As long as true musicians have existed within the television and movie realm, parody artists and even purely fictional bands can eventually turn into real recording artists! No genre is immune to this trickery either. Here is our list of our top five favorite fictional bands!
1. The Oneders
One hit wonders are nothing new and they will always be a strange phenomenon in the music industry and pop culture in general. “That Thing You Do!” follows the rise and fall of a one hit wonder band, The Oneders (Wonders). This is one of our favorite movies of all time and for the amount of times the song gets performed in this movie, it’s a WONDER we don’t get sick of it! (see what I did there?) On a serious note: if you are in a band, want to be in a band/the music industry, or even just love music…spend some time with this movie and remember that fame is fleeting but you can make the most of it while you have it. You guys look great in gold, have I told you that?
Was this band a joke? Yes. What their hit song catchy? Yes. Do we still catch ourselves singing it? Yes. Would we go see them on tour? DUH!! They caught us everything we need to know in life about math: You + Me = Us. Calculus.
Zenon – Girl Of The 21st Century spawned one of the most awesome ideas for a pop star ever – to perform a concert in space! Protozoa, his band Microbe, and Zenon Karr team up and pull it off, in a true 1999 iconic DCOM. We know you can still sing all the words to “Supernova Girl.” Zoom zoom zoom makes my heart go boom boom…
4. Mario And The Brick Breakers (real life band – Patent Pending)
They went from plumbers in Brooklyn to the biggest rock stars in the world. Then it all came crashing down. This 30-minute documentary follows the rise and fall of the band, Behind The Music style. You never think that a band of brothers will break up but obviously family isn’t always forever! Catch Patent Pending headlining their “Brighter UK Tour” this fall. Watch the Mario And The Brick Breakers trailer below.
5. Spinal Tap
Contrary to popular belief, Spinal Tap is not actually a real band! They were completely formulated for the1984 mockumentry “This Is Spinal Tap” and oddly enough, the band took on a life of its own. Spinal Tap is still a huge pop culture phenomenon and we’re totally guilty of using their name as a verb before.