Real Songs from ‘Fake’ Bands

A few days ago it was reported drum legends Lars Ulrich of Metallica and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Pepper might be making cameos in the sequel to the classic rockumentary/mockumentary This is Spinal Tap.

Of course, there is much speculation among reporters, as to whether these two men may be facing the fate of the Spinal Tap drummer:

The sequel is currently being filmed, but good or bad, the original is still a Gen X classic. One of the main reasons, of course, is this “fake band” consisting of David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) were all accomplished musicians who put out some excellent hair band fare. I know I rocked out to the soundtrack with gems like this:

Spinal Tap wasn’t the only “fake band” to record some legit music. In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, here are three other “fake” bands to check out:

Citizen Dick

In the 90s, the Seattle sound and grunge movement was in full swing, and bands like Citizen Dick created for the film Singles were in the mix (led by Matt Dillon). Of course this might be partly due to actual Pearl Jam members Eddie Vedder and Stone Gossard being part of it.

The Wonders

Originally spelled “Oneders,” this band from motion picture That Thing You Do were the poster boys of the fate of the “one hit wonder.” Their big hit was incredibly catchy, however, as it and the rest of the soundtrack was composed by the late Adam Lyons Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne.

Eddie and the Cruisers

It’s well known now that the runaway hit from this story a make believe band was performed by John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, but they were huge in the 80s. Unlike the spoofs and lightheartedness the other bands mentioned above, Eddie and the Cruisers was a drama took itself very seriously. It followed a reporter’s search for the disappearance of 50s rocker Eddie Wilson (Michael Paré). Wilson’s character may have been living in anonymity at the end of the movie, but this song was anything but obscure when it hit in 1983.

There are so many more “fake bands” I could list that scored real hits from The Blues Brothers, to Josie and the Pussycats, so Sex Bob-Omb but that’s a rabbit hole that would take a long time to fall down.

Right now, enjoy the rest of your April Fool’s Day, and just sit back and rock on. Real or fake, some groups just “go to eleven.”

2 comments on “Real Songs from ‘Fake’ Bands

  1. Lance Crow says:

    Great article and wow did it bring back some awesome memories. One other that might be of note is “The Archies” and their hit tune “Sugar, Sugar.” If memory serves, this song went to #1 or dang near close to it and wasn’t even produced by an established band at all but rather some studio musicians who put the annoying diddy on the map. Still, a cartoon band flying up the charts has to merit some kind of recognition.

    Thanks for memory lane adventure.

    1. The Mgmt. says:

      sugar sugar is still a jam!

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