Barry Hansen aka Dr Demento made a far bigger impact on my young brain than any other radio guy.  I'm sure I'm not alone in this.  His comedy and novelty show turned me on to, among other things, Frank Zappa, Shel Silverstein, Tom Lehrer, and of course Spike Jones- plus a whole host of other liberating, mind expanding grooviness.  Where else would I have ever heard stuff like this in rural southern Indiana in the 1970s?

He's been turning people's heads inside out for over 30 years, expanding consciousness across the nation.

Thanks, Doc.

Frank Zappa

Napoleon XIV and "They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha Haaa!"

Richard Cheese - The Sunny Side of the Moon

Freddie Blassie  "Pencil Neck Geek"

Dr Demento and a space alien, 2000 image

young Dr Demento aka geeky looking Barry Hansen, age 19

Bill Mumy, Dr Demento, and Weird Al Yankovic

Dr Demento, 1980 photo

Dr Demento in the bathtub, 1976 image\

young Barry Hansen aka Dr Demento looking like Randy Newman - 1973 photo

Dr Demento on the mic


THE MAD MUSIC ARCHIVE   This right here is a big ol' groovy website of demented music, including it's own internet radio show by Cap'n Wayne with bunches of shows now archived.  There's lots of groovy stuff, a much more ambitious website than anything from Brother Hansen.



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