There’s nothing like falling love with someone and finding out they’re not real. It’s less painful when you fall in love with band and you find out they’re not real. Kinda. Here are some of our favorite fake bands that we wish existed so we could follow them on tour.
Scott Pilgrim’s indie rock band in the Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series, Sex Bob-Omb might be the best average band in the universe. Deriving their name from a Super Mario enemy and possibly that Tom Jones song, Sex Bob-Omb is comprised of high school chums Stephen Stills (vocals and guitar), Scott Pilgrim (bass), Kim Pine (drums), and Young Neil (bass when Scott isn’t around). Brought to life by Mark Webber, Michael Cera. Alison Pill, and Johnny Simmons in the Edgar Wright’s film adaptation, the band’s songs were written by Beck giving them that extra bit of indie cred.
Doug Funnie’s favorite rock band in the Nickelodeon cartoon show, The Beets was a great homage to bands from the 60s and 70s despite its obvious play on The Beatles. The members were even drawn to look similar to Ringo Starr and Robert Plant and went on countless reunion tours ala The Who and The Rolling Stones. Creator Jim Jinkins always used music as a supplement to his storytelling and that’s incredibly evident with The Beets in correlation to what’s happening in Doug’s own life. Honestly, who doesn’t need more allowance?
Jesse and the Rippers
Have mercy! Uncle Jesse’s band from Full House was a constant staple throughout the show’s eight season run…even though they technically broke up in 1994 due to “commitment issues”. During their time together, they had a number one single in Japan and played with The Beach Boys on multiple occasions. Jesse did move on to other projects with Hot Daddy and the Monkey Puppets and managing the all girl group Girl Talk that his niece Stephanie was in. The band did reunite in 2013 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and all was right with the world.
Josie and the Pussycats
While the 1970s version is iconic, we’re mainly focusing on the 2001 film version of Josie and the Pussycats. Not only did it maintain the spirit of the cartoon, it was revamped with killer pop punk songs that were the backbone of a surprisingly smart and funny film. Following small town friends Josie, Melody, and Valerie, the movie was self aware and a perfect time capsule for the early 2000s.
The Mary Janes
What’s cooler than Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy? Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy…IN A BAND! Both of Peter Parker’s loves formed a band in Edge of the Spider-Verse #2 with Mary Jane on vocals and Gwen taking on the drums. A version of their song “Face It Tiger” is performed by indie rock band Married with Sea Monsters and definitely gets our spidey senses tingling.
Formerly known as Scarecrow Boat, Mouse Rat is Andy Dwyer’s band from Parks and Recreation. From their personal website (http://www.scarecrowboat.com), they’re a mix of Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, and greatest band of all time Train. With hit songs like “5000 Candles in the Wind” and “Two Birds Holding Hands,” you’d be absolutely nuts to not be a fan of Mouse Rat. Fun Fact: Mouse Rat was a possible name for Fall Out Boy at one point. The more you know.
Marvin Berry and the Starlighters
You’ll never forget the band that played when you accompany your future mom to a high school dance to make sure she meets your dad so you can, you know…exist. Marvin Berry and the Starlighters was that band for Marty McFly as they performed at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance in Back to the Future. After their song “Earth Angel,” Marty joined band briefly to play “Johnny B. Goode”.
Founded by Charlie Pace and his brother Liam, Drive Shaft was formed in honor of their great-grandfather, Dexter Stratton. Starting in the 1990s, the band hit it big with their one and only hit “You All Everybody” and catapulted them into huge success. However, like every other tragic rock story, members turned to drugs and there were arguments over royalties…oh and their bassist was lost in a plane crash.
Dingos Ate My Baby
Comprised of Oz and Devon, this amateur band from Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a fan favorite in the later seasons. Though most of their songs only consisted of one word, Dingos Ate My Babies rocked out for three years until Oz left Sunnydale. We so wish The Bronze was real.
Dr. Fünke’s 100 Percent Natural Good-Time Family Band Solution
Leave it to the Fünkes to bring on the folk. A family band with Tobias, Lindsay, and Maeby from Arrested Development, Dr. Fünke’s 100 Percent Natural Good-Time Family Band Solution was Tobias’ attempt to rekindle his marriage with Lindsay. A reunion happened when it was discovered that GOB’s wife was a huge fan and even George Michael wanted in on the fun. Needless to say, the reunion was short lived.
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