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1997: The Demented Year in Review

1997: The Growth of Internet Radio
Before there was a DFSX (it started in February 2000), there had to be the birth of Internet radio, and 1997 was the first full year of streaming music on the Internet (it began sometime in 1996, but I'm not sure of the month.) When corporate radio began to screw up intellectially-stimulating music formats and dumb it down to cookie-cutter formats, novelty music needed a new outlet, and Internet radio was it.

Many stations that had carried Dr. Demento in the late 90's flipped to Spanish formats, or dropped it and then went belly-up as corporate radio began to take a stranglehold on musical creativity. From three to 14 stations carried the stream of the Dr. Demento show since 1996, and since the signals went global, some rise-and-shine 6am Eastern shows translated to bleary-eyed 3am Western listening online and other quirks of global time zone negotiating.

Many notable novelty songs and stuff were heard on the Dr. Demneto show in the late 90's, but back then, Internet streaming was in its infancy, with some modems unable to handle streams faster than 8kbps even on a 33.6 modem and other problems. Today, broadband has taken care of the congestion problem, but unless you can find a place to download the Dr. Demento Show, you can listen to it only at the specified times, most of which are at your inconvieience such as during a TV show or when you have to work or sleep.

That's where 24 hour radio stations such as DFSX come into play. DFSX plays the current novelty and odd songs that most corporate radio stations are just plain ignoring, and is also bringing back dozens of notable novelty sovineirs and hits that you may have missed or want to hear again.

Some of the songs from 1997 that DFSX features from time to time, and is subject to change without notice, are listed under the heading of "Hits of 1997". During the DFSX Time Warp series, we take you back in time, one song at a time, while noting what year the song was popular in.

And as a bonus, we also throw in some of the notable hip pop songs from that year! You never know what the Time Warp series will take you back to, keeping DFSX from being a cookie-cutter novelty song station in itself; regular hit stations used to play novelty songs back then, why not turn the tables and have a novelty station play some hit songs? Dr. Demento does play some non-novelty songs on occasion.

One more thing: be sure to let us know what novelty songs from the past of any year you want to be streamed so we can keep these in mind for future years.

Some highlights of the year 1997 include the 20th anniversary rerelease of the remastered Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (originally titled just Star Wars in 1977), along with its two sequels from 1980 and 1983, "South Park" debut and became the most popular cable TV series ever, so popular that it beat ABC's low-rated news programming oppositie it, and "Weird Al" got his own Saturday morning kids show (kids?).

Requests for 1997 songs

B.L. wants to hear "Rabbit Valley" - Four Postmen
Rob Tillman wants to hear "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" - Madonna
(I'm not sure about that one folks. Any seconds?)
Kenneth Jackson likes hearing "Rusty Cage" - Johnny Cash
(we'll keep this one on longer)

Time Warp 1997 Songs Featured
  • "88 Lines About 44 Simpsons" - the great Luke Ski / Shadows of the Bunghole
  • "A Pervert's Life" - Fermisht / unreleased
  • "Alice's Restaurant Massacre Revisisted" - Arlo Guthrie / Alice's Restaurant: Massacre Revisited (1995)
  • "Avon In The Amazon" - Therapy Sisters / Beyond Prescription
  • "Bad Kid Show Host" - Wally Pleasant / unreleased
  • "Ballad Of William Robinson" - Bill Mumy / Dying to Be Heard
  • "Barbie Girl Extended" - Aqua / CD Single
  • "Barbie Girl" - Aqua / Aquarium
  • "Bat Dance" - Mike Toomey / unreleased
  • "Big Gay Boat Ride Ending" - Big Gay Al / South Park TV Series
  • "Bionic" - Extempo / The Live Album
  • "Blowing Off" - Goodies / Nothing To Do With Us (1976)
  • "Born To Be Wired" - Mark Levy / unreleased
  • "Buffy The Vampire Slayer Theme" - Nerf Herder / TV Themes
  • "Cartoon Hell" - Lester Mcfwap / unreleased
  • "Cat Box" - Four Postmen / Looking For Grandpa
  • "Chef" - Isaac Hayes / unreleased
  • "Chewie Chewie" - Sad Pack / unreleased
  • "Co-Dependency" - Power Salad / Saladeer
  • "Coffee Song" - Wally Pleasant / unreleased
  • "Condom In His Pocket" - Marc Bristol / unreleased
  • "Cows With Guns" - Dana Lyons / CD Single
  • "Day Ted Nugent Killed All The Animals, The" - Wally Pleasant / Wally World
  • "Do Bears..." - Rowan Atkinson And Kate Bush / Live in Belfast (1986)
  • "Don't Send In The Clowns" - Space Ghost / Space Ghost's Musical Bar-B-Que
  • "Dr Kevorkian" - Doodoo Wah / Doodoo Wah Live
  • "Drivin'" - Henry Phillips / On the Shoulders Of Freaks
  • "Dungeons And Dragons II" - Dead Alewives / unreleased
  • "Dysfunctional Family Reunion" - R Bruce / Still Laughin'
  • "Ebonically" - Howlett Smith / Funny Side Up / Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 6
  • "Empty Cocktail Lounge Blues" - George Schneider / Unknown
  • "Enter Sandman" - Pat Boone / In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • "Everybody Wants to Be Space Ghost" - Space Ghost / Space Ghost's Musical Bar-B-Que
  • "Fire Water Burn" - Bloodhound Gang / One Fierce Beer Coaster
  • "First Time I Saw You, The" - Henry Phillips / On the Shoulders Of Freaks
  • "Football" - Chef / South Park TV Series
  • "French Toast Man" - Fred Lane And The Hittite Hot Shots / Unknown
  • "Grandpa Why" - Foremen / unreleased
  • "Great Cornholio, The" - the great Luke Ski / Shadows of the Bunghole
  • "He Bit Him On The Ear" - Doodoo Wah / Doodoo Wah Live
  • "Helium" - John Forster / Helium
  • "Hell (Springfield Remix)" - Squirrel Nut Zippers And The Simpsons / unreleased
  • "Hell" - Squirrel Nut Zippers / Hot
  • "Here's Your Sign" - Bill Engvall and Travis Tritt / Here's Your Sign (1996)
  • "Hockey Song, The" - Zambonis / Play-Off Fever
  • "Honey Roasted Peanuts" - Homer and Marge (The Simpsons) / Songs In The Key Of Springfield
  • "Hooked On Gangsta" - Darryl Rhoades / Radio Daze
  • "Hot Lava" - Chef / South Park TV Series
  • "I Got A Crush On Darth Vader" - Cali Rose / unreleased
  • "I Got It From Agnes" - Tom Lehrer / The Remains Of Tom Lehrer
  • "I Know You're A Fish" - Tony Goldmark / You Bug Me!
  • "I Love Beans" - Space Ghost / Space Ghost's Musical Bar-B-Que
  • "I'm Gonna Make Love To You" - Chef / South Park TV Series
  • "I've Got A Tan Like David Hasselhoff" - Four Postmen / Looking For Grandpa
  • "If You Wanna Be My Intern (Spice Girls Parody)" - Not Bill Clinton / unreleased
  • "In The Closet" - John Forster / Helium
  • "Insane And The Brain" - the great Luke Ski / Fanboys 'N Da Hood
  • "It Was A Very Good Beer" - Homer (The Simpsons) / Songs In The Key Of Springfield
  • "Jerkin' Around" - Henry Phillips / On the Shoulders Of Freaks
  • "Joan Blunden" - Tim Cavanaugh / Sounds Like Fun
  • "Juice A La Seuss, The" - John Forster / Helium
  • "Kathie Lee" - Chef / South Park TV Series
  • "King Of The Hill Theme" - The Refreshments / TV Themes
  • "Knuckle Song, The" - Barry and the Bookbinders / Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 6
  • "Kyle's Mom Is A Stupid Bitch" - Eric Cartman / South Park TV Series
  • "La Isla Gilligan 97" - Guns N Moses / unreleased
  • "Le Bal" - Hans Reichel / Gravikords, Whirlies, and Pyrophones (see Assorted Demented Music Compilations)
  • "Lonesome Kicker, The" - Adam Sandler / What's Your Name?
  • "Lost My Teeth" - Zambonis / Play-Off Fever
  • "Mama Rap" - Dead Alewives / Take Down the Grand Master
  • "Me Like Hockey" - Arrogant Worms / Live Bait
  • "Minkey Boodle" - Space Ghost / Space Ghost's Musical Bar-B-Que
  • "Motel Sex" - Tim Cavanaugh / Sounds Like Fun
  • "My First Time Ever" - Da Yoopers / We're Still Rockin'
  • "My Gran'pappy Don't Smoke No Grass" - Al Roberts Jr / Hello It's Really Me / Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 6
  • "Mystery Science Theater Picture Show" - the great Luke Ski / Fanboys 'N Da Hood
  • "Nobody Home" - Toyes / The Toyes
  • "On-line Religion" - Tom Smith / Tom Smith Plugged
  • "Party In Your Pants" - Judy Tenuta / The Power of Judyism
  • "Potato" - Cheryl Wheeler / Laugh Tracks Volume One
  • "Psychic Voicemail Hotline" - Tom Smith / Tom Smith Plugged
  • "Rabbit Valley" - Four Postmen / Looking For Grandpa
  • "Really Safe Sex" - Tim Cavanaugh / Sounds Like Fun
  • "Return of the Flying Saucer 97" - Jon Goodman / Dickie Goodman's Greatest Fables
  • "Return To Jurassic Park" - Whimsical Will / Cutting Up with Whimsical Will Volume One
  • "RV" - Ray Stevens / Hum It
  • "Santa's Gonna Kick Your Ass" - Arrogant Worms / Christmas Turkey
  • "Send In The Clowns" - Krusty The Clown (The Simpsons) / Songs In The Key Of Springfield
  • "Smells Like Cartoon Planet" - Space Ghost / Space Ghost's Musical Bar-B-Que
  • "Some Of My Best Friends Are Straight" - Romanovsky and Phillips / Let's Flaunt It!
  • "Song that Doesn't End, The" - Space Ghost / Space Ghost's Musical Bar-B-Que
  • "South Park Da Da" - Anonymous / unreleased
  • "South Park Titanic" - Anonymous / unreleased
  • "South Park TV Theme" - Primus (see South Park) / Chef Aid: The South Park Album
  • "Spam (Let The Pork Be Pork)" - the great Luke Ski / Fanboys 'N Da Hood
  • "Star Wars Cantina" - Mark Jonathan Davis / Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 6
  • "Star Wars Trilogy Homesick Blues" - the great Luke Ski / Fanboys 'N Da Hood
  • "Storm Troopers Are People Too" - Matt Gourley / unreleased
  • "Strange Departures" - John Kubilus / unreleased
  • "Stroke It" - Voodudes / Wake The Dead
  • "Subway Song, The" - Tom Lehrer / unreleased
  • "Sugar Daddy O" - Sneaker Pimps / Becoming X
  • "Thomas Cat" - Alien Folklife / Double Vision / Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 6
  • "Those Fabulous Sixties" - Jim Ratts / unreleased
  • "Too Fat Polka" - Frank Yankovic & Drew Carey / Frank Yankovic and Friends, Songs of the Polka King
  • "TV, The" - Space Ghost / Space Ghost's Musical Bar-B-Que
  • "UFO" - Darryl Rhoades / Radio Daze
  • "Ugly Girl" - Aquabats / unreleased
  • "Warning Signs" - Bill Engvall / CD Single
  • "Weird Al Show Theme (Forwards and Backwards)" - "Weird Al" Yankovic / Running With Scissors (reg version only, released 1999)
  • "What Do You Want Me To Do About It" - Henry Phillips / On the Shoulders Of Freaks
  • "What's Up Spock Schweitzer Remix" - the great Luke Ski / Fanboys 'N Da Hood
  • "Who Needs The Kwik-e-mart" - The Simpsons / Songs In The Key Of Springfield
  • "Women Suck" - Smokin' Joe & The Sarcastic Pros (Joe Sarcasm) / Worst of the Worst
  • "Yellow Septran Bus" - Rod Myers And The Ramps / Gimps on Medication

    Bonus Time Warp 1997 Songs
    Not really demented, but we included them on occastion to give you a taste of some of the fun sounds from the hip pop genre, some a bit on the weird side of techno or rock, most representing a genre that was popular that year.
  • "A Change Will Do You Good" - Sheryl Crow / Sheryl Crow
  • "Bitch" - Meredith Brooks / Meredith Brooks
  • "Zoot Suit Riot" - Cherry Poppin Daddies / Zoot Suit Riot
  • "Around The World" - Daft Punk / Daft Punk
  • "Da Funk" - Daft Punk / Homework
  • "Electric Barbarella" - Duran Duran / Medazzaland
  • "Every Day Is A Winding Road" - Sheryl Crow / Sheryl Crow
  • "Fly (remix)" - Sugar Ray Featuring Supercat / Floored
  • "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" - Will Smith / Big Willie Style
  • "Honey (defclubremix)" - Mariah Carey / Butterfly
  • "Hotstepper (remix)" - Ini Kamoze / CD Single
  • "How Bizarre" - OMC / How Bizarre
  • "I Want You" - Savage Garden / Savage Garden
  • "Impression That I Get" - Mighty Mighty Bosstones / Let's Face It
  • "Insomnia" - Faithless / Reverence
  • "Let's Get Ready To Rumble" - Michael Buffer / ESPN Vol 1 Jock Jams
  • "Men In Black" - Will Smith / Men In Black Soundtrack
  • "Mmmbop (Dance Remix)" - Hanson / CD Single
  • "Rusty Cage" - Johnny Cash / Rusty Cage
  • "Say You'll Be There" - Spice Girls / Spice
  • "Sell Out" - Reel Big Fish / Turn The Radio Off
  • "Semi-Charmed Life" - Third Eye Blind / Third Eye Blind
  • "Sex and Candy" - Marcy Playground / Marcy Playground
  • "Time Of Your Life" - Green Day / Nimrod
  • "Together Again" - Janet Jackson / Velvet Rope
  • "Truly Madly Deeply (Dance Remix)" - Savage Garden / Savage Garden
  • "Tubthumping" - Chumbawamba / Tubthumper
  • "Walking On The Sun" - Smashmouth / Fush Yu Mang
  • "Wannabe" - Spice Girls / Spice
  • "With My Naked Eyes" - Luscious Jackson / Fever In Fever Out
    Other notable hip hits:
    Foolish Games / You Were Meant For Me (dance mix?) - Jewel
    Return Of The Mack - Mark Morrison
    How Do I Live (disco mix) - LeAnn Rimes
    Do You Know (What It Takes) - Robyn
    2 Become 1 - Spice Girls
    Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? - Paula Cole
    Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit - Gina G
    It's All Coming Back To Me Now (dance mix) - Celine Dion
    Where Do You Go - No Mercy
    I Love You Always Forever (dance mix) - Donna Lewis
    Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) (this was 1996!) - Los Del Rio
    Don't Cry For Me Argentina (dance mix) - Madonna
    One More Time - Real McCoy

    Events in 1997

    01/01, The Dishonor List of Banished Words and Phrases was issued this day. The Doublespeak Award went to (the envelope please...) Lake Superior State University for the phrase, "The patient did not fulfill his wellness potential." Or, in other words... he died.

    01/09, a flash of brilliance on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" as musical guest Ashley MacIsaac kicks up his heels, and shows what a Scotsman wears beneath his kilt, or in this case... doesn't. "Late Night" offers to re-record his segment, but MacIsaac turns them down, and the segment airs with a strategically placed electronic blur.

    01/10, "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" album by Elmo And Patsy was certified Platinum by the RIAA

    01/12, the animated sitcom "King of the Hill" debut on Fox. The uncoordinated Bobby gets hit in the face with a ball during a baseball game, leading a meddling Child Protective Services social worker to think his father is abusing him on the pilot of "King of the Hill." Mmmm-hmm. Yep. Dang-olcartoonsitcom-launch.

    01/12, HAL became operational (2001: A Space Odyssey).

    01/28, "Odelay" album by Beck was certified Platinum by the RIAA

    01/28, Pat Boone released an album of heavy metal tunes

    01/28, After a speech in Champaign, Illinois, President Bill Clinton's plane, Air Force One, was taxiing toward a runway when the wheels on the right side of the plane rolled off the concrete into soft soil and got stuck. Air Force 2, with Al Gore on-board, had already taken off for their next stop in La Crosse, Wisconsin, so a third plane was flown in to pick up the president. Before the prez switched planes, dozens of crewmembers and secret service agents had to move supplies from plane to plane, including three coolers and six 24-pack cases of soda (true).

    01/31, the 1977 movie "Star Wars" was rereleased as "Star Wars Special Edition" in theaters in the USA and grossed a record January opening weekend take of $35.9 million.

    02/02, KSCA 101.9 in Los Angeles would air the station's final live "Dr. Demento" radio show before the station, which was purchased by the owners of two Spanish language stations, would too change to a Spanish format due to poor ratings of the album adult alternative format, though highly acclaimed. No station at press time has picked up either Demento or the AAA format.

    02/02, D.T. was seen live on TV on KCAL channel 9 as part of the KSCA candlelight vigil while helping the many AAA fans bring attention to the adult rock music format, just seven days after he appearred on a San Diego TV station on a news program.

    02/08, D.T. had his 16th or 17th (I lost count) and final letter read on the fX cable series "Backchat" hosted by Jeff Probst. The letter read "I think she's cute". You figure it out.

    02/09, the Fox cartoon series "The Simpsons" aired its 167th episode of the series in its eighth season, becoming the longest-running animated series in cartoon history as "The Flintstones" ended a 166-episode run after six seasons in 1966.

    02/15, on the cover of TV Guide: David Letterman, and "Why It's Still Cool to Love Dave...hotter guests, hipper music, rocking road trips...David Letterman is on a roll!"

    02/20, D.T. buys a new computer to replace his old outdated 486-SX computer. Unfortunately today, his Pentium 200MMX is itself outdated just two years after it was introduced, but at least it compiled his QBASIC programs in 1/10th of the time!

    02/20, Ben and Jerry's introduced a new flavor -- Phish food, named after the rock group Phish. It contains chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge. Eat it up. Yum.

    02/21, the movie "The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition" was re-released in movie theaters in the USA.

    02/23, scientists in Scotland announced they had succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named Dolly. (Dolly, however, was later put down after a short life marred by premature aging and disease.)

    02/29, (Feb 30), "Weird Al" Yankovic released "Macarena" in record stores, but pulled it at the last second.

    03/01, on the cover of TV Guide: "cast of 3rd Rock From The Sun". Other Articles: Mike Judge, EZ Streets, Alison Sweeney

    03/07, Howard Stern's movie "Private Parts" opened in movie theaters in the USA. It was also reported the day before that the soundtrack of his movie debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, making him literally the king of ALL media in music and the movies where his movie was #1 that weekend.

    03/07, "Weird Al" Yankovic recorded "The Ballad of Kent Marlowe" for the Disney TV movie "Safety Patrol"

    03/10, "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" TV Drama starring Sarah Michelle Gellar premiered on the WB netlet.

    03/11, former Beatle Paul McCartney went back to see Queen Elizabeth to collect a knighthood for helping to revolutionize pop music. The impish lad from Liverpool, one of the most successful songwriters in history, became Sir Paul in a centuries-old ceremony of pomp and solemnity.

    03/14, the movie "Return Of The Jedi: Special Edition" was re-released in movie theaters in the USA.

    03/18, Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett sued a restaurant in Maui, Hawaii, for naming their place "Cheeseburger in Paradise" -- the title of one of his songs -- and for the many other Buffet-esque touches in the restaurant's decor and on the menu.

    03/23, Demi Moore and her "Striptease" led the annual Oscar eve dishonors, capturing six Razzie Awards for the worst in Hollywood movies in 1996 including Worst Picture, Actress (Demi Moore), Director, and Song ("Pussy, Pussy, Pussy, Whose Kitty Cat Are You?"); Worst New Star went to Pamela Anderson Lee for "Barb Wire" which was a huge bomb.

    04/07, the University of Amsterdam began offering a course titled "Madonna 101"...a pop culture class studying the singer's lyrics, song stylings and films.

    04/21, the ashes of Timothy Leary, the 1960s guru of LSD, and of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry were blasted into outer space orbit aboard a Spanish satellite. Leary's final request was for "one last far-out trip." It was the world's first space funeral.

    05/02, Mike Myers' "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" opens in theaters. It's Myers' first successful film whose title contains neither "Wayne" or "World." Myers created the character while listening to Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love" on the radio.

    05/14, who needs "Celebrity Deathmatch" when you can watch Frank-N-Furter battle Peaches and Herb? "The Drew Carey Show's" second season ends with not one, but two, battling musical numbers in a dance-off to determine whose midnight movie will be shown at the local theater -- "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" or "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." Drew and his curiously-costumed cronies are "doing the Time Warp," while Mimi and her birds of a feather opt to "Shake Your Groove Thing."

    05/17, in Plainville, CT, Tony Quirion saw a dealership flier for a 1983 Cadillac that said the "First 10,000 Bananas Takes It." So, he called up a fruit wholesaler and priced out 10,000 bananas for about $1,100 -- less than half the cash price of the Caddy. Quirion then showed up at Chris' Auto Wholesalers along with the mountain of bananas and got the car. "I opened my mouth and someone brings in bananas," Pio said. "I had to hold myself to my word."

    05/22, "Hot" album by Squirrel Nut Zippers was certified Gold by the RIAA

    05/23, the movie "The Lost World - Jurassic Park" was released in the movie theaters nationwide in the USA. It took in a record-setting $22 million during its opening day. Over the four-day weekend, it ate up a record $90,161,880 dollars and hit the $100 million mark on May 27, the fastest time any movie ever grossed that much (six days counting the sneak preview May 22).

    06/20, the movie "Batman and Robin" starring George Clooney as Batman, Chris O'Donnell as Robin, Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl, Arnold Schwarzeneggar as Mr. Freeze, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, and the Hockey Team From Hell debut in movie theaters in the USA. It opened with $42.9 million.

    06/28, Bite of the Centry: in the Bite of the Century, Mike Tyson bit off parts of Evander Holyfield's ears in a Pay-Per-Chew bout in a DQ of Tyson in the third round from Las Vegas. It generated a record 1.9 million PPV viewers. Evander Holyfield retains his WBA title when Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting at the end of round three by referee Mills Lane. Tyson, who had been upset at what he believed to be multiple head butts to the face, one of which opened a gash above his right eye, took matters into his own hands when he took a bite of Holyfield's ear with 30 seconds remaining in the third round. After consulting with ringside physicians, Lane let the fight go on with a warning to Tyson. However, the defending champ took another bite when action resumed and Lane halted the fight at the conclusion of the round. Database entry joke: This was unintended, I swear, but in my events database where all the reports are generated from, each column range has a function or a value identified by letters and numbers; the columns I use to identify this record are "Y" for use this record, "u" for a boxing match, and "m" for ok to publish it; the codes spell out "Yum" in an unintentional code-sequence tie-in with this event!

    06/29, Weird Al Yankovic recorded "The Weird Al Show Theme" for his CD "Running With Scissors" in 1999 as well as for his 1997 CBS children's series "The Weird Al Show."

    07/01, "Zoot Suit Riot" album by Cherry Poppin' Daddies was released

    07/07, the sitcom "Married, With Children" last aired on Fox after 10 years and three months. It was the first program to debut on the night Fox launched its Sunday night broadcasting programming slate on April 5, 1987.

    07/12, on the cover of TV Guide: "Hank Hill, Daria, Dr. Katz". Other Articles: Animation's New Wave, Moose & Squrrel

    07/15, in New York, David Letterman proudly proclaimed his show is #3 in a billboard publicizing his CBS Late Show in the same Broadway block where NBC put up a billboard of a smiling Jay Leno proclaiming that he's No. 1 in the late-night television ratings. Both billboards are in full view of the Ed Sullivan Theater, where Letterman's show is taped. Meanwhile, pop parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic proudly proclaimed that he was #27 for some reason I can't think of.

    07/15, stretching his website franchise further, David Tanny launches a new section, "Eight is Enough", on Geocities.

    07/16, "George of the Jungle," the TV cartoon about an inept Tarzan gets a movie treatment, opened in movie theaters in the USA.

    07/16, "Here's Your Sign" single by Bill Engvall was certified Gold by the RIAA

    07/28, Comedy Central first invites you to call, write, email to futility.com in the hopes, infinitesimal as they might be, that one day soon... you might "Win Ben Stein's Money!" hosted by former Richard Nixon speechwriter Stein.

    07/30, '80s group Boys Don't Cry sues Paula Cole, Warner Bros. Records and Imago Records over Cole's pop song "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone." The $7 million suit claims that Cole's song sounds too much like the 1986 Boys Don't Cry hit, "I Wanna Be A Cowboy."

    08/12, Whimsical Will launched his own website.

    08/13, the cartoon series "South Park", rated TV-M, debut on Comedy Central. First up: aliens give one of the boys an "anal probe", then abduct another baby's brother, Kenny gets killed, Cartman sets his cat on fire, and the baby does a David Caruso impression. Lesson: kicking real-life babies can result in permanent injuries, but cartoon babies are virtually indestructable.

    08/31, The Hosaphone(tm), is heard for the first time on the Dr. Demento Radio Show as an extra on the Funny Five. The jazz tune is, Codetta in C for Hosaphone(tm), Piano and Bass by David A. Roth.

    09/09, "Aquarium" album by Aqua was released. It includes the novelty song "Barbie Girl."

    09/09, U.S. character actor Burgess Meredith died. A veteran of stage and screen, he was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in "Rocky" but was probably best remembered for his portrayal of The Penguin in the Batman TV series.

    09/13, CBS enlists song parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic to create an educational Saturday-morning show for teens. As Yankovic explains in the show's theme song, "One day Al was in the forest, trying to get a tan/When he heard the tortured screaming of a funny little man/He was caught in a bear trap, and Al set him free/And the guy that he rescued was grateful as could be!/And it turns out that he's a big shot producer on TV/So he gives Al a contract, and what do you know/Now he's got his very own 'Weird Al' Show!" It lasts one season.

    09/16, "What's Your Name" album by Adam Sandler was released

    09/17, comedian Red Skelton died at a hospital near his home in Palm Springs, Calif., after a long illness. He was 84.

    09/19, U.S. media mogul Ted Turner said he would give the United Nations a gift of $1 billion. He should have given about 10 percent of that to David Tanny so he could quit doing these stupid Datebook reports on the Internet!

    10/15, "Greatest Hits Volume II" album by Ray Stevens was certified Gold by the RIAA

    10/16, the launch date on the TV-show "Lost in Space". That is to say, the fictionalized premiere date was supposed to have taken place as the Robinsons left Earth for a five-year voyager of exploration of a planet in the Alpha Centuri star system via the "Jupiter II" spaceship. But thanks to the sabotage efforts of Dr. Zachary Smith, the whole ship ended up lost in space as the Robinsons bounced from planet to planet as they tried to find their way home. Since the show started on Sep 15, 1965, if it continued to this date in real time, the fictional date would be November 16, 2029. By then, Will would be at the helm, but his father would've been dead for five years and his mother would be never the same, so it was up to him, according to the song Bill Mumy wrote in 1996, "Lost in Space" for his CD "Dying to Be Heard."

    10/18, on the cover of TV Guide: "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (Melissa Joan Hart)". Other Articles: South Park, LL Cool J, Goldie Hawn

    10/21, Conan O'Brien wonders aloud what he's doing at a Letterman rip-off on "Die Harald Schmidt Show."

    10/23, on "Weird Al" Yankovic's 37th birthday, the Bermuda Files moved to www.weirdal.com

    11/12, on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," the host files a report on his trip to Cologne, Germany, which he calls "Aftershaven." O'Brien was in town to appear on Letterman rip-off "Die Harald Schmidt Show."

    11/15, William Shatner married Nerine Kidd

    11/17, "Bring The Pain" video by Chris Rock was certified Gold by the RIAA

    11/19, on "South Park", after the boys contact an agency that helps starving children, Government authorities send Cartman to Ethiopia.

    11/20, "Seinfeld" on NBC told one of their episodes, in reverse order.

    11/25, "The Jerky Boys 3" album by The Jerky Boys was certified Gold by the RIAA

    11/25, Garth Brooks's multi-platinum "Sevens" CD was released. On an unrelated note, "Weird Al" Yankovic was reportedly working on a parody of that..."Twenty-Sevens", but it never materialized.

    11/26, the Disney movie "Flubber" starring Robin Williams opened in movie theaters in the USA

    11/28, The final original regular installment of MTV's "Beavis & Butt-head," entitled "Beavis and Butt-head Are Dead," aired on MTV.

    11/28, Chumbawamba singer Danbert Nobacon (NO'-bay-kon) was arrested in Florence, Italy, for wearing a skirt. He was released when a police officer recognized the name "Chumbawamba."

    12/01, Kenny G set a record for the longest-held note -- an E flat, which he held on his sax for 45 minutes and 47 seconds, said Mark C. Young, Guinness Book of Records publisher. The feat was accomplished in a New York music store.

    12/03, "Hot" album by Squirrel Nut Zippers was certified Platinum by the RIAA

    12/16, over 700 Japanese children suffer nausea and seizures of a condition deemed "light epilepsy" or "Nintendo epilepsy" after watching a strobe effect from a cartoon. It is announced within the week that the show will soon be imported to America, without the "dangerous effect." The cartoon's name? Now it's the adults who get sick watching the show, called "Pokemon."

    12/17, in "South Park", because he's Jewish, Kyle is denied involvement in the Nativity play and excluded from trips to see Santa. Also debuting is Mr. Hanky, the Christmas Poo.

    12/18, comedian Chris Farley was found dead in his Chicago apartment; he was 33.

    12/19, James Cameron's epic "Titanic," the highest grossing film ever made, and starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Kate Winslet, Bill Paxton, opened in American movie theaters. Thanks to hunk Leonard DiCaprio, with the help of mostly teenage girls, this movie became the all-time mother of all blockbusters, along with the Celine Dion hit single in early 1998.

    12/25, comedian Jerry Seinfeld announced plans to fold his highly successful NBC sitcom "Seinfeld" at the end of the current season. At the beginning of 1997, there was a show about nothing on NBC; a year later, Datebook author David Tanny finds nothing to watch on NBC.

    12/31, "Men in Black" star Will Smith married actress Jada Pinkett in a New Year's Eve ceremony in Baltimore.

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