An oft-trolled "comedy musician" by day, and a fifty-year-old pizza delivery boy by night.
Generally, it's nice to be objective, letting readers decide for themselves rather than bombarding them with opinions. But some opinions are so widely held that they might as well be fact.
David Tanny, the self-styled Musical Asshole is a 50-year old pizza delivery boy and comedy musician. He isn't funny. His music sucks. That's a factual opinion.
He has been literally ostracized from the dementia-comedy music community because he would put himself on the top ten best lists when he was an admin for their comedy radio shows, and bashed Dr. Demento.
David Tanny comes from the world of "Dementia" - a genre of novelty music named after Dr. Demento. It is David's dream to get airplay on the Dr. Demento show, thus bringing his particular brand of genius to Demento's audience, which at last count was as high as seventeen people.
Tanny creates his music using looping MIDI beats he composes himself and writes his lyrics stream-of-consciously, usually by using the first rhyme that pops into his head. Using this method he has given us glorious material like "I'm A Cowboy," in which he rhapsodies about being a cowboy for four minutes despite that the activities he lists have nothing to do with being a cowboy. He shows his tender, emotional side in "Boobs Boobs Boobs," which he recently spruced up with a laugh track that randomly punctuates the song with canned laughter. David heavily utilizes reference-style comedy as well, believing that referring to a video game system from the 80s is the same as writing a joke.
David regularly boasts that his music is fantastic and his critics are merely jealous of his talent.
David Tanny is a prolific recording artist. His many songs include gems such as:
- Oh Happy Boy: A song about an eight year-old boy who isn't bullied in high school, has over a thousand video games, gets $1000 in allowance, and is cool. The song is continuously downvoted on YouTube, and is generally considered his worst work. The backing vocals sound like drunkards from your local Irish pub. The song was later parodied by fellow comedy musician JohnnyLurg as "Oh Happy Goy."
- Hello Mila: A song about Mila Kunis, written (perhaps unintentionally) in the style of a letter from a stalker. He says that Mila "makes a certain man part throb in pain."
- Demented Music: A parody of "American Music" by the Violent Femmes, listing a bunch of comedy songs David likes. This was covered by Nuclear Bubble Wrap.
- Goin' Back to L.A.: A song about the years in the early 80s he would drive to L.A on a Saturday night just to record the Dr. Demento show. Spoilers: there is no "we" just him.
- Man-Up Centers: A sketch where one guy tells another to stop being prissy. The second guy used to watch Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy, but now likes wrestling and hockey.
- Boobs Boobs Boobs: In which David Tanny delivers witty observations about boobs ("They go up and they go down/they are big and they are round") to a tuneless backing track made up of drunks (or himself) chanting "boobs, boobs, boobs."
- Dead Bug: A high-pitched song about... a dead bug that Tanny forgot to clean up. Naturally, Atari is mentioned because retro is funny right?
- Funnyback: A parody of Timberlake's "SexyBack" where Tanny has USI.
- Fried Eggs: A parody of "Friday" by Rebecca Black.
Despite the declining sales of compact discs, Tanny releases his music across numerous home-pressed CD's which he sells for between $10 (for 4 songs) - $20 (for a full CD).
Many of his EP's are just four slightly different versions of the same track.
Shockingly, none of David Tanny's releases are yet to appear on the Billboard 100.
All over the place!
For many years David Tanny has recorded podcasts. Initially releasing them as Mp3's, David now posts them directly to YouTube. The podcasts used to contain music, but now he uses them solely to complain about trolls or plug his music CD's.
Here's a typical example, featuring his bizarre passive-aggressive behaviour and… unusual imagination.
Tanny's history on the Internet was dug up by trolls. For example, this personals ad:
—Tanny, on how not to write personals;
Tanny has created numerous websites:
- San Diego Radio News: Where Tanny provides weekly updates of the San Diego radio scene in his unique maze like web design.
- iFunnyRadio: A potentially copyright-infringing web radio service in which David demands a $20 ransom to play your material.
- Dave's Fun Stuff: David began collecting celebrity trivia such as birth dates in the 80s. In the 90s he created this website to showcase his life's work, but was immediately superseded by Wikipedia.
- His music store: His music store.
David's sites are so badly designed and unnavigable they make the GeoCities site of a drunken child look user-friendly in comparison. David also slathers his page in ugly ads in order to make money.
At one point he made the Demented Underground Music Project, A.K.A. the DUMP, to annoy the Funny Music Project (or The FuMP.) and further worsen his relationship with the Dementia crowd his music is supposed to appeal to. It's down now, though.
A long, long time ago, before Weird Al Yankovic got big, the comedy music scene revolved around the Dr. Demento Radio Show. He was a syndicated radio DJ who had introduced novelty music into his radio show, eventually broadcasting novelty almost exclusively and creating the new genre of "Dementia" music, under which many aspiring musicians gathered. Even so, this was a niche genre, so the community was quite tight-knit. They gathered both at conventions and on the Internet, and this is where Mr. Tanny's involvement begins.
One day, after hearing some novelty songs on Demento's radio show, David Tanny saw no reason why he couldn't do the same. He saw himself as a funny guy, and he could surely learn to make music, can't be that hard. It was a great opportunity to make money making things he loves. Just a small problem in that plan, though: his stuff has had poor reception or none at all.
Tanny's goal in life has been to get his music played on Dr. Demento's show, presumably so he can sell some CDs. Back in the early days, he joined Usenet conversations and shamelessly promoted his music. It sucked, so it never got anywhere near Demento, while the community's desire not to attack one of their own prevented anyone from calling Tanny out on his antisocial and selfish behaviour. But as we all know, anonymity is a major feature of the Internet. Back then people didn't really think to exploit this - except for some very sneaky individuals, of which Tanny was one. He posted under a number of different names, his messages ranging from yet more self-promotion to bizarre sexual commentary on TV actresses.
For many years, he simply languished in obscurity. His self-promotion, ignored for so long, started to turn sour. But the Dementia scene had moved on and was no longer willing to merely ignore. On rec.music.dementia, Tanny posted a scathing criticism of Dr. Demento:
—Tanny, angry at Dr. Demento;
After this, he was quickly cast out of the Dementia community. But that wasn't enough! After attacking the Funny Music Project(aka The FuMP), he became a novelty music untouchable. Finally, he attempted a public apology, and returned to obscurity once again. That was the end of that, until…
Rise to fame
Some time in 2010, David Tanny's music was rediscovered by a somewhat less forgiving crowd - though no-one knows quite who. He gained an Encyclopedia Dramatica page chronicling his failures, and reacted poorly.
His reaction was to say, "BTW: There's nothing wrong with my stuff. It's ED that's wrong. They're loser hacks who have no talent for anything else, simple as that. I have talent, but they are simply oblivious to it. ED's editors can drop dead!"
David Tanny is still affected by trolls to this day. For example, in this video, he talks about "The Boy Who Asked For Too Much" and trolling. Much of his harassment comes from fellow Dementia artists such as the great Luke Ski, who have been known to release Tanny's work for free, much to Tanny's annoyance.
—David Tanny on Last.fm;
- Does "dementia" comedy, based off of Dr. Demento's works.
- Widely despised by the dementia music community.
- Probably reading this page right now!
Tanny's rebuttal to Encyclopedia Dramatica.
Tanny on Facebook.
Tanny on Facebook again.
Last.fm sockpuppets of Tanny.
Deal with it. Image made by a troll.
Last.fm trolling with tags.