The death of Davy Jones has much of America revisiting its past love affair with The Monkees, a fictional band manufactured for a TV show of the same name that found success against all odds. The group was clearly inspired by and derived from The Beatles, but the band’s members quickly won the hearts and minds of America with catchy tunes like “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville.”

While they may have been the first band to make the leap from fiction to reality, they were by no means the last. Several TV shows and films have tried to get their manufactured outfits to transition to music in earnest, but they haven’t met with as much success. In most instances, the line between an actual band and “novelty act” is blurred to the point that making a distinction doesn’t really seem like a good use of anyone’s time.

Let’s just enjoy them for what they are – a handful of substandard, clichéd conglomerates created for the sole purpose of making producers money.

And what’s not to enjoy?

Danity Kane

Bands manufactured through stupid reality contests count, per my arbitrary rules, so the band formed in the third season of Puff Daddy’s MTV reality show Making the Band ("Get me a sugar cookie!") graces us with their presence on this list. Though other bands were formed in other seasons, this all-girl ensemble had the most of success of any of them, but still not all that much.

The band was formed in 2005, and after several lineup changes, eventually called it quits in 2009. They will be missed.

Wait. No they won’t.

Spinal Tap

The first Christopher Guest mockumentary was such an uncanny and accurate send-up of the bloated and weird rock and roll lifestyle that those in the band, namely Michael McKean, Guest, and Harry Shearer took the gimmick to another level and not only toured, but also released an album of original material.

Though at no point was this to be an earnest undertaking, the band’s effort still ranks as one of the most listenable and entertaining on the list, mostly due to the attention that the actors paid to detail, as opposed to just throwing on shiny shirts and pulling some dance moves.

The New Monkees

It’s hard to believe that this atrocious cash-in didn’t tarnish the name of the original Monkees. Chalk it up to dumb luck I guess. In the 80’s, some ad wizard had the bright idea of putting a band with the “Monkees” moniker behind it, only the new band would be all 80’s and terrible and have nothing to do with the original band. Pretty solid plan, no?

Well, like New Coke and so many other 80’s debacles, The New Monkees didn’t take, which mercifully allowed fans to focus on the charming original, and not some bastard group that looks comprised of four versions of the other guy from Wham!, Andrew Ridgeley.

The Commitments

In 1991, a group of actors were chosen to play characters based not on their acting ability, but on their musical ability. The film was titled The Commitments, and it focused on a band manager who, sick of the crappy Irish music scene, says “screw it” and puts together an Irish soul band in the style of Motown. The movie was a modest success, but the fictional band got even more acclaim, performing most of the songs on the soundtrack and eventually releasing a second volume of songs (mostly covers). The original soundtrack reached #8 in the US, but by the time the second volume was released, interest had waned and it peaked at#118.

The Heights

In the style of Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210, FOX put together one more young adult soap, this one called The Heights, which focused on a sorta-fictional music group of the same name. They had a moderately popular single called “How Do You Talk To An Angel?” I decided that single was “moderately popular” because I was able to remember its title with no research or sources, and I would like to think that that’s not that weird.

The show was decidedly not moderately popular and was axed after twelve episodes, leaving no one wondering what might have been.

The Chipmunks

I guess The Chipmunks were a “real” band. I guess. Though the band originally existed entirely in the context of the TV show Alvin and the Chipmunks, their musical numbers were popular enough that the trio of Alvin, Simon, and slightly retarded Theodore released their own novelty record in 1958. Shockingly, the album had two hit singles, the ubiquitous “Witch Doctor” and the aptly-named “The Chipmunk Song.”

The records are still in print, thanks to the surge in popularity following the recent trilogy that David Cross is totally not going to apologize for.

Guys Next Door

As if the New Kids on the Block needed a corporate-manufactured clone, someone had the bright idea to but together The Guys Next Door. It combined all the shitty music of an early 90's boy band, with all the shitty comedy of an episode of a Disney channel sketch show. According to Wikipedia, the band had a hit single with "I've Been Waiting For You." But I'll always remember them for the shitty intro song featured above.

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