Barnes & Barnes

Barnes & Barnes

Infobox musical artist
Name = Barnes & Barnes

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Alias = "Dangling Participles", various aliases on "The Dinosaur Album"
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Origin = Lumania (Los Angeles, CA)
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Genre = Comedy rock, New Wave, Synthpop, Experimental
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Years_active = 1970 - present
Label = Lumania, Rhino, Boulevard, Oglio, Collectors' Choice
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Current_members = Art Barnes (Bill Mumy)
Artie Barnes (Robert Haimer)
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Barnes & Barnes, fictional twin brothers Art Barnes and Artie Barnes (Bill Mumy and Robert Haimer, respectively), are a comedy rock duo based in "Lumania", a fictional mythological civilization (similar to Lemuria or Atlantis). Most of their music is standard rock or pop with heavy comedic elements. They are best known for their 1978 song "Fish Heads."


Robert Haimer and Bill Mumy were childhood friends who occasionally performed together on their musical instruments. Around 1968, they would shoot short films with a Super 8 motion picture camera, dubbed "Art Films". The two began calling each other "Art" as a result of these films.

Barnes & Barnes formed in 1970. Their surname, "Barnes" was taken from a Bill Cosby comedy routine called "Revenge", in which a character called Junior Barnes throws a snowball at Cosby as a child. Originally, both Haimer and Mumy were named "Art Barnes", but Haimer's alter ego was publicly renamed "Artie" in 1979 to differentiate between them.

They first received airplay on "The Dr. Demento Show" in 1978 with their songs "Boogie Woogie Amputee" and "Fish Heads". The latter recording was released as a single on their own Lumania Records in 1979 and remains their best-known song, as well as the most requested song in the history of "The Dr. Demento Show". The song was often misattributed to The Chipmunks for its processed high-pitched chorus::"Fish heads, fish heads:"Roly-poly fish heads:"Fish heads, fish heads:"Eat them up, yum!

In 1978, Damaskas and Barnes & Barnes recorded "A Day in the Life of Green Acres," a song that combined the music of The Beatles "A Day in the Life" with the lyrics to the theme song of the television show "Green Acres". It was inspired by Little Roger and the Goosebumps' similar intertwining of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" and the theme to "Gilligan's Island".

In 2005, Barnes & Barnes were inducted into the Comedy Music Hall of Fame.


With the exception of "Soak It Up" and "Yeah: The Essential Barnes & Barnes", all of their original albums were released on Rhino Records. All of their rereleases were on CD, with bonus tracks, on Oglio Records.

*"Voobaha" (1980)
*"Spazchow" (1981)
*"I Had Sex With E.T." (1982)
*"Soak It Up" (1983)
*" Amazing Adult Fantasy" (1984)
*"Sicks" (1986)
*"Loozanteen" (1991)
*"The Dinosaur Album" (1993)
*"" (2000)
*"Kodovoner" (2005)

Produced work

Barnes and Barnes have produced two albums for Wild Man Fischer, and one album for Crispin Hellion Glover.


*Actor Bill Paxton appears in the videos for "Fish Heads" and "Soak It Up."
*Bill Mumy played Will Robinson in the TV series "Lost In Space", and Lennier in the TV series Babylon 5. He was also co-creator, with Peter David, of the Nickelodeon show "Space Cases".

External links

* [ Official website] .
* [ Bill Mumy's website]

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