Once, some years ago, Rodrigo and I had a conversation about Gorillaz, a band which I wasn’t aware didn’t exist.  That is to say, while SOMEONE made their music, the members were fictional and comprised a virtual band.  It immediately reminded me of The Archies, cartoon characters who nonetheless scored several hits in the early 70s, leading to today’s Billboard query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still has a soft spot for The Chipmunks, asking: Which virtual band tops your charts?

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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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  1. DamienR
    November 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm — Reply

    The Banana Splits

    Fleegle (the Beagle) on Guitar;
    Bingo (the Gorilla) on Drums;
    Drooper (the Lion) on Bass;
    and Snorky (the Elephant) on keyboards.

  2. November 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    Not 100% sure this qualifies or not, but I would have to say Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem would be my #1.

    • November 18, 2016 at 2:50 pm — Reply

      Did you see their set from the Outside Lands music festival a few months back? If not, Google “Electric Mayhem Outside Lands 2016” (various videos exist, some of the whole thing, some just of specific songs they covered).

      • clancodner
        November 18, 2016 at 6:33 pm — Reply

        I have not, but will immediately. Thanks!

  3. November 18, 2016 at 2:05 pm — Reply

    Nuts, hit post by accident before I finished. Also in consideration would be Fat Albert & the Cosby kids band. How can you not love a band with a guy playing a radiator as an accordion? Lastly I am a fan of South Park’s
    ‘Faith +1’ from the Christain Rock Hard episode in season 9

  4. Hannah
    November 18, 2016 at 5:48 pm — Reply

    I’ve gotta go with Deathklok, I mean, Deathklok!

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