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Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem
The Muppet rock house band of The Muppet Show; as well as The Muppet Show, they also appeared in various Muppet movies and television specials, and have also recorded album tracks.

DR. TEETH: the keyboard player and gravelly-voiced leader of the band. He is green-skinned and red-haired with a large grinning mouth of teeth, including a gold tooth claimed to be fashioned by melting down his gold records. Although he was the band leader, Sgt. Floyd Pepper mainly sang lead. He also had a close relationship with Janice, the lead guitarist.
Performed by Jim Henson (1975–1990), John Kennedy (1991–2003), Bill Barretta (2005 – present)
ANIMAL: the primitive wild man, drummer, and the most published member of the band, being the only member to appear in every feature film and the only member in the regular cast of the Muppet Babies spin-off cartoon. He is named for his wild behavior and drumming. Some speculate the character is based on either Keith Moon or Levon Helm
Performed by Frank Oz (1975–2000), Eric Jacobson (2002–present)
SGT. FLOYD PEPPER: the
lefty bass player, a laid back "hipster" with a pink body, long orange hair, big white feathery eye lashes and usually wears a green army cap, or sometimes, while in the pit, a slightly fancier cap of stiffer, glittery material, and a red uniform with epaulets and ornate gold braid on the buttons. His name and pink color are homages to the classic rock act Pink Floyd, and the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the album by The Beatles.
Performed by Jerry Nelson (1975–2004), John Kennedy (2005–2007), Matt Vogel (2008–present)
JANICE: the
lefty flower child lead guitar player. She has blonde hair, big eyelashes and lips, and usually wears a brown hat with a turquoise gem and a feather. Though she regularly performs vocals, she actually only sang lead a couple of times on the show. Her name is a homage to Janis Joplin, and her favourite guitar is a cherry sunburst Gibson Les Paul.
Performed b
y Eren Ozker (1976), Richard Hunt (1977–1992), David Rudman (2008 – present)
ZOOT: the teal coloured, balding saxophone player with dark glasses and a high-crowned blue felt hat, and is generally a laid-back fellow of few words. His name is homage to the 20th century saxophonist Zoot Sims and he is modeled after Latin jazz artist Gato Barbieri. Zoot's claim to fame was playing the final off-key note to the end theme of the show;
The note played is the lowest note on the baritone saxophone, and most of Zoot's other playing has the sound of a tenor saxophone, while his instrument appears to be an alto.

Performed by Dave Goelz (1975-present).
LIPS:
the occasional trumpet player; he has a yellow Afro, goatee, and a permanent squint and joined the Electric Mayhem for several numbers during the final season of The Muppet Show. His name refers to the fact that trumpet players use their lips to play. His appearances on the Muppet Show were few and far between, and when he did appear in the later episodes or movies, he rarely did anything besides play the trumpet. One of his few speaking appearances was in the Shirley Bassey episode, where he sang a line of "Barnyard Boogie"
Performed by Steve Whitmire
CLIFFORD:
the occasional percussionist; he is violet-coloured catfish-faced character with multicolored dreadlocks and big lips. Originally created as the bassist for the Solid Foam band on The Jim Henson Hour, he reappeared in 1990, as a member of the Electric Mayhem band, but not as a bassist, but the percussionist playing glockenspiel, tambourine and cowbells. His few appearances with the group were in the television special The Muppets at Walt Disney World, some minor publicity material and he made appearances on The Arsenio Hall Show and VH1.
Performed by Kevin Clash

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The Weird Sisters
The Weird Sisters are a wizards' rock band, which are booked by Dumbledore to play at Hogwarts during the Yule Ball, in the film "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" Their instruments include guitars, bass, lute, cello, bagpipes and drums. They are booked by Dumbledore to play at Hogwarts during the Yule Ball and are described as "all extremely hairy and dressed in black robes that had been artfully ripped and torn". A full music video of the band playing at the Yule Ball is included as an extended scene on the Goblet of Fire film 2-disc DVD.

The members were:
Jarvis Cocker (of Pulp) ~ Myron Wagtail – vocals
Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead) ~ Kirley Mcormack – lead guitar
Jason Buckle (of All Seeing I) ~ Heathcote Barbary – rhythm guitar
Steve Mackey (of Pulp) ~ Donaghan Tremlett – bass
Steven Claydon (of Add N to (X)) ~ Gideon Crumb – keyboards and bagpipes
Phil Selway (of Radiohead) ~ Orsino Thruston – drums

They performed three songs (all composed by Jarvis Cocker), entitled "Do the Hippogriff", "This Is the Night" and "Magic Works" during the Yule Ball. The band was originally to be played by Franz Ferdinand.

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Max Frost and the Troopers
A rock music group created for the exploitation film 'Wild in the Streets', released in 1968.
The film featured Christopher Jones as the highly influential singer Max Frost. The band name "Troopers" is based on the term "troops," the designation Frost used in the film to refer to his friends and followers.
Max Frost and the Troopers
Due to the success of the song "Shape of Things To Come" as a single, an accompanying album by Max Frost and The Troopers, 'Shape of Things to Come', was issued on the Tower record label in 1968. Musicians playing on the album are believed to include members of Davie Allan and The Arrows (who also released the "Shapes of Things to Come" without lyrics), with lead vocals by Paul Wibier (who also wrote a majority of the songs on the album). The music is high-energy rock with some psychedelic touches.
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The Soggy Bottom Boys
The Soggy Bottom Boys, are the musical group that the main characters form, in the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". The name is a homage to the Foggy Mountain Boys, a bluegrass band led by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

In the film, the songs credited to the band are lip-synched by the actors,
George Clooney, John Turturro, Chris Thomas King, except Tim Blake Nelson who does sing his own vocals on "In the Jailhouse Now".
The voices of the Soggy Bottom Boys were provided by
Dan Tyminski (lead vocal on "Man of Constant Sorrow")

Nashville songwriter Harley Allen
and the Nashville Bluegrass Band's Pat Enright.
The three won a CMA Award for Single of the Year and a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, both for the song "Man of Constant Sorrow".
The band's hit single is Dick Burnett's "Man of Constant Sorrow", a song that had already enjoyed much success in real life. After the film's release, the fictitious band became so popular that the country and folk musicians who were dubbed into the film, such as Ralph Stanley, John Hartford, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Chris Sharp, and others, all got together and performed the music from the film in a Down from the Mountain concert tour which was filmed for TV and DVD.

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The Maniaks
The Maniaks are a fictional rock band published by DC Comics. They first appeared in issue Showcase No.68 (May 1967), and were created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Mike Sekowsky.

The Maniaks were created in the mold of TV's the Monkees... members included Silver Shannon - lead vocals, manager; Philip "Flip" Folger - guitars, contortionist; Gilbert "Jangle" Jeffries - guitars, ventriloquist; Byron "Pack Rat" Williams - drums, a band that would also get involved in wild adventures, often on the way to their gigs. The band would meet fictionalized versions of famous celebrities, such as "Jeannette Punchinello" (Annette Funicello), "Rock Hutsut" (Rock Hudson), and "Twiggly" (Twiggy). An exception was comedian Woody Allen, who appeared in an unfictionalized form in Showcase No.71.
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Autobahn
The fictional German techno-pop band in the film "The Big Lebowski". The group is a parody of the legendary electronic band Kraftwerk and named after one of their most famous songs. In the film the group is fronted by a sometime porn star also known as Karl Hungus. Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann also makes a cameo appearence as the girlfriend of the band, who chopped her own toe off.

The band is made up of
Nihilists Uli ~ Swedish actor and musician Peter Stormare
Kieffer ~
Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist, Flea
Franz ~ German actor Torsten Voges.
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2gether / 2ge+her
American fictional boy band whose composition, songs, and formation story is a satirical approach to the boy bands of the 1990s, such as New Kids on the Block, 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys. They were part of a self-titled MTV TV movie and spin-off television series.


The band, TV movie, and TV series were created by writers Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn, who also wrote many of their songs. Each band member was "drafted" into the band to fill a particular niche or market to a particular group.
Members include

Jerry O'Keefe - "The Heartthrob" (Evan Farmer)
Chad Linus - "The Shy One" (Noah Bastian)
Jason "Q.T." McKnight - "The Cute One" (Michael Cuccione)
Doug Linus - "The Older Brother" (Kevin Farley)
Mickey Parke - "The Bad Boy" (Alex Solowitz)
and their manager is Bob Buss.
The actors who played the characters did the vocals for their performances. They opened several shows for Britney Spears' 2000 summer tour, always appearing in character. Their sophomore record, though its music was used throughout the TV series, was full-length and solely performed by 2ge+her. Like the soundtrack, the music was comedic but also satirical of pop song conventions.
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The Folksmen
The Folksmen are a fictitious American folk music trio, originally created in 1984 for a Saturday Night Live sketch, they have subsequently maintained an intermittent public presence for more than twenty-five years. The band was conceived and performed by actors/comedians/musicians Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer.

The fictional members of the Folksmen are:

Alan Barrows (played by Christopher Guest) – vocals (tenor), guitar, banjo, mandolin;
Jerry Palter (played by Michael McKean) – vocals (baritone), guitar, mandolin;
Mark Shubb (played by Harry Shearer) – vocals (bass), double bass.
The trio is best known for its depiction in the mockumentary film A Mighty Wind, but has also made a number of meta-performances on stage and television, often in conjunction with the same creators' fictitious heavy metal band, Spinal Tap.

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The Bang Bang
The Bang Bang is the fictional punk band in the film "Brothers of the Head", a mockumentary featuring the story set in the 70s, of
conjoined twins Tom and Barry Howe played by real life identical twins Harry and Luke Treadaway, living in the United Kingdom. "Two-Way Romeo" is probably their most memorable song.

The fictional members of the Bang Bang are:
Conjoined twins and joint-frontmen Tom and Barry Howe ~ singers Harry and Luke Treadaway
plus bandmates
Paul Day ~ actor Bryan Dick
Tubs ~ Nicholas Millard
Spitz ~ Stephen Eagles
Roadie ~ Jack Dunkley
In reality, twins Harry and Luke Treadaway, drummer Nicholas Millard, guitarist Stephen Eagles and bassist Jack Dunkley were all members of the pop punk band, Crackout, who also provided the soundtrack to the movie.
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