Scott Pilgrim will be out and on Friday and with his band SEX BOB -OMB we here at Mania thought it would be nice to celebrate the kick ass musicians of film and TV. Some are real musicians, some not so real, and some fall somewhere in the middle. It’s a hodge-podge of musical goodness, from the earlier, simpler times, right up to the present day. There’s something here for everyone, so lay back a spell and enjoy our list of kick ass musicians. It is better than Freedom Rock. Well, then turn it up, man.
15. Saving Silverman – Diamond in the Rough
Saving Silverman gets a nod for being a movie with a strong Neil Diamond vibe, and a cameo by the man himself. Jack Black, Jason Biggs and Steve Zahn are long-time friends who form Diamond in the Rough, a bitchin’ Neil Diamond tribute band. Whatever else might happen in the movie is irrelevant; it’s all about Neil!
14. Buckaroo Banzai – The Hong Kong Cavaliers
Having become an unlikely cult classic, Buckaroo Banzai is the guy everyone wants to be. He’s got it all, including his hot band, The Hong Kong Cavaliers. With his band, and his genius, Buckaroo Banzai battles the Red Lectroids from Planet 10. Remember: No matter where you go, there you are. Rock on, Buckaroo Bonzai!
13. Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park - Kiss
One of the most overrated bands in the history of music in one of the most craptastic movies ever made, Kiss is proof that rock stars should not attempt careers in acting. While one can certainly use the term “kick ass” to refer to Kiss’ stage performance, their musicianship is questionable. Kiss Meets the Phantom was a lame attempt at cashing in on a fad that never went away, courtesy of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
12. The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch kicks ass in the way your grandmother used to kick ass, although your grandmother probably didn’t wear dresses that made her look like she belonged on a compound in Utah (see clip). As for Grandpa, he probably never wore bellbottoms and shook his ass like Greg Brady, but not many people can.
11. The Partridge Family
If you don’t think The Partridge Family is kick ass, you better get with the program. If you are old enough to remember this family of rockers, you’ll likely remember hunky David Cassidy and hottie Susan Dey, two stars of the ‘70s. We love the wholesome goodness that was the Partridge Family and long for their finger-clickin’ sounds on long, car rides, or as a surreal soundtrack to a bizarre nightmare.
10. Cheech and Chong
Our current entry is in honor of everyone who remembers the smell of bong water and Cheech and Chong records, complete with a giant rolling paper as a sleeve. These two stoners will never make it on board the Greenpeace mother ship, but they will definitely qualify for our list of kick ass musicians.
9. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Hedwig makes the list as our favorite cross-dressing rocker with a mutilated pickle. East Germany’s most prized import, Hedwig puts the “glam” in glam rock. While Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a fantastic film that has garnered quite a cult following, Hedwig will also offend many with a weak constitution… one of the reasons we love him… her… him so much.
8. Welcome to the Dollhouse – The Quadratics
What band can kick ass with a guy playing a clarinet? The Quadratics from the 1995 gem, Welcome to the Dollhouse. The beauty in the clip is that nothing really fits, from the hunky singer, nerdy back-up band, and oddly groovy music they are playing. If this track is available somewhere, we want the download.
7. Blues Brothers - The Blues Brothers
“We’re on a mission from God.” That mission? Why to spread the gospel of the blues, of course. Indeed, Jake and Elwood created a timeless classic with some of the greatest quotes ever in the annals of film. Known for a myriad of characters on Saturday Night Live, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi have perhaps become best known as these hilarious brothers.
6. Velvet Goldmine – Flaming Creatures
Perhaps one of the best movies to pay homage to glam rock, Velvet Goldmine was a largely overlooked film, but has a soundtrack that can’t be ignored. One of our favorites is The Flaming Creatures, aka Placebo, covering the T. Rex classic, 20th Century Boy. There are many other notables including Ewan McGregor as the Iggy Pop-like rocker Curt Wild who exposes himself onstage.
5. Six String Samurai
A post-apocalyptic America, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Guns N’ Roses, and “Lost” Vegas are just a few of the references in this trippy little beauty. Six String Samurai is essentially the battle of a number of musical genres with Heavy Metal attempting to destroy the more classic form of rock. This is a great one to watch if you’re a fan of martial arts films and good old rock n’ roll.
4. Star Wars – Cantina Band
The most swinging band in a galaxy far, far away, it’s the Cantina Band, with strange guys playing the music of John Williams, the mastermind behind the Star Wars soundtrack. The Cantina Theme is a great tune and one that easily gets stuck in your head, quickly becoming the soundtrack for your day. If you’re ever in the Tatooine neighborhood, pop in and see the guys jam—but you’ll have to leave your droids outside.
3. Monty Python – Piano Player/Singer
There have been many hilarious musical moments in the world of Monty Python, but the one that sticks out (no pun intended) is a brief, but wonderful little ditty concerning the celebration of the male organ. Enter Eric Idle, aka, the slick, suave, crooning, piano-playing fellow that would be a hit at any dinner party, or piano bar.
2. O Brother, Where Art Thou? – The Soggy Bottom Boys
It seems like no matter what the list, The Coen Brothers have to make an appearance. Our kick ass musician’s list is no different with The Soggy Bottom Boys filling the bluegrass, good ol’… whatever the hell you want to call it kind of music slot. Not only did the Coen Brothers score a hit with O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the soundtrack did quite well too. Bravo!
1. This is Spinal Tap
Come on, who did you think was going to be number one? The band that epitomizes excess, a super group that can turn Stonehenge into a full stage show, and whose amps go to 11! Yes, it’s Spinal Tap, the greatest quasi-fake rock band of all time. This isSpinal Tap takes top honors for being hilarious, timeless (yes damn it, timeless), and upping the stakes on what rock stardom is all about.
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