The 20 Best Fictional Bands In The Movies

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8: STRAY CATS, Stardust
That’s David Essex, Keith Moon, Dave Edmunds and Paul Nicholas to you and me. Sequel That’ll Be The Day, this ends with Essex’ “British invasion” rock star Jim MacLaine battling drugs, groupies, record company execs and sundry excess.

9: VENUS IN FURS, Velvet Goldmine
Basically, it’s the Spiders From Mars. On record, however, an intriguing collaboration between Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Bernard Butler and Andy Mackay. Worth pointing out, Greenwood did something similar, hooking up with Jarvis Cocker, Phil Selway, Steve Mackey, All Seeing I’s Jason Buckle and Add N To X’s Steven Claydon as Hogwarths favourites the Weird Sisters in Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire.

10: FLAME, Slade In Flame
They are Slade, playing Flame.


11: STRANGE FRUIT, Still Crazy
Brilliant, if largely for the bit where Bill Nighy – as the band’s singer – opens his father-of-the-bride speech at a posh country house with the deathless lines: “Good evening, Wembley.” Worth it, too, for Bruce Robinson’s touching cameo as the band’s reclusive guitarist. Clive Langer provided the songs.

12: THE FABULOUS STAINS, Ladies And Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains
Diane Lane, Laura Dern and Marin Kanter are US punkers the Stains; connoisseurs of UK punk will no doubt enjoy Paul Cook and Steve Jones teaming up with Paul Simonon as the Looters, fronted by Ray Winstone.


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