Enjoy this podcast of Dr Demento’s complete appearance on my show on 2/3/13 as well as additional content where the Doctor discusses Weird Al, Tom Lehrer, Devo Spice and Jonathan Coulton…please note the bonus material includes explicit language. Please visit and for all of your novelty needs. The New York Funny Songs Festival is May 16-18, visit for info on that

Dr Demento Podcast

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The Unbirthday Podcast 1/6/13

For the first in the history of my radio show, my birthday fell on a Sunday, and considering I play whatever I want all of the time, i thought maybe i’d do an unbirthday thing and play things i hate, fortunately that didn’t last long, here’s the opening of the show as it falls off the rails. enjoy!


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Best of 2012: Top 12 Cover Versions

Covers are such an important part of all artists repertoire, think of how rock was born, as covers of blues and country songs, look at Elvis early songs, look at the early Beatles and Stones albums, dominated by covers, Led Zeppelin were big on covers as is Joan Jett too and Springsteen’s live shows have always had a healthy dose of covers..

It’s important that all up and coming bands learn cover songs, it will help their live show, it will help their songwriting too.. So i’ve picked out some very nice covers for your enjoyment…and the podcast will have some clips of all of the songs, seek them out and buy the complete versions! covers 2012

and these are all versions the public would have had access to, not live performances at a random show…. so let’s go…

Number 12: Cherie Currie Roxy Roller  Cherie’s new album is due out in 2013 and we were given a sampler of 4 tracks, featuring backing from Slash, Matt Sorum, Duff Mckagan, Billy Corgan and others, i really dug this version of the long forgotten Sweeney Todd song, which featured Nick Gilder on Vocals, later covered by Suzy Quatro… but i’m liking Cherie’s New version the best of all three…

Number 11: Giovanni Hendriksen My Kind of Town  Steven Van Zandt in character as a mobster in the witness protection program, singing Sinatra and changing the lyrics from “Chicago is” to “Lillehammer is”  works for me and it will work for you too.

Number 10: Gaslight Anthem You Got Lucky Brian Fallon and the crew have all done some cool covers, including a Bon Iver cover that came out last month, but i like this one of the Petty song best, but it does leave me both frustrated and hopeful. Frustrated that of all the Petty songs that this band can really nail, they chose this one, but hopeful that maybe they’ll go back to this same Petty album and try to tackle Change of Heart, or Deliver Me, or The Same Old You or Straight into Darkness, yeah, Gaslight could really nail all of those. Let’s hope they try.

Number 9: The Civil Wars Billie Jean Joy Williams and John Paul White really kick ass on the harmonies of this song that is slowed down considerably compared to the Michael Jackson version, with a very cool guitar riff that if sped up could almost be reggae. No version could ever top the original, right? Then again, perhaps maybe this might.

Number 8: Wendy James It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding I’ll admit these two things, i was in a record store in the late 80’s and there was a 12inch single with a smoking hot half naked girl on the cover, i bought it only because of the picture (it was $1.99), the record was better than the picture, and i then would buy every album and single by Transvision Vamp and Wendy James and loved them all. The second thing I’ll admit is that i rolled my eyes when this 7 minute cover of the Bob Dylan classic crossed my desk. Ok, yes she has done great versions of Holly and the Italians and even Elvis Costello songs, but Dylan? and of all the Dylan songs this one? But you know what, it delivers, it’s different than this song has ever been done and when you take all that politically is still polarizing our world, the lyrics and sentiment of this masterpiece still hits home.

Number 7: Superchunk Cruel Summer  How cool is it when a rock band covers a pop hit and gives it some juice. Superchunk does that here and even Bananarama would be impressed, i think? now hopefully someone will punk up Robert Deniro’s Waiting next.

Number 6: Amanda Palmer Polly  There are not enough adjectives to describe Amanda Palmer, but if you forced to come up with two, i’d go with Enjoyable Insanity, because you think it’s crazy, and it probably it is, but it’s so much fun. The most popular skit on SNL this year was the girl you don’t want to get stuck at a party with, Amanda is the opposite, she’s the one, you want to talk to, and maybe she’ll break into a Nirvana cover.

Number 5: Shannon and the Clams White Rabbit Kinda Cool when an Oakland band crosses the bay literally and musically to cover one of the most important songs of the Haight-Ashbury movement. This is a stellar take on the Jefferson Airplane classic.

Number 4: Mike Doughty Southern Girls Mike Doughty released a covers album this year called The Flip is Another Honey, and i’m torn between this Cheap Trick cover or the John Denver cover that features Roseanne Cash, so they both make the list… 

Number 3: Mike Doughty Take Me Home Country Roads 

Number 2:  Girl in a Coma Heatwave Girl in a Coma are no strangers to fantastic covers, and when JCPenney commissioned them to do this song for a commercial, they learned it in an hour and recorded it in one take and the result was glorious.

Number 1: The Twylight Zones Ride on, Baby Here’s a recipe for spectacular: a little known Jagger-Richards gem, played by Jersey shore guitar slinger Bobby Bandiera, with the rhythm section of the E Street Band: Garry Tallent on Bass and Max Weinberg on Drums, plus Steven Van Zandt on guitar and producing and arranging, with John Magaro on vocals, from the soundtrack of Not Fade Away. This will blow you away and will have you seeking out the Stones version (it’s on the album Flowers)

click on the link, not the player to listen…

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12/16/12 Opening Hour

Here is the opening 45 minutes of the show that aired on 12/16/12 featuring the monologues and songs.

please click on the 12612 link to play instead of the play button.


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Little Steven Van Zandt calls into Anything Anything Podcast

Little Steven calls into to the anything anything radio program, he discusses his upcoming Rascals shows. Did you know that the first show that Steven saw was the Rascals? and that was Bruce’s first show too? some other E Street tidbits too and much much more

this podcast includes all that was broadcast on the radio plus a bonus 10 minutes of fascinating discussion that happened off air while songs were playing, you don’t want to miss this!!



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From the Vaults: The Spring Standards

  On February 21, 2010 The Spring Standards popped into the studio to chat and play a few songs, you can hear live versions of The Hutch, Reply and a cover of Neil Young’s Birds…






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sample show hour

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Anything, Anything  Dramarama
October 21 end of world The Mad Hatter
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) R.E.M.
Waiting For The End Of The World Elvis Costello
waiting for the end of the world Bruce Springsteen
Until The End Of The World U2
Streets Of Bakersfield Dwight Yoakam with Buck Owens (happy bday Dwight)
Bakersfield Social Distortion
So Many Nights Biters
Last Cigarette Dramarama
Johnny’s Theme [Tonight Show Theme] Paul Anka and Johnny Carson (happy bday Johnny)
Kings Road Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (happy bday Tom)
She Manfred Mann (happy bday Manfred)
Reward Teardrop Explodes (happy bday Julian Cope)
Open Your Eyes Lords of the New Church (happy bday Stiv Bators)

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Mike Ness of Social Distortion Podcast

Social Distortion is one on the most influential and enduring rock bands of the last 30 years, their 2011 album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes was my choice of best album of 2011 (see the full list here). For my 4th anniversary on the radio Social Distortion was kind enough to have their show on 11/2/12 at Starland Ballroom serve as my anniversary show. I sat down with Mike Ness and we discussed new material, radio, Springsteen playing his song at an E Street show, Lucero, how they choose opening acts and more, and Mike even DJ’s a little as he picks songs that are lineage to Social D.. you will enjoy this!

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mike ness interview
all i can do is cry wayne walker
all i can do is cry Mike Ness
mike ness interview
california hustle and flow social distortion
mike ness interview
company c Mike Ness
the day i die Lindi Ortega
mike ness interview
so many nights biters
gimme the sweet and lowdown social distortion
mike ness interview
whip it Pearl Jam (10/31/09 Philly)
Down Pearl Jam with Mike Ness (10/28/09 Philly)
mike ness interview
Bad Luck Mike Ness with Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band
Women and Work Lucero
women in charge graham parker
mike ness discusses and picks these songs:
Single Girl Married Girl The Carter Family
moanin the blues hank williams
done somebody wrong elmore james
shake your hips the rolling stones
here comes the night David Bowie
I want you around the ramones


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monologue for 8/19/12.. Helen Gurley Brown, Pussy Riot, I Fought the Law….

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helen, pussy riot, monologue

welcome to anything anything, I’m rich russo,

this is your weekly two hour, ass kicking band breaking, genre busting, multi station eargasmic free form radio extravanganza broadcasting in New jersey,

and two sides of the female coin, begin us off, Helen gurley brown, obviously an influence to the women of the world with cosmopolitian magazine, which of course led to sex and the city, she passed away this week at age 90, we heard from her 1963 album, a spoken word masterpiece of sorts, yet a somewhat disturbing view of that time in our country regarding women, as she talks about affairs, secretaries, some brute force amongst other things and later on we’ll hear an even more baffling and disturbing segment from the album..

and then pussy riot from Russia with putin lights the fires, there has been endless coverage of their plight, and social media is abuzz with the perceived injustice to them. And here’s where I stand on this, and it’s not the same belief as many of those who feel these girls were wronged

and as usual, I will step in and be the voice of logic. And let’s be perfectly clear, regardless of how we feel about the laws of another country, their laws are their laws, and do I believe they got these girls on a technicality,


but it’s just like catching Al Capone on tax evasion to a degree. They broke a law and regardless of whether that law is inane or not, it’s still on the books there. I’m not quite sure if a bunch of people in ski masks walked up the the altar at st patrick’s. or at temple or a mosque, would be received very well, or how about in an airport or on a plane.

This is from legal expert peter maggs: Russian legal code identifies two types of hooliganism: petty and criminal. Petty hooliganism is more or less like disorderly conduct —90% of those convicted for this offense are “obnoxious drunks.” The punishment is usually a fine or brief imprisonment
Criminal hooliganism is more serious. It has to be “a gross violation of public order, showing a disrespect for society.” It must involve weapons or objects used as weapons,


be done for motives of political, ideological, racial, national, or religious hatred, or hatred toward a social group. It can carry a sentence of up to 5 years if committed by an individual, or 7 years if committed by an organized group.
The band was convicted of criminal hooliganism because their performance in a church “disrupted the peace of a religious institution.”

And yes it did, that’s the law, the band knew exactly what they were doing, they premeditated it, they had film crews on hand, and even released that song we just heard by them the day they were sentenced. Kim Kardashian would be proud of their PR prowess coming from being a no talent nobody to becoming a world wide buzz celebrity…sadly in pussy riot’s case there was no sex tape.

The band easily could have done their thing elsewhere but a church,

withOUT breaking a law that they were admittedly aware of ,

one of the members even said she didn’t think the sentence would be this harsh, therefore knowing it was a crime. And by the way they have small children, and what mother knowing commits a crime they are planning on publicizing, which has the possibility of separating them from their children? This isn’t a welfare mom stealing food from a market to put food on the table for her children, this was a premediated crime, with video shot, a PR firm lined up, and a song ready to release…

laws and sentencing are deterrents, or at least supposed to be, and yes as inane as this is to us, there will not be many other Russian protests like this, the precedent has been set, it’s jail. Unlike here where we are spoiled by high powered lawyers and the more affluent you are, the better you are treated in the legal system, which is why Paris Hilton can get busted for possession of Cocaine and not get any jailtime and it becomes a late night tv joke, but the guy on the gritty streets of low income urban area will get jailtime for possessing less coke than paris did..

that is an injustice.

And with twitter etc with it’s retweet after retweet free pussy riot, it’s just a lazy way of piling on,

but if this is such a grave inhumane justice that a country has a law that someone intentionally broke as a publicity stunt, yes if you film a crime and circulate it yourself, it’s a pr stunt.

So Where’s the kickstarter campaign to raise money for a planeful of people to fly to Russia, don ski masks, and replicate what the band did, come on put your money where your mouth is, celebs, go to Russia and do it,

well we know that ain’t happening… so there you have it, it’s not very punk at all…

Tuesday is the birthday of one of the most important punk rockers of all time, Joe Strummer, and he let his songs do the talking, and in this case we’ll let one of his cover versions with the clash doing the talking about pussy riot..

This is the clash covering a song made famous first by the bobby fuller 4, I fought the law on anything anything…

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From the Vaults: Steel Train

in august of 2010, Jack, Dan and Jon of Steel Train hung out on air with me, we had a great time and they played 3 songs live in studio, including a Tegan and Sara cover… here’s 36 minutes of music and interview with Steel Train

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