DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK UNVEILS “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC (WITH OSAKA POPSTAR) COVER OF RAMONES’ “BEAT ON THE BRAT”
TWO-HOUR DEMENTED PUNK EXTRAVAGANZA FEATURING JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, MISFITS, B52’s FRED SCHNEIDER, WILLIAM SHATNER, CLASSIC BATMAN ADAM WEST, “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC AND MORE DUE OUT JANUARY 12, 2018
GARBAGE PAIL KIDS INSPIRED ART BY TOPPS ILLUSTRATOR NEIL CAMERA
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 21, 2017 – Demented Punk today unveiled the “Weird Al” Yankovic cover of “Beat On The Brat” originally recorded by the Ramones and released on their self-titled debut album in 1976. “Weird Al” contributed his iconic vocals and accordion to the punk-pop track, backed by Osaka Popstar, which features John Cafiero singing the answer backs in between Al’s lead vocals, drums by Dennis Diken (The Smithereens), bass guitar by Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Milk ‘n’ Cookies) and guitar by Dean Rispler (Dictators, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black). “Beat On The Brat” appears on Demented Punk’s Dr. Demento Covered In Punk which is due for release on January 12, 2018. This audio oddity is a modern-day homage to radio icon Dr. Demento, a world-renowned institution who has championed novelty music and its creators since the 1970s.
Dr. Demento Covered In Punk is a special two-hour demented punk extravaganza, structured like one of Demento’s original radio shows. The collection features an eclectic mix of artists from the world of classic and contemporary punk/indie/alt-rock, along with special guest stars from film, TV and more. “Beat On The Brat” is available now as an instant grat track to fans who preorder the physical album HERE and those who preorder it digitally from iTunes. It can also be previewed HERE. “Beat On The Brat” features original Garbage Pail Kids inspired artwork by none other than Neil Camera, artist for Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids, Wacky Packages and Mars Attacks cards and sticker sets.
Dr. Demento Covered In Punk features over thirty different, never before released, all-new ‘punk’ cover versions of ‘mad music and crazy comedy’ songs famously heard on the airwaves of the legendary “Dr Demento Show”— intermixed with ‘wild card’ tracks showcasing some incredible, newly ‘demented’ versions of punk-rock classics! Joined by everyone from the Misfits, Joan Jett, Fred Schneider of the B52s, to “Weird Al” Yankovic, the late Adam “Batman” West (in one of his final performances), and Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner—(to name just a few). The Doctor is in…and he’s ‘Covered in Punk’!! A full track listing can be found HERE.
Dr. Demento Covered In Punk includes an in-depth booklet with equally entertaining liner notes and personal quotes from the participating artists, a foreword by album producer and Demented Punk founder John Cafiero (Misfits, Ramones, Osaka Popstar), an afterword by Dr. Demento, as well as factoids, photos and an array of dynamic paintings and illustrations created exclusively for the project by a team of visual artists spanning the world of comic books, classic punk rock album covers, Topps trading cards series, Mad Magazine and More. The cover artwork for the album was created by iconic illustrator Drew Friedman whose work has appeared in countless publications from Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine to Rolling Stone and the New Republic and just about everything in between.
Wind up your radio dementites and dementoids—the doctor is in!
“Weird Al” Yankovic and Osaka Popstar’s and Dr. Demento Covered In Punk producer John Cafiero