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1991: The Demented Year in Review

What a year 1991 was! 1991 was a wonderful year in terms of novelty music and subjects.

  • "Kick Ass USA (excerpt)", by Milo Tremley
  • "Give Peaks A Chance", by DJ Glazed Donut & The Knotted Cherry Stems
  • "Do The Bartman (radio edit)", by The Simpsons
  • "This Is Ponderous", by 2nu
  • "I'm Too Sexy", by Right Said Fred
  • "Ice Age Baby", by Gabe Green
  • "Ice Ice Baby", by Big Daddy
  • "You Don't Bring Me Floriculturally Diverse Polyfragrant Soilistically Challenged Multipetaled Victims of Pesticidal Food Chain Chauvinism", by The Capitol Steps
  • "Dueling Presidents", by Ed Bissot
  • "Lines In The Sand", by Randy Newman

    Events in 1991

    01/16, WAR! The White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. Allied jets bomb Baghdad as the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. President Bush said in a nationally broadcast address, "The Battle has been joined," as aerial bombardment began as US led air forces with 27 allied forces begin air raids on Iraq in response to Iraq's August 1990 takeover of Kuwait. A coalition of nations, including Soviets, join or support the invasion. (Because of the time difference, it was early January 17th in the Persian Gulf when the attack began.)

    01/23, "Seinfeld" TV Comedy debut on NBC as a regular series, and the rest is history.

    02/09, R.C., "This Is Ponderous" by 2nu peaked at #46 on the pop singles chart.

    02/13, "The Simpsons Sing The Blues" album by The Simpsons was certified Gold, Platinum, and Multi Platinum 2.00 by the RIAA

    03/23, debuting on the Nickelodeon cable channel, Melissa Joan Hart stars in the Nickelodeon hit sitcom "Clarissa Explains It All," doing a demented takeoff of "Blossom", about the formative years of a bright and bouncy teenage girl, or "witch" (later the star of Sabrina) as we see in the opener as Clarissa is mad at her TV brother. As "Revenge" for showing her undergarments at school, she hopes to have him put in a straitjacket (I guess the same one Napoleon XIV wore when two men in white coats took him away to the funny farm) and lifted up into the heavens by helium balloons.

    03/30, R.C., "Deep, Deep, Trouble" by The Simpsons featuring Bart & Homer peaked at #69 on the pop singles chart.

    04/01, Comedy Central was launched by combining the Comedy Channel with HA!

    04/13, R.C., "Rico Suave" by Geraldo peaked at #7 on the pop singles chart; "Weird Al" parodied it into "Taco Grande".

    04/22, Johnny Carson announced he will retire the following year from hosting NBC's "The Tonight Show."

    05/03, "Dallas", TV Prime Time Soap, ended the 13-season run on CBS with the 356th episode. It was the second longest running series up to this point ("Knots Landing" would clock in at 14 years when it ended in 1993, two years after Dallas ended); "Gunsmoke" was the longest. The episode was a two-hour "It Could Have Been a Wonderful Life" finale showing what South Fork might have been like if J.R. had never lived.

    05/16, NBC and Jay Leno's manager, Helen Kushnick, sign an unpublicized contract guaranteeing that Jay Leno would host the Tonight Show after Johnny Carson leaves.

    05/23, Johnny Carson appears on "Late Night with David Letterman" in a surprise walk-on to present Letterman with a $1,000,000 check from Publisherfs Clearing House. Carson also announces in passing that he will be leaving "The Tonight Show" in a year.

    05/25, R.C., "People Are Still Having Sex" by LaTour peaked at #35 on the pop singles chart.

    06/00, Frank Zappa's album [51] YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE, vol. 4 was released including the track "Montana"

    06/00, Frank Zappa's album [52] MAKE A JAZZ NOISE HERE was released.

    06/06, NBC announces Jay Leno will replace Johnny Carson on May 25, 1992.

    06/10, Donna Hayward discovers Ben Horne is her father; Agent Cooper's love Annie Blackburne (Heather Graham) is named Miss Twin Peaks and subsequently captured by Windom Earle; Nadine Hurley recovers from her amnesia, becomes 35 again, and regains her obsession with drape runners; Ben Horne gets slapped and hits his head on the fireplace; Audrey Horne, Andrew Packard and Pete Martell are (possibly) blown to smithereens; and Agent Cooper is possessed by BOB as David Lynch makes every effort to not wrap up loose ends (and get back at ABC for what he considers poor treatment of his show) on what is promised to be the last-ever episode of "Twin Peaks," the TV Crime Drama, shown on ABC. Not enough gave Peaks a chance.

    06/14, "Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves" starring Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman opened in theaters.

    06/23, "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Babalu Music" tribute to the great Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz on Babalu Music! CD.

    07/00, Frank Zappa's album BEAT THE BOOTS 1 was released (8 bootlegs rereleased with Zappa's permission.).

    07/11, a solar eclipse cast a blanket of darkness stretching 9,000 miles from Hawaii to South America, lasting nearly seven minutes in some places. It was the so-called eclipse of the century.

    07/20, R.C., "Monster" by Fred Schneider peaked at #85 on the pop singles chart, it failed to chart in the Hot 100 when it was released in 1984. Rumor has it that David Tanny is a monster, but we can't confirm that rumor.

    07/25, Howard Stern adds a fourth radio market (KLSX FM-Los Angeles).

    07/26, Paul Reubens, aka Pee Wee Herman, got too excited as he was watching "Nurse Nancy" and was arrested for exposing himself twice while watching a movie a theater in Florida. CBS-TV responded to the news by immediately pulling the remaining summer reruns of his Pee Wee's Playhouse TV show, which was already cancelled, off the air.

    08/01, "All-time Greatest Comic Hits" album by Ray Stevens was released

    08/11, "Doug", "Ren & Stimpy Show", and "Rugrats", TV Cartoon Shows, debut on the Nickelodeon cable channel, launching the network's first Snick original programming prime-time block.

    08/23, David Tanny's Viewer Mail letter appeared on "Late Night with David Letterman" on NBC asking how he can say "G.E. Sucks" w/o getting fired; G.E.'s answer..."We really do suck!". (Aug 24 12:30am ET/PT).

    09/00, "Weird Al" Yankovic released his "Babalu Music" CD tribute to the great Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz.

    09/03, Dr. Demento began a nationwide demented music tour to celebrate his 20th anniversary of his radio show.

    09/17, "Home Improvement", TV Comedy starring Tim Allen, debut on ABC. It made Pamela Anderson a star among other actors.

    09/24, Children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as "Dr. Seuss," died in La Jolla, California, at age 87.

    10/01, Published on this day: "Roman Numeral II: An Altogether New Book of Top Ten Lists" by David Letterman

    10/13, radio disc expert Dr. Demento celebrated his 20th anniversary of his radio show with the Comedy Central TV taping of his 20th Anniversary demented music concert tour climaxing at the Raymond Theater in Pasadena, California. The tour began Sept, 3. Among the guests included "Weird Al" Yankovic.

    10/24, "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 70.

    11/06, "I'm Too Sexy" single by Right Said Fred was released

    11/07, the children of Frank Zappa confirmed their father had prostate cancer. The disease would kill the rocker two years later.

    11/14, Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video premiered on FOX-TV, following The Simpsons. It featured Michael Jackson going mad and wrecking a car. Critics blasted the video's violence and Jackson's crotch-grabbing. The pop star later issued an apology and edited the controversial four minutes from future viewings.

    11/17, from the Maniac Overload Department: a first for D.T.: with a little help from his friends, he tapes all four networks, plus a radio show at the same time! Reason: Back To The Future II was on NBC, but he also wanted to watch Christina Applegate's talk show on Married With Children on Fox, and to complicate matters worse, CBS and ABC threw in movies starring Valerie Bertinelli and Susan Lucci. To make it a five way, Dr. Demento aired the first of a three-part Tom Lehrer interview on his radio show on an L.A. station. DT's ranks: 1:Fox & DrD tie,3:NBC,4:CBS,5:ABC, but even fourth place rated 4 stars out of five! It was the busiest sweeps day on record. Lucci never seems to win in any case.

    11/17, the first TV condom ad aired on FOX-TV.

    11/18, "Addams Groove" single by Hammer was released

    11/19, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single by Nirvana was released. Weird Al Yankovic parodied that song into "Smells Like Nirvana" in 1992.

    11/22, "The Addams Family" Motion Picture, based on the 60s sitcom, starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, and Christopher Lloyd opened in theaters in the U.S.A.

    12/06, "James Brown Is Dead" single by L.A. Style was released. Wasn't that a reverse of "Elvis is Alive"?

    12/07, R.C., "Black Or White" by Michael Jackson peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart and stayed there for seven weeks. It's the video where he smashed the cars.

    12/13, the movie "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" was released in the movie theaters in USA.

    12/14, "Addams Groove" by Hammer entered the Top 40 chart.

    12/18, actor Deforest Kelley, know for his role as Dr. McCoy on "Star Trek," got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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