Friday, May 21, 2010

Top 5 Fictional Bands

There have been many made up musical groups over the years, and I happen to like many of them. Movies and T.V. shows have given us some great songs from bands that aren't real, but so often you wish that they were. Here now are my favorite bands that don't actually exist.


The Simpsons gave us this barbershop quartet of Homer, Barney, Apu and Principal Skinner, that won a Grammy Award for their hit "Baby on Board." Just like another band on this list, the Be Sharps are a parody of The Beatles, and most of their work revolves around jokes about the Fab Four. For example, they do a rooftop concert, many of their album covers look like Beatle albums and Barney even gets a Japanese avant garde girlfriend.


Jabba the Hutt's house band is an all time classic fake group. I'm more a fan of the early Max Rebo Band's stuff- meaning the work that they did before George Lucas had to add crap to the 1997 release of Return of the Jedi. Go back and watch for their great hits in the original version of the film. Sy Snoodles is a hot lead singer too.


If you're going to rip off a real band for your fake band, there is no better one to steal from than The Beatles. Instead of John, Paul, George and Ringo, The Rutles boast the lineup of Nasty, Dirk, Stig and Barry and their musical prowess is amazing enough to last a lunchtime. With their hits like, Ouch!, Yellow Submarine Sandwich and Get Up and Go, we are privy to musical genius in its highest form. It's actually really fun to see how much their songs sound like Beatle hits without actually being direct rip-offs.


This band would be number one, but they are a borderline real band, so they get bumped to two. The great show band of Joliet Jake and Elwood actually toured, had several albums and two movies because they were so good on Saturday Night Live. The Blues Brothers signature sound was a traditional blues rhythm section combined with a New York horn section and the smoky vocals of Jake Blues (John Belushi). They really set the standard for all future fake bands to be measured against. No phony music act, save one, can top their awesomeness.


Britain's loudest band is also the greatest fake band of all time. Spinal Tap's lineup of David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls has given us so many great hits like Big Bottom, Sex Farm and Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight, as well as the definitive example of how to live the rock and roll lifestyle. No other band, fake or real, lives up to their billing like Tap does. Despite their line of deceased drummers, all black album covers and some controversy over their music, they are still out there today making fake music and cranking it up to eleven.

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