Dr. Demento Discography


Dr. Demento compilations

Dr. Demento's Delights

Warner Bros BS 2855 (LP only), October, 1975 (out-of-print)

"Friendly Neighborhood Narco Agent" released as advance single in September, 1975.

Dr. Demento's Dementia Royale

Rhino RNLP 010 (LP) & RNC 010 (cassette), April 29?, 1980 (out-of-print)

reissued as Rhino R1 70010 (LP) & R4 70010 (cassette), circa 1988 (out-of-print)

The album is presented as if it were a Dr. Demento radio show.

Dr. Demento's Mementos

Eccentric PVC 8912 (LP) & PVCC 8912 (cassette), October 12(?), 1982 (out-of-print)

LP also available as a picture disc, in at least four versions (with different pictures on the flip side)

Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time Volume I: The 1940s (and Before)

Rhino RNLP 820 (LP) & RNC 820 (cassette), October, 1985

reissued as Rhino R1 70820 (LP) & R4 70820 (cassette), circa 1988 (out-of-print)

Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time, Volume II: The 1950s

Rhino RNLP 821 (LP) & RNC 821 (cassette), October, 1985

reissued as Rhino R1 70821 (LP) & R4 70821 (cassette), circa 1988 (out-of-print)

Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time, Volume III: The 1960s

Rhino RNLP 822 (LP) & RNC 822 (cassette), October, 1985

reissued as Rhino R1 70822 (LP) & R4 70822 (cassette), circa 1988 (out-of-print)

Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time, Volume IV: The 1970s

Rhino RNLP 823 (LP) & RNC 823 (cassette), October, 1985

reissued as Rhino R1 70823 (LP) & R4 70823 (cassette), circa 1988 (out-of-print)

Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time, Volume V: The 1980s

Rhino RNLP 824 (LP) & RNC 824 (cassette), October, 1985

reissued as Rhino R1 70824 (LP) & R4 70824 (cassette), circa 1988 (out-of-print)

Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time, Volume VI: Christmas

Rhino RNLP 825 (LP) & RNC 825 (cassette), October 18, 1985

reissued as Rhino R1 70825 (LP) & R4 70825 (cassette), circa 1988 (out-of-print)

Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time

Rhino box set RNBC 490 (LP only), October 29, 1985 (out-of-print)

The set included the preceding six volumes, which were also available separately. The box came with a signed and numbered card, booklet with additional liner notes, and poster (first 11,000 or so copies only). A total of around 17,000 copies were made. The booklet and card were changed after the first 11,000 or so to list Kip Addotta instead of Rodney Dangerfield (see Volume V above).

Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty CD of All Time

Rhino R2 75768 (CD), September, 1988 (out-of-print)

Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Christmas Novelty CD of All Time

Rhino R2 75755 (CD), 1989

Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection

Rhino R2 70743 (CD) & R4 70743 (cassette), May 21, 1991

(CD originally issued in longbox; later issued in slipcase)

Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection

Rhino Home Video RNVD 1964 (VHS), 1991 & ID8482RH (laserdisc), 1992

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 1

Demento Society CD & cassette, 1992 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 2

Demento Society CD & cassette, December, 1993 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

Dr. Demento Presents Spooky Tunes & Scary Melodies

Rhino R2 71777 (CD) & R4 71777 (cassette), September, 1994 (out-of-print)

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 3

Demento Society CD & cassette, December, 1994 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

Dr. Demento Gooses Mother

Kid Rhino R2 71918 (CD) & R4 71918 (blister packs), March 28, 1995 (out-of-print)

Kid Rhino R2 71919 (CD) & R4 71919 (standard packaging), March 28, 1995 (out-of-print)

The tracks with no artist listed are link tracks. The album is presented as if it were a Dr. Demento radio show.

The last track has the music for "Home Sweet Home" by The Roto Rooter Good Time Christmas Band in the background, though they are not credited on the CD. This was used as the closing theme music for "The Dr. Demento Show" until 1975.

Dr. Demento's Country Corn

Rhino R2 72125 (CD) & R4 72125 (cassette), August 15, 1995

Dr. Demento's 25th Anniversary Collection: More Of The Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time

Rhino R2 72124 (CD) & R4 72124 (cassette), August 22, 1995 (out-of-print)

"Happy Happy Joy Joy" by John Kricfalusi & Chris Reccardi (from the Ren & Stimpy Show) was originally slated to be the first track on disc 2, and this compilation was scheduled to be released August 15, 1995, the same day as Country Corn. There were some last minute contractual problems, the release was delayed, and "Happy Happy Joy Joy" was replaced with "Leader Of The Laundromat".

Holidays In Dementia

Rhino CD/CS 72176, October 24, 1995

This release was postponed several times, having been previously scheduled for September 5, then September 19, October 3, and October 10, before finally being released on October 24.

"Frosty The Snowman" by Leon Redbone was originally slated to be on the disc and tape, but had to be taken off for unknown reasons, probably contractual problems. The sticker on the front of the original CD release still said 18 tracks, though there are only 17.

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 4

Demento Society CD & cassette, December, 1995 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 5

Demento Society CD & cassette, December, 1996 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

The Dr. Demento Collection: The Mid '70s

Time-Life Music R2-7173 (CD) & R4-7173 (cassette), late 1996 (CD out-of-print; was available through mail order from Time-Life, 1-800-621-7026)

The Dr. Demento Collection: The Late '70s

Time-Life Music R2-7174 (CD) & R4-7174 (cassette), late 1996 (CD out-of-print; was available through mail order from Time-Life, 1-800-621-7026)

The Dr. Demento Collection: The Early '70s

Time-Life Music R2-7175 (CD) & R4-7175 (cassette), early 1997 (out-of-print; was available through mail order from Time-Life, 1-800-488-4669)

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes 6

Demento Society CD & cassette, December, 1997 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes 7

Demento Society CD & cassette, December, 1998 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes 8

Demento Society CD & cassette, December, 1999 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

Dr. Dememto's 30th Anniversary Collection: Dementia 2000!

Rhino R2 79787 (CD only), February 29, 2000 [errorneously reported previously as March 14, 2000]

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes 9

Demento Society CD & cassette, February, 2001 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

The Very Best Of Dr. Demento

Rhino R2 76704 (CD only), February 6, 2001 [postponed from January 30, 2001]

re-released circa 2003 with outer cover calling it Greatest Hits

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 10

Demento Society CD (no cassette), May 1, 2002 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

Dr. Demento's Hits From Outer Space

laugh.com LGH1137 (CD only), February 11, 2003

Originally scheduled for November 12, 2002, then postponed to November 26, then January, 2003, and finally released on February 11, although available through laugh.com's web site shortly before that.

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes #11

Demento Society CD (no cassette), May 21, 2003 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes #12

Demento Society CD (no cassette), May 5, 2004 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes #13

Demento Society CD, May 27, 2005 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes #14

Demento Society CD, February 9, 2006 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes #15

Demento Society CD, February 5?, 2007 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes #16

Demento Society CD, June 30, 2008 (out-of-print, but available via Demento Society)

Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes #17

Demento Society CD, December 15, 2009 (available only to Demento Society members)


promo-only items & radio shows

The Dr. Demento Show

1974 - present

Around 1500 episodes have been produced to date. They have been distributed on reel-to-reel tape, LP, CD, and CD-R. For more information, see The Dr. Demento Show through the eyes of a disc jockey.

What's It All About

MA 1064 (45 rpm) - Program 363 (August 1974; March 1977)

This 45 rpm record was produced by The Presbyterian Church. It features "An interview with Dr. Demento and portions of his hit show" with host Bill Huie. The B-side is a similar program with Steve Mariott (Program 364), with no Dr. Demento involvement.

Dr. Demento's Demented Christmas Picks

Westwood One, 1982 (promo only)

Cuts on side one include intro & outro by Dr. Demento, while cuts on side two are "in the clear".

Dr. Demento's Pick Of The Week

1983; see The Dr. Demento Show through the eyes of a disc jockey

The Lost Lennon Tapes 89-07

Westwood One Radio Networks (distributed on LP), February 12, 1989

Dr. Demento is a special guest during segment 4 of this episode of Westwood One's "The Lost Lennon Tapes" radio program. He talks about the 1963 U.S. Beatles singles, which were unable to crack the Hot 100. He also adds a message during the closing credits.

In addition, Dr. Demento's voice is heard announcing his own name during the special thanks section of the credits on episodes 88-15, 88-19, 88-20, 88-23, 88-26, and possibly others. (He's also thanked on episodes 88-32, 88-33, 88-37, 88-46, 88-50, 89-19, 89-20, 89-23, 89-26, 89-41, 89-47, 89-52, 90-07, 90-20, and possibly others by announcer Scott Muni. And, strangely, at the end of the "Mel Torment Presents The Dakota Mind Movie Comedy Theater" segment on 88-48, there is a yell of "Stay Tormented!" in the style of "Stay Demented!" which closes each Dr. Demento Show.)

Dr. Demento's Daily Dose Of Dementia

1993 - 1994; see The Dr. Demento Show through the eyes of a disc jockey

Rhino Records 21st Anniversary Sampler - RARE!

Rhino PRCD 72469 (CD only), 1999

This CD was packaged to look like the "Go To Rhino Records" Rhino 45, which was Rhino's first release. It contains only one track, which is a break-in interview by Dr. Demento, using excerpts from records available on Rhino. It was included in a press kit promoting the 21st anniversary of their first LP (though the 45 came out before that), which also included a comic book.

Dr. Demento's Shot Of The Day

2001 - 2002; see The Dr. Demento Show through the eyes of a disc jockey


Recordings featuring Barry Hansen/Dr. Demento as a singer or musician

My Bed Is A Boat - Barry Hansen

8" 78 rpm homemade record (only one copy made), July 2, 1949

The record contains Barry (Dr. Demento at 8 years of age) reading three poems (including this one by R.L. Stevenson), and his dad playing "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" on piano. It was recorded by his dad in their living room in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. D aired the "My Bed Is A Boat" poem on The Dr. Demento Show April 2, 1995 (his 54th birthday).

Short Dresses - Jay Jay Cameron w/ King David & The Parables

Rev R-107 (45 rpm), 1964

Barry was a member of King David & The Parables, who were only together for a few months in 1964. They were asked to back Jay Jay Cameron for the A-side of this release. It was co-written by Barry, and he plays piano on it. They were not involved with the B-side, "Miss Missile".

Requia - John Fahey

Vanguard VSD-79259 (stereo LP) & VRS-9259 (mono LP), 1967; later reissued on CD

Barry Hansen plays part of "My Blue Heaven" on piano during "Requiem for Molly".

Shaving Cream

unreleased

From time to time, Dr. Demento sings this on the air, but those recordings are all unreleased. There are also two different released recordings of him singing this song: one on Dementia Royale (1980) and the other on The Very Best of Dr. Demento (recorded 2000, released 2001).

I'm A Christmas Tree (duet with Wild Man Fischer)

recorded in 1981; available on Dr. Demento Presents The Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time, Volume VI: Christmas and Dr. Demento Presents The Greatest Christmas Novelty CD Of All Time, as well as The Fischer King (Rhino Handmade RHM2 7701, 1999)

Doctor Of Dementia

recorded in 1982; available on Demento's Mementos and Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes 7

The Garbageman's Daughter

unreleased; sung live on show #82-48 - November 28, 1982 (also sung on KMET April 1, 1979)

Existential Blues Pt. Too? - Tom "T-Bone" Stankus

Instant Records IR7002 (45 rpm), 1985 (out-of-print)

Dr. D does a rap in the middle section of the A-side, but has no involvement in the B-side "K-Mart Blues". Tom may still have some copies of the 45 available. See the address file for info. Also available on Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 3 - see above.

The Midnight Roam - Dr. Demento w/ Barnes & Barnes

unreleased; aired on show #88-11 - March 13, 1988

Pizza Hut Now - The Original Artists w/ The Westwood Love International Peace & Love Men's Choir

unreleased; performed live on show #89-20 - May 14, 1989

Dr. Demento sings background along with other people in this "Give Peace A Chance" parody by Penn Jillette & Steven Banks.

Astrology Rap

available on Worse Than Slime No. 1 (Beat Brothers BBRLP 5002 (LP) & BBRCD 6002 (CD)), 1989 (out-of-print, but CD to be re-released soon)

Oooh! Don't Touch That - Laszlo & Gary w/ Dr. Demento

unreleased; sung live (to pre-recorded backing track) on show #90-46 - November 18, 1989

Dr. Demento sings the one line in the song that mentions his name.

Lizard And Fish - Logan Whitehurst (f/ Dr. Demento as Fish)

unreleased; performed live on show #03-41 - October 12, 2003

Dr. Demento does plays the part of Fish in this live in studio rendition by Logan Whitehurst.

Mommy's Broken (Super Spiffy Guest Star Version)

available on Stupid Video Game Music by Worm Quartet (FIDIM Interactive, LLC), August 17, 2007


other compilations & productions by Barry Hansen/Dr. Demento


compilations with liner notes by Barry Hansen/Dr. Demento


miscellaneous releases in some way connected with Dr. Demento


books, magazines, and other media with writings by Barry Hansen/Dr. Demento

The Rolling Stone Illustrated History Of Rock & Roll

Rolling Stone Press (hardcover/softcover), 1976/1980/1992

He wrote the "Rhythm & Gospel" and "Doo-Wop" chapters.

Rhino's Cruise Through The Blues

Miller Freeman Books (papaerback), 2000

This is the first full-length book written by Barry Hansen.
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