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"Fish Heads" is a novelty song by comedy rock duo Barnes and Barnes, featured on their 1980 album Voobaha.[1] It has often been played on the Dr. Demento show, and is the second most honored song in Demento show history.[2]

It was later covered by Wild Man Fischer on his album Pronounced Normal. Its first UK airplay was on BBC Radio 1 by Annie Nightingale. The song featured Wild Man Fischer alone on vocals, sung in his unique style.

The song is about fish heads and all the things they can or (more often) cannot do (such as playing baseball, wearing sweaters, dancing, playing drums, or being seen drinking cappuccino in Italian restaurants with Oriental women). It is accompanied by a high-pitched chorus, achieved by speeding up the tape, which repeats the original's chorus.

Actor Bill Paxton directed and appeared in the music video for the song, which aired on NBC television on Saturday Night Live, on December 6, 1980.

In popular culture

Robert Haimer, one of the members of Barnes and Barnes, posted a version of the song on YouTube, where the phrase "fish heads" is replaced with "YouTube." [3]

In the Treehouse of Horror VII (1996) episode of the animated television series, The Simpsons, Homer sings and hums the song as he carries a bucket of fish heads to the attic to feed Bart's mutant twin brother, Hugo.

Every Friday, local self promoting Jersey radio station Channel 103 hosts a "Fish Head Friday", where every hour on The Breakfast Show, a verse and chorus from "Fish Heads" is played.

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