Over the years, I’ve listened to a lot of music. My tastes range from classical all the way to heavy metal, with stops in between. What I like at any particular moment depends on a number of factors, but I’ve mostly used the criterion of “I know what I like” when it comes to a given song or musical style. A while ago, I was browsing over on YouTube, and one of the “similar videos” that popped up was from a band I’d really liked a while back. The thing about them? They were a fictional band, one that had been created for television, movies, or by accident. Which led me to think about other fictional bands I’ve liked over the years. What do they have in common? Besides being fictional constructs, they really could play, sing, and perform as a band. The band turned into a success totally outside of the original purpose. So, let me introduce you to some of them.
Back in the sixties, the music scene was dominated by the “British Invasion,” and in particular, The Beatles. A television producer had the bright idea to put together a group to “compete” with them, and after a series of auditions, cast four young actors to be the new band – The Monkees.
and yes, they still get together now and then and do concert tours.
In the 80’s, heavy metal and “hair bands” were becoming popular, and a comedy film … a “mockumentary” … was made about the comeback and tour of England’s loudest band: Spinal Tap.
and over twenty-five years and several albums later, they can still pack an arena
In the ’90’s, a well-known singer was working on his new album, and his producer asked to use a private studio. The studio owner had some friends stop by, and a jam session resulted, which led them to an idea. An unknown family band who toured around looking for a break… the Traveling Wilbury Brothers.
(Official version here)
Unfortunately, one of the brothers passed away shortly afterwards, leading to this subtle tribute to him
(official version here)
Hope you like them as much as I do.