Ben Murphy and I were getting towards the end of our road together by the autumn of 1996. I sense I am only half expecting to get paid again.
The album I refer to in this letter can only be “How Bonkers Is That”, which contains much of the material he and I debated in correspondence the previous year.
Ben Murphy 7 October 1996
(Alton address redacted)
GREAT TAPE – WHERE’S ME DOSH? HERE’S SOME MORE STUFF!!!!!
I haven’t sent you any new material for ages – so here’s some. Let me know what you think. The album is great. I don’t know why you agonise so much about them, they always come out fine.
Ian Harris (Z/Ian)
Self explanatory letter to Dr Demento. Unsurprisingly, there was no reply. I tried.
Submission For Broadcast 7 October 1996
P.O. Box 884
Culver City, CA 90232
Dear Dr D
INTRODUCING THE RECORDINGS OF BEN MURPHY
I enclose a tape of songs recorded by Ben Murphy, who performs and records dementia here in Blighty. I write many of the songs, he writes many too and some are “classic dementia”.
Some of the material will not cross the pond too well, but some surely will. I have cued the Tarantino Man song (last track, Side A) for your initiation. The Brit Pop subject matter might please you (I’m Not Young, Britpop, Uncommon People) or you might even enjoy some truly British dementia for a change (Songbooks, Euroscepticals, BSE).
Please enjoy and broadcast if you will. I can be contacted as above. I shall be in New York 1 November to 8 November if that helps at all.