Seven Great Fictional Bands In TV/Film


Wyld Stallyns get an Honorable Mention.

I had a Bill Murray post lined up for today, but as always, I changed it at last-minute, so look for that on Sunday.

Sometimes, all a film or TV show needs to give it a kick in the pants is a live band playing. And why bring in a real band when the writers can have fun making one up? I used to make up fake bands all the time. My main creation was a band called Klorine with a gray-haired 7 foot Russian lead singer, but my lack of childhood friends is a topic for another day.

So what makes a great fictional band? It could be a few things: a great song, great stage presence, ridiculousness, or all the above. So here, I present, my 7 favorite fictional bands in TV/Film.

[Note: Spinal Tap automatically disqualified because they’re fucking Spinal Tap. Oh, and they became a real band afterwards.]

Sonic Death Monkey/Barry Jive and the Uptown Five/Kathleen Turner Overdrive (High Fidelity)

The Wonders (That Thing You Do)

DriveShaft (Lost)

The Lone Rangers (Airheads)

The Beets (Doug)

Loveburger (Can’t Hardly Wait)

Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate (Coming To America)

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5 Comments on “Seven Great Fictional Bands In TV/Film”

  1. 08.5.11 at 11:24 AM #

    LOL the last one cracked me up, it’s been some time since I’ve seen it. And I thought I was the only one jamming on Killah Tofuuu!

  2. Colin Holmes
    08.5.11 at 8:30 PM #

    The cool thing about Airheads is that their big song that they just have to play is actually the song Degenerated by the punk band Reagan Youth.

  3. Kat Keating
    08.5.11 at 8:54 PM #

    Good call on Loveburger. Jim loves that movie.

  4. 08.8.11 at 7:01 PM #

    Eddie and The Cruisers…

  5. mathes.bryan@gmail.com
    12.21.11 at 3:14 PM #

    No Swanky Modes? What? Tapeheads is a must see.

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