David Tanny is a novelty musician who has been in the business for more than ten years. His specialty is "dementia comedy," a style pioneered by artists such as Spike Jones
, "Weird Al" Yankovic
, and, of course, Dr Demento
, of whom he is a fan. He deals mainly in rap, creating the beats using a cheap MIDI program. He has also dealt in parody (sometimes of other parody songs) joke ads, and sketches.
We are aware of the general consensus on the artist. Please follow the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment
- Berserk Button: Do not call him incompetent.
- Buxom Is Better: "Boobs, Boobs, Boobs"
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Definitely, and it tends to leech into his works, such as the four-part sketch "Watch the Frog", his interpretation of a short-lived image campaign for The WB nobody remembers or much less ever cared about.
- Creepy Monotone: He is not one to emote during recordings
- Don't Like, Don't Read: He does not take criticism all that kindly.
- Everything's Better With Pirates/Literal-Minded: "Pirate Radio"
- Gay Cowboy: "I'm A Cowboy"
- Dull Surprise: Much of his output is done in a droning monotone.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Implied on "Oh, Happy Boy"
- Internet Tough Guy
- I Thought It Meant: Inverted. Word of God says that the "third leg" of "Mutant Girl's" title character is just that. That didn't stop many from believing her to be a hermaphrodite or transvestite, especially as the chorus contains the line "She's got a what!?"
- Last-Second Word Swap/Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Has employed this with varying degrees of success.
- One of Us: He likes 80s-era consoles and video games.
- Shaggy Frog Story: He's been known to lapse into these.
- Shout-Out: Most songs by David Tanny contain references to Dr. Demento and various comedy musicians such as Barnes & Barnes, Allan Sherman, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and The Great Luke Ski. He even parodies a few comedy songs, from "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" to "Gump" (which were already parodies of Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours" and The Presidents Of The United States Of America's "Lump," respectively).
- Small Name, Big Ego. As we said, he does not like critics. Also: He once hosted a radio show, but was eventually fired for regularly putting several of his own tracks on the top ten list—and, in at least one case, the #1 position.
- Stalker with a Crush: "Hello, Mila (A Letter to Mila Kunis)" and "I Had Sex With Paris Hilton"
- Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Discussed on "What If Your Wife Was A Man."
- Updated Re-release: One of the more recent additions to his discography was a reissue of an old album from ten years back... with a laugh track.
- Word Salad Title: His adult-oriented album "The Outrageous Weasel"