I’ve known for quite sometime that Ashley is not exactly your “go-to” person for music. She is, after all, a person who gleefully listens to Richard Marx and Michael Bolton on a daily basis. No, you’re not in a time warp. It’s still 2013.
While her love of 80’s music is legendary, I thought she still KNEW about other kinds of music. You know, in a common knowledge kind of way at least.
I found out I was wrong during a phone call last week….
Ashley: I just read this article and it had the funniest band names. You wouldn’t believe some of these are real!!
Me: Read them to me! I need a good laugh!
Ashley: Did you know there is a band called Porno for Pyros???
Me: Sure.That’s the band Perry Farrell formed after Jane’s Addiction broke up.
Ashley: Oh, well what about THIS one? It’s so stupid! The White Stripes!
Me: Yep. Jack White and his ex Meg. LOVE him. He dated Renee Zellweger. How can you not know him? He’s totally awesome.
Ashley: Hmmm…well there is no WAY you know this one, smarty pants! I think it may even be made up! Stone Temple Pilots!!! Hahahahahaha.
Me: Oh, dear.
See what I mean??!!
Below you will find 10 bands. Five of them are REAL. Five of them are FAKE.
See if you can identify which is which. I didn’t make this easy by giving you names like Radiohead or Fugees (two more bands Ashley has never heard of. Bless.) I wanted to make this challenging for people who have purchased music since 1988.
#1 The Banana Hammocks: This high octane rock band boasts nine of the baddest RAWK musicians to come out of Orange County, California this decade! Part of the LJG records family since 2010, their 2013 World Tour boasts 193 dates in 27 countries with the final show opening the MTV Europe VMA Awards!
#2 The Electric Jug Band: Their fans, aka the Jugnation, describe their sound as “Americana mixed with rockabilly funk jam”. These eclectic musicians from Michigan have been known to hand out shakers and other hand percussion instruments to the audience so they can join in the fun.
#3 The Parade Flamingos: These five friends from South Florida started playing in lead singer Jimmy Longo’s garage in 2003. Since then they’ve taken their Jazz fusion/psycho punk sound all across the country even playing a side stage at the Warped Tour in 2012.
#4 Tha Whooliganz: This 1990s hip hop duo met as teenagers in Beverly Hills and gained recognition around the LA area eventually landing a record deal at Tommy Boy Records. Scott “Mad Skillz” Caan and Alan “Mudfoot” Maman eventually parted ways in the late 90s, but Maman has experienced music success producing under the moniker The Alchemist.
#5 Ring Around the Rosie: This trio of sisters grew up in the tiny town of Apache, Oklahoma. Their folk sound was born when they began harmonizing together in their church’s children’s choir. Having toured with the Dixie Chicks and Shawn Colvin, they are booked at folk venues across the country this summer including the legendary Crossroads Music House.
#6 Gloat: This speed/thrash metal band from Norway claims Venom and Motorhead as early influences. Although performing under a variety of names in the early 2000s, they settled on Gloat in 2009 after hearing the song of the same name by Animals on Wheels.
#7 Bassnectar: This California based DJ is well known in the dubstep genre for his light shows and live performances. One of his most successful tracks, entitled “Ping Pong”, actually begins with the sound of ping pong balls being hit across a table.
#8 The Crazy Katies: Punk rock didn’t know what hit it when these Riot Grrrls got together in London, England in 2007. Since then, they’ve taken the world by storm and have performed in Europe, North America, and Japan. Their irrepressible energy and noisy, distorted sound are their trademarks along with the shredded schoolgirl uniforms they wear during their performances.
#9 The Hen House Junkies: Described by Country Line Magazine as “old-school country with a bluegrass soul ” they formed after meeting as studio musicians in Nashville, Tennessee. Between the five band members, they play twelve instruments all of which are on display in their album to be release this fall entitled “Granny Get Your Gun”
#10 Angry Beaver Band: Known as simply “ABB” to their most stalwart fans, these four average Joes got their name while driving through the town of Beaver on a fall Wisconsin afternoon. With Wingnut on vocals and Pablo on strings, their mellow hit “Dead End” from their Shack Session recordings promises to make 2013 their breakout year!
Could you spot the 5 real bands and the 5 fakers?
So, how did it go? Here’s a handy key to help you keep it in perspective. Just count how many bands you got right and see which category you fit in:
0: Clearly your name is Ashley.
1-3: Time to realize that there is music outside of “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”.
4-6: You wouldn’t totally embarrass yourself at group karaoke night.
7-9: Watch out Rock-n-Roll Jeopardy, there is a new player in town!
10: You Googled, didn’t you?