"We play music as well as Metallica writes novels." - Dave Barry
"Rock Bottom Remainders? Who the hell are they?" - Kirk Hammett, Metallica
What do Dave Barry, Stephen King, Matt Groening, and Ridley Pearson have in common except being famous writers? The answer is they used to play in a band called Rock Bottom Remainders.
Remainders is a booksellers' term, used for books that languish on the shelves so long they have to be dumped at a discount. Hailed by critics as having "one of the world's highest ratios of noise to talent," the Remainders have no music videos, no record contract, no Grammy nominations - but do have over 159,000 hits on Google. And that's what makes them so awesome.
In their 20-year career, they had raised close to $2 million for charitable causes and even got to play at the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1995.
Their typical concert went like this. The band sings some classic songs like Stevie Ray Vaughan "The House Is Rockin," Groening dancing on the wing in a Marge Simpson mask while the audience clapping along. Everyone's having a good time.
"People are throwing panties at you. They certainly never do that at my book-signings." - Matt Groening
The Remainders last performed together on the August 6, 2012, episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, on which both Stephen King and Dave Barry were guests.
The beauty of the Rock Bottom Remainders was threefold: they didn't take themselves too seriously, were happy to be there and did all of that for a good cause.