Here at AP, we’re a sucker for any kind of band—even the fictional ones. We might even go as far as to say a television show is greatly improved by the addition of a fake band. (Seriously, how much more epic would Breaking Bad have been if Walt and Jesse had started a thrash-metal band called Blue Smoke?) Here are 12 awesome bands—created solely for their corresponding television shows—that we wish were real.
1. THE BEETS
Doug Funny’s favorite band had two incredibly infectious hits, “I Need More Allowance” and our favorite, “Killer Tofu.” Lines like, “I refuse to touch that strange bean curd” and “I eat my sugar cereal/But it makes my teeth bacterial” are pure pop-rock gold—and better than most of the songs on mainstream radio. Plus, how badass was keyboardist Wendy Nespot with her shaved head?
2. CALIFORNIA DREAMS
From: California Dreams
Even before Saved By The Bell went off the air in 1993, NBC was primed and ready with its heir apparent, California Dreams, which premiered in 1992. The show centered on a group of high school friends and their band California Dreams. The band—and the series—ended in 1996, but they reunited in 2010 on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon for one last performance.
From: Friday Night Lights
We haven’t done any extensive research into the number of fictional Christian speed-metal bands on television, but we’re fairly certain Crucifictorious is the only one. Turn up the volume and let that guttural (and Godly) roar engulf you.
4. DINGOES ATE MY BABY
From: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Taking their band name from a phrase said by Meryl Streep in 1988’s Evil Angels, Dingoes Ate My Baby—featuring Oz (Seth Green) on guitar and Devon MacLeish (Jason Hall) on vocals—played Sunnydale’s hottest night club, the Bronze. DAMB’s music was actually written by real-life band Four Star Mary, and many of the songs on the show came from their 1998 album Thrown To The Wolves.
5. DOWNTOWN SASQUATCH, ZIT REMEDY AND EVERY OTHER BAND FROM DEGRASSI
Throughout its 10 seasons, the Canadian teen drama spawned several bands including Zit Remedy (with their hit “Everybody Wants Something”), Downtown Sasquatch, Hell Hath No Fury and about a dozen more. The cast of Degrassi knew firsthand the importance of having a killer soundtrack while navigating through your teen years. >>>