The 10 Coolest Bands Created by Hollywood
Cynics often chide Hollywood for its phony rendering of sacred institutions.
However, every so often, the masterminds behind film and TV actually get it right.
The following is the best rock music that Tinseltown has managed to create—in some cases with chart-topping success. Check out the photo gallery below.
7. Frozen Embryos: When I showed this list to my friend, she said, “Who the f*ck is Frozen Embryos?” I scrolled through her iPod and pulled up "Kings and Queens“ by 30 Seconds to Mars and replied “It’s these fools, dummy!” In the mid-1990s, brothers Jared and Shannon Leto appeared on ABC’s teen drama My So-Called Life as members of Frozen Embryos. Although never featured in full performance, they were referenced enough to stoke interest in teenage girls everywhere.
8. The Wonders: They were the fictitious creation of Tom Hanks from his feature-length directorial debut, That Thing You Do. This 1960s discovery from Eerie, Pa., got its signature sound from the melodic genius of Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) and even went on to score an actual Billboard hit in 1996 with the title hit, “That Thing You Do.”
6. Dethklok: Cartoon Network’s Metalocalypse gets its own house band with Dethklok. So popular is this hapless and ditzy rock outfit, that it actually spawned a real-life counterpart. Dethklok’s music is raucous, noisy and evil—three ingredients that all legendary metal bands should possess.
5. The Misfits: No, not those Misfits. This was the group of bad girls from the 1980s animated series, “Jem.” Fronted by Pizzazz, the Misfits were delightfully bitchier than their goody two-shoes rivals, Jem and the Holograms. They had better outfits, too.
4. The Monkees: This 1960s power-pop group may have appeared saccharin and manufactured, but it was actually comprised of some pretty talented musicians who balked at the notion that they were merely another bad creation. So powerful was the Monkees’ appeal that the band managed a successful comeback nearly 20 years later in 1986.
3. Steel Dragon: In 2001’s Rock Star, Mark Wahlberg abandons his ironclad hip-hop roots (joke) to portray a Pennsylvania kid who gets plucked from the front row of a concert to helm his favorite band, Steel Dragon. The group’s sound is reminiscent of Motley Crue and Poison—with a back story filled with sex, drugs and copious amounts of Aqua Net.
2. Infant Sorrow: I defy anyone to deny the absolute genius of British comedian Russell Brand as the tarty alt-rocker with a roving libido. His character, Aldous Snow, fronts the famed and faux Infant Sorrow whose sound (and backstage antics) mimics that of The Rolling Stones and Oasis. Fun fact: That is actually Brand belting out lead vocals on all of Infant Sorrow’s tracks.
1. Spinal Tap: This is Spinal Tap has long been regarded as the preeminent rock mockumentary. Not only is it funny, but the film and band Spinal Tap resonated with other musicians in a way that no other comedy could. And you thought your drummer was problematic ...
9. The Rutles: Leave it to some of the creative geniuses behind Monty Python to parody the Beatles with no remorse (or tact) whatsoever. Songs like “Ouch!” and “Hold My Hand” are a snarky-but-fitting tribute to the most influential rock band of the mid-20th century. P.S.: George Harrison makes a cameo appearance in the Rutles film.
10. Sex Bob-Omb: Indie rock was once thought to be the faddish offshoot of heavy metal. More than 20 years later, it’s still here and still viable. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World celebrates the genre with a soundtrack eagerly devoted to the hipster. Stars Michael Cera, Mark Webber, Allison Pill and Johnny Simmons actually played their own instruments for the film and its accompanying soundtrack. Sex Bob-Omb even received some production help from Beck and Nigel Godrich.