Some time ago we posted a list of 15 Bands With Non-Human Members. But there are also bands which include non-musical members, who actually don't play any instruments or vocals. And such members often add more uniqueness, drawing attention to the band and creating a strong following.
So check out our special list of 19 bands which include non-musical band members.
- Alice Cooper (James Randi, stage magician, performed on stage during Cooper's tour both as a mad dentist and as Alice's executioner; he also built several of the stage props, including the guillotine)
- Buckethead (P-Sticks is Buckethead's roadie/dancer)
- Chase & Status (MC Rage is the duo's live "hype man")
- Depeche Mode (Andy Fletcher's role within Depeche Mode has often been a topic of speculation - he played bass in early incarnations of the band, but later he mostly didn't played on studio records or live concert. He's the band's manager, spokesperson and the one that "brings the band together")
- Dread Zeppelin (Charlie Haj is the "personal assistant" of vocalisr Tortelvis, and hist entire job is to bring him water and towel)
- Elio e Le Storie Tese (Luca Mangoni is a dancer/performance artist of this Italian band)
- Fugazi (early in the band's career Guy Picciotto was just a dancer)
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor (the band has official film projectionist - Karl Lemieux is current, with John Littlefair and Fluffy Erskine being the former ones)
- Golden Bomber (in Japanese visual kei "air" rock band all members except vocalist just doing theatrical performances)
- Gorillaz (Jamie Hewlett is a comic book artist, designer, and director, co-creator of Gorillaz)
- GWAR (Slymenstra Hymen is the band's dancer; Sleazi P. Martini is a band "manager" and the person "who taught them to play their instrument")
- Hawkwind (Stacia was a dancer/performance artist for the band)
- Howard Jones (Jed Hoile is the mime who used to tour with Howard Jones)
- Immortal (since 1997 Demonaz, original guitarist, die to hand trauma has only contributed lyrics (though since 2015 he also performs vocals))
- Moon Far Away (original band members Heleg was responsible for photo and visual meterial)
- Nekrogoblikon (John Goblikon is the band's live mascot)
- Nirvana (Anthony Hodgkinson aka the Dancing Tony was one-time dancer for Nirvana at their Reading performance)
- O Teatro Mágico (the group also has: Rober Tosta (theater, trapeze, stilts), Daniela Homsi (flute, dance, juggling, fire performances), Gabi Veiga (fabrics, ground acrobatic, doll), Ligia Moreno (fabrics, acrobatic, doll), Toicinho (clown, juggling))
- P. Mobil (the founder and band leader of Hungarian group does not play anything and does not sing or even dance)
- Procol Harum (Keith Reid was the band's official lyricist since the beginning until 2016, when he was replaced by Peter Brown (Cream))
- Ramones (Pinhead was the band's dancer and mascot at live shows)
- Sleaford Mods (Andrew Fearn, the duo's composer, don't do anything during live performances)
- Soil & "Pimp" Sessions (President a.k.a. Shacho is the Japanese "death jazz" band's "agitator")
- The Gerogerigegege (the band has included many members, the most notable being Gero 30 (aka Gero 56), an exhibitionist known to masturbate onstage during live performances; other non-music members have included Junko Katoh (Gero Grace Seijoh), their live manager, and Masatoshi Katsuya (Gero Route 66), the band's driver)
- The Grateful Dead (Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow were the band's official lyricists)
- The Mars Volta (Jeremy Ward is the band's official sound engineer)
- The Smiths (James Maker was the band's "go-go dancer"/MC at live shows)
- The Stone Roses (Cressa is the band's "vibe master")
- TISM ("Les Miserables" is the band's dancer - originally he was portrayed by Andrew Miglietti, and now Andy Armstrong is performing this role)
- UW Alumni Band (University of Washington football team has Bert Pound, the 95-year-old "push-up guy" doing one-armed push-ups with the Husky Alumni Band every time the team scores)
Here's the list!
19. The Blue Aeroplanes
Wojtek Dmochowski of the British band The Blue Aeroplanes is a dancer - and he does his job very well! The mainstays of the band have been brothers Gerard and John Langley and Wojtek Dmochowski. All three had previously been members of the new wave "art band" Art Objects from 1978 to 1981.
18. Odd Future (OFWGKTA)
American alternative hip-hop group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, normally shortened to Odd Future and abbreviated to OFWGKTA and led by Tyler, The Creator, have a lot of non-musical members, including: Na'kel (skater and occasional rapper), L-Boy (hypeman) and Lucas Vercetti (band's mascot, skater and store manager).
Hazel were a great alternative rock/grunge band from the 1990's, signed to Sub Pop. They had real energy, melody - and a wild dancer named Fred Nemo.
Russian band Leningrad ("Ленинград" in Russian) had many members in their ranks (they even took place in our 31 Bands With Huge Number of Members with 15 official band members at the same time). And they also had Stas Baretskiy from 2005 to 2008, who was the band's showman - though he occasionally performed maracas and tambourine. (Stas is a big bald guy in the below video).
Beau Beau is the "hype man" (or, officially, a "cheerleader") and the mascot of punk rock band Avail. And he does his job really great!
14. The Time
Jerome Benton is a dancer and comedic actor. He can be seen in music videos by Janet Jackson and Prince, but he is known for his association with Morris Day and The Time. Actually on live shows he dances and handles Morris Day's mirror.
Russian experimental/art rock band Auktyon ("АукцЫон" originally in Russian) are also took place on our Bands With Huge Number of Members list. And they originally had 2 non-musical members: Oleg Garkusha (the band's showman who is also an occasional vocalist) and Vladimir Vesyolkin (the band's dancer, who left the band in 1992 to start his solo dancing and musical career). Tragically, in April 2006 Vladimir fell under the tram and lost his leg.
The band also listed Mikhail Rappoport as their official sound technician.
12. Arrested Development
Baba Oje is known as a "spiritual advisor" or "spiritual elder" of the alternative hip-hop band Arrested Development, but most know him as "that old dude." Another non-musical member of the band is Montsho Eshe, dancer/choreographer of the band.
11. King Crimson
Peter Sinfield is best known as a lyricist for early incarnations of King Crimson. He also produced a number of the band's albums, including "In the Court of the Crimson King", "In the Wake of Poseidon", "Lizard", "Islands." And he also does "pictures, visions, illumination and sounds" for the band.
10. Cloud Cult
Stage shows of experimental indie rock band Cloud Cult began to catch the attention of national press, as they included two live painters on stage, Connie Minowa and Scott West. During the live shows they complete the paintings, which are often auctioned at the end.
9. Kottonmouth Kings
Patrick Cochrun aka "Pakelika" from Kottonmouth Kings was best known as "that dude who just smoked weed and danced around on stage." But, he did it with a passion - and a white mask! But in 2012 Patrick tragically has passed away at the age of 34.
8. A Tribe Called Quest
Jarobi White was one of the four original members of A Tribe Called Quest, famous alternative hip-hop group. Although he did not rhyme on the albums, he came up with ideas for songs like "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo," which became a single off the group's first album. He also contributed to versions of the songs "Push It Along," "Youthful Expression," and "Can I Kick It?" He left the group in 1991 to attend culinary school, but then fully joined the band after their reunion.
Neurosis, godfathers of sludge metal, pay a lot of attention to the band's concept, so they had 3 "visual artists" as official members: Adam Kendall (1990–1993), Pete Inc. (1993–2000) and Josh Graham (2000–2012). They created visuals (including artworks, videos, etc) and performed live visuals with the band. Josh Graham also performs vocals, guitars and keyboards for his own band A Storm of Light.
6. The Brian Jonestown Massacre
An integral part of The Brian Jonestown Massacre since the '90s, "tambourine man" Joel Gion has become as iconic as the band itself. (Yes, we know, the tambourine is still an instrument - and it's vital!)
5. Gang Gang Dance
Gang Gang Dance are a really complex experimental band, especially live. And while the rest of the band is busy playing music parts, Taka Imamura waves a flag, sometimes incense. And though he didn't contribute anything to the music, after some time you'll realize that you watched him more than any other member of the band.
4. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Definitely one of the most known dancers in music bands, Ben Carr of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones definitely adds even more drive and fun in the band's music with his moves.
3. Public Enemy
Public Enemy's Flavor Flav is also known for popularizing the role of the "hype man" and for yelling "Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!" and "Flavor Flav!" during performances. He was the comic relief to some of the group's serious discussions being preached about race, poverty, and revolution. In 1984, when the group's single "Public Enemy #1" brought them to the attention of Def Jam Records executive Rick Rubin, Rubin initially did not understand Flav's role in the act and wanted to sign Chuck D as a solo act; however Chuck D insisted that Flav be signed with them and the two were signed to Def Jam in 1986. Anyway, Flavor Flav occasionally has some verses in the songs.
Public Enemy's other non-musicals members are Professor Griff and S1W.
2. The Prodigy
The Prodigy were originally formed by Liam Howlett, who creates all music. But later he was joined by Maxim Reality, who was an MC (announcer of the band) and dancers Keith Flint, Leeroy Thornhill and Sharky. Sharky soon left the band, Maxim and Keith Flint started adding vocals, but Leeroy Thornhill was the band's full time dancer (he ocasionally performed live keyboards) until 2000, when he left the band to start solo career as a musician and DJ.
1. Happy Mondays
Mark Berry aka "Bez" is a dancer, maraca player, and the mascot of Salford alternative rock band Happy Mondays, having been invited in by lead singer Shaun Ryder shortly after the band was formed. He is widely known for his bizarre style of dancing and has a passionate following.
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