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For Those About To Rock, We Salute You: The Best Fictitious Movie Bands

By TK Burton | Lists | January 24, 2012 |

By TK Burton | Lists | January 24, 2012 |

We’ve talked about musicians who became actors, we’ve talked about actors who became musicians. So inevitably, we should talk about the other cinematic phenomenon, musicians or bands created for movies. I’m not talking about actual bands, I’m talking about bands that are wholly fictional who were created solely for a film. In fact, some of them would go on to become acclaimed as real bands (sort of), even releasing albums and in some cases even touring. It’s a fascinating concept, creating a band entirely out of nothing, for the sole reason of making a movie. What’s even more amazing is that sometimes? It ends up being a pretty kickass band.

So here we are, kids. Pajiba’s Best Fictitious Movie Bands:

Wyld Stallyns (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure)

“God Gave Rock And Roll To You”

Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate (Coming To America)

“The Greatest Love Of All”

Steel Dragon (Rock Star)

“Stand Up”

Huff N’ Doback (Step Brothers)

“Boats N’ Hoes”

Billy Mack (Love Actually)

“Christmas Is All Around”

Sonic Fucking Death Monkey/Kathleen Turner Overdrive/Barry Jive and the Uptown Five (High Fidelity)

“Let’s Get It On”

The Wonders (That Thing You Do!)

“That Thing You Do!”

Marvin Berry and the Starlighters (Back To The Future)

“Johnny Be Good” (featuring Marty McFly)

The Dreams (Dreamgirls)

“It’s All Over”

Spinal Tap (This Is Spinal Tap)

“Big Bottoms”

Sex Bob-Omb (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World)


Stillwater (Almost Famous)

“Fever Dog”

The Commitments (The Commitments)

“The Dark End Of The Street”

Soggy Bottom Boys (O Brother, Where Art Thou)

“I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow”

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

“Origin Of Love”

DJay (Hustle and Flow)

“Whoop That Trick”

School of Rock (School Of Rock)

“Teacher’s Pet”

Bad Blake (Crazy Heart)

“Hold On You”

Otis Day and the Knights (Animal House)


The Blues Brothers (The Blues Brothers)

“Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”

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