“WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC “BEAT ON THE BRAT” 3-INCH VINYL SINGLE COMING FOR RSD SUMMER 2021!

April 14, 2021


Produced by longtime Misfits and Ramones collaborator John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), and originally appearing on the #1 billboard charting album “Dr. Demento Covered In Punk,” Weird Al Yankovic’s “Beat On The Brat” was hailed by Rolling Stone as “a blistering, accordion-tinged cover.”

“Weird Al”, a pop culture icon, who also happens to be the most requested artist in the history of the Dr. Demento Show, stated of the recording, “How could I not contribute to this project. I love punk music, and Dr. Demento changed my entire life in an extraordinary way. I selected “Beat on the Brat” by the Ramones, because I truly believe it’s the most upbeat, danceable song about child abuse ever written.”

Performed by: “Weird Al” Yankovic on vocals and accordion, with Osaka Popstar (John Cafiero on backing vocals, Dean Rispler on guitar, Sal Maida on bass, and Dennis Diken on drums), this 3” black vinyl record, pressed in an edition limited to 1,500 units worldwide, is made to play on the RSD3 mini-turntable (as well as the RSD 2020 clear variant). Comes with a collector’s poster and sleeve featuring Weird Al ‘Brat Beater’ artwork by Garbage Pail Kids artist Neil Camera.

Available at participating indie stores on Sat July 17, exclusively from Demented Punk Records for RSD 2021! Contact your local record store to let them know it’s on your wish list and ask them to order! For a list of participating stores near you, visit RecordStoreDay.com

Also look for “Weird Al” T-Shirts and pins featuring the GPK-inspired ‘Brat Beater’ artwork at the Demented Punk Online Store.



BARNES & BARNES “HOLIDAZE IN LUMANIA” ON CD & VINYL NOV 15

November 9, 2019

ORDER NOW: FIRST 100 CD & LP ORDERS RECEIVE A FREE LTD ED “HOLIDAZE” 5” x 7” GREETING CARD SIGNED BY BARNES & BARNES!

Cult icons Barnes & Barnes return with their first album of all-new original material in over a decade! The demented duo who brought you the Dr. Demento Show’s #1 most-requested song of all-time—the classic novelty hit ”Fish Heads”, take on the holidays with this brand new release featuring 15 all-new bizarre comedy songs centered on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and beyond… it’s “Holidaze in Lumania”!

CD & vinyl editions include an exclusive bonus track NOT available digitally or anywhere else, plus amazing front and back cover paintings by artist Matt Dangler created exclusively for the physical album release!

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SHATNER X CRAMPS SPLIT SINGLE COMING FOR RSD BLACK FRIDAY!

October 28, 2019

LTD ED NEON YELLOW 12-INCH SPLIT SINGLE—IN STORES FRI. NOV 29
SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED—ASK YOUR LOCAL STORE TO ORDER NOW…


This special limited edition split maxi-single pairs pop-culture icon William Shatner’s mind-blowing interpretation of The Cramps’ punk classic “Garbageman” (a cover that Rolling Stone hailed as a “growling and expertly melodramatic version”), teamed with the original 1980 recording that inspired it—performed by the legendary Cramps themselves and produced by Alex Chilton. Shatner’s “Garbageman” (produced by Osaka Popstar’s John Cafiero) is the second single from the #1 Billboard charting album Dr. Demento Covered in Punk

This Shatner x Cramps Record Store Day Black Friday exclusive release is pressed on 12” neon yellow vinyl, with bonus tracks by both artists, and exclusive unreleased content unavailable anywhere else!

Taking it a step further, Demented Punk commemorates the culture-clash with amazing new front cover art by Cramps illustrator Stephen Blickenstaff. Created in homage to his original Bad Music for Bad People cover illustration (shown on the back of this release), the new piece beams in the likeness of the legendary Shatner in place of the late great Cramps front man Lux Interior. Must be seen AND heard to be believed… exclusively from Demented Punk!

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DEMENTED MUSIC LEGENDS BARNES & BARNES SIGN TO DEMENTED PUNK!

August 24, 2019

“VOOBAHA” 40TH ANNIVERSARY VINYL COLLECTOR’S EDITION & MORE…

Voobaha Neon Magenta

THE CULT CLASSIC ON VINYL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1980!
The long out-of-print debut album by Barnes & Barnes featuring the ‘demented’ hits “Boogie Woogie Amputee”, “Party in My Pants” & the #1 most-requested song of all-time on The Dr. Demento Show—”Fish Heads”!

Ltd Ed 180 gram vinyl, remastered audio, elaborate gatefold LP packaging with rare & never before seen pictures, all-new exclusive liner notes, fun facts, restored artwork, an early guest appearance by “Weird Al” Yankovic, plus special bonus track–a primeval ‘1976 version’ of “FISH HEADS” with alternate lyrics—never before released on vinyl, MP3 download card & more—in this 40th Anniversary audiophile-vinyl collector’s edition! Also includes the band’s bizarre cover version of the Beatles classic “Please Please Me,” a discontinued cut available exclusively on the physical album.

15 tracks blurring the lines between comedy/novelty music and punk/new wave—is “Voobaha” all of the above? You decide… Brought to you exclusively by Demented Punk!

First pressing on 180 gram NEON MAGENTA colored-vinyl available in stores and online now, or get yours at the Demented Punk Online Store!

Voobaha Neon Purple & Classic Black Variants

Also available EXCLUSIVELY in the Demented Punk Online Store while supplies last: NEON PURPLE 180 gram vinyl (limited to 150 pcs) and CLASSIC BLACK (limited to 100 pcs) vinyl variants!

Buy the Voobaha LP or Fish Heads 12” single now thru 9/30/19 to be ENTERED TO WIN!

Full details at the Demented Punk Online Store

GRAND PRIZE: (1) winner will receive a flat uncut/unassembled Fish Heads 12” jacket signed by Art & Artie Barnes (of Barnes & Barnes), John Cafiero (of Osaka Popstar) & Dr. Demento – suitable for framing – PLUS a test pressing of the Fish Heads 12” split single!

RUNNER UPS: (5) winners will receive a Fish Heads 12” single signed by Art & Artie Barnes (of Barnes & Barnes), John Cafiero (of Osaka Popstar) & Dr. Demento!

Voobaha Neon Purple & Classic Black Variants

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“WHAT’S IN MY BAG?” WITH JOHN CAFIERO & DR. DEMENTO ONLINE NOW AT AMOEBA

April 13, 2019

New “What’s In My Bag?” episode with legendary radio personality Dr. Demento and producer, director & Osaka Popstar vocalist John Cafiero! See what the “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk” collaborators found shopping at Amoeba Hollywood… punk classics, film soundtracks, and comedy albums on just about every format from CD to 78 record! What do they pick? What stories do they tell? How do Don Rickles & Tommy Ramone fit in to this?

Click the Amoeba logo CLICK HERE or click the image above to watch the episode online now.



OSAKA POPSTAR & BARNES & BARNES TEAM UP FOR RECORD STORE DAY!

April 12, 2019

LTD ED NEON PINK 12-INCH SPLIT SINGLE—IN STORES SAT. APRIL 13


This special split maxi-single celebrates the 40th anniversary of the #1 most requested song of all-time on the infamous Dr. Demento Show… the hit novelty classic “Fish Heads”! Features the all-new punk-pop cover version by NYC’s Osaka Popstar (the first single from the #1 Billboard charting album “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk”—out now) teamed with the original 1978 version that inspired it, as performed by comedy-music cult icons Barnes & Barnes—back on vinyl for the first time since the 1980s! Plus two exclusive bonus tracks!

Featuring front cover art by Stephen Blickenstaff and back cover illustrations by Sam Fout, the 10-inch novelty cut of this special 12-inch vinyl creates a 2-inch “fish” lip at the start of the disc. Pressed on neon pink vinyl in an edition limited to 1,500 pcs WORLDWIDE.

For a list of participating stores near you, visit RecordStoreDay.com.

Side 1: Osaka Popstar

1.) “Fish Heads” (from the album “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk”)
2.) “Fish Heads” (Instrumental) Previously unreleased “Bubble Mix”

Side 2: Barnes & Barnes

1.) “Fish Heads” (From the 1980 LP “Voobaha”)
2.) “High School Gym” by Barnes & Barnes w/ Sulu (Non-Album Bonus Track).
The B-Side from the 1978 “Fish Heads” 45 rpm single!

Click the logos below for recent interviews with Osaka Popstar’s John Cafiero for insight on the animated “Fish Heads” music video, “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk”, future projects, upcoming releases from Osaka Popstar and more.

 



DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK GETS FULLY ANIMATED AS OSAKA POPSTAR REIMAGINES CULT CLASSIC—”FISH HEADS”

October 9, 2018

Demented Punk serves up a heaping platter of FISH HEADS in the all-new, fully animated music video from the #1 Billboard charting, punk-rock comedy hybrid, DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK.

The all-new animated music video from the album brings to life OSAKA POPSTAR’s punk-pop cover version of the #1 most requested song of all-time on the Dr. Demento Show, Barnes and Barnes’ surreal novelty hit FISH HEADS. While the original song celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, it’s now reimagined for the 21st century in a propulsive, celebratory, and near-anthemic version. The new animated video is ripe with pop culture references and influences ranging from sugar-coated breakfast cereals, the Twilight Zone, Queen, and Captain Beefheart’s “Trout Mask Replica” to name a few. The video also includes appearances from Dr. Demento, Barnes and Barnes, and an homage to actor Bill Paxton (“Aliens”, “Weird Science”) who starred in, and directed, the original FISH HEADS live-action music video which debuted in 1980.

Art Barnes (aka Bill Mumy of the TV sci-fi classic “Lost in Space”) had this to say of the demented-punk rendition: “Osaka Popstar’s new animated video and rockin’ version of ‘Fish Heads’ is Bitchin’, Boss, Bodacious and Bold! I dig it Bigly. I can’t think of anyone who could’ve done as great a job! Uhh… well… maybe one band! Heh… YEAH!!”

Like Paxton before him, DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK producer, and OSAKA POPSTAR vocalist, John Cafiero directed the new music video and stars—albeit the latter in cartoon form. A former animator himself, Cafiero’s team of collaborators on the short consisted of illustrator/animator Sam Fout (who’s resume includes LucasFilm, Warner Bros, Hanna-Barbera) and Todd Cronin (of the appropriately named Fishtoonz Animation). The music video even opens like a mini TV show, set to the DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK theme song heard on the album (also performed by OSAKA POPSTAR), and manages to bring to life a variety of incredible artwork from the impressive album packaging. Look for a cameo by the album cover painting by iconic illustrator Drew Friedman (Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone), as well as contributions by Topps trading card artist Neil Camera, and illustrator Stephen Blickenstaff (The Cramps) who’s giant fish head from the back cover of the album makes a key cameo appearance.

The new FISH HEADS animated music video can be seen in its entirety now at the Demented Punk YouTube channel.

FISH HEADS T-Shirts, enamel pins, totes, and lots more, including an exclusive limited edition variant vinyl pressing of the album are available now at the Demented Punk online store.



CELEBRATE “WEIRD AL” DAY! NEW TEE AVAILABLE NOW

August 28, 2018



On Aug. 27, 2018 “Weird Al” Yankovic received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Dr. Demento spoke at the ceremony and the city of Los Angeles proclaimed it “Weird Al Day”!

Pictured from L-R: Comedian Emo Philips, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Dr. Demento & John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) celebrate “Weird Al Day” in LA.

The new “Weird Al” x “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk” ‘Brat Beater’ Tee (featuring artwork by Garbage Pail Kids artist Neil Camera) is available now from Demented Punk.



Limited Edition Shatner Print Available Now

July 20, 2018

A much talked about track on “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk” is what Rolling Stone called a “growling and expertly melodramatic” version of the Cramps “Garbageman” performed by pop culture icon William Shatner. Demented Punk is set to commemorate that culture-clash with the release of an amazing 18” x 24” screen-printed poster suitable for framing. The edition, limited to 300 prints worldwide, showcases a mind-blowing illustration by artist Stephen Blickenstaff commissioned specifically for ”Dr. Demento Covered In Punk”. The all-new design created in homage to Blickenstaff’s original 1984 “Bad Music for Bad People” cover art, beams in the likeness of the legendary Shatner in place of the late great Cramps front man Lux Interior. 300 hand-numbered prints will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, 100 of which have been personally autographed by William Shatner. The limited edition screen-print is available exclusively at the Demented Punk online store while supplies last.



Featured On Rolling Stone

July 18, 2018

Click to read about the new music video, the “Shatner-Cramps” Ltd Ed. signed screen-print, and the next ‘Demented’ music video to come—as reported by Rolling Stone, or scroll down for more below.



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