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The Top Ten fictional bands

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“What’s behind the words–images they know will please us? I’ll take what’s real. Bring up the lights.” Queensryche – “Anybody Listening?”

Given the choice, I’d rather listen to fictional bands than the “real” bands that are on top of the charts in the 2010’s. It’s amazing that Hanna-Barbera has a better track record at creating artificial musical groups than Disney, Simon Cowell, Sean Combs, and NBC’s “The Voice.” And while the rise of fictional animated bands took off after The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine,” the first popular fictional band pre-dates Beatlemania.

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The secret behind these fictional bands is that there are some talented artists behind the music. The songs were not novelty, one-hit wonder songs. (Even the Saturday morning cartoon bands that sang the episode’s moral were earnest.) Today, a overdependence on Auto-Tune, and an overdependence on musical samples can make almost anyone a one-hit wonder on YouTube. Today’s acts seem to rely on gimmicks to compensate for a lack of talent. This holds true for the manufactured boy-band quintets from England. The music industry’s futile attempt to create relevance for these acts are so artificial, it makes “real” groups such as One Direction, Five Seconds of Summer, and artists such as Ariande Grande and Jessie J seem like one-dimensional fictional characters.

So without further adieu, ladies and gentlemen, welcome back my friends to the show that never ends. Here are our lists:

The Top Ten Fictional Bands

Keith’s List

  • 10. Jem & The Holograms
  • 9. Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids Junkyard Band
  • 8. Josie & The Pussycats
  • 7. The Silver Platters (The Brady Bunch)
  • 6. Wyld Stallynz (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure)
  • 5. Alvin & the Chipmunks
  • 4. Infant Sorrow (Get him to the Greek)
  • 3. The Way Outs (The Flintstones)
  • 2. Steel Dragons (Rock Star)
  • 1. Stillwater (Almost Famous)

Honorable Mentions: The Blues Brothers; Dr Teeth & The Electric Mayhem (The Muppet Show); Eddie & The Cruisers; Faith + 1 (South Park); Sex Bombs (Scott Pilgrim vs the World); Spinal Tap (This is Spinal Tap); Timmy & the Lords of the Underworld (South Park).

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My List

  • 10. Mongolian Chop Squad (Beck Mongolian Chop Squad)
  • 9. The Commitments (The Commitments)
  • 8. Barry Jive & The Uptown 5 (nee: Sonic Death Monkey, a.k.a. Kathleen Turner Overdrive) (High Fidelity)
  • 7. (tie) Spinal Tap (This is Spinal Tap) / The Folksmen (A Mighty Wind)
  • 6. Dethklock (Metalocalypse)
  • 5. Priss & The Replicants (Bubblegum Crisis)
  • 4. Max Rebo Band (Return of the Jedi)
  • 3. Dr Teeth & The Electric Mayhem (The Muppet Show)
  • 2. The Soggy Bottom Boys (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
  • 1. The Rutles (The Rutles: All You Need is Cash)

Honorable Mentions: Billie & The Boingers (Bloom County); The Blues Brothers; Code Slither (G.I. Joe); Eddie & The Cruisers; Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids; Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (a.k.a.: The Cantina Band) (Star Wars); Jem & The Holograms; Josie & The Pussycats; Kid Video; The School of Rock; Stillwater (Almost Famous); The Oneders (That Thing You Do!); Wyld Stallynz (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure)

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