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2000: The Demented Year in Review

The Final Tally For the Demented Music Poll 2000

NOTE: Tied votes were broken by fractional votes by David Tanny for songs he's familar with in reverse order. A coin toss decided the rankings of the other songs in the tie.

PENALTY: Songs that were checked and WRITTEN in were penalized one vote instead of stuffed with two votes.

  1  164  27 votes for "Who Let The Dogs Out?", by Baha Men
  2  046  24 votes for "Getting In Touch With My Inner Bitch", by Christine Lavin
  3  107  22 votes (reduced by 6 votes due to duplication of write-in vote) for "Polkamon", by "Weird Al" Yankovic
  4  173  19 votes for "You May Be Right You May Be Crazy", by Paul Shanklin
  5  018  18.99 votes for "C'Mon Drink The Beer", by David Tanny
  6  151  18 votes for "Toe To Toe With My HMO", by Camille West
  7  155  17.9 votes for "Viagra In The Waters", by Camille West
  8  006  17 votes (reduced by 2 votes due to duplication of write-in vote) for "ALCON 2000", by Power Salad
  9  163  16 votes for "Whistle Stop/Hampster Dance Song/Whistle Stop", by Roger Miller/Hampton the Hampster/Roger Miller
 10  016  15.99 votes for "Britney Spears'...", by David Tanny  **LEGAL DISCLAIMER: I run a Britney Spears section on the website and they probably voted for the song too!**
 11  039  15.9 votes for "Fanboy", by the great Luke Ski
 12  074  15 votes for "Kill The Backstreet Boys", by Tony Goldmark
 13  106  14.99 votes for "Pokemon", by David Tanny
 14  156  14.9 votes for "Viagra In the Waters", by The Four Bitchin' Babes
 15  019  14.8 votes for "C'Mon Ride The Bus", by the great Luke Ski
 16  027  14.7 votes for "Debbie (burnt version)", by Throwing Toasters
 17  140  14.6 votes for "The Real Slim Shady", by Eminem
 18  172  14 votes for "You Have 257 Messages", by Barry & The Bookbinders
 19  100  13.9 votes for "Original Prankster", by Offspring
 20  092  13.8 votes for "My Name Is Fudd", by Power Salad
 21  070  13.7 votes for "It's A Fanboy Christmas", by the great Luke Ski
 22  170  13 votes for "Yodelling Overtures", by Mary Schneider
 23  024  13 votes for "Country Folks Can Survive!", by Larry Weaver
 24  005  13 votes for "Al Gore Paradise", by Paul Shanklin
 25  063  12.99 votes for "I'm a Cowboy", by David Tanny
 26  002  12.9 votes for "7 Foot Man", by Adam Sandler
 27  055  12.8 votes for "I Am Cow", by The Arrogant Worms
 28  169  12 votes for "Wrestler's Love", by Throwing Toasters
 29  126  12 votes for "Star Trek Life", by Sudden Death
 30  101  12 votes for "Our Love Is Like", by Throwing Toasters
 31  056  12 votes for "I Did It All For The Wookiee", by Damned Nation
 32  026  11.99 votes for "Dead Kennys 2000", by David Tanny **LEGAL DISCLAIMER: I run a South Park section on my website and they probably voted for this song too!**
 33  141  11.9 votes for "The Real Slim Shady (My Reply)", by Emily Ellis
 34  091  11 votes for "My Name is Al Bundy", by the great Luke Ski
 35  121  10.9 votes for "Soft Wars: The Microsoft Empire Strikes Back", by Christoph Disqualified except on registered voter ballots due to ballot stuffing by unregisterd voters...there was no duplication of this vote in the WRITEIN box from the registered voters!
 36  171  10 votes for "You Ain't Getting @%#! For Christmas", by Red Peters
 37  065  10 votes for "I'm Spending Hannukah In Santa Monica", by Tom Lehrer
 38  149   9.9 votes for "Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld", by Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld (South Park)
 39  132   9.8 votes for "The Bad Touch", by Bloodhound Gang
 40  076   9.7 votes for "Kiss Me Where It Stinks", by Barnes and Barnes
 41  051   9.6 votes for "Hey X-Men!", by Whimsical Will
 42  080   9 votes (reduced by 1 vote due to duplication of write-in vote) for "Livin' @ Home", by Throwing Toasters
 43  066   9 votes for "I've Got You Under My Drawers", by Brak f/ the Brakettes
 44  032   9 votes for "Disney World", by Tony Goldmark
 45  117   8 votes (reduced by 1 vote due to duplication of write-in vote) for "Skrew U", by Throwing Toasters
 46  166   8 votes for "Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?", by The Mrs Ackroyd Band
 47  133   8 votes for "The Day Alfred Went Weird", by Tony Goldmark
 48  090   8 votes for "My Girlfriend's Back", by Bob Ricci
 49  075   8 votes for "Killer Resume", by Power Salad
 50  069   8 votes for "Inner Thoughts", by Barry & The Bookbinders
 51  044   8 votes for "Gaelic Song", by The Arrogant Worms
 52  072   8 votes for "Johnny Came Home Headless", by the Arrogant Worms
 53  036   7.99 votes for "Eight is Enough", by David Tanny **LEGAL DISCLAIMER: I run an eightisenough.com website and they probably voted for the song too!** (comment: 7.99 is enough???)
 54  014   7.9 votes for "Blue", by Eiffel 65
 55  112   7.8 votes for "Road Ragin'", by Sudden Death
 56  003   7 votes for "A Candid Date With the Candidates", by Whimsical Will
 57  030   7 votes for "Diarrheaville" by Sean Morey
 58  001   7 votes for "13 Year Old Girls Are Gonna Love This Song", by Hot Waffles
 59  161   7 votes for "What If Your Girlfriend Was Gone?", by Carla Ulbrich
 60  033   7 votes for "Does This Make Me Gay?", by Raymond & Scum
 61  174   7 votes for "Your City Here", by Power Salad
 62  105   7 votes for "Points (They Might Be Sportscenter)", by Power Salad
 63  115   7 votes for "Selling Out", by Tom Lehrer
 64  157   7 votes for "Wall of Gum", by Those Darn Accordions
 65  015   7 votes for "Brak CounterBrak", by Brak
 66  010   7 votes for "Bad Influence", by Throwing Toasters
 67  122   7 votes for "Son Of A Bush", by Capitol Steps
 68  054   6.99 votes for "Hollywood Squares", by David Tanny
 69  125   6.9 votes for "Stan", by Eminem
 70  007   6 votes for "Ally McBeal", by Da Vinci's Notebook
 71  050   6 votes for "Hermaphrodite", by Stephen Lynch
 72  127   6 votes for "Steel Drivin' Man", by The Arrogant Worms
 73  047   6 votes for "Great To Be A Nerd", by The Arrogant Worms
 74  103   6 votes for "Pirhana Women of the Avocado Jungle of Death", by Christine Lavin
 75  143   6 votes for "The Scully Song", by Eccentric Eric aka Eric D. Snider
 76  146   6 votes for "Theme From Ash", by the great Luke Ski
 77  029   6 votes for "Demon Disc", by Power Salad
 78  083   6 votes for "Marijuanaville", by Mark Eddie
 79  058   6 votes for "I Like Hubcaps", by Brak f/ Franz Shoebert & the Brakettes
 80  085   5.99 votes for "Mary Lost Her Little Lamb", by David Tanny
 81  118   5.9 votes for "Smack My Bitch Up", by Richard Cheese
 82  077   5.8 votes for "Limp Bizkit Medley", by Richard Cheese
 83  049   5.7 votes for "Halloween Cut-Up 2000", by Whimsical Will
 84  095   5.6 votes for "Necrophilia", by The Damn Show
 85  073   5 votes (reduced by 1 vote due to duplication of write-in vote) for "Katie's Dream", by Power Salad
 86  165   5 votes (reduced by 2 votes due to duplication of write-in vote) for "Who Wants To Be Dr. Evil?", by Kurt & Kevin
 87  131   5 votes for "Support Your Local Police", by Tom Mabe
 88  087   5 votes for "Monkeys Are Bad People", by Logan Whitehurst & the Jr. Science Club
 89  078   5 votes for "Liposuction", Da Vinci's Notebook
 90  096   5 votes for "Nights In White Castle", by The Dan Orr Project
 91  167   5 votes for "Winnebago!", by The Arrogant Worms
 92  136   5 votes for "The Hardest Part of Breaking Up", by 2Gether
 93  137   5 votes for "The Lap Dance Is So Much Better When The Stripper Is Crying", by Bloodhound Gang
 94  138   5 votes for "The Public Toilet", by Barnes and Barnes
 95  158   5 votes for "We Are One", by Too Sick Chik
 96  097   5 votes for "Ode To Playboy", by Bob Ricci
 97  061   5 votes for "I'll Be There with You (R&B version)", by Larry Weaver
 98  064   5 votes for "I'm A Cucumber", by Brak
 99  162   4.9 votes for "What's My Age Again?", by Richard Cheese
100  114   4 votes (reduced by 2 votes due to duplication of write-in vote) for "Say Hello (To My Penis)", by Barnes and Barnes
101  123   4 votes for "Soup On A Stick", by Brak
102  079   4 votes for "Lirty Dies For A Mew Nillenium", by Capitol Steps
103  084   4 votes for "Mary Kay", by Jill Sobule
104  147   4 votes for "Three Legged Cat", by Hot Waffles
105  168   4 votes for "Worry", by The Kinsey Sicks
106  038   4 votes for "Evolution", by Capitol Steps
107  045   4 votes for "Generic Up-Tempo Folk Song", by The Limeliters
108  004   4 votes for "A Man Has Needs", by The Arrogant Worms
109  150   4 votes for "Timmy, Livin A Lie", by Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld (South Park)
110  021   4 votes for "Celtic Love Song", by The Cowards
111  062   4 votes for "I'll Tell Me Ma", by Brak w/ the Chieftans
112  113   4 votes for "Salisbury Steak TV Dinner (I Love You)", by Hot Waffles
113  104   4 votes for "Please Do Something Stupid", by Carla Ulbrich
114  119   4 votes for "Smell You Later", by Zorak
115  068   4 votes for "If", by Insane Clown Posse
116  159   4 votes for "We Didn't Start The '80s", by Gordon & Phirm
     012   3.9 votes for "Beastie Boys Medley", by Richard Cheese
     022   3.8 votes for "Closer", by Richard Cheese
     109   3 votes for "Rainbows & Stuff", by Insane Clown Posse
     116   3 votes for "Since We Moved Nextdoor To That Nuclear Power Plant", by Dennis Graue
     060   3 votes for "I'd Rather Merchandise", by Tony Goldmark
     108   3 votes for "Radio Stars", by Insane Clown Posse
     008   3 votes for "Back From The Dead", by Spinal Tap
     031   3 votes for "Disembodied Body Boy", by Not Quite Normal
     067   3 votes for "If I Could Be Like Xena", by By Marilyn Rucker
     093   3 votes for "Nashville Drive By", Travis Shred and the good ol' Homeboys
     043   3 votes for "Fries Fries Fries", by Kurt & Kevin
     028   3 votes for "Demented Valentine", by Whimsical Will
     041   3 votes for "Folk Rap", by The Limeliters
     xxx   3 votes for "Uncle Albert", by Paul Shanklin (write-in)
     020   3 votes for "Carola's Song", by Raymond & Scum
     094   3 votes for "Nat'l Weed Growers Assoc.", by Michael Hurley
     011   3 votes for "Batten Down The Hatches", by "Sex Kittens From Mars" original cast
     098   3 votes for "Ohio", by Brak
     082   2.99 votes for "Mambo 90210", by David Tanny
     xxx   2.98 votes for "Frasier", by David Tanny (write-in)
     025   2.9 votes for "Creep", by Richard Cheese
     145   2.8 votes for "The Wrong Way", by Richard Cheese
     110   2.7 votes for "Rape Me", by Richard Cheese
     023   2.6 votes for "Come Out And Play", by Richard Cheese
     099   2.5 votes for "Only Happy When It Rains", by Richard Cheese
     xxx   2 votes for "New Hampshire", by Throwing Toasters (write-in)
     059   2 votes for "I Wanna Polka Polka", by Red Peters
     071   2 votes for "Jewel", by Mr. Whitekeys & the Fabulous Spam-Tones
     148   2 votes for "Thunderclock", by Tim Maloney
     102   2 votes for "Passavie Aggressive", by Chris Valenti
     120   2 votes for "Sniper Girl", by The Cowards
     130   2 votes for "Suicide", by Bobby Gaylor
     013   2 votes for "Big Fat Squid", by Grape Ape
     052   2 votes for "Highway 40", by Brak w/ Freddie Prinze Jr.
     081   2 votes for "Log In To You", by the Arrogant Worms
     144   2 votes for "The Stalker", by Laurie Powell 
     xxx   2 votes for "The Thong Song", by Sisqo
     040   2 votes for "Fearless", by Insane Clown Posse
     160   2 votes for "What God Said", by The Uninvited
     154   2 votes for "VH1 song", by Wally Pleasant
     xxx   1.99 votes for "The Mariah Carey Collection", by David Tanny (write-in)
     xxx   1 vote for "Who Let the Reindeer Out", by John Mammoser (write-in)
     153   1 vote for "Two For One Coupon", by Wally Pleasant
     152   1 vote for "Too High", by The Uninvited
     142   1 vote for "The Rockafeller Skank", by Richard Cheese
     135   1 vote for "The Gardner's Coming Today", by Schwump
     129   1 vote for "Suck My Kiss", by Richard Cheese
     128   1 vote for "Still Stabbin'", by Insane Clown Posse
     124   1 vote for "Special", by Stephen Lynch
     111   1 vote for "Real Thin Ladies", by Dino Mike 
     089   1 vote for "More Of A Man", by Rodney Carrington
     088   1 vote for "Mope", by Bloodhound Gang
     086   1 vote for "Mexican Wrestler", by Jill Sobule
     057   1 vote for "I Got Wings", by Laurie Powell 
     053   1 vote for "Holiday In Cambodia", by Richard Cheese
     048   1 vote for "Guerilla Radio", by Richard Cheese
     035   1 vote for "Down There", by Red Peters
     034   1 vote for "Doggy Style", by Red Peters
     017   1 vote for "Bullet The Blue Sky", by Richard Cheese
     139   0 votes for "The Puncuation Song", by Laurie Powell 
     134   0 votes for "The Evil Heart Of Mr. Brooks", by The Uninvited
     042   0 votes for "Found Dead In The Bathroom", by MCTC 

WRITEINS FOR 2000 (not all-time favorites)
"Isle of Survivor", by My Hairy Brother
"Election Nights", by My Hairy Brother
"A Month Dead", by Stephen Lynch
"Aristocrats", by The Capitol Steps
"Corduroy Pants", by Perch Theatre
"Don't Care", by Throwing Toasters
"Electric Aunt Jemima" as performed by The Persuasions on "Frankly A Cappella"
"I Want A Rinky Dinky Doo Dad For Christmas", by Da Yoopers
"Ice Cream Man" by Logan Whitehurst and the Junior Science Club
"Kingdom in the Sky" by Da Vinci's Notebook
"Lord Of Survivor" by Paramutuel Broadcasting System
"Love (What Is Love?)" by Raymond & Scum
"Naked Elves In Cowboy Boots", by Da Yoopers
"Nookie", by Richard Cheese (I can't locate the song on tbe ballot)
"She Made Me Name You Earl," by the Bobs
"Stanley", by Jimenem
"stan", by Eminem
"The Day After I Died" by Hot Waffles
"The Naked Lady Song" by Don Shaw
"Title of the Song" by Da Vinci's Notebook
"You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch", by Jim Carrey
"You're Not the Boss of Me" by They Might Be Giants

2 votes for "Drive Me Crazy", by Britney Spears
4 votes for "Bye Bye Bye," by 'N Sync
11 votes for "Independent Women" by Destiny's Child
5 votes for "Oops I Did It Again," by Britney Spears
3 votes for "Lucky" by Britney Spears
2 votes for Stove Top Stuffing
4 out of 5 votes reccomend Dentyne

INVALID WRITE-INS FOR 2000 (not counted)
"Carrot Juice is Murder"
"Dead puppies"
"Grampa's Gone Gangsta," by Larry Weaver
"It's All About the Pentiums"
"Knockers Up", by Rusty Warren
"Monster Hash"
"My Favorite Diseases"
"shaving cream", by Benny Bell
"Since You've Been Gone," by Weird Al
"The Chainsaw Juggler" (The Four Postmen)
"The Scottsman", by Bryon Bowers (2 votes)
"Tripple Wammy Kunf Fu Miss You", by ?????
"Truck Driving Song", by "Weird Al" Yankovic
"Winnebago", by ?????
"WRESTLER'S LOVE", by ?????
"Wet Dream" by Kip Adotta (from 1984)
"K-K-Katy" by Mel Blanc (made in the 40's or 50's, we don't know)
"daffy ducks rhapsody" by mel blanc (from the 50's)
"Vatican Rag", by Tom Lehrer (from the 60's)
"Rippy The Gator", by The Arrogant Worms
While this is a great song, I don't think it fits your criteria.  It was
released on "Russell's Shorts" in 1994 - David "Elvis" Dprossi.
"the homecoming queens got a gun" Julie Brown
Bird and Mc Donald - The Candy Rap (too old)
"music, sex and cookies" (from the 70's)
Making The Best Of A Bad Situation - Dick Feller
Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stoutt (too old)
Narco Agent (too old)
cocktails for 2-spike jones
buzz the fuzz
Merchant's Lunch - The Red Clay Ramblers (came out in 1998)
"Looney Tune" by Montezuma's Revenge from 1995
masochism tango
the thing by phil harris (from 50's)
freaker's ball
kinko the clown
dead puppies
william tell overture-spike jones
"Biddie McGraw" by the Carlton Showband, which has been played since 1974
"Eugene" by Crazy Joe & the Variable Speed Band, which first 
  received Dr. Demento airplay in 1984.

I cannot confirm the qualifications of these songs, so they're not on the ballot
"They Got Lost"--They Might Be Giants
"Escape from the Planet of the Apes"--They Might Be Giants
"Maine"--John Linnell
"Iowa"--John Linnell
"harvey spiklemeyer spanks the big spink" by the ham rockets

Incomplete information...I couldn't find any information about these
songs, so these cannot be on the ballot either.

Yodeling Overtures - ?
Tarzan and Jane - Toy Box

Events in 2000

01/01, computers worldwide crashed everywhere as Y2K arrives to mass confusion amongst the computers who think they're 100 years behind! Airplanes fall out of the sky! Bank accounts dry up! Social Security payments cease! VCRs are stuck in eternal 12:00 mode. Dogs and cats living together in peaceful harmony! Ellen goes back into the closet! Computers crash worldwide! The power grid fails! The moon crashes into venus! Saturn gives Uranis a ring! George Michael begins touching other people! Susan Lucci's Emmy was declared a practical joke! And last but not least, it is declared that Michael Jackson and LaToya is confirmed to be the same person! Yea, and David Tanny is the new Messiah, brother of Jesus. Right!

01/03, In his last daily "Peanuts" comic strip after a 50-year career, Charles M. Schulz bids a fond farewell to the millions of fans who have made Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang among the most beloved cartoon figures in the world. The cartoon, depicting Snoopy pondering the typewriter atop his doghouse, was published like this: "I have been fortunate to draw Charlie Brown and his friends for almost 50 years. It has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition," Schulz writes in his farewell note, which takes up the entire panel. Schulz, 77, announced last month that he would stop drawing "Peanuts" this year in order to concentrate on treating a newly-diagnosed case of colon cancer. The cartoon, which first appeared on Oct. 2, 1950, is now published in more than 2,600 newspapers around the world, reaching 355 million readers in 75 countries and 21 languages. Schultz died in February 2000.

01/06, "Europop" album by Eiffel 65 was certified Gold by the RIAA

01/09, "Malcolm in the Middle" TV sitcom premiered on Fox

01/14, "Late Show" host David Letterman underwent emergency quintuple bypass surgery after a test found one of his arteries was seriously constricted. Letterman had an angiogram because of what he said was high cholesterol and a history of heart disease in his family. The test, during which a flexible tube is inserted into an artery and dye is injected, found the constricted artery.

01/19, Five-time Emmy Award-winning actor Don Knotts was honored as the 2,152nd performer to receive a star on Hollywood's legendary Walk of Fame during a dedication ceremony. Knotts is best known as the gangly deputy on "The Andy Griffith Show" currently showing in reruns on the TV Land network. "This show and Don are truly classic TV icons that are loved by generations of TV fans," said TV Land's Larry Jones.

01/23, "Rotten Television" hosted by Johnny Rotten premiered on VH1

01/24, on another demented episode of the serial "Passions," seen on NBC, after eating a poisoned puff pastry meant for her enemy (the goody goody Charity), witch Tabitha Lennox melts into a pool of water. Thinking quickly, her living doll companion Timmy calls for help, summoning Dr. Bombay from "Bewitched." In order to help her, the good doctor turns Tabitha into a fish.

01/24, "Europop" album by Eiffel 65 was certified Platinum by the RIAA

02/03, the 24 hour a day Internet comedy music radio station, DFSX Comedy Radio, was founded. Visit the station website at http://dfsx.netfirms.com

02/03, World Wrestling Federation mastermind Vince McMahon unveils his latest creation: the XFL, a new pro football league that opened a year later on this date in February 2001.

02/06, Annette Bening of "American Beauty," Mike Myers of "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and the Robert De Niro-Billy Crystal starrer "Analyse This" were given top honors at the 14th annual American Comedy Awards. Winners were determined by nearly 1,700 comedy performers nationwide, who voted "Analyze," the mafia comedy with a twist of Prozac, the funniest film of 1999, ahead of nominees "American Beauty" and "Being John Malkovich." The awards were handed out during a black-tie gala attended by nearly 1,000 people at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The ceremony, the only nationally televised awards presentation to honor comedy performers exclusively in motion pictures and television, will air March 23 during a two-hour special on Fox. This is the first year that the American Comedy Awards have handed out honors for funniest feature film.

02/10, Actor Jim Varney, best known for his comic character Ernest P. Worrell, died in White House, Tennessee, at age 50.

02/12, "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz died at his home in San Francisco after battling colon cancer. He was 77. He died the day before his last "Peanuts" strip was published.

02/12, R&B singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins, best known for the 1956 recording of "I Put A Spell On You," died.

02/13, Charles Schulz's final "Peanuts" strip ran in Sunday newspapers, the day after the cartoonist died in his sleep at his California home at age 77.

02/15, Darva Conger married Rick Rockwell on the Fox show "Who Wants To Marry A Multimillionaire." Fox later learned an ex-girlfriend accused Rockwell of hitting her, and Conger asked for an annulment less than a week later.

02/18, Announcer Bob Hite Senior, whose rich voice introduced "The Lone Ranger" on radio, died in West Palm Beach, Florida, at age 86.

02/21, on Late Show with David Letterman, the host returned after qudruple bypass surgery. That night, one of the clips of celebrities paying a tribute to Letterman featured General Hospital's Tony Geary and Genie Francis in a taped gag to celebrate his return.

02/29, "Dr. Demento 30th Anniversary CD" album was released.

02/29, "Hooray For Boobies" album by Bloodhound Gang was released

03/27, Ian Dury, one of the best-loved individuals in recent U.K. music history, dies after a long battle with cancer. He is 57.

04/01, Turner Broadcasting System launched a second cable television channel featuring 24-hours of cartoons, "Boomerang." Cartoon Network will then focus on airing original cartoons, while Boomerang will feature cartoons from the company's Hanna-Barbera library. "Boomerang will serve baby boomers and kids ages 2-to-7"

04/04, "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" movie was released worldwide on video (VHS only, not DVD)

04/06, "Pet Sounds" album by The Beach Boys was certified Platinum by the RIAA. It was released over three decades ago!

04/10, Actor Larry Linville, one of the stars of the situation comedy "M-A-S-H," died in New York at age 60.

04/15, on the cover of TV Guide: "The Three Stooges"

04/27, Jay Leno is a star. The lantern-jawed host of the "Tonight Show" was on hand to see a star with his name on it paved onto Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

04/28, on the series finale of "Cosby," Hilton Lucas wakes up in bed with Suzanne Pleshette and the audience learns that this series was only a dream.

04/28, "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" opened in theaters in the USA.

05/01, Time Warner yanked ABC-owned TV channels from several of its cable systems in a dispute about payments with Disney, which owns ABC. Public outrage forced Time Warner to restore the network's signal a day later. Disney has taken ABC away from you!

05/03, "A Night At The Roxbury" album by Soundtrack was certified Gold by the RIAA

05/13, Ben Stiller married actress Christine Taylor in an oceanfront ceremony on Kauai.

05/17, the series finale of "Beverly Hills 90210" aired after ten long years and 300 episodes with the marriage of David and Donna. The "teenage" actors started out just joining Social Security and will be retiring at the Rest Home For Washed Up Teen Idols.

05/17, "Hooray For Boobies" album by Bloodhound Gang was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA

05/17, They Might Be Giants begins offering its second MP3-only release, the EP "Working Undercover For The Man." Comprised of all new, previously unreleased studio recordings, the eight-song set is available via Emusic.com for $7.99, with single tracks available for 99 cents each.

05/24, a target of many song parodists, Britney Spears makes history as her album "Oops!...I Did It Again" sold 1.3 million copies its first week out, giving her the most first-week sales for a female artist.

05/31, "Survivor" reality serial begins its three month tour on a remote island on CBS. In reality, it was taped months ago! Sixteen average Americans are about to be stranded a deserted island in the South China Sea for thirty-nine days. Former Backchat on fX host Jeff Probst goes from some 300 households in 1994 to over 30 million on CBS in 2000. Ryan Hopak, a former writer for the show, recorded a novelty song inspired by the show in 2003 called "Tribal Council".

06/03, at the 9th annual MTV Movie Awards, Best Movie Song: "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut."

06/16, the Disney movie "Fantasia 2000" opened in theaters nationwide in the USA

06/16, "Weird Al Live" DVD video was released

06/22, comedian Dennis Miller was added as an announcer on "Monday Night Football."

06/23, the movies "Chicken Run" and "Me, Myself, and Irene" opened in theaters in the USA

06/26, "Star Wars: Episode II" Starts Shooting! A not-so long time ago in a galaxy nearer than you think (Australia), head Jedi George Lucas and his mates officially kicked off principal photography of the second prequel. The shooting, taking place at Fox Studios in Sydney, started three years to the day after production began on Episode I--The Phantom Menace. The then-untitled Episode II, the first installment in the Star Wars saga to go all-digital, is scheduled to wrap up in August in Australia before moving on to a month of shooting on location in Italy and Tunisia.

06/30, the movie "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" opened in theaters in the USA

07/01, on the cover of TV Guide: "Four covers from The Wizard of Oz"

07/03, DirecTV aired the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" with Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" album synchronized on the alternate Second Audio Program (SAP) audio channel with the action taking place on the screen. While no one involved with Pink Floyd has ever admitted to any link between the band's seminal 1973 album and the classic MGM film, urban legend purports that the album was conceived as a latter-day, alternate soundtrack to Dorothy Gale's adventures in Oz.

07/14, the movie "X-Men" opened in theaters in the USA with a record take of $57.5 million, the biggest non-sequel, non-holiday opening in movie history. Whimsical Will of Dr. Demento did a summer movie tribute of the movie with his "break-in" style interview. (This news item is Copyright 2000 David Tanny, All Rights Reserved. Infobeat agrees to pay David Tanny $5000 for use of this line in its mailing lists.)

07/29, after some 169 months, D.T. saw Weird Al Yankovic in concert at the SDSU Open Air Theater. Afterwards, Al signed his autograph on D.T.'s flyer announcing Al's concert appearrance, from the July 27th edition!

08/02, a unidentified woman surprised "Today" show viewers - and host Katie Couric - by opening her shirt and baring her breasts on the air. The flasher struck at about 8:30 a.m. as a camera panned a crowd of tourists and passers-by gathered outside the show's Rockefeller Center studio. "Today" quickly cut to Couric at the Republican convention in Philadelphia, where she had been watching on a monitor. She appeared slightly rattled, but didn't mention the stunt. Only East Coast viewers, where the show is broadcast live, caught the act.

08/05, Actor Sir Alec Guinness died at a southern England hospital at age 86. He has joined The Great Force in the Sky with his also-deceased Star Wars character Obi Wan Kenobi.

08/15, the book "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)" was released in bookstores.

08/26, actor Patrick Stewart tied the knot with Wendy Neuss in L.A. The couple first met eight years ago when Neuss, 39, was a production assistant on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Trek co-star Brent Spiner was best man.

09/02, on the cover of TV Guide: "Dennis Miller" of "Monday Night Football"

09/04, "Monday Night Football" officially season premiered its 31st season with a new lineup: the returning Al Michaels, plus newcomers, San Diego Chargers famed quarterback Dan Fouts, and Saturday Night Live alumini Dennis Miller. They first teamed up broadcasting pre-season games on July 31.

09/08, "The P.J.'s" moved to The WB

09/16, the opening games of the 27th Summer Olympic Games from Sydney, Australia was televised on NBC, opposite ABC's showing of "Spy Hard" featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic singing the theme song.

09/20, "Star Wars: Episode II" finished shooting in London. The all-digital film (isn't that an oxymoron?) opened in May 2002.

09/22, "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" moved to the WB

09/26, Actor Richard Mulligan died at age 67.

10/18, Insult comic Don Rickles got his star on the Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame, and, typically, he had something nasty but funny to say, thanking those of "my fans who are here on the street on their way to look for a job."

10/30, Comedian, television host, author and composer Steve Allen died in Encino, Calif., at age 78.

11/17, the movie "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" opened in theaters in the USA

12/06, Actor Werner Klemperer, perhaps best remembered as "Colonel Klink" on TV's "Hogan's Heroes," died in New York at age 80.

12/23, Death claimed comedian Victor Borge in Greenwich, Conn., at age 91 and actor Billy Barty in Glendale, Calif., at age 76.

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