So many fabulous bands to choose from, so few spots on the list. Here are my picks for best fictional bands from movies.
1. 2ge+her – 2ge+her
2ge+her came out at the absolute best time possible: Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, and Hanson were sweeping the pop music charts and stealing the hearts of teenage girls everywhere. Perfect timing for a parody boy band to strike. I remember waiting with anticipation for the “worldwide” premiere of 2ge+her, the MTV movie about the formation of one of the most famous fictional bands ever. The movie soon spun off into a TV show and a couple of albums before one of the members passed away in a car accident and the band disbanded. There have been talks of a reunion within the past couple of years and I, for one, am ALL for it.
Best songs: “U + Me = Us (Calculus)”, “Say It (Don’t Spray It)”, “The Hardest Part of Breaking Up (Is Getting Back Your Stuff)”
2. Du Jour – Josie and the Pussycats
Yet another fictional boy band has made it to the list. What can I say? I love hilarious parody songs in general and pop songs laced with sexual innuendo especially. Watching Seth Green, Donald Faison, and Breckin Meyer argue about boy band politics is the cherry on top.
Best songs: “Backdoor Lover”, “Du Jour Around the World”
3. The Treblemakers – Pitch Perfect
I dearly love Pitch Perfect and all the music that sprung forth from it, but The Treblemakers have got to be my favorite. From the moment I saw Bumper performing “Don’t Stop the Music”, I was hooked. I’ve always had a preference for male voices so it’s little surprise that The Treblemakers edge out The Barden Bellas for first place in my heart (and ears). I still haven’t seen the sequel, but you can bet I’m excited for more of Skylar Astin’s sexy vocal stylings.
Best songs: “Don’t Stop the Music”, “Let It Whip”, “Bright Lights Bigger City/Magic”, “Right Round”
4. Sex-Bob-omb – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Michael Cera is not my cup of tea but Scott Pilgrim definitely is. While originating in the supercrazy famous Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, Sex Bob-omb really popped for me on the big screen. And how could they not? All of their songs were written by Beck (who is pretty fucking incredible despite what Kanye West has to say) and are heavy on the drums, which makes sense because the drummer (Kim Pine) is the best member. Just look at how succinctly she sums up the band’s mission statement:
If you like non-sensical lyrics, look no further than “Garbage Truck”: “i’ll take you for a ride on my garbage truck. I’ll take you to the dump, ’cause you’re my queen.” Better yet, just watch it below.
Best songs: “We Are Sex Bob-omb”, “Summertime”
5. Infant Sorrow – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
I had no clue who or what a Russell Brand was until Aldous Snow swept across the theatre screen. The “We’ve Got to Do Something” music video garnered some chuckles from the crowd but nothing crazy. The real uproar came when Aldous took the stage to serenade a hotel breakfast crowd with “Inside of You”, complete with floor humping motions. Second funniest music related scene in an already hilarious movie (top spot goes to “Dracula’s Lament”).
Best songs: “Inside of You”, “We’ve Got to Do Something”
Honorable Mention: Low Shoulder, Crash and the Boys, Loveburger, The Oneders, The Jerk Offs, Lemonade Mouth, Stillwater, Swingtown Lads
Bonus Video: “Rub One Out” Whoa!