Music News Pop Culture News

Punk Rock Extravaganza, ‘Dr. Demento Covered In Punk,’ To Be Unleashed On January 12, 2018!

Demented Punk today announced its inaugural release, DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK, a special two-hour demented punk extravaganza featuring an eclectic mix of artists from the world of classic and contemporary punk/indie/alt-rock, along with special guest stars from film, TV and more.  This audio oddity is a modern-day homage to radio icon Dr. Demento, a world-renowned institution who has championed novelty music and its creators since the 1970s, will be released on January 12, 2018 by both physical and digital retailers.

“I’ve been a fan of Dr. Demento nearly my entire life,” said album producer and participant, John Cafiero. “The Doc’s show has introduced audiences to counter culture and an eclectic talent pool of humor-infused music for nearly five decades; creating a musical movement that echoes the spirit of punk with its own unique voice.  There are no airs, and everyone’s welcome. If you didn’t fit in- you fit in.”

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk features over thirty different, never before released, all-new ‘punk’ cover versions of ‘mad music and crazy comedy’ songs famously heard on the airwaves of the legendary “Dr Demento Show”- intermixed with ‘wild card’ tracks showcasing some incredible, newly ‘demented’ versions of punk-rock classics!  Joined by everyone from the Misfits, Joan Jett, Fred Schneider of the B52s, to “Weird Al” Yankovic, the late Adam “Batman” West (in one of his final performances), and Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner-(to name just a few).  The Doctor is in…and he’s ‘Covered in Punk’!!  A full track listing can be found below.

“I produced the album and curated the artist roster as if it was a musical art exhibition, or directing a feature film, and packaged it in the form of a traditional radio show hosted by Dr. D. himself.  For some this might be an introduction to the lost art of the traditional radio format, and for others, a welcome return,” adds Cafiero.  “The artists here range from classic to contemporary, from icons and legends, to fresh voices from the underground-but I don’t think any of them are doing what you might expect of them here! It’s really a celebration of the bizarre, and I can’t wait to unleash it on to the world.”

“When John Cafiero first proposed this project several years ago I was a little puzzled at first, but when he began naming the artists and songs he’d lined up for the project I was totally sold,” said Dr. Demento.  “What started out as a single CD soon grew into a double (and a triple for vinyl), and I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed helping John put this together.”

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk includes an in-depth booklet with equally entertaining liner notes and personal quotes from the participating artists, a foreword by album producer and Demented Punk founder John Cafiero (Misfits, Ramones, Osaka Popstar), an afterword by Dr. Demento, as well as factoids, photos and an array of dynamic paintings and illustrations created exclusively for the project by a team of visual artists spanning the world of comic books, classic punk rock album covers, Topps trading card series, Mad Magazine and more.  The cover artwork for the album was created by iconic illustrator Drew Friedman whose work has appeared in countless publications from Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine to Rolling Stone and the New Republic and just about everything in between.

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk will be released in the following configurations:

  1. A 3LP colored vinyl triple-gatefold package with 20-page booklet.

LP1:  Solid ‘Gunk’ Green

LP2:  Solid ‘Punk’ Pink

LP3:  Solid ‘Demented’ Yellow


  1. A 2CD Set with 48-page booklet


  1. A limited edition 3LP triple gatefold package with variant vinyl splatter and 20-page booklet.

LP1:  ‘Gunk’ Green & Black Splatter on Clear Vinyl

LP2:  ‘Punk’ Pink & Black Splatter on Clear Vinyl

LP3:  ‘Demented’ Yellow & Black Splatter on Clear Vinyl

This online exclusive is limited to 500 copies worldwide and can be ordered HERE.


  1. A Digital Download with 42-Page digital booklet.

Fans who preorder the physical album HERE or the digital version at iTunes will receive their first taste of “demented punk” via an instant grat track by legendary actor William Shatner covering punk classic “Garbageman” by The Cramps.   Preview the track and original artwork for the song by Stephen Blickenstaf below. Blickenstaff was the artist for The Cramps infamous album Bad music for bad people which featured the original version of the song.

Wind up your radio dementites and dementoids-the doctor is in!



1.) Dr. Demento Opening Theme (Pico & Sepulveda)

Artist: Osaka Popstar’s Demented Punk Orchestra with the Roto Rooter Goodtime Christmas Band


2.) Demento Segment I

Artist: Dr. Demento and Osaka Popstar


3.) Fish Heads

Artist: Osaka Popstar


4.) Demento Segment II

Artist: Dr. Demento and Barnes & Barnes


5.) Garbageman

Artist: William Shatner


6.) Shaving Cream (Punk Lyrics)

Artist: “Uncle Floyd” Vivino & Oogie


7.) Demento Segment III

Artist: Dr. Demento


8.) Fluffy

Artist: Fred Schneider


9.) Demento Segment IV

Artist: Dr. Demento & Gloria Balsam


10.) Dead Puppies

Artist: James Kochalka Superstar


11.) Demento Segment V 0

Artist: Dr. Demento


12.) Surfin’ Bird

Artist: Nobunny


13.) Rat Fink

Artist: Balzac


14.) Demento Segment VI

Artist: Dr. Demento


15.) I Like

Artist: Colleen Green


16.) Demento Segment VII

Artist: Dr. Demento


17.) Creature With The Atom Brain

Artist: Quintron & Miss Pussycat


18.) I Love Beans

Artist: The Meatmen


19.) It’s A Gas

Artist: Los Straitjackets


20.) Demento Segment VIII

Artist: Dr. Demento


21.) Brak Takeover

Artist: Brak & Dr. Demento


22.) Institutionalized

Artist: Brak


23.) Demento Segment IX

Artist: Brak, Dr. Demento & Oglethorpe


24.) Eat It

Artist: Shonen Knife


25.) Batman Theme

Artist: The Hamburglars


26.) The Thing

Artist: Adam West


27.) Adam West ID

Artist: Adam West


28.) Science Fiction/Double Feature

Artist: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts


29.) Demento Segment X

Artist: Dr. Demento


30.) Gloria Balsam Closing ID

Artist: Gloria Balsam



1.) Dr. Demento Covered In Punk Theme

Artist: Osaka Popstar


2.) Demento Segment XI

Artist: Dr. Demento


3.) National Brotherhood Week

Artist: The Vandals


4.) Demento Segment XII

Artist: Dr. Demento & Tom Lehrer


5.) Mah Na Mah Na

Artist: The Kipper Kids


6.) Demento Segment XIII

Artist: Dr. Demento


7.) Those Two Dreadful Children

Artist: Rasputina


8.) Suicide Is Painless (Theme from M*A*S*H)

Artist: JuiceheaD


9.) Demento Segment XIV

Artist: Dr. Demento & Moon Unit Zappa


10.) Disco Boy

Artist: Missing Persons


11.) Telephone Man

Artist: Quintron & Miss Pussycat


12.) Demento Segment XV

Artist: Dr. Demento


13.) Punk Rock Girl

Artist: Philly Boy Roy


14.) Lydia, The Tattooed Lady

Artist: The Dead Milkmen


15.) Demento Segment XVI

Artist: Dr. Demento


16.) Me And My Vibrator

Artist: Caroline & The Treats


17.) Monster

Artist: Nobunny


18.) Demento Segment XVII

Artist: Dr. Demento & MC Pee Pants


19.) My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama

Artist: The Meatmen


20.) Demento Segment XVIII

Artist: Dr. Demento & Bobby “Boris” Pickett


21.) Monster Mash

Artist: The Kids of Widney High


22.) Elvira Mistress of the Dark (Intro)

Artist: Elvira Mistress of the Dark


23.) The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati

Artist: The Misfits


24.) Demento Segment XIX

Artist: Dr. Demento


25.) Pico & Sepulveda

Artist: Osaka Popstar


26.) Demento Segment XX

Artist: Dr. Demento & “Weird Al” Yankovic


27.) Beat On The Brat

Artist: “Weird Al” Yankovic


28.) Shaving Cream (Reprise, Traditional Lyrics)

Artist: “Uncle Floyd” Vivino & Oogie


29.) Demento Segment XXI

Artist: Dr. Demento and Uncle Floyd & Oogie


30.) Dr. Demento Show Outro

Artist: Dr. Demento with “Uncle Floyd” Vivino


31.) Cheerio, Cherry Lips, Cheerio

Artist: “Uncle Floyd” Vivino


32.) Dr. Demento Covered In Punk Theme (Reprise)

Artist: Osaka Popstar


33.) Dr. Demento Theme (Reprise) (Pico & Sepulveda)

Artist: Osaka Popstar’s Demented Punk Orchestra with the Roto Rooter Goodtime Christmas Band


34.) Brak Closing Message

Artist: Brak


About Dr. Demento

The Dr. Demento Show has been celebrating ‘mad music and crazy comedy’ on the airwaves playing everything from Spike Jones to Frank Zappa for nearly five decades. Responsible for introducing the world to its #1 most requested song of all time, “Fish Heads”, and launching the career of the most successful artist in the entire history of funny music-“Weird Al” Yankovic; the world-famous Doctor’s influence on pop culture has earned him induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, a documentary feature film on his life and career currently in production, and even an appearance on The Simpsons.