Takeaways, The - From the TV show Sweet 'n' Sour (1984). Thanks to Carl Brewer and Kael Driscoll for this one.
Tammy - Brainless singing teen dance-pop sensation in a Kids in the Hall skit. Played by Bruce McCulloch in drag. Scott Thompson played her manager. (see also Armada, Mississippi Gary)
Tamura, Eriko - From the animated TV show Idol densetsu Eriko (1989). In English, Legendary Idol Eriko. Eriko's singing voice is real-life singing idol Eriko Tamura. So that makes this a bit of a gray area as to exactly how fake this is. Four soundtrack CDs from the series were released.
Tang, Pootie - From the movie Pootie Tang (2001). In an odd spin-off from HBO's The Chris Rock Show, the character of Pootie Tang (Lance Crouther) is given his own movie. Pootie is so dang cool he speaks his own bizarre patois that no one can fathom. Despite, or perhaps because of this, he is a towering figure in the entertainment world- actor, singer, and hero to ghetto children everywhere. In one inspired bizarre sequence, he cuts a new track that is pure silence which becomes a big hit. A loose parody of blaxploitation flicks, the movie is silly fun, but a bit thin in places. Thanks to Sam Jeffries for this one.
Tangerine Conspiracy, The - See Happiness Unlimited
Tapps Tucker Quartet, The - From the TV cartoon Jem! (1985).
Taranchula - From the other source Homestar Runner (03/04/02). Dark metal band in a Danzig vein. Their name was first mentioned in the "band names" email (03/04/02) when Strong Bad was answering an email on what to name your band. He suggested taking a word and spelling it differently. On the site's 2003 CD Strong Bad Sings and other type hits, they sing "Moving Very Slowly." In the Strong Bad email "death metal" (01/16/06) we get to actually see the whole band hosting an MTV Headbanger's Ball parody, the Half Hour Death Metal Dungeon Hour. Lineup: Dave Bjornborg, Dave Olafstenston, and Schenkel McDoo. Their new music video is "The Decoupage," a parody of heavy metal music videos that rip off the Brothers Quay, where creepy depressing inanimate objects are stop-motion animated in as creepily depressing a manner as possible. Taranchula's no Limozeen, though.
Tarzan, Sgt. Blind Kiwi - MTV's po-mo sock puppets, The Sifl & Olly Show, held their First Annual Sifl & Olly Show Battle of the Bands in the 01/12/99 episode. Second up was this hairy, sunglassed puppet with a throaty blues voice singing an adult contemporary style song full of bizarre imagery: "I'm your greasy tiger lover, I'm fifty bucks worth of waffles,I'm your beefy tender serpent, I'm your ravioli ancient man, I'm your sexy Chinese dentist, I'll meet you at tooth hurty " Apparently he's only 10 years old. The show is the brainchild of Matt Crocco and Liam Lynch who do the voices and compose and record the music. See also Clear Fog, Kee Kee & The P.P. Gang, Yeah, Zafo.
Taylor, Linda - From the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati (11/06/78).
Taylor, Little Hassan - Angry black 60's singer (Phil Lamarr) from a "best of" commercial parody on the 11/07/98 episode of Mad TV. Some song titles: "Open the Door, Honky" and "What the World Needs Now (Is More Dead White Folks)." He died mysteriously after his 1972 Republican National Convention performance. Hmmm. See also Defcon One, Dr. Dazzle, The Erascists, Hoppy Potty, Darlene McBride, Savante, Michael McLoud and Jasmine Wayne-Wayne, Shaunda, Willow.
Team Samurai - Basement teen rock band from the short-lived and not terribly original 1994 live action kids' series Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. The band's members fit nicely into the standard television high school archetypes: The Cool Kid, Sam Collins (Matthew Lawrence) the band's leader, lead guitarist and lead vocalist. The Cute Girl, Sydney "Syd" Forester (Robin Mary Florence) on keyboards. She dates The Jock, Tanker (Kevin Castro), who plays drums. Last and least is The Spaz, Amp Ere (Troy W. Slaten) on bass guitar.
Sam Collins with a santa hat crudely photoshopped on his head for some reason.
Tears and Vomit - From the "Eatin' Out" episode (02/19/89) of Married with Children. The band is mentioned by son Bud (David Faustino) for the joke: "We want to see Tears and Vomit," "You can see that when your mother cooks." The name is probably a play on real band Blood, Sweat and Tears. See also Burned Beyond Recognition, Jimmy Dick and the Night Sticks, Joanie and the Slashettes, Oozing Meat, Otitis Media, Shoes 'n' Socks, The Tuxedos, The Wanker Triplets, The Why, Yodeling Andy.
Teddy Noise - See Spinal Tap
Teenage Wolves, The - From the animated TV series Digimon: Digital Monsters (200?). In the second season of Digimon, the original characters were aged up from kids to high school.
Teenagers in Love - From the TV show Fifteen (1991). Thanks to dale cooper for this one.
Teen Angel - Real fifties pop idol Frankie Avalon appears as the mystical "Teen Angel" in a dream sequence in 1979's paean to the fifties, Grease. He appears to troubled teen Frenchy (Didi Conn) and sings "Beauty School Dropout" in which he wisely advises her to go back to high school. Thanks to Chris Gruin for this one. See also Johnny Casino and the Gamblers.
Tempest, Stormy - From the movie That'll Be the Day (1973). Over-coiffed, pretty-boy 50s rock and roll singer playing an English holiday camp ballroom with terrible acoustics in the 1973 movie, That'll be the Day. Played by real English 50s rocker Billy Fury. He's having a bit of a spat with his drummer J.D. Clover (Keith Moon of The Who!), who'd he like to replace but can't. Later Jim MacLaine (David Essex) lies about having played harmonica with them to impress his buddies who are in another, unnamed band. The movie also stars another famous drummer, Beatle Ringo Starr as Jim's friend and fellow carny, Mike. Hell, even David Essex is a bloody rock star, too! He had the #1 hit "Rock On" in the UK. Trivia Time! You get to see Ringo's butt! Or at least his stunt double's butt. See also The Debonairs, The Stray Cats.
Tempos, The - From the movie That Thing You Do (1996).
Temptones, The - Sixties motown-type singing group from the "The Return Of The Temptones" episode (11/13/1996) of the The Wayans Brothers. Shawn and Marlon get Pops' (John Witherspoon) old group back together, but not without problems. Like the baritone having had a sex change operation. The rest of the band was Harold (Kene Holliday, who played a cop on the 70's show Carter Country), Albert/Alberta (Jazzmun), and Dewey (Jeris Poindexter).
Tenacious D - Jack Black and Kyle Gass star as themselves as a two man acoustic hip-hop metal band attending open mic nights and having adventures in a series of comedy shorts for HBO. Trivia Time! Unbelievably, the band first appeared in the rancid 1996 Pauly Shore vehicle Bio-Dome (shudder!). They're real now, and have finally released an album, Tenacious D (2001).
Tenetta, Vic - From the movie The Hudsucker Proxy (1994). Thanks to Jason Torchinsky for this one.
Termites, The - From the TV show F Troop (02/09/67). From the "That's Show Biz" episode.
Terrifico, Guy - From the movie The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico (2005). This indie film is another mockumentary bastard child of Spinal Tap; this time the genre is Canadian country and western. The brainchild of director Michael Mabbott, Terrifico (Matt Murphy) becomes a big star, then succumbs to rock star excess. Cameos by Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Hawkins, and Merle Haggard.
Terry and the Lovemen - From pseudonym of XTC on comp. album A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC, 1995. Thanks to Rich Jeantheau for this one.
Testament - Band just mentioned in passing by Reverend Lovejoy (voiced by Harry Shearer) in the "My Sister, My Sitter" (03/02/97) episode of animated comedy The Simpsons. He says parishioners can "party down in the church basement to the Jesus-rock stylings of Testament." To which Bart (Nancy Cartwright) scoffs, "All the best bands are affiliated with Satan." This Testament is not to be confused with the real 80's metal band Testament. See also The Be Sharps, Garfunkel, Messina, Oates, and Lisa.
Thamesmen, The - See Spinal Tap.
Thomas, Henry - From the film Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965). Steve McQueen plays this recently paroled rockabilly singer who's never even seen his baby daughter. He sings at the local juke joint, hoping to hit the big time. Glen Campbell plays one of the band members!Thanks to Charles Rempel for this one.
Thompson, Tommy - From Lake Woebegone Summer 1956 (novel by Garrison Keillor), 2001.
Thorn, Wray - From the TV show That '80s Show (03/06/2002).
Thorne, Jon - From the movie Weekend with Kate (1990).
Three Bear Night - From the animated TV show Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch (1971). Pop trio consisting of the titular ursine stars of this sub-Jabberjaw Hanna-Barbara crapfest. H-B stalwarts Daws Butler, Bill Callaway, and Paul Winchell provide the voices for Hair, Square, and Bubi Bear, respectively. They sing a song (that's not, oddly enough, a Three Dog Night parody), then get an award, or something. We're a little vague on the details because, quite honestly, there's no way in hell we could stand to actually pay attention to an episode of the execrable Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch. Afro-ed ursines are against God. Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.
Three Blazes, The - From the movie G.I. Blues (1960). Tulsa McLean (Elvis Presley) plays in a combo with his fellow army buddies Cookey (Robert Ivers) and Rick (James Douglas).
Three Do's and A Don't - From the TV show Welcome Back Kotter (). The Sweathogs form this vocal group to compete in a school talent show. Vinnie Barbarino (John Travolta) is the"Don't." In the two part episode "Barbarino in Love" (11/10/77 and 11/17/77), Barbarino falls for Cassy (Amy Johnston) who is also competing, when he should be practicing. He quits rather than compete against her, but changes his mind and rejoins. They both lose to a kid who does bird calls.
Three Dots, The - From The Three Dots (children's book by Elise Primavera), 1993.
Three Easy Pieces, The - Pity your dad. He had to make do with the ultra-low quality, low-budget pornography of crud like 1970's Lust Combo, featuring some of the homeliest people ever convinced to doff all and get it (urk) on. Yes, folks, porn can be boring, as this movie proves. It's not even worth watching once. Our interracial psych-rock-pop trio roll into a Tennessee club, lip-sync unenthusiastically to a couple of numbers with an invisible horn section (titles might be "Catch as Catch Can" & "The Answer We've Been Looking For"), and then pair off with the local skank for an evening of grubby groping. Lineup: Vince, the sleazy singer and guitar player; Mike, the sleazy African American drummer; and Jim, the sleazy longhaired bass player. The band's name is an obvious ref to the Jack Nicholson movie, Five Easy Pieces (1970). Very special thanks to Mike Dugo of www.lancerecords.com for sending me a copy of this deservedly hard-to-find thing. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go wash.
Three Little Bops, The - The three little pigs of storybook fame are transmogrified into a hopping, bopping jazz piano-drums-guitar trio in the Stan Freberg narrated 1957 cartoon The Three Little Bops. The Big Bad Wolf just wants to jam with them on his trumpet, but the pigs can't stand his terrible "corny horn" playing, so they give him the boot. The angry wolf blows down the clubs they play in, that is, until the pigs play the House of Bricks. The wolf blows himself up trying to destroy the club, but his ghost comes back from hell with new found talent, or as one of the pigs puts it, "The Big Bad Wolf, he learned the rule! You gotta get hot to play real cool!" So they become the The Three Little Bops Plus One.
Three Times One Minus One - White R & B duo from a skit on Mr. Show. They consist of Pootie T (David Cross) and Wolfgang Amadeus Stallonies Von Funkenmeister the Nineteenth and Three Quarters (Bob Odenkirk). Their hit, "Ewww Girl Ewww," wins the Homage award for most soulful single performed by a white duo, beating out "Wanna Freak You In The Ass" by R U Da 1 and "Premium Soulsonic Megajive- The Love Them From Brutal Enigma" by 2 True 4 U. Their song is off of their Literacy for the People album on Sloppy Seconds Records. The video was directed by fake director Famous Mortimer. Thanks to Gilbert Neal for this one.
Three Wise Men, The - Recording pseudonym of XTC on Thanks for Christmas 7" single, 1983.
Thudpucker, Jimmy - A piano-playing, sensitive 70's singer/songwriter type, this character was invented by Garry Trudeau for the Doonesbury comic strip, but also appeared on TV in the animated The Doonesbury Special (1977). An album, Jimmy Thudpucker's Greatest Hits, was also released.
Thug - From "Gianni" (short story by Robert Silverberg), 1982.
Thumbscrew - From the movie Still Crazy (1998).
Thurgood and the Stubb Tones - From the first Fox, then WB "foamation" show The PJs. With Thurgood Stubbs' (Eddie Murphy) wife looking after a sick aunt, Thurgood and his buddies take a boys night out trying to relive their youth back when they had a electric blues band. They pack up their instruments and head thru darkest downtown to play Muddy Guy's Famous Barrelhouse Blues Club Amateur Night but it's been closed since 1996 when Muddy Guy got in trouble with the law. Thurgoode on guitar and vocals, his buddy Walter on guitar, Jimmy Ho (Michael Paul Chan) on drums, Sanchez (Pepe Serna) on harmonica, and Smokey the crackhead (Shawn Michael Howard) as their roadie.
Tijuana Tokyo - From the TV series Eight is Enough (03/07/79). From "The Final Days" episode. After hearing the prom committee will pay the prom band big bucks, teen Tommy Bradford (Willie Aames) assembles this band. Apparently the band was played by Aames' real life band.
Timmy! and the Lords of the Underworld - In the "Timmy! 2000" episode (04/19/00) of the animated show South Park, Timmy, an enormous-headed retarded (sorry, but he is) kid in a wheelchair who can only say "TIMMAH!" - somehow joins unsuccessful metal trio The Lords of the Underworld as the lead vocalist. Thanks to him, they win a battle of the bands to open for Phil Collins. The band is a such a big hit, soon Phil Collins is opening for them. An Oscar-toting Phil, jealous of the band, convinces Skyler, jealous of Timmy, to leave the band. Once the band breaks up, Phil is the headliner once again, with Skyler's solo project, Reach for the Skyler, opening. Everyone is enjoying the Phil Collins concert cause they're drugged to the gills on Ritalin, when Chef appears in the nick of time to deliver the antidote, Ritalout. Everyone wises up, boos Phil Collins offstage and demands Timmy! and the Lords of the Underworld, who quickly patch up their differences, reunite and rock out. Band lineup: Skyler Moles, Jonesy, Maltsey, and Timmy. The Lords of the Underworld first appeared with no name in the episode "Cat Orgy" (07/14/99), where 22 year old leader Skyler was dating 12 year old hellion & babysitter Shelly Marsh. Only then, Maltsey was called Mark. Also, Comedy Central released two pay-per-download MP3 tracks from Timmy! and the Lords of the Underworld: "Timmy! and the Lords of the Underworld" and "Livin' a Lie." See also The Avenue Ghetto Street Boys, Fingerbang, The Ghetto Avenue Boys, Jerome "Chef" McElroy, Raging Pussies, Reach for the Skyler, Sisters Of Mercy Hold No Pain Against The Dark Lord.
Timmy and the Tulips - One of the artifacts of the 70's fad for the 50's was the 1978 flick, American Hot Wax, which dramatized real-life Cleveland DJ Alan Freed's championing of rock and roll. Real rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins appeared as themselves, but for some reason, fictionalized versions of other real groups were created like this one. See also Chesterfields, Delights, The, Clark Otis, Professor LaPlano and the Planotones.
Titanide Brass Band of the Army of Bellinzona - From Demon (novel by John Varley), 1984.
Titannica - Three man late 90's heavy metal/industrial band from a hilarious, yet creepy Mr. Show skit where they go to see a fan (David Cross) who tried to kill himself after listening to one of their songs. The band was played by Bob Odenkirk, Brian Posehn, and um, I don't remember. It was show #309, "The Return of the Curse of the Creature's Ghost." Does that help?
Toad the Wet Sprocket - A bunch of long haired Limey wankers doing what sounds like Pavement warming up from "The Old Gay Whistle Test" sketch on the 1975 BBC series Rutland Weekend Television, the show that spawned The Rutles. You might also remember the name from the "Rock Notes" track off of the 1980 album, "Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album." There was/is also a REAL band who named themselves Toad the Wet Sprocket. Also only briefly mentioned in the sketch are Rex Higgins, Steve Flea, The Wretched Admiral Sphincter, Grunties, Hot Nudges, Red Buttocks and Vomit. (see also Mantra Robinson, Splint, and Stan Fitch)
Toad Star - From "Gianni" (short story by Robert Silverberg), 1982.
Toby Reiser Quintet, The - From the film The Sound of Music (1965). I should hope everybody knows that The Von Trapp Family Singers from this classic film are a real act whose story was dramatized in the film. But at the end of the film, there are some fake artists at the competition competing against them, including this one. The Toby Reiser Quintet win second prize at the Salzberg Festival.
Toips, Tietjamus - From John Dough and the Cherub (novel by L. Frank Baum), 1906.
Tom, Bill & Mary - Acoustic folk-pop trio on tour pushing their popular, self-titled first album in Robert Altman's 1975 take on the country music industry, Nashville. Acoustic guitar player and singer Tom Frank (Keith Carradine) is the male slut who seems intent on sleeping his way through the female population of the city in question. He even sleeps with fellow bandmate Mary (Cristina Raines), unbeknownst to their other fellow bandmate, Mary's husband Bill (Allan F. Nicholls). Keith Carradine somehow won an Academy Award for his original song "I'm Easy." (see also Haven Hamilton, Connie White, Barbara Jean, Tommy Brown, Linnea Reese, Sueleen Gay and The Smokey Mountain Laurels)
Tommy Aguilar Band, The - From Off the Record (novel by David Menconi), 2001. Thanks to David Menconi for this one.
Tommy and the Action (?) - From the TV show Eight is Enough (19??). Thanks to soferim for this one.
Tommy Jackson's Orchestra - From the TV show The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (04/10/57). From the "Ricky the Drummer" episode (04/10/57). This is the show that launched Ricky Nelson's singing career. In case his mildly rocking version "I'm Walkin'" gets your heart racing, don't worry, the Nelson family barbershop quartet version of "My Gal Sal" immediately afterwards will bland you right back down. However, the plot makes less sense the more you think about it. The Mr. Martin, the orchestra guy, dupes Mrs. Nelson to bring her son to fill in for their drummer. But when he shows, Mr. Martin sez they just needed a "band boy" to help set up. Then he gets to perform anyway?! Wha?
Tompkins, Cyrus - Second string country star wannabe from Knoxville, TN from a 1995 episode of the animated show The Critic. The philandering ex-husband of Alice, the critic's assistant, he sang "My Lyin' Heart," and "Daddy's Steppin' Out" and released the album, I'm Being Unfaithful To My Wife, Alice Tompkins. You Heard Me, Alice Tompkins. See also Nuns In A Blender.
Tompkins, Jimmy - Jimmy Tompkins (real name Deke Rivers) is the truck driver turned overnight rock 'n' roll star played by Elvis Presley in the 1957 movie Loving You, a semi-autobiographical take on Elvis' life.
Tony Coca-Cola and the Roosters - From the movie The Driller Killer (1979). Thanks to mr. pip for this one.
Too Free Stooges - From the movie Roadside Prophets (1992). Thanks to Jay Hollinsworth for this one.
Toomorrow - A young Olivia Newton-John starred in the odd 1970 sci-fi/rock flick "Toomorrow." Olivia's band of the same name is the target of aliens who want to kidnap the band to play for them. The film was masterminded by the evil Don Kirshner, who helped birth the Monkees and the Archies. Olivia Newton-John, Ben Thomas, Karl Chambers and Vic Cooper played respectively, um, band members Olivia, Ben, Karl, and Vic. A soundtrack album was released on RCA Victor Records. Trivia Time! The real drumming was done by Chris Slade, whose colorful drumming career includes Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual," Manfred Mann's Earth Band, The Firm, AC/DC, and Asia.
Total Defiance - Rap group from the "Yoko, Oh No!" episode (10/04/94) of tv show California Dreams. They're up against the regular cast's band, California Dreams, in, yes, a goddamned battle of the bands. See also Bradley and the Billionaires, California Dreams, Zane Walker.
Towne, Dusty - Female singer (Catherine O'Hara) of risque songs in two SCTV sketches. First in a commercial for her appearance at Lucifer's Arena (10/23/81), and then in her own tv Christmas special: "Dusty Towne Sexy Holiday Special" (12/18/81). On both occasions she's backed by The Wally Hung Trio. See also Vic Arpeggio, Big Momma, Happiness Unlimited, Tom Munroe, Russ Riley, Speed of Light, The Wally Hung Trio.
Trace - From the TV show Platinum (2003).
Trace and Gina - In the "Rock and Roll Suicide" episode of the short-lived 1985 sci-fi TV series Otherworld, the Sterling family is transported to an alternate Earth where everything is divided into weird, worlds-unto-themselves provinces. While in the midwest-esque Centrex province, bored Sterling siblings Trace [Tony O'Dell] (guitar, vocals) and Gina [Jonna Lee] (drums, vocals) form a two piece band to compete in a talent show at "Developmental Thought Center 47" (i.e., school), covering the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand." Since rock and roll was never invented in this universe, their crazy, wimpy, deriviative eighties beat is a hit with the kids and a menace to Principal Dromo and local head of the Church of Artificial Intelligence, Dr. Klaxon (i.e., "the man"). They sign with impressed booking agent Billy Sunshine (i.e., Brian Epstein), whose inexplicable English accent is inexplicably bad and comes and goes. Inexplicably. The kids, with the help of a few extra studio musicians, cut a "repo disc" (i.e. album), of the greatest rock songs ever, such as Quiet Riot's Cum on Feel the Noize and Flatt and Scruggs' Beverely Hillbillies theme. Trace and Gina, obviously drunk on their own success, even try writing their own songs (eep!), including the Beatles tribute "Rock City." Soon, the kids are expelled and Dr. Klaxon (convinced the album has hidden backwards messages!) is burning dolls and albums on their lawn. Not for "Rock City" specifically, but it should have been. Worse, the Sterlings' nemesis, evil Zone Trooper Commander Nuveen Kroll [perennial heavy Jonathon Banks], shows up in town to check out the menace and the family is forced to flee the province, leaving poor Billy Sunshine with only a hit repo disc and a dozen newly inspired bands to manage.
Tremolo, Tortoni - From Tortoni Tremolo the Cursed Musician (book by Tomi Ungerer), 1998.
Trends, The - From the movie That Thing You Do (1996).
Trinity - From the TV cartoon South Park (10/29/03). Thanks to Charles Rempel for this one.
Triton (?) - From the movie Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987). Thanks to Peter Ledebur for this one.
Trollz - From Soul Music (novel by Terry Pratchett), 1994.
Trout Quintet, The - From the movie Short Cuts (1993). Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.
Trovador, El - From the movie Fun in Acapulco (1963).
Troy, Alison - From the TV show The Hardy Boys Mysteries (09/11/77 & 09/18/77). Thanks to Tom Bagley for this one.
Troy, Kyle - From the movie The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990). Thanks to Kjell Ringstrand for this one.
Truck Shackley and the Texas Critters - Oversize muppet-type band from the 1980-82 show "Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters." This five piece country band and their dog were created not by Jim Henson, but by Sid and Marty Krofft, since, hey, they were producing the show. Some of the puppeteers involved were: Tony Urbano, Sandey Grinn, and Carl Johnson. Apparently the band occasionally actually performed on the show. One song was called "Cowboy's Valentine."
Trucker - From the movie Georgia (1995). Aka "The T Man." Aging, moody, gun-totin' African-American blues/R&B singer that gives would-be singer Sadie Flood (Jennifer Jason Leigh) a job singing backup that takes her away from her job cleaning motel rooms in the first 5 minutes of the movie Georgia (1995). Played by Jimmy Witherspoon. Trucker's band is played by George Catlett, Peter D. Layton, Bruce Laven, Gary Lanz, Clinton A. Nonemaker, and Stephen P. Scalfati. Trucker sings "Ain't Nobody's Business," co-written by Jimmy Witherspoon.
Truckstop - The 1994/5 low budget indie flick Half-Cocked follows a bunch of friends who steal a van of band equipment and then attempt to become a band, touring from Louisville to Chattanooga to Memphis. The band members were played by musicians from the actual indie-type bands Rodan, Crain, and Ruby Falls.
Tubby the Tuba - From the animated film Tubby the Tuba (1976). You would think in this music-centric cartoon, it would be vital to have catchy melodies and good songs. Well, think again, chump. This cheap cartoon has neither. I only hope the 1947 original George Pal Puppetoon version was better- it should be, it was nominated for Best Short Subject Oscar! In this sucky remake, Dick Van Dyke voices the hapless anthropomorphized title character. Tubby is a tuba in a nameless symphony orchestra, fed up with always playing oompah-oompah, and never getting to play a melody. All the other instruments treat him like crap, so he joins the circus, where his droning oompahs just so happen to be the precise tune that makes elephants get some funk in they trunk and up and dance, shakin' their multiple ton boo-tays. Soon Tubby's dancing elephants act is a big hit, and he goes on a successful worldwide tour. On his triumphant return, he's suffering from that sitcom disease BHS (Big Head Syndrome), and plows forward with his dangerous new act, against the wishes of the ringmaster and even the elephants. There's a near disaster when the act ends up with Tubby in the lion cage, and he quits the circus and gives up on fame and fortune. Quitter! He slouches back to the orchestra where his one pal invites him along on the orchestra's trip to Singing City, where the anthropomorphic instruments will all hook up with new anthropomorphic melodies. It's a sort of orchestral spring break, with the instruments as frat boys, and the melodies as Mexican hookers. Tubby gets the hots for beautiful orphan melody Celeste, but he can't play her melody, and she hooks up with hunky aristocrat Prince Cello instead. Tubby slinks off into the swamp, once again kicked in the 'nads by life. There he chances to meet a frog, from whom he acquires a tuba-friendly melody. But since the frog is a guy... does that make Tubby gay? Cause that would explain a lot. Back home, he plays the new melody for the orchestra, and finally gets some respect from them, as they ooh and aah over this new melody.
Tufnel-St. Hubbins Group - See Spinal Tap
Turbo, Tess - From Bloom County (comic strip by Berke Breathed), ca. 1985.
Turds, The - British humor magazine Private Eye has been spoofing the excesses of rock in print and with flexidiscs since the sixties, using this fake band and its leader, Spiggy Topes. Unfortunately, the only place us Yanks can find them is on the 1993 compilation album "Dead Parrots Society: The Best of British Comedy" on Rhino Records.
Tuscadero, Leather - See Leather and the Suedes
Turner, Dale - From the movie 'Round Midnight (1986). Thanks to Miles Finley for this one.
Turner Purple - Real life rock star/Rolling Stone Mick Jagger portrayed this reclusive, eccentric bisexual rock star who takes in mob hood Chas (James Fox) in the very, VERY strange 1970 film Performance. Jagger also wrote and sang "Turner's Song: Memo from T" used in the film.
Tuxedos, The - Mentioned in the "Rock and Roll Girl" episode (02/04/90) of Married with Children. Steve Rhoades' (David Garrison) old band when he was in high school. It's implied Steve was in a band in the earlier episode "Dead Men Don't Do Aerobics" (09/10/89), but no name was given. Real band The Gutter Cats appear in this episode as themselves. See also Burned Beyond Recognition, Jimmy Dick and the Night Sticks, Joanie and the Slashettes, Oozing Meat, Otitis Media, Shoes 'n' Socks, Tears and Vomit, The Wanker Triplets, The Why, Yodeling Andy.
Twins, The - From the TV show Batman (01/12/67). From the "The Joker's Hard Times" episode. Thanks to DAVID MASKA for this one.
Twitty-Stevens Connection, The - From the TV show Even Stevens (11/24/00).
Two Eriks - From the movie That Thing You Do (1996).
Two Skinny Dudes - From the animated movie Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire (2003). One of the bands 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. See also The Bad Omens, The Hex Girls, Matt Marvelous, The Meddling Kids, Wildwind.
Twobadors, The - From the movie A Mighty Wind (2003).
2ge+her - A spoof of those damned MTV "boy bands" - on MTV! They were in a made for tv movie, and then turned into a series. Jerry O'Keefe (Evan Farmer), Mickey Parke (Alex Solowitz), Jason "QT" McKnight (Michael Cuccione), Chad Linus (Noah Bastian), and Doug Linus (Kevin Farley) -- all live in a house paid for by their record label. They have two albums out. Tragically, Michael Cuccione died just after his 16th birthday of respiratory failure (01/13/00). Kevin Farley is the younger brother of deceased Saturday Night Live Alumnus Chris Farley. See also Whoa!, Unity.
Twizzle, Randy - From the TV show The Dick Van Dyke Show (02/28/62).
Tyler, Jimmy - From the TV show CHiPs (09/22/79). Thanks to Peter Ledebur for this one.
Tyrone Green and His Reggae Band - Eddie Murphy played the running character angry felon Tyrone Green on Saturday Night Live in the early eighties. In a skit from the Nov. 13, 1982 episode, an apparently released Tyrone Green's reggae band plays "Kill The White People" at the VFW Annual Talent Show, horrifying the MC (Tim Kazurinsky) and the white middle class audience.
Tyronne, Johnny - Elvis Presley plays this singer/actor on a Mideast goodwill tour in 1965's Harum Scarum.
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