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. Following the ending of Mumy’s role on the TV series Lost in Space, they would shoot short films with a Super 8 motion picture camera, dubbed “Art Films”. The two began calling each other “Art” in joking reference to these films.
They formed the band Barnes & Barnes in 1970. They started when they were about 16 with a two track recorder, making goofy tracks, never meant to be shared. 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. Billy Mumy was a huge fan of the show and convinced Bill to “pick a couple of songs and do them right” to send in, the results being their songs “Boogie Woogie Amputee” and “Fish Heads” which they re-did on a Teac four track machine. 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.
They produced a video for the song, with a “Super 8 and a hand crank Bolex camera”, which was broadcast frequently as a novelty item on MTV. Actor Bill Paxton, one of their close friends, appears in the videos for “Fish Heads”, “Soak It Up”, and “Love Tap” and successfully campaigned and got “Fish Heads” to air on Saturday Night Live in 1980 for two weeks in a row.
1 Learn To Kiss The Enemy (Art Barnes, Artie Barnes) 4:45
2 Don’t You Wanna Go To The Moon (Art Barnes, Artie Barnes) 3:27
3 Modern Romantic Point Of View (Art Barnes, Artie Barnes) 3:24
4 Nothing Funny (Art Barnes, Artie Barnes) 2:40
5 I Don’t Remember Tomorrow (Art Barnes, Artie Barnes) 3:38
6 Life Is Safer When You’re Sleeping (Art Barnes, Artie Barnes) 4:06
7 Don’t Be A Singer (Art Barnes, Artie Barnes, Wild Man Fischer) 3:56
8 I Want To Live In Your Brain (Art Barnes, Artie Barnes) 3:22
9 Zz Top Beard (Art Barnes, Artie Barnes) 3:01
10 Music Doesn’t Matter (Art Barnes, Artie Barnes) 0:25
11 Ah A (Art Barnes, Artie Barnes) 1:21
12 Little Man (Art Barnes, Artie Barnes) 2:05
13 Music Spazchow (Art Barnes, Artie Barnes) 2:58
14 Bang Bang (Sonny Bono) 2:53
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1 Learn To Kiss The Enemy
2 Don’t You Wanna Go To The Moon
Producer – Art Barnes, Artie Barnes
Recorded By – Art Barnes, Artie Barnes
Design (Cover Design) – Art Barnes, Artie Barnes
Illustration – Steve Ditko
Photography By – Brian Haimer