Dr. Demento

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Legal name: Barret Eugene Hansen

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Barret Eugene "Barry" Hansen (born April 2, 1941), better known as Dr. Demento, is an American radio broadcaster and record collector specializing in novelty songs, comedy, and strange or unusual recordings dating from the early days of phonograph records to the present.

Hansen created the Demento persona in 1970 while working at Los Angeles station KPPC-FM. After Hansen played "Transfusion" by Nervous Norvus on the radio, DJ "The Obscene" Steven Clean said that Hansen had to be "demented" to play that. Thereafter, the name stuck. His weekly show went into syndication in 1974 and from 1978 to 1992 was syndicated by the Westwood One Radio Network. Broadcast syndication of the show ended on June 6, 2010, but the show continues to be produced weekly in an online version.

Hansen has a degree in ethnomusicology, and has written magazine articles and liner notes on recording artists outside of the novelty genre. He is credited with introducing new generations of listeners to artists of the early and middle 20th century whom they might not have otherwise discovered, such as Haywire Mac, Spike Jones, Benny Bell, Yogi Yorgesson, Stan Freberg, and Tom Lehrer, as well as with bringing parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic to national attention.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1994 Dr. Demento Presents Spooky Tunes & Scary Melodies 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1975 Dr. Demento's Delights 1
1980 Dr. Demento's Dementia Royale 2
1988 Dr. Demento Presents The Greatest Novelty CD of All Time 1
1989 Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Christmas Novelty CD of All Time 1
1990 Dr. Demento Presents: Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time, Vol. 1: 1940's 1
1991 Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection 1
1993 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 1 1
1993 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 2 1
1994 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 3 1
1995 Dr. Demento Gooses Mother! 1
1995 Dr. Demento's Country Corn 1
1995 Dr. Demento 25th Anniversary Collection 4 1
1995 Dr. Demento: Holidays in Dementia 1
1995 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 4 1
1996 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 5 1
1997 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 6 1
1998 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 7 1
1999 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 8 1
2000 Dr. Demento 30th Anniversary Collection: Dementia 2000 1
2001 The Very Best of Dr. Demento 1
2001 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 9 1
2002 Dr. Demento's Hits From Outer Space 1
2002 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 10 1
2003 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 11 1
2004 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 12 1
2005 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 13 1
2006 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 14 1
2007 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 15 1
2008 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 16 1
2009 Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 17 1
Dr. Demento Collection: The Mid 70's 1
The Dr. Demento Collection, Volume 2: The Late '70s 1
The Dr. Demento Collection, Volume 3: The Early '70s 1

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