OK, time to listen to some Dr. Demento to make me forget about Before the Music Dies for a while. I'll probably get kicked off the computer soon. (Got off work early today and am in ILM lurker withdrawal, if ya hadn't noticed. Also, I can't blog at work. If you hadn't noticed that either.)
Steve Martin - "You'll Be a Dentist" - ah, it's movie week! Well, October 14, 1987 was Movie Week. I like this song, had forgotten about the S&M exchange between Steve Martin and Bill Murray.
Tom Lehrer - "Masochism Tango" - dunno what it is about Tom Lehrer that reminds me of Christmas. Sliding down the razor blade of life, maybe. [EDIT: I should clarify, that's the song, "Bright College Days," that I think of that reminds me of Christmas. No idea why.] We had a Tom Lehrer song book that I would try to play songs from, but I can't sightread to save my life, so usually we just kinda sang 'em acapella while I picked out a couple chords here and there. My friend Shawn had this songbook, too.
Julie Brown - "Trapped in the Body of a White Girl" - no "Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun" but kinda funny. I have never heard Lou Reed's "I Wanna Be Black," which Lester Bangs just talked about in an essay I read for a minute or two today.
Hollywood Argyles "Alley Oop" and Jimmy Castor Bunch "Troglodyte" - Remember the former, not the latter, which is kind of a freeform freak-out that sounds like it post-dates Zappa by a couple years (yep 1972).
39 year-old dad and 11-year-old daughter request 40s swing song -- ostensibly a Bing Crosby parody -- "Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine"? Also, "Who put the Nembutals in Mr. Murphy's overalls?"
Dead Milkmen, "Beach Party Vietnam," never heard this before. "Hey Frankie, ain't you gonna give me yer class ring?" "'Fraid I can't do that Annette!" "Why not?" "Because I don't have any arms!" Ah, very tasteless.
Lame Weight Watchers skit.
My name is Puke-a...uh..."Luka" parody? Yep, "Just don't ask me what I ate." I wouldn't have even gotten this if I hadn't done the P&J polls. "Oh, Puka, did you finish your liver yet?" "Oh, God, please...[retch]" Awful.
Ah yes, ANOTHER "Luka" parody about Bob Uecker (.Ian, feel free to provide a better link, I know him better from "Mr. Belvedere," what with my not knowing anything about baseball). These references are totally lost on me. I can't believe I was alive when this happened. Wow. "Mr. Baseball is his name/ Never made the hall of fame/ Makes good money just the same."
"Ain't Gonna Wash No Dishes Anymore," adorable Shirley Temple song 'bout animal crackers ("gosh oh gee but I have fun/ swallowing animals one by one!"), "Surfin' Bird" by Pee Wee Herman (?) about 2% as good as the Trashmen.
And now, Dementias and Dementites...the Phunny Phive! (5) Julie again with "Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun." So prescient, and ten years before Columb1ne! (4) "Star Trekkin'" (blargh, NERDS I hate this song) (3) Mmmmmaaary from Buffffaloooo New Yoooork requests "Vanna Pick Me a Letter" (2) AUDIO TORTURE CHAMBER, Finnish swing-dirge that apparently uses an English translation of Wittgenstein's Tractatus for lyrics (this isn't actually #2). Secret Santa take note, Tractatus really is my #2! Hey, they cut it off after a minute! Actual #2: "I Want Your Socks," boooooo. (1) Diversion with another lame-ass skit! Then it cuts off, dang.
Oh what the hell, 10/11/87:
Steve Martin - "King Tut" - I think I just sent this to someone for a Halloween mix for wee ones. That and "Split Personality" by Skye Sweetnam. And "Diamonds" by Amy Diamond and "Rasputin" by Boney M, which I think was deemed too mature for 4 year-olds or something.
Song about a trucker by Martin Mull (really?), another song about a trucker, sort of a parody of "Convoy" I guess. Some weirdo on the phone talking about how his dead cat got hit by a cement truck, requests "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose." (Heard that as "Little Bird of Paradise Wipe Your Nose.")
"Living Doll" by Cliff Richards and some people from "The Young Ones" requested as a CHALLENGE, and they found it (of course). "Got miself a cryin' talkin' sleepin' walkin' livin' doll..."
Canned old-timey swing version of "Light My Fire," loony big band song "Ride, Red, Ride," I think ("for those unfamiliar with 'hardcore,' it's a type of music where everything is louder and faster...well, here's what you might call a hardcore classic from 1935!"), lame man-on-the-street skit about the "meaning of death," Jerry Lewis and the "Noisy Eater" (holy jeez this is LONG and AWFUL). Aaaand the roommates finally veto vigorously at the Jewish mother rap. Perhaps I will resume later.