25’s)! This year saw a few shifts in the rankings, as three songs from previous years re-appeared and earned enough points to make … Continue reading

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One Al To Rule Them All

It’s time for the annual Doctor Demento Funny 25 and my update to the Dr. Demento’s TOP 100 (or so) DEMENTED HITS (from Funny 25′) – 1974 to 2018. This year saw the return of the most frequent visitor to … Continue reading

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One Last Polka 2017

Whether or not your 2017 was the greatest year ever or the coming together of all your worst nightmares, there is one thing we can say for it…it’s over! But before we kick it to the curb for our shiny, … Continue reading

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Bad Hombres, Nasty Women and other SOB’s

It’s time once again for the annual update to the list of Dr. Demento’s TOP 100 (or so) DEMENTED HITS (from Funny 25’s). This year featured plenty of Donald Trump parodies from Bad Hombres, Nasty Women to The Donald Trump … Continue reading

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Update on recording progress

The short answer: “not much” The long answer is that I worked on Catch the Wind for a long time, but I couldn’t get anything out of it that didn’t bore me to tears. Then I went out of town. I … Continue reading

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