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|The Essential Weird Al Yankovic
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Brand: Sony Legacy
2009 two CD career-spanning collection of tracks hand-picked by Weird Al himself. Yankovic is a true artistic genius in the classic sense of the word. No other artist can parody a song or a music video without being directly compared to the maestro. Throughout his career, Al has offered up an alternate reality of sorts to the history of pop music, lovingly re-casting hits of all genres into bizarre and hilarious songs and videos that themselves have become hits. Al's work became so synonymous with the hits they parodied that Michael Jackson gave Al access to the 'Bad' video set to make his classic 'Fat' video! This is to say nothing of Al's original songs which are as witty and endearing as his parody work. 40 tracks.
|Ray Stevens: His All-Time Greatest Comic Hits
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Brand: Curb Mca / Umvd
Certified gold by the RIAA 3/98
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Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 31-AUG-1999
If you want to scare the pants off your 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds, but then make them merrily sing along, this Halloween collection could be for you. A generous 18 tracks deep, Spooky Favorites covers the familiar creepy-crawly terrain of "Cockles and Mussels," "Spider on the Floor," and "There Was an Old Woman" with all the right affects. Favorites also trades in Christmas tunes, reworking "The 12 Days of Christmas" as "12 Days of Halloween," while "Green Gremlins" reprises the "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" theme in a halting tempo with a tasty rock guitar solo. And in another ironic twist, the players turn "Bring Back My Bonney" into "Bring Back My Neighbors to Me" and rewrite "If You're Happy and You Know It" as "You're Scary and You Know It." Highly theatrical and leaning on a good interplay of English folk melodies and music-hall styles, Spooky Favorites is proof that you can spoof just about any song for Halloween as long as you dress them up real spookylike. --Martin Keller
|The Best of Ray Stevens
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The most complete hits collection available spotlighting the musical mayhem of Ray Stevens! Includes all of the pop/country/novelty artist's smashes between the years 1961 and 1977, plus newly penned liner notes from Dr. Demento.
|Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection: The Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time
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Brand: Rhino Wipe
The keeper of the keys to crazy comedy celebrates two decades of madcap broadcasting with this collection of favorites! (For more Dr. Demento, see also Holiday and Kid Rhino sections.)
Certified Gold by the RIAA. (11/01)
Pop has a good time eating itself on this collection of Doctor Demento favorites. The tunes on this stylistically varied double CD send up a plethora of pop culture phenomena. The perpetrators come from every imaginable entertainment background. Pro wrestlers, folk singers, comedians, actors, garage bands--you never know who's liable to produce a novelty song. Here it doesn't matter if a respected composer or a one-hit wonder recorded the ditty; all sorts of tracks jostle each other on this funny collection. The material covers quite a time span, ranging from Spike Jones's "Der Fuehrer's Face," released in 1942, to "Wappin'," an unreleased track by Darrell Hammond and Christopher Snell which was a hit on Demento's radio show at the tail end of the 1980s. The 20th Anniversary Collection is quite an assortment of the corny, goofy, wacky, and wild. --Fred Cisterna
- Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection: The Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time by Demento (1991-05-21)
|King Of The Road: The Genius Of Roger Miller
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70 songs in chronological order from the original masters, drawn from every label (Mercury/Starday, Decca, RCA, Smash, Columbia and MCA) that this Nashville legend recorded for. In between the 25 chart hits are eight unreleased recordings, all documented by a booklet containing an 8,000-word essay and 24 rare photos. Includes the Top 10 hits When Two Worlds Collide; Dang Me; Chug-A-Lug; King of the Road; Engine, Engine #9; One Dyin' and A-Buryin'; Kansas City Star; England Swings; Husbands and Wives , and more, plus some songs from Big River .
Comedy gets no respect. If Merle Haggard sums up the dilemma of the American working class from the hard-bitten perspective of "Mama Tried" or "The Bottle Let Me Down," he's called a blue-collar poet. If Roger Miller captures the same predicament from the warped, comic perspective of "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd," he's dismissed as a novelty writer. And yet, a great comic song is just as hard to write as a serious one and sheds just as much light on its subject. Nashville has been home to some gifted comic songwriters over the years--Tom T. Hall, Shel Silverstein, John Prine, and so on--but Miller was the best of the bunch and, as such, one of the best songwriters country music has ever known. He's finally getting some overdue respect with the release of a three-CD anthology, King of the Road: The Genius of Roger Miller. Almost everyone is aware of "King of the Road," the shining pinnacle of Miller's career and one of the most perfect country songs ever written. Many of us remember his brief moment in the sun in 1964-66, when he not only dominated the country charts but also put 10 songs in the pop top-40--including such top-10 hits as "Dang Me," "Chug-a-Lug," "King of the Road," "Engine Engine #9," and "England Swings." Exuberant, infectious comic classics one and all, but The Genius of Roger Miller reveals there was a lot more to this quirky artist than that. --Geoffrey Himes
|My Son, The Greatest: The Best Of Allan Sherman
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Oy vay ! It's a 19-track "best-of" from the one and only Allan Sherman, featuring the immortal Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh ! Also here are Allan's twisted version of Downtown (entitled Crazy Downtown ), plus Pop Hates the Beatles; Shticks of One, Half a Dozen of the Other; Hail to Thee , and more.
This collection gathers 19 of Sherman's humorous story-songs. The comic uses original lyrics and pre-existing tunes to poke fun at television shows and consumer items, to send-up the kids and generally riff on early and mid-'60s American pop culture. On tracks like "Pop Hates the Beatles" and "Crazy Downtown," his subject is the generation gap. "Al 'n Yetta" portrays a TV-dependent couple while "Lotsa Luck" describes the complicated hassles of dealing with faulty TVs and new-fangled tape recorders. Sherman assumed his audience had a little knowledge of history, too. On "Good Advice" and "You Went the Wrong Way, Old King Louie," he sings about inventors and French history, respectively. It's hard to imagine contemporary comedians working the historical beat. "One Hippopatami" is a delightfully goofy festival of wordplay that requires only a love of language and a tolerance for schmaltz. --Fred Cisterna
|The Greatest Christmas Novelty CD of All Time
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Yikes! Includes Jingle Bells Singing Dogs; Nuttin' for Christmas Stan Freberg; Christmas at Ground Zero Weird Al Yankovic; A Christmas Carol Tom Lehrer; I'm a Christmas Tree Wild Man Fisher with Dr. Demento, and more.
The title might be immodest, but it's accurate. Just about every holiday song parody and comedy sketch you can imagine is jimmied onto this hilarious, sprawling collection. While you'll find a smattering of well-known Christmas wackiness (including "Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer" and the Singing Dogs' "Jingle Bells"), the Doctor's specialty is unearthing the obscure, such as Wild Man Fischer's weirder-than-weird "I Am a Christmas Tree." You'll never listen to "The 12 Days of Christmas" quite the same way after hearing the spins put on the tale by both Allan Sherman and Bob and Doug McKenzie, and you're likely to check your Christmas cookie for "special ingredients" after hearing Cheech & Chong's "Santa Claus and His Old Lady." --David Sprague
- Dr. Demento Presents The Greatest Christmas Novelty CD of All Time by Various Artists (1989-08-22)
|These Ghoulish Things: Horror Hits for Halloween
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Brand: Ace (Label)
At last, the definitive Halloween compilation. The market for old-style 'Hammer Horror'/Halloween novelty rock just won't quit. Folks out there just can't get enough of the stuff. Yet, for all that, there's never been a truly satisfying compilation of this type, just a series of ragbag bootlegs that have wetted the appetite until the real deal came along. That moment has arrived with These Ghoulish Things which bears all the familiar Ace hallmarks of a fine track selection, attention to detail and irresistible artwork rolled into one potent package. Double whammy visuals combining eye-catching cover art and a booklet with ghoulish internals designed to complement the sounds. Nearly half of the content new to CD including several never-before-released Bobby 'Boris' Pickett radio station plugs from 1962 that provide a neat framing effect. Annotated by Rob Finnis.
|Ron White: You Can't Fix Stupid
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This is Ron White's first release since he broke out as a comedy superstar. He has performed as part of the multi platinum selling "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy. Image. 2006.
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