The 11 Best Fictional Bands of All Time

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Who the hell needs real bands when there are so many great fictional ones? Here's some of the best -- our list goes to 11, of course:

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10. Steel Dragon
The Mark Wahlberg-led Steel Dragon, from the 2001 flick Rock Star, was loosely based on the real-life saga of Tim "Ripper" Owens--frontman of a Judas Priest tribute band who for a spell in the late-'90s/early-'00s replaced Rob Halford in the actual Judas Priest. In addition to Wahlberg, the metallicious Steel Dragon featured Dominic West (later The Wire's "McNulty") as guitarist "Kirk Cuddy" and actual musicians Zakk Wylde as guitarist "Ghode," Jason Bonham as drummer "A.C.," and Jeff Pilson as bassist "Jorgen." Sadly, Wahlberg didn't actually sing in the flick -- his vocals were provided by Steelheart frontman Miljenko Matijevic. Of course, that wasn't Wahlberg's actual dick in Boogie Nights, either.


9. Autobahn
Not to be outdone by Anthony Kiedis blowing his own foot off in Point Break, Flea joins Peter Stormare and Torsten Voges in The Big Lebowski's Kraftwerk-spoofing nihilist band/faux kidnappers Autobahn, who don't get much musical screen-time but the concept alone is brilliant enough.

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paula_gerardi
paula_gerardi

You left out the pre fab four, the Rutles. I mentioned this on twitter and Eric Idol himself, Rutle Dirk, responded as well!

mfschwaller
mfschwaller

There are def some important omissions, but putting muppets #1 redeems all sins!

marvolosriddle
marvolosriddle

FAIL:  You forgot The Wonders from That Thing You Do and Stillwater from Almost Famous!

alex704
alex704

If Spinal Tap counts as "fictional" (in spite of having real albums and tours) then The Blues Brothers Show Band and Revue should definitely be on here.

alex704
alex704

Definitely agree on The Carrie Nations. Also:

Billy and the Boingers (Bloom County), The Swanky Modes and The Blender Children (Tapeheads), The Country Bachelors (True Stories), The Pinheads (Back to the Future)

auggie842
auggie842

What happen to Stillwater?? FEVERDOG!!

kirstenlf
kirstenlf

What?  No Partridge Family?

SonofaBith
SonofaBith

No Homer Simpson fronted homage to grunge, Sadgasm?

exackerly
exackerly

Some of this is kind of meta. Why is Josie and the Pussycats any less real than the Monkees?

RussMeyer
RussMeyer

You missed The Carrie Nations, putz.

bryanagraham
bryanagraham

Dragon Sound from Miami Connection is a ghastly omission.

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