Like many garage bands, hilarious movie bands portray the struggles and downfalls of trying to make it in the music industry. Whether the movie bands are just a minor part of the plot or the entire movie is based on them, movie bands range from warm to funny to pitiful even. Desperate to “make it” in the business, some movie bands resort to desperate tactics to succeed.  In some cases, movie bands are also real-life bands, making records and going on tours, further blurring the line between reality and fantasy.


Spinal Tap

“The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven... ” Arguably, one of the more famous movie bands, Spinal Tap was featured in the 1984 mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap.” The cult classic chronicles the 1982 American comeback tour of British heavy metal band Spinal Tap. Full of hilarious lines, the movie pokes fun at the music industry and the excess lifestyle of rock bands. With amps that go to eleven, 32 drummers who have inexplicably died and an 18-inch Stonehenge set, these rockers are destined to reach a crisis worthy of any VH1 “Behind the Music” special.



In “The Rocker,” passionate drummer Fish, played by Rainn Wilson, is on his way to super stardom as part of the eighties hair metal band Vesuvius. When the band is offered a contract with the stipulation that the drummer must go, he is quickly kicked out of the band. Twenty years later, Fish discovers his nephew’s high school band needs a drummer. Reluctantly, their band, ADD (featuring Emma Stone), allows Fish to join. The uproarious movie follows ADD as they get past creative and generational differences to achieve well earned success.


The Dan Band

This curse-happy musical group, led by actor-comedian Dan Finnerty, is actually a real band. The Dan Band has been featured in several movies, including “The Hangover,” “Starsky and Hutch,” and “The Terminal.” In the band’s most notable movie appearance, they performed at a wedding in the movie “Old School.” Covering “Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Lady,” The Dan Band adds plenty of cursing and humor to the romantic songs. Aside from being featured in movies and on various movie soundtracks, The Dan Band also performs live, releases albums, and is available for hire.


Wyld Stallyns

Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan, better known as Bill and Ted, are two California teenagers who dream of becoming heavy metal gods of Eddie Van Halen proportions. Played by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, the duo plan on starting their own rock band, Wyld Stallyns, but must first graduate from high school. In the future, according to “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” the music of Wyld Stallyns will become the core of a “most excellent” utopian society, where pantomiming air guitar is as common as walking.


The Lone Rangers

The contradiction found in this band’s name is just a small part of the kind of comedy this band provides in the movie “Airheads.” The trio, played by Brendan Fraser, Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi, are a heavy metal band trying to make it big. After being turned down by a record label, the band tries to get their favorite DJ to play their demo tape. The Lone Rangers decide to hold up the radio station with realistic water guns until their “demand” is met. With an entertaining cast that includes Chris Farley, Judd Nelson, Michael Richards and David Arquette, this movie is a hysterical look into the struggles of a late eighties, early nineties rock and roll band, complete with big hair, loud music and explosive pyrotechnics.


Dewey Cox and The Hard Walkers

A hysterical comedic spoof on music biopics, “Walk Hard” rivals any “VH1 Behind the Music,” with John C. Reilly playing Dewey Cox, a musician whose songs changed a nation. The film follows Dewey Cox and his band, The Hard Walkers, through the trials and tribulations of stardom. In typical rock star fashion, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 36 kids, stars in his own 70s TV show, and suffers from numerous addictions. Despite all of this, Dewey Cox and The Hard Walkers become national icons and successful musicians.