14 of the All-Time Raddest (and Lamest) Fictional Bands

14 of the All-Time Raddest (and Lamest) Fictional Bands

Universal Pictures, Lucasfilm

Ah, the music of the silver screen. From the classic Miami Vice theme to the jizz-loving aliens of the Star Wars Cantina Band, it’s been a wild ride through the world of music and movies. We’ve seen fictional bands rock out, death metal wannabes, and even a TV show-to-chart-topper. It’s been a roller coaster of nostalgia, with 80s classics, cult favorites, and quite a few cash grabs. But through it all, one thing remains constant: the music of the silver screen is always memorable, except in those times where it’s absolutely terrible.

So, without further ado, let us take a look at some of the most iconic, and some of the absolute worst, bands from the world of movies and TV. From Daisy Jones & The Six to Brainkrieg, Uptown Girl to Dethklok, we’ll be exploring the music that has made us laugh, cry, and dance, and also music that made us frantically hunt for the mute button. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

Jizz-loving aliens.

Rad (and lame) fictional bands Star Wars FIGRIN D'AN AND THE MODAL NODES The Cantina Band play a type of music called jizz. We're not kidding here: this is George Lucas' creative genius at work. Anyway, look, we know the song started playing in your head when you saw this, and it's one of the sounds of your childhood, so it's rad. CRACKED



Legendary, need we say more?

Rad (and lame) fictional bands This is Spinal Tap SPINAL TAP Spinal Tap needs no introduction, much less defending. Spinal Tap created the music mockumentary genre with an amazingly hilarious movie. Spinal Tap is awesome. CRACKED

Embassy Pictures


Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld: rock banding since 2000.

Rad (and lame) fictional bands South Park TIMMY AND THE LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD Zidrian Back in 2000, when GWB was president and Osama bin Laden was barely known outside of three-letter agencies (and you, dear reader, were probably not alive yet), South Park was new, fresh, and subversive. This band is from that era. CRACKED

Paramount Media Networks

South Park Archives

I2I. Iykyk.

Rad (and lame) fictional bands A Goofy Movie POWERLINE We know you love A Goofy Movie, and A Goofy Movie couldn't work without Powerline at all. Powerline is the definition of coolness. CRACKED



Adam Sandler in ’The Wedding Singer’? Yikes.

Rad (and lame) fictional bands The Wedding Singer ROBBIE HART They would take our comedy website license away if we called Adam Sandler anything but unfunny, so here: Adam Sandler as the singer in this movie is just super uncool. CRACKED

New Line Cinema


Cartoon-level mediocrity.

Rad and lame) fictional bands Josie and the Pussycats JOSIE ANDosie THE PUSSYCATS A band from a Scooby-Doo-type cartoon that somehow aged worse than Scooby-Doo, and makes even less sense (at one point, the action moved from Earth to outer space)? Lame. Definitely. CRACKED

Hanna-Barbera Productions



Rad (and lame) fictional bands The Heights THE HEIGHTS In 1992, Jamie Walters' song How Do You Talk to an Angel from Aaron Spelling's TV show The Heights became the first song from a TV series to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 since 1985 - and the show got canceled a few days later. CRACKED



’Metalocalypse’s Dethklok: metal and jingle-ing.

Rad (and lame) fictional bands Methri Metalocalypse DETHKLOK Dethklok is the world's most popular band in the show Metalocalypse. They combine metal music with funny lyrics, and even have a jingle for Duncan Hills Coffee - and they somehow manage to pull off a blend of the two. CRACKED

Warner Bros. Television

Revolver Magazine

’80s nostalgia overload.

Rad (and lame) fictional bands The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension THE HONG KONG CAVALIERS The fictional band was played by real-life musicians, including Jeff Goldblum on the keyboard. Somehow, that didn't stop them from being kinda awful... but then again, with that kind of movie, there's only so much you can expect. CRACKED

20th Century Studios

Tampa Bay Times

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