INSTORE SIGNING AND Q&A W/ DR. DEMENTO & JOHN CAFIERO 1/20 AT MUSIC MILLENNIUM IN PORTLAND, OR

Jan 10 2018

‘COVERED IN PUNK’ INSTORE SIGNING & Q&A SAT. 1/20 W/ DR. DEMENTO & JOHN CAFIERO AT MUSIC MILLENNIUM 3158 E BURNSIDE, PORTLAND, OR STARTING @ 3PM

The first 50 people to purchase a CD or vinyl copy of “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk” at the Music Millennium Instore will receive a FREE “Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati” trading card, personally autographed by Jerry Only of the Misfits! First come first served…

In addition to an instore signing and Q&A, a drawing will be held where one lucky customer will win a FREE vinyl copy of Dr. Demento Covered in Punk signed by Dr. Demento, John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar & Producer), Jerry Only (Misfits), Fred Schneider (B52s), Dennis Diken (Smithereens, Osaka Popstar), Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Milk ’n’ Cookies, Osaka Popstar), Dean Rispler (Dictators, Karen Black, Osaka Popstar), and interior illustrators Evan Dorkin & Sarah Dyer!

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Forbidden Planet is starting 2018 off with an event of DEMENTED proportions!

Jan 08 2018

On Thursday January 11th from 6:30 to 8:30PM Forbidden Planet will be “Covered In Punk” thanks legendary weirdo radio personality Dr Demento and punk rocker/pop culture aficionado John Cafiero.

Forbidden Planet will host an in store signing in celebration of the release of “Dr Demento Covered in Punk”! Cafiero has assembled one of the most eclectic all star line ups of musical artists in the history of recording to create a two hour album presented in the style of a Dr Demento Show radio broadcast. With classic novelty songs being covered by legendary punk musicians, and infamous punk songs re-imagined in newly demented versions by some truly mind-blowing recording artists, plus an extensive booklet, and packaging illustrated by some greats from the fringe of the comics world—the Doctor is in and he’s ‘Covered in Punk’!.

But who exactly will be celebrating with us? Just take a look at this epic guest list!

Dr. Demento (Legendary Radio Personality)
John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar + Producer/Curator of “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk”)
Fred Schneider (of the B52s)
Jerry Only (of the Misfits)
Melora Creager (Rasputina)
Uncle Floyd Vivino (TV & Radio personality, Comedian and Musician)
Dennis Diken (The Smithereens, Osaka Popstar)
Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Milk ’n’ Cookies, Osaka Popstar)
Dean Rispler (Dictators, Karen Black, Osaka Popstar)
Drew Friedman (Iconic illustrator and cover artist of “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk”)
Evan Dorkin & Sarah Dyer (House of Fun Studio: Comic Book Artists/Creators, Milk & Cheese, Eltingville Club, Beasts of Burden + interior illustration for “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk”)

But wait there’s more!

You’ll not only be able to pick up a copy of Dr Demento Covered in Punk (a day earlier than it’s official street date), you can also grab some of the really wild tie-in merchandise like a William Shatner shirt in the style of The Cramps Bad Music For Bad People album designed by original cover artist Steve Blickenstaff, a Demented Punk Records logo enamel pin, and a slew of other demented products.

Where other than Forbidden Planet would you be able to meet all these wonderful people… AND get their autographs on the new Dr Demento record? Nowhere, that’s where… so join us on January 11th at 6:30 for an event you will never forget!

Whats that you say? You are the biggest Dr Demento fan in the world, you absolutely must have an autographed copy of Dr Demento Covered In Punk but you live in Intercourse, Pennsylvania and have to work a double shift at McDonalds on the night of our event… well guess what? Forbidden Planet has got your back as usual. You can pre-order copies from our website (www.fpnyc.com), we will get it signed for you by all attending guests on the 11th of January and then ship it to your door after the event, no matter where you live or what your excuse for not coming is, you can still own an autographed copy of Dr Demento Covered In Punk! (Even though Intercourse, Pennsylvania is only a measly 4 hour drive away and your job at Mickey D’s will be there when you return.)


DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK UNVEILS “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC (WITH OSAKA POPSTAR) COVER OF RAMONES’ “BEAT ON THE BRAT”

Jan 07 2018

TWO-HOUR DEMENTED PUNK EXTRAVAGANZA FEATURING JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, MISFITS, B52’s FRED SCHNEIDER, WILLIAM SHATNER, CLASSIC BATMAN ADAM WEST, “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC AND MORE DUE OUT JANUARY 12, 2018

GARBAGE PAIL KIDS INSPIRED ART BY TOPPS ILLUSTRATOR NEIL CAMERA

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 21, 2017 – Demented Punk today unveiled the “Weird Al” Yankovic cover of “Beat On The Brat” originally recorded by the Ramones and released on their self-titled debut album in 1976. “Weird Al” contributed his iconic vocals and accordion to the punk-pop track, backed by Osaka Popstar, which features John Cafiero singing the answer backs in between Al’s lead vocals, drums by Dennis Diken (The Smithereens), bass guitar by Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Milk ‘n’ Cookies) and guitar by Dean Rispler (Dictators, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black). “Beat On The Brat” appears on Demented Punk’s Dr. Demento Covered In Punk which is due for release on January 12, 2018. This audio oddity is a modern-day homage to radio icon Dr. Demento, a world-renowned institution who has championed novelty music and its creators since the 1970s.

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk is a special two-hour demented punk extravaganza, structured like one of Demento’s original radio shows. The collection features an eclectic mix of artists from the world of classic and contemporary punk/indie/alt-rock, along with special guest stars from film, TV and more. “Beat On The Brat” is available now as an instant grat track to fans who preorder the physical album HERE and those who preorder it digitally from iTunes. It can also be previewed HERE. “Beat On The Brat” features original Garbage Pail Kids inspired artwork by none other than Neil Camera, artist for Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids, Wacky Packages and Mars Attacks cards and sticker sets.

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk features over thirty different, never before released, all-new ‘punk’ cover versions of ‘mad music and crazy comedy’ songs famously heard on the airwaves of the legendary “Dr Demento Show”— intermixed with ‘wild card’ tracks showcasing some incredible, newly ‘demented’ versions of punk-rock classics! Joined by everyone from the Misfits, Joan Jett, Fred Schneider of the B52s, to “Weird Al” Yankovic, the late Adam “Batman” West (in one of his final performances), and Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner—(to name just a few). The Doctor is in…and he’s ‘Covered in Punk’!! A full track listing can be found HERE.

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk includes an in-depth booklet with equally entertaining liner notes and personal quotes from the participating artists, a foreword by album producer and Demented Punk founder John Cafiero (Misfits, Ramones, Osaka Popstar), an afterword by Dr. Demento, as well as factoids, photos and an array of dynamic paintings and illustrations created exclusively for the project by a team of visual artists spanning the world of comic books, classic punk rock album covers, Topps trading cards series, Mad Magazine and More. The cover artwork for the album was created by iconic illustrator Drew Friedman whose work has appeared in countless publications from Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine to Rolling Stone and the New Republic and just about everything in between.

Wind up your radio dementites and dementoids—the doctor is in!

“Weird Al” Yankovic and Osaka Popstar’s and Dr. Demento Covered In Punk producer John Cafiero


DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK DUE OUT JANUARY 12, 2018

Jan 06 2018

TWO-HOUR PUNK ROCK EXTRAVAGANZA FEATURING JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, MISFITS, B52’s FRED SCHNEIDER, WILLIAM SHATNER, CLASSIC BATMAN ADAM WEST, WEIRD AL YANKOVIC AND MORE

WILLIAM SHATNER’S COVER OF THE CRAMPS GARBAGEMAN AVAILABLE WITH PREORDERS STARTING TODAY

COVER ART CREATED BY ICONIC ILLUSTRATOR DREW FRIEDMAN

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 7, 2017 – Demented Punk today announced its inaugural release, DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK, a special two-hour demented punk extravaganza featuring an eclectic mix of artists from the world of classic and contemporary punk/indie/alt-rock, along with special guest stars from film, TV and more. This audio oddity is a modern-day homage to radio icon Dr. Demento, a world-renowned institution who has championed novelty music and its creators since the 1970s, will be released on January 12, 2018 by both physical and digital retailers.

“I’ve been a fan of Dr. Demento nearly my entire life,” said album producer and participant, John Cafiero. “The Doc’s show has introduced audiences to counter culture and an eclectic talent pool of humor-infused music for nearly five decades; creating a musical movement that echoes the spirit of punk with its own unique voice. There are no airs, and everyone’s welcome. If you didn’t fit in— you fit in.”

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk features over thirty different, never before released, all-new ‘punk’ cover versions of ‘mad music and crazy comedy’ songs famously heard on the airwaves of the legendary “Dr Demento Show”— intermixed with ‘wild card’ tracks showcasing some incredible, newly ‘demented’ versions of punk-rock classics! Joined by everyone from the Misfits, Joan Jett, Fred Schneider of the B52s, to “Weird Al” Yankovic, the late Adam “Batman” West (in one of his final performances), and Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner—(to name just a few). The Doctor is in…and he’s ‘Covered in Punk’!! A full track listing can be found below.

“I produced the album and curated the artist roster as if it was a musical art exhibition, or directing a feature film, and packaged it in the form of a traditional radio show hosted by Dr. D. himself. For some this might be an introduction to the lost art of the traditional radio format, and for others, a welcome return,” adds Cafiero. “The artists here range from classic to contemporary, from icons and legends, to fresh voices from the underground—but I don’t think any of them are doing what you might expect of them here! It’s really a celebration of the bizarre, and I can’t wait to unleash it on to the world.”

“When John Cafiero first proposed this project several years ago I was a little puzzled at first, but when he began naming the artists and songs he’d lined up for the project I was totally sold,” said Dr. Demento. “What started out as a single CD soon grew into a double (and a triple for vinyl), and I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed helping John put this together.” Dr. Demento Covered In Punk includes an in-depth booklet with equally entertaining liner notes and personal quotes from the participating artists, a foreword by album producer and Demented Punk founder John Cafiero (Misfits, Ramones, Osaka Popstar), an afterword by Dr. Demento, as well as factoids, photos and an array of dynamic paintings and illustrations created exclusively for the project by a team of visual artists spanning the world of comic books, classic punk rock album covers, Topps trading cards series, Mad Magazine and More. The cover artwork for the album was created by iconic illustrator Drew Friedman whose work has appeared in countless publications from Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine to Rolling Stone and the New Republic and just about everything in between.

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk will be released in the following configurations:

1. A 3LP colored vinyl triple-gatefold package with 20-page booklet

LP1: Solid ‘Gunk’ Green

LP2: Solid ‘Punk’ Pink

LP3: Solid ‘Demented’ Yellow

2. A 2CD Set with 48-page booklet.

3. A limited edition 3LP triple gatefold package with variant splatter vinyl and 20-page booklet

LP 1: ‘Gunk’ Green & Black Splatter on Clear Vinyl

LP 2: ‘Punk’ Pink & Black Splatter on Clear Vinyl

LP 3: ‘Demented’ Yellow & Black Splatter on Clear Vinyl

This online exclusive is limited to 500 copies worldwide and can be ordered HERE.

4. A Digital Download with a 42-page digital booklet.

Fans who preorder the physical album HERE or the digital version at iTunes will receive their first taste of “demented punk” via an instant grat track by legendary actor William Shatner covering punk classic “Garbageman” by The Cramps. Preview the track and original artwork for the song by Stephen Blickenstaff HERE. Blickenstaff was the artist for The Cramps infamous album Bad music for bad people which featured the original version of the song.

Wind up your radio dementites and dementoids—the doctor is in!

ABOUT DR. DEMENTO

The Dr. Demento Show has been celebrating ‘mad music and crazy comedy’ on the airwaves playing everything from Spike Jones to Frank Zappa for nearly five decades. Responsible for introducing the world to its #1 most requested song of all time, “Fish Heads”, and launching the career of the most successful artist in the entire history of funny music—“Weird Al” Yankovic; the world-famous Doctor’s influence on pop culture has earned him induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, a documentary feature film on his life and career currently in production, and even an appearance on The Simpsons.

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ALL-NEW SINGLE OUT NOW! “CHRISTMAS IN THE LOONY BIN”

Dec 01 2017

The latest by Osaka Popstar features frontman John Cafiero (Vocals), with Dean Rispler (The Dictators, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) on Guitar/Bass and Jon Wurster (Bob Mould, Superchunk, The Mountain Goats) on Drums. Produced & Arranged by longtime Misfits & Ramones collaborator, John Cafiero

The all-new digial single is AVAILABLE NOW @ iTunes, Amazon.com and digital music providers worldwide. Also available, a traditional holiday card featuring Osaka Popstar’s “Loony Bin” cover art, painted by award winning artist Jason Limon, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 500 pcs. The cards, personally signed by Osaka Popstar’s John Cafiero, include a collectible download card for the new single inside. Order Online or look for them at select retailers.

Click to watch the Animated Lyric Video now!

Click Here for more info & images on the new single & Ltd Ed holiday card.

Lots more new music from Osaka Popstar coming in 2018…


NEW “HOPPING GHOSTS” PURPLE ZIP UP HOODIE

Jan 07 2017

AVAILABLE NOW

Features full body “Hopping Ghosts” character art by John Cafiero, with Osaka Popstar and “Hopping Ghosts” logos.

Printed on a purple, standard fitting adult zip up hoodie.

Turn off the lights and see the hungry “Hopping Ghosts” eyes peering at you from the darkness.

Printed with Glow-in-the-dark inks!

Get yours now in the newly re-designed and re-launched Osaka Popstar Online Shop


NEW EDITIONS OF TWO BOOKS WRIITEN BY DEE DEE RAMONE – OUT NOW

Jan 06 2017

Two new editions of Dee Dee’s books “Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones” and “Chelsea Horror Hotel” are out now and include quotes about Dee Dee Ramone from Debbie Harry (Blondie), Richard Hell (The Voidoids), Jerry Only (Misfits) and horror icon Joe Dante (Director of Gremlins, the Howling and Twilight Zone the movie). The reissues were authorized by Dee Dee’s Estate having been personally approved by Dee Dee’s wife and collaborator Barbara Ramone Zampini and supervised by longtime Misfits and Ramones collaborator John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) who served as contributing editor for the new editions.


“HOPPING GHOSTS” THE ALL-NEW SINGLE BY OSAKA POPSTAR: OUT NOW ON ITUNES, AMAZON & DIGITAL MUSIC PROVIDERS WORLDWIDE

Jan 05 2017

Hear the bells…See these claws…Feel these fangs…then Hop Like a Ghost!

Check out the new single in streaming audio at New Releases Now, your weekly guide to new music.

Osaka Popstar presents “Hopping Ghosts” the new Ltd Ed. vinyl figure that comes complete with its own punk-rock theme song! Chinese vampire mythology takes a spin through the mind of Osaka Popstar creator/frontman John Cafiero, (who designed the figure and penned the accompanying single). Cafiero (vocals) is backed by a lineup featuring Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) Drums, Sal Maida (Cracker, Milk ‘N’ Cookies, Roxy Music) Bass, and Dean Rispler (The Dictators NYC, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) Guitar.

Each figure is 8-inches tall, with removable spell scroll accessory and comes packaged in a full color art box with free download card for the new single “Hopping Ghosts” by Osaka Popstar, plus an alternate “animated instrumental” version – as heard in the animated promo spot for the new vinyl figure line.

Blue 1st Edition limited to 300 pcs, available in stores and online now.

Green Variant limited to 100 pcs – available exclusively at the Osaka Popstar online shop and Misfits Records online while supplies last!

Order now and receive free instant download of the new digital single from Misfits Records & Osaka Popstar online!

Visit the Hopping Ghosts satellite site for more info, images and to view the animated promo spot. Click the pre-order links below for photo galleries and larger views of the new figures.

The new single is also available separately @ iTunes, plus Amazon & wherever digital music is sold worldwide.

What exactly is a Hopping Ghost…? Known as Jiangshi in Chinese folklore and kyonshī in Japan, hopping ghosts or hopping vampires are basically a breed of zombie; reanimated corpses dressed in traditional garments from the Qing Dynasty. Rigor mortis has set in so they can only move around by hopping with their arms outstretched! They can’t see using traditional vision, instead, they sense living creatures by their breath and seek to absorb the life force of the living. They can be stopped with a scroll to the forehead containing a spell written in a mix of ink and blood, and led by Taoist priests using bells. Some of the streets of Chinatown in NYC (like Doyers st. for example), are said to have been intentionally designed crooked to deter Hopping Ghost attacks; making it difficult for them to navigate through them. The mythology even inspired a string of fantastic Hong Kong films in the 1980’s, most notably the “Mr. Vampire” series directed by Ricky Lau and starring the immortal Lam-Ching Ying. Ying is often referred to as the “Peter Cushing of Asia” and both he and Lau are given props by Cafiero on the box of the new “Hopping Ghosts” vinyl figures. In an effort to achieve true authenticity, the spell found on the scroll accessory of the Osaka Popstar “Hopping Ghosts” vinyl figures (and seen on the art for the new single), was written by an actual Taoist priest residing in Hong Kong. Beware of cheap imitations, look for official “Hopping Ghosts” vinyl figures available now from Osaka Popstar!


FEATURE ARTICLE & INTERVIEW IN THE 10TH ANN. ISSUE OF CLUTTER OUT NOW—READ THE FREE DIGITAL EDITON ONLINE

Jan 04 2017

FEATURE ARTICLE & INTERVIEW IN THE 10TH ANN. ISSUE OF CLUTTER

OUT NOW—READ THE FREE DIGITAL EDITON ONLINE

The 10th Anniversary issue of Clutter Magazine (your guide to the world of art toys, counter culture and underground art), includes a 3-page feature article on Osaka Popstar plus an interview with John Cafiero about the new “Hopping Ghosts” single and vinyl figures, Devil Dogs, the current Osaka Popstar lineup and more.

Look for the print edition of Clutter out now, or click here for the digital edition and read the entire issue online FREE!


OSAKA POPSTAR “O HOLY NIGHT” DIGITAL SINGLE & LTD ED ORNAMENT OUT NOW

Jan 03 2017

Osaka Popstar gives this timeless classic Christmas carol a punk rock makeover with their intense and inspiring version of the traditional “O Holy Night”.

The single features longtime Misfits and Ramones collaborator John Cafiero (Vocals), backed by a lineup of Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) Drums, Sal Maida (Cracker, Milk ‘N’ Cookies, Roxy Music) Bass, and Dean Rispler (The Dictators NYC, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) Guitar.

Get the new single FREE with the Ltd Ed Deluxe Glass ornament! The “Super Hero” Xmas variant artwork by Josh Howard (“Dead @ 17” comics) is beautifully showcased on rich royal blue glass with glitter star highlights, star wraparound, and Osaka Popstar logo screen printed on the back. In stores or order online at the Misfits Records and Osaka Popstar Online shops.

Also available at @ iTunes, Amazon and digital music providers worldwide.

Check out the new single in streaming audio at New Releases Now.


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