Back when I was a teenager- and into my 20’s on Sunday nights I would tune into the Dr. Demento Show- on the Westwood One Radio Network. He was on that network from 1978-92. At the time I thought he was an older fella- turns out he just sounded older. Today he has an online show and Demento- aka Barry Hansen is now seventy-nine years old. The Dr. Demento Show featured novelty and parody songs for the most part the songs he played were pretty entertaining. I first heard Weird Al Yankovic on Dr. Demento- and Demento is given credit for breaking Weird Al to a national audience. This month- for something different- I am going to feature a Dr. Demento song a day.
Starting the feature off with one of my favorites from his show- “Fish Heads” by Barnes and Barnes. Barnes and Barnes were a rock-comedy duo from Los Angeles- and they are still around having released an album in 2018. “Fish Heads” came out in 1978 and has the distinction of being the most requested song ever on The Dr. Demento Show. The Barnes brothers are fictional brothers- in fact you may recognize one of the ‘brothers”- former child actor Billy Mumy- he played Will Robinson in Lost In Space in the 1960’s.