If you’re not following Major Spoilers on the social media, you may be missing out one of the most awesome parts of the MS Experience, such as the recent conversation between Young Zach and myself that devolved into a litany of fake band names.    We actually came up with some great ones, though we’re hardly the first to do it (“Have you heard my new band, ‘The First To Do It’?”) as proven by the likes of Citizen Dick, Jesse & The Rippers, and The Hong Kong Cavaliers, which, in turn, begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is beloved in Finland AND Denmark, asking: What’s the greatest fictional band name of all time?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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19 Comments

  1. April 25, 2013 at 11:30 am — Reply

    Sonic Death Monkey, which were on the verge of becoming Kathleen Turner Overdrive, but performed for one night as Barry Jive and his Uptown Five

  2. Firefox
    April 25, 2013 at 11:36 am — Reply

    I think the greatest is either Gorillaz or Spinal Tap. I know they had real music, but they were fake.

  3. Mike
    April 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm — Reply

    No contest here, it was Landry`s band Crucifictorius from Friday Night Lights.

    In what has to be the worst crime against a fictional band name though, there was a sticker on a locker in the movie Clueless for a fictional band called The Dobler Effect, which is a pretty cool shout out to the movie Say Anything. Years later some d-bags started a real band called the Lloyd Dobler Effect, which is still a shout out to Say Anything, but manages to suck all of the cleverness out of the fictional band`s name.

  4. April 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    So many great ones to choose from…

    Disaster Area from HHGTTG

    Dethklok

    Dr. Fünke’s 100% Natural Good Time Family Band Solution from Arrested Development

    Any of Spinal Tap’s antecedents (The Originals, The New Originals, the Thamesmen, the Hot Waffles). Spinal Tap, kind of like the Monkees were a real band with a fictional origin. The Spinal Tap soundtrack album was a better metal record than half the metal releases from the year it came out…

    Kreb Zeppelin from Pete and Pete

    The all time number one greatest fictional band name in my book:

    Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

    • April 26, 2013 at 11:36 am — Reply

      How could I have forgotten Dr. Teeth?!

  5. LemmyCaution
    April 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    The Stains from “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains”

    Night Flight!!

  6. dante_marx
    April 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm — Reply

    Maybe it is The Beets, with their hit single, “Killer Tofu”?

    • April 26, 2013 at 7:35 am — Reply

      That was the same thing I was going to say. I wanted to get one of the fictional tour tees off of one of those t-shirt sites not too long ago.

  7. AllenBT
    April 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm — Reply

    They’re not exactly a fictional band in the strictest sense, but they were fake in a way: The Travelling Wilburys. The group dropped the fiction about all being 1/2 brothers, sons of Charles Truscott Wilbury, Sr pretty quickly, but they were sort of fake.

    Besides, Mathew took the Monkeys already and someone else grabbed Spinal Tap.

  8. April 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm — Reply

    All of these are excellent, but I’d like to add CB4 and Aldous Snow to the list.

  9. April 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm — Reply

    The Monkees were a fictional band, but I’m not sure that’s all that good a name. It’s pretty much a Beatles knock-off…

    • LemmyCaution
      April 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm — Reply

      I was thinking about them, but it seemed a stretch in that they weren’t completely fictional. And I love the name!

    • April 26, 2013 at 11:57 am — Reply

      It was a GREAT name. The deliberate misspelling, the animal theme. Perfect.

  10. Frank
    April 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm — Reply

    Love Handel from Phineas and Ferb.

  11. LemmyCaution
    April 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm — Reply

    Shoot! I forgot about Breaking Glass from the movie “Breaking Glass.”

    The name isn’t funny like many other proposals here, but it describes a sound that we all recognize in a simple way while playing off the events/characters of the film.

    Another great Night Flight flick. This one has a great soundtrack for neo-punk new wavists.

  12. Shawn
    April 26, 2013 at 4:30 am — Reply

    The Shitty Beatles.

    “Are they any good?”
    “They suck.”
    “So it’s not just a clever name?”

  13. Nick S.
    April 26, 2013 at 6:28 am — Reply

    My vote goes to Sex Bob-Omb from “Scott PIlgrim”.

  14. April 26, 2013 at 9:15 am — Reply

    Personal favorite: Toad the Wet Sprocket. Designed for a Python sketch by Eric Idle as a name “so silly no one would use it.” Then look what happened…

  15. Mokin
    April 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm — Reply

    …I’m partial to “Mucous Membrane” from the Constantine comics…

    …gross, yet explains the music so well…

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