Feature: Top 10 Fake Music Bands in a Movie


It’s been done before, but not by me.

Criteria: No solo acts; no documentaries; movie doesn’t have to be about the band in question.

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Wyld Stallyns



Movie: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Band: Wyld Stallyns

Bill S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winters) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves), along with their princess girlfriends, the Grim Reaper, and the alien “Station” put together the most influential band in the universe. Their music, which admittedly sucked in the beginning (guitar lessons by Eddie Van Halen helped tremendously), brings peace, harmony and truth to all that embrace it. I’m not sure if it will bring peace to you, but I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of watching it.

9
School of Rock



Movie: School of Rock

Band: School of Rock

This all kid group was the creation of an unemployed loser and wannabe rock-God, Dewey Finn (Jack Black). To realize his goals he connives the kids in his class (he pretends to be a substitute teacher) to form a group and enter a battle of the bands. This movie was the perfect way to capture Jack Blacks insane, over-the-top look-at-me antics.

8
Otis Day and the Knights



Movie: Animal House

Band: Otis Day and the Knights

These guys tore it up at the famous toga party at the Delta Tau Chi frat house and never looked back. Their two catchy songs, “Shout” and “Shama Lama Ding Dong”, helped them make the jump from fictional band to real one. They continue to tour the country to this day. See this, just because.

7
The Wonders



Movie: That Thing You Do!

Band: The Wonders

These one hit wonders from Eerie Pa, reach the top of the charts with their song “That Thing You Do”. This movie playfully captures how a band can skyrocket to the top with little more than marketing prowess. The song itself is very catchy but it will drive you absolutely mad after hearing it for the 100th time. Oh yeah, Liv Tyler looks great in it too.

6
The Commitments



Movie: The Commitments

Band: The Commitments

A comedy about a North Dublin band that strangely decides to play R&B/soul music. The reasoning? As the groups founder Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) so eloquently puts it, “The Irish are the blacks of Europe. Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. North Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin.” That line alone should give you an idea what you’re in for with this movie.

5
Steel Dragon



Movie: Rock Star

Band: Steel Dragon

This movie was based on Judas Priest. It chronicles a small-time singer of a tribute band (played by Mark Wahlberg) as he wades through the excesses of popularity after he replaces the lead singer of his favorite band. Wahlberg really pulls it off – it makes one wonder how he would have faired if would have stayed with the Funky Bunch.

4
Stillwater



Movie: Almost Famous

Band: Stillwater

Writer Cameron Crowe supposedly based this movie off of his time spent with The Allman Brothers while he was reporter for Rolling Stone magazine (although others say there is Led Zeppelin influences). It deftly captures the highs and lows of road life for the band teetering on greatness and for their groupies.

3
The Blues Brothers



Movie: The Blues Brothers

Band: The Blues Brothers

Yeah these guys actually became a real band and played some concerts, but before they did they were an SNL comedy sketch turned hilarious movie. John Belushi and Dan Akroyd became Jake and Elwood Blues, the frontmen for an American blues and soul band on a “mission from God” to save the orphanage where they were raised. Has great sets by Aretha Franklin and Cab Calloway too. A must see.

2
Spinal Tap



Movie: This Is Spinal Tap

Band: Spinal Tap

I don’t think there is a soul in the world who wasn’t faked out by this one; everyone, and I mean everyone, thought these guys were a real heavy metal band. The movie parodies all that is great with hair metal bands – womanizing, alcohol fueled antics and general idiocy. Very funny.

1
Eddie and the Cruisers



Movie: Eddie and the Cruisers

Band: Eddie and the Cruisers

Great movie about a troubled front man, Eddie Wilson. Michael Paré (whatever happened to him?) shines as the lead singer torn between mainstream stardom and musical integrity. The big standout of the film is the music by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. It is fantastic. So is watching Paré lip-sync to it – you’ll swear he’s tearing his vocal chords out.

Yes, I know there are ones I missed. Do tell. Please.


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'Feature: Top 10 Fake Music Bands in a Movie' have 37 comments

  1. The Critical Movie Critics

    June 24, 2008 @ 7:28 am Shaun

    Few more for you..

    Sonic Death Monkey – High Fidelity
    The Lone Rangers – Airheads
    The Rutles – All You Need is Cash
    N.W.H. – Fear of a Black Hat

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    June 24, 2008 @ 10:19 pm ChuckE

    Justine Bateman kicked some ass in Satisfaction.

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    June 25, 2008 @ 6:49 am miss

    representing rap-

    CB4
    NWH

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  4. The Critical Movie Critics

    June 26, 2008 @ 9:30 pm Klex

    Ever hear of Alvin & The Chipmunks or Josie and the Pussycats?

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    June 30, 2008 @ 4:26 pm bec

    Robbie Hart’s (Adam Sandler) wedding band in The Wedding Singer, including Alexis Arquette (still a man at the time).
    The Folksmen in A Mighty Wind actually played their own instruments, and sounded pretty good.
    Not that I like The Dreamettes personally, but they deserve mention in Dreamgirls and Beyonce is nice to look at.
    In reply to Klex – those are real bands that did movies, so they don’t count.

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  6. The Critical Movie Critics

    June 20, 2009 @ 7:02 pm Francis Torchio

    How about the Pinheads from ‘Back to the Future I’?

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    June 20, 2009 @ 8:11 pm dbinPhilly

    I usually blow these lists off because most of them are made by idiots.

    But this list is totally valid.

    As someone pointed out, The Ruttles are missing. That was a truly great parody and the songs were absolutely right on. They’d make my top 5.

    Other than that, an excellent list.

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    June 20, 2009 @ 9:31 pm Cecil

    Include the Monkees!

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    June 20, 2009 @ 9:47 pm chohbot

    Hedwig and the Angry Inch!

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    June 23, 2009 @ 5:54 am agghtea

    @Shaun – Yah, Rutles… the SECOND best selling comedy band* after Spinal Tap, and by a country mile – should still be on the list.

    * I’m not including Oasis on this list… or Slade

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    June 23, 2009 @ 1:23 pm anyone

    what about revenge of the nerds

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    June 23, 2009 @ 6:24 pm CurtWild

    Maxwell Demon and The Rats from Velvet Goldmine!

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    June 24, 2009 @ 4:32 pm jabobward

    Just a note to Francis Torchio: the reason the Folksmen sound good because they’re the same guys from Spinal Tap.

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  14. The Critical Movie Critics

    June 24, 2009 @ 6:42 pm Chris

    Sexual Chocolate from Coming to America?
    2Gether

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    June 27, 2009 @ 11:08 pm Rob

    Ladies and Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains! – The Fabulous Stains.

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  16. The Critical Movie Critics

    June 28, 2009 @ 4:01 pm NewWaveMemories

    Hazel O’Connor’s Breaking Glass (1980) is another good movie about its era and bands’ treatment at the time.

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    June 30, 2009 @ 2:29 pm JoblessPunk

    Detroit Rock City – Mystery

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    July 1, 2009 @ 5:32 am thebeaky

    The lesser known Pez People from the Kevin Bacon movie The Big Picture, Words and Music by Michael McKean and Christopher Guest
    Performed by Michael McKean (singing) and Christopher Guest
    Actors in the band: Michael Jocum, Tim Landers, Martin Lund, Mike Miller and Novi Novog

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    July 3, 2009 @ 7:45 pm jm

    Staw Wars – the Cantina Band!

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    July 5, 2009 @ 12:03 am Kris

    Dude! You totally forgot about Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate from “Coming to America!”

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    July 13, 2009 @ 9:08 pm club penguin cheats

    Robbie Hart’s (Adam Sandler) wedding band in The Wedding Singer, including Alexis Arquette (still a man at the time). The Folksmen in A Mighty Wind actually played their own instruments, and sounded pretty good.

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    July 16, 2009 @ 6:41 pm George

    Ellen Aim and the Attackers in Streets of Fire.

    Young Diane Lane – mmmmm mmmm good.

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  23. The Critical Movie Critics

    July 28, 2009 @ 12:32 pm rock

    one number best “school of rock” !

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  24. The Critical Movie Critics

    September 1, 2009 @ 12:21 pm Mike

    DETROIT ROCK CITY

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    April 29, 2010 @ 6:47 am Alex

    The Jerk-Offs and Where’s Fluffy from Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist

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    July 20, 2010 @ 11:36 am John

    i’ve heard of a few and you got a list there. maybe you can include The Ruttles and the Monkees on your list. that’s what i know for now.

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    September 15, 2010 @ 4:18 am Karl

    School of rock rules!

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    December 4, 2010 @ 8:08 am Milo

    I know this post is kinda old but if you ever update it you’ve got to add “Sex Bob-omb” from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

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      December 4, 2012 @ 4:11 pm Eleanor

      Came here to say this.

      “We are Sex Bob-Omb and we are here to make you think about death and get sad and stuff.”

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  29. The Critical Movie Critics

    July 15, 2011 @ 4:35 pm Moodle

    School of Rock It was very nice movie guys,worth the no 1 comedy of the year.

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  30. The Critical Movie Critics

    July 16, 2011 @ 5:41 am Angel Mendoza

    I agree – I liked Justine Bateman’s singing with her band Mystery on the movie Satisfaction, despite what one critic said.

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  31. The Critical Movie Critics

    October 28, 2012 @ 8:46 pm DaCommish

    Dewey Cox deserves a number in the top 6.

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  32. The Critical Movie Critics

    March 8, 2013 @ 4:55 pm Lequack

    Probably time this list got an update. Stacee Jax/Arsenal from Rock of Ages is a definite add.

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  33. The Critical Movie Critics

    March 29, 2013 @ 4:25 pm Evan Weeler

    Crucial Taunt with a screeching Tia Carrere as the front-woman.

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  34. The Critical Movie Critics

    February 12, 2014 @ 11:31 am Jón Þór

    The Barbusters from Light Of Day. Love that movie!

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  35. The Critical Movie Critics

    September 3, 2014 @ 12:10 pm Salva

    Soronprfbs

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    February 15, 2017 @ 1:35 pm Cyno

    Movie: The Rocker
    Band: Vesuvius, A.D.D.

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