In 1972-3  I used to listen to Dr Demento ( Barrett Hansen)  a nd his ‘demented’ music  on the radio while  getting kicked out of UCLA. It wasn’t the good doctor’s fault. I was just a lousy student, or I’d rather be working int he real world like the doctor, even  at KLA’s radio station, where I did broadcast an oldies show for no pay- or out learning in the real world. So much for pre-med.  And, it was the same good doctor who, interestingly, was largely responsible for helping me graduate after being on probation. You see, he had just started teaching a class on the History of Rock and Roll at UCLA. Well, they told me I could take any two classes and I had to get a B average in both of them. Well, I got an A in both a sociology class as well as an A in Dr Demnto’s class, while having a ball and getting to know Dr a bit.  Can’t believe40 years have passed but glad he’s still on the air – and the show hasn’t changed much as I remember. It’s been a couple decades at least  since I’ve really listened to the show, which is easiest to pick up as an online feed for $2 a show or by joining the Demento club – and well worth it.

Here’s a sample of the special Christmas show playlist which I’m currently listening to :

Playlist courtesy of The Dr. Demento Show available on the web at The Dr. Demento Show #11-52 – December 21, 2011 Special Topic: Holiday part 3/3 (kid-friendly) Jingle Bells (Laughing All The Way) – St. Nick (The Just For Laughs Players) Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas – The Beatles Pink Christmas – Moneyshot Cosmonauts A Christmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Chanukah/Ramadan/Boxing Day Song – Christine Lavin & The Mistletones Christmas Travelogue – anonymous ¿Dònde Està Santa Claus? (Where Is Santa Claus?) – Augie Rios ‘Zat You, Santa Claus – Louis Armstrong & The Commanders Stuck In The Chimney – Lorne Greene I’m Gonna Put Some Glue Around The Christmas Tree – Joel Grey Santa’s Lament – Father Guido Sarducci Demented News With Whimsical Will Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells – Fats Waller Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – Joseph Spence (I Wanna Go) Surfin’ With Santa! – The Hollyberries Beatnik’s Wish – Patsy Raye & The Beatniks Blue Christmas – Seymour Swine & The Squeelers (I’m Spending) Hanukkah In Santa Monica – Tom Lehrer How The Grinch Stole Chanukah – Mike Toomey Nine Words – Lauren Mayer Monsters’ Holiday – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers Snoopy’s Christmas – The Royal Guardsmen Christmas On An Island With A Martian And A Gorilla – Red State Update Gridlock Christmas – The Hollytones The Chickens Are In The Chimes – Sascha Burland & The Skipjack Choir w/ Mason Adams I’m Walking Backwards For Christmas – The Goons Hardrock, Coco And Joe – cartoon soundtrack Scruffy The Elf – Corey Doak I Can’t Wrap – Scooter Picnic Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses I’m Waitin’ Up For Santa Claus – Nervous Norvus Santa Claus Boogie – Hasil Adkins Some Things For Christmas – Shari Lewis & Lambchop Dearest Mr. Santa Claus – Heywood Banks Dear Santa – Sean Morey Santa Claus Song – George P. Watson Santa’s Got An Airplane – The Beach Boys Outer Space Santa – Lawrence Welk’s Little Band The War Of The Lights – The Therapy Sisters Did You Heared What I Heared – Slidawg & The Redneck Ramblers Rusty Chevrolet – Da Yoopers Barnyard Christmas – Spike Jones & His City Slickers f/ The Bell Sisters A Daddy’s Christmas – Albert Brooks & Little Kristi I’m A Christmas Tree – Wild Man Fischer (Duet w/ Dr. Demento) Boogie Woogie Hanukkah – Gay Men’s Chorus Of Los Angeles Hanukkah Bird – Smooth-E Hanukkah Rocks – Gefilte Joe & the Fish Chinese Food On Christmas – Brandon Walker Holiday Greeting #5 (1987) – “Weird Al” Yankovic The Pretty Little Dolly – Mona Abboud The Night Before Christmas – Harry Kari Hallelujah Chorus (excerpt) – The Portsmouth Sinfonia O Holy Night – Tiny Tim Christmas Dragnet – Stan Freberg w/ Daws Butler & Orchestra Deck The Halls – Kukla, Fran & Ollie next week: Funny 25 ——– This playlist was sent to you automatically courtesy of the Demented Music Database at If you know of others who would like to receive these mailings, please have them send an e-mail message to [email protected] with “subscribe playlists” as the subject line. In the body of the message, enter the exact e-mail address to which the playlists should be sent. (No scrambled “spam-proof” addresses, please.) Also, be sure that the e-mail address you entered is not preventing incoming mail from [email protected]

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