Official Bio #2
Born in San Diego, David Tanny specializes in fun dementia (or funmentia) recordings and spoken word humor. He writes, produces, and engineers (rather cheaply) novelty music and sketch comedy from his home with a computer.
David Tanny had some songs and stuff played on terrestrial radio stations in 2006 such as "Friggin' Here" (now defunct) and others. The Christmas song "I'm Doing Nothing For Christmas" was featured in December 2005 on a radio station called Oldies 1520 in the Delta Valley.
Tanny got air play just once so far on the Dr. Demento Show on July 2, 2006: "Mariah Carey's Screamin' Hits" featuring excerpts of Mariah Carey's screaming in some of her songs. It was repeated one more time on the July 23, 2006 show.
Tanny's favorite TV shows include anything from the genres of variety, comedy, game shows, sports, cartoons, and sitcoms. He hates reality shows and trash talk shows.
Tanny’s influences and other favorite icons include "Weird Al" Yankovic, Allan Sherman, Bob and Tom, Bob Newhart, Bob Rivers Comedy Corp, Cheech and Chong, Da Yoopers, Frank Zappa, Heywood Banks, Monty Python, Napoleon XIV, Ray Stevens, SCTV, Sean Morey, Spike Jones, Stan Freberg, Steve Martin, the 70s era of Saturday Night Live, The Frantics, Tom Lehrer, talk radio, classic rock and roll, new wave music, old school funk, and more.
The subjects he writes about in his recordings span a wide variety of topics about television, celebrities, commercial take-offs, classic hits, life, geek culture, pop culture, video games, tributes to demented icons, and commercial and song parodies.
Tanny has made dozens of funmentia gems over the years. Examples are video games from the 80s: "Centipede" and "Pac-Man"; some adult cartoons: "South Park" and "Space Ghost"; numerous TV shows: "Beverly Hills 90210", "Eight is Enough", "Jeopardy!", "Hollywood Squares", and "Pokemon"; salutes to demented icons of the past: Cheech and Chong, Bob and Doug McKenzie, Napoleon XIV, Odgen Edsl, and the Not Ready for Prime Time Players; break-in interviews whose style was originated by Dickie Goodman; famous celebrities: David Hasselhoff, Hilary Duff, Mariah Carey, and Sarah Michelle Gellar; fast food such as Papa John's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Taco Bell; other topics include commercial parodies, beer, Michigan J. Frog, Wacky Packages, and many more recorded since 1998 including "Tonight at 8", "Fried Eggs", "Watch the Frog", "Warner Music", "Pat Sajak (is an Egg)", and "Hey, Three Stooges!"
Back in 1966, Tanny unwittingly created a song parody in first grade. While his class was standing up to salute the United States Flag, they recited Pledge of Allegiance, sang The Star Spangled Banner, and in between, the song he parodied, Flag of America. The first grade teacher wasn't impressed when Tanny substituted the word "Bank" for the word "Flag" so that he was singing about a "Bank of America", because that's the place where his parents banked back then. Thus, a parodist, whether he knew it or not, was born.
In 1972, he got a tape recorder and recorded excerpts of TV shows while doing an Ed Sullivan impression to introduce the next recorded track. His favorite topics were The Electric Company, Zoom, The Mouse Factory, and The Flintstones.
David Tanny has been actively releasing funmentia audio from 1998-2000 and continuously since 2004.
In 1998, he recorded the first songs that would later become part of his Stupid Audio CD series, which were first released in 2004 on CD, and before that, only to select funny music shows on cassette in 2000 since the CD burner in his old Sony VAIO computer didn't do the job of burning audio discs right.
Since 2004, Tanny has released uncountable homemade CDs, including a 30-minute break-in interview recorded in 1980 using analog tapes, back in the time before digital editing and recording took over.
In 2004, he released his first CD modestly titled "Stupid Audio 1.0", and released four more until he discontinued the "Stupid Audio" line in 2008. He has since resurrected the "Stupid Audio" name as the official a.k.a. name of his act.
In August of 2008, he released his first CD for commercial release titled "Yes Parking Anytime."
In 2010, he released eleven "10th Anniversary Collection" CDs in 2010 and 2011, and discontinued them at the end of the year. It featured one last chance to catch some of his early material before retiring them forever.
In 2012, he released some of his older material on a CD titled "Originals (2000-2012)".