Barnes & Barnes, the cult duo of Art Barnes (Bill Mumy who played Will Robinson on '60s-era Lost in Space) and Artie Barnes (Robert Haimer), hold the distinction of creating the most requested song in the Dr Demento Show history. That song is "Fish Heads," which still sounds shockingly weird some 42 years after being released. While none of their other songs hold quite as much cultural cache, Mumy and Haimer have continued to make music together as Barnes & Barnes since and will release a new album, Pancake Dream ,this Friday (11/5) via Dr. Demento's label, Demented Punk.
As fellow Demento vet Weird "Al" Yankovic notes, Pancake Dream "definitely ain’t 'Fish Heads,'" and "finds the brothers Barnes at their most hypnotic and avant-garde, creating lyrics and soundscapes that will forever plague my dreams and haunt my every waking moment." It's a more mature Barnes & Barnes, but no less strange. The album also occasionally draws back the curtain, for something a little more serious and direct, which is the case with "American History."