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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The Ultimate Fake Band List

"Behold the glory that is the ROCKLOPEDIA FAKEBANDICA, eleventh revised, unabridged edition! Finally, all the fictional bands and singers from TV and movies listed in one convenient, scarily obsessive place. Why? It's the Internet, stupid! The Internet was created for such things as this! ... This is a list of fictional bands from movies and TV shows ONLY, with the occasional good exception. Granted, we had a minor scandal when I found out that three entries were real bands. Ooops! I shall do my homework from here on out. ..."

"Fabulous Baker Boys, The - In the 1989 movie The Fabulous Baker Boys, real life brothers Jeff and Beau Bridges play brothers and pianists Jack and Frank Baker, lounge act types who decide to add a female singer to make their act more competitive. The singer is Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Pinheads, The - Marty McFly's (Michael J. Fox) band from the beginning of Back to the Future. They audition to play the school prom, but are turned down for being "just too darn loud." The other, unnamed Pinheads were played by Paul Hanson, Lee Brownfield and Robert DeLapp. Trivia Time! The judge who turns them down is an uncredited Huey Lewis, of Huey Lewis and the News. (see also Marvin Berry and the Starlighters)

Amazing Marvin Suggs and his Muppaphone, The - From the Rita Moreno-hosted episode (10/09/76) of The Muppet Show. Voiced by Frank Oz with an Italian accent, this artiste "plays" "Lady of Spain" by hitting the tribble-shaped muppets (some named Lucy, Bernard, Marvin) with mallets as they go "ow" in key (noises of pain by Jim Henson & Jerry Nelson). Payback's a bitch, though, as a giant hammer slugs Suggs at the finale. You can find the song on The Muppet Show Album (1977) & CD Muppet Hits (1993). Try your hand at the virtual Muppaphone here. The Muppahone gag is awfully similar to Arthur Ewing and his Musical Mice, from Monty Python's Flying Circus. Marvin Suggs also shows up again in the Steve Martin-hosted episode (10/31/77) with a new act as Marvin Suggs and his All-Food Glee Club, which sings "Yes, We Have No Bananas.""

And much, much more! (thanks to Up-Tight)