Masterminds, are you, figuratively speaking, ready to rock? Whether you want to or would rather sit this one out—doesn’t matter since there’s no such thing as personal choice in rock and roll—we at the MindHut are counting down some of our all-time favorite bands and music artists from cartoons, movies, video games, and other realms of fiction! Let’s get right to kicking off the first part of our countdown highlighting the 10 most rockin’ bands from fiction, numbers 10-6!
10) The Indigo-Go’s, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Gotta hand it to the motley crew of Zoras that compromise the Indigo-Go’s: While the human air-breathers of Termina are stuck in the stone age playing lutes and—no offense, Link—ocarinas, the band’s years ahead of their time ushering in the age of rock and roll across the land. Not impressive enough for you? Did you happen to notice that some of the Indigo-Go’s members are playing instruments made from the skeletons of vicious aquatic predators?! That’s not only incredibly awesome, but it's perhaps the most metal thing imaginable, at least if the people of Termina were even aware of that particular genre. Even though the Indigo-Go’s musical style might be an acquired taste for some, they’re still worshiped by the masses. But, then again, anyone would if they were the only rock band in town.
9) Jem and the Holograms
In can be argued that Jem and her all-girl band, The Holograms, were created solely to push Hasbro’s line of dolls that were—it hurts, but it’s the truth, folks—a wildly successful ripoff of the Barbie toy line. Yes, the cartoon series was pure ‘80s camp and calling some episode plots outlandish is an understatement, but there’s a guilty pleasure to be had listening to the bubble gum pop songs that encompassed nearly a third of each 22-minute show. We’re not going to lie, a handful of the tunes Jem belts out are worthy of a place amongst the likes of Pat Benatar and Cyndi Lauper. Really, you'd swear that they don't even reek of corporate greed.
8) Mordecai and the Rigbys, Regular Show
Even though the short-lived musical legacy of Mordecai and the Rigbys ended with the lip-synching scandal that killed their career, the pair gets major credit for at least putting on a convincing show that even made their boss Benson’s jaw drop to the floor (would a sentient gumball machine even have one is the question). Outside of the cartoon, you’re sure to find devout Regular Show fanatics wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the logo for Mordecai and the Rigbys, indicating that, despite being entirely fictitious and famous for only one song, the band has left an indelible mark on the real world. Now if we could just get “Party Tonight” as an mp3, then our lives would be complete.
7) Mystik Spiral, Daria
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the ‘90s—the same decade that brought us the Tamagotchi, Captain Planet, and the Power Rangers—was rife with so much teen angst. Grunge rock became the voice of the long-suffering masses living in the desolation of American suburbia, and Daria’s own Mystik Spiral best captured this ennui and accompanying world-weary philosophy (even though this perceived life experience came entirely from watching TV). Sadly, Mystik Spiral’s music and jaded demeanor has yet to catch on with the general public of Lawndale, and, despite popular opinion, they are not a Doors tribute band. But hopefully one day they can attain that very same level of prestige.
6) Wyld Stallyns, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
They don’t, by any means, have the talent or financial resources to become the next Van Halen or Metallica, but it’s difficult not to say you find Bill and Ted’s—or rather Wyld Stallyns’— idealistic musical aspirations triumphantly infectious. Not going to lie, we can’t help but be reminded of those carefree days when we honestly believed forgoing homework and social interaction would actually make us better musicians. Those ambitions sort of died once we hit college, but, hey, we’ve still got Wyld Stallyns living that dream for us. Totally excellent!
Be here for the second part of the countdown next week!