Last week we started counting down 10 of the greatest rock bands from fiction with numbers 10-6. Well, here we are with the second installment of our salute to some of geek culture’s most memorable—and to reiterate, non-existent—musicians, with those appearing on this particular countdown standing out as superbly excellent. Throw up the horns and wave those lighters in the air, because it’s time to highlight numbers 5-1!
5) Finn’s Band (Unnamed), Adventure Time
To clarify, Finn’s band from the Adventure Time episode “What Was Missing” isn’t actually named “Finn’s Band,” but sometimes when your ragtag ensemble of musicians is that awesome, having a name is totally unnecessary. When the Door Lord absconds with personal items belonging to Finn, Jake, and BMO—and gets Princess Bubblegum and Marceline caught up in the wild goose chase—the thief takes refuge behind his, well, door that will only open for a “genuine bande.” Despite conflicting artistic visions that bring true feelings to the surface, all of them learn to put their differences aside and come together in harmony to get their stuff back. Man, bands in the real world aren’t even capable of doing that. But childish hissy fits? Yep, real masters of the craft.
4) Dethklok, Metalocalypse
The crazy thing about Metalocalypse’s Dethklok is that they—in a fashion—really do exist. The show’s creators, Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, formed the heavy metal group to compose the music for the cartoon’s virtual band. Like Metallica, Mastodon, and other prominent real life metal bands, Dethklok’s shows (remember, this is the animated version we’re talking about) are always sold out and over-the-top with their brutal stage presence. It is advised, however, that only the blindly devoted attend their concerts since, more often than not, fatal mishaps are a common occurrence. Getting decapitated by a speeding hi-hat cymbal aside, enjoy the show.
3) Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, The Muppet Show
Okay, let’s point out the elephant in the room: Dr. Teeth is still kinda terrifying after all these years. Here’s what isn’t: The rest of his band, the Electric Mayhem—granted that someone out there isn’t traumatized by the sight of the saxophonist Zoot. Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem were The Muppet Show’s house band throughout the program's run in the ‘70s into the early ‘80s. Sadly, upon the death of Jim Henson (Dr. Teeth’s performer), the group made sporadic appearances usually relegated to the background with little to no speaking roles. We demand that some suit at Disney get the Electric Mayhem back together for a reunion tour! Believe us when we say we’d camp outside the ticket booth to be the first in line.
2) The Max Rebo Band, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
We know you’re likely fuming over our snubbing Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes for the coveted number two spot—honestly, we were really hard-pressed to reach a decision—but Max Rebo’s band of jizz-wailers (seriously, that’s the genre of music they perform in the Star Wars universe, look it up) stole our nerdy hearts with their rousing 1983 hit “Lapti Nek.” It’s dated compared to the more ostentatious and bombastic “Jedi Rocks” from the 1997 special edition version of Return of the Jedi, although any true fan would appreciate the former’s more humble and nostalgic qualities. Even if the Sy Snootles puppet has all the awkward grace of an inebriated Muppet.
1) Spinal Tap, This is Spinal Tap
You have to hand it to Rob Reiner: he made us wish that Spinal Tap was a real band. This is Spinal Tap was a mockumentary taking a stab at the heavy metal bands of the era as well as the media and public’s habit of virtually canonizing them as gods among men. Despite its status as a parody, Spinal Tap had more than enough chops to hold a place among the likes of influential bands such as the Rolling Stones or Queen. They even made a guest appearance on The Simpsons—in character—back in the 1992 episode “The Otto Show.”
Which of these fictional bands is your all-time favorite?