Demented Yearbooks -- 1992
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1992: The Demented Year in Review

Events in 1992

01/00, "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Taco Grande" for his Off The Deep End CD.

01/08, President Bush got ill, collapsed during a state dinner in Tokyo, and threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa's lap; alert Secret Service agents, seized the vomit, and wrestled it to the ground; White House officials said Bush was suffering from stomach flu, but in reality, Bush was predicting something horrible from Japan would be coming to America years from now...Pokemon!

01/11, R.C., "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana peaked at #6 on the pop singles chart; "Weird Al" parodied it into "Smells Like Nirvana."

01/11, R.C., "Addams Groove" by Hammer peaked at #7 on the pop singles chart.

01/12, according to the movie version, or 1997 according to the book, the Hal 9000 Computer was activated; A Space Odyssey computer.

01/18, "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred entered the Top 40 chart.

01/20, "The Dennis Miller Show" premieres in syndication where it lasts, well, six times longer than "The Chevy Chase Show." Among those getting small breaks from the show are sidekick Nick Bakay (later on ESPN and the voice of "Sabrina's" cat puppet, Salem), writer Norm MacDonald, as well as network TV debuts for Henry Rollins and Janeane Garofalo, and the late great Jinky the Fruit Bat.

01/27, "Weird Al" Yankovic records "I Was Only Kidding", "Bite Me (hidden track at end of disc)", the hit track "Smells Like Nirvana", and "Polka Your Eyes Out" for his Off The Deep End CD.

01/28, "Addams Groove" single by Hammer was certified Gold by the RIAA

02/06, NBC aired "Late Night's 10th Anniversary Show at Radio City Music Hall." Everything you'd expect from an anniversary show, except, of course, for the sheep leaving Radio City via taxicab.

02/08, R.C., "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart.

02/14, "Wayne's World: The Movie", starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne and Garth, opened in movie theaters in the USA, and went on to earn $121.7 million domestically. (Party time!!! Excellent!!!). It paves the way for such "SNL" movie flops as "The Coneheads," "It's Pat!", and "Stuart Saves his Family."

02/18, "Wayne's World" album (soundtrack) was released

02/18, "Up" album by Right Said Fred was released in the U.S. It contains the single "I'm Too Sexy"

02/21, "I'm Too Sexy" single by Right Said Fred was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA

03/06, personal computer users braced for a "virus" known as "Michelangelo," set to trigger on March 6, but only scattered cases of lost files were reported.

04/00, "You Don't Love Me Anymore" is released off Weird Al Yankovic's CD "Off the Deep End"

04/00, "Weird Al" Yankovic released his "Off The Deep End" CD feauring the hits "Smells Like Nirvana", "You Don't Love Me Anymore", "I Can't Watch This", "Taco Grande", "When I Was Your Age", and "Trigger Happy".

04/06, The Great Purple Satan begins charming unknowing followers into his cult of Dino-worship as "Barney and Friends" makes its debut on PBS.

04/10, Comedian Sam Kinison was killed in a car crash outside Needles, Calif., at age 38. The 17-year-old driver was arrested.

04/14, "Off The Deep End" album by "Weird Al" Yankovic was released

04/15, Star Trek actors William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) & DeForest Kelley (Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy) were inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

04/20, comedian Benny Hill was found dead in his London home.

04/22, "Wayne's World" album (soundtrack) was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA

04/26, D.T. turned age 32: some prime-time shows D.T. watched: "The New WKRP In Cincinnatti", "In Living Color", "Roc", "Married With Children", "Herman's Head", "Star Trek The Next Generation" and listened to "Dr. Demento". Babewatch: Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate, Tawny Kitaen, Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis, Xuxa (twice, first time a Spanish lady ever made the list!)

05/05, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" single by Bruce Springsteen was certified Gold by the RIAA

05/09, R.C., "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen reentered the chart and peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart.

05/16, R.C., "Smells Like Nirvana" by "Weird Al Yankovic peaked at #35 on the pop singles chart; it was a parody of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

05/16, R.C., "Weird Al" Yankovic's album "Off the Deep End" peaked at #17 on the Billboard album chart

05/22, "Video Library - Greatest Hits" video by "Weird Al" Yankovic was released

05/22, after a reign of nearly 30 years, Johnny Carson stepped down as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson", telling his audience, "I bid you a very heartfelt good night." Carson's co-stars Ed McMahon and Doc Severinsen also left the show. The program showed flashbacks of his previous programs. Carson was succeeded by Jay Leno the following week.

05/22, No fools they, Carson competitors Dennis Miller and Alan Havey (host of Comedy Central's "Night After Night") allow their shows to go blank, "in tribute to the King of Late Night" the night of Johnny Carson's final "Tonight Show." And "Late Night with David Letterman" opens with a video montage of all of Carson's appearances on "Late Night with David Letterman." After the opening remarks, Letterman thanks Carson for his own success, claiming that Carson's show was so successful that a show "about squirrels mating in a cage could succeed after Carson's show at 12:30." When a staffer would leave "Late Night," there would appear near the end of the show a picture of that staffer and the notice "Good luck, ____, from your pals at LATE NIGHT." At the end of the 5/22/92 show, the featured staffer was Johnny Carson.

05/25, "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno", TV Talk Show, debut on NBC with Jay Leno assuming the hosting duties Johnny Carson retired from after 29 years. It debuts with in a new studio, with a nauseating purple backdrop, a hideous new American Colonial desk, opening credits featuring what seems like hours of curtains being opened, and thanks to Leno's manager Helen Kushnick, no mention of that Johnny Carson fellow, whoever he was.

05/26, "Weird Al" Yankovic gave a live performance at Loco Ranchero in San Luis Obispo CA, beginning his Off The Deep End tour. With a cult following, Weird Al Yankovic's tour now consists of video screens and numerous costume changes

06/00, Frank Zappa's album [53] YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE, vol. 5 was released.

06/03, in one of the landmark moments of the 1992 presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Bill Clinton plays his saxophone on "The Arsenio Hall Show," wailing his way through "Heartbreak Hotel" and "God Bless The Child." While presidential challenger Bill Clinton wows the crowd of the "The Arsenio Hall Show" with his saxophone, some wonder whether the more appropriate musical instrument should have been the lyre.

06/16, "Up" album by Right Said Fred was certified Gold by the RIAA

06/16, Frank Zappa's album BEAT THE BOOTS 2 was released (7 bootlegs rereleased with Zappa's permission.).

06/17, "Off The Deep End" album by "Weird Al" Yankovic was certified Gold

06/19, "Batman Returns", Motion Picture, opened with $47.7 million for the weekend with a record breaking $16.8 million in its first day. It starred Michael Keaton, Danny Devito, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

06/27, R.C., "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)" by Bruce Springsteen peaked at #68 on the pop singles chart.

06/29, Swans Crossing (TV Daytime Soap) premiered introducing Sarah Michelle Gellar (later AMC and Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

06/29, David Tanny's 8/23/91 Viewer Mail was repeated on NBC's Late Night With David Letterman (12:50am ET/PT June 30).

07/00, Frank Zappa's album [54] YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE, vol. 6 was released.

07/01, CBS briefly gives "Howie" Mandel his own sitcom/variety series which, despite guest appearances from Gary Busey, Billy Joel, and Little Richard, only lasts three episodes.

07/04, R.C., "James Brown Is Dead" by L.A. Style peaked at #59 on the pop singles chart.

07/07, "Achy Breaky Heart" single by Billy Ray Cyrus was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA. "Weird Al" Yankovic later parodied it into "Achy Breaky Song."

07/18, R.C., "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus peaked at #4 on the pop singles chart; "Weird Al" parodied it into "Achy Breaky Song"

07/23, "Weird Al" Yankovic gave a live performance at Sound FX in San Diego, CA. David Tanny couldn't attend due to money problems, even back then.

07/26, on the final "Copycat Corner" portion of Whimsical Will's Demented News on KLSX's Dr. Demento Show, David Tanny was credited for a song copied from another song.

08/08, R.C., "Give It Away" by Red Hot Chili Peppers peaked at #73 on the pop singles chart; "Weird Al" parodied it into "Bedrock Anthem".

08/15, "Weird Al" Yankovic gave a live performance at the Arkansas Festival in Little Rock, Arkansas, taped for VH-1 special.

08/30, In a final tribute to the now retired Carson, "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" receives its final Emmy (under that name), for Outstanding Variety Program.

08/30, the Dr. Demento Show was last syndicated via the Westwood One Radio Networks with the subject of dogs; the next week, On The Radio Broadcasting would take over the syndication rights with the subject of cats.

09/06, the Dr. Demento Show was first syndicated via On The Radio Broadcasting with the subject of Cats; Whimsical Will's Demented News, heard on L.A. radio station KLSX exclusively since 1987, debuts in syndication.

09/07, "Weird Al" Yankovic gave a live performance at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, where Jerry Lewis was hosting his annual MDA Telethon.

09/18, "The Kids In The Hall", TV Comedy Variety that debut on HBO earlier, debut on CBS.

09/19, "The Edge", TV Comedy Varitey starring Julie Brown and Jennifer Aniston before her hair became famous, debut on Fox.

09/24, Sci-Fi Channel, Cable Network, was launched.

09/26, "Weird Al" Yankovic gave a live performance at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, FL, as part of the Hurricane Relief concert.

09/27, the underrated "Ben Stiller Show", TV Variety, premiered on Fox.

10/01, The Cartoon Network cable network by Turner Enterprises debut. Nobody can be on that station unless you're a toon.

10/16, a 1964 "Gilligan's Island" TV pilot was first shown on TV (TBS).

11/21, R.C., "Sesame's Treet" by Smart E's peaked at #60 on the pop singles chart.

11/30, "Weird Al" Yankovic recorded the first of his Alapalooza CD tracks "Frank's 2000-inch TV", "Young, Dumb & Ugly", and "Traffic Jam".

12/01, "Weird Al" Yankovic records "She Was A Mime" for his Alapalooza CD.

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