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Mr. Barnes of Barnes and Barnes, dressed in tin foil rather than a garbage bag.

Mr. Barnes of Barnes and Barnes, dressed in tin foil rather than a garbage bag.

Fish Heads, could be the most ground breaking song ever written. It probably isn’t, but it could be. Here’s what you don’t know:

The song is by Barnes and Barnes, a pair of brother named Art Barnes and Arty Barnes, from Lumania. Or that’s there version of it anyway. The truth is the group is actually made up of childhood pals Robert Haimer and Bill Mumy, who is better known as playing Will Robinson in Lost in Space and that kid that wishes things into the corn field on The Twilight Zone.

After Mr. Mumy’s riun on Lost in Space ended he began making short Super 8 films with Mr. Haimer. They jokingly referred to them as “Art” films, which lead to them calling each other Art. They eventually also adopted the last name Barnes from a comedy routine by Bill Cosby about a kid named Junior Barnes who threw snowballs. Eventually Mr. Haaimer started calling himself Artie instead, so people could tell the difference between the two of them.

They officially formed as a music group in 1970, but wouldn’t find real airplay until Dr. Demento began playing their song Fish Heads on his radio show in 1978. Three years later MTV would play their iconic music video, because frankly they had 24 hours to fill and their were only so many music videos out there. Of course MTV now has more than enough videos to play, but opts instead to show reality shows about spoiled teenage girls.

Mr. Paxton, in the role that launched his career.

Mr. Paxton, in the role that launched his career.

The Fish Heads video was directed by and starred Bill Paxton, who was relatively unknown at the time. It would be quite a while until we would know Mr. Paxton better for his roles in Titanic, Twister, Big Love and A Simple Plan (a personal favorite of mine).

The video actually premiered on Saturday Night Live in 1980, making Barnes and Barnes predate The Lonely Island by 25 years.

In the years since, Mr. Mumy kept himself busy doing voice work for cartoons such as Batman: The Animated Series and Ren & Stimpy. Mr. Haimes occasionally comments on youtube videos, including Fish Heads.

Without further wait,here is Fish Heads, starring Mr. Bill Paxton:


Category: Today

The Jokes:

Sony has announced they just stopped making new Playstation 2s. As long as Nintendo keeps making the Virtual Boy I am okay.

Space may increase Alzheimer in Astronauts. Explains why we haven’t been to the moon, no one can remember how to get back there. Plus I hear Buzz lost the keys to the shuttle.

Zynga has closed 11 of their games. Immediately my timeline lost 60% of it’s content.

5 Cable Stations That Have Lost Their Way:

MTV – Lets just get this one out of the way. I this generation of 20 somethings complaining about how MTV no longer shows music. But I remember complaining about the same thing 20 years ago. It seems boggling that somehow a station named Music Television has somehow figured out how to play less music than ever. Twenty years ago MTV was playing stuff like Real World, Beavis & Butt-head and Liquid Television. Now MTV has gone full reality TV with trash like 16 and pregnant and The Jersey Shore. But guess what? MTV’s ratings has gone up over the last few years. The public doesn’t want music, they want crap.

It’s sad that when Beavis and Butt-head came back on the air in 2012, the one music video that was shown during that episode was more music than would typically be played an entire day on MTV.

When I look a what has happened to M2 is when I tear up little. 15 years ago M2 was the greatest station ever. A wide variety of music and no commercials. But then they renamed themselves MTV2 and along came the crap.

americanmoviAMC – Nowadays when you think of AMC you think of great programs like The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Breaking Bad. And for those few hours those programs air, AMC is the greatest station in the world. The problem is the other 165 hour each week.

Everyday AMC plays horrible over recycled movies from the 80s and 90s that you could find in the $2 DVD discount bin at Walmart. Did you know AMC stands for American Movie Classics? If you turned on AMC in the 90s it would have looked a lot like what we know as Turner Classic Movies today. In fact Turner Classic Movies 100% stole AMC’s formular: Classic black & white presented ad free introduced by a grey haired movie expert.

It’s hard to miss AMC too much, since Turner does such a good job at being AMC of yesteryear. Plus Breaking Bad is pretty kick ass.

70eHistory Channel: It was joked in the 90s that the History Channel should be known has the Hitler Chanel because of the large amount of WWII programming they aired. But now we would wish for that instead of the steaming pile of reality television the station has become. Shows about people driving on Ice, cutting down trees, restoring coke machines? What? And of course there’s Pawn Stars and American Pickers. Hours of people getting ripped off selling their priceless heirlooms. Or pretending to get ripped off, since these shows are all prescripted lies anyway.

The worse is the UFO and monster show presented as fact. The History Channel should be ashamed to still call themselves such while presenting this garbage to idiots who think (did I say think, there is no thinking involved  that because it’s on station called History is must be true. But still it could be worse…

TLC – The L in TLC stands for Learning. Learning! On a station that carries Honey Boo-boo. No… No way. TLC is by far the worse offender on this list.

bravo_logo_28155Bravo – Bravo launched as “the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts”.  It used to be the place to watch Operas and Indie Films. Now they play the Real Housewives of some stupid place I don’t care about.

FOX news complains about a war on Christmas. Last I checked there’s about 8 different religious stations on my cable box, while the number with real educational programming has gone down to about 3 or 4. The real war is on smart people. The TV networks all try to rot our brains with horrible reality programming and talking head pundits. Thank god books still exist… for now.

 

 


Category: Today

The Jokes:

The northeast is getting ready for a major storm. We don’t mind, as nonswing states we are just happy to get the attention.

Obama appeared on MTV on Friday to reach out to his base of young voters. Meanwhile Romney is attempting to splice himself into reruns of Diagnoses Murder to appeal to his base.

Can someone please tell me why Breast Cancer still exists? I’ve been wearing pink nonstop, you think that would of cured it by now.

Coming This November to cheesegod.com:

Sadly, this is still the nicest cake I’ve received. Although the “Take A Shower” one was nice too.

Does news about cheesegod.com on cheesegod.com count as an update to cheesegod.com? Meh, who cares?

I have not one, not two… no wait it’s two, two exciting announcement for cheesegod.com this November.

First up,

make sure you tune in on election day, November 6th 2012, for our LIVE coverage of the presidential election results. Starting at 9pm I will be live blogging the entire shabang. It will include a constantly updating electoral vote map exclusive to this site. Plenty of live commentary. And of course, plenty of bad jokes.Our electoral map will be unique in that’ll show states that haven’t yet finished voting, but are certainly going to vote for a certain candidate. For example, we all know California is going to vote for Obama, there’s no need to pretend otherwise. We’ll have California called for Obama from the very start. This will make it easier to get a better idea of the state of the race before the big networks officially call it.

Live coverage will start at 8pm on November 6th. Don’t miss it!

Also this November we’ll be finally acknowledging that somehow this site is now 15 years old! All November we’ll be bringing you our favorite stories from the past 15 years! I call it “Let’s Remember, This November” you can call it repeats.

Of course there will be new jokes other fun stuff throughout the month! Stay tuned.

Watch This:

Jimmy Fallon definetly has a talent for combining completley random unrelated things. Here’s Tom Hanks performing poetry about Full House:


Category: Today

So tomorrow we’ll be remembering the events of five years ago, but yesterday we let past the 7 year anniversary of the end of the world.

Yes, many might not remember that 9/9/99 marked the end of the world for some. In all the Y2K panic, we forget some were trying to spread some of that panic less than four months earlier.

September 9, 1999 wasn’t going to be the end of the world because the Sega Dreamcast was released and MTV Video Music awards aired on that date. Nope, it was the computers again.

Apparently, according to the chaos spreaders, 9999 at one point was used in computer software to signal “shut down”. So naturally, computers, when seeing the date, would shut down. But don’t go blaming the damn programmers for causing the end of the world yet. Most of the 9/9/99 problems were caused by users, not programmers.

When entering data in spreadsheets that automatically sort entries by number, people often used 9999 on items they wanted to appear on the bottom of the list. Or sometimes 9/9/99 was used as a date on items that they never wanted to happen. Thankfully it appears didn’t use this system when scheduling nuclear weapon strikes.

But, as you can tell by looking out your window, the world didn’t end, and I can sit here and write about it for no reason.


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