8 Fictional Rock Bands

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8 Fictional Rock Bands
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Weird Sisters

Movie: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.’

The band has Myron Wagtail (Jarvis Cocker/Pulp) on vocals, Kirley Duke (Jonny Greenwood/Radiohead) on lead guitar, Heathcote Barbary (Jason Buckle/All Seeing I) on rhythm guitar, Donaghan Tremlett (Steve Mackey/Pulp) on bass, Gideon Crumb (Steven Claydon/Add N to (X)) as keyboardist and bagpiper, and Orsino Thruston (Phil Selway/Radiohead) on the drums. So, in the muggle world, the WeirdSisters is a real supergroup.
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The Soggy Bottom Boys

Movie: ‘“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

The band has Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney), Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro) and Delmar O’Donnell (Tim Blake Nelson) all sang, accompanied where necessary by Tommy Johnson (Chris Thomas King) on guitar. The actual singing and playing was by country and bluegrass stalwarts Dan Tyminski, Harley Allen and Pat Enright

The soundtrack to the movie was good enough to trigger a collaborative tour from many of those featured, including Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss, whose version of “Down in the River to Pray” is the other standout musical moment in ‘O Brother.’

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Stillwater

Movie: “Almost Famous.”

The band has Jeff Bebe (Jason Lee) on guitar and vocals, Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) on guitar, Larry Fellows (Mark Kozelek of the Red House Painters) on bass guitar, and Ed Vallencourt (John Fedevich) on drums.

The Stillwater songs were written by Nancy Wilson of Heart (also director Cameron Crowe‘s then wife), Crowe, and Peter Frampton.

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Drive Shaft

Movie: ‘Lost’ series

Drive Shaft was the rock band that Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan) and his older brother Liam Pace (Neil Hopkins) founded. The band found international fame after its first (and only) hit song "You All Everybody." Actor Dominic Monaghan credits the band Oasis explicitly as being an influence for the Drive Shaft.
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Infant Sorrow

Movie: ‘Get Him To The Greek’ and ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall.'

British rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) releases an album and a titular single, "African Child," which is a commercial and critical failure.

After stealing the show in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Brand got a whole movie for his earnest rock band Infant Sorrow.

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The Soronprfbs

Movie: ‘Frank.’

The drummer doesn’t speak, the lead guitarist speaks only French, the theremin player is homicidal, the keyboardist has been sectioned by local authorities after a suicide attempt, and the lead singer (played by Michael Fassbender) wears a giant Frank Sidebottom head at all time. The band has never successfully completed a gig or recorded a single track. This is the state of affairs for the obscure band as the film opens.

The movie is based loosely on Frank Sidebottom, a musical eccentric alter-ego created by real musician Chris Sievey, who died in 2010.

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Mystik Spiral

Movie: ‘Daria.'

Cartoon alternative rock quartet from MTV's Beavis and Butt-head spinoff, Daria. The band first appeared in the "Road Worrier" episode (first aired 7 July 1997), with just Jane Lane's slacker brother Trent (voiced by Alvaro J. Gonzalez), and hunky airhead Jesse Moreno (Willy Schwenz) rehearsing "Icebox Girl" in the basement.

The music is pretty terrible, and the lyrics are worse, but the suggestion that if they change their name it might earn them a big break is undoubtedly familiar to many a bedroom guitarist.

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The Sacred Cows

Movie: ‘Get Smart’ TV series

Reputedly the "hottest musical group in the country," the Sacred Cows are actually a band of KAOS agents in league with the Groovy Guru. In conjunction with the Groovy Guru's "electronic sound control," their music becomes hypnotizing - allowing the Guru to control anyone who hears it.

The band was played by session musicians Jerry Scheff, John Greek, and Ben Benay.

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Check out 22 more bands in our previous article.

106 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Bunkerman
    How about SPINAL FUCKING TAP?!
    fieryfenderz
    They were on the original list of 22 bands in their previous article, it's at the bottom of this article. Maybe it wasn't when you posted though.
    metallicafréak
    You mean, Spinal Tap isn't real? :o
    luke.g.henderso
    Steel Dragon?
    thehellishrobin
    Not kind of a fine movie, but the music were catchy. I always liked the one about "someone who took my heart and put it on a blender". Can't remember the name
    AussieThrash
    - Sex Bob-omb (Scott Pilgrim) - Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld (South Park) - Spinal Tap (This Is Spinal Tap) - Dethklok (Metalocalypse) - Marvin Berry and the Starlighters (Back To The Future) - Steel Dragon (Rockstar) - The Lone Rangers (Airheads) - Autobahn (the Big Lebowski) - Wyld Stallyns (Bill and Ted) - Josie and the Pussycats - Gorillaz - Sadgasm (the Simpsons) -Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (Starwars)
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    How exactly are Spinal Tap, Dethklok and Gorillaz fictional bands if they've all released real albums?
    AussieThrash
    I was a bit unsure with those myself, but I thought since the members are fictional people, they should qualify. I forgot to add Infant Sorrow but that's another example as well.
    thehellishrobin
    Good with Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, but they can't figure in the list 'cause they're not rock. They're Jizz (apparently some kind of intergalactic variation of Jazz. True story :v )
    MikeBTE
    Wild Stallions from Bill & Ted Shire of Frodo (Justin Long) from F is for Family  A.D.D. from The Rocker
    HardAttack
    How about 'The Beets' from 'Doug' the cartoon show? I don't know if they were in 'Doug's 1st Movie' but they're a good example nine the less.
    daverolston
    Don't forget about Hard Core Logo. Funny and sad movie. Great characters, awesome music.
    orioncomplex
    Man driveshaft was such shitty band. I love the show but every time there was a scene with Charlie's band I wanted to pour acid into my ears...Too much?
    Deathoholic
    What about Crucial Taunt from "Wayne's World", or The Lone Rangers from "Airheads"? Not to mention Steel Dragon and the mighty Spinal Tap.
    tim.h.price.9
    A part of me was hoping to see Eddie and the Cruisers on here. I grew up watching that on vhs with my dad haha
    himurakenshin66
    Spinal, Steel Dragon, Fingerbang, Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld, Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes (Cantina Band), The Beets, Doug's Garage Band, Dethklok, Josie and the Pussycats, the Archies? C'MON MAN!!