My Top-5 Fictional Bands and Musicians
April 19, 2012 1 Comment
Howdy, today I salute my favourite fictional bands. They may not actually exist and some of them haven’t even put out an actual album, but I love listening to them every single time…
As awfully iffy as this may look, there’s no way I can’t have Dr. Bombay on this list. I know it’s just a Swedish guy with a stereotypical Indian accent doing some jokey house-music… wait, that’s exactly why it’s so good. He may have ever only put out one album (though the artist has put out some other stuff under other similarly stereotypical characters) but his late 90s record just warms the cockles of my heart.
Who wasn’t moved by the story of a man whose uncle’s father’s sister was his mother-in-law, who drives a little Taxi in “Calcutta”, who races a “pretty and intelligent” elephant and plays his sitar “night and day” (hat-ta-la-hat-ta-la-hat-ta-la-hey)?
Putting on a Dr Bombay song means committing to having that song play in your head for the rest of the day… and it’s totally worth it…
They may have only ever put out two albuma (and I’ve only listened to one), but that’s more than almost half of the bands on this list. This cheesy late-90s cover band actually put a lot of effort into their covers of classic Rock-a-Billy and 50s hit songs. Their debut album CD was even made to look like an old school vinyl record which was just awesome.
It’s one of those bands that’s perfect to listen to when you’re feeling down. Of course, people remember their rendition of “Witch Doctor” but I also loved “Aisy Waisy” and they even did a surprisingly good cover of “Who put the bop”.
The only reason I can’t put them higher on the list is that they didn’t (to my recollection) make any original songs.
Mr. Jonti Pickings, the British flash animator, is known for many things: Badger Badger Badger, Weebl & Bob, Salad Hands,Kenya(the cartoon), Hot Tamales and numerous comedic songs making fun of everything from Stephen Fry to Benedict Cumberthatch. However, his most consistently solid output has been from his three piece cartoon group Savlonic.
Starting with the retro-esque “Electro Gypsy”, the Godzilla and Mothra homage “Tiny Japanese Girl” and continuing with the impressive “Wandering Eye”, Mr Pickings has managed to create possibly the most enduring and likeable cartoon music troupe on the internet.
While their latest song “Driver” wasn’t quite as good as their past hits, the music video shouldn’t be missed. The only reason I can’t put Savlonic any higher is because they only have four songs in all (all available through iTunes).
2. Limozeen & Taranchula
Even though the creators of Homestar Runner, the Brothers Chaps, have not put out anything in quite a while, I do look back fondly at their prior wig-escapades in the faux-metal groups of Limozeen and Taranchula. Of course, Limozeen is the obvious topic, who doesn’t like “Because it’s Midnight”, “Brain Sister” or their excellent cover version of “We Don’t Even Really Care (About You)”.
Limozeen is the perfect parody of late 80s Hair Metal bands, and I’m saying this as a fan of a late-80s Hair Metal Bands. If Limozeen was the Bros. Chaps’ answer toEurope, Taranchula was their answer to Metallica. Hell, Taranchula only ever made one song as far as I can remember and it’s still one of my favourites: “Moving Very Slowly”.
Definitely check this stuff out if you haven’t yet.
Well of course Gorillaz was going to be my favourite. I was a fan ever since I first listened to “Clint Eastwood”. There was just a perfect blend of calm and serene melody in the chorus sections in juxtaposition with the rapping that made that one stand out for me. It’s still my favourite song from the band (not too surprisingly, I’m also a Clint Eastwood fan).
“Dirty Harry”, “Feel Good Inc.” and “Dare” are just some of the excellent songs that this cartoon band has put out. But Gorillaz is more than just a band, they’re characters. I just love the feel of their music videos and anything associated with them.
They were a no-brainer pick for number-1 and if you’re left wondering why, then you haven’t listened to their music.