6. DR. TEETH AND THE ELECTRIC MAYHEM
From: The Muppets
For a band greatly lacking in the opposable thumb category, they sure could rock. The group—Dr. Teeth (vocals/keyboards), Animal (drums), Sgt. Floyd Pepper (bass), Janice (guitar) and Zoot (saxophone)—have been around since The Muppet Show premiered in1975 and are still going strong, most recently in a commercial for the Toyota Highlander.
7. DRIVE SHAFT
The band—started by brothers Charlie and Liam Pace—had a hit with their song "You All Everybody" from their self-titled debut album, but their follow-up, Oil Change, did not perform as well. After a one-year hiatus, Drive Shaft reunited, but by then, few people still cared about the band. After the Oceanic 815 crash and Charlie’s apparent death, the band experienced a new level of success and released a greatest hits compilation. (Shinfo: “You All Everybody” played in the background in an episode of another J.J. Abrams show, Alias.)
8. FROZEN EMBRYOS
From: My So-Called Life
Before he was fronting 30 Seconds To Mars, Jared Leto was playing Jordan Catalano, guitarist/fill-in lead singer for Frozen Embryos. (The band’s actual lead singer,Tino, never appears in the show.) He wasn’t the smartest in the bunch, but he did manage to write a surprisingly heartfelt song about his, um, car.
9. HEP ALIEN
From: Gilmore Girls
What other band can claim both Adam Brody and Sebastian Bach as guitarists? Granted, they were in the band at different times and neither played themselves, but it’s still a pretty great lineup. High points for the band include sort of playing CBGB, a surprisingly successful tour of Seventh Day Adventists churches and Lane and Zack playing their own wedding—while still wearing their wedding gown and tux.
10. JESSE AND THE RIPPERS
From: Full House
Besides playing with the Beach Boys, like, a dozen times, the San Francisco band—led by the hottest uncle to ever sport a mullet—had a No. 1 hit in Japan with their 1992 single, “Forever.” Last July, they reunited for a one-off performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
From: The Adventures Of Pete And Pete
Including three members of real-life band Miracle Legion, Polaris played many of the songs featured on the Nickelodeon show, including the theme song, “Hey Sandy.” Polaris only released one album, Music from The Adventures of Pete & Pete, which you can now buy on iTunes.
12. ZACK ATTACK
From: Saved By The Bell
Saved By The Bell had a ton of great episodes, but “Rockumentary,” which details the rise and fall of Zack Morris’ namesake band—narrated by Casey Kasem, no less—definitely ranks in the top. The episode had all the makings of a Behind The Music special, complete with an epic reunion concert. Fortunately for Zack, Slater, Kelly and the rest of the gang, it was all just a dream—literally.