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Yes, We Have No Bananas [Aug. 23rd, 2005|04:40 pm]
Rick Bradford
I don't know how many people reading this enjoy so-called "novelty" music, but I just found an amazing resource for fans of the Dr. Demento radio show. The Mad Music Archive's goal is to catalogue every Dr. Demento broadcast (the show started in 1972) and make them available online as streaming content (and mp3s!).

Dr. Demento is sort of a goofy character, I know, but the guy knows music and I feel I owe a great debt to him for the things he's exposed me to since I started listening to the show at around the age of 13. I haven't listened to it regularly in years (it's getting harder and harder to find on the dial even in major markets) but I still have over 20 tapes of edited shows. I'd been trying to replace those tapes with mp3s here and there so this site is a real find for me.

It looks like the audio files start around 1982 (you have to register to see and listen/download) and it's been fun for me to see the playlists of broadcasts I'm familiar with (from listening to my tapes a hundred times) and to see what songs my teenaged self deemed unworthy when I edited the shows down.

My biggest find? At some point, Tom "T-Bone" Stankus' "Existential Blues" was edited to remove the "to dream the impossible dream" bit from the chorus. I don't know the details but I assume lawyers were involved. Well, this site's got the original. I haven't listened to it yet, but it's all over 1982 and the editing was done later than that (I believe).

Anyhow. Nerd out.

[User Picture]From: rickojournal
2005-08-24 03:05 pm (UTC)
Update: The version of "Existential Blues" from March 28, 1982 broadcast is not the unedited version! Crap. How can this be? If anybody knows where to find it, please let me know.
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