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This special 12” split maxi-single features GRAMMY-Award winner “Weird Al” Yankovic teamed with NYC’s Osaka Popstar, paying homage to the founding fathers of punk rock: The Ramones!
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a blistering, accordion-tinged cover,” “Beat on the Brat” features “Weird Al” on lead vocals and accordion, backed by Osaka Popstar, (John Cafiero on backing vocals, Dean Rispler on guitar, Sal Maida of Sparks on bass, and Dennis Diken of The Smithereens on drums). Originally appearing on the #1 charting punk-comedy crossover album “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk,” the aforementioned studio version, (produced by longtime Misfits and Ramones collaborator Cafiero), is accompanied by two exclusive, previously unavailable LIVE bonus tracks (“Beat on the Brat” and “I Wanna Be Sedated”) performed by “Weird Al” and his band on the “Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour”.
“Weird Al”, a pop culture icon, who also happens to be the most requested artist in the history of the Dr. Demento Show, stated of the recording, “How could I not contribute to this project. I love punk music, and Dr. Demento changed my entire life in an extraordinary way. I selected “Beat on the Brat” by the Ramones, because I truly believe it’s the most upbeat, danceable song about child abuse ever written.” The flip side features an all-new studio version of the title track by Osaka Popstar (from the forthcoming deluxe edition of the critically acclaimed “Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk” album), plus three additional Ramones covers by Osaka Popstar recorded LIVE in concert—with special guest appearances by members of the Misfits, Ramones & Black Flag—never before released on vinyl!
Side 1:1.) “Beat on the Brat” by “Weird Al” Yankovic (from the album "Dr. Demento Covered in Punk”)2.) “Beat on the Brat” (LIVE) by “Weird Al” Yankovic (First Time EVER on Vinyl)3.) “I Wanna Be Sedated” (LIVE) by “Weird Al” Yankovic (First Time EVER on Vinyl)
Side 2:1.) “Beat on the Brat” by Osaka Popstar (from the forthcoming expanded edition of “Osaka Popstar & the American Legends of Punk”)2.) “Beat on the Brat” (LIVE) by Osaka Popstar (First Time EVER on Vinyl)3.) “Blitzkrieg Bop” (LIVE) by Osaka Popstar (First Time EVER on Vinyl)4. ) “The KKK Took My Baby Away” (LIVE) by Osaka Popstar (First Time EVER on Vinyl)
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