My annual overanalysis of Dr. Demento’s Funny 25 Countdown, 2017 edition

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Color coded key:
Bold - track new to 2017
Orange - track by Luke Ski
Blue – FuMP main page track
Red - FuMP Sideshow Track
Light Blue - Track by a FuMP artist not posted at the FuMP

#25 Miranda - Adam West
#24 My Ding-A-Ling - Chuck Berry
#23 Ode To Playboy - Bob Ricci
#22 Another One Rides the Bus - "Weird Al" Yankovic
#21 Fish Heads - Barnes & Barnes
#20 Ti Kwan Leep/Boot to the Head - The Frantics
#19 Pac-Man - "Weird Al" Yankovic
#18 Beaten On A Jet Plane - Steve Goodie
#17 Hey, Guardians! - Anthony "A-Log" LoGatto
#16 Hufflepuffs - Insane Ian
#15 Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans/With Illicit Help From Your Friend - Palette-Swap Ninja
#14 Nights In The Lab - Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
#13 Words That Sound Dirty, But They Ain't - Steve Goodie
#12 Entire Dog - Worm Quartet
#11 Gas Station Disc Jockey - Power Salad
#10 Regeneration - Library Bards
#9 It's Frog Noticing Time - Scooter Picnic
#8 Let's All Tweet - Red Peters
#7 Man In The Mirror - Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine
#6 Hey Wonder Woman - Chris Wolvie
#5 Heavy Boobs - Rachel Bloom
#4 Smells Like Herb Alpert - Power Salad f/ Chuck Rickard
#3 Geeky Girl - Library Bards
#2 The North Korea Polka - "Weird Al" Yankovic
#1 Candybars - the great Luke Ski

12 FuMP tracks made the countdown (10 main page, 2 Sideshow), and a huge pile of congrats to The Library Bards for getting their first Funny 25 tracks with "Geeky Girl" and "Regeneration", as well as Scooter Picnic with "It's Frog Noticing Time" which is the first song project by TV's Kyle to make the year-end chart! Speaking of two-fers, congrats to the double entries by both Power Salad and Steve Goodie! And I gotta mention Worm Quartet and Insane Ian who make a couple of my favorite songs of the year which I requested montly, amongst others listed here. 🙂 And a shout-out to our FuMP Sideshow contributors with their break-in movie review interviews, Chris Wolvie, and Anthony "A-Logg" Logatto!

And then we get to me... "Candybars" was the #1 most requested song of 2017 on "The Dr. Demento Show". I am so happy, flattered, humbled, honored, and, quite frankly, hungry. I've lost 20 pounds on Weight Watchers since I posrted this song, and I'm going to do my best to use it an an anthem to inspire me to keep going and getting healthier and slimmer. Thank you all so so much to everyone who supported me and this song this year, and kept requesting it to be played again every month.

And as the good Doctor himself pointed out on the show, this is my FIFTH NUMBER ONE SONG OF THE YEAR on Dr. Demento's Funny 25 Countdown. I did some research to see who else might have had more Number One songs of the year than that, and the answer isn't surprising:

1980 national - Another One Rides The Bus - "Weird Al" Yankovic
1981 local & national - Yoda - "Weird Al" Yankovic
1984 local & national - Eat It - "Weird Al" Yankovic
1988 national - Fat - "Weird Al" Yankovic
1996 local - Amish Paradise - "Weird Al" Yankovic

And then there's me (all national):

2002 - Peter Parker - the great Luke Ski
2003 - Stealing Like A Hobbit - the great Luke Ski
2011 - Snoopy The Dogg - the great Luke Ski
2014 - Fake Adult - the great Luke Ski
2017 - Candybars - the great Luke Ski

I asked Jeff Morris (Dr. Demento's archiver extrordinaire), if I were to go about saying that "I have gotten the #1 spot of the year on Dr. Demento's Funny 25 more than any other artist in the show's history", do you think that's truthful, or is that me stretching the truth to suit my egotistical needs? His response was "It's hard to say, but I certainly wouldn't count 1981 [& 1984] as him having two #1s. He was #1 locally and nationally, but I'd just count that as one #1." ... "So I'd say you both have 5 year end #1s. But technically you're right, on the shows heard in most parts of the country, he was only announced as having 4 #1s while you've had 5. You could certainly say no one has more year-end #1s than you (since 5 is not greater than 5) and I don't think anyone would debate that. Or just write and record another #1 for next year, and stop Al from doing the same!" Well, I certainly intend to keep making funny music, and I don't think even Superman could stop "Weird Al" from doing anything he sets his mind to, so we'll just see how things shake out in the future. In any case, for the sake of my ego, my resume, and having another feather to put in my cap, I can definately say "I've had five #1 songs of the year on "The Dr. Demento Show", and the only other act to do that is "Weird Al" Yankovic." So I have that going for me.

All in all, that's 16 years in a row I've had a song on the Funny 25, with songs of mine appearing on a total of 19 Funny 25 countdowns, a grand total of 24 songs. Copying, pasting, and updating from last year, here's...

The 'Luke Ski on the Dr. Demento Funny 25 Countdown' Playlist!
Sorted by rank, then chronologically, with links to their pages at

"Peter Parker" (#1 in 2002)

"Stealing Like A Hobbit" (#1 in 2003, #11 in 2004)

"Snoopy The Dogg" (#1 in 2011, #25 in 2014)

"Fake Adult" (#1 in 2014, #17 in 2015)

"Candybars" (#1 in 2017)

"You Don't Know Jack" (#2 in 2006, cover by Tony Goldmark #21 in 2013)

"Too Much Stuff" (#2 in 2009)

"When You Wish Upon A Death Star" (#3 in 2013, #18 in 2012)

"The Spongy Dance" (#4 in 2004)

"Vader Boy" (#4 in 2005)

"1,000 FuMPs" by the FuMP (#4 in 2016)

"Kenny Was A Kid From South Park" (#6 in 1998)

"I'm Vambre Warrior" (#6 in 2016)

"Insane and the Brain" (#7 in 1997)

"Holding Out For Hiro" (#12 in 2007)

"WalkingSilly" (#13 in 2011)

"Battlestar Rhapsody" (#14 in 2008)

"Jack Bauer" (#19 in 2008)

"It's Good To Be The King" (#19 in 2010)

"Dementia Revolution" (#20 in 2007, #23 in 2009)

"Marvel Poppins" (#22 in 2009)

"Fanboy" (#24 in 2000)

So, if you're bored, make an iTunes playlist of that, and experience what me devoting the past 24 years of my life to comedy music has resulted in. All that and two Logan Awards seem pretty frickin' sweet to me. 🙂

Thanks again, everyone. Gratefully yours,

~ Luke Ski, 12/31/2017

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