The Morning Rat Race

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 16: Heads of Rock Cod fish are shown on display at LaRocca Seafood May 16, 2003 in San Francisco, California. A new global study reveals that approximately 90 percent of all large predatory fish populations, including sharks, swordfish, tuna and marlin, have disappeared from the world's oceans in the past half century as a result of industrial commercial fishing practices. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Robert Haimer…also known in the music world as Artie Barnes…has died at the age of 69.   He was one half of the group Barnes & Barnes…the bizarre rock duo who created the novelty hit song “Fish-Heads.”

Bill Mumy, the other half of the band, said this in a statement: “I’m so sad to share the news that Robert Haimer, my friend since childhood and musical partner in Barnes & Barnes passed away this morning after a long illness.”

Personally-speaking…as a kid growing up in the ’80’s during the rise of “Weird” Al Yankovic…I learned and became a huge fan of the wacky radio personality Dr. Demento.   Demento was a larger-than-life DJ who would play “Weird” Al songs and other comedic tunes.   And it was through him that I first heard “Fish-Heads.”

“Fish-Heads” was also played video on early MTV as well.   And the video is just as strange as the song.   The fish-heads are in sweaters…in movie theaters…it’s crazy…but…in my opinion, the glorious oddness of “Fish-Heads” makes it one of the best (and funniest) novelty songs ever.

Check out the video for “Fish-Heads” below…followed by two videos you may not have heard…”Party In My Pants” and “Boogie Woogie Amputee.”   And rest in peace, Robert!

  • Fish-Heads

  • Party In My Pants

  • Boogie Woogie Amputee

Sign me up for the WRAT email newsletter!

Join ClubRAT for access to all the perks delivered right to your inbox from Jersey's Concert Connection! Get exclusive presale codes for upcoming shows, the latest updates with your favorite rockers, contest info, and more.

By clicking "Subscribe" I agree to the website's terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I understand I can unsubscribe at any time.