In today's modern/ironic world we're mired in self-serious entertainment, massive media consolidation, and the constant push to be new and relevant. It's tough to remember the days when an oddball magnet named Dr. Demento ruled the FM airwaves. Weekly, Dr. Demento brought into our homes and cars songs that were peppy, offbeat, and most of all F-U-N.
Beginning in 1970 and lasting in various forms through today (now on the internet).
Demento introduced hundreds of novelty songs to towns across the country.
He fostered a community that spans from ocean to ocean.
Over the next 4 decades the good Doctor (honorary title) preserved and discovered a huge variety of humorous musicians, aimed only at making us laugh, smile, sing along--and at their best, bust-a-gut!
We all know Weird Al Yankovic, and maybe also the vintage song deconstruction of Spike Jones. Demeto's amazing joke-bag of giddy genius also gave the world the surreal Barnes & Barnes classic "Fish Heads" as well as perennial holiday goof "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."
Today there are Dr. Dememto Festivals across the country!
Not coincidentally, several Arizona based musicians have made it to the national airwaves thanks to Dr. Demento. Has the desert Sun cooked their minds in a special musical way? Is it something in the water? Or more likely, is it the simple truth that there is talent everywhere working to be discovered? It's hard work creating novelty. Writing a joke is hard--try it--now add to that the complication of setting a gag to music, and then making it catchy enough to punch through to public recognition?!
These aren't just 3 chord goofs, but performers who've worked hard to make it look easy!
Performers will include: Tom Tuerff, Page The Village Idiot, Leslie Fish, and Justin Reed.
ALL of these acts have been played on Dr. Demento's radio show--in each case MANY times!
Tom Tuerff: One of the best all around musicians we've ever heard. Don't let the joke songs hide the fact that this guy can PLAY!
Page the Village Idiot: Probably the most bawdy act of the night, many cutting songs about our State.
Leslie Fish: "Filk" musician--songs about space, Star Trek, as well as tunes based on Kipling, Ren-Fair material, and even the IWW. Leslie is notoriously opinionated, political, and blunt--she's been performing since the 1963!
Justin Reed: Longtime Valley Radio fixture, and Rocky Horror alumni. Reed also works on the cable TV series ILLEGAL PROGRAMMING and VIDEO DIFFICULTIES, and his own show PANIC BUTTON. His tune "Part Time Job from Hell" was on Dr. Demento in 1988!
Hosted by Andy Olson of Radio Free Phoenix:
DESERT DEMENTIA is scheduled for one show only: Saturday October 8th, 7:30pm doors at The Trunk Space (1506 NW Grand Ave).
This show is all ages, however we make no guarantee there won't be some blue humor.
The cost is $6 per person.