A new reason to make it to this year's Worldcon, Renovation 2011 — the opening night will feature an appearance by visionary culture hero Dr. Demento, the man who put some of the geekiest, weirdest tunes ever written on the radio. Dementoids and Dementites, rejoice!
Here's what Renovation's press release says:
Long-time broadcaster, noted musicologist and National Radio Hall of Fame member Dr. Demento will be making a special appearance as part of Renovation's opening night celebrations on Wednesday, August 17, 2011.
Dr. Demento's appearance in Reno will form part of Music Night, a festival of music and science fiction that will also feature our Special Guests, the band Tricky Pixie, and a performance of Godson, the only musical written by renowned science fiction author Roger Zelazny.
Dr. Demento has been broadcasting his free-wheeling, unpredictable mix of music and comedy for more than forty years. Along with legends like Spike Jones, Tom Lehrer, Stan Freberg, Monty Python, and Frank Zappa, the Doctor Demento show has long been a showcase for new singers and comedians, including "Weird Al" Yankovic, who received his first media exposure from the Doctor at the age of 16. He has attended numerous science fiction conventions, and his show has long contained music by such noted filk artists as Tom Smith, Leslie Fish, Frank Hayes and even Joe Haldeman.
Dr. Demento's radio show first appeared on local LA radio stations in 1970, was syndicated to a national audience in 1974, and he continues today to produce a new show each week. The first of several Dr. Demento compilations was released in 1976, and the Doctor's fan club, The Demento Society, has produced CDs and tapes exclusively for Society members for nearly twenty years.
The Doctor's extensive knowledge of music has helped him with research projects for numerous record companies and artists including Aerosmith, Cheech and Chong, Randy Newman, Bette Midler, and Ry Cooder, as well as his book (under his real name, Barry Hansen) Cruise Through The Blues. He long since gave up counting how many records he owns.
We are so there.