Freaky Friday: “Fish Heads”


I chose this old Dr. Demento standard by Barnes & Barnes for this weeks freaky post because I wanted to lighten things up after last week’s visit from The Residents.  (Although, let’s face it, pretty much everything is happier than that freaky short film.  Sorry if I actually freaked anyone out; that’s not actually the point of Freaky Friday.)  Except the video for “Fish Heads” is a lot freakier than I’d remembered it being.

I’d buried this in the comments section quite some time ago, but didn’t pay much attention otherwise.  “Fish Heads” is one of those songs meant to amuse and nothing more.  There is no hidden meaning, no secret political agenda (although I’d like to hear it if anyone can come up with some kind of philosophy to attach to this one).  It’s just a surreal little trip into the brains of Barnes & Barnes.

Art and Artie Barnes are actually former child star Billy Mumy and his childhood friend Robert Haimer (thanks, Wikipedia!).  They got together as adults and recorded some weirdly funny songs and short films.  “Fish Heads” is the best known, eventually becoming the most requested song in the history of the Dr. Demento show.  There’s a whole backstory about the “twins” being from another planet, which explains the guys dressed in garbage bags with funky makeup, I guess.  (I assume that’s Mumy and Haimler dressed up in lo-tech, low-cost alien “costumes.”)

Is there any redeeming social value to any of this?  Well, it makes people laugh.  That ought to be good enough for anyone.

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