Spontaneous Saturday Shout Out & Fictitious Band Shuffle

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So, it’s Saturday AGAIN? ALREADY? Sufferin‘ cheeses on toast, days are flying past me like bugs past the windshield of a Warm-Up Band Tour Bus on 1-75 headed for Florida. (Well – the lucky bugs…)

If it’s Saturday, then it’s time for a Spontaneous Shout Out…wherein I do my damnedest to wheedle, flatter and cajole an unsuspecting blogger out of a shuffle.

HOWEVER…once again, I have been foiled in my dastardly plan by a blogger who headed me off at the pass. A blogger who is so music savvy herself that she’s created a band and all the accoutrement that comes with it – a world in which any one of us would give our entire vinyl collection to live. A blogger who, unbeknownst to me, gave MSM a shout out on HER blog first!

Susan from West of Mars may just be the person that I never knew I always wanted to be like. She’s amazing, and I’m not going to say ANY MORE until she gives up that coveted shuffle…but, trust me. Head over, check things out and see how long it takes you to become a ShapeShifter groupie.

“So, Ri…what does Susan from West of Mars have to do with the photo of the gorgeous Billy Crudup as Russel Hammond and the rest of the boys from Stillwater from the movie Almost Famous?”, you ask?

Well, I got to thinking about “Fictional Bands”. Y’know, bands created for movies – totally (or at least mostly) fake. Some of them were good. Some of them even had modest careers beyond said movie. Some of them are on the playlist below…


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On the Dark Side: Eddie and the Cruisers
From Eddie and the Cruisers, 1983
I won’t even tell you how long it took me to realize that this wasn’t a ‘real’ band. Might have something to do with the fact that I never saw this movie. Good song, though!

Fever Dog: Stillwater
From Almost Famous, 2000
Ahhhh. Russell Hammond and the Out of Focus Guys. I flove the movie Almost Famous – every blessed thing about it – and this band is no exception. The fact that one of my childhood idol/crushes, Peter Frampton, was a Tech Advisor and with Nancy Wilson wrote most of the songs? Magic. Just for the record Jason Lee/Jeff Bebe: I think you’re incendiary, too. Rawr.

Guilty as Charged: Dewey Cox
From Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, 2007
Yes, before you ask – deep down, I really AM a 13 year old boy. And I unashamedly love this movie. Oh, sure, I’m a Johnny Cash fan – but, I don’t take offense to the obvious parallel of the storyline. John C. Reilly and the boys are equal opportunity offenders, so it evens out. The first time I saw this masterpiece, I didn’t ‘get it’, but over the subsequent 20 times my DH has encouraged me to watch it since, I have grown to understand the layers and layers of hysterical comedy in this truly deep flick. Oh, and “THE WRONG KID DIED!” bwahahahahaha….ohhhh, sheese. Good times.

Big Bottom: Spinal Tap
From This is Spinal Tap, 1984
Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are genius. I can’t even begin to sum it up – you’re just going to have to see the movie and read the bios for yourselves. And I pray to St. Hubbins, the Patron Saint of Quality Footwear, that you grow to love them like I do. Turn your speakers up to 11, put on your blackest t-shirt (you know, the one that could be ‘none more black’) and soak up the kick-assedness that is Spinal Tap.

Mustang Sally: The Commitments
From The Commitments, 1991
Another movie I haven’t seen. I know, I know – my Irish husband was quite vexed to hear that as well, and I believe will mandate the correction of this ghastly life-error in the very near future. But, a Soul Band from Dublin, Ireland? What’s not to like?

Inside of You: Infant Sorrow
From Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 2008
Yeah, I tried to hate Russell Brand. Couldn’t do it. He really does get under your skin, as does this quirky little movie. (Again with the 13 year old boy humor, I know.) Russell’s performance of this song on screen as Aldus Snow, the lead singer of Infant Sorrow is both cringe-worthy AND awe inspiring. How he got his legs so far apart in leather pants is still befuddling me. Truly. And, I hear he’s got a spin off movie now where he stars as the same character. Well played, Mr. Brand…well played.

Dracula’s Lament: Jason Segel
From Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 2008
I couldn’t leave this one out. If you haven’t seen the movie you won’t get it, but if you have…well, enjoy. 😉

Man of Constant Sorrow: The Soggy Bottom Boys
From O Brother, Where Art Thou?, 2000
Okay, if you don’t adore this movie…well then, we’re just not friends anymore. It’s my FAVE. The Coen Brothers can do no wrong in my eyes, true, but this I consider to be their masterpiece. All the songs therein are made of win – Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Dr. Ralph Stanley, T-Bone Burnett…it don’t get no better than that for Bluegrass/Mountain music, friends.

Soul Man: The Blues Brothers
From The Blues Brothers, 1980
Ah, Jake and Elwood. Belushi and Ackroyd. Four fried chickens, a Coke and some dry white toast. Masterful I tell you – masterful.

Shamalama Ding Dong: Otis Day and the Knights
From Animal House , 1978
I had SUCH a crush on Tim Matheson in this movie. *sigh* And then I went to Longwood College (before it got all snooty and went ‘University’), and all the boys at nearby Hampden Sydney were just like him. *double sigh* This of course has nothing to do with the song, but thanks for allowing me to momentarily live some great memories…

Ballroom Blitz: Crucial Taunt
From Wayne’s World, 1992
Poor Tia Carerre. Not only did she have to do this song in the movie, but they put it in the soundtrack of Wayne’s World. Ohhh, Lord – SOOOOO bad. So. bad. But, in that way that makes you chuckle when you remember the plot. I laughed. I cried. I hurled.

That Thing You Do: The Wonders
From That Thing You Do! 1996
D’yknow, I remember seeing this movie, but notsomuch about it. I know Liv Tyler was in it, and I remember thinking “Wow, she’s tall.” And there was some band infighting. And Tom Hanks wore an ugly sweater. But…I remembered the song! More proof that music is what endures…(I know. I got nothin‘, so I figured waxing poetic would be my graceful way to exit, stage left…)

Thanks for playing, I’ll be here all week, and remember to tip your artists – buy it if you love it.

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