The radio personality Dr. Demento owns more than 200,000 records, and his specialty is the offbeat. He puts those oddball discs to use on The Dr. Demento Show, heard on 200 stations in the U.S. and on the Armed Forces Radio Network.
The doctor (real name: Barret Eugene Hansen) contributed the worst song titles he has seen to The People's Almanac Presents The Book of Lists: The '90s Edition, by David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace, due out next month. Here are some actual titles, with the performers:
1. "Mama Get Your Hammer (There's a Fly on Baby's Head)," by the
Bobby Peterson Quintet.
2. "When There's Tears in the Eyes of a Potato," by the Hoosier Hot Shots.
3. "I Like Bananas Because They Have No Bones," by the Hoosier Hot Shots.
4. "She Was Bitten on the Udder by an Adder," by Homer & Jethro.
5. "A Bowl of Chop Suey and You-ey," by Sam Robbins & His Hotel McAlpin Orchestra.
6. "I've Got Tears in My Ears From Lying on My Back in Bed While I Cry Over You," by Homer & Jethro.
7. "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life," by Fred Astaire and Jane Powell.
8. "I'd Rather Have a Bottle in Front of Me (Than a Frontal Lobotomy)," by Randy Hanzlick, M.D. (Dr. Demento says Hanzlick is--or was, as of 1980--a real internist in Atlanta, who writes songs for a hobby).