The Menace’s Attic: Six Decades of Rock and Roll by Theme
Each week Dennis The Menace goes up to his musical attic (his brain) to create sets of rock and roll music you’ve never heard together before and probably never will again. The songs might share some intricate musical heritage, make for the ultimate segué, or just sound good together.
Six decades are in the mix from doo-wop to British Invasion hits and rarities to punk to 80’s New Wave all topped with the best melodic rock of today. Every 7th Show is the 7″ Edition where all music is played off 45 rpm records with lots of flip sides and imports in the mix. Throughout the show Dennis offers one-of-a-kind factoids about the artists and the music, talks about when the artists will be playing live and more than ever these days, pays tribute to artists we’ve lost.
Who is Dennis The Menace?
The story goes something like this. DTM listened to a lot of legendary New York City radio as a kid. Top 40 WABC. Progressive WNEW-FM. He also won a lot of “guess the song contests” that brought him into real radio studios where he decided he would be as good as the D.J.s he idolized! In 1972 the tender age of 15, Dennis the Menace auditioned for and was given his very own “Top 25” show on the first cable radio station in the U.S. (His parents drove him to the station!). Soon after, he was written up in the local newspaper as “New York’s Youngest D.J.” and that was the beginning of over 40 years on the radio!
He has been on the air in New York, Florida, and as co-host of “Music Scene” on KISS-108, Boston where his interviews for the show also were heard on the “Rolling Stone Continuous History of Rock and Roll.” Today he is host/producer of two syndicated specialty radio shows broadcast from his Menace Studio in San Francisco. Starting with the Talking Heads in 1977 and some 600 interviews later, he considers his regular conversations with rock and rollers of note one of the most joyous parts of his life – only second to his daughter Kate! When he’s not on the radio, he’s a Consulting Creative Director, Writer, Producer for advertising and brand clients, Founder and Creative Director of a music content company for brands: PopCult and Creative Director for a new treat called Cat Sushi! And yes, he sleeps.