Fish Heads

At lunch today (sushi) with Amy and my two nephews, the song “Fish Heads” suddenly inserted itself in my head.  No one at the table remembered it, but the waitress did and we struggled through the chorus together.  I whipped out my trusty T-Mobile Sidekick and googled “Fish Head Song.”  Voila – lyrics:

Fish heads fish heads
Roly poly fish heads
Fish heads fish heads
Eat them up
(Repeat Chorus)
In the morning laughing happy fish heads
In the evening floating in the soup
Ask a fish head anything you want to
They won’t answer they can’t talk
I took a fish head out to see a movie
Didn’t have to pay to get it in
They can’t play baseball they don’t wear sweaters
They’re not good dancers they don’t play drums
Roly poly fish heads are never seen
Drinking cappuccino in Italian restaurants
with Oriental women
(Repeat Chorus 2X)
(Repeat Chorus a capella)

This was from Barnes & Barnes’ debut album (yeah – huge success those Barnes & Barnes guys).  Dr. Demento (remember him all you 40 year olds – well – he’s still around) claims it was the all time most requested song on his show.  Yum.  Yeah.

Sorry for the multiple posts – I was trying a new posting editor and it was an unhappy experience.

  • You have me laughing here as the last time we went for sushi at my favorite sushi restaurant here in SLC, we somehow ended up singing this song to the great amusement of our sushi chefs. The funny thing about this song is that it also had a video as I recall by “game over man!”, Bill Paxton, the actor.

  • I loved Dr. Demento. I used to look forward to Sunday nights so that I could listen to the good doctor. Ironically, just yesterday I was at Borders buying some CD’s for my son’s birthday and happened upon “The Very Best of Dr. Demento” CD, which I came this close to buying for my brother. And of course it had “Fish Heads” on it. As well as such classics as Dr. Demento’s own “Shaving Cream,” Weird Al’s “Yoda,” Tom Lehrer’s “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park,” Allan Sherman’s “Hellow Muddah” and ah so many more. Now I’m definitely going to go buy it.

  • Seeing your fish-heads post brought a big smile to my face. I remember seeing the video to this for the first time on a .com company team build to Amsterdam back in 98 and we were all in fits. But ive never been able to remember the words. It subsequently became a bit of a team anthem and a memorytune from that period.

  • Thanks for posting the lyrics, Brad! Believe it or not, my kids and I like to sing “Fish Heads” to each other.

  • Dave Jilk

    Yeah, thanks a million — the *&$*#&$ thing was stuck in my head all day!

  • Barbara

    I just happened to be watching MTV when the group was receiving an award for the video. Do you know who produced the video?

  • David

    I remember seeing a video on a show called “Turkey TV” that I do believe was on Nickelodeon in the mid 80’s….anyone remember that?

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