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, new 2018 upgrade, let’s take a look at this year’s Doctor Demento Funny 25 and the Top 100 (or so) Demented Hits (from Funny 25’s) – 1974 to 2017.
It’s always sad when our pop culture icons pass to the great TV Land in the sky, and more than a few of them this year really dug into the feels. A couple of them made the Funny 25 as a tribute, including Adam West and Chuck Berry.
“Weird Al” made his presence known with oldies (“Another One Rides the Bus”) and newies (“The North Korea Polka”). The latter was performed as part of a segment on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Fish Heads padded its lead atop the 100, coming in a #21 this year. Meanwhile, other repeating songs included “Ti Kwan Leep/Boot to th Head” by the Frantics and “Entire Dog” by Worm Quartet.
The Top 10 included a Doctor Who-based parody of The Who’s “My Generation,” a rambling rap about amphibians, an indictment of a certain President’s love of Twitter, a lounge lizard version of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” (from the Lego Batman Movie soundtrack), an old-school fake interview/sound clip thing, one of the great songs from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, an instrumental version of a Nirvana song in the style of 60’s brass pop, a second Library Bards parody (this one of “Barbie Girl”), more “Weird Al” and the great Luke Ski.
As usual, I’ve tried to link to YouTube videos of each song. Otherwise, they’re usually found on The FuMP.
#25 Miranda – Adam West
#24 My Ding-A-Ling – Chuck Berry
#23 Ode To Playboy – Bob Ricci
#22 Another One Rides the Bus – “Weird Al” Yankovic
#21 Fish Heads – Barnes & Barnes
#20 Ti Kwan Leep/Boot to the Head – The Frantics
#19 Pac-Man – “Weird Al” Yankovic
#18 Beaten On A Jet Plane – Steve Goodie
#17 Hey, Guardians! – Anthony “A-Log” LoGatto
#16 Hufflepuffs – Insane Ian
#15 Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans/With Illicit Help From Your Friend – Palette-Swap Ninja
#14 Nights In The Lab – Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
#13 Words That Sound Dirty, But They Ain’t – Steve Goodie
#12 Entire Dog – Worm Quartet
#11 Gas Station Disc Jockey – Power Salad
#10 Regeneration – Library Bards
#9 It’s Frog Noticing Time – Scooter Picnic
#8 Let’s All Tweet – Red Peters
#7 Man In The Mirror – Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine
#6 Hey Wonder Woman – Chris Wolvie
#5 Heavy Boobs – Rachel Bloom
#4 Smells Like Herb Alpert – Power Salad f/ Chuck Rickard
#3 Geeky Girl – Library Bards
#2 The North Korea Polka – “Weird Al” Yankovic
#1 Candybars – the great Luke Ski