Maybe these bands don’t get enough recognition because they’re made up but here are 11 of the greatest fictional musicians from film and television.
Stillwater from Almost Famous (2000)
Stillwater is a fictional band in the 1970s who attempt to master the mystique of the frontman-and-guitarist dynamic, mimicking Page and Plant, Mick and Keith, and Blackmore and Gillan.
The Weird Sisters from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Bet you didn’t notice it was Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey of Pulp, and Johnny Greenwood and Phil Selway of Radiohead blowing the roof off the Yule Ball in the fourth Harry Potter flick.
Spinal Tap from This is Spinal Tap (1984)
This mockumentary is a cult classic about a fake band from the 70s or 80s who live the clichéd life of rock and roll excess. Many huge names in music have praised this movie, including Kurt Cobain, who agreed with Dave Grohl when he said it was the only rock documentary worth watching.
Steel Dragon from Rock Star (2001)
This fictional band actually has some big names, including Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio, Foreigner), and Jason Bonham (Foreigner, Black Country Communion).
The Be Sharps from The Simpsons
Dating back to 1985, The Be Sharps were featured in the first episode of Season five of The Simpsons. They are a barbershop quartet with origins similar to The Beatles.
Aldus Snow from Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) & Get Him to The Greek (2010)
These are more examples of movies that mock the excess and pretentious behaviour of rock stars. Aldus Snow is a larger-than-life frontman of the band Infant Sorrow.
The Blues Brothers from The Blues Brothers (1980)
The Blues Brothers date back to 1978, debuting as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Fronted by “Joiet” Jake E. Blues (John Belushi) and Elwood J. Blues (Dan Aykroyd), their band featured some pretty esteemed musicians – including former members of Booker T. and The M.G.’s and Isaac Hayes band.
The Oneders from That Thing You Do! (1996)
Set in the 1960s, The Oneders only had one hit. Weirdly enough, it was written by Adam Schlesinger, the bassist from Fountains of Wayne.
Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith Jr. from 8 Mile (2002)
This is the only movie on this list that won an Academy Award for its music. Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2003.
Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (The Cantina Band) from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
One of the more famous fictional bands. No one knows exactly who played them, but they are definitely made up of seven aliens of the Bith race from the planet Clak’dor VII.
Animal of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Movie (1979)
Animal is a primitive creature who many believe is inspired by Keith Moon of The Who, because of his looks and behaviour.