- Record Store Day, every day: You got it nicer at Licorice Pizza stores in the 70s and early 80s
- “TV Party”: Glenn O’Brien’s weekly late 70s public-access punk cocktail party TV show
- Zinelandia: Night Flight talks with Joe Biel about “$100 & a T-Shirt,” his documentary about zines
- In 1977, Prince appeared on “The Gong Show,” but no one has ever talked about the episode, until now
- The Wu Tang Collection: The weirdest “Ku Fung Theater”-style mostly-Asian action flicks you’ll ever see
- Bullseye! Arrow Films’ exploitation, Italian horror, spaghetti westerns, drive-in sleaze & more, now on Night Flight Plus!
- “Dynaman”: Night Flight’s popular series featured rubber monsters, good looking Japanese teens, silly jokes, and cool pop music!
- “All Dolled Up”: Night Flight’s exclusive interview with director Bob Gruen about his New York Dolls documentary
- “The Gumby Show”: America’s Favorite Clayboy is back again on Night Flight!
- Something Weird is happenin’ on Night Flight: Check out our classic cult, hippie & biker flicks, drive-in sleaze and exploitation movies!
Dr. Demento & Weird Al Yankovic on NBC’s “Real People” in 1982!
Happy Birthday today to Barret Eugene “Barry” Hansen — better known to Night Flight fans as Dr. Demento — born on April 2, 1941, in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Here’s a fun video clip we found of Dr. Demento and Weird Al Yankovic appearing on the NBC TV show “Real People” back in 1982!
Hansen 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.
He 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.
Not familiar with “Real People”? Have a look here, and enjoy this bonus clip of the show’s opening sequence, featuring Sarah Purcell, Fred Willard, Skip Stephenson, Bill Rafferty, and Mark Russell!
Last year, Hansen also wrote an exclusive remembrance of Stan Cornyn for us.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Hansen!