The top 5 fictional bands

We've all had that moment where we've been watching a movie, and wished to leap headfirst into the screen and join the action. (Apart from perhaps, the last half hour of Titanic.) In some instances, some of our favourite films have created some bands that boy, we wish were a bit real. Sadly, their music will never truly exist - but we can at least pretend.


From the Cameron Crowe comedy-drama Almost Famous came Stillwater, a fictional band of rambunctious rockers cobbled together from a myriad of experiences from Crowe's younger days as a music journalist. The band follows a young Rolling Stone writer, who joins their tour with a couple of 'band-aids', (more resourceful versions of groupies) including the mysterious Penny Lane. 

There is indeed an actual band by the name of Stillwater, but after reading Crowe's Academy Award winning script, they decided to let bygones be bygones. 

Spinal Tap 

A list without these guys would be futile, and cruel. Of course, taken from the 1984 classic rock-mock-umentary, came Rob Reiner's heavily improvisational brilliance This is Spinal Tap. 

The film is now revered as a much loved comedy, with the fake band taking inspiration from classic metal acts, such as Guns n' Roses, Led Zeppelins. Lead character Nigel Tufnell in fact is named after the same style of Eric Clapton's name, the formula of a 'boring name' and a 'last name being a place in London'. 

The lovably moronic actions of Christopher Guest's Nigel Tufnel and co. were so popular, that some people mistook the documentary for an actual one, including Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne. 

The Edge from U2 added that he found the experience slightly unsettling, as it was "too close to the truth". 

The Weird Sisters

To be fair, if we had magical powers, we too would probably put together a wizard rock band fronted by Jarvis Cocker, with Radiohead and Pulp members infused within.

In Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, tensions are running high for the spectral students, as they prepare for The Yule Ball - essentially Hogwart's version of prom night. In a film, where for some reason absolutely everyone has indie-boy haircuts, it is understandable that the Pulp frontman would be invited down to play the big event, in his fictitious rock n' roll band The Weird Sisters.

"It was weird, because the band are a band that are only supposed to exist in the magical realm - so I found myself having these really bizzare conversations where I had to consider, "Well, wizards wouldn't think about that." 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Despite the name, next up is the very un-Potter related band Hedwig and the Angry Inch, taken from the musical of the same title. 

The awesome infusion of John Cameron Mitchell's absorbing story, and Stephen Trask's certifiably fabulous soundtrack tells the tale of young Hedwig, a David Bowie fan who has a botched sex operation so he may escape the border of the Berlin Wall. It doesn't sound particularly light-hearted, but the glam-rock stylings of his band certainly don't stop us from having a bit of a dance about it. Lyrics include, "It was my first day as a woman/Already that time of the month!"

Blues Brothers

And last up, the brilliance of Saturday Night Live gave us the rhythm and blues revivalist band The Blues Brothers, performed respectively by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in the lead roles, encased in daper hats, suits and shades.

Originally birthed from an SNL sketch, the band became so popular that they spawned a movie in 1980. 

There is also a real-life 3D album you can own in your real life called A Briefcase Full of Blues. 

Tell us some of your favourites! 

Now have a look at the process the other way round, when real-life bands get influenced by movies!


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