DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK GETS FULLY ANIMATED AS OSAKA POPSTAR REIMAGINES CULT CLASSIC—”FISH HEADS”

Oct 09 2018

Demented Punk serves up a heaping platter of FISH HEADS in the all-new, fully animated music video from the #1 Billboard charting, punk-rock comedy hybrid, DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK.

The all-new animated music video from the album brings to life OSAKA POPSTAR’s punk-pop cover version of the #1 most requested song of all-time on the Dr. Demento Show, Barnes and Barnes’ surreal novelty hit FISH HEADS. While the original song celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, it’s now reimagined for the 21st century in a propulsive, celebratory, and near-anthemic version. The new animated video is ripe with pop culture references and influences ranging from sugar-coated breakfast cereals, the Twilight Zone, Queen, and Captain Beefheart’s “Trout Mask Replica” to name a few. The video also includes appearances from Dr. Demento, Barnes and Barnes, and an homage to actor Bill Paxton (“Aliens”, “Weird Science”) who starred in, and directed, the original FISH HEADS live-action music video which debuted in 1980.

Art Barnes (aka Bill Mumy of the TV sci-fi classic “Lost in Space”) had this to say of the demented-punk rendition: “Osaka Popstar’s new animated video and rockin’ version of ‘Fish Heads’ is Bitchin’, Boss, Bodacious and Bold! I dig it Bigly. I can’t think of anyone who could’ve done as great a job! Uhh… well… maybe one band! Heh… YEAH!!”

Like Paxton before him, DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK producer, and OSAKA POPSTAR vocalist, John Cafiero directed the new music video and stars—albeit the latter in cartoon form. A former animator himself, Cafiero’s team of collaborators on the short consisted of illustrator/animator Sam Fout (who’s resume includes LucasFilm, Warner Bros, Hanna-Barbera) and Todd Cronin (of the appropriately named Fishtoonz Animation). The music video even opens like a mini TV show, set to the DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK theme song heard on the album (also performed by OSAKA POPSTAR), and manages to bring to life a variety of incredible artwork from the impressive album packaging. Look for a cameo by the album cover painting by iconic illustrator Drew Friedman (Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone), as well as contributions by Topps trading card artist Neil Camera, and illustrator Stephen Blickenstaff (The Cramps) who’s giant fish head from the back cover of the album makes a key cameo appearance.

The new FISH HEADS animated music video can be seen in its entirety now at the Demented Punk YouTube channel.

FISH HEADS T-Shirts, enamel pins, totes, and lots more, including an exclusive limited edition variant vinyl pressing of the album are available now at the Demented Punk online store.


CELEBRATE “WEIRD AL” DAY!

Aug 28 2018



On Aug. 27, 2018 “Weird Al” Yankovic received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Dr. Demento spoke at the ceremony and the city of Los Angeles proclaimed it “Weird Al Day”!

Pictured from L-R: Comedian Emo Philips, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Dr. Demento & John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) celebrate “Weird Al Day” in LA.

The new “Weird Al” x “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk” ‘Brat Beater’ Tee (featuring artwork by Garbage Pail Kids artist Neil Camera) is available now from Demented Punk.


Featured On Rolling Stone

Jul 18 2018

Click to read about the new music video from Dr. Demento Covered in Punk, the “Shatner-Cramps” Ltd Ed. signed screen-print, and first word of the next ‘Demented’ music video to come for Osaka Popstar’s punk-rock cover of “Fish Heads” as reported by Rolling Stone, and visit CoveredinPunk.com for more.


CNN GETS COVERED IN PUNK WITH JOHN CAFIERO & DR. DEMENTO

May 23 2018

Click the screencap above to watch the CNN news segment on the new album “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk”, now airing worldwide!


NEW OSAKA POPSTAR “FISH HEADS” TEE & ENAMEL PINS AVAILABLE NOW

May 22 2018

Osaka Popstar’s punk cover version of the #1 most requested song heard on the airwaves of the Dr. Demento Show comes to life in this tooned-up design by illustrator Sam Fout! Osaka frontman John Cafiero serves up mohawk finned “Fish Heads” on a sliver platter—decked in tattered top hat and tails in tribute to the good doctor. Features a customized ‘fishy’ rendering of the Osaka Popstar logo by artist Stephen Blickenstaff, plus a bonus pink Fish Head back print by Fout. Eat them up, Yum!

Also available in your choice of pink or blue are the toon’d up ‘Fish Heads’, (as seen on the new Tee and the interior art for the album “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk”), rendered as full color enamel pins for the ‘Covered in Punk’ line—collect them all! Pins measure 1-inch x 1-inch.
The new tee and both pins are now available in the Osaka Popstar Online Shop and the Demented Punk Online Store.

DR. DEMENTO & JOHN CAFIERO ON NPR’S WORLD CAFÉ

May 21 2018



Dr. Demento and “Covered in Punk” Producer/creator John Cafiero (of Osaka Popstar) recently appeared on NPR’s nationally syndicated World Café for an in-depth interview segment that aired on over 200 different stations nationwide. If you missed it, click to listen to the complete interview online now via NPR.


WGN Morning News gets ‘Covered in Punk’ with Dr. Demento & John Cafiero

Apr 09 2018

Click to view the segment online now.


PHILADELPHIA IN STORE SIGNING SAT APRIL 21

Apr 04 2018

Attn: PHILLY! Get ‘Demented’ on ‘Record Store Day’ with the legendary Dr. Demento & “Covered in Punk” Producer John Cafiero (of Osaka Popstar), plus Special Guests Rodney Anonymous & Dean Clean of THE DEAD MILKMEN for an Instore Signing on Sat. April 21, 4-6pm at Main Street Music: 4444 Main St., Philadelphia PA 19127.


Dr. Demento & John Cafiero appear as VIP Guests of KindieComm 2018

Apr 02 2018

On Sat. April 21, the one and only Dr. Demento, and Osaka Popstar frontman John Cafiero, (producer of the new compilation Dr. Demento Covered in Punk), will appear as special VIP guests at KindieComm 2018. “Kindie” is an abbreviated term that stands for independent kids’ music, and KindieComm, presented by XPN Radio and NPR’s World Cafe, celebrates that genre, bringing together radio programmers, industry professionals and artists alike. Click here for more details.


WGN Radio’s Bill & Wendy Get “Covered in Punk”

Apr 01 2018

Click here to hear WGN Radio’s Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder Show welcome Dr. Demento and John Cafiero in-studio to discuss “Covered in Punk”.


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