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Babbling Baboons, The - From the tv show The Lawrence Welk Show (1969?). Thanks to Martin Lynds for this one.

Bach, P.D.Q. (1807-1742{?}), the wacky fake fictional 21st son of Johann Sebastian Bach, is actually the brainchild of Peter Schickele (a real composer who went to Julliard with Glenn Gould and everything!). Mr. Schickele has put out over a dozen albums of P. D. Q.'s music since the sixties.

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Bad News - "The worst heavy metal band in the world" from the British TV show The Comic Strip. They also had a U.S. album on Rhino Records in 1989, which, I think, collected their British singles, including their jaw droppingly bad version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Lineup: Vim Fuego [real name Alan Metcalfe] (lead guitar, vocals), Den Dennis (rhythm guitar), Colin Griggson (bass) and "Spider" Webb (drums).

Bad Billy and the Bail Jumpers - From the movie Under Siege (1992). Thanks to Eowyn Rohan for this one.

Bad Omens, The - 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 Hex Girls, Matt Marvelous, The Meddling Kids, Two Skinny Dudes, Wildwind.

Badderly, Fern - From the TV show The Monkees (12/19/66). Thanks to David Herrick for this one.

Bad Luck - From the animated TV show Gravitation (1999). Gay-themed thirteen episode Japanese anime series. The main character is Shuichi Shindo (voiced by Tomokazu Seki in the Japanese original, and by Rich McNanna in the English version), who's the singer/songwriter for this up and coming band. Hiroshi Nakano (voiced by Yasunori Matsumoto/Daniel Kevin Harrison) is the band's guitarist. During the series they add Suguru Fujisaki (voiced by Fujiko Takimoto/Lute Novak) on keyboards. Shuichi's idols are hit band Nittle Grasper. See also Nittle Grasper. Thanks to Katie Alexander for this one.

Bailey, Bobby - From the TV cartoon Jem! (1985).

Baldwin and the Whiffles - From the movie Cry Baby (1990).

Baltimore, Billy - From the TV show The Hitchhiker (03/31/87). Mysteriously reclusive (or maybe just dead) former legend of the electric guitar in the "The Legendary Billy B." episode (03/31/87) of HBO's R-rated Twilight Zone ripoff, The Hitchhiker. Nosy journalist Jane (Kirstie Alley) breaks into Billy's estate to find out the truth- which is that Billy is a brain dead freakshow exhibit, and that his handlers REALLY don't like nosy journalists. Trivia Time! Andy Summers of real band The Police composed the music, and also had a role as Hodie the photographer. Thanks to Dan at NonsuchWorks for this one.

Banana Convention, The - Greg Brady (Barry Williams) joins this teen garage band in the "Where There's Smoke" episode (01/08/71) of '70s ur-sitcom, The Brady Bunch. It sparks one of the most serious crises to ever hit the Brady family, as Greg is caught SMOKING, a habit he gets talked into by his bandmates. Confronted by his stern but loving parents, he promises to quit, but later a pack of the dreaded weed falls out of his jacket- which he borrowed from the band's drummer (and smoker) Tommy Johnson (Craig Hundley). Trivia Time! The song that Greg writes for the band, "Till I Met You," really was composed by Barry Williams. Alas, it's not hard rock enough for the band, and neither is Greg. (See also The Brady Six, Johnny Bravo, Phlegm, The Silver Platters)

Banana Splits, The - Mod rockers Fleegle (dog, guitar), Bingo (gorilla, drums), Drooper (lion, guitar) and Snorky (elephant, organ) hosted their own Saturday morning kids show. I mainly remember them introducing cartoons, running into each other, and driving kick ass six-wheeled dune buggies, but I guess they must have played some songs or something, because they managed to put out an album. They have a second life now as a Cartoon Network web cartoon! Trivia Time! While the characters were invented by NBC, but they went to the Krofft brothers to design the costumes.
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Banana Wristwatch, The - From the tv show The Carol Burnett Show (1968?). Thanks to Douglas Vencill for this one.

Band that Played California Lady, The - From the TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (06/13/99). Thanks to Karl Mamer for this one.

Band with Rocks In, The - From the animated movie Soul Music (1996). It was also in the 1995 novel Soul Music by Terry Pratchett the movie was based on. Thanks to Pete Escott and Charles Brown for this one.

Bang Bang, The - From Brothers in the Head (novel by Brian Aldiss), 1977.

Banjo & Sullivan - From the film The Devil's Rejects (2005). Novelty 70s country & bluegrass duo of Adam Banjo (Lew Temple) and Roy Sullivan (Geoffrey Lewis) in Rob Zombie's sequel to House of 1000 Corpses. They mysteriously "disappear" (i.e. are brutally murdered by the film's title psychos). They have their own website, www.banjoandsullivan.com. They released a fake greatest hits album in 2005, Rob Zombie Presents... Banjo & Sullivan: The Ultimate Collection 1972-1978.

Banned, The - From the TV show Eastenders (1986). Thanks to E A Scott for this one.

Banner, Johnny - From the movie The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967).

Basin Street Hot-Shots, The - From the movie Birth of the Blues (1941).

Banzai, Buckaroo - See Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers

Barbarian Brothers, The - From the TV series Love Monkey (2006).

Barbery Coast, The - From Curse of Monkey Island (PC computer game) from LucasArts, 1997. Thanks to BKelly9505 for this one.

Barbie and the Rockers - From the tv cartoon Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World (1987). Thanks to becky dreamer for this one.

Barbusters, The - Hard-rockin' bar band from the 1987 movie Light of Day. Bruce Springsteen wrote the title track. Real rocker Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox played brother and sister band members. Go figure.

Bardot - From the Australian tv show Popstars (2000).

Barlow, Eduardo - From the movie The Dead Pool (1988). Thanks to Dan at NonsuchWorks for this one.

Barnett, Elmo - From the movie Made In Heaven (1987). This musician had the song (and album) "We Never Danced." Thanks to Lonnie Frazier for this one.

Barrett Rude Jr. and the Subtle Distinctions - From the book The Fortress of Solitude (2003). Seventies soul singer fallen on bad times in this novel by Jonathan Lethem. Thanks to delio for this one.

Barry, Buzz - From the TV show The Donna Reed Show (04/01/59).

Barry Jive and the Uptown Five - From the 2000 movie High Fidelity, based on Nick Hornsby's 1995 novel of the same name. Championship Vinyl record store clerk and obnoxious music snob Barry (Jack Black) forms this band when a long-hair, metal-freak lookin' guy (Daniel Lee Smith[?]) finally responds to his ancient flyer at the store. They play The Kinky Wizards' EP release party, thrown by Barry's boss, Rob Gordon. (John Cusack). Rob is so sure they're going to suck, he tries to bribe Barry not to play the show. That failing, he tries to get The Kinky Wizards not to show up. That failing, he surrenders and intros the band as Sonic Death Monkey (their original name) only to learn from Barry, "We're no longer called Sonic Death Monkey. We're on the verge of becoming Kathleen Turner Overdrive, but just for tonight, we are Barry Jive and the Uptown Five." Barry then launches into an impressively soulful rendition of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," Rob and his girlfriend's "our song" (and on the soundtrack). (see also The Kinky Wizards, Marie deSalle)

Barry the Bear - From the tv show The Angry Beavers (03/29/98).

Baptiste, Adele - From the TV show Holby City (10/08/02).

BC-52s, The - From 1994's The Flintstones, a strange live-action version of the modern stone-age family. Real band The B-52s appear at a club in prehistoric drag as this band, covering the song, "The Bedrock Twitch." Interestingly, earlier in the movie we see Fred (John Goodman) and Barney (Rick Moranis) rocking out to the car radio on the drive home to the original version of the song from the TV show ("The Twitch" [10/12/62])! Thanks to Chris Festa for this one. See also The Bedrock Rockers, Mick Jadestone and the Rolling Boulders, Mick Jagged and the Stones, Rock Roll.

Be Sharps, The - Homer's barbershop quartet in the "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" (9/30/93) episode of The Simpsons. They hit the charts in the summer of 1985 and win a Grammy with the song "Baby on Board," and manage to release two albums ("Meet The Be Sharps" and "Bigger Than Jesus") before breaking up due to group tensions and the evergreen "creative differences." They were originally Homer Simpson, Principal Seymour Skinner, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and Police Chief Clancy Wiggam. But the lineup that hit the big time was Homer Simpson, Principal Seymour Skinner, Barney Gumbel and Apu D'Beaumarchais. (See also Garfunkel, Messina, Oates, and Lisa), Melvin and the Squirrels)

Beach Boys Experience, The - From the TV cartoon The Simpsons (12/07/03).

Beach Bums, The - An obvious Beach Boys parody group from the 1974 movie Phantom of the Paradise. They sing "Upholstery," a spoof of all those damn Beach Boys songs about cars. The actual singing was done by Jeffrey Comanor. (see also The Juicy Fruits, Phoenix, and The Undead)

Beagles, The - In 1966, Total Television Productions, (the company that made Underdog) introduced this beatle-esque duo of animated canines. Actually, beatle-esque is too generous. I would say Chad & Jeremy-esque or maybe Peter & Gordon-esque. Stringer and Tubby were the pooches in question. Although they were cancelled from CBS after a year or two, they lasted long enough to release an album, "Here Come The Beagles." Tragically, this obscure cartoon may be lost forever!

Bearded Clams, The - From the movie Troma's War (1988).

Beasties, The - From the TV show The Flintstones (11/03/65).

Beau Brummelstones, The - The prehistoric version of sixties folk-rock band The Beau Brummels, in the "Shinrock-a-Go-Go" episode (12/03/65) of animated show The Flintstones. Then popular dance show Shindig and host Jimmy O'Neill are caricatured with typical Flintstones naming flair as "Shinrock" and "Jimmy O'Neillstone." Hanna-Barbera sticks it to teen novelty dances as Fred hurts his foot and later sits on a pin, only to have Jimmy O'Neillstone (voiced by Jimmy O'Neill) proclaim his spasms of pain the new dance crazes "the Frantic" and "the Flintstone Flop," respectively. Meanwhile, The Beau Brummelstones play their hit "Laugh Laugh," while around them, teens contort themselves in imitation of Mr. Flintstones' pain and suffering. See also The BC-52s, The Bedrock Rockers, Mick Jadestone and the Rolling Boulders, Mick Jagged and the Stones, Rock Roll.

Beaulne, Nadine - From Cool Cat Studio (Internet comic strip by Gisèle Lagacé), 07-03-2001.

Beavis and Butt-Head - From the tv show Beavis and Butt-Head (199?). Thanks to Alan for this one.

Bedbugs, The - From the "That's Show Biz" episode (02/09/67) of F-Troop. Yes...a true 60's rock and roll band appearing on a sitcom set back in the post-Civil War old west. The Bedbugs were played by Lowell George's pre Little Feat band, the Factory (billed here as the Factory Rock Quartet). Corporal Agarn (Larry Storch) leaves the military (temporarily) to manage them. Thanks to Mike Dugo of www.lancerecords.com for finding this one and writing it up.

Bedrock Rockers, The - Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters Pebbles Flintstone (voiced by Sally Struthers) and Bamm-Bamm Rubble (voiced by Jay North), mere infants in the original The Flintstones show, were aged up into teens and given their own program on The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show. They were also given this Archies-sounding pop band with their friends, Moonrock Crater (voiced by Lennie Weinrib), Penny Pillar (voiced by Mitzi McCall), and Wiggy Rockstone (voiced by Gay Hartweg). I think the band may have also appeared on The Flintstones Comedy Hour. Two of the songs performed on the show were "Yabba-Dabba Doozie" and "Sunshine Man". If you know your Flintstones, you'll recall that Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm become famous as infant musicians in the "No Biz Like Show Biz" episode (09/17/65) of the original series. Then you'll also recall it was all a dream Fred had. Thanks to Dr. Debra P. Maddox for this one. See also The BC-52s, Mick Jadestone and the Rolling Boulders, Mick Jagged and the Stones, Rock Roll.

Bee-Bop Girls, The - From the comic book Those Annoying Post Bros.. Fictional band from the comic book works of Matt Howarth: Savage Henry (1987-1994), Those Annoying Post Bros., and Bugtown.

Beetletown Players, The - Unseen band from a skit from HBO's Mr. Show. They are credited with playing the ridiculously Beatle-derivative instrumental "Got a Good Thing Going" on Beatles-Esque Records. The Hard Day's Night parody video was directed by fake director Famous Mortimer.

Beets, The - This rock band with generic Limey accents figured in several episodes of Nickelodeon's wussy animated show "Doug." They were shown singing several songs including "Killer Tofu," "Shout Your Lungs Out," and my personal favorite, "I Need More Allowance." Personally, I feel a follically challenged kid with a big-nosed dog suffering existential angst and unrequited love smacks of a Charlie Brown ripoff. I should be grateful Patty Mayonnaise wasn't a little red-haired girl, I guess. Lineup: Monroe Yoder (bass/vocals), Clyde "Chap" Lipman (drums), Wendy Nespot (keyboards) and Flounder (guitar).

Bellyflop - Talked about but never seen band in an episode of the animated series Detention. Shareena (voice of Tara Charendoff) wants to see the band, "the ultimate in alt-rock," but has to stay late in the titular detention and the concert is sold out by the time she gets to the ticket booth (the guy before her buys the last tickets, natch). Thanks to Al for writing this one.

Ben Tiller Orchestra, The - From the TV cartoon Jem! (1985).

Bender - From the animated TV show Futurama (04/22/01). In the "Bendin' in the Wind" episode, robot Bender (full name Bender Bending Rodriguez) finally fulfills his dream of being a folk singer. A run in with a giant can-opener leaves Bender paralyzed with his hyrdraulics shot. A chance meeing in the hospital with the head of real rocker Beck (voiced by himself) gets Bender on tour with him as a washboard player. Bender becomes a cause celebre for broken robots and he and Beck put together the Bend-Aid benefit concert. Alas, Bender is discredited as a fraud just as he finishes his only song, "My Broken Friend," because his mobility miraculously comes back.

Bennett, Stony - See Mick Jagged and the Stones

Bennie and the Jets - From "Bennie and the Jets" (song by Elton John [lyrics by Bernie Taupin]), 1974.

Benny - From the movie The Money Pit (1986).

Benny and the Beefeaters - From the TV show Laverne and Shirley (02/24/81). Thanks to Galen Black for this one.

Berko - From the movie Empire Records (1995). Thanks to Alyssa for this one.

Bernice and Her Mammals - From the TV show ABC STAGE 67 (12/07/66).

Bertie the Balladeer and His Troubadour Rascals - From Soul Music (novel by Terry Pratchett), 1995.

Betamax Guillotine - From Southern Rock Opera (2001). From the concept double album Southern Rock Opera by The Drive-By Truckers.

Beyond Gravity - Band from the 2000 VH1 movie At Any Cost. Singer/songwriter Lance (Eddie Mills), his younger brother Mike and Lance's wife, Chelsea (on bass), head out to L.A. to sign with Rage Records. Then, of course, everything goes to hell; Mike dies of a heroin OD, Chelsea quits to watch the kid, their manager Ben (Glenn Quinn) gets all corrupt and although Lance gets replacements, the magic's gone and blah blah blah it used to be about the music, maaaan! Oh, and there's a cameo by Gene Simmons of KISS.

Bibi - See Alphie and Bibi

Big Blast, The - From the movie Blast-Off Girls (1967). Garage rock quintet played by real band The Faded Blue. I think.

Big Fun - Never seen pop band from the 1989 movie Heathers. Their big hit was "Teenage Suicide (Don't Do It)." It was actually written & performed by producer/singer Don Dixon and unfortunately, does NOT appear on the soundtrack album. It can be found on Dixon's 1992 If I'm a Ham, Well You're a Sausage album.

Big Momma - From the extended "Polynesiantown" sketch (a Chinatown parody) on the 05/22/81 episode of SCTV. This is the opening act for real musical guest Dr. John that Johnny LaRue (John Candy) hired at the opening night of his new Polynesian restaurant. Big Momma bombs. Played by Andrea Martin. She also shows up at the beginning of "A Star is Born" parody (01/28/83). See also Vic Arpeggio, Happiness Unlimited, Tom Munroe, Russ Riley, Speed of Light, The Wally Hung Trio.

Big Mountain Fudgecake - From the animated TV show King of the Hill (05/18/03). In the "Witches of East Arlen" episode (05/18/2003) of animated show King of the Hill, young Bobby Hill (voiced by Pamela Segall) runs afoul of hardcore magic nerd Ward Rackley (voiced by David Cross). Bobby gets sucked into the witchcraft subculture, at least until he has to drink dog's blood at an upcoming ceremony. While researching how to get out of it at the new agey 9th Dimension Bookstore, Bobby runs into Native American John Redcorn (voiced by Jonathan Joss) handing out flyers for his rock band. Knowledgeable about his tribe's ceremonies and rituals, he assures Bobby that drinking dog's blood is perfectly gross.
The band isn't really mentioned again until it features front and center in the "Redcorn Gambles" episode (4/10/05). Now truncated to "Big Mountain Fudgecake," Redcorn is desperate for a gig, any gig. When he find out Hank is in charge of hiring entertainment for the upcoming Strickland Propane Family Fun Day, he pressures an unwilling Hank to hire him. Redcorn picks up Dale Gribble as his manager. Real rocker Tom Petty voices his redneck guitarist, Lucky. Elvin (voiced by Trace Adkins) is the other band member. To make his dreams come true, Redcorn hooks up with a shady Native American businessman to set up an Indian casino on his land where his band can play. After blowing his life savings, he finds out the hard way that Texas doesn't allow Indian casinos. He then turns it into a child care center, ditches the band, and goes solo as a Native American Raffi, rewriting the lyrics of his depressing and angry songs into happy kids' tunes! See also The Dale Gribble Bluegrass Experience, The Harris Twins.

Big Tippers, The - From the film That Darn Punk (2001). Punk band in this independent cheapie starring real punk band The Vandals, mostly. Vandals bassist Joe Escalante plays Dirk Castigo. Vandal Dave Quackenbush plays the band's singer. Josh Freese plays the drummer.

Big Troll and Some Other Trolls, A - From Soul Music (novel by Terry Pratchett), 1995.

Bigg Brothers, The - From The Turtles Present The Battle of the Bands (concept album by The Turtles), 1968. Thanks to John R. Zillmer for this one.

Bikini Bottom Super Band, The - Sourpuss octopus Squidward Tentacles (voiced by Rodger Bumpass) formed this impromptu marching/rock band in the "Band Geeks" episode (09/07/01) of Nickelodeon cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants. They played one known gig at the Bubble Bowl. Thanks to Alan for writing this one.

BiLE - From the movie Strangeland (1998). Sorry, they're REAL.

Billy and the Boingers -
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Originally named Deathtöngue, their manager/svengali Steve Dallas changed the name under pressure from Congress. This eighties heavy metal band is from the comic strip "Bloom County." I'm violating my own rule about TV and movie bands only here, because they actually went to the trouble to stick a 2 song flexi-disc inside the Billy and the Boingers Bootleg Bloom County book. The songs were "I'm A Boinger" b/w "You Stink, But I Love You" the former was actually penned and played by The Harry Pitts Band, the latter by real band Mucky Pup. The songs were picked from submissions to a contest the strip held. This entirely nonhuman band consisted of Bill the Cat on lead tongue, Opus (penguin) on tuba and Hodge Podge (rabbit) on drums. The real tragedy is that we never got to hear their song "Let's Run Over Lionel Ritchie With A Tank."

Billy Barf and the Vomitones - From the book Vineland (1990). Thomas Pynchon's novel mentions this band.

Billy Bob and the Nocturnal Emissions - From the TV show Family Guy (04/04/00). Thanks to Alan Benson for this one. See also Pearl Burton, Fat, Black, Horny and Joe, Meg Griffin, Olivia and Stewie, Stewie and the Cowtones, Garfunkel, Oates and Nash.

Bingoes, The - From the comic book That Wilkin Boy (1969-1982). An Archie rip-off... from Archie comics! Teenager Bingo Wilkin had his own band. Some scans here. Lineup: Bingo, fashion victim Tough Teddy, Samantha, and hippy Buddy.

BINKY - From the "Binky Rules" and "Meet Binky" episodes (11/09/98) of the animated PBS children's show Arthur. In the first, one of the kids, Binky Barnes (voiced by Bruce Dinsmore), gets in trouble because someone's been painting "Binky Rules" on the school walls. The kids turn detective to find out whodunnit, but the answer turns out to be a few overzealous promoters the local DJ hired to promote Finnish band BINKY. The DJ makes it up to them by giving them free copies of the BINKY album, which has their big radio hit (the title is never given), as well as the songs "Goodbye Baxter Norland," and "Snowy Snowy, Slushy Slushy."
     In "Meet Binky" the kids are all excited to go a BINKY concert. Arthur Read gets a crappy seat in the nosebleed section, but then finds out his dad is doing the band's catering and gets a free ride backstage. Bitter and vindictive, the usually goody-goody Arthur doesn't invite any of his friends. Backstage he finds out the band is just a bunch of holograms! Manager Svern Smith and his techno-wizard Winston had put the band together with the "Troglodyte 5000" computer and synthesizers. BINKY also made a brief appearance in a fantasy sequence in the "To Beat or Not To Beat" episode (10/18/99). The untitled radio hit is really the song "Matalij Ja Mustii," done by real Finnish band Värttinä. Thanks to Newbie7997 for this one. See also Piccolo Pete, The Squabs.

Biplane - From the tv show Eight is Enough (19??). Thanks to brock ellis for this one.

Bird Brains, The - Exceptionally loud four-piece all-bird puppet band that plays Patchy the Pirate's party in the "SpongeBob's House Party" episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. The quartet was hired by Patchy's pet parrot Polly, but Patchy would have preferred hearing from The First Mates or Rusty Hinges and the Boys From the Brig.

Birdie, Conrad - From the 1960 Broadway musical and later 1963 movie Bye Bye Birdie. Conrad Birdie (Dick Gautier on Broadway, Jesse Pearson in the movie) was an Elvis parody with some Conway Twitty thrown in (i.e., his name), centering on the title character's being drafted for the army. The skimpy plot revolved around a promotional stunt of picking a girl to give Conrad his "One Last Kiss" (with song of the same name) before he goes into service. Obviously, the writers forgot about the many brothels that gladly open their doors and orifices to our boys in uniform. The songs were written by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams.

Birdman, Claudius - From A Clockwork Orange (novel by Anthony Burgess), 1962.

Birds, The - From the film The Deadly Bees (1966)? Sorry, They're REAL.

Bisquits - See Spinal Tap

Bitch Alice - From Wrack & Roll (novel by Bradley Denton), 1986.

B.J. and the Affordables - From music video for song "Tell Her About It" by Billy Joel, 198?. Thanks to Dr. Debra P. Maddox for this one.

Black Death - From the TV show The Richard Pryor Show (09/10/77). From a sketch on Richard Pryor's VERY short lived (FOUR episodes!) NBC Variety show. This parody of 70s hard rock bands has him systematically killing his own audience. Thanks to Areia Spinner for this one.

Black, Jennifer - From the TV show Night Court (03/24/84).

Black, Larry - From the TV show Mr. Show (11/17/95). Thanks to brock ellis for this one.

Black Liars, The - See Otis Lee Crenshaw

Black Plague - From the movie The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990). Thanks to Kjell Ringstrand for this one.

Black Plasma - From the TV show SCTV (19??). Their lead singer wants to be a comedian, on a Fantasy Island parody sktech. Thanks to Cheyenne Lee for this one.

Black Roses - From the movie Black Roses (1988). Thanks to George Mealer for this one.

Black Zebra - From Snapple TV commercial, 2002. Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.

Blackie and the Riff Raffs - From the tv show General Hospital (1983-1984). Thanks to Ariail King and Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo for this one.

Blaire, Allison - From Uncanny X-Men, Dazzler (Marvel comic book series), 1980-1986. Thanks to maurice & christine tate for this one.

Blake, Mary - From the movie San Francisco (1936). This singer (Jeanette MacDonald) is down on her luck in turn of the century San Francisco, but gets a job singing for charming scoundrel Blackie Norton (Cary Grant), owner of the Paradise Cafe, a den of iniquity. But she's then torn between singing for Norton and Jack Burley (Jack Holt), who's literally from Nob Hill, and singing opera. She goes where the class and money are. But later, she competes in atalent show at the Chickens' Ball on behalf of Norton, winning him a much needed ten grand; but bitter Blackie doesn't want nothing to do with her squeaky-clean, non-ill-gotten money. Then the movie suffers the double whammy of the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 and the Hays Code. Sinner Blackie must repent and turn to God, and a hallucinatory citizenry turn to song to show that no crummy earthquake is going to keep them down.

Bleach Boys, The - From the TV show Saturday Night Live (03/22/97).

Bleeding Eardrum - From the TV show Black Scorpion (06/16/01). Thanks to Charles Rempel for this one.

Bleek Gilliam Quartet, The - From the movie Mo' Better Blues (1990).

Blender Children, The - Typical 80's hair metal band from the from movie Tapeheads (review by Roger Ebert). Their one song in the movie was "Mr. MX-7." Punk semi-legend Stiv Bators played the lead singer, Dick Slammer. (see also Cube Squared, Ranchbone and The Swanky Modes.

Bleeding Gums Murphy - See Murphy, Bleeding Gums

Blind Fish - From the movie Still Crazy (1998).

Blitz, Jimmy - From the VH1 tv movie Strange Frequency (2001). Thanks to Jon Pennington for this one.

Blonde Bombshells, The - From the tv show The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000).

Blondells, The - From the movie Times Square (1980). Thanks to Jim & Gina Kallinen for this one.

Blood Farts, The - From the film Bad News Bears (2005). In this remake of the 1976 film, real band Phantom Planet has a cameo as this disgustingly named fake punk band. Played by Jeff Conrad, Sam Farrar, Alex Greenwald, and Darren Robinson, and listed as "State Band" in credits. Thanks to James M. Sloan for this one.

Blood Pollution - From the 2001 movie Rock Star. Chris Cole's (Mark Wahlberg) rock and roll dreams come true after he is plucked from being the lead singer of a local Steel Dragon cover band to fronting the real Steel Dragon! Then the usual rock and roll problems come up and he quits. Cole's singing voice was Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie J. Malmsteen's lead singer) and/or Mike Matijevic (Steelheart vocalist). The rest of the band was mostly played by real musicians: Rob the guitarist (Timothy Olyphant), Donny the drummer (Blas Elias of Slaughter), Xander Cummins the guitarist (Nick Catanese of Black Label Society), and Ricki the bassist (Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe). (See also Steel Dragon)

Bloodlust - From the movie The Last House On The Left (1972).

Bloody Awful - One joke band from the very 80's sitcom Family Ties. I think it's the "Double Date" episode (02/16/84), with Daphne Zuniga as Alex's date, Rachel Miller. Alex Keaton (Michael J. Fox) is listening to demo tapes with someone: "Who's that?" "It's Bloody Awful." "Oh, it's not that bad." Or something like that. Thanks to Galen and Brian! for this one. See also The Permanent Waves, The Polka Boys.

Bloom, Cecilia Carol "CC" - From the movie Beaches (1988).

Blots, The - From Soul Music (novel by Terry Pratchett), 1995.

Blow Goes, The - Number seven artist on the top ten board in the record shop scene in the 1971 classic, A Clockwork Orange. The song title is "Downy." Anthony Burgess' original novel had even more bands in it, check the miscellaneous page. See also Bread Brothers, Comic Strips, Cyclops, Goggly Gogol, The Heaven Seventeen, The Humpers, The Legend, The Sharks, Johnny Zhivago.

Blowholes, The - Nickelodeon's '93-'96 live action comedy, The Adventures of Pete and Pete (about two brothers both named Pete) was a minor masterpiece of surreal humor. It frequently attracted hip, sorta-underground guest stars like Michael Stipe, LL Cool J, Steve Buscemi and Iggy Pop. The "Hard Day's Pete" episode attracted musicians Syd Straw (as math teacher Miss Fingerwood) and Marshall Crenshaw (as a meter reader), specifically. They combine forces with little Pete (Danny Tamberelli) and another kid (on drums) to briefly form The Blowholes to recreate a song little Pete heard by another, unnamed garage band. The unnamed band was played by Polaris, a.k.a. Miracle Legion, who wrote and performed the show's theme, "Hey Sandy." A Polaris three song promotional cassingle was once offered via cereal box. "Blowhole" was a favorite insult used by little Pete. See also Kreb Zepplin.
The kid drummer has sideburns!

Blue, Apollo - From the animated film Jetsons: The Movie (1990). Judy Jetson's new musician boyfriend (voiced by Paul Kreppel). See also Sky Rocker, Jet Screamer.

Blue Boys, The - From the TV show That Girl (02/19/70). Thanks to Nick Choles for this one.

Blue Jays, The - From Lake Woebegone Summer 1956 (novel by Garrison Keillor), 2001.

Blue Spot Trio - From the movie That Thing You Do! (1996). Thanks to Tim Lowell for this one.

Blues Brothers, The - John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd were Joilet Jake and Elwood Blues. First, on Saturday Night Live (1975), then on a concert tour (1979), then in their own movie (1980). There was also a book based on the movie. They released 2 or 3 albums, plus a "best of" compilation. Their back up band was a veritable who's who of R&B session men. Then, a scant 18 years later, Dan Ackroyd said to himself, "You know, I suck. But I don't suck enough. I must ruin people's one remaining good memory of me." And that's how Blues Brothers 2000 got made. True story! (see also Murph and the Magic Tones, The Good Ole Boys and Street Slim)

Blues Club, The - From Sonic Disruptors #5 (DC comic book mini-series written by Mike Baron, drawn by Barry Crain & John Nyberg), May 1988.

Bluegrass Brothers, The - From "The Bluegrass is Always Greener" episode (02/24/02) of FOX animated show King of the Hill. Bluegrass band that stares and twiddles their beards at Hank Hill (voiced by Mike Judge), trying to psych out the competition backstage at the 15th Annual Old Time Fiddle Festival in Branson, MO. See also The Dale Gribble Bluegrass Experience, The Harris Twins.

Blueshammer - Headliners at a club who play a frat-boy, cock-rock version of "Pickin' Cotton Blues" that spits in the face of everything Steve Buscemi's character loves in the 2001 movie Ghost World. You can find their song on the soundtrack album. The song was written by Terry Zwigoff (the director), and Steve Pierson and Guy Thomas. The band was played by Steve Pierson, Jake La Botz, Johnny Irion, and Nate Wood. Thanks to Jon C. Pennington, Brock Ellis, Mark Pritchard, MC, David Oberman, David Friedman, and Tracy Popp for this one. See also Alien Autopsy, Fred Chatman, Vanilla, Jade and Ebony.

Blunt Force Trauma - From Snow Crash (novel by Neal Stephenson), 1992.

Bobby Benson and his Baby Band - From the tv show The Muppet Show (01/25/79).

Blunt Instrument - From Wrack & Roll (novel by Bradley Denton), 1986.

Bobby Day and His Four Knights - From the TV pilot Swinging Together (1962).

Bobby Fleet & His Band With the Beat - From the TV show The Andy Griffith Show (10/17/60). Thanks to Robert Bratton and Skid Jones for this one.

Bobby, Johnny - Fifties rock and roll singer of the song "Mental House Rock" in the "Take My Wife, Sleaze" episode (1/28/99) of long-running animated FOX sitcom The Simpsons. Marge and Homer win the motorcycle of Homer's dreams at the dance contest dancing to this song on the jukebox at the fifties-themed Greaser's Café.

Bock - From the movie Barn of the Blood Llama (1997). Dumb, washed-up rock star who lets llama-lovin' psycho Dr. Albert (Kelley Swinney) experiment on him. He gets himself electrocuted in 1997's Barn of the Blood Llama, a movie as bizzare as it is unwatchable. And we're complimenting it by calling it a "movie." Bock played by Earl Ray Saathoff.

Body Bag - From the movie Slaughterhouse Rock (1988).

Bohica Mouse - From Striptease (2001). http://stripteasecomic.com/d/20010815.html

Bolan, Glitter - From the movie Titanic 2000 (2004). Thanks to Ken Toops for this one.

Bolton Choral Society - From the "The All-England Summarize Proust Competition" episode (11/16/72) of now legendary BBC sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus. This group are finalists in the All-England Summarize Proust Competition, but unfortunately, their contrapuntal madrigal stylings eats up the 15 seconds allotted, so they never get past "Proust in his first book wrote about, wrote about," Played by The Fred Tomlinson singers, with Mr. Tomlinson himself as Superintendent McGough. They're from Bingley! See also Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson, Arthur Ewing and his Musical Mice, The Herman Rodriguez Four, The Hunlets, Jackie Charlton and the Tonettes, Rachel Toovey Bicycle Choir, Inspector Jean-Paul Zatapathique.

Bongo Herbert - From the movie Expresso Bongo (1960). English rock legend Cliff Richards plays this coffee house beanik-type singer ushered into stardom by sleazy manager Johnny Jackson (Laurence Harvey). Bongo's real name is Bert Rudge.

Bonk Bonk Bonk - From the UK tv show The Young Person's Guide to Being a Rock Star (1998). Thanks to David Bromage for this one.

Boomerwang - From the movie Garage Days (2002).

Boop, Betty - From the Betty Boop cartoons. Thanks to Tom Hare for this one.

Bopkas, The - From the TV show Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (09/25/99).

Bottlecap - From Our Noise, and sequel, Geniuses of Crack (novels by Jeff Gomez), 1995; 1997.

Bouffants, The - From the TV movie My Boyfriend's Back (1987). Thanks to Cynthia for this one.

Movie logo Bower Family Band, The - From the obscure 1968 Disney dog The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band. This period movie featured a brass band of Bower brats trying to get to the 1888 St. Louis Democratic National Convention to play their song, "Let's Put It Over With Grover," only by the end of the movie to end up in the Dakotas, changing their tune to "Oh Benjamin Harrison." Lineup: Renssaeler [Grandpa] Bower (Walter Brennan) - Violin / Calvin Bower (Buddy Ebsen) - Banjo / Katie Bower (Janet Blair) - recorder / Alice Bower (Lesley Ann Warren) - Coronet / Sidney Bower (Kurt Russell) - Snare drum / Mayo Bower (Bobby Riha) - Cymbals, Tuba, Coronet (?) /Quinn Bower (Jon Walmsley) - Tuba(?) / Nettie Bower (Smitty Wordes) - ? / Rose Bower (Heidi Rook) - ? / LuLu Bower (Debbie Smith) - ? / Laura Bower (Pamelyn Ferdin) - Ocarina.
The Bower Family Band
This movie had it all: Buddy Ebsen AND Walter Brennan AND John Davidson AND of course, Disney movie mainstay Kurt Russell. Goldie Hawn makes her feature debut! Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) is there! Plus music by perennial Disney songsters the Sherman Brothers, Richard M. and Robert B. All that's missing is Dean Jones!

Bowles, Sally - From the movie Cabaret (1972).

Bowman, Jenny - From the movie I Could Go On Singing (1963).

Boyds, The - The band of giant puppet birds that sings the blues-rock version of the show's theme during the end credits of the 1969 Sid and Marty Krofft TV series H.R. Pufnstuf. I don't know if they were ever in an actual episode. Lady Boyd (Sharon Baird) was the Tina Turner-inspired lead singer.

Boylan Sisters, The - From the film Annie (1982). This trio is glimpsed on the radio show singing backup. Played by Loni Ackerman, Murphy Cross, and Nancy Sinclair.

Boylicious - From the TV show Big Wolf on Campus (01/11/02). From the "N'Sipid" episode (easy with that biting social commentary!). Boy band who turn out to be aliens who want to kidnap their female fans and take them back to their planet. Thanks to Ramboli for this one.

Boyneudo - See The Party Posse

Boys4U - From Dead Egotistical Morons (novel by Mark Richard Zubro), 2003. Boy band whose lead singer is murdered. Gay Det. Paul Turner must solve the case!

Boyz from the Wood - From Soul Music (novel by Terry Pratchett), 1994.

BoyzAttack - From the TV show Instant Star (2004). The usual gawdawful 90s five member boyband. Member Little Tommy Q is now hot record producer Tommy Quincy (Tim Rozon), trying to put his embarrassing past behind him as he produces contest winner Jude Harrison's album and turn her into a star. And also try really, really hard to not to fall in love and sleep with her (Alexz Johnson), because she's only sixteen. From The N. See also Jude Harrison, Shay.

Boyz to Martians - From the claymation show Butt-Ugly Martians (11/11/01).

Boyz Unlimited - From the UK tv show Boyz Unlimited (1999).

Boyzvoice - From the film Get Ready to Be Boyzvoiced (2000). Fake boy band from this Norwegian mockumentary. Wow. Even the Norwegians are making fun of boy bands. Thanks to Pete Lennox for this one.

B. Rabbit - Controversial rapper Eminem plays Detroit white trash rapper-wannabe Jimmy "Rabbit" Smith, Jr. in the semi-autobiographical movie 8 Mile (2002). He struggles for self respect and a way out of grinding poverty at the weekly rap contest. See also The Free World.

Bracelets, The - From the tv show Full House (02/21/95 ?). Thanks to Ryan A. MacMichael for this one.

Bradley and the Billionaires - Competition of band California Dreams in the "Battle of the Bands" episode (09/19/92) of lightweight tv show California Dreams. That's all I know, folks! See also California Dreams, Total Defiance, Zane Walker.

Brady Kids, The - From the tv show Brady Kids, The (1972-74).

Brady Six, The - In the "Dough-Re-Mi" episode (1/14/72) of '70s über-sitcom The Brady Bunch, Greg Brady (Barry Williams), dreaming of rock and roll success, writes what he is sure is a hit song, "We Can Make The World A Whole Lot Brighter." But the recording studio will cost $150. Peter Brady (Christopher Knight), chums with Johnny Dimsdale, the recording engineer's son, hears Mr. Dimsdale (John Wheeler) talk about how family groups sell millions of albums (a veiled reference to The Partridge Family?). So all six Brady siblings throw in together to sing the song and split the recording costs. But then puberty grabs Peter by the throat, changing his voice right in the middle of recording. But this is TV land, so the happy ending comes when Greg whips up another song, "Time to Change," that actually utilizes Peter's, um, unique vocal qualities. (See also The Banana Convention, Johnny Bravo, Phlegm, The Silver Platters)

B-Rad - From the movie Malibu's Most Wanted (2003).

Brainkrieg - From the web site Homestar Runner (01/16/2006). In Strongbad's email "death metal," Strongbad gives out some death metal pointers illustrating his point with this cartoon-within-a-cartoon band (Teen Girl Squad). This death metal trio got last place in the Battle of the Crappy High School Bands.

Braithwaite's Original Brass Band - From Braithwaite's Original Brass Band (children's book by Peter Stevenson), 1981.

Brassers, The - From the film The Commitments (1991). Country and Western band that appears (sans sound) in the last couple minutes of the film. The band is fronted by former Commitments backup singer Bernie McGloughlin (Bronagh Gallagher), who "always had terrible taste in music." See also The Commitments. Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.

Bravo, Johnny - Greg Brady (Barry Williams) is offered the chance to be a rock star in the "Adios, Johnny Bravo" (9/14/73) episode of The Brady Bunch. He turns it down when he finds out he was only chosen because he fit the suit. So theoretically, someone else was Johnny Bravo before. But who?! On Sept. 28, 1999, Barry Williams released a CD called "The Return of Johnny Bravo," featuring covers and at least one new song, "Johnny's Back." (See also The Banana Convention, The Brady Six, Phlegm, The Silver Platters)

Bread Brothers - Number five artist on the top ten board in the record shop scene in the 1971 classic, A Clockwork Orange. The song is "Dogs and Cats." Anthony Burgess' original novel had even more bands in it, check the miscellaneous page. See also The Blow Goes, Comic Strips, Cyclops, Goggly Gogol, The Heaven Seventeen, The Humpers, The Legend, The Sharks, Johnny Zhivago.

Breaking Glass - British punk/new wave band from the 1980 rags to riches to loony bin flick of the same name. Lead singer Kate (Hazel O'Connor) gets slowly sucked into the machine, succumbing to record company pressures and getting hooked on drugs. In their final concert before Kate has a nervous breakdown, she sports an outfit that gets stolen by the Tron costume designers two years later. Band lineup: sax player Ken (Jonathan Pryce), bass player Dave (Gary Tibbs), guitar player Tony (Mark Wingett), and drummer Mick (Peter Hugo-Daly). Thanks to gaw zay (brian), Sam Haozous, and Joey Scott for this one.

Brendan Poppins and the Chimminy Sweeps - From the tv show Home Movies (10/27/02). See also Alligator Shoes.

Brent, David - From the TV show The Office Special 1 (12/26/2003). Office manager David Brent (Ricky Gervais) gets fired and sues for wrongful termination, and wins! He takes his Wernham-Hogg settlement check and foolishly blows it all on creating Juxtaposition Records and a music video featuring him covering "If You Don't Know Me By Now" See also Foregone Conclusion. Thanks to Kevin Cogliano, sarah ribstein, Galen Black for this one.

Brewster, Livingston - Unseen artist who sings 'n' strums the twee folk ballad "Thank You for the Ride," a song for the victims of The Devastator roller coaster, which goes underwater for two whole minutes. From a sketch in an episode of HBO's Mr. Show.

Brick Springhorn and the Tenth Avenue Band - From the comic book Transformers #14 (1984). This obvious reference to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is even right on the cover. They meet giant robots that turn into cars. Is it even possible to get more 1980s? Check out the most excellent scans here (scroll down).

Brighton, Willips - From the TV show Mr. Show (12/29/98 (?)). Thanks to brock ellis for this one.

Briny Boys, The - From the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). Animated fish trio singing through old fashioned megaphones. I think they chip in singing "The Beautiful Briny."

Britney, Britney - From the animated TV show The Fairly OddParents (). A Britney Spears parody that appears in at least two episodes: "Cosmo Con" (01/10/03) and "Truth or Cosmoquences" (02/15/05). See also Chip Skylark. Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.

Brother Billy Bronto's Bygone Blues Band - From Brother Billy Bronto's Bygone Blues Band (children's book by David F. Birchman), 1992. Thanks to Orinoco Womble for this one.

Brother Dwayne and the Dwayneaires - From the movie UFOria (1980).

Brothers Brothers, The (?) - From the tv show In Living Color (1990-91). Thanks to Galen for this one.

Brown, Jimmy - From the movie Buffalo 66 (1998). Nutball Billy's dad in this oddball movie. He used to be a professional club singer, but his greatest claim to fame is only to have sung in the same club as Sinatra. Now he's just a paranoid lech. Thanks to Galen Black for this one.

Brown, Rembrandt Lee "Crying Man" - From the tv show Sliders (1990-1995). Thanks to Galen for this one.

Brown, Tommy (I) - From the tv movie Columbo: Swan Song (1974). Thanks to Kim Newman for this one.

Brown, Tommy (II) - African American country singing star, a la Charley Pride, in Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville. Tommy Brown (Timothy Brown) gets slagged by another African American character for being too white. (see also Haven Hamilton, Connie White, Barbara Jean, Linnea Reese, Sueleen Gay, The Smokey Mountain Laurels and Tom, Bill & Mary)

Brown, Willie - From the movie Crossroads (1986). Thanks to Russell T. Van Cleave for this one.

Bruce Stringbean and the S Street Band - From the tv show Sesame Street (1979?).

Bubba Pearl and the Pearl Drops - From the movie Dill Scallion (1999).

Bubbla - From Soul Music (novel by Terry Pratchett), 1995.

Bubblemilk - From "Gianni" (short story by Robert Silverberg), 1982.

Bubblesoap - From www.jotto.com (website by author J. Otto), 2002.

Buck, Blackie - From the movie Songwriter (1984). See also Doc Jenkins

Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers - Buckaroo Banzai's (Peter Weller) rock band from the cult, 1984, comic-booky, over-the-top movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension. Brain surgeon, rocket scientist, rock musician- a true renaissance man! The rest o' the band is guitarist Perfect Tommy (Lewis Smith), saxophonist Reno Nevada (Pepe Serna), drummer Pecos, keyboardist New Jersey (Jeff Goldblum) and guitarist Pinky Carruthers (Billy Vera of Billy Vera and the Beaters). The DVD re-release of the movie gave the band a full discography as a bonus feature: Native Texan (But a Rising Son), Your Place or Mayan?, Echo Location, Progress Over Protocol, and Live at Artie's Artery. Thanks to Nikki for the discography. Poke around here for more band info.

Buddah Stalin - Marilyn Manson parody from the "Is Freedom Free" episode (07/17/00) of Comedy Central's show Strangers With Candy. After getting an assignment to do a freedom-themed art project, 47-year old high schooler Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris) writhes naked to his music while taking photos of herself. Buddah Stalin's song and gothy music video "The United Hates of Ascaria," (off his album Suck My Freedom,) is also played during the closing credits. Played by Peter Benson.

Buddy Death Band, The - From the book Rock 'N' Revenge (1991). Heavy metal band in this Hardy Boys novel (Hardy Boys Casefiles series #48) by Franklin W. Dixon. The boys end up as Buddy's bodyguards on his tour stop in Bayport. Now I would like to take a moment to ridicule Buddy's chosen stage name. BUDDY DEATH?! Are you kidding?! This is HILARIOUS! You've combined one of the goofiest nicknames with one of the heaviest concepts, and the cognitive dissonance it generates is making my eyeballs itch! Buddy Death?! WTF?! Jebus Crow, why not Rusty Reincarnation, or Spanky Transubstantiation?! Or, crap, I don't know...Donnie Divine-Right-Of-Kings. Buddy Death. Honestly. Here's an excerpt that introduces the band (except for manager Bobby Mellor):
"There you are, Joe," said Callie as he joined them. "Just in time to meet the one and only Skeezer Bodine, Buddy's bass player." Joe shook hands with Skeezer, a small, elfin man with thinning blond hair. Then Callie introduced him to Sammy Shine, the drummer. Sammy was a rail-thin nineteen-year-old with a mop of bright red hair that hung down almost to his waist.

"Nice to meet you, man," Sammy said enthusiastically as he pumped Joe's hand. "And this here's our lead guitarist, Eric Holiday." Joe was reaching over to shake hands with the bearish guitar player when a loud bang startled everyone.

Buddy Righteous Orchestra, The - From the TV cartoon Samurai Jack (2003). Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.

Buffalo Nickel Blues Band, The - From The Buffalo Nickel Blues Band (book by Judie Angell, 1982.

Buffay, Phoebe - From the tv show Friends (1994-2004).

Bug-a-Wug Cricket Band, The - From Nicholas Cricket (book by Joyce Maxner), 1989.

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Bugaloos, The - From the downright wacky 1970 TV show of the same name. Sid and Marty Krofft, the maniacs who held the color-saturated, puppet-inhabited childhoods of a generation in their hands, created this fake band of British bugs who live in Tranquility Forest and try to rock out, when evil, rock star wannabe Benita Bizarre (a consistently over-the-top Martha Raye) isn't trying to bite their style or harsh their mellow. Cast: Joy, the singing butterfly (Caroline Ellis), Harmony, the bumblebee on keyboards (Wayne Laryea), IQ, a grasshopper guitarist (John McIndoe) and Courage, a drum-playing male ladybug (tee-hee!) (John Philpott). Their tunes were written by the team who wrote the themes to Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. An album called, appropriately enough, Bugaloos, was released in 1970 on Capitol Records. Trivia time! Did you know that Phil Collins of Genesis was almost a Bugaloo?! True! He auditioned for the role of IQ, but was turned down.

Bulldaggers, The - From the comic book Those Annoying Post Bros.. Fictional band from the comic book works of Matt Howarth. Earliest ref I can find is the Oct. 1980 issue of Heavy Metal. Featured in various comic book series, including, Savage Henry (1987-1994), Those Annoying Post Bros. and Bugtown series and a 3-issue miniseries, Savage Henry: Powerchords (2004).

Bullet-Wound - From the comic strip Curtis (06/12/05). Hip-hop artist mentioned in the June 12, 2005, "Curtis" comic strip. His latest single, "Ah Snuffed 'Im" was number six on the "Rap City Video Smackdown." Sample lyrics: "Den ah snuffed 'im!/I snuffed 'im! Woo!/He looked at me wrong,/So ah snuffed 'im!" Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.

Bulletnose - From the animated TV show King of the Hill (04/27/05). A rapper with a bullet in his nose mentioned in the "Smoking and the Bandit" episode. Bobby Hill (Pamela Segall) and Joseph Gribble (Breckin Meyer) decide to idolize him, in part because (in Joseph's words) "one wrong sneeze and the whole joint goes up." Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.

Bum - From the TV cartoon The Critic (02/02/94). Thanks to Diana Goodman for this one.

Bumpus, Conroy - From Sam and Max Hit the Road (PC computer game) from LucasArts, 1993. Thanks to BKelly9505 for this one.

Bun-Bun Brothers, The - From the tv show The Muppet Show (05/22/80). See also Angels and a Devil

Bundy, Axel - See Shoes 'n' Socks

Bunny Van and the Sea Gypsies - See Adrien Van Voorhees Seven, The

Burnaway, Johnny - From A Clockwork Orange (novel by Anthony Burgess), 1962. Thanks to Paul Lefrak for this one.

Burned Beyond Recognition - Siblings Bud (David Faustino) and Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate) spend the episode "Nooner or Later" (4/10/1994) of the long-running lowbrow Fox sitcom Married with Children waiting in line for tickets for this never-seen, bad-tempered heavy rock band (they pee on their audience and one member, Dung, is known for bashing people's teeth in). They keep losing their place in line and end up, in traditional sitcom fashion, with the guy in front of them getting the last ticket. In a further twist of irony, they return home empty-handed to find their parents off to the concert, having won tickets in a Rick Dees radio contest. See also Jimmy Dick and the Night Sticks, Joanie and the Slashettes, Oozing Meat, Otitis Media, Shoes 'n' Socks, Tears and Vomit, The Tuxedos, The Wanker Triplets, The Why, Yodeling Andy.

Burney, Floyd - From the TV show The Twilight Zone (05/22/64). Thanks to Jerry Wolf for this one.

Burning Glaciers, The - From Bryman College TV commercial, 1999-2000. Thanks to Alan Benson for this one.

Burr, Molly - From Sonic Disruptors #3 (DC comic book mini-series written by Mike Baron, drawn by Barry Crain & John Nyberg), Feb. 1988.

Burton, Pearl - In the "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows" episode (01/17/02) of FOX animated TV show, Family Guy, Brian, the family dog, is depressed about his love life and hits the bottle. Pulled for DUI (hey, it's a cartoon), he's sentenced to community service with the Outreach to the Elderly program. After doing thankless chore after chore for this horrible reclusive ole hag, he finally quits and tells her to drop dead. Later he sees Pearl profiled on TV as the top advertising jingle singer of 1945-1960. But when she tried to turn serious with a 1961 Carnegie Hall performance of "Habanera," from Georges Bizet's opera Carmen, the bored audience demanded Coppertone jingles. Crushed, she fled the stage, disappeared and became a recluse. Brian, enchanted with her singing, rushes back just in time to prevent her suicide. Smitten, he urges her to finally go outside with him, where she is promptly hit by a truck. On her deathbed, she and Brian experience a lifetime of marital bliss, thanks to the miracle of virtual reality goggles. It's weird how the implied bestiality is undercut by the strange sentimentality. See also Billy Bob and the Nocturnal Emissions, Fat, Black, Horny and Joe, Meg Griffin, Olivia and Stewie, Stewie and the Cowtones, Garfunkel, Oates and Nash.

Bushrangers, The - From the Australian tv show Skippy (1968?). Thanks to Norman Doyle for this one.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids - From the TV show Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids (1973-74). The dark satanic mills of Hanna-Barbera try to combine the Archies and Scooby Doo. Result? This rock band who are really U.S. spies! Lineup: Butch (voiced by Chip Hand), Steffy (voiced by Kristina Holland), Harvey (voiced by Monkee Micky Dolenz), and Merilee (voiced by Judy Strangis). Thanks to TC Kirkham for this one.

Butler, Jack - From the movie Crossroads (1986). This fleet-fingered guitarist is owned by Satan (Robert Judd), who uses him in a guitar duel for the soul of Eugene "Lightning Boy" Martone (Ralph Macchio). Played by guitar hero Steve Vai. Thanks to Russell T. Van Cleave for this one.

Butler, Donna - From Sidney's Comet (novel by Brian Herbert), 1983.

Buxton, Edna - see Denise Waverly

Byble - From the TV show Mad TV (01/04/97). Christian rock band some female groupies are trying to get backstage to see the band in the "Christian Groupies" sketch. Andrea Martin guest stars as a groupie named Helen. The members are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (of course). You only see Luke (Bryan Callen), though. Thanks to heather josepowitz for this one.

Byrnes, Polly - From the film After The Thin Man (1936). Played by Penny Singleton (as Dorothy McNulty). She's the singer for San Francisco's Lichee Club. She sings "Blow That Horn" and "Smoke Dreams." Thanks to Peter Ledebur for this one.

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