Throughout movie history, there’s been some pretty stellar fictional rock bands. So today, we’re looking at the ALL-TIME BEST 10 MOVIE ROCK BANDS!
10. Sonic Death Monkey…er…whatever!-High Fidelity (2000)
After hearing John Cusack bash the band throughout much of the film, we’re led to believe they’re terrible. But their performance at the end of the film is actually pretty good. Having Jack Black as the band’s frontman can’t really hurt either. I still think they would’ve been better served by changing their name to Kathleen Turner Overdrive.
9. The Lone Rangers-Airheads (1994)
We don’t get to hear much from the Lone Rangers in Airheads, but what we do, leads us to believe that the band rocks pretty freaking hard. Plus, any band with Brendan Fraser, Adam Sandler, and Steve Buscemi has to be pretty amazing, right? Overall, the movie is hilarious and probably led to numerous felony charges for wanna-be rockers everywhere.
8. Marvin Berry & the Starlighters-Back to the Future (1985)
Ok, ok…they’re not a true, blue rock band, but that’s just because the losers at Hill Valley won’t let them do their thing. Once Marty McFly…or Calvin Klein…gets involved, Marvin & co. kick it into high gear. Few people know that Back to the Future actually launched Chuck Berry’s career. It’s a shame I can’t fire up the DeLorean and do the opposite for Justin Bieber.
7. Wyld Stallyns-Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
Many of the bands on this list can say that they were pretty good, but how many can say that they helped George Carlin save the world? It’s really a shame the Wyld Stallions would break-up soon after, with Bill becoming the lead singer for One Direction and Ted working at a South Dakota Waffle House….but those are the breaks for a rock n’ roll band. George Carlin would go onto do some really annoying long distance service commercials. If only I had made that one up.
6. Eddie and the Cruisers-Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
Eddie and the aforesaid, Cruisers were a popular 1960’s band until their lead singer (Eddie) went all Terrence Malik (look it up). Much of the movie is spent trying to find Eddie, but we get to see the band in action quite a bit too. In actuality, they’re pretty good. Tom Berenger as the keyboard player was a bit strange, but it kinda worked.
5. Steel Dragon-Rock Star (2001)
Steel Dragon was actually a halfway-decent band. Yeah, they had Marky Mark as a lead singer, but they were a pretty funky bunch themselves. Additionally, it’s every music fan’s dream to be the lead singer of their favorite band. That is, unless your favorite band is Jethro Tull.
4. The Rutles-All You Need Is Cash (1978)
Poking fun at The Beatles, The Rutles were Spinal Tap before Stonehenge. The movie itself is pretty hilarious, but the music is cringeworthy. I get that this was the point, but it’s still hard to take them as seriously as other made-up bands. That made a lot more sense in my head…wait, no it didn’t.
3. The Wonders-That Thing You Do! (1996)
Yeah, they were one-hit “Wonders” (pun intended), but “That Thing You Do!” was a pretty outstanding song. In addition, they had Tom Hanks as their manager, which has to count for something. They also had Liv Tyler as a groupie, so opening for Aerosmith was a given at some point. It’s a shame lead-singer, Jimmy was such a jerk, they might have been big.
2. Stillwater-Almost Famous (2000)
Stillwater was a solid band for its time. Not Led Zeppelin good, but a quality group. Unfortunately for them, the band fell into some of same trappings as actual groups of the time. This resulted in the loss of Kate Hudson and a tour of car dealerships nationwide. Hey, you gotta make a living somehow, even if it means pimping your music to move Hondas.
1. Spinal Tap-This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
There really was no other band we could possibly put at #1. I mean, any group whose biggest hits include “Big Bottom” and “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight,” should skip over this list completely and just head to Cleveland. The crazy thing is, Spinal Tap’s music is actually not that bad, even for a comedic rock band. The band is also so influential, they’ve been ripped-off by real-life bands. How else do you explain Nickelback?
Tomorrow, the ALL-TIME BEST 10 TV SHOW CREATORS!