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Hear Adam West’s Cover of “The Thing” from the New Dr. Demento Tribute Album

Hear Adam West’s Cover of “The Thing” from the New Dr. Demento Tribute Album

We bade a sad farewell to Adam West in 2017, but this holiday season he has given us one final pop culture gift to remember him by: a fantastic cover of the classic ’50s novelty song “The Thing.” And it’s a performance that perfectly encapsulates all the reasons we loved him.

This is the latest track from Dr. Demento Covered in Punk, the upcoming two-hour tribute album for the beloved radio host designed to replicate his show’s format. We previously told you about the first release from the record, Weird Al’s cover of The Ramones’ “Beat on the Brat,” but West’s version of Phil Harris’ humorous song about a mysterious, terrible package is way more ridiculous than Yankovic’s contribution. In true Adam West fashion, it’s delightful because it perfectly tods the line between sincere and silly.

No offense to Phil Harris, whose version spent four weeks at number one on the charts (seriously), but when it comes to the absurd we’ll always go with the protector of Gotham and the mayor of Quahog. Plus Adam West’s cover is a lot more rocking and upbeat.

This is one of over 30 all-new tracks that will be included on Dr. Demento Covered in Punk from Demento Records, which features tracks from Joan Jett, The Misfits, Fred Schneider of the B52s, and William Shatner. And though the album won’t be available in stores until January 12, 2018, if you pre-order it now (or via iTunes) you’ll get Adam West’s “The Thing” now.

And what better way to honor one of our favorites than by rocking out with his final, wonderful performance. Even if it does just make us miss him more.

What’s your favorite Adam West performance? Share yours in the comments below.

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