M, Alan - From the movie Josie and the Pussycats ().
Machismo Brothers, The - One of the other musical groups managed by the Rutles' manager Leggy Mountbatten in the sixties, according to the 1978 documentary, "All You Need is Cash." They all have matching plaid jackets. The name of the group goes back to Eric Idle's BBC show Rutland Weekend Television. See also The Rutles, Punk Floyd, Les Garçons de la Plage, Arthur Hodgeson and the Kneecaps, Blind Lemon Pye, Ruttling Orange Peel.
Mack, Billy - From the movie Love Actually (2003). Has been rocker who manages a Christmas comeback hit in the 2003 movie Love Actually.
Mack, C.J. - From the TV show The A-Team (1983-1987). Thanks to John Kisiel for this one.
Macon Philharmonic - From A Clockwork Orange (novel by Anthony Burgess), 1962.
Mad House Glads, The - From the comic book The Mad House Glads (1970). A minor Archie comics spinoff. Some scans are here (scroll down).
Maggiore Quartet, The - From An Equal Music (novel by Vikram Seth), 2000.
Maggot Death - From the movie The School of Rock (2003).
Magnesium Arc - From the comic book Magnesium Arc (1993). Electronic trance band from this one shot Caliber Press comic of the same name, written and drawn by Matt Howarth. Members: Twins Bob (percussion) and Kat Wallis (keyboards), and Sean Muche (guitar). Online sample here.
Maguire, Charlene - From the TV show The Mary Tyler Moore Show (10/05/74). Lounge singer (Sheree North) who gets involved with Lou Grant (Ed Asner).
Mahatmamas, The - From the TV cartoon Sealab 2021 (11/23/03). Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.
Mahna Mahna and the Two Snowths - Ok, you know the song. But why? Probably due to this group's odd appearance on the Juliet Prowse-hosted episode (04/25/77, but actually taped Jan/Feb 1976) of The Muppet Show. Goofy catchy song, goofy muppets, whatever, right? If only it were that simple. Let's dig a little deeper, shall we? The song "Máh-ná Mah-ná" was written by Italian composer Piero Umiliani for the 1968 movie Sweden, Heaven and Hell (Svezia, inferno e paradiso), which was, uh, a "Swedish documentary," i.e., PORNO movie! The song did okay in America, chartwise (peaked at #55 on 10/4/69). In 1970, Jim Henson performed the song with the muppet character Mahna Mahna on The Ed Sullivan Show. So this was some seriously old schtick being recycled here. Anyhoo, perhaps due to The Muppet Show performance, or not (the song was also used frequently on The Benny Hill Show) on April 30th, 1977, Umiliani's original version re-entered the UK charts at #38, peaking at #8 on May 28th, 1977. Then, the week of June 18th, 1977, Kermit's nephew Robin's song "Halfway Down the Stairs," with the muppet version of "Mahna Mahna" as the B-side, peaks at #7 on the UK charts. The Muppet version (rerecorded, I believe) was included on the 1977 Arista records The Muppet Show album. The song is also on the 1993 Muppet Hits CD on Jim Henson Records/BMG Kidz. And finally, in the 1996 Muppets Tonight series, they brought back Mahna Mahna and the song for a skit where Kermit hears singing whenever he says the word "phenomena" (Show #7, US airdate 6/23/96, UK airdate 9/20/96). So. Nonsensical pop tune composed by an Italian for Swedish porno, later co-opted by the muppetmaster for a family-friendly kids' show. If you've seen Henson's 1965 avant-garde Time Piece, you'll realize that this odd performance is closer to the true Jim Henson than all the syrypy renditons of "It's Not Easy Being Green" put together. Thanks to Gijs Grob for this one.
Left, snowth. Right, Mr. Mahna.
Main Street Singers, The - From the movie A Mighty Wind (2003).
Malachai - From the animated TV show The Real Ghost Busters (11/26/87). In Louisiana, the ghostbusters run into this ghost of a musician who alters time, throwing the gang into the past, in the "Play them Ragtime Boos" episode. Thanks to Ellen MacIsaac for this one.
Malice - From the movie Vice Versa (1988)? Sorry, they're real!
Mamas and Papas-In-Law, The - From the "How Not to Manage a Rock Group" episode (4/28/68) of forgotten series The Mothers-In-Law. At the grand conclusion of this episode, the two sets of parents (after failing in managing the rock group) join with The Friends Indeed to tramp around in Salvation Army style uniforms to "Some Enchanted Evening" set to a stirring martial beat. See also The Warts, The Friends Indeed.
Manchester XI, Desmond Winston - From the 2001 Wes Anderson film, The Royal Tenenbaums. Briefly glimpsed Jamaican reggae artist that Margot Tenenbaum (Gwyenth Paltrow) was married to for a mere nine days, but she still managed to make it onto one of his album covers. Played by an uncredited Alem Brhan Sapp.
Manchester, Earl - Elvis Costello played this English rocker in the bizarre 1979 comedy set in 1998, Americathon. Actually, he technically played an American, as England is the 51st state in the movie. He sang "Crawling to the USA." (see also Mouling Jackson)
Maniacs, The - From the TV show The Cosby Show (). Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.
Maniaks, The - From Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #144-145 (comic book written & drawn by Jack Kirby), 1972. Thanks to Richard Bensam for this one.
Mann - From the movie Critters (1986). An alien bounty hunter of the titular critters assumes the form of this band's lead singer to blend in on Earth. Thanks to Zach Keith for this one.
Mann, Sonny - The cheeseball piano player in a high class restaurant atop a skyscraper, played by Paul Kreppel in both versions of the wonderfully mediocre sitcom It's A Living (1980-82, 1985-89). Later, series star (as waitress Cassie Cranston) and double masectomy patient Ann Jillian cut an entire album of songs by comedian Steve Allen. I just felt I had to throw that in there.
Manning, Dave - From the animated TV series Sabrina the Animated Series ( 02/20/00). Classical concert pianist that Sabrina develops a big crush on in the "Key To My Heart" episode. She has it in for his cellist/girlfriend Melinda, and uses her magic to take away Melinda's talent. However, this also damages Dave's chance for a European tour, so Sabrina has to get over her crush and do the right thing. Thanks to Jeffrey Morris for this one.
Manning, Rex - A has-been spoiled teen idol rock star played by Maxwell Caulfield in the 1995 flick Empire Records. He does an in-store appearance at the title establishment. His hit was "Say No More (Mon Amour)."
Mango - From the TV show Saturday Night Live (various). Obnoxious fey male dancer played by Chris Kattan in several SNL sketches. Formerly a backup dancer for Jennifer Lopez, he's discovered and turned into a star in his first (2001) appearance.
Mao, Sony - From the book Johnny Mnemonic (1981): "The girls at Under the Knife were big on Sony Mao, and it was getting harder to keep them from adding the chic suggestion of epicanthic folds. It probably wouldn't fool Ralfi Face, but it might get me next to his table."
Marching Bat Band, The - From Bats on Parade (children's book by Kathi Appelt), 1999.
Marilyn Lovell and the Geminis - From the movie That Thing You Do (1996).
Marilyn Monster - From the TV show Mr. Show (//).
Marron, Rachel "Rach" - From the movie The Bodyguard (1992).
Martha Reader and the Vowelles - From the TV show Between the Lions (2000-2002). Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.
Martin, Angel - From the movie Shock 'em Dead (1991). Thanks to Galen Black for this one.
Martin, Ivan - Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff plays this main character in the 1972 reggaesploitation classic The Harder They Come . A simple Jamaican hick, he comes to the big city with hopes of being a singer/songwriter. When he gets shafted by the corrupt, payola-driven system (personified by producer Mr. Hilton (Robert Charlton)), Martin turns to dealing ganja, with some cop killing on the side. His criminal antics fire sales of his record, and it all leads to a big ole bloody cop killin' shoot out. Cliff's character is based on real outlaw/folk hero Rhygin.
Martin, Edward Richard "Rick" - From the film Young Man with a Horn (1950). Hot young jazz trumpeter whose rags-to-riches career arc is all too short. Played by Kirk Douglas. Doris Day plays band singer Jo Jordan. The 1950 movie was based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Dorothy Baker.
Martinelli, Nick - From the movie Rhinestone (1984).
Martone, Eugene - From the movie Crossroads (1986). Thanks to Russell T. Van Cleave for this one.
Marzipan - From Homestar Runner (200?). As cartoon character Marzipan says, "I'm the only girl." She's Homestar's girlfriend, mainly due to a sad process of elimination that makes his dimwitted clumsiness look downright charming compared to the flaws of every other male on the site. A sensitive, acoustic-guitar playing folkie, she rocks out on "Oh Yeah Yeah" and folks out on "Sensitive to Bees" on the site's 2003 CD Strong Bad Sings and other type hits.
Marvin Berry and the Starlighters - This is the all black band that played the 1955 high school prom in the 1985 movie Back to the Future and the 1989's Back to the Future II. Marvin (Harry Waters Jr.), the guitarist, cuts his hand getting time-traveling Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) out of the trunk of a car and can't play, so Marty has to fill in for him. Marty plays a few numbers straight, then plays "Johnny B. Goode," a song that hasn't been written yet. Excited, Marvin immediately phones his cousin Chuck Berry so he can hear this "new sound," thus insinuating that Marty was responsible for the invention of rock 'n' roll. The Starlighters were played by Tommy Thomas, Granville 'Danny' Young, David Harold Brown, and Lloyd L. Tolbert. The soundtrack album features them singing "Night Train" and The Penguins' "Earth Angel," as well the Marty McFly version of "Johnny B. Goode." (see also The Pinheads)
Marvelous, Matt - From the animated movie Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire (2003). One of the artists competing at the Australian annual Vampire Rock Music Festival, where the legendary vampire creature, the Yowie Yahoo, supposedly abducted one of last year's contestants, the band Wildwind. Matt is this year's top contender. See also The Bad Omens, The Hex Girls, The Meddling Kids, Two Skinny Dudes, Wildwind.
Marvin Suggs and his All-Food Glee Club - See The Amazing Marvin Suggs and his Muppaphone
Masked Marauders, The - From The Masked Marauders, (album concocted to match fictional review of supergroup Dylan, Jagger, Harrison, Lennon & McCartney), 1969. Thanks to Josh McDaniel for this one.
Mason, Linda - See Hanover, Hardy, & Dixon.
Massive Genius - From the TV show The Sopranos (03/14/99). Thanks to Rob Terrell for this one.
Massive Head Wound - Heavy metal band from the 1996 flick The Great White Hype. Terry Conklin (Peter Berg) is the socially conscious lead singer, but is dragged to Vegas to box the heavyweight champion. Other known band personnel: Lee the drummer (Phil Buckman).
Matthews, Ronnie - This olive-skinned heartthrob of indeterminate national origin and wildly inconsistent accent was featured in the "Curly Snaps/Pre-Teen Scream" episode of Nickelodeon's cartoon Hey Arnold (original air date: Sept. 23, 1998). Matthews, whose big hit is "I Saw Your Face and Wow," is an amalgam of Ricky Martin, Robbie Williams, and one or more members of Milli Vanilli. He travels with a large entourage (which includes a video game consultant, personal trainer, personal psychic, personal one-on-one basketball opponent, and idiot brother-in-law), and prefers that his fans ask simple yes-and-no questions. During the episode, Phoebe Heyerdahl (the token smart Asian kid) and Helga Pataki (rude, opinionated, horribly monobrowed harridan-in-training) go backstage during one of Matthews' concerts. After the show, they learn that Matthews, who is either "the voice of our generation" (Phoebe) or a "lame no-talent guitarist" (Helga), does not write his own songs, can't play guitar, and doesn't actually sing on much of his album. Thanks to Alan for writing this one.
Maudlin, Sammy - From the TV show SCTV. Or was he just a standup comedian and TV show host?
Mau Maus, The - From the movie Bamboozled (2000), director Spike Lee's ham-fisted attempt at combining Mel Brooks' The Producers and Paddy Chayefsky's Network with a whole lotta racial issues. I mean, a lot even for Spike Lee. Pierre Delacroix (a horrible Damon Wayans) is the whitest black guy ever, a bitter TV writer at the Continental Network System. To get out of his contract, he comes up with the most offensive show idea he can think of: a revival of 19th century minstrel shows. But his Mantan: The New Millennium Minstrel Show, set in, get this, an Alabama watermelon plantation, is an instant hit. Delacroix's assistant's brother's rap group, The Mau-Maus, are furious and kidnap the star, Mantan (Savion Glover)- even though they originally auditioned for the show ("Blak Iz Blak"). Yep, a stereotyped, foul-mouthed, 40-oz-drinkin' rap group is mad about a stereotyped, watermelon-lovin', shuckin' 'n' jivin' tap dancer. So mad they make him dance while they shoot at his feet and then kill him while broadcasting it all on the Internet. Then The Mau-Maus all get mow-mowed down by the cops, except (ironically) the white member, who demands he also be shot, because he's 1/16th black. The band was played by real rappers: Julius "Big Blak Afrika" Hopkins (Mos Def), 1/16th Blak (M.C. Serch), Double Blak (Gano Grills), Mo Blak (Canibus), Jo Blak (DJ Scratch), Smooth Blak (Charli Baltimore), and Hard Blak (muMs) (see also The Alabama Porch Monkeys)
Max Frost and the Troopers - Hot rock star Max Frost, born Max Flatow (Christopher Jones) is a millionaire by 19, and at 24 gets involved in politics in the nutty 1968 flick Wild in the Streets. Specifically, he lobbies to lower the voting age to 14 with his protest song "Fourteen or Fight." Successful, he exhorts the youth vote (52% of the population) with his anthem "52 percent." and gets himself elected president. He puts everyone over 35 in camps where they're forcibly dosed with LSD all the time. Not quite as bad as Logan's Run, I guess. Trivia Time! Max's drummer, Stanley X, is played by a very young-looking, clean-shaven Richard Pryor. Also, the band's song "Shape of Things to Come" hit #22 on the US Billboard charts on Oct. 28, 1968. The music was performed by Davie Allan and the Arrows, with an otherwise unknown Paul Wybier on vocals.
Max Rebo Band, The - The band of aliens entertaining Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi. Originally Evar Orbus and His Galactic Jizz-Wailers led by Evar Orbus, Max Rebo took over after Evar Orbus died under a cloud of suspicion. Losing their gig and low on funds, they auditioned for crimelord Jabba the Hutt and got a lifetime contract. Barquin D'an, brother of Figrin D'an, joined up with the band and helped beef up their sound with additional members until it became The Rebo Twelve. Barquin later left, disgusted with Jabba's cruelty. After Jabba's death and the collapse of his criminal empire, the band eventually broke up and went their separate ways. Lineup:
|Max Rebo||Ortolan||Orto||Red Ball Jett organ|
|Sy Snootles||Pa'Lowick||Lowick||female vocalist|
|Droopy McCool (Snit)||Kitonak||Kirdo III||Chidinkalu|
|Barquin D'an||Bith||Klor'Dak VII||Kloo Horn|
|Doda Bodanawieedo||Rodian||Rodia||Rodian Slitherhorn|
|Joh Yowza||Yuzzum||Endor||male vocalist|
|Lyn Me||Twi'lek||Ryloth||backup singer|
|Rystáll||near human||unknown||backup singer|
In reality, the band was a originally a trio. When George Lucas rereleased his "Special Editions" of the Star Wars trilogy, he digitally inserted extra effects and aliens, including the above additional musicians. They have a CD! Well, a CD single.
Mayhem (I) - The punk band from the legendary December 2, 1982 "Punk Rock Episode" (actual title: "Next Stop Nowhere") of Quincy. They play "Get Up (I Wanna See You Choke)" at the club Ground Zero. Their lead singer is named Fly.
Mayhem (II) - From the TV show Moesha (03/19/01). In the "Mayhem at the Jam" episode (03/19/01), Moesha is the head of a concert committee, and gets this gangsta rap group fronted by Shenanigan to play. Her brother Dorian begs her to have his group What open for them, but she keeps saying no. The night of the concert, the crowd gets restless and Mayhem is nowhere to be found, so Moesha gets What out to appease the crowd. While What is performing, Mayhem shows up, and demands What be removed from the stage immediately, because they is busters messing up Mayhem's stage. Mo and Co. won't remove What, and a brawl breaks out, and Mayhem beats up Hakim. See also CPQ, What. Thanks to Charles Rempel for this one.
MC Champagne Millionaire - From the animated TV show The Simpsons (02/13/05). Rapper playing the Springfield Murder 4 Life rap concert. In the "Pranksta Rap" episode, Bart sneaks out of the house to go see the concert after being forbidden to go. Bart even gets onstage and raps a bit. But when he gets back home, he finds that his folks have discovered his absence, so he fakes his own kidnapping. Real rapper 50 Cent has a cameo as himself, but doesn't play the concert. Other rappers at the concert who are just glimpsed in the tv commercial for it are: Da Glock Pointers, Romeo Smooth, and Queen Booty Shaker.
MC Chris - Sorry, he's real!
MC Pee Pants - An 11-year-old rapper whose prepubescent rhymes really connected with cartoon meatball Meatwad, member of the not-so-super superhero group, Aqua Teen Hunger Force. From the "MC P Pants" episode (05/19/02). Please note that the RAPPER is called "MC Pee Pants," but the EPISODE TITLE is "MC P Pants." Probably so TV Guide wouldn't have to print the word "pee." Anyway, the latest Pee Pants (MC Chris) single "I Want Candy" features such dynamite lyrics as "I'm her Hume Cronyn she's my Jessica Tandy." Later, we discover that MC Pee Pants is really a crazed eight-foot spider wearing a disposable diaper trying to get kids whacked out on candy so that he can use their elevated blood sugar to power a drill into Hell that will loose demons to run his world-wide diet pill empire. Fortunately, he's one of the few villians the Aqua Teens actually vanquish. MC Pee Pants is voiced by MC Chris, who also wrote the songs and who works on Adult Swim's sister show, Sealab 2021, where he played, uh, MC Chris. In a couple of later episodes, it tunrs out MC Pee Pants gets reincarnated. Thanks to Alan, Tom Foolery for this one. See also Little Brittle, Sir Loin.
M.C. Safety and the Caution Crew - From the "Bart vs. Lisa vs. the 3rd Grade" episode (11/17/02) of The Simpsons. An old-school style rapper so lame that not only does he rap about crosswalks and juice at grade school assemblies, AND get only about 30 seconds to perform, he still puts a period after the "M" and the "C" in "MC." Amazingly, he's an African-American, though the other three members of the crew are white.
MC Skat Kat - Animated cartoon cat who intially appeared in a 1989 Paula Abdul video duetting with her on "Opposites Attract." What could be more opposite than a flesh and blood person and an animated, anthropomorphic cat? Well, if either one of them had talent, that would help make them more opposite. Much too later (1991) MC Skat Kat (voice of Derrick "Delite" Stevens) released an entire album, The Adventures of MC Skat Kat, featuring his overinflated and undeserved posse of other cartoon cats, some of whom also got to rap and sing: Leo, Silk, Fatz (voice of Squeak of The College Boyz), Taboo (voice of Rom of The College Boyz), Katleen (voice of Talanda Shorter), and cartoon mouse Micetro. Trivia Time! This album had the dubious distinction of being named THE Least Essential Album of the 90's by the Onion's AV Club!
McAlister, Captain - From the TV show The Simpsons (11/19/92). In the "Mr. Plow" episode, there's a TV commercial for CDs by Captain McAlister singing sea shanties, as well as a bonus CD, Horn Pipe Fever. Presumeably these albums failed, as the sea captain never sang again, really. Thanks to for this one.
McBride, Darlene - Rabidly right-wing and hideously over-makeuped female country singer and recurring character from Mad TV. Played by Nicole Sullivan. She has appeared in at least seven sketches: "Darlene McBride" (10/04/97), "Darlene McBride Tour" (11/22/97) in which she launches her "Take Back America Tour," "Darlene McBride Valentine's Album" (02/07/98), "Darlene McBride's Mother's Day Special" (05/09/98), "Darlene McBride's Thanksgiving" (11/21/98), "Darlene McBride's X-mas Album" (11/20/99), and "Marshall McBride LP" (04/14/01) which is her tribute to fellow hatemonger and rapper Eminem complete with a parody of his song "Stan." See also Defcon One, Dr. Dazzle, The Erascists, Hoppy Potty, Savante, Michael McLoud and Jasmine Wayne-Wayne, Shaunda, Little Hassan Taylor, Willow.
McBride, Farkle - From The Remarkable Farkle McBride (children's book by John Lithgow), 2000.
McCall, Erin - From the TV show Tracey Takes On (1997). A 60s folk singer from Ullman's HBO show.
McLain, Ember - From the animated TV series Danny Phantom (2004).
McCanlon, Melissa - From the TV show The Outer Limits (06/30/96). Or maybe Melissa McCanlon. From the "Falling Star" episode of the 90s remake of the series. Played by real pop star Sheena Easton. She's going to commit suicide when a time traveler steps in. Thanks to Mark Lungo for this one.
McCormick, Kenny - From the animated TV series South Park (04/26/00). In the "Quintuplets 2000" episode, the kids are forced to go see the Cirque du Cheville (a Cirque du Soleil parody) and are bored stiff. However, after being impressed by the final act, the contortionist Vladchick Quintuplets, and how much the place makes on souveniers, they decide to create their own circus to make money. Kenny is chosen to be the singer, he practices, and reads Singing Like Bocelli for Dummies. When an instructor tells him he must go to a European conservatory to be a real singer, he sings for bus and air fare all the way to Romania to join the Romanian School of Music, where he becomes an acclaimed classically trained opera singer. He becomes so good, they ask him to stay. And he does. Only his dad, back in America, with prodding from the U.S .government, demands he come back to the U.S., in a parody of the Elian Gonzalez saga. And then, as usual, Kenny dies.
McCoy, Mike - Elvis Presley plays yet another singer in 1966's Spinout. His butch drummer, Les (Deborah Walley), has the hots for him.
McElroy, Jerome "Chef" - Former singer who now works as a elementary school cafeteria cook on the animated show South Park. Although frequently the voice of reason, he does have a tendency to burst into hot funk/soul numbers at least once a show. Organized the benefit concert Chef Aid. Voiced by 70's soulster Issac Hayes. See also The Avenue Ghetto Street Boys, Fingerbang, The Ghetto Avenue Boys, Raging Pussies, Timmy! and the Lords of the Underworld
McGonnigle, Angus - From the TV show The Muppet Show (??/??/??). The gargoyle who gargles Gershwin.
McGrale, Sherri - From the movie Things Behind the Sun (2001). Alterna-rocker chick who got raped and makes a yearly pilgrimage to drink herself unconscious on the yard of the place where it happened. Thanks to Jeff McDermott for this one.
McGraw, Cool - From the TV show Players (1997-1998). Thanks to Ryan Tily for this one.
McGuire, Molly - Fiona (no last name) played this female rock star from 1987's Hearts of Fire, which starred ... Bob Dylan?! Go figure. (see also James Colt and Billy Parker)
McKnight, Ian - From the movie Laurel Canyon (2002). British rock star played by Alessandro Nivola. His band is played by the real indie rock band The Folk Implosion. They're being recorded/produced by Jane (Frances McDormand).
McLean, Tulsa - See The Three Blazes.
McLoud, Michael and Jasmine Wayne-Wayne - From at least five sketches on comedy show Mad TV. This bland adult contemporary singing duo that has hit movie songs that all sound EXACTLY THE SAME. Appearances: "Love of My Life" (11/14/98), "You are the One that I Love" (11/20/99), "One That I Love" (3/18/00), "This is the Land That I Love" (01/20/01), and "Behind the Music" (04/06/02). This appearance was actually 3 separate skits in that episode and featured them duetting with real rappers Master P, and Insane Clown Posse, and also Barry Gibb (played by Michael McDonald). See also Defcon One, Dr. Dazzle, The Erascists, Hoppy Potty, Darlene McBride, Savante, Shaunda, Little Hassan Taylor, Willow.
McLove, Eoin - A namby-pamby sweater and bow-tie wearing pop star/TV host who appeared in the "Night of the Nearly Dead" (04/24/98) episode of the Irish sitcom Father Ted. Eoin (Patrick McDonnell) hosts a Lawrence Welky TV show and records albums like Eoin McLovenotes, featuring a cover shot of him dressed as a baby. Housekeeper Joan Doyle (Pauline McLynn) enters his weekly poetry contest and wins a chance to have tea with him. That's when she discovers he's a spoiled brat who compulsively swipes things, eats jam from the jar, thinks of his fans as a "big pile of dirty old biddies," is totally dependent upon his handler Patsy (former Commitments backup singer Maria Doyle Kennedy), and "has no willie." When word gets out about his visit, it inspires all the little old ladies of Craggy Island to converge on the rectory in a kind of Beatlemania-meets-Night of the Living Dead mob scene and inspires Eoin to shriek "go away, I don't want to catch the menopause." Thanks to Al for writing this one. See also Niamh Connolly.
McMurty, Julius Caesar - From the movie Hail Caesar (1994). Anthony Michael Hall stars in and also directed this film! He plays the title character, a would-be rocker who makes a bet with his girlfriend's father. Thanks to Charles Rempel for this one.
McQueen, J.D. - See Downtown
Meadows, Kathy - Lovely, lustable Lynda Carter playing Wonder Woman (disguised as Diana Prince), goes undercover as singer Kathy Meadows (ow! brain hurt!) to investigate a blackmailing at Phoenix Records in the show's "Amazon Hot Wax" episode (02/16/79). Lynda Carter had actually released an album, Portrait, several months previously and two of the songs were used as Kathy Meadows' demos: "Want To Get Beside You" and "Toto (Don't It Feel Like Paradise)." Label head Eric Landau (Curtis Credel) is being blackmailed by crooks who stole the valuable master tapes of presumed dead folkie Billy Dero. Turns out Dero's really still alive and that another Phoenix label act, Jeff and Barbi Gordon, swiped the tapes for the blackmailers in the first place. Oh, and Wonder Woman saves the day, duh. The episode's title is a play on the 1978 movie title American Hot Wax. See also AntiMatter, Billy Dero, Jeff and Barbi Gordon, Lane Kinkaid, Hamlin Rule.
Meat Coat - From the TV show Lost (11/03/04). A series of flashbacks in "The Moth" episode shows bassist Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) in Australia trying to convince his brother Liam (Neil Hopkins) to reunite their band driveSHAFT. Charlie has a deal for the band to open for this band on tour- but the deal's a no go if Liam is a no-show. Liam has a young daughter, a nice house, and is happy to have kicked drugs and gotten away from show biz. A bitter Charlie storms out, strung out, only to board the doomed plane that strands the cast of castaways on their mysterious island. See also driveSHAFT.
Meatballs and Spaghetti - From the TV cartoon Meatballs and Spaghetti (198?). Thanks to Patrick Dean for this one.
Meaty Cheesy Boys, The - From Jack in the Box TV commercials, 1999-2001.
Meconium - From the movie The Return of Spinal Tap (1992).
Meddling Kids, The - From the animated film Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire (2003). Scooby and the gang go under cover at an Australian rock festival as this heavy metal band to try and get the legendary vampire creature, the Yowie Yahoo, to kidnap them like he supposedly did to one of last year's festival's bands, Wildwind. See also The Bad Omens, The Hex Girls, Matt Marvelous, Two Skinny Dudes, Wildwind. Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.
Medication - From the TV show Mama's Family (09/29/83). Thanks to Jon Pennington for this one.
Medusa - Comedienne Julie Brown (of the novelty hit "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun") starred, wrote, directed, produced and penned the music for this 1992 made-for-TV parody of Madonna's Truth or Dare, Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful. She sings a number of direct Madonna parodies like "Vague" ("Vogue") and "Expose Yourself" (Express Yourself). Trivia Time! Smith "Smitty" Wordes of the Bower Family Band shows up here as a character named Angel.
Megabreth - From Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle (PC computer game) from LucasArts, 1993.
Megawatt - From the animated TV series Darkwing Duck (November 14, 1992). In the "Clash Reunion" episode, Superhero Darkwing Duck (voiced by Jim Cummings), as his mild-mannered secret identity Drake Mallard, attends his high school reunion, only it turns out his archnemesis supervillian Megavolt (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) was also in his class. In a flashback to Megavolt's first appearance, Megavolt crashes the high school prom and announces that he is Megawatt. However, the rock band playing the prom objects- that's their name! So he quickly changes it to Megavolt. Thanks to Carlos N. for this one.
Mellon, Bobby - From the movie Georgia (1995). Frontman of a nameless Seattle bar/cover band in this drama. Played by punk band X frontman John Doe, he's singing Velvet Underground's "There She Goes" when he meets back up with walking disaster Sadie Flood (Jennifer Jason Leigh). He's stupid enough to give her a second chance singing backup in his band. She semi-auditions with Elvis Costello's "Almost Blue." Lineup: Leland (Smokey Hormel), Paul (Tony Marisco), Clay (Jimmy Z.), and drummer Herman (John C. Reilly from Boogie Nights!) Herman is so fucked up on heroin, Bobby has to cut him loose. Herman's nickname is "H" for Chrissakes! They're not above doing "Hava Nagila" at a Jewish wedding. Sadie eventually gets kicked out of Bobby's band and eventually forms her own band with Herman and a couple others played by Nick Rhinehart and Amy Stolzenbach ("Midnight Train to Georgia"). Thanks to Dan at NonsuchWorks for this one.
Mellow Magic - From the TV series Otherworld (02/16/85). One of the boring popular music groups of boring Centrex City handled by booking agent Billy Sunshine (Michael Callan), and only glimpsed as a picture on his office wall in the "Rock and Roll Suicide" episode. See also Trace and Gina.
Melody, Johnny - From the movie Go, Johnny, Go! (1959).
Melvin and the Squirrels - Quick parody of The Chipmunks in the "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" (9/30/93) episode of long running animated FOX show The Simpsons. At a swap meet, Bart (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) pulled their album out of the Comic Book Guy's (voiced by Hank Azaria) box, who explains they were "...part of the rodent invasion of the early sixties." A quick burst of squeaky voices singing "Yankee Doodle" is played. See also The Be Sharps, The Chipmunks, Garfunkel, Messina, Oates, and Lisa.
Men Pretending to be Boys - From the animated TV show The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (02/17/03). From the "Party At Neutron's" episode.
Mesh, The - From The Worst Band in the Universe (children's book w/CD) by Graeme Base), 1999. Thanks to Orinoco Womble for this one.
Mess - From the movie Bandwagon (1996). Popular college rock band which the protagonists' band get the unlikely chance to open for. Unseen. See also Circus Monkey, Spittle (II). Thanks to Danaloi for this one.
Metabolica - From the TV cartoon Ozzy & Drix (2003).
Metal Corpses - From the 1981 movie Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains. The Tubes' Fee Waybill plays the unnamed singer. Another Tubes' member, Vince Welnick, plays band member Jerry Jervy. They tour with The Stains.
Metal Mel - From Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle (PC computer game) from LucasArts, 1993.
Metalflake - From Maniac Mansion (PC computer game) from LucasFilm, 1988.
Metalunica (?) - From the TV show All My Children (19??). Thanks to Jean, pdqman, Arndis Johnson for this one.
Mick Jadestone and the Rolling Boulders - Rolling Stones parody from the "Pebbles' Big Boast" (10/23/71) episode of Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show. Pebbles Flintstone (voiced by Sally Struthers!) lies that she knows this band in an attempt to impress snobby "friend" Cindy Curbstone (voiced by Gay Hartweg). She then tries to crash all their appearances in an attempt to get them to play Cindy's party. Not to be confused with Mick Jagged and the Stones. Thanks to Dr. Debra P. Maddox for this one.
Mick Jagged and the Stones - Prehistoric Rolling Stones parody from the 2000 movie The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. A prequel to 1994's The Flintstones, it shows how Fred (Mark Addy) and Wilma (Kristen Johnston) and Barney (Stephen Baldwin) and Betty (Jane Krakowski) met and paired up. The band is headlining at the Tardust casino, owned by scheming Chip Rockefeller (Thomas Gibson). Betty gets mad when she sees Barney with a showgirl and runs off with this (sigh) "rock band." Nice gag. Alan Cumming played Mick Jagged and also the alien Gazoo. Keith Rockhard was played by John Taylor, bassist for 80's bands Duran Duran and The Power Station. Other headliners at various Rock Vegas venues are shown only on signs, such as: Frank Stoneatra, Stony Bennett, and Slime and the Family Stone. Not to be confused with Mick Jadestone and the Rolling Boulders.
What the hell kinda creature did Mick skin for that shirt?!
Mick Swagger and the Sesame Street Cobble Stones - From the TV show Sesame Street (1969-2002).
Microbe - From the Disney Channel live action movies Zenon: Girl Of The 21st Century (1999) and Zenon: The Zequel (2001). In the first movie, set in the year 2049, Microbe is the first band in space! They are to play the space station where title character Zenon Kar (Kirsten Storms) lives and has won a contest to meet hunky, spike-haired lead singer, Proto Zoa (Phillip Rhys). But after witnessing the station being sabotaged, she gets into trouble and gets sent to Earth. She sneaks onto the rocket carrying Microbe into space and saves the day, without even missing the concert (they sing "Super Nova Girl"). In the second movie, Zenon saves the space station AGAIN, in addition to finding the now missing Proto Zoa and making first contact with aliens, who were using one of the band's songs as a distress call. At the end, the band sings the ominously-titled "The Galaxy Is Ours." The rest of the band was played by Paul Reid, Kane Lawton, Craig Terris, and John Corker. Thanks to Waco Hill, and Ross Elbling and his daughter Sarah for this one. The song "Super Nova Girl" can be found on the Hear PremEar compilation album.
Milage - See Spinal Tap
Miles and the Swamp Band - From Mama Don't Allow (children's book by Thacher Hurd), 1998.
Miller, Christy - From the movie They All Laughed (1981).
MilkCan - From Um Jammer Lammy (Sony PlayStation video game), 1999.
Miller, Jerry - From the TV show The Andy Griffith Show (). Jerry Van Dyke plays this one man band who loses his carnival job. Aunt Bee convinces Andy to make him a deputy while Barney is away. Only, he's even WORSE than Barney, but does bust some of his carny folk friends for purse snatching.
Mills, Don - From the TV show SCTV (1976-1981).
Minelli, Lorna - Andrea Martin as an obvious parody of singer/actress Liza Minelli, in various skits on SCTV. First appeared on the Dec. 16, 1976 episode, on talk show parody The Sammy Maudlin Show, and made several other appearances up through 1982. (See also 5 Neat Guys, The Happy Wanderers, Lola Heatherton, The Queenhaters, The Ramblers, The Recess Monkeys, Jackie Rogers Jr., Jackie Rogers Sr.)
Ming Tea - Mike Myers actually started this band BEFORE Austin Powers. The retro sixties sound helped inspire him to invent the character. The band contributed music to both Austin Powers movies, but only showed up on the soundtrack of the first one with the song (and subsequent video) "BBC." The band was Matthew Sweet (as Sid Belvedere) on bass, Bangle Susanna Hoffs (as Julian Shagwell) on rhythm guitar, Stuart Johnson on drums, and Chris Ward on guitar.
Minmay, Lynn - From the TV cartoon Super Dimensional Fortress Macross (1982). Thanks to Dave Merrill and Beverly Love for this one.
Minor, Tommy - From the TV show Surfside 6 (03/19/62). Rising young singer who's in debt to a local crime boss in the "A Piece of Tommy Minor" episode. Played by Kenny Roberts. The episode also features real band The Frankie Ortega Trio, who also appeared on 77 Sunset Strip. Thanks to Mark Lungo for this one.
Minyk, Linsk - Or Minyik, or Minjuvic, somebody set the record straight! Rick Moranis played this polka-singing native of Leutonia with Ambrose Burnside facial hair. A former member of The Happy Wanderers, he struck out on his own, but remained on good terms with the band, as he returned to perform "Stairway to Heaven" with them on The Happy Wanderers TV show, really a sketch on the May 21, 1982 episode of SCTV. He also appears in the 1984 HBO mockumentary, The Last Polka, performing with and reminiscing about The Happy Wanderers. Rick Moranis released a comedy album on IRS in 1989, called You, Me, the Music and Me, which features a Linsk-afied version of The Doors' "Light My Fire." (See also The Happy Wanderers, The Lemon Twins)
Misfits, The - From the TV cartoon Jem! (1985). Thanks to winnie quick for this one.
Mississippi Gary - Standard cliché old black bluesman, he was played by Mark McKinney and used in one or two The Kids in the Hall skits. He played the harmonica. (see also Armada; Tammy)
Mr. Blue - From the TV show Throb (1986-88). Thanks to Robin Edgerton for this one.
Mr. Cool - From Mr. Cool (children's book by Jacqueline Wilson), 2000.
Mitch and Mickey - From the movie A Mighty Wind (2003).
Mixers, The - From A Clockwork Orange (novel by Anthony Burgess), 1962. Thanks to Paul Lefrak for this one.
Moe Hill and the Mountains - From the TV show The Farmer's Daughter (01/07/66). Thanks to Mike Dugo for this one.
Moe Syzlak Connection, The - From the animated TV series The Simpsons (04/27/03). In the "Dude, Where's My Ranch?" episode, guest star David Byrne just happens to pass by and hear Homer's anti-Flanders song, which he then records, produces, and turns into a hit. It's so big a hit, the Simpsons go to a dude ranch to get the hell away from it. When they come back, this "band" (Moe the bartender) has a hit- a parody version of the Andrea True Connection's "More, More, More." See also Homer Simpson
Mok (the Magic Man) - From the animated movie Rock And Rule (1983). Thanks to Ray Catucci and Tom Wall for this one.
Mole, Kylie - From the TV show The Comedy Company (1988-90). Thanks to David Bromage for this one.
Moloch - A KISS-like rock star, complete with full face make-up, in the 10/31/1982 "Rock Devil Rock" episode of CHiPs. Played by Ralph Malph (Donny Most) from Happy Days! A real hoot, it must be seen to be believed. Even deals with hidden messages in rock records! Oooh! See also Pain and Snow Pink.
Mondello, Bobby - From Rock Star (novel by Jackie Collins), 1988.
Mondos - See Spinal Tap
Monkees, The - Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson created this band for the TV series, inspired by the Beatles' Hard Day's Night movie. One presumes the Beatles weren't available for a weekly series themselves. Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones formed the granddaddy of fake bands and one of the most successful, at least during the run of their 1966-1968 TV series. They gave the teenyboppers something to bob their heads and tap their toes to after the Beatles and other groups started dropping acid and making weirdo, undanceable concept albums. Has their formula been as successfully repeated? See The Heights, O-Town, and The New Monkees.
Monk Fish - From the TV show Kirk (02/25/96). Thanks to David Hakkennes for this one.
Moon, Linda - From the movie Glitz (1988).
Moon, Linda - From the film Be Cool (2005). Mobster Chili Palmer (John Travolta) ditches the movie industry, and goes into the music industry in this sequel to both the book and film Get Shorty (1995). He gets involved with the career of this singer (Christina Milian).
Moon, Stanley - From the movie Bedazzled (1967).
MOOP - From the TV cartoon South Park (10/29/03). Thanks to Charles Rempel for this one.
Moore, Jimmy - In Adam Sandler's 1998 romantic comedy, The Wedding Singer, an uncredited Jon Lovitz has a brief cameo as a wedding singer, er, that is, not the one of the title. Another one. In his precious few minutes onscreen, he manages to create a character that's sleazy, full-of-himself, arrogant, unpleasant, pathetic AND a bad singer. Bravo, Mr. Lovitz! The members of Jimmy Moore's band were played by: Mike Thompson, Michael Jay, John Sawaski, Christopher Alan,Kimberly Schwartz, and Sanetta Y. Gipson. See also Robbie Hart and David Veltri.
Morning Breath - Band that idiot Eli (Adam Jay Sadowsky) loses the money to hire for a school dance in the "The Dregs of Humanity Part I" episode (01/02/85) of short lived '84-'85 sitcom, It's Your Move. This event kicks off the whole plot of the two part episode. See also The Dregs of Humanity
Morones, The - From the comic book Slapstick (February 1993). Parody of punk band The Ramones in issue #4. Thanks to hooper_x for this one.
Morrison, Gene - From the movie Orchestra Wives (1942). A Glenn Miller vehicle where he plays this swing trumpeter.
Morticians, The - From the TV show Throb (1986-88). Thanks to Robin Edgerton for this one.
Motion, The - From the movie Light of Day (1987). See also The Barbusters. Thanks to Peter Ledebur for this one.
Motorface - From the animated TV series South Park (03/16/05). We briefly see the title of an album (Death from Behind) by this band in Cartman's E-Net-Tunes window during the "Die Hippie, Die" episode. See also Muhhrrtallicaz. Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.
Mosquitoes, The - A beatlesque quartet who got stranded for an episode on Gilligan's Island. Their names were Bingo, Bango, Bongo and Irving. The band was played by the group who actually performed the show's theme song, The Wellingtons. (see also The Honeybees and The Gnats)
Moss, Laurie - From the book Say Goodbye: The Laurie Moss Story (1999). From the novel by Lewis Shiner. Amazon.com link here. Thanks to Lew Shiner for this one.
Motherboy - From the TV show Arrested Development (03/14/05). A five-piece "heavy metal band that used to rock pretty hard in the '70s," according to Arrested Development narrator Opie ...er, Richie...er, Ron Howard. A couple of briefly-shown photos of the band, who look like Kiss-meets-T.Rex-meets Jethro Tull-the flute player has a shamrock painted on his face-appear in the "Motherboy XXX" episode.
Lucille Bluth [Jessica Walter] (the mom) had taken George Michael [Michael Cera] (her grandson, Michael's [Jason Bateman] son) to a mother-son event in called "Motherboy." Normally, she would have gone with Buster [Tony Hale], her youngest son, but since his hand was bitten off by a seal, she wasn't comfortable around him. Anyway, as Lucille and George Michael were checking in, they cut away to show the band and point out that they were legally obligated to make the distinction between the band and the event. See also Dr. Fünke's 100% Natural Good Time Family Based Solution.
Mozart's Ghost - From the film The Net (1995). Thanks to Mark Miller for this one.
Mucous Membrane - From the comic book Hellblazer (Nov. 1988). John Constantine formed a punk band called Mucous Membrane in 1977 after seeing the Sex Pistols at the Roxy in London. The band also included Gary "Gaz" Lester. The band first appears in issue 11, "Newcastle: A Taste of Things to Come." Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.
Mud Below, The - See Spinal Tap.
Mudinsky, Moody - From the movie White Star (aka Let It Rock) (1983). Manager Kenneth Barlow (Dennis Hopper) has one client: Moody Mudinsky (Terrance Robay) in this German film. Thanks to john cooper for this one.
Muldoon, Kristy - From the TV show The Tracey Ullman Show (12/13/87).
Muhhrrtallicaz - From the animated TV series South Park (03/16/05). We briefly see the title of an album (Ride the Thunder) by this band in Cartman's E-Net-Tunes window during the "Die Hippie, Die" episode. Gee, I wonder what real band this might be a parody of? See also Motorface. Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.
Mulligan Stew - From the TV series Mulligan Stew (1972). An educational/nutritional show produced by the 4-H club. There was also a 197? comic book tie-in. See here for scans.
Mumblin' Jim - Hippie psychedelic band in the 1968 period movie Psych-Out (is hippiesploitation a word?). Future big star Jack Nicholson in a phoneytail plays the band's leader and lead guitarist, Stoney. A self-absorbed heel, he makes it with a deaf chick in search of her brother in the movie's erstwhile plot. Nicholson says they want to be "famous like the Airplane" and play "The Ballroom." African American druggie drummer Elwood (Max Julien) and guitarist Ben (Adam Roarke) and uh, this other guy fill out the rest of the band. There's an oh-so-sixties scene where the band plays a complete Purple Haze rip off instrumental, (really "Asbury Wednesday" by The Boeznee Cryque) as trippy lights wash over the band and go-go booted dancers... uh... dance.
Multiple Godgasm - From the animated TV series Moral Orel (01/23/06). We hear (but sadly never see) this Christian thrash metal band during the "The Lord's Greatest Gift" episode of this animated Cartoon Network/Adult Swim series. Sample lyrics: "Bow down, bow down, do Jesus's bidding" and "burn...in heaven" (repeated several times). See also The Crucifolks. Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.
Munroe, Tom - Smooth, soulless tune crooner in music videos on a couple of "The Gerry Todd Show" sketches from SCTV. Rick Moranis plays both Munroe and Gerry Todd. On the 05/22/81 episode, he sings the new wave hits "Turning Japanese" (The Vapors) and "De Do Do Do De Da Da Da" (The Police), both from his videodisc On A New Wavelength. On the 07/10/81 episode, Gerry shows Tom's video for "Downtown," from his Tom Munroe Sings Petula Clark album. But the interesting thing is that SCTV was doing music video parodies before MTV went on the air (08/01/81)! See also Vic Arpeggio, Big Momma, Happiness Unlimited, Russ Riley, Speed of Light, The Wally Hung Trio.
Murdoch, Emma - Jennifer Connelly plays this sultry 1940s-esque noir lounge singer in 1998's unsung Dark City, and at the end of the movie she's implanted with new memories and becomes Anna, who isn't a singer. Actually, technically, she's not really Emma either. No one is who they are, because the whole weird city is part of an experiment where aliens constantly change out people's memories. Thanks to Galen for this one.
Murph and the Magic Tones - Lounge act playing the Holiday Inn Armada Room in the 1980 Blues Brothers movie, before rejoining the Blues Brothers band. Members: Murphy Dunne, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Steve "The Colonel" Cropper, Willie "Too Big" Hall and Tom "Bones" Malone. (see also The Blues Brothers, The Good Ole Boys and Street Slim)
Murray - From the film Walk Like A Man (2004 or 2005). No, not the 1987 Howie Mandel movie of the same name. Rapper wanna be played by real rapper Murs 3:16. Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.
Murphy, "Bleeding Gums" - African-American blues saxophonist from the hit FOX animated TV show The Simpsons. His character (voiced by Ron Taylor) was introduced in 1990. He penned the "I Never Had an Italian Suit Blues" and could be found at the Springfield club, The Jazz Hole. He had one album in the late 50's or early 60's, Sax on the Beach, tragically the same title as a John Tesh release. His character was killed off in the "Round Springfield" episode (04/30/95) which I regard as the "worst episode ever."
Musicians for Free-Range Chickens - From the TV show Saturday Night Live (04/20/91).
Mwnyy, Owen - From Soul Music (novel by Terry Pratchett), 1995.
Mystere - From the TV movie Rock 'n' Roll Mom (1988). Suburban mom Annie Hackett (Dyan Cannon) sings on the side, and comes to the attention of record execs. She records a demo version of one of her songs, after Darcy X (Heather Locklear), the temperamental star who was supposed to do it, leaves in a huff. Annie's version becomes a hit! But, naturally, Annie can't go onstage looking like that, and being a mom and all. A sexed-up artificial image is created for. Hang your head in shame, America! That you should make an honest woman stoop so low! Shame, I say! Anyhoo, this made for TV movie also stars a pre-Nanny Fran Drescher. See also Darcy X.
Mystery - see Jennie Lee and the Mystery
Mystery - From the movie Detroit Rock City (1999). Thanks to Alyssa and Hooper_X for this one.
Mystery Kids, The - From the animated TV series What's New Scooby-Doo (10/26/02). From the "It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine" episode. This unsuccessful pop band was the original owner (and presumably painter) of the Scooby-Doo gang's groovy van, the Mystery Machine. The band features brother and sister members Andy and Mandy Dimwitty.
Mystic Horn Society, The - From the book trilogy (1987-2001). Jazz band from a trilogy of epistolary novels by UC Santa Cruz professor of literature Nathaniel Mackey: Bedouin Hornbook (1987), Djbot Baghostus's Run (1993), and Atet A.D. (2001).
Mystik Spiral - Cartoon alternative rock quartet from MTV's Beavis and Butt-head spinoff, Daria. The band first appeared in the "Road Worrier" episode (07/07/97), with just Jane Lane's slacker brother Trent (voiced by Alvaro J. Gonzalez), and hunky airhead Jesse Moreno (Willy Schwenz) rehearsing "Icebox Girl" in the basement. The other band members (Nick Campbell, bass and Max Tyler, drums) don't appear until the "Ill" episode (07/06/98), after which the band appeared in various other episodes, playing real gigs and everything. Fan site here. (see also The Harpies)
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