Dr. Demento & John Cafiero – Radio Personality & Album Producer
Dr. Demento is the stage name of Barret Eugene "Barry" Hansen, an American radio personality and collector of novelty and oddity recordings. Life as Demento began in 1970 when the Dr. was at KPCC-FM in Los Angeles; his show went into syndication in...More
Dr. Demento is the stage name of Barret Eugene "Barry" Hansen, an American radio personality and collector of novelty and oddity recordings. Life as Demento began in 1970 when the Dr. was at KPCC-FM in Los Angeles; his show went into syndication in 1974. Westwood One syndicated the show from 1978-1992, with On the Radio Broadcasting picking the program up from 1992-2000. The Dr. Demento Show is now produced weekly online. Over the course of his time on the air, Demento has introduced the public to the most requested song of all time, Barnes & Barnes' “Fish Heads,” and to the talents of “Weird Al” Yankovic. The prolific Dr. Demento has released dozens of compilation albums since his 1975 LP Dr. Demento's Delights. He has been the subject of a documentary, appeared on an episode of The Simpsons, and been induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
American punk rock artist, film director, and producer John Cafiero joined forces with Dr. Demento for the release of 2018's Covered in Punk, a two-hour-long tribute to the good Dr. featuring appearances from indie/punk/alt-rock luminaries and film and TV stars. Cafiero is the frontman for Osaka Popstar, a punk supergroup featuring -- at various times -- members of Ramones, Misfits, Superchunk, The Voidoids, The Smithereens, Roxy Music, and Black Flag. As a guest vocalist, he wrote and performed the track "I Wanna Be a NY Ranger" with the Misfits. Cafiero also directed and co-produced (alongside his wife Suzanne Cafiero) the music videos for the Misfits songs "American Psycho" and "Dig Up Her Bones." He directed and co-produced the Insane Clown Posse movie Big Money Hustlas and directed the Ramones doc, Ramones: Raw.Less