He Said She Said: Our 10 Favorite Fictional Bands

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It's a sad state of affairs when a parody band ends up being funnier/better/more entertaining that the original (we're lookin' at you, The Beatles). She Said started thinking of this list last week after making one in a million lifetime references to the fake band Blues Hammer from the movie Ghost World, a band which perfectly encapsulates everything She Said hates about white-boy blues (She's lookin' at you Jonny Lang. Your music is cheesy. But you, you are hot).

Then it came to dawn on She Said that half her list of favorite fictional bands were cartoon bands. So maybe that's why she loves fake bands so much - they remind her of her youth, the hilarity of limitless imagination and good old-fashioned silliness that often accompanies parody. So in the grand tradition of David St. Hubbins, She Said presents her ten favorite fictional bands.

Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, "The Muppet Show"

It's a well-established fact that She Said loves Muppets. Janice may have been her first female rock (and) role model.

Frozen Embryos, "My So-Called Life"

Whut? She said was once a 14-year-old girl, ya know. Right about the time this show was on TV, actually. It's super hilarious to think that pretty boy Jared Leto would be the lead singer of some schlocky rock band. Wait - what's that? He IS the singer of some schlocky rock band? And they're playing in Houston Thursday night?!

Jem and the Holograms


'80ss pop meets Adam Ant's make-up artist in the form of a musical hologram that fights crime? WTF?! But She Said and her friends were Jem girls. Were you?

The Be Sharps, "The Simpsons"

One of a million Simpsons cultural references and a nod to Homer's secret past back when the show was still funny, this barbershop quartet only recorded two albums before breaking up. Members were Homer Simpson, Principal Skinner, Barney and Apu, though Police Chief Wiggam was a former member.

Desmond Winston Manchester XI, "The Royal Tenenbaums"

Desmond Winston Manchester XI is the name of the reggae musician Margot Tenenbaum marries at age 19 in this montage scene, which is She Said's favorite scene from any Wes Anderson movie ever.

Josie and the Pussycats

With long tails and ears for hats! Girls and boys alike fell in love with Josie. Wikipedia tells She Said that Valerie was "the first regularly appearing female black character in a Saturday morning cartoon show." How dubious. The Pussycats were also probably the first girl group to be accidentally shot into outer space.

Shoyu Weenie, "Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law"

The first episode we saw of this Hanna-Barbera homage/parody cartoon was the one in which Japanese pop group Shoyu Weenie approach Harvey to represent them in a plagiarism case. It's probably the most hilarious cartoon She Said has ever seen.

Gemini's Twin, Saturday Night Live

Nothing Houston's favorite daughter does is sacred, and when it comes to scathing parody SNL does it best, from the home-sewn costumes (House of Dereon, we're lookin' at you) to the ever-rotating line-up. Incidentally, Maya Rudolph has an honest-to-goodness music pedigree. Her mother was Minnie Riperton, who sang the orgasmic "Lovin' You," and Rudolph herself was in The Rentals for a few years.

The Rutles

Eric Idle and Neil Innes' tribute to the Beatles in true Python-esque fashion. Even Mick Jagger and David Bowie got in on the joke. The Rutles actually became a real band, touring even, and continue to put out material, as recently as 2003. Even Yoko isn't spared -- she's compared to a Nazi in the film. The Rutles have continued to be so popular that there's even an Austin-based tribute band in homage of the parody band.

Hedwig and The Angry Inch

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is a hilarious, challenging and extremely fun musical about a German boy who tries to become a girl so he can escape East Germany by marrying a U.S. soldier. His operation is botched leaving him neither male nor female. To deal with the trauma, he forms a glam punk band and tours the backwaters of the U.S., playing at places like Luby's. One of She Said's favorite memories is seeing the live show performed in Seoul, South Korea on New Year's Eve 2006.


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