In the annals of film and television history, there exists a plethora of fictional bands. Most of them suck and I’m glad they’re fake. But, every once in a while, a pretend band pops up that has some very real musical chops. Here are 7 fictional bands that are actually worth listening to:
1. Stillwater – Almost Famous
Stillwater’s songs were actually written by Nancy Wilson of the band Heart and Peter “Fucking” Frampton. Mike McCready of Pearl Jam provided the guitar tracks for Stillwater’s songs.
2. The Wonders – That Thing You Do!
Adam Schlesinger, the bassist for Fountains of Wayne, wrote the catchy-as-hell eponymous track.
3. Drive Shaft – Lost
Drive Shaft is a blatant rip off of Oasis but that’s alright with us. We could all use a little more Oasis in our lives.
4. Sex Bob-Omb – Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
All of Sex Bob-Omb’s music was composed and performed by Beck.
4. Du Jour – Josie and the Pussycats
I’m not one for boy bands but a group comprised of Donald Faison, Breckin Meyer, and Seth Green is just too good to pass up.
5. Infant Sorrow – Get Him to the Greek
Russell Brand actually performed his own vocals for this film.
6. Maxwell Demon – Velvet Goldmine
Jonathan Rhys Meyers does his best David Bowie impression in Todd Haynes’ ode to glam rock.
7. The Blues Brothers – The Blues Brothers
Our wishes were granted with these guys. The Blues Brothers broke free from the confines of the silver screen and became a real band with a double platinum album.