By - sarduchi
Spinal Tap, no contest.
Yup...there are so many great fake bands...but Spinal Tap is on another level.
Having said that, Scum of the Earth on WKRP is pretty awesome. No soundtrack but they did perform a song or two.
I'd like to raise a practical question at this point....
Are we still gunna do Stonehenge .... ?
No, we're not going to do fucking Stonehenge!!!
And oh how they danced... The little people of Stonehenge
I rate them 11
> in a real band, but in a fake documentary.
>The fact that the same guys are in "the Folksmen" another real band,( but in a fake documentary) , makes them even better.
Well, it's one more, innit?
I don’t think people realize just how amazing Spinal Tap is/was especially Michael Mckean. He was doing the ol “fake band” shtick back on Laverne and Shirley with Lenny and the Squigtones (RIP David Lander!!!). Their ability to write and perform original comedy songs is actually how they both got their gigs on the show and ultimately started their careers.
Every scene where Lenny and Squiggy are performing was performed live. Lenny and the squigtones actually made it onto American Bandstand which might mark the very first appearance of Christopher Guest as Nigel Tufnel. https://youtu.be/mS5qlEcttEw?t=208
Some additional Lenny and the Squigtones videos:
https://youtu.be/9Kz-3bw5Rq0 (such a catchy song!!)
Fun spinal tap story. Harry Sheer was on the radio doing an interview. I called in and asked a question about performing as the Folksmen. He said that they did a show where the Folksmen opened for Spinal Tap.
The crowd was full of heavy metal, Spinal Tap fans who were very upset at the opening act for playing folk music. The crowd got very angry and booed them off stage chanting Tap Tap Tap and throwing things.
So they had to race off stage get changed into their spinal tap outfits and come on and perform for the same people who just booed them off stage.
Lol! I also heard a similar story involving the guys from Oasis. I guess the Gallagher bros were big fans so they went to catch a show. Like you said, spinal tap opened up for themselves as the mighty wind guys and Liam was pissed. It was then that Noel broke the news that the band on stage were the guys from Spinal Tap. I guess Liam didn’t know they weren’t a real band and he ended up storming out and supposedly never listened to them again. 😂
Holy shit! I had no idea Guest was doing Nigel for the Squigtones! That's awesome!
Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem - Muppet Show
No longer fake. I saw them on the main stage at Outside Lands.
Same, and it was magical!
Go into the water is honestly in my top 10 favorite songs
Also, the Beets from Doug. Killer Tofu!
This need more upvotes
Why? Because it does.
I NEED MO' ALLOWANCE YODELAYEE
Doug's garage band slapped pretty hard too. Banging on a trashcan
Drumming on a streetlight!
Stillwater from "Almost Famous"
Scratchin' at my back door...
Fever Dog is a great song.
So damn good!
Soggy Bottom Boys
These boys is not white! Hell, they ain’t even old timey!
Is you is or is you ain't
they're bona fide
*inhale* iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii am a maaaaaaaAAAAAn of constant sorroooooooow
I’ve seeeeeeeen troooouble, all my daaaaaaays
I saw an interview with George Clooney laughing about how Tim Blake Nelson made more money than anyone else in the movie because he’s the only one who actually sang. The residuals off those couple of songs must be incredible.
After O Brother Where Art Thou came out the soundtrack was the number one selling album in the country for weeks. It was huge.
HOT DAMN! It’s the soggy bottom boys!
Infant Sorrow, anyone?
Going Up and Bangers, Beans & Mash are legitimately good Brit rock songs.
Lmao I used to play this album all the time. Bangers & Mash is sooooo good
And The Clap
I just went from six to midnight
Influenced me to try a Jeffry
We are Sex Bob-Omb and we are here to make you think about death and get sad and stuff
Honestly all the bands from that movie deserve a mention. The Brie Larsen cover of Black Sheep goes hard as fuck
captain geech and the shrimp shack shooters
To this day, "That Thing You Do" is the one song that can knock any earworm out of my head.
YOOoUuU…doing that thing you DOOoOo…
no, its one-der. As in, "I one-der what happened to The Oh-knee-ders"
Marvin Berry & The Starlighters
Earth Angel still gives me chills in the end when they finally kiss
Well, what a nice fellow.
Baby On Board!!!
"I am be angerous now
You throwing rocks at me
Hit eye and it no hurt me
This is poetry
FEEL MY FIST
ON YOUR FACE
YOU HATE THIS
I FEEL GREAT
Kick me, you’re limping
Stab me, you’re bleeding
It's honestly artistic how utterly stupid those lyrics are
“It’s called Mermaider. It’s about mermaid murder.”
Fish don't gots no goods metal to listens to.
Scuba tank filled with fart.
FUCK YEAAAAAAAH. My alarm clock tone is Awaken. It’s the perfect way to start the day.
The studio version of Murdertrain A Comin’ rules.
“I’ve nevers beens soes depresseds as I feels rights nows!”
What was the band Doctor Rockso was from?
"I HEAR ITS SOMEBODYS B-B-B-B-BIRTHDAY!"
“I’m a BAD CLOWN! I’m a BAD CLOWN! (I do cocaaaaaaine………..)”
This is the correct answer. . .
Haven’t seen anyone say this, so… The Hex Girls
Ah yes, the band that had awoken something in everyone of a certain age.
Probably also why egirls and goth girls have gotten really big haha
One of the best Scooby Doos.
Don't forget the legendary Wild Wind.
How is this so low, he's practically the Michael Jackson of the Goofyverse
Came here for this. So good.
Bad News - three of the guys from The Young Ones. Actually played Castle Donnigton and got bottled.
The two specials they made are side-splitting funny. And a few years later, Brian May produced their album, and played the solo on their cover of the world’s worst version of Bohemian Rhapsody.
“Warriors Of Ghenghis Khan” smokes. Too bad about the lyrics…..
What, no respect for Disaster Area from Hitchhikers Guide?
The Riverbottom Nightmare Band!!!!
Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld
Darkness fills my heart with pain!
In my dreams you’re blowing me... some kisses 🎵
Wrong kid died.
I don't know about that guy. Did you know he never paid for drugs?
Unpopular opinion but I consider those songs among Beck's best work. Shows his skills as a music scholar/"consultant", the way he masterfully wrote indie-hipster-garage songs that sounded exactly like what that band would have made in that context, and they're also just good songs.
Those were written by Beck? TIL
Yep! And then the song Black Sheep that The Clash at Demonhead sang was written by Metric!
It's better than the Metric version in my opinion too.
I like both, but Brie Larson has a really strong voice. She had posted more recent stuff singing and playing guitar, too, but I can’t find it anymore.
He writes a lot of stuff you wouldn't imagine, like songs for The Lego Movie 2 and stuff
Produced by Radiohead's Nigel Godrich, too.
He also did the score.
Came here for this comment. Crash and the Boys is pretty amazing too
Is that girl a boy too?
~Drummer flicks off Wallace~
I like The clash at Demon Head song from the battle of the bands more, but Sex Bob-omb was cool .
This is an actual song by Metric! Also, all the songs by sex bob-om were written by Beck which is pretty cool!
That's a cover of a song by Metric. Check them out!
Edit: sounds like it's actually Metric playing, but Brie Larson is on vocals instead of the band's singer
Which is neat because in the comics the lead singer character played by Brie Larson in the movie had her design based off the lead singer of Metric. The band Metric performed the song in the movie, but Larson provided the vocals. Both versions are on the soundtrack.
Also have to say that Brie Larson’s version might just be slightly better than the original
It honestly is, the original is great but Brie just adds that little bit more of inflection that elevates it so much
"We're here to make you feel sad and stuff! 1-2-3-4!"
*make you think about death and feel sad and stuff
The Lone Rangers
Who would win in a wrestling match, Lemmy or God?
Trick question, Lemmy is God.
Trick question, Lemmy is god!
How can they be alone if there are more of them?
I ain't farting on no snare drum.
Along those lines, Crucial Taunt from Wayne's World. Not the best, but their cover of Ballroom Blitz was way better than the original.
No one is going to mention Otis Day and the Knights?
‘Shout’ should be the closing song of every wedding dance party, when everyone is too drunk to do anything except the crocodile
You just blew my mind, I legit thought that was a real band that cameos in the movie…
I honestly didn't even know that was from a fictional R&B band created for the film Animal House. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otis\_Day\_and\_the\_Knights
Shama Lama Ding Dong slaps, I love Otis Day and the Knights!
Kathleen Turner Overdrive
Not a band, but Chip Skylark
Do The Monkees count?
They were such a good fake band that they became a real band.
Every fake band’s dream
Josie and the Pussycats did the same. Started out as Archie Comics characters, then a Saturday morning cartoon. Then in the 70's became an IRL band.
The only reason this answer is not higher up is because most of Reddit is too young to know that the Monkees were a fake band created for a sitcom.
I can't think of another "fake" band that's had nearly the same mainstream cultural impact. "I'm a Believer" and "Daydream Believer" are still pretty well known songs 50 years later.
Can’t believe I scrolled so long for this.
The hardest part of breaking up...is getting back your stuffffff!
Duke Silver. Although he’s more of a solo act.
The School of Rock!!
"I didn't get no allowance today, and I am REALLY TICKED OFF!"
You're tacky and I hate you!
NO VACANCY! YEAH!!!
Yes, 100%. That movie is still one of my all time favorite movies, even this many years later. I was absolutely blown away when it came out, wondering if the kids actually performed - and yes, they did! They all learned how to play their instruments while shooting the movie, none of that was dubbed over.
Of course, the premise of the movie is kinda problematic and if anyone tried that today, they'd be charged with so many felonies it's not even funny... but it's still a fantastic movie.
And there was real cultural impact - there are "school of rock" organizations all over the country now, including a few in my area. I don't think they are affiliated with Paramount in any way, but they definitely got the idea from the film... teaching kids rock music.
Adam Sandlers band from The Wedding Singer.
BUT IT ALL WAS BUUULLLSHIT
He's losing his mind. And *I'm* reaping all the benefits!
The Beets! I need more allowance!!!!
The Monkees - they were so good, nobody even remembers that they were the product of some Hollywood mogul's efforts to make a TV show.
Wasn’t that the singer from Faith+1?
Don't you mean moop?
You mean Bruce Vilanch?
> “I'm gonna fingerbang bang you into my life.
Girl, you like to fingerbang, and it's alright.
Cos I'm the king of fingerbang; let's not fight.
I'm going to fingerbang bang you every night.”
I mean, Trey Parker is a lyrical genius.
Nothing Rhymes with Orange
Everything Rhymes with Orange
In case you didn't know, The Awesome Album is on vinyl:
Available in three color pressings: Duke Silver, Cherry Gergich, and Blorange.
Ming Tea!!!! Daddy Wasn't There is a certified bop.
Umm actually if you were a real fan you’d know it’s “Löded Diper”
The real answer is Spinal Tap, but I will throw in The Folksmen from a Mighty Wind.
Yes, I am aware they are the same people.
The Angry Inch had some bangers
Josie and the Pussycats from the movie of the same name. I’ve always had a crush on Kay Hanley since the Letters to Cleo days (who did most of it) and this soundtrack was great ear candy.
not to mention DuJour
With a such a hit as Backdoor Lover. How could that group not be a success? ;)
“Three Small Words” still makes the playlist all these years later
This album has a permanent slot in my car's CD changer. Kay sang all the vocals, and there were soooo many cool people involved in the writing/production of that album.
It’s crazy I had to scroll so far down to find this. Josie and the pussycats were great
Rod Torfulson's Armada featuring Herman Menderchuk
They really nailed the 2000s boy band vibe, with surprisingly good songs.
Also Drive Shaft, even though no one else seems to remember them.
That boy is good
Good and terrible.
From the "What's Going Down" episode of "That's My Momma".
Faith +1 a great second place to Spinal Tap
Its "ride-sally-ride" not "royid-sally-royid"
If Steel Dragon from Rockstar was actually a thing, I would honestly listen to them **ALL. THE TIME.** They’d probably be one of my favorite bands. https://youtu.be/jQ94BTIfMxM
Mordecai and the Rigbys
Buckaroo Banzai & the Hong Kong Cavaliers FTW.
The wild Stallions !
Flight of the concords
Aren't they a real band that also played a fictional version of themselves on the show?
They are New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo and very much real.
The Blue Jean Committee
Who would of thought that two guys from sausage school would make the best California slow rock album ever!
Without a doubt.
The songs are incredibly good.
Lovehandel from Phineas and Ferb.
For me is Aldous Snow. Infant Sorrow is an amazing album.
The Cantina Band of Mos Eisley
Where "you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy"
I think you mean Figran D'an and the Modal Nodes!
A great name to match a great band
Of course! Who doesn't love a band of guys swinging hot jizz?
Ahh, my favourite jizz band!
Limozeen from the Homestar Runner!
Heart of a lion,
And the wings of a bat
*BECAUSE ITS MIDNITE!*