Thanks to my usual Saturday night cable flipping, I’ve had Buckaroo Banzai on the brain all day and have been engaged in many “What could have been” simulations in my brain.  At one point, I wondered whether Buckaroo could out-sing Potsie from ‘Happy Days’, (the answer is yes, by the way) which led me to wonder if he was a better guitar player than Multi-Man of The Impossibles, (a question that I judge as still being up in the air) which led to an all-out imaginary battle of the bands in my head.  By the time the legendary musician who doesn’t exist Tom Douglas and his band Destiny took the stage, I had killed most of my afternoon and formulated today’s brown-acid-avoiding query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has been ionized, but is okay now, asking: Who’s the greatest musician who doesn’t exist?


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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! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Jarmo Seppänen on

    I’ll stretch it a little and say Hatsune Miku. Yeah, she’s just a Yamaha soundchip but still sold millions of albums and billions worth of merchandise & video games. Even live shows.

  2. i feel like i would’ve secretly tucked Jem and the Holograms underneath a pile of Metallica, Eric B and Rakim and Misfits tapes if i was a young adult in the 80’s.

  3. Daniel Langsdale on

    What counts as “doesn’t exist?” Would that include musicians put forth as part of a fictional narrative, like the Blues Brothers or the Monkees? Could it include Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band? Are we meant only to focus on solo acts?

    With the idea that all of it is fair game, I’ll go with the Monkees. If it has to be a fully fictional solo act, it’s Kermit the Frog because Rainbow Connection and Being Green are so iconic of my inner childhood.

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