Demented Yearbooks -- 1987
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1987: The Demented Year in Review

What a year 1987 was! 1987 was a wonderful year in terms of novelty music and subjects.

  • "I Want Your Sox", by Iceman fron 1987 and he did many parodies around that time with Mark Jonathan Davis

    Bloom County was probably the hippiest comic strip in the 1980s. Billy and the Boingers was the comic strip's house band.

  • "U-Stink-But-I-Love-U", by Billy and The Boingers from 1987.

    It's the time when among many other things that the financial shenanigans of evangelists Jim and Tammy Baker made headlines and the media and the comedians really pounced on the whole lucrative phonenominom of television evalgelism and they called the thing "Holygate", which inspired Ray Stevens to sing this song...

  • "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex", by Ray Stevens
  • "The Ballad Of Jim & Tammy", by Zot Theater, was one of hundreds of home recorded tapes that came our way from that year.

    This man would later make the popular song "Kill The Wabbitt" under the name Ozzie Fudd...

  • "Reggae Popeye", by Mark McCollum

    Wealthy former hippies, and yuppies, were a popular comedic subject that year, and the Bobs would turn subject on its ear with this song...

  • "(First I Was a Hippie, Then I Was a Stockbroker) Now I Am a Hippie Again", by The Bobs

    That year, the war on drugs invaded the workplace with a vegence, and your analysis became a condition of unemployment, or employment he should say, in many places, but not everybody...

  • "The Jar Song", by Michael Collins, who did not put all those sound effects in, but that was the way it was heard on the show.

    A lot of people got into computers, though the Internet was years from becoming a mass medium. A lot of people were watching The Cosby Show, Cheers, and the upstart Fox network. In sports, the New York Giants, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Minnesota Twins won the big ones, though there was a strike in the NFL. The big news in Washington was the Iran-Contra scandal and when asked about the details about all that complicated mess, President Reagan had a tendancy of not remembering things. People assumed that he was just being evasive, but could it have been the beginning of his Alzeheimer's Disease? Whatever the case, comedians sure did pick up on it.

  • "I Forget", by Maxwell In the Morning

    It was the 10th anniversary of Elvis's supposed departure, but that year, Elvis was still everywhere...

  • "Elvis Is Everywhere", by Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper

    This funny music duo was billed as the Indian and the White Man had their only song that year, but it was a good one...

  • "The Ding Dong Song", by Williams & Ree
  • "Make Up Dirty Words", by The Frantics, who released their second and last album that year

    The Beastie Boys album "Licence To Ill" was released back in late 1986, but was popular in early 1987. There were many who doubted, however, that the group had the talent to earn all that popularity, kind of like the Spice Girls now. A group called the Utensils called for the spirit of Stan Freberg's 50's comedy humor on rock and roll satires of the period for this Beastie Boys spoof...

  • "Beastie Wrap (Radio Mix)", by The Utensils, composed of John Christensen "I Get Weird" and Musicial Mike Kiefer who both have been involved in many demented songs over the years.

    Excuse the pops and ticks, but a lot of music were still coming out only in vinyl back in 1987.

    The only notable person who didn't have a record released that year was "Weird Al" Yankovic, but he would be back the following year with his take on another Michael Jackson song.

    The Class Of '87

    The Special Funny Five featuring the best songs from that year according to the Funny Five polls over the years

    There have been so many great songs that came out, and they're still big now, that Dr. Demento has saved the best for a special countdown below. This is not based on how many requests each of the songs got in that year, but how popular they remained over the years.

  • #5: "She Grabbed My Coconuts", by Barry & The Bookbinders
  • #4: "Let's Blow Up The Tow Truck", by Krypton
  • #3: "Squirrels", by The Beastly Boys
  • #2: "Ti Kwan Leep/Boot to the Head", by The Frantics
  • #1: "Star Trekkin'", by The Firm

    Events in 1987

    01/24, "You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party" by Beastie Boys entered the Top 40 chart.

    01/26, "Greatest Hits" album by Ray Stevens was released

    02/07, R.C., "Ronnies Rap" by Ron & The D.C. Crew peaked at #93 on the pop singles chart.

    02/08, Dr. Demento's radio show is last heard on 94.7 KMET-FM as the station changed it's 23-year-old format and became a new age format The Wave. Dr.D moved to KLSX next week.

    02/15, Dr. Demento appears on KLSX-FM 97.1 for the first time after spending 16 years on KMET, which became 94.7 The Wave, a new age station.

    02/26, "He Thinks He's Ray Stevens" album by Ray Stevens was certified Gold by the RIAA

    02/27, "Saturday Night Live's" Church Chat lady finds herself "just a little bit superior" to fellow televangelists Pat Robertson (Al Franken) & Jimmy Swaggart (Phil Hartman).

    03/07, "Licensed to Ill" by the Beastie Boys was the first "rap" LP to make it to No. 1 on the American music charts.

    03/08, Whimsical Will debuts his first Demented News on a local live Dr. Demento Show in Los Angeles; his News would later be part of the syndicated version in 1992.

    03/29, 7th Golden Raspberry Awards: Howard the Duck wins the dishonor for worst movie of 1986.

    03/31, twenty minutes into the future, investigative reporter Edison Carter stumbles upon the new advertising technique created by his bosses at Network 23 -- Blipverts -- commercials shown at such a high speed viewers can't switch channels to avoid seeing them. Unfortunately, when viewers of lower intelligence watch the ads, their heads explode. But Carter being chased by hired goons and ready to go public with the deadly secret, is taken out during his escape and finds himself flying face-first from his motorcycle into a lowered parking garage sign. Network CEO, Ned Grossberg, allows wunderkind Bryce Lynch to create a computer simulation of Carter's mind to find out what he knows, but decided to let his reporter die. However, both the real Edison Carter and the altered ego turn out to be more than Grossberg bargained for, in ABC's "Max Headroom."

    04/05, the Fox broadcasting network launched its prime-time Sunday night lineup with the TV comedies "Married With Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show" each shown three times that night. "Married" went on to last 11 seasons, while "Ullman" spun off The Simpsons shorts between sketches onto its own show in 1990.

    04/06, this day, or the next, D.T.'s letter on the early Daylight Saving Time startup time appearred in USA Today.

    04/16, Ray Stevens released the song "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex?"

    04/19, "The Simpsons" premiered as a cartoon short created by cartoonist Matt Groening between skits on the second episode of "Tracey Ullman Show" on Fox. They would get their own series in January 1990. In the opener. Marge and Homer say "good night" to their kids -- but Bart wants to know how tangible the mind is, Lisa is afraid of being bitten by bedbugs, and Maggie takes "Rock-A-Bye Baby" too literally.

    04/25, R.C., "Brass Monkey" by Beastie Boys peaked at #48 on the pop singles chart.

    05/16, "Weird Al" Yankovic gave a live performance at 72nd National Orange Show in San Bernardino CA.

    05/19, one of the worst movies of all time, "Ishtar", starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, premiered in theaters.

    06/03, George Michael's "I Want Your Sex" is banned by the BBC.

    06/19, Ben & Jerry Ice Cream & Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia announce new Ice Cream flavor, Cherry Garcia.

    06/20, R.C., "Star Trekkin'" by The Firm peaked at #1 on the U.K. pop singles chart. It wasn't the same Firm group as that of the United States. It still gets Funny Five votes to this day on Dr. Demento's radio show.

    06/24, comedian-actor Jackie Gleason died at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at age 71.

    07/01, "Weird Al" Yankovic gave a live performance at the Community Center in Tucson AZ; it was the first show opening for The Monkees Tour '87.

    07/07, Lt. Col. Oliver North began his long-awaited public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing on Capitol Hill, telling House members that he "never carried out a single act, not one" without authorization. At the height of Ollie-mania, you could buy posters, t-shirts and even an "Ollie North Coloring Book," done by the folks associated with Mad magazine.

    07/18, "La Bamba", by Los Lobos entered the Top 40 chart. "Weird Al" parodied it into "Lasagna" the next year for his "Even Worse" album.

    07/23, "Crushin'" album by Fat Boys was certified Gold by the RIAA

    08/22, R.C., "Luka" by Suzanne Vega peaked at #3 on the pop singles chart.

    08/29, R.C., "La Bamba" by Los Lobos peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart; "Weird Al" parodied it into "Lasagna".

    09/08, "Greatest Hits Volume II" album by Ray Stevens was released

    09/17, R.C., "Bad", spent its first week at the top of the UK album chart; it also topped the US chart for 37 weeks. Not to be outdone, "Weird Al" Yankovic in the next year released his "Even Worse" album parodying the "Bad" album cover and turning Michael's "Bad" into "Fat".

    09/19, R.C., "Wipeout" by Fat Boys with The Beach Boys peaked at #12 on the pop singles chart.

    09/28, "Star Trek: The Next Generation", TV Scifi Adventure, debut in syndication with a two hour movie, then was in an hourlong from 10-5-87 on. (Earliest date the syndicated show can air, usually a Monday, though most stations ran them on the weekends). That's how you keep a billion-dollar franchise flying when your captain and crew are aging? By getting a new captain and crew.

    10/24, R.C., "Bad" by Michael Jackson peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart; "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied it into "Fat".

    11/15, "Twisted Christmas" album by Bob Rivers Comedy Corp was released

    11/30, "Weird Al" Yankovic recorded the first of his "Even Worse" LP: "Melanie" and "Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White".

    12/01, "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Good Old Days", "You Make Me", and "Velvet Elvis" for his Even Worse LP.

    12/06, live on a Los Angeles flagship station, Dr. Demento's laryngitis was so bad that Whimsical Will took over as host for the night along with Musical Mike and Beefalo Bill. The number one request wasn't even an unreleased tape. It was for the Dr. to get well soon.

    12/07, MTV presses the "ON" button for "RemoteControl," a game show for the generation-later-known-as-X. Ken Ober hoststhe pop (and/or yogurt) culture quiz out of "his parents basement at 72Whooping Cough Lane" offering up questions from various channels (i.e."Inside Tina Yothers," "Dead or Canadian?," and "Brady Physics") clickedat by recliner-restrained college kids. Among the others vying for cameratime are "prize-girl" Marisol Massey, sidekick Colin Quinn, Steve Trecase,John Ten Eyck, Craig Vanderburgh, and comedians Denis Leary and Adam"Studboy" Sandler.

    12/12, R.C., "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" by Aerosmith peaked at #14 on the pop singles chart.

    12/12, The first picture disc CDs were released. The artists involved were George Michael and Michael Jackson. Someone else went further and released one under George Michael Jackson. Someone else went even further than that and named himself George Michael Jackson Browne. And finally, someone else beat them all when he released his own CD by naming himself BOY George Michael Jackson Browne.

    12/23, "Good Morning Vietnam" starring Robin Williams and Forest Tucker opened in theaters in the U.S.A.

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