"I pledge allegiance to the band"...
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Billy and the Boingers (at #6 in the list) would have been my #1 choice, on the strength of this album cover parody alone (its source of inspiration is here). But it has nothing to do with the musical integrity of Berke Breathed, it's just because I'm a Springsteen fanatic.
posted by amyms at 9:00 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem? Hell yeah!!!
posted by nola at 9:01 PM on August 7, 2007


#1: Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem

Good list
posted by mexican at 9:03 PM on August 7, 2007


Your Favorite Non-Existent Band Sucks
posted by Poolio at 9:03 PM on August 7, 2007


Ha! I had forgotten about "U Stink but I love U" mp3.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:06 PM on August 7, 2007


I am confused.

Both Spinal Tap and the Blues Brothers actually recorded songs and did live shows.

Wouldn't that make them real bands? Invented, yes. But real nonetheless.

And where is CB4? Way better than Alvin & The Chipmunks.
posted by quin at 9:11 PM on August 7, 2007


They left off The Gorillaz?
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 9:11 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


I would have liked to see Tenacious D on the list. But I am not sure if they are considered real or not.
posted by Mr_Zero at 9:12 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


What about Deathtöngue? (good list.)

I was going to say The Dukes of Stratosphear, but they actually existed.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:12 PM on August 7, 2007


"And what the dickens does 'grimace musically' mean?"
posted by frobozz at 9:13 PM on August 7, 2007


The first link was a shitty video. Here it is live.
posted by Mr_Zero at 9:16 PM on August 7, 2007


I would pay at $200 balcony ticket to see Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. But that also means I'd get a better chance of sitting next to Statler and Waldorf. WIN-WIN.
posted by spec80 at 9:19 PM on August 7, 2007 [10 favorites]


Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem is proof that Henson was a genius.
posted by oddman at 9:27 PM on August 7, 2007


This list is hogwash. It omits the greatest band to have ever rocked this universe, from Ursa Minor Beta to the Gagrakacka Mind Zones.

They're here tonight for a very special performance, ladies and gentlemen, strap on those Joojanta 2000 Peril Sensitive Sunglasses, grab your towels and give it up for the loudest noise in the history of the known universe...

Live again after a year dead for tax reasons, it's Disaster Area!
posted by Pastabagel at 9:27 PM on August 7, 2007 [5 favorites]


If that's what winning means, I'd hate to see losing!
posted by statler and / or waldorf at 10:22 PM on August 7

What about Smeg and the Heads?
posted by arto at 9:28 PM on August 7, 2007 [6 favorites]


I actually like these Misfits' songs kinda a lot. They're short.

Weird that there's a real Jem and a makebelieve Jem. What happens if Jemreal and The Misfitsreal ever meet in real life? A Rock-off for the heart of Rio, that's what! Come on, girls, we're getting real! Showtime, Synergy!!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:31 PM on August 7, 2007 [4 favorites]


Oh yeah, Disaster Area. Seeing as how I used to used Max Quordlepleen as my BBS handle a forever and a half ago, I ought to have remembered. All the bands on the list have actually put out some form of recorded music despite not existing, though--did Disaster Area? Maybe for the radio series or something?
posted by arto at 9:32 PM on August 7, 2007


The Commitments are actually a real band now too. They've been doing gigs for years.

I've never seen them in person, but I love the movie and the soundtracks are absolutely wonderful.
posted by tittergrrl at 9:33 PM on August 7, 2007


Jem and the Holograms were totally real. And outrageous. Do not ruin that for me, Ambrosia Voyeur :(
posted by spec80 at 9:35 PM on August 7, 2007


Yes, spec80, they were truly truly truly outrageous.

I guess deathclock is too modern to be included.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 9:40 PM on August 7, 2007


quin makes a good point. but still, good list!
posted by es_de_bah at 9:40 PM on August 7, 2007


For fuck's sakes, DEATHKLOK
posted by tehloki at 9:40 PM on August 7, 2007


Preview before posting. I'll learn it someday. Anybody have a rolled-up newspaper?
posted by tehloki at 9:41 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


and for posterity, DETHKLOK
posted by tehloki at 9:42 PM on August 7, 2007


Also, while they only have one song/video that I have see, I think Elektronik Supersonik by Zlad is catchy.
posted by Mr_Zero at 9:42 PM on August 7, 2007


I don't get this list at all. How are the Chipmunks or the Blues Brothers "fake" when they've released multiple best-selling albums? That's like saying Gorillaz or Spinal Tap were fake because the characters aren't real even though they've toured for years. Christ, that cartoon cat Paula Abdul danced with released his own album.

A for concept, F for implementation.

And where's Bad News and Wyld Stallyns?
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 9:44 PM on August 7, 2007


quin is right, Spinal Tap and Blues Brothers shouldn't be on this list at all. I'm not altogether sure just how many actual shows Spinal Tap did, but I know they did some. They probably toured. And the Blues Brothers, forget about it! Man, that was the old Stax Records rhythm section: Steve Cropper, "Duck" Dunn, and they had Matt "Guitar" Murphy, etc. They were a serious band! Even if the whole thing started as a movie. And now tittergrrl's called 'em out on the Commitments as well. The folks who compiled this list didn't exactly do their homework, that is, if they really meant never existed.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:46 PM on August 7, 2007


Yeah, if Spinal Tap is on this list, then the Partridge Family should be, too. And I'm fairly certain that all the original members of ELO were Animatronic, except for Jeff Lynne, and he was actually carved from butter.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 9:55 PM on August 7, 2007 [3 favorites]


What about all the choirs of angels in Heaven?
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 9:57 PM on August 7, 2007 [3 favorites]


And where's Bad News and Wyld Stallyns?

DUDE!
posted by Windigo at 9:58 PM on August 7, 2007


Good call on DETHKLOK.
posted by spec80 at 9:58 PM on August 7, 2007


Steven C. Den Beste said: They left off The Gorillaz?

Thinking of SCDB as a Gorillaz fan cracks me up. (no offense intended, it just seems incongruous) lol
posted by amyms at 10:00 PM on August 7, 2007


Wyld Stallyns

Fuck, I should have referenced that. Nice catch, XQUZYPHYR.

I'll counter with: Vitaly Chernobyl and the Meltdowns.

Whom, based on the descriptions, I would love to have experienced.
posted by quin at 10:12 PM on August 7, 2007 [2 favorites]


Scum of the Earth? Yen Town Band? ENZO?
posted by bobo123 at 10:13 PM on August 7, 2007


Any aussies out there remember The Orange Organics?
posted by Jimbob at 10:15 PM on August 7, 2007


All of you who pointed out the discrepancy between the "never existed" label and the "bands who really did put out albums" have a valid point. I didn't even think about that when I read the list, so I thank you for pointing it out (and including links) because it gave me a lot of great things to think about (like, do the Brady Kids count? *sings "Sunshine Day*). I think maybe the compilers of the list meant "bands that were originally conceived as fictional" (even if said bands eventually released real work).
posted by amyms at 10:18 PM on August 7, 2007


It's a fine line between what is "real" and what is "fake". I guess it's all about the actual reasons why the so-called bands were formed. The Blues Brothers were formed because they were a skit, to make people laugh. Their success was phenomenal enough to allow them to become "real" for a time.

The same thing goes for Spinal Tap and The Commitments. The original intent was make a movie, not do gigs. It just so happened that they were good enough to continue as a band.

The thing with all three bands is that they were only as good as their movies. They never charted after the original soundtracks came out (okay, Spinal Tap did, but there's always a fly in the ointment). So I have to say that these bands were fake.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood was a fake band that toured for years after. I think this list should go to 11.
posted by ashbury at 10:18 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


Wow, I just had a really cool epiphany;

From the same book;

Blunt Force Trauma play a kind of speed reggae


Stephenson totally predicted Skindred, who, I've come to discover, rule quite a lot.
posted by quin at 10:23 PM on August 7, 2007


What, no Rock-Afire Explosion?
posted by hydrophonic at 10:26 PM on August 7, 2007


And how 'bout The Archies?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:30 PM on August 7, 2007


So, maybe it should have been titled...ehem...

"The Ten Best Bands That Basically Have Nothing In Common Except That They Started as Fictional. While Some Stayed Fictional, Others Became Actual Bands."

Now that is friggin' catchy!
posted by metasav at 10:33 PM on August 7, 2007


And if we are going to discuss 'fake bands' we should probably mention Whale's Hobo Humpin slobo babe. which is about as good as you can get in a song. Though it was meant as a joke, and yet, the success off of that song led to the album 'All Disco Dance Must End In Broken Bones' [A title which I just love to say...] and a really quality album.
posted by quin at 10:35 PM on August 7, 2007 [3 favorites]


Catchy is better than accurate.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:36 PM on August 7, 2007


Metasav, that IS catchy... You should write a strongly-worded letter to the compilers of the list!
posted by amyms at 10:38 PM on August 7, 2007


While looking for some info on The Way-Outs, I came across the mother lode: The Encyclopedia Fakebandica.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:40 PM on August 7, 2007 [5 favorites]


That's a GREAT site, hydrophonic... I almost posted it myself awhile back, but then I discovered that it had already been an FPP before (but darned if I can find it now, so thanks for posting it in this thread).
posted by amyms at 10:44 PM on August 7, 2007


No love for Limozeen?
posted by PenDevil at 10:45 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


my list would include Sexual Chocolate, Banjo And Sullivan, Stillwater, Leather and the Suedes, and DuJour.
posted by billyfleetwood at 10:47 PM on August 7, 2007


The Banana Splits! GOD DAMN IT!

Citizen Dick! FOR THE LOVE OF PETE!


whew... boy, mock outrage about a trivial topic takes it out of a guy.
posted by tkchrist at 10:54 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


God damn ashbury, that's pretty deep. Are you shrooming?
posted by Mr_Zero at 10:55 PM on August 7, 2007


I love how Limozeen is pronounced. It takes a minute to say it and it makes me a little dizzy and hoarse.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:03 PM on August 7, 2007


No Eddie and The Cruisers?????

On the dark side.... oh yeah..... On the dark side..... oooooooohhhhhh yeeeaaaaahhhhh...
posted by bradth27 at 11:09 PM on August 7, 2007 [2 favorites]


Jet Screamer is the SPACIEST!!!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:10 PM on August 7, 2007


NWH people.
posted by serazin at 11:14 PM on August 7, 2007


Run with the Devil!
Shout Satans might!
Deathtöngue!
Deathtöngue!
The Beast rises tonight!

posted by Ljubljana at 11:19 PM on August 7, 2007


Kaptain Kool and the Kongs?

No, wait. They suck.
posted by mazola at 11:27 PM on August 7, 2007


Devils Rancher, I'm with you on the Dukes! (No mention yet of the Mosquitoes?)
posted by McLir at 11:29 PM on August 7, 2007


Cap'n Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters. The phony side project of a nonexistent band. I wouldn't want to be accused of not being fake enough, after all.
posted by MrVisible at 11:33 PM on August 7, 2007


A few others not on the list: The Schmenge Brothers, Mitch and Micky, and the relentless New Main Street Singers.
posted by McLir at 11:45 PM on August 7, 2007


The Folksmen are my favorite from that universe, actually. "Skeletons of Quinto" is actually darn good. Not on YouTube, I guess. Deleted scenes only.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:58 PM on August 7, 2007


Yow mazola, I forgot just how much Kaptain Kool and the Kongs truly sucked. (I actually had a pre-teen lust for Super Chick.)
posted by McLir at 11:59 PM on August 7, 2007


And I'm fairly certain that all the original members of ELO were Animatronic

Ach, as a Roy Wood fanatic I cannot let this stand, funny or no.
posted by anazgnos at 12:06 AM on August 8, 2007


The Blues Brothers were formed because they were a skit, to make people laugh. Their success was phenomenal enough to allow them to become "real" for a time.

I think we can at least all agree that The Blues Brothers 2000 were not a real band.
posted by anazgnos at 12:07 AM on August 8, 2007


And from Holland, Boyzvoiced. [wiki]
posted by McLir at 12:08 AM on August 8, 2007


Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers. And it was only their side gig.
posted by hariya at 12:09 AM on August 8, 2007 [2 favorites]


Stillwater dammit.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 12:17 AM on August 8, 2007


Okay, going for the geek gold.

The House Band
(Live at Tilley's)
Plane Geometry
Juan Cougar
Negative Scratch
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:17 AM on August 8, 2007


Damn, forgot Tony and the Togas & Brothers Squared
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:22 AM on August 8, 2007


I assume y'all saw "Behind the Music" on Electric Mayhem?
posted by maxwelton at 12:35 AM on August 8, 2007 [2 favorites]


No Boney M?

Pathetic oversight.
posted by UbuRoivas at 12:59 AM on August 8, 2007


What about The Lone Rangers?
posted by nonreflectiveobject at 1:02 AM on August 8, 2007


I think there was a band called the Stray Cats in "That'll Be the Day", and "Stardust". And Dave Edmunds was in it, which makes it the best ever.
posted by emf at 1:17 AM on August 8, 2007


Any aussies out there remember The Orange Organics?

Heh. I was thinking of The Takeaways.
posted by goo at 2:05 AM on August 8, 2007


I HATE YOU, GOO!!!

now i'm not gonna be able to get this out of my head all nite:

one day the wind blows hot & cold
life can be sweet & sour but i am in control...


what about the band in degrassi junior high?
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:14 AM on August 8, 2007


Oh ta, Ubu. Earworm tennis!

everybody wants something
they'll never give up
everybody wants something
they'll take your mon-ay
and never give up!

posted by goo at 2:27 AM on August 8, 2007


arto writes "All the bands on the list have actually put out some form of recorded music despite not existing"

The American Medical Association recorded? Do the undead Nazis know?
posted by brundlefly at 2:34 AM on August 8, 2007 [1 favorite]


What is real? What is fake? In our own ways, aren't we all just puppets, manipulated by forces beyond our control? All I know is that Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem are one of the greatest bands of all time, and any list that gives them their rightful space at the top is a good one. (Please click that link. It's an image I commissioned from Sarah Clarke.)
posted by Faint of Butt at 2:43 AM on August 8, 2007 [1 favorite]


My favorite would have to be The Beets.

Ooh-wee-ooh... killer tofu!
posted by ludwig_van at 3:35 AM on August 8, 2007 [1 favorite]


Your favorite non-existent band sucks.
posted by sciurus at 3:56 AM on August 8, 2007


actually, most of these non-existent bands suck.

goo - i had a mental block that prevented me from remembering those lyrics. thanks to you, that's now been overcome. i am so grateful that i've resolved not to track you down & firebomb your house.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:10 AM on August 8, 2007


HEY HEY what about THE MONKEES!
posted by tiny crocodile at 4:21 AM on August 8, 2007


quin -- I know nothing of the backstory of Hobo Humping Slobo Babe, only that when I first saw the video on Beavis and Butthead in my younger days, I immediately formed the opinion that it was one of the best songs ever recorded. Please tell me more about Whale.

Also, this list is pretty great. Dr. Teeth may have been a natural choice for Number One, but there's always gonna be a special place in my heart for the Riverbottom Nightmare Band.
posted by Greg Nog at 4:22 AM on August 8, 2007


No Johnny Bravo?
posted by emelenjr at 4:56 AM on August 8, 2007


Not very literary. I'd like to see the Nazgul, from George R. R. Martin's The Armageddon Rag. They have the advantage of being able to absorb heavy metal umlauts.
posted by adipocere at 4:57 AM on August 8, 2007


Oop Ack!
posted by ColdChef at 6:11 AM on August 8, 2007


Seems to me, if any music has been recorded, then that band, in fact, does exist. If the Rutles and Blues Brothers are going to be on the list, then surely the Gorillaz, Monkees, etc. should be on the list.

And, yeah, Disaster Area should top the list.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:22 AM on August 8, 2007


Okay, Aussie fans, you beat me to "The Takeaways" but what about Jackie Mullins and the Wombats?

I want to live in a house
With my own letterbox
A backyard where my friends can play
Not living under people evewy day.

There wasn't much that was fun about being 15, but that was definitely a highlight.
posted by h00py at 6:48 AM on August 8, 2007


Man, it's great hearing those Billy and the Boingers songs again after so many years, but the sound quality is really atrocious on those mp3's... probably because they're ripped right from the flexi-disc recording. Someone's gotta have the original master tapes around somewhere. The time is right for a proper Bootleg re-master and reissue!
posted by 40 Watt at 6:56 AM on August 8, 2007


I'll counter with: Vitaly Chernobyl and the Meltdowns.

Hardly. Vitaly Chernobyl is barely fit to open for Sushi K.

And all of their bands are pussies, because you can listen to them on the same planet as their performance. Thirding Disaster Area. The only band that could challenge Disaster Area would be if Motorhead recruited Raven and Godzilla (for drums). Their performance would start RagnaROCK!! WOO!!!! \m/!!!
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 7:03 AM on August 8, 2007


I may have missed this above if someone mentioned it, but what about more Henson-riffic fantasy bands:

Emmit Otter's Jug Band and their enemies, the Riverbottom Gang!

Oh, and here's a handy list of fictional bands!
posted by NationalKato at 7:29 AM on August 8, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'm so happy to see Hedwig on that list.
posted by bluishorange at 7:49 AM on August 8, 2007


No joy for The Bugaloos?

Hmmm, Joy.
posted by beowulf573 at 8:02 AM on August 8, 2007


Three Times One Minus One had two great hits: Eww Girl, Eww and Goodbye 2 Every 1 Ever
posted by ALongDecember at 8:17 AM on August 8, 2007


Of course Billy from the Commitments' main influence was Animal from the muppets!
posted by TwoWordReview at 8:25 AM on August 8, 2007


ALongDecember, Three Time One Minus One is one of my all-time favorite groups!
posted by NationalKato at 8:32 AM on August 8, 2007


I think that Aerosmith is my favorite fake band.
posted by Kwine at 8:42 AM on August 8, 2007


flapjax at midnite mentioned The Archies, but what about Josie and the Pussycats?

Oh, and for fun here's a pic of Bill the Cat playing guitar in my bedroom ~20 years ago.
posted by djeo at 8:56 AM on August 8, 2007 [1 favorite]


How the hell can these mofo's they say the School of Rock Band wasn't real?!

I *saw* them play! On a stage! In a movie!
posted by washburn at 8:59 AM on August 8, 2007


The Tenmen?

TTOMO really shines in personal interviews.

"I ain't got no flyin' shoes."
posted by solipsophistocracy at 8:59 AM on August 8, 2007


Ladies and Gentlemen, they missed The Fabulous Stains. And The Tubes, for that matter.
posted by jack_mo at 9:02 AM on August 8, 2007


Don't forget Lancelot Link and The Evolution Revolution.
posted by George_Spiggott at 9:05 AM on August 8, 2007


WHAT?
Does no one recall the Masked Marauders?
posted by ahimsakid at 9:11 AM on August 8, 2007


I can't believe it's gotten this far without someone mentioning The Soggy Bottom Boys.
posted by tiny crocodile at 9:20 AM on August 8, 2007


Author is apparently not "turned on" otherwise they would not have left off the Banana Splits and the Sour Grapes Bunch.
posted by Pollomacho at 9:21 AM on August 8, 2007


Oh, and in the Commitments, when the band are discussing names, someone mentions a (fictional) band called Free Beer - "Yeah, they always get a big crowd".
posted by tiny crocodile at 9:22 AM on August 8, 2007


You want the best left-out fake band? I got yer best left-out fake band right-cheer! Ziggy Stardust and the Motherfucking Spiders from Motherfucking Mars, for tkchrist's sake! Name one other fake band that had a fake band invented in literary (er cinematic) tribute!

time takes a cigarette, and puts it in your mouth...
posted by mwhybark at 9:30 AM on August 8, 2007


Name one other fake band that had a fake band invented in literary (er cinematic) tribute!

How about having a real band named for one of many fake bands listed in a comedy scetch like Toad the Wet Sprocket?
posted by Pollomacho at 9:35 AM on August 8, 2007


"Though it was meant as a joke, and yet, the success off of that song led to the album 'All Disco Dance Must End In Broken Bones' [A title which I just love to say...] and a really quality album."

Man, "We Care" was the surprisingly quality album. ADDMEIBB was pretty lame, despite a great title.

For the continuing compilation— My two favorite as-of-yet-unmentioned bands would be Polaris and The Latents. In fact, The Latents should be #1.
posted by klangklangston at 9:39 AM on August 8, 2007


Then there's this other group called, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" but I'm not sure if they have any albums out or not.
posted by McLir at 9:58 AM on August 8, 2007 [1 favorite]


klangklangston said: My two favorite as-of-yet-unmentioned bands would be Polaris and The Latents.

I love Polaris' intro to "The Adventures Of Pete And Pete" ("Hey Sandy" [YouTube, but it's audio only]). I never knew that they were "created" just for the show, but whaddya know? They were.
posted by amyms at 10:02 AM on August 8, 2007


McLir, one assumes we were blinded by the Rutles. Excellent point.
posted by mwhybark at 10:05 AM on August 8, 2007


McLir said: Then there's this other group called, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

And don't forget the BeeGees/Frampton version. Here's the movie trailer.
posted by amyms at 10:05 AM on August 8, 2007


I'll not argue that 'We Care' is awesome, but come on, ADDMEIBB has the song 'Four Big Speakers' which is just plain fun.
posted by quin at 10:06 AM on August 8, 2007


What good is a fictional band with no werewolf in it? Dingoes Ate My Baby
posted by nicwolff at 10:10 AM on August 8, 2007


mwhybark said: McLir, one assumes we were blinded by the Rutles.

Speaking of The Rutles, be sure to check out jonp72's fun FPP about Beatles spoofs and parodies (if you haven't already).
posted by amyms at 10:11 AM on August 8, 2007


No video available but on the Mighty Wind soundtrack the Folksmen cover the Stones "Start Me Up". Hearing the harmonies on the line "you make a dead man come" may induce spontaneous laughter or heart attack.
posted by Ber at 10:20 AM on August 8, 2007


I'm surprised they're not on YouTube, but "The Recess Monkeys" from Pre-Teen World on SCTV. Their cover of "Gone Gone Gone" was funny enough to inflict physical pain.
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:38 AM on August 8, 2007


A truly great band only needs one song to change the world. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present The Queen Haters.
posted by Opposite George at 10:52 AM on August 8, 2007


Oh, and an honorable mention should go to the Queen Haters.
posted by mazola at 10:54 AM on August 8, 2007


Name one other fake band that had a fake band invented in literary (er cinematic) tribute!

Let's not forget the Flaming Creatures, played in that film by Placebo...
posted by jokeefe at 11:10 AM on August 8, 2007


arto:
"What about Smeg and the Heads?"


Dammit, now I can't get this "Om" song out of my head; it's so catchy...
posted by PontifexPrimus at 11:25 AM on August 8, 2007


The Banana Splits! GOD DAMN IT!

And now I've had "Buffalo Soldier" stuck in my head all day.
posted by hydrophonic at 11:59 AM on August 8, 2007


Zit Remedy
posted by mr.marx at 12:16 PM on August 8, 2007


niggaz wit' hats
posted by elr at 12:50 PM on August 8, 2007


Late to the thread as usual, but c'mon, Fingerbang!
posted by oncogenesis at 1:05 PM on August 8, 2007


Rod Torfulson's Armada featuring Herman Menderchuck!

Tramp, she's a tramp, she's a trampoline girl!
posted by bink at 2:49 PM on August 8, 2007


Josie and the pussycats. I was a fan. They even used the word "ironic" correctly in their movie. Not even the fucking tedious as fuck ripping of black people and claiming to oppressed Jem and the Holograms did that.
posted by Sparx at 2:51 PM on August 8, 2007


I hate UK keyboards - and Macs - they are like the dufecta of shite. - ripping off - claiming to be.
posted by Sparx at 2:56 PM on August 8, 2007


If memory serves, I remember doing a spit take when I put on my Billy and the Boingers flexidisc and discovered they were actually a favorite of mine, Mucky Pup. You can check out the original of "U Stink but I Love U" here by launching the mini jukebox and selecting "Boy in a Man's World."
posted by nevercalm at 4:03 PM on August 8, 2007


The Degrassi Jr. High band was The Zit Remedy. : )

Yay for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem!

And you can't leave off Kids Incorporated, which has had a couple famous alumni.
posted by SisterHavana at 4:17 PM on August 8, 2007




One from Brazil: A Turma do Balão Mágico (The Magic Balloon Gang). The roster included the son of MPB star Jair Rodrigues; the son of Ronnie "Great Train Robbery" Biggs; and Simony Benelli Galasso, who later posed nude for Playboy and once, while visiting her incarcerated boyfriend, got caught up in a prison riot shown live on the national news. The things I learn from reading Roctober!

The fun thing about this fake children's band was that they often recorded with actual grown-up recording stars. (Wait, did Raul Seixas just fly past a toilet?)
posted by hydrophonic at 5:54 PM on August 8, 2007


Arguably Milli Vanilli was fictional.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 6:08 PM on August 8, 2007


Sure enuf SDB. But do they pass the bar of "Best"? Best real-life tragedy involving a fictional band, perhaps. Best band? Prolly not.

And for keerist's sake, how could I have neglected the Mingering Mike citation?
posted by mwhybark at 9:02 PM on August 8, 2007


Arguably Milli Vanilli was fictional.

Sure enuf SDB. But do they pass the bar of "Best"? Best real-life tragedy involving a fictional band, perhaps. Best band? Prolly not.


That's why I suggested Boney M earlier - same guy behind em, same lip synching, same fakeness, only much better music...in fact, their "best" status is almost undeniable.
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:35 PM on August 8, 2007


Okay, I accept that Milli Vanilli was "fictional" but myGAWD "Blame It On The Rain" was an awesome song!
posted by amyms at 12:59 AM on August 9, 2007


And, (continuing with Milli Vanilli): "Girl You Know It's True" (sigh) Ahh 80s teenybopper memories!
posted by amyms at 1:05 AM on August 9, 2007


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