The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Broadcasters #53


Barrett Hansen (aka, Dr. Demento)

4 comments :

naxalite said...

Bart Simpson's arch enemy...

Timmy said...

The Great Dr. Demento began his illustrious career at the basement level of Radio station KPPC/FM in Pasadena, California, sometime in the late 1960's. A fellow D.J. there, Steven Clean, crowned the nickman For the young man who loved the more unusual recordings of the 20th. Century. After KPPC, The Doctor returned to the airwaves at station KMET/FM, in the early 1970's, where his stardom was etched in polyester. From there, it was syndication & Glory! Long live The Good Doctor!

Tom Sutpen said...

Wasn't he also an A&R man at Specialty Records . . . or some other R&B label?

Coula sworn I read that somewhere.

swac said...

So the story goes...an auxiliary member/roadie for Spirit, then Canned Heat, then gigs at Specialty and later Warner Bros. Records.