I have a little thing about music in movies. I love a great soundtrack but I can’t stand when the quality of the movie sucks and the soundtrack is great. It’s like, “did you even care about actually making the movie? how about caring as much about the movie as you did the kick ass music?”
That doesn’t mean I don’t think movies should have great music. I’m just saying movie first, music second. That is, unless you’re making a movie about music or based on the subject of music. Bottom line is that I enjoy seeing music in movies and part of that enjoyment stems from the great musical portrayals by actors.
And it doesn’t have to be real bands they portray. In fact, sometimes the fictional ones are way more entertaining.
Here are my picks for the top fictional bands in movies….with video
Vesuvius – The Rocker
Come on man. Will Arnett, Bradley Cooper, that skinny dude and Fred Armison? Absolutely awesome. They were such an underrated or rather underutilized part of that movie.
Sexual Chocolate – Coming to America
If hearing Eddie Murphy scream “Sexual Chocolate!” and smashing the microphone on the ground isn’t enough to qualify this band to make this list then I honestly don’t know what would.
Steel Dragon – Rockstar
You gotta admit this was a very cool fictional band. Very Def Leppard, Poison, etc etc type band. Plus the guy who actually sang in the soundtrack had one hell of a voice. And “Stand up and Shout” is actually a kick ass song.
Soggy Bottom Boys – O’ Brother Where Art Thou
Just funny, period.
Stillwater – Almost Famous
Feverdoggggggg! Napping at my fingers. Another example of a movie actually having a pretty good soundtrack that included original music. “I am a Golden God!” FYI Stillwater was actually a real band but 100% zero connection to the movie.
Spinal Tap – This is Spinal Tap
You don’t make a list like this without including Spinal Tap. Period.
The Band in Wedding Crashers and Starsky and Hutch
Did these guys even have a name? That lead singer is awesome. Actually they’re a real band in real life called “The Dan Band” but obviously are fake in these movies.
School of Rock – The School of Rock
Word is all these kids were legit and actual musicians. Pretty impressive. That final scene definitely kicked ass.
Wyld Stallyns – Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Sure their actual music sucks but it’s still Bill and Ted. It’s still a young Keanu Reeves and it’s still George Carlin with brown hair playing a guy named Rufus.
Fig’rin D’an and the Modal Nodes – Star Wars
I’ll bet you guys never thought I’d put these guys in here.
The Commitments – The Commitments
Personally I think this is one of the best movies about music that I’ve ever seen. Very underrated and if you haven’t seen it I highly suggest that you do.
Citizen Dick – Singles
Let’s face it. When Eddie Vedder is in a movie, it’s automatic.