Jack and Judy - From the DVD of the movie A Mighty Wind (2003).
Jack Frost Band, The - From the movie Jack Frost (1998). Thanks to Andy Walker for this one.
Jack Stuart and his Collegians - From the book Young Man with a Horn (1938) by Dorothy Baker. Book 3, chapt. 1:
The summer Rick Martin was twenty he was playing first trumpet for Jack Stuart and his Collegians at the Rendez-Vous Ballroom in Balboa, thirty miles down the coast from Los Angeles. "Collegians" was no idle boast: Jack Stuart himself was a collegian from way back; he had attended the University of Oregon on three separate occasions. The second trumpet was a bona fide third year music student at Berkeley, and the drummer had gone to U.S.C. for one semester. These three made up the college contingent of the Collegians; the other seven were of college age, and that was as far as it went.
See also Rick Martin
Jackie Charlton and the Tonettes - From episode #24 (12/08/70) of now legendary BBC sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus. This band performs "Yummy Yummy Yummy" entirely concealed in large wooden packing crates, as the camera pans and swoops like it was a regular live performance. The crowning punchline of the "How Not To be Seen" sketch. See alsoArthur "Two Sheds" Jackson, Arthur Ewing and his Musical Mice, Bolton Choral Society, The Herman Rodriguez Four, The Hunlets, Rachel Toovey Bicycle Choir, Inspector Jean-Paul Zatapathique.
Jackson, Arthur "Two Sheds" - From the first episode ("Whither Canada" 10/12/69) of now legendary BBC sketch comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus. One of England's foremost modern composers who can't escape his silly nickname, or at least during his interview (interviewer played by Eric Idle) on a parody of cultural talk shows called It's the Arts. Played by Terry Jones. See also Arthur Ewing and his Musical Mice, Bolton Choral Society, The Herman Rodriguez Four, The Hunlets, Jackie Charlton and the Tonettes, Rachel Toovey Bicycle Choir, Inspector Jean-Paul Zatapathique.
Jackson Decker Band, The - From the short-lived 2000 MTV series Live Through This. An 80's band with a Heart/Fleetwood Mac/Scandal sound, they reunite in the present thanks to the efforts of their grown children. Lineup: bassist Keith Rooney (David Nerman), singer Annie Baker (Jennifer Dale), drummer Rick Parsons (Bruce Dinsmore) and lead guitarist Drake Taylor (Ron Lea). Apparently, a la Pink Floyd, there is no actual "Jackson Decker."
Jackson, Geronimo - See Geronimo Jackson.
Jackson, Mouling - Hot Vietnamese communist rock star in the bizarre 1979 comedy set in 1998, Americathon. Played by Zane Buzby, she sang "Don't You Ever Say No" (on the soundtrack album). Zane also had a bit part in This Is Spinal Tap. (see also Earl Manchester)
Jackson, Ted - From the movie Easy Come, Easy Go (1967).
Jammy J - From the animated TV show The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002). Jammy J - Hip-hopper mentioned in the "Krunch Time" episode (11/15/02) of Nickelodeon cartoon The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. His album, Stank Dis Bad Thing Up, is found to encourage plant growth. Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.
Jane, Jimmy - From the TV show Arrested Development (01/11/04). Artist who had the 70s single "Big Yellow Joint," which referred to the Bluth Frozen Banana Stand, which is shaped like a banana, or in the eyes of this singer, a big yellow joint. From the "Pier Pressure" episode. See also Dr. Fünke's 100% Natural Good Time Family Based Solution, Motherboy, Whips and Snaps.
Jasper's Law - From the TV show Beverly Hills, 90210 (1998). Thanks to Drey Cameron for this one.
Jaxx - From the movie Play'd: A Hip Hop Story (2002).
Jazz Bugs, The - From The Jazz Fly : Starring The Jazz Bugs (book & CD by Matthew Gollub), 2000.
Jazz Caravan, The - Star-studded jazz combo that shares its name with a remarkable array of real-life jazz combos, radio shows, and fundraising festivals. This particular Jazz Caravan appeared in the "Play It Again, Russell" episode (02/13/86) of The Cosby Show. Cliff's father, trombonist Russell "Slide" Huxtable (Earl Hyman), was a founding member of the group, which has been off the road for years. After a member dies, the combo -- which features real life jazz superstars Art Blakey, Bootsie Barnes, Eric Gale, Tommy Flannagan, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, Jimmy "Badman" Oliver, Tito Puente, Carlos "Patato" Valdias, and Joseph B. Wilder -- gets together for a jam session. Thanks to Alan for this one.
Jazz Times Ten - From the TV show Saturday Night Live ().
Jazz Tones, The - From the TV show Newhart (11/25/85). Dick's old college jazz band reunites in "The Geezers in the Band" episode.
Jean, Barbara - Waiflike country singing star married to her manipulative manager and suffering a nervous breakdown in Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville. Barbara Jean (Ronee Blakley) comes to a bad end at the film's finale. (see also Haven Hamilton, Connie White, Tommy Brown, Linnea Reese, Sueleen Gay, The Smokey Mountain Laurels and Tom, Bill & Mary)
Jeffers, Billy - From the TV show Streets of San Francisco (10/25/73).
Jelly, Blind Mellow - Fred G. Sanford's favorite bluesman from the TV show Sanford and Son. Fred had an extensive collection of his 78s, worth $500, until they got broken.
Jem and the Holograms - All girl pop rock band from the 1986 animated TV show Jem! Jem is the lead singer. Other members are Kimber, Aja, and Shana. They had a rival band, The Misfits (not to be confused with the real punk band). They all looked like Barbies, basically.
Jenifur - From the movie Hard Core Logo (1996). Riot grrl band. One member is played by Molly Parker. Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.
Jenkins, Doc - Real country star Willie Nelson plays singer/songwriter Doc Jenkins in the 1984 movie Songwriter. Country music hanger-on Kris Kristofferson plays his former partner Blackie Buck. Melinda Dillon plays Doc's singer wife, Honey Carder. Lesley Ann Warren plays rising up 'n' comer Gilda.
Jennie Lee and the Mystery - Actress Justine Bateman played Jennie Lee, the lead singer of this band in the 1988 movie Satisfaction. It also starred Liam Neeson (!) and Julia Roberts (!).
Jennings, Amy Jo - From the TV show Perry Mason (01/7/65).
Jesse and the Rippers - On Full House, John Stamos played guitarist and lead vocalist Hermes "Jesse" Katsopolis. In addition to the band, he had his own club called "The Smash Club" and he ran the radio show "Rush Hour Renegades." At one point, he gets so wrapped up in the club that his band kicks him out, so he forms a second band, Hot Daddy and the Monkey Puppets. Then he may or may not have gone solo to sing "Forever," which features American legends The Beach Boys on backup, prostituting themselves to the absolute utmost. Here's Stamos singing "For the Times," a song almost identical to "Forever." (see also Human Pudding)
Jessup, George Lee - From the TV show Magnum, P.I. (02/21/85). From the "Let Me Hear the Music" episode. Played in flashback by Robby Weaver. This counry singer has been dead for 25 years. Another country singer, Lacy Fletcher, hires Magnum to track down some lost songs he wrote for his girlfriend. See also Lacy Fletcher.
Jimmy and the Slut Puppies - From Basket Case (novel by Carl Hiaasen), 2002. Thanks to rm421 for this one.
Jimmy Dick and the Night Sticks - From the "The Great Escape" episode (02/21/88) of Married with Children. Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate) tries to escape her Dad's shoe store to go see this band after she's been grounded and the whole family has to stay the night at the store while their house is fumigated. See also Burned Beyond Recognition, Joanie and the Slashettes, Oozing Meat, Otitis Media, Shoes 'n' Socks, Tears and Vomit, The Tuxedos, The Wanker Triplets, The Why, Yodeling Andy.
Jizm - From the comic book Richie Rich (19??). Wow. Priceless.
Joanie and the Hepcats - see Joanie and the Slashettes
Joanie and the Slashettes - In the second of a two part Married with Children episode, teen Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate) gets her Chicago public access trash-talking discussion show, Vital Social Issues 'n' Stuff with Kelly picked up by a network. Her network show's house band is this trio of leather-clad, guitar wielding rock chicks who sing a song whose entire lyric is "sex." Later, the network ruins the show by remaking it into 1950's niceness and the band is transformed into 3 besweatered, long skirted accordionists, Joanie and the Hepcats, whose single word song is now "milk!" Then the show gets cancelled. Alas, not lowbrow Fox sitcom Married With Children, but Vital Social Issues 'n' Stuff with Kelly.
Jocks Wa-Hey - The subject of the 1998 British Channel 4 comedy TV series The Young Person's Guide to Being a Rock Star. They apparently released an album in a real bid for UK chart success. Some song titles: "Why Don't You Shag Me?" and "We Love Cowdenbeath."
Joe Prairies and the Prairie Wallflowers - From "Step Inside Love/Los Paranoias" impromptu song by The Beatles at end of "Step Inside Love", 1968; 1996. Thanks to Steve Morris
Joey Midnight and Dark Highway - From the TV show Bosom Buddies (04/09/81).
John Redcorn and Big Mountain Fudge Cake - See Big Mountain Fudgecake.
John Smith and the Common Men - British Merseybeat band that Coal Hill School (London) student Susan Foreman (Carole Ann Ford) briefly grooves to on her transistor radio in the first ever episode (An Unearthly Child, aka 100,000 BC [11/23/63]) of long running BBC sci-fi series and geeks' delight Doctor Who. Susan is the granddaughter of the mysterious titular character, played by William Hartnell. The band's song (whatever it is) jumped from #19 to #2 on the charts. Susan's hip teacher, Ian Chesterton (William Russell) points out that "John Smith" is the stage name of the Hon. Aubrey Waites and that he started his career as Chris Waites and the Carollers. Presumably, Aubrey finds it amusing to call his band "The Common Men" when he's a son of a peer. The episode was written by Anthony Coburn. Thanks to Jennifer Adams Kelley for this one. See also The Lorells
Johnny and the Contusions - From Tricky Business (novel by Dave Barry), 2002.
Johnny and the Deer Ticks - Garage band featured in the "Johnny B. Badd" episode of Cartoon Network's Johnny Bravo cartoon. Their big hit was "Funky Monkey." The band was Carl Chryniszzswics (Tom Kenny) on drums, Suzy the neighbor girl (Mae Whitman) on keys, Bunny Bravo (Brenda Vaccaro) on double-necked guitar, and Johnny Bravo (Jeff Bennett) on unplugged microphone. They were popular as long as no one could hear Johnny actually sing. Thanks to Alan for finding & writing this one. (see also The Round Pound, Berry Vanderbolten)
Johnny and the Pacemakers (?) - From the TV show Double Rush (02/01/95). In the "Johnny and the Pacemakers" episode, Johnny reunites with his old band.
Johnny and the Tornados - From the movie Gas-s-s-s (1970).
Johnny Casino and the Gamblers - This is the '50s rock and roll band that performs at the televised Rydell High School dance in the 1979 movie Grease. The band was played by the real band of retro rockers Sha Na Na. Thanks to Chris Gruin for this one. (see also Teen Angel)
Johnny Fish and the Fins - From the TV show Happy Days (03/11/75). Thanks to Paul Roub and David Emerson for this one.
Johnny Japes and his Jesticles - From pseudonym of XTC on Viz magazine Bags of Fun With Buster 7" single, 1987.
Johnny Turd and the Commodes - From MAD Magazine (June 1978). From the "Mad's Punk Rock Group of the Year" cartoon/article. They pee on the audience, and then cut themselves up. Thanks to Ion Moe for this one.
Johnson, Skid - From the movie Swing High, Swing Low (1937). Played by Fred MacMurray.
Jolson, Owl - The jazz loving cartoon owl and son of serious classical music teacher Fritz Owl in the 1936 Warner Brothers cartoon, I Love To Singa, a parody of Al Jolson's The Jazz Singer. His stern Germanic father kicks him out of the tree for singing jazz, but they later reconcile live on the radio station G-O-N-G program, Jack Bunny and his Amateur Hour, where little Owl Jolson wins first prize.
Jolly Green Giants, The - From the "Find the Monkees" episode (01/23/67) of The Monkees. A rock quartet all dressed, yep, you guessed it, as the Jolly Green Giants. They are never shown playing, but with a gimmick like that, do you really need to? They, along with The Monkees, are all desperate to audition for eccentric TV producer Hubbell Benson (Carl Ballantine), who has put invitations out to all the local bands, except, it would seem, The Monkees. One of them slags The Monkees as having "no gimmick." Which should be a lot funnier coming out of the mouth of a guy dressed as the Jolly Green Giant. See also The Four Martians, The Foreign Agents and Irene Chomsky.
Jolly Green Giants (II) - From 1992 comedy Wayne's World. A band playing at the Gas House, they are barely mentioned in passing by bouncer Tiny (Meat Loaf), and are glimpsed later, in full Jolly Green Giant costume, in the background when Cassandra Wong (Tia Carrere) kicks some guy's ass. Thanks to Chad and Joseph Finn. (See also Crucial Taunt), The Shitty Beatles)
Jon D and the Walkers - From the movie That Thing You Do (1996). Thanks to LepricahnsGold for this one.
Jonah Levin Band, The - From the movie One Trick Pony (1980). Folk rocker Paul Simon plays basically himself. Badly. His big 60s hit was "Soft Parachutes." Movie also features Tiny Tim. Harry Shearer plays his manager, and in a nice piece of casting against type, minimalist rocker Lou Reed plays a producer who loads up Jonah's latest single with strings, horns, and chorus girls and all other kindsa crap. Thanks to Jonathan Ahl for this one.
Jones, Giovanni - Pompous, hot-headed Italian opera singer and Bugs Bunny nemesis in the 1949 Warner Bros. classic cartoon, Long-Haired Hair. This was back when "long hair music" meant classical, not classic rock. While he's trying to rehearse, Bugs tics him off with his banjo playing, and Jones smashes it. So Bugs takes revenge later at the concert by various means, including impersonating a conductor (Leopold Stokowski) and making Jones jump through various vocal hoops. Both Bugs and Jones were voiced by cartoon legend Mel Blanc. Thanks to Diana Goodman for this one.
Jones, Ray Paul - From the TV show Unhappily Ever After (10/04/95).
Jones, Ralph - From the movie King Ralph (1991). John Goodman plays this Las Vegas lounge singer who unexpectedly becomes the King of England. Thanks to for this one.
Jones, Stitch - From the movie Heartbreak Ridge (1986). Mario Van Peebles plays this rock star wannabe. He is actually on stage at one point. But he gave it all up to be a lifer in the military. Thanks to Charles Rempel, Galen Black for this one.
Jones, Tiffany - From Who Killed Tiffany Jones? (novel by "Mavis Kaye" [pseudonym]), 2003.
Josie and the Pussycats Pop all-girl group from the 1970 animated tv show of the same name and the 1972 revamped version, Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space. Josie sang and played guitar, Melody played drums, and Valerie played tambourine and sang. You know, they got a remarkably full sound from just drums, guitar and tambourine. Wimpy Alexander Cabot III was their manager. J and the Ps were originally created as comic book characters by Dan DeCarlo, and introduced in their own comic book, She's Josie in Feb. 1963. Visit their official website! A live action movie version of the cartoon came out in 2001. See also DuJour.
Joyce, Tommy - From the film The Big Bus (1976). Cheesy lounge singer (is there any other kind?) playing on the maiden voyage of Cyclops, the world's first luxury nuclear-powered bus, in this disaster movie parody. Thanks to Brad Hansen for this one.
Juggs, The - From the movie Dill Scallion (1999).
Juicy Fruits, The - From the 1974 movie Phantom of the Paradise. They start off as a greaser/50's rock 'n' roll band singing "Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye" and evolve into a Beach Boys-like surf group. Then they get blown up by the Phantom and die. Archie Hahn did the actual lead vocal. He also had a bit part in This Is Spinal Tap. (see also The Beach Bums, Phoenix, and The Undead)
Julie and the Cadillacs - From the movie Julie and the Cadillacs (1999). Wretched musical featuring this struggling 60s Liverpool band enticed to London by a sleazy A&R man. Fronted by Julie Carr (Tina Russell).
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