-> "''The late Bill Nye once said, "˜I have been told that [[Creator/RichardWagner Wagner's]] music is better than it sounds.''"
-->-- '''Creator/MarkTwain''', in his ''Autobiography'' ("[[NamesTheSame Bill Nye]]" was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Wilson_Nye Edgar Wilson Nye]].)

With it being one of the most diverse forms of art in the world, it's only natural that some people come up with ideas for songs, bands or styles of music that sound absolutely insane in hindsight. It's also natural that a lot of these ''[[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds work]]''.

See JustForFun/TropeNamesForABand for a sillier version of the below.
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* [[spoiler:Music/{{ABBA}}]]: Two guys and two girls don't know what the hell they're doing for the first two years, are overly cheery for the next six, and finally go emo in the last two. After their career ends, their music finds its way on Broadway and later the big screen.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{ACDC}}]]: From the LandDownUnder comes a band named after a label on a sewing machine, led by a guy in a silly outfit. Their first singer drank until death, and was replaced by a Geordie with a funny hat. Their music is [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth simple]] and [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll monothematic]], and their singers squawk like parrots.
** ''[[spoiler:Music/BackInBlack]]'': The first album by the group with the Geordie, devoted to the first singer.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Adele}}]]: A pop star that doesn't look like your average pop star sings about a breakup, and sells more than 20 ''million'' albums.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Aerosmith}}]]: Five musicians from Boston. They have a Roller Coaster at one of the DisneyThemeParks featuring their songs, spent the equivalent of an airplane in drugs, their first #1 was a DisasterMovie theme song, and their leader became a judge on a reality show.
* [[spoiler: Music/AfroCeltSoundSystem]]: A record producer is inspired by a very tenuous anthropology theory to mix the folk music of two continents together. He starts a band, and Peter Gabriel lets them use his recording studio.
* [[spoiler: Music/AlanisMorissette]]: Woman who lost her dictionary writes angsty songs, most about an ex ([[WildMassGuessing widely considered to be]] a former FullHouse star).
* [[spoiler: Music/AliceCooper]]: The spirit of a 17th-century heretic lives on inside a skinny 20th-century preacher's son. She compels him to paint his face, buy a pet snake, and repeatedly fake his own death. Under her namesake, he incites children against their educators.
* [[spoiler: Music/AliceInChains]]: Grunge musicians from TheNineties write like it's still TheNineties.
* [[spoiler: Alien Ant Farm]]: NuMetal OneHitWonder - with a cover, whose video satirizes [[MichaelJackson the original artist.]]
* [[spoiler:Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass]]: Record producer plays the trumpet in a jazzy brass band.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{America}}]]: Three Brits pick a NonIndicativeName and sing about horses, roads, and failed relationships.
* [[spoiler: ANBB]]: A meeting of the minds between Germany's foremost names in {{Industrial}} and pure-tone glitch respectively.
* [[spoiler: Music/AnimalCollective]]: An indie pop band that rips off TheBeachBoys and takes no shame in doing so. One of Pitchfork's darlings.
* [[spoiler: Andrew WK]]: Pop-metal musician with the diversity and subtlety of a 2-by-4, who may or may not be a corporate fabrication.
* [[spoiler: {{Animusic}}]]: Two guys make music videos with no lyrics, people, or actual instruments. Rumors on the origin of their videos are on {{Snopes}}.
* [[spoiler:Music/AnybodyKilla]]: [[GangstaRap Gangsta rapper]] with a lisp and clown face paint.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Apocalyptica}}]]: Finns rocking out with cellos.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheAquabats]]: A ska/surf-rock band from California pretends to be a team of bungling superheroes. They sing about such diverse topics as midget pirates, vindictive shark hunters, giant mechanical primates, and friendship.
* [[spoiler: ArcadeFire]]: A bunch of Canadians, two of whom were raised in Texas, who make songs about neighborhoods in the suburbs. [[MainstreamObscurity Everybody knows and loves them, despite everybody not knowing them and hating them because of that.]]
* [[spoiler: RickAstley]]: Merseyside guy sings a bunch of love songs while sounding like a truck driver.
** [[spoiler: "Never Gonna Give You Up"]]: His most famous song, commonly called one of the internet's many phenomena even though it's from TheEighties.
* [[spoiler: Atonal music]]: A form of music, written mainly by three Austrians, in which twelve distinct pitches are used in a somewhat dissonant fashion.
* [[spoiler: August Burns Red]]: A woman immolates a dog, so the dog's owner names a band after the incident.
* [[spoiler: {{Avantasia}}]]: A German decides to write a fantasy story as a giant excuse to show off his connections among PowerMetal bands.
* [[spoiler: Music/AvengedSevenfold]]: A band from California whose members have scary stage names. Many of their songs have lines about death, which lead to several {{Funny Aneurysm Moment}}s later. Their lead guitarist's dad opens for a ventriloquist.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Aviators}}]]: A fan of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic pastiche pastel horses]] who shares his stage name with a popular brand of sunglasses and writes music ranging from Series/DoctorWho fan music to soundtracks for theoretical video games to painting whole entire planets various colors.
* [[spoiler: Music/TheB52s]]: A band from Athens GA, two of which are female and wear beehive hairdos sing songs about aliens, hot pants, lobsters, and other weird stuff while playing toy pianos, glockenspiels, and even conventional instruments.
* [[spoiler: Music/JohannSebastianBach]]: German organist with a [[MustHaveCaffeine coffee addiction]] whose works were better respected [[DeadArtistsAreBetter nearly a century after his death]].
* [[spoiler: Balkan Beat Box]]: Some Israeli guys combine Balkan music, klezmer, and hip-hop.
* [[spoiler: Bal-Sagoth]]: A bunch of British guys who love Tolkein and Lovecraft write songs with ridiculously long titles. Half the contents of the lyrics sheets are absent from the songs themselves.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheBand]]: A guy from Arkansas and four Canadians combine multiple rock styles while choosing one of the lamest names for themselves.
* [[spoiler:Music/BarenakedLadies]]: Five Canadian guys who sing an awful lot of songs about failing relationships (though none of them seem to have one of those, at present).
* [[spoiler: Music/TheBeachBoys]]: Five or six suburban white kids sing songs about a hobby only one of them ever took part in.
** Or, rock and roll's [[ContinuityNod other]] greatest soap opera, whose biggest claim to fame was an album they never finished.
* [[spoiler: Music/BeachHouse]]: Male-female duo that isolates themselves from society by locking themselves into a room to record an album. Sometimes a producer may join them.
* [[spoiler: Music/BeastieBoys]]: Some white punks [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy who bought into]] [[HipHop an African-American social phenomenon]] and [[SampledUp ripped off many artists along the way]]. Opened the doors to [[RapRock artists]] such as LimpBizkit.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheBeatles]]: Four musicians from Northern England, famous for SillyLoveSongs and "[[MushroomSamba recording under influence]]". After the split, one decided to play house instead of writing music, another one married a one-legged woman, the third produced a Creator/MontyPython film and nobody cared about the fourth (he even had drinking problems).
** [[spoiler:Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand]]: Pop group [[FakeBand pretends to be variety band]]. Includes songs about domestic repairs, a Victorian circus and road problems in Blackburn.
** [[spoiler:Music/TheWhiteAlbum]]: Pop group [[GenreRoulette tries to be variety band]], while [[MinimalisticCoverArt eschewing everything in the album cover]].
** [[spoiler: Music/AbbeyRoad]]: Pop group decides that they want to use WordSaladLyrics and [[EpicRocking songs exceeding five minutes]]. The highlight is a quarter-hour of short tunes strung together.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Beck}}]]: Morose, baby-faced second-generation [[ChurchOfHappyology Scientologist]] who dabbles in [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly more genres]] than anyone would bother to count, writes [[TrueArtIsAngsty decay- and death-obsessed]] songs (while always presenting a [[LyricalDissonance cheerful or at least devil-may-care]] facade, except on the [[ShoutOut heavily-indebted-to-]]Nick Drake StoicWoobie [=LP=] written after [[BreakupSong ditching his longtime girlfriend]]); despite a career spanning (roughly) ten full-length releases, ''still'' is recognized primarily [[TheOneWith for one song]]--yeah, '''that''' one! with [[GratuitousSpanish the line]] everybody mishears--which had never been intended to be released as a single.
* [[spoiler:Music/LudwigVanBeethoven]]: A bad-tempered German who wrote his best work when he couldn't hear it.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Beirut}}]]: Nearly incomprehensible singer leads a brass band and a few other musicians, influenced by Eastern European folk music. [[IThoughtThatWas Has nothing to do with]] a city on the Mediterranean.
* [[spoiler:Vincenzo Bellini]]: Rossini wannabe writes ten operas before he dies at thirty-three.
* [[spoiler: BestCoast]]: A hipster chick who's obsessed with her cat and weed.
* [[spoiler: The Big Bopper]]: Texas disc jockey decides to write songs and record them. His best known song is named after a city in France.
* [[spoiler:Big Dumb Face]]: A guitarist combines {{Ween}} and death metal because his old band wouldn't let him.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheBirthdayMassacre]]: Canadian {{Perky Goth}}s sing {{Mind Screw}}y songs and make disturbing videos. They also jump around a lot, and occasionally wear bunny ears. And rock out.
* [[spoiler:The Birthday Party]]: Music/NickCave and his friends get drunk on stage.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Bjork}}]]: Female singer from a northern European island who is famous for bizarre lyrics, as well as wearing a bird and beating up reporters.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheBlackKeys]]: Two homely Ohioans sing about relationships, mostly unrequited, and produce for the songs comedic videos filled with women [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs and a dinosaur puppet]].
* [[spoiler: BlackMetal]]: Angry white guys from [[GrimUpNorth the grim, frostbitten and brutal north]] who wear makeup and sing about {{Satan}}, Creator/JRRTolkien (despite ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' [[CompletelyMissingThePoint being rife with pro-Christian subtext]]) and dendrophilia.
* [[spoiler:Black Moth Super Rainbow]]: Pennsylvanian musicians with really weird StageNames play obsolete synthesizers while one of them sings through a vocoder.
* [[spoiler: Music/BlackSabbath]]: After losing two finger-tips in an industrial accident, guitarist switches to playing left-handed, loosens the strings a bit, and develops a new playing style. He joins forces with other guys to write horror fanfic disguised as songs.
** [[spoiler: Music/OzzyOsbourne]]: Singer from said band writes spooky songs while taking every drug in existance - [[NighInvulnerability and somehow surviving]]. Got a new generation of fans by showing how fucked up he and his family are.
* [[spoiler:Music/BlazeYaDeadHomie]]: His stage persona is a reincarnated [[GangstaRap gangsta rapper]] from the 1980s. He wears clown facepaint.
* [[spoiler:Music/BlindGuardian]]: Four Germans who sing about ''TheSilmarillion'' and a bunch of other books and like to multilayer their vocals 40 times. They have also sung about Peter Pan with a certain pathos.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Blur}}]]: British Boyhood friends writing novelty songs about UpperClassTwit life, Middle Class Twit life, and Working Class Twit life. After first 4 albums became more [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent "alternative"]] (leading to [[BlackSheepHit the one song America knows them for]]). More famous for their vague feud with a pair of troublemaking brothers and the lead singer eventually becoming a pack of animated apes.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Boondox}}]]: His stage persona is a [[ScaryScarecrows killer scarecrow]] who haunts the DeepSouth. His music mixes CountryMusic, rock and HipHop.
* [[spoiler:Music/DavidBowie]]: Androgynous British rockstar who claimed to be a bisexual space alien, appeared in a bunch of movies, and invoked the NewSoundAlbum trope at least nine times. A song he did with [[Music/{{Queen}} a rock band]] helped [[Music/VanillaIce a white rapper]] achieve stardom.
* [[spoiler:BowlingForSoup]]: A group of guys from Texas who are more famous for their less serious than their rare but beautiful serious ones. Most of their songs are either about beer, relationships, or humorous past incidents.
** A pop-punk band who write sarcastic and sometimes meaningful songs about friendships, failed relationships, getting drunk, and whatever [[spoiler: PhineasAndFerb]] are doing today.
* [[spoiler:Music/BobDylan]]: An ugly man who can't sing, and plays his guitar and harmonica (and [[DreadfulMusician sings]] anyway). Later he developed a liking for drums, bass, and electric equipments, after which his audience [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks booed him]]. Many people [[CoveredUp don't know he wrote some of his songs]]. He still sings to this day, and his awful voice got worse.
* [[spoiler:British India]]: Angsty Melbournites fronted by a singer who can't decide which note to hit.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Buckethead}}]]: Masked KFC-enthusiast plays the guitar.
* [[spoiler:Music/BuckTick]]: The ex-JapaneseDelinquent ex-drummer became the singer, fronting a band consisting of two brothers, a RummageSaleReject who counts {{theremin}} and "noise" among his instruments as well as guitar and has an affinity for LSD, and a mellow, cute bassist. Almost all of their output can be classified as ItsNotPornItsArt, porn, high art, or some [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible incomprehensible combination of all of the above]], and is served up with a huge side of HoYay and {{fanservice}} of both the straight and HoYay kinds.
* [[spoiler: Music/BuddyHolly & The Crickets]]: Three guys from around Texas named after noisy arthropods. Their leader, a big JohnWayne fan, is proof that NerdsAreHardcore.
* [[spoiler: Buffalo Springfield]]: A bunch of guys from LA and a Canadian who became a OneHitWonder with a light ProtestSong. Two of them (including the Canadian) joined a folk-rock quartet while another one became a popular singer's partner.
* [[spoiler: Music/ButtholeSurfers]]: A group of Michael Stipe stalkers come down off of their latest acid trip to discover they've recorded twelve albums.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheByrds]]: Five (later four) guys from LA start off imitating Music/TheBeatles with Music/BobDylan covers, then quickly develop a RevolvingDoorBand.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Can}}]]: A group of West German modern classical and free jazz musicians decide to start making rock music instead. Their songs are frequently made up of hours of jamming made up entirely on the spot and then edited down to a still-ridiculous length. Their lead singer during their best years is a mush-mouthed Japanese drifter who screams and mumbles over the beat.
* [[spoiler:Music/CaptainBeefheart]]: A downright reprehensible human being with no regards for musical convention.
* [[spoiler: Music/TheCars]]: Five more musicians from Boston. Their frontman is ugly and has an uncomfortable voice, and they lost their only Grammy nomination to a two-hit wonder disco band.
* [[spoiler: Enrico Caruso]]: Neapolitan tenor despised by the composer whose works were best suited for him. Survived many problems on and off the stage.
* [[spoiler:Music/CatherineWheel]]: A band led by a singer with over-expressive eyebrows refuses to be labeled anything.
* [[spoiler:The Causey Way]]: A manic revivalist preacher tries to indoctrinate you.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheChemicalBrothers]]: Two students who [=DJed=] under the name "The Dust Brothers", but had to change the name when they got sued.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Chic}}]]: Three classically trained session musicians and two session backup singers get together and play their own variety of disco. Two of them are producers and bring that sound to various projects. Their most famous hit (that their French name was mentioned in) was written after they couldn't get into the most inaccessible discotheque ever to exist. They have (indirectly) been responsible for the growth of rap music with their second most famous song.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Chicago}}]]: A bunch of guys from Northeastern Illinois perform rock with lots of brass instruments.
* [[spoiler:Music/KellyClarkson]]: A winner from some American talent show constantly [[BreakupSong whines about her exes]].
* [[spoiler:Music/TheClash]]: Four Londoners popularize ThreeChordsAndTheTruth. Then they disown it and try to play every genre ever.
* [[spoiler:Music/CoheedAndCambria]]:A band with a very high pitched singer that makes songs about a convoluted, MindScrew space opera that also has a comic book series.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Coldplay}}]]: British band specialized in writing [[TearJerker depressing ballads]] who is frequently accused of plagiarizing or ripping off [[Music/{{Radiohead}} other]] [[Music/{{U2}} bands]].
* [[spoiler:CradleOfFilth]]: A British man an inch taller than JoePesci gets nodes on his vocal chords.
* [[spoiler:Crank Sturgeon]]: Musical entertainer known for pretending to be a fish.
* [[spoiler:Music/CreatureFeature]]: A dark cabaret duo that wish it could be Halloween every day of the year. Their songs are mostly inspired by cheesy horror films and Creator/EdgarAllanPoe.
* [[spoiler:Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival]]: Four guys from California named after a beer commercial write songs about the DeepSouth. Their popular songs are often [[IsntItIronic misunderstood]] or [[{{Mondegreen}} misheard]].
* [[spoiler:Music/CrowdedHouse]]: A band from New Zealand... and Australia... and the U.S. with several [[{{Adorkable}} dorks]] and one self-proclaimed "[[ThePerfectionist dictator]]." They tend to sing about kitchens and meteorology.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheCure]]: They're morose, depressing kids from southern England who wear lots of make-up and do up their hair. They started out as happy-go-lucky snot nosed punks, before making three albums full of [[GothRock depressing music and writing lots of dirges]]. Then they became poppy and almost gleeful, and started making lots of big hit singles, before returning to their inner child and making [[MagnumOpus another morose album]] [[TearJerker full of angsty music]]. They sold out stadiums, and are now middle-aged men who ''still'' wear make-up and play angsty music.
* [[spoiler:Music/CypressHill]]: A Mexican with a very nasal voice and a deep voiced Cuban rap about shooting people, smoking pot, and, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs shooting people while smoking pot]].
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Current 93}}]]: Former {{industrial}} musician, now a Christian folk singer.
* [[spoiler:Music/DaftPunk]]: Two French guys who pretend to be robots cut bits out of good songs, add a beat, and then appear onstage to perform them standing in a pyramid made of incandescent tubes.
* [[spoiler:Dan [=McBride=]]]: A southern Baptist writes filk songs to talk about problems in the church (and sometimes reprove his fellow believers).
* [[spoiler:Music/TheDecemberists]]: Some nerds make music about history and use big words.
* [[spoiler:Music/DefLeppard]]: Five guys from Sheffield start out copying Music/ThinLizzy, then move on to copying Music/{{Queen}} and lose (part of) a member in a road accident.
* [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Dethklok]]]]: Five idiots who don't actually exist play DeathMetal.
* [[spoiler: Music/DevinTownsend]]: Bald Canadian makes many various types of metal. Coffee and bald aliens may or may not be involved.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Devo}}]]: Some college kids from Ohio have an in-joke that turns into a band. A lot of other bands emulate them. They are best known for singing about weapons used to lash people.
* [[spoiler:Music/DexysMidnightRunners]]: British band named after drugs that started out with a bunch of horns, then switched to more folk-styled music. The latter style netted the group [[OneHitWonder their only American hit]].
* [[spoiler:Dick Dale]]: A man plays the same note on a guitar really fast (occasionally switching to other notes), because he'd rather be in the ocean.
* [[spoiler:Music/DirEnGrey]]: A metal band made up of, of all people, [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys a bunch of Japanese pretty boys]]. Their singer seems to have 10 voice boxes he turns off and on depending on how he sings.
** A band manages to create a particularly [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks vitriolic]] BrokenBase by transitioning from poppy glam-rock to death metal in fewer than ten albums.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Disturbed}}]]: A bald guy who was trained to sing in synagogues instead makes monkey noises with two Pantera fans and a David Spade look-alike.
** [[spoiler:''Music/LandOfConfusion'' cover music video]]: A cloaked figure from the stars lands in the middle of "Political Cartoon Literature/NineteenEightyFour" and leads a rebellion.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Donovan}}]]: Scottish Dylan wannabe performs psychedelic rock before switching to folk rock.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheDoors]]: Blues fans write music for the poems of an oversexed Floridian drunk.
* [[spoiler:Music/DragonForce]]: A MultinationalTeam whose songs consist entirely of fantasy cliches and guitar solos. They are best known for having one song appear in a video game.
* [[spoiler:Dragonland]]: A bunch of Swedes spend their first two albums singing about a fictional Tolkien-esque world, then decide to write about other subjects before returning to said world.
* [[spoiler: {{Drake}}]]: A black kid from {{Degrassi}} raps about all the money and sex he has.
* [[spoiler:Music/DreamTheater]]: Five guys from New York playing ProgressiveRock, doing as many complex notes as they can in the solos while doing even overly complex songs with overly complex parts, [[{{Narm}} while their lyrics aren't at the same height as their music]]. One of their live albums had a cover that drew parallels to an event that its release date would become synonymous with.
* [[spoiler: Paul Dukas]]: French-Jewish music critic who destroyed most of his works because of CreatorBacklash. [[OneHitWonder Almost exclusively known today]] for an orchestral work [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} popularized by a mouse]].
* [[spoiler:Music/DuranDuran]]: A bunch of young guys, mostly from industrial areas of England, form a glam rock band with punk and disco overtones and wildly incomprehensible lyrics. They become massively successful. Later, as they grow older and less successful (and lose and gain band members), they start making solid alt-pop/rock tunes. Their lyrics also make more sense. They sing about Brazilian cities and starving wild dogs.
** [[spoiler:The Power Station]]: Two of the guys from the above band join forces with the drummer of the French-named disco group and a singer who would later become known for his backing band. They had two big hits, a cover of an early-70's song and an original song that took its name from a Marilyn Monroe film.
** [[spoiler:Arcadia]]: The other three guys form a band very briefly during a break in the group's schedule, releasing a grand total of one album with two hits, one of which is an American event that occurs every November.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Eagles}}]]: A backing band, later one of the most hated bands ever. One of their members starred in a TV show that lasted just one episode, and another only writes songs about the fact that he is aging (and is also a noted opponent of [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil piracy]]). Sold a lot in their home country, but internationally are a OneHitWonder with their song about a travel accommodation.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Eels}}]]. A man with a [[OneLetterName one letter stage name]] and a large beard writes songs about his incredibly depressing life, only one of which became a hit.
* [[spoiler:Music/ElectricSix]]: Some sleazy-looking men do AffectionateParody disco-rock about things like fast-food franchises and preferring women who have venereal diseases.
* [[spoiler:Music/EltonJohn]]: Fat, gay, nearsighted, balding piano player from England with silly clothes and KnightFever. He writes songs about MarilynMonroe, weird robot rock bands, Film/TheWizardOfOz, dance steps named after reptiles, and children's music from time to time. Loves to shop, throw tantrums, play tennis and cavort with British royalty.
* [[spoiler:Music/ElvisCostello]]: He named himself after a truck driver, although his glasses make him look more like a plane crash victim. He almost destroyed his career by dissing an R&B legend, but he recovered to gain a large cult following by dabbling in many musical genres, when he's not making a spectacle of himself on TV.
* [[spoiler:Music/ElvisPresley]]: A truck driver from Mississippi who knew how to sing and dance. Who in his first appearance on TV was shown only from waist up.
* [[spoiler: Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer]]: A hyperactive keyboardist, a bassist who sounds like InuYasha after a stint at philosophy camp and a really good drummer embark on a quest to reinterpret the classics, while pissing off a bunch of rock critics in the process.
* [[spoiler: Music/EmilieAutumn]]: A bipolar woman writes music with a violin and harpsichord... then accompanies it with screamed lyrics about how men suck.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Eminem}}]]: A white trailer-trash guy named after chocolate enters a largely black music world and makes songs about drug use, suicide, violence, killing family members who pissed him off, and all sorts of things that piss off the MoralGuardians.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Enigma}}]]: A Romanian producer gets his German wife to fake an orgasm over loops of ethnic singers and Catholic priests.
* [[spoiler: Entity Paradigm]]: Two bands from Pakistan join forces to [[RapRock combine the]] [[ProgressiveRock styles of]] [[Music/LinkinPark two]] [[Music/{{Tool}} bands]] with some of the most obnoxious fanbases in music history.
* [[spoiler: Music/EinsturzendeNeubauten]]: Some Germans confuse the music shoppe with the local hardware store. It takes them around fifteen years to realize their mistake.
* [[spoiler: The Equals]]: Interracial rock group consisting of twins from Jamaica, a Guyanan, and two white Brits.
** [[spoiler:Eddy Grant]]: Guyanan starts solo career with protests over riots in London and anti-apartheid music.
* [[spoiler: Music/ESPosthumus]]: Symphonic rock with a much bigger emphasis on the "symphonic" part. Also did a few songs with [[Music/{{JayZ}} Jay-Z]] and the fat guy from [[Music/{{Eminem}} D12]].
* [[spoiler: Music/EvelynEvelyn]]: AmandaPalmer pretends that she helped bring Siamese twins out of sexual slavery and get them a record deal. The Siamese Twins are actually Palmer and JasonWebley dressed up in crip drag.
* [[spoiler: Music/ExistTrace]]: Japanese [[{{Bifauxnen}} women dress like men]] while GenreSavvy newcomers mistake their token girly girl for a man dressed as a woman.
* [[spoiler: Music/FaithNoMore]]: A vocalist with a peculiar voice sings about things like man-on-man fellatio and pedophilia while the band plays [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly rock-genre roulette]].
* [[spoiler: Music/TheFall]]: One controlling, slightly megalomaniacal madman from Northern England. A giant cast of supporting chara-- er, musicians, including one ex-wife, one ex-girlfriend, and one (as of now) current wife. THEY MAKE MUSIC! What kind of music? All kinds, mostly of the post-punk vein but with other ''interesting'' elements rolled in. Famously made an influential radio DJ faint the first time he played one of their singles.
* [[spoiler:Music/FallOutBoy]]: A pop-punk -but often called emo- band named after a bit character from TheSimpsons who mostly sing {{Anti Love Song}}s with {{Long Title}}s. Their singer is chubby and their bassist is a walking tabloid headline.
* [[spoiler: Music/FatboySlim]]: The ex-bassist from an eighties indie band mixes up songs from his record collection.
* [[spoiler: FinnTroll]]: A bunch of Finns dressed up as trolls blend black metal with polka (complete with accordion) while singing in Swedish about eating Christians.
* [[spoiler: Music/FleetwoodMac]]: The best rock and roll soap opera of all time. Most of their best known hits are the two American singers literally singing about their real-life breakup on stage. Their female singer [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark looks like a goat]].
* [[spoiler: Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine]]: British redhead sings grandiose songs about death, depression and failed loves.
* [[spoiler:Music/FooFighters]]: Four musicians, named after ufology, and led by a guy who used to be another band's drummer. This guy was once hospitalized due to an overdose on... coffee.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Foreigner}}]]: A nearly broke manager gives a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to a feckless layabout hanging around his office. Said layabout responds by forming a band.
* [[spoiler: Music/FosterThePeople]]: An indie-rock band from Los Angeles whose biggest hit is about a kid shooting other kids.
* [[spoiler: The Foundations]]: Three black guys, three white guys and an Asian perform SillyLoveSongs. Their most famous song is named after a flower.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Fozzy}}]]: A professional wrestler and the guitarist from a rap-metal group form a metal band. They began as a joke cover band, but became a true face in 2005.
* [[spoiler: Frankie Goes to Hollywood]]: Six musicians, including a gay lead singer, who emerged from the Liverpool punk scene to write dance-pop songs with LyricalDissonance.
* [[spoiler: Music/FranzFerdinand]]: Some Scots start a band because they're bored. They admit all their music kinda sounds the same. They were named after a guy who died long ago.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Fun}}]]: An indie-rock band from the Big Apple scores hits singing about how they'll waste the nights away.
* [[spoiler:Music/NellyFurtado]]: A Canadian woman who started out making soft pop hits. Her music and image took a HotterAndSexier turn after she became a mother.
* [[spoiler:{{Futret}}]]: Guy remixes [[SensoryAbuse Ear Rape-y]] tracks about gay deer, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ponies]], and obscure, awful films and posts them over the internet.
* [[spoiler:Music/SergeGainsbourg]]: French guy writes songs so scandalous, they make Music/{{Madonna}} look like a girl scout, even though he predates her.
* [[spoiler: Gang of Four]]: Four guys write lyrics inspired by Karl Marx. One of their most famous songs compares love to bioterrorism.
* [[spoiler: GamaBomb]]: Five Irishmen write songs either about current issues or cool 80's stuff. They reference A LOT of movies.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Garbage}}]]: Three guys from Wisconsin and a woman from Scotland write [[LyricalDissonance cheery songs about obsession and relationships that turn sour.]]
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Genesis}}]]: Brits compose some weird synth-heavy songs.
** [[spoiler:PeterGabriel]]: The singer of this band continues with the weird songs, releases many albums with the same name, and scores his greatest hit singing about a tool.
** [[spoiler:Music/PhilCollins]]: The drummer of this band writes and performs SillyLoveSongs.
** [[spoiler:''Music/LandOfConfusion'' music video]]: UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan has a nightmare. Meanwhile, a "We Are The World" ripoff occurs.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Gorillaz}}]]: A band consisting of a blue haired childish TheCasanova with both eyes pressed into his head, a Satanist who owns Satan's own bass (El Diablo), a 15 year old Japanese SuperSoldier guitarist, and a drummer who has been possessed by multiple spirits. (The actual members are an [[AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder hyperactive musician]] and a guy who wrote [[ComicBook/TankGirl weird comics]].)
** Or, the alternative hip-hop equivalent of Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Gotye}}]]: Belgian-Australian writes weird music, scoring a hit by performing naked.
* [[spoiler:The Grass Roots]]: Band of nobodies created by a record company executive who gained a ton of success at a time when pop music was usually about sticking it to TheMan. Best known today because their guitarist was on Series/TheOfficeUS.
* [[spoiler:Music/GreenDay]]: Band named after drugs led by bisexual, who started with [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth simple songs]] about masturbation and insanity, only to shift into [[RockOpera long,]] [[EpicRocking long]] songs complaining about how fucked up their country became.
* [[spoiler: Grinderman]]: NickCave angsts about how he can't get laid.
* [[spoiler:Music/GunsNRoses]]: Before: Five, and later six, highly intoxicated musicians led by a troublemaker. Later: [[SmallNameBigEgo Prima donna]] singer and [[RevolvingDoorBand lots of musicians]] [[IAmTheBand which he hires and fires at will.]]
** Or: A band that kept the sound of the 80s alive into the 90s. One of their albums [[{{Vaporware}} took a decade and a half to finish]] (they only spent a small fraction of that time actually working on it).
* [[spoiler: Guster]]: Jews from the East Coast play banjos and sing about Jesus. The drummer doesn't use drumsticks.
* [[spoiler:The Hafler Trio]]: Sound research organization whose research is unclear, whose personnel was made up, and whose sources cited don't exist.
* [[spoiler: Halestorm]]: A band featuring a female singer who sings about being in love with someone else and a song about getting off while being watched by a peeping tom who is doing the same.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Hanson}}]]: Three impossibly cute young Oklahoma brothers form a cheery pop band, then decide to become an indie group. Their biggest hit [[{{Scatting}} barely has lyrics]].
* [[spoiler: Music/AHawkAndAHacksaw]]: The drummer from [[Music/NeutralMilkHotel one of the most acclaimed albums in indie rock]] decides he'd rather play accordion.
* [[spoiler: HedPE]]: A band which fuses PunkRock and GangstaRap, and often focuses on conspiracy theories. Major influence on LimpBizkit and LinkinPark.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Helloween}}]]: A band of German guys doing over-the-top, faster and happy songs who are [[NotableMusic responsible]] [[TropeCodifier for what]] the European PowerMetal scene is nowadays. They've left a singer and a guitarist, who were key members of their classic lineup, but are still doing music.
** [[spoiler:Music/GammaRay]]: A band formed by the former guitarist of the above band, which talks about life in general, [[HeavyMithril space and science themes]] and plenty of other themes. Oh, and this same guitarist nowadays is also the singer.
*** [[spoiler:''Music/IronSavior'']]: A friend of the same guitarist forms a band which talks about the story of a [[AIIsACrapshoot sentient starship]] built by the inhabitants of a tribe of the ancient Earth. Later, they'll sing about freedom and perception of reality.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Hideto Matsumoto}}]]: An openly bisexual member of Japan's biggest VisualKei band known best for wild hair and costuming, drinking, and fighting goes solo, with performances combining celebrating being TheAlcoholic, {{Cyberpunk}} TechnoBabble, SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll, and general batshit insanity with a band named after a vulgar reference to a vagina, then dies in what is likely either a drunk suicide or attempt at [[EroticAsphyxiation autoerotic asphyxiation]] - and becomes canonized as the epitome of VisualKei with ongoing performances and interest even after his death.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Hole}}]]: [[CourtneyLove Blonde drug-addict troublemaker]] who married a rock legend plays with lots of chicks and a dude. After spending years bitching about her husband's co-workers, she hires random guys and [[InNameOnly calls it a reformation]].
* [[spoiler: Hellyeah]]: A supergroup featuring the singer from a metal band and the drummer from a famous band. They think they're cowboys.
* [[spoiler:Music/HotHotHeat]]: The singer has been described as a "headlong yelper", the rest of the line-up is constantly changing, and they have lyrics about antioxidants and termites.
* [[spoiler:Music/HowardShore]]: A composer best known for writing about jewelry wars.
* [[spoiler:Engelbert Humperdinck]]: British singer named after a German composer whose most famous song is a cover about ending a love relationship.
* [[spoiler:iLiKETRAiNS]]: Young British men in suits make history sound very depressing.
* [[spoiler:Music/ImagineDragons]]: Las Vegas indie rock group best known for welcoming people to the new age. They enjoy massive mainstream success afterwards.
* [[spoiler:Infected Mushroom]]: An Israeli duo cranks out eldritch noises and WordSaladLyrics. It sounds like MindRape.
* [[spoiler:Music/InsaneClownPosse]]: Two former gangsta rappers in clown makeup rap about [[{{Horrorcore}} horror movie subject matter]], and often include humor that is either [[Music/BeastieBoys completely juvenile]], [[Series/TalesFromTheCrypt dark as hell]], or [[Music/KoolKeith just damn weird]], but do talk about some pretty deep subject matter. They were also professional wrestlers for a short time.
* [[spoiler: Intestinal Disgorge]]: Dwindling group of Texans who won't stop screaming.
* [[spoiler: Music/IronButterfly]]: A nice little pop group emerges with [[EpicRocking a really long]] hit tune after one of the members gets wasted and are mistakenly crowned as heavy metal pioneers. Unfortunately, they had [[OneHitWonder no success]] aside from said tune.
* [[spoiler:Music/IronMaiden]]: A lot of British musicians, [[LeadBassist led by a slightly hyperactive bassist]] and a [[LargeHam hammy]] singer. They like to write [[FilkSong songs based on books and movies.]]
* [[spoiler:Music/MichaelJackson]]: FormerChildStar from Indiana singing with an impossibly high voice about either dancing and/or paranoid songs, while showing moves that make him appear to walk backwards while walking forwards.
** Or: Some dude from Indiana sings in a falsetto voice. Eventually fatherhood and various personal problems distract him from music.
* [[spoiler:Music/CarlyRaeJepsen]]: Canadian girl most known for her song about maybe calling her. Popularized in America by a massively hated celebrity, she later had a hit duet that nobody remembers.
* [[spoiler:Music/JanisJoplin]]: A woman from Texas who was better known for her [[MetalScream screaming]] than for her singing. Her two most famous songs were {{Cover Version}}s, and one only charted [[DeadArtistsAreBetter after she died.]]
* [[spoiler: Japan]]: Two brothers from London who were physically abused by their brutish father channel their dysfunctions and sadness through music, along with some childhood friends who are perfectly fine with the lead singer brother's fixation with an Asian country. One of these friends was born in Cyprus and succumbed to cancer at the beginning of 2011.
* [[spoiler:Music/JeanMichelJarre]]: Guy delivers [[GreenAesop green aesops]] through electronic music. His most famous album is named after what we breathe.
* [[spoiler:Jefferson Airplane]]: A bunch of people from San Francisco who really trip out during the 60s. One of their most famous songs is about a character in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''.
** [[spoiler:Jefferson Starship]]: Several members of the above band stop tripping out in the 70s.
** [[spoiler:Starship]]: The second band above minus one of its members.
* [[spoiler:Jellyfish]]: A drummer and a keyboard player, both childhood friends and music students from a town near San Francisco, form a melodic pop/rock band with a revolving lineup which at one time includes the keyboardist's brother on bass. They write and play a lot of music that has their own unique style, but reminiscent of music from TheSixties and TheSeventies. The drummer sings lead in front of the stage while playing drums standing up. They play vintage instruments, can sing nice harmonies and are known to go overboard in the studio. They have an aquatic name and wear colorful, loud, outdated clothes, also from TheSixties and TheSeventies. Once wrote a mini-RockOpera about SuperMarioBrothers for a Nintendo tribute album.
* [[spoiler:Music/JethroTull]]: A very hairy, hopping woodwind player in silly clothes forms a band with lots of lineup changes, writes [[RockOpera rock operas]] about [[CreatorBreakdown disgruntled]] boy poets pondering the meaning of life and the metaphysical adventures of dead train riders, names homeless people after oxygen tanks, and sings about living in a farm in Scotland. His band's music is eclectic and the lyrics very literary for rock music. He and his band, whose name is often confused with the singer's name itself, play lots of concerts, and they even unexpectedly beat the band of Californians and a Dane mentioned later for a prestigious award in TheEighties.
* [[spoiler:Music/JimiHendrix]]: Ex-paratrooper who played his guitar upside down. Did covers of the US national anthem and a song from a folk singer. One of his most popular songs was misheard so many times he started actually singing it instead.
* [[spoiler: John Peel]]: Radio DJ, and Liverpool Football Club supporter, who often played records at the wrong speed, and used a [[StageNames fancy stage name]].
** And who began his radio career by convincing some Dallas natives he knew the most famous band in Liverpool. Also helped to break said band in Texas and covered the JFK assassination before moving onto Oklahoma City, then back to England and pirate radio before becoming one of the first BBC Radio 1 [=DJs=].
* [[spoiler: John Zorn/Naked City]]: A saxophonist can't decide what kind of music he wants to play.
* [[spoiler: Music/JohnWilliams]]: A composer who writes music about space battles, adventurers, and sharks with a taste for raw soylent.
* [[spoiler: Music/TomJones]]: Welsh singer named after an eighteenth century novel. Famous for singing a song about how mad love is and singing two screen songs, one for a film with Creator/PeterSellers and the other for a film with Film/JamesBond.
* [[spoiler: Music/JoyElectric]]: A man with keyboards who started recording in the 90s but apparently wishes he was born a decade or two earlier. He has a home studio full of different synthesizer models, but for a significant chunk of his career he refused to use more than one per album. He also enjoys the challenge of writing pop songs without chords.
* [[spoiler:Music/JudasPriest]]: A quintet of Brits fronted by a {{Leatherman}} [[MetalScream who could probably shatter glass with his voice if he tried]].
* [[spoiler: JudgeDread]]: A fat, white British guy who re-writes nursery rhymes, fills them with innuendo and sings them over reggae beats.
* [[spoiler:Justice Yeldham]]: Australian beans self with plate glass hooked up to contact mic.
* [[spoiler: KaizersOrchestra]]: Six guys from Norway channel TomWaits and write rock songs about war, the Mafia, and mental hospitals, adding a pump organ and oil barrels to the standard guitars-bass-drums-vocals setup. One guy wears a gas mask.
* [[spoiler:Music/KanyeWest]]: A college drop-out [[SmallNameBigEgo with an ego bigger than Antarctica]] and [[CloudCuckooLander a loose screw in his head]]. Embarrassed himself talking about a major disaster, and even more expressing himself about an AwardSnub. May or may not be a [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark gay fish]].
* [[spoiler:Music/KateBush]]: Weird lady known for art rock songs about literature and history. Her fans believe that every eccentric female artist post-1978 ripped off of her.
** Or: Bollywood Bjork Mime.
* [[spoiler:Music/KatyPerry]]: A failed white heterosexual gospel singer [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians kisses a girl while drunk]] and writes a song about it, and uses weird stuff as lingerie.
* [[spoiler:Music/KingCrimson]]: A bunch of Brits combine rock with a bunch of other genres. The cover of their debut album, which has a similar name as a piece in the Peer Gynt suite, was designed by a person who died right after he finished it.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheKinks]]: Four British guys headed by [[SiblingRivalry two brothers who are aggressive with each other]], the older being widely considered the FaceOfTheBand, rip off the "Four Musicians" mentioned above before they switch to a different pop style. The latter of these eras involves the group writing about crossdressers and the downsides of urban life.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Kiss}}]]: Three New Yorkers and an Israeli paint their faces and wear weird costumes to play while [[GreatBallsOfFire putting basically everything on stage]]. They also sell out big time, and everyone loves them for it. Later on, they appear in a comic book that you might want to wash your hands after reading.
* [[spoiler:Music/KitchensOfDistinction]]: A fat, nerdy, balding man with a monotone voice sings about death and how much love sucks.
* [[spoiler: Kokusyoku Sumire]]: Two ElegantGothicLolita s play opera-polka-cabaret. One of them sings in an incredibly high voice.
* [[spoiler:Music/KoolKeith]]: A New York rapper with a bizarre and often puerile sense of humor who performs under several thousand aliases, calling his music "Pornocore" and "{{Horrorcore}}".
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Korn}}]]: A bunch of metalheads who insist on not being tagged as metal, don't use 6-string guitars, and invented [[NuMetal one of the most infamous styles of music in music history]]. Lost a guitarist to religion.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Kraftwerk}}]]: Four German dudes pretend to be robots (when they aren't singing about how they're [[Series/DoctorWho Autons]]).
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Kyuss}}]]: Several stoners from the California desert, named after a DungeonsAndDragons character. The guitarist was a lanky ginger kid who played his guitar an octave lower 'cos it sounded cool. He later started [[QueensOfTheStoneAge another band]] with some nutter who liked to play bass naked.
* [[spoiler:Music/LadyAntebellum]]: Country group most known for their song about a booty call.
* [[spoiler:Music/LadyGaga]]: Millionaire who gets her clothes from a dumpster is paid to sing about monsters.
** [[spoiler: the ''Alejandro'' video]]: In a dystopian future, a [[NaughtyNuns Naughty Nun]] has [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence violent sex]] with a bunch of [[HardGay gay]] [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazis]]. [[MindScrew Or does she?]]
* [[spoiler:Mario Lanza]]: American tenor whose parents were immigrants takes up a common Italian name (predating a plumber by at least thirty years) with his mother's maiden name. Portrayed the Neapolitan tenor above on the silver screen.
* [[spoiler:Creator/LapfoxTrax]]: Canadian furry makes electronic music using ''TONS'' of aliases.
* [[spoiler:Music/LedZeppelin]]: Four British musicians who wrote lots of [[HeavyMithril songs based on]] Creator/JRRTolkien, lost a drummer who choked on his own vomit, and won't reform because their singer [[CreatorBacklash loathes their most recognizable tune]].
** Or: Four British sex fiends screw up old blues songs, tell people they did it on purpose, and end up inventing one of the most controversial sub-genres of music in history.
* [[spoiler:Music/LimpBizkit]]: [[SelfDeprecation Self-deprecating]] NuMetal and PunkRap band known for live performances in which the vocalist emerged from a giant toilet and calling themselves "the worst band in the world" in interviews.
* [[spoiler:Music/LinkinPark]]: Six men who can't decide what genre they belong to and go from [[{{Wangst}} angsty]] [[SurprisinglyGentleSong rock ballads]] to [[{{Wangst}} angsty]] NuMetal. Have two singers, one only raps and another [[MetalScream screams]] [[CarefulWithThatAxe a lot]].
** [[spoiler: Fort Minor]]: The rapper heads out on his own and comes up with a [[OneHitWonder very popular]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk5jIDzWv_s ringtone]] and a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5YJfPBqPNE sports anthem]]. Surprisingly, little angst is to be found.
** [[spoiler:Dead by Sunrise]]: The lead singer removes every hip-hop influence and [[CreatorBreakdown cries about whatever's been itching at him in the past few years]] [[{{Wangst}} instead of his childhood.]]
* [[spoiler:Music/TheLivingTombstone]]: A guy from Israel who got popular by remixing ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', as well as songs pertaining to various months, cupcakes made from firearms, and lab rats.
* [[spoiler:Music/LizPhair]]: Indie artist whose famous album included songs about fellatio and sexual promiscuity. Later hated by critics and indie kids for making a pop rock album.
* [[spoiler: LonelyIsland]]: That weird guy from Series/SaturdayNightLive and HotRod gets together with his two buddies that wrote and produced for both of those works to create weird joke songs about jizzing your pants and being on a boat.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Lordi}}]]: Finnish members of the KISS Army dress like a Nordic version of GWAR, perform catchy hard rock, and TAKE OVER THE WORLD! Or, rather, the Eurovision Song Contest, which is usually the provenance of safe soft pop music.
* [[spoiler: Lords of Acid]]: Band sings about sex. A lot.
* [[spoiler:Los Bravos]]: Four Spaniards and a German who sounds like a country singer rip off Music/TheBeatles. Their biggest hit, which is also [[OneHitWonder their only American hit]], is a [[LyricalDissonance highly upbeat]] BreakupSong with a color being itself in the title.
* [[spoiler:''Music/LupeFiasco'']]: [[BlackAndNerdy Nerdy black poet]] raps about everything from robots to skateboard to food and liquor. "Hip hop saved his life."
* [[spoiler:Music/LynyrdSkynyrd]]: Six guys from Florida with XtremeKoolLetterz write songs about the DeepSouth and avian liberty. Many of the members were killed in a plane crash.
* [[spoiler:[[Music/{{MIA}} M.I.A.]]]]: Sri Lankan musician who raps over drum machines and drops anvils about politics. Her most famous song's title refers to a popular form of origami.
* [[spoiler:Music/MachinaeSupremacy]]: Swedish nerds mix power metal with chiptunes and sing about video games and self-empowerment. They also cover pop songs and make them [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning drastically different]].
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Macklemore}}]]: A pug-faced nobody from Seattle somehow tops the pop charts by rapping about wearing old people's clothes and homosexuality. Always gives credit to his producer even though nobody cares about him.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Madness}}]]: Seven guys from Camden town who wrote songs about buying condoms and their school uniforms.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Madonna}}]]: A woman from Michigan who built her career in getting MoralGuardians upset.
* [[spoiler:Music/GustavMahler]]: German-speaking Bohemian Jew writes pieces nearly twice as long as Beethoven's.
* [[spoiler:The Mamas and the Papas]]: A man (who will later molest his own daughter) leaves his wife for a bratty teenager. They team up with a fat lady and a drunken Canadian to drop acid and take turns breaking each other's hearts in four-part harmony. They sing about a day of the week and a state.
* [[spoiler:Man or Astro-man?]]: Some guys from Alabama pretend to be aliens and play instrumental songs.
* [[spoiler: Music/HenryMancini]]: Jazz pianist-turned-film/TV composer who wrote a driving jazz theme song for TV, a song about [[ThePinkPanther jewel thefts depicted by a saxophone]], etc.
* [[spoiler:Manfred Mann]]: Four Brits and a South African who named their band after the South African anyway against the drummer's request. Their biggest hit was [[CoveredUp originally recorded the same year]] [[TheCoverChangesTheGender by a forgotten girl group]].
** [[spoiler:Manfred Mann's Earth Band]]: South African forms a band in TheSeventies that sounds remarkably like their contemporaries. Their biggest hit was a Music/BruceSpringsteen cover that has a famous {{Mondegreen}}.
** [[spoiler:The Manfreds]]: The original band above sans the South African.
* [[spoiler: Music/MaroonFive]]: Californians named after a crayon (and previously, garden work) sing about sex. After a hit single about a sexagenarian's dance moves, ditch instruments for a poppier sound.
** [[spoiler: Creator/AdamLevine]]: The band's egotistical lead singer, with the voice of a frog, a pechant for taking his clothes off, and a job as a talent judge.
** [[spoiler: The Payphone music video]]: Lead singer get caught in bank shooting. Singer get mistaken for shooter by the police. He later steals a car from a rapper.
* [[spoiler:Music/MarilynManson]]: Outcast from Florida randomly decides he wants to be a shockrocker, is successful, and then has his intelligence and art belittled because he's too weird for his own good.
* [[spoiler:Music/BrunoMars]]: Hawaiian guy can't decide what genre he should stick to. His most famous song is about doing something dangerous for a woman that hates him.
** [[spoiler: Grenade]]: Guy claims he'll catch explosives for a woman that dumped him.
** [[spoiler: The Lazy Song]]: Guy becomes a lazy slob.
* [[spoiler:Music/MarvinGaye]]: A guy who started out as a sideman drummer, did not write many of his own songs, feuded with his record company, and went bankrupt. Also, had [[OffingTheOffspring really serious conflicts with his father.]]
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Mastodon}}]]: Four guys from Atlanta with unusual voices play metal songs about Literature/MobyDick, {{Rasputin|TheMadMonk}}, and drug-addicted woodcutters.
* [[spoiler:Maxibacon]]: Two full-grown men wave Wii remotes at a computer and blabber incoherently.
* [[spoiler:Mazelna Kiken]]: A zebra-headed street performer who talks way too fast.
* [[spoiler:Music/MeatLoaf]]: Fat guy from Texas sings [[NarmCharm ten minute long mini-operas with silly lyrics]] about sex, cars, having sex in cars, crashing cars and occasionally motorcycles.
* [[spoiler:The Megas]]: Four guys from LA remix songs from an NES game using rock instruments and give personalities to fictional characters that previously had little to no personality through their songs.
* [[spoiler: Melt Banana]]: A hyperactive Japanese girl yelps out random words while her band bashes their instruments.
* [[spoiler: Music/TheMelvins]]: Two guys who didn't let Kurt Cobain into their band and can't hold on to a bassist name themselves after a grocery store clerk.
* [[spoiler: Men At Work]]: Five guys from the LandDownUnder write a song about it.
* [[spoiler: Men Without Hats]]: A group of men from Quebec likes to dance without their friends. Because their friends don't dance and if they don't dance well, they are no friends of them.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Metallica}}]]: Three Californians and a Dane who got together during TheEighties and changed their musical style and haircuts ([[TheyChangedItNowItSucks to the chagrin of the fandom]]) in TheNineties. Their drummer [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil made a total ass of himself about file sharing]]. Fans are divided as to the exact moment when they JumpedTheShark, but [[CanonDiscontinuity even the band admits that they wish they could just pretend]] [[DorkAge that their ninth album]] [[CanonDiscontinuity never happened]].
** [[spoiler:Music/{{Megadeth}}]]: A fourth Californian, who used to play guitar for the above band, gets into a 20+ year feud with his former bandmates (but especially the Dane) after they literally [[PutOnABus put him on a bus]]. [[FandomRivalry His fans and theirs don't really get along very well]]. Recorded a song just for [[Main/GuitarHero a video game.]]
* [[spoiler:Giacomo Meyerbeer]]: German-Jewish composer who sucks at writing operas in his native tongue goes to Italy, changes his name, and rips off Rossini. Later he moves to Paris, where he stages operas in a style for which he is synonymous.
* [[spoiler: Midori]]: A Japanese girl wearing a schoolgirl uniform screams while her band plays jazz-punk fusion.
* [[spoiler:Music/MidnightOil]]: Some angry Australians shout a lot about environmental and aboriginal issues, and use lots of [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness big words]].
* [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/Left4Dead2 Midnight Riders]]]]: Four guys from Texas who [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial certainly didn't murder anyone from Love Supply]] make hard rock. They ''did'' win the Grammy for Most Pyrotechnics in a Single Concert, though.
* [[spoiler:Music/MileyCyrus]]: A thirteen-year old girl moves from the country to Hollywood, gets a TV show with her father which resembles her real life (at least, the one she has after the show becomes popular), and sings songs about leading a normal life in Hollywood. Her mistakes become fodder for the tabloids, and growing up in public becomes controversial. She soon dresses like a WingedHumanoid, dates a handsome Australian boy, decides to become a sexualized/insane party animal and rides on construction equipment naked.
* [[spoiler:Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence]]: A quartet from New York who can't decide what genre their playing. The original bassist left and was replaced by Gerard Way's wife.
* [[spoiler:Moby Grape]]: Five guys from San Francisco sing about girls on two-wheel road vehicles, cities in Nebraska, characters from French literature and other weird stuff while apparently attracting a cult following of stoners.
* [[spoiler:Music/ModestMouse]]: An indie rock band fronted by a guy who has the same name as a British army officer who died in the War Of 1812, sings like [[SpaceGhostCoastToCoast Brak]] with a lisp, and tends to write WordSaladLyrics. KidzBop covered their most famous song (which shares its name with a one-hit wonder song from 1977), and their most famous member joined pretty late in their career and is known for playing guitar in some British band from the eighties.
* [[spoiler: Music/TheMonkees]]: FakeBand formed for a TV show that consists of a TV actor whose career involved the circus, a British guy who gave up horse racing for the musical stage, a folk singer from the East coast, and a Texas hillbilly who wears a thick green piece of winter clothing.
* [[spoiler: The Monks]]: American ex-[=GI=]s in Germany start a rock band and try to become the antithesis of their contemporaries, the Beatles. Only recorded one album before they broke up, and they only got away with that album because their German audience didn't know or care what they were actually singing about.
* [[spoiler:Monte Cazazza]]: A misanthrope who likes to gift his friends with dead cats on fire releases two albums within a 45 year career of avoiding attention. He is credited with naming a genre that no longer resembles his music at all.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Motorhead}}]]: A group of {{Mean Brit}}s led by a singer who [[KavorkaMan despite disadvantaged looks]] [[MemeticSexGod holds the record of groupies banged]]. Their biggest hit revolves around cards.
* [[spoiler:Music/MottTheHoople]]: Five Brits who had their first album's title changed by their record company, then almost broke up before the androgynous rock star above gave them one of his songs.
* [[spoiler:Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart]]: A boy flirts with an ill-fated princess while his father takes him on tour. When he grows up, he writes about harems, seducers, and birdcatchers.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Muse}}]]: A British guitarist with an interest in space and the paranormal writes over-the-top [[AlternativeRock alternative]][=/=][[ProgressiveRock progressive]] rock and plays it with two of his friends.
* [[spoiler:Music/MurrayGold]]: A composer who writes music about time travel.
* [[spoiler:Music/ModestMussorgsky]]: Russian alcoholic whose most famous works include a musical depiction of a witches' Sabbath, a museum exhibit, and Russian history.
* [[spoiler:Music/MyBloodyValentine]]: Two Irish guys, one with an unpronounceable name, and two British girls form a band. They play at ear-shattering volumes, mix everything into a huge wall of sound, and stare at their own shoes.
* [[spoiler:Music/MyChemicalRomance]]: Four guys from New Jersey create music tangentially related to their LARP campaigns.
* [[spoiler: "My Jeans"]]: A song by a 12-year-old girl who feels a great urge to buy a pair of pants. The video features her driving a car even though she isn't the right age to do so.
* [[spoiler: Music/NewOrder]]: Four nightclub owners from Manchester. They were [[JoyDivision in a band with a really charismatic singer]], but he killed himself. One of them asked his girlfriend to play the keyboards, and they decided to keep playing since they weren't qualified to do anything else.
* [[spoiler: Music/NickCave And The Bad Seeds]]: A stick-figure man angsts about God and love for twenty-seven years while musicians constantly join and leave his backing band.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Nightwish}}]]: Opera singer joins Finnish heavy metal band, writes Gothic WordSaladLyrics filled with FauxSymbolism and Disney references.
* [[spoiler:Music/NineInchNails]]: Former junkie gets mad and decides to play lots of instruments in a way that makes them sound like factory machines. He wins a Grammy for saying "fist fuck" and an Oscar for composing about a geek who got sued a lot. One of his songs is now more associated with a guy much older than him.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Nirvana}}]]: Two guys from Washington and an Ohioan who wrote noisy, [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth simple]] music with [[WordSaladLyrics weird lyrics]] and [[WordSaladTitle even weirder titles]].
* [[spoiler: Music/TheNotoriousBIG]]: An obese man from New York who could rhyme well, but only released one album before somebody killed him.
* [[spoiler:[[HarshNoise Noise Music]]]]: An atonal, dissonant racket made of whatever can be found that somehow gets passed off as music.
* [[spoiler:[[NeutralMilkHotel Neutral Milk Hotel]]]]: A bunch of weirdos sing about the vocalist's love for Anne Frank. Worshipped by other weirdos.
* [[spoiler:[[NinjaSexParty Ninja Sex Party's]] ''[[NinjaSexParty Dinosaur Laser Fight]]'']]: A delusional unitard-and-cape-clad Jew and his sociopathic mute friend serenade a class with a happy, upbeat song about earth's first school shooting.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Oasis}}]]: Five British musicians, led by two brothers who fight with everyone, including themselves. Have an unhealthy obsession with the "Four musicians from Northern England".
* [[spoiler:Music/TheOffspring]]: Guy with an MD in biology gets along with three other guys to write angry and snarky music. A part of their fandom met them [[CrazyTaxi driving dangerously]].
* [[spoiler: Music/OingoBoingo]]: Eight Southern Californians spin paranoid, often psychedelic musical fantasies in a vaguely multicultural style. Their leader later becomes a movie composer often collaborating with a specific director.
* [[spoiler: {{One Direction}}]]: Four British guys and an Irish that are known for singing SillyLoveSongs replicate Beatlemania nearly 50 years later.
* [[spoiler: The Only Ones]]: A squeaky-voiced heroin addict, a balding punk rocker, a relic from the sixties and a man who looks like a vulture perform songs about love, drugs, a love of drugs and drug-addled love.
* [[spoiler: Oomph!]]: An industrial metal band of 40-something Germans. They wear lots of dark make-up and write songs about hide-and-go-seek and jumping off the roof while sleep walking. Their music videos are often either fairy tales or obscure with no relation to the lyrics [[spoiler: see the music video for "Traumst du"]].
* [[spoiler:Operation Re-Information / Wizard Master]]: A programmer and his friends play music using computer keyboards with straps so they can be worn like guitars.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Opeth}}]]: Five Swedes decide that what death metal really needs is more Hammond Organ and jazz guitar and make many music videos that appear to be set in abandoned Victorian mansions.
* [[spoiler:Music/OwlCity]]: A [[ManChild man-child]] and his syntheziter create WordSaladLyrics. He becomes a huge two-hit wonder with a song about insects, then a duet with [[CarlyRaeJepsen another two-hit wonder who in her other hit, maybe got called]]. Both artists on the duet are remembered mostly for their one solo hit rather than the duet.
* [[spoiler: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P_(group) P]] ]]: A guy who can't sing recruits Creator/JohnnyDepp to play guitar and [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers Flea]] to play bass. River Phoenix dies the night they play.
* [[spoiler:[[http://pairs.bandcamp.com Pairs]] ]]: An Australian singer who can barely carry a tune and a Chinese guitarist who's still learning how to play. Their recordings sound cheaply done and their videos, even cheaper.
* [[spoiler:Music/PanicAtTheDisco]]: A quartet from Las Vegas who can't decide if it wants to be FallOutBoy or Music/TheBeatles and are heavily known for looking [[DudeLooksLikeALady very feminine]] and enacting in lots of FauxYay. Their biggest hit featured the singer dressed as a Johnny Depp character.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Pantera}}]]: A group of former [[HardRock hair metal]] guys who hired a manly singer and [[GrowingTheBeard changed]] entirely in TheNineties, creating the Groove Metal genre at the same time.
* [[spoiler:Music/PassengerOfShit]]: Hardcore electronica's GarbagePostKid.
* [[spoiler:Music/PearlJam]]: A bunch of Washington musicians, led by a singer with a [[{{Yarling}} distinctive]] and at times [[TheUnintelligible incomprehensible]] style. At a certain point, decided to alienate their fanbase. They had a number 2 hit with a cover of a 60s one-hit wonder.
* [[spoiler:Music/PeterFrampton]]: A big-haired ginger who became famous for a talking guitar.
* [[spoiler:Music/ThePillows]]: Three Japanese guys try really hard to make 90's grunge sound upbeat, although before that they made jazzy lounge-pop.
* [[spoiler:Music/PinkFloyd]]: First: British musician gets stoned and writes songs. Then: Another British musician thinks about past and present annoyances and writes songs. Finally: A third British musician tries writing happier songs.
** [[spoiler:Music/TheWall]]: A man dies in WorldWarII, so his son decides to whine about it.
** [[spoiler:Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon]]: An album where sound effects and [[CarefulWithThatAxe screaming]] [[OneWomanWail women]] replace music and lyrics at certain points. Fans like to hear it watching ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
** [[spoiler:Music/ThePiperAtTheGatesOfDawn]]: An eccentric, high as fuck musician sings songs about the solar system, cats and bikes while the rest of his band plays trippy music.
** [[spoiler:Music/WishYouWereHere]]: An album where EpicRocking is abundant, although three of the songs were added through ExecutiveMeddling. The original plan for the album involved a nine-part song comparing the first musician to jewelry.
* [[spoiler: Music/PJHarvey]]: A weird woman performing alternative rock songs that are both wild and sensual without being sleazy, but are actually lovely to listen to.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Prince}}]]: A short guy from the [[UsefulNotes/TwinCities Midwest]] [[IAmTheBand writes and performs]] songs about [[IntercourseWithYou Sex]] in a falsetto voice all the while wearing feminine outfits. Later changed his name to an [[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX unpronounceable symbol]], forcing the media to resort to referring to him by an extremely long name.
** [[spoiler: Music/PrincesAssociates]]: Same guy releases songs with different lead singers while not crediting himself anywhere on the record.
* [[spoiler: Music/TheProdigy]]: Bunch of ex-acid house ravers from Essex fronted by two men called Keith.
** Or: British guys sing about fire.
* [[spoiler: Music/APlaceToBuryStrangers]]: 3-piece band turns off the lights and plays nightmarish music at ear-shattering volumes.
* [[spoiler: Music/ThePolice]]: A drummer with a large ego forms a three piece, recruiting a bassist with an even larger ego, and a quiet but nice guitarist. They make songs about prostitutes, social inequality and Soviet Russia.
** [[spoiler: Stewart Copeland]]: The drummer from the said band goes on to make soundtracks with a synthesizer. Better than it sounds. [[SpyroTheDragon Made a lot of gamers happy.]]
** [[spoiler:Music/{{Sting}}]]: Said bassist with a huge ego writes weird music and decides to give his money to other people.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheProtomen]]: A group of musicians from Nashville, Tennessee join forces to create a {{Dystopia}}n Rock Opera based off of a series of NES games that originally contain virtually [[ExcusePlot no storyline whatsoever.]] [[{{Kayfabe}} They then proceed to act out as if it was real and they're a handful of the few rebelling citzens.]][[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters A ten-piece group, half of which changed out between the first and second albums]] [[RobotBuddy and one of which is a robot.]]
* [[spoiler:Music/PorcupineTree]]: British guy who really likes Music/PinkFloyd starts recording psychedelic rock and attributing it to a [[FakeBand forgotten psychedelic band from the 70s]] [[IAmTheBand on his own]], hires a few other musicians, who end up deciding they like Music/{{Radiohead}} and Music/{{Opeth}} and start playing [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly a strange mix of psychedelic rock, alternative rock, prog metal, with the occasional electronica/post-rock influence]]. {{Rush}} and Music/KingCrimson members appear sometimes.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Psy}}]]: K-Pop star becomes world famous with a silly YouTube song that has a silly dance.
* [[spoiler: {{Music/Primus}}]]: Two guys from California team up with a drummer from North Carolina to play discordant funk metal ([[GenreRoulette mostly]]) with complex slap-bass and [[WordSaladLyrics bizarre lyrical content]]. A clear influence from Music/TheResidents is audible.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Queen}}]]: A guy with an ABD in astrophysics joins forces with a flamboyantly gay singer to write mini-rock operas about riding a bicycle. Over 30 years later he gets that [=PhD=].
** [[spoiler:"Bohemian Rhapsody"]]: One of their songs, wherein a condemned murderer who feels no remorse for his crime wangsts about not being a KarmaHoudini.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Radiohead}}]]: {{Angst}}y British band, broke out after a song of theirs [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff became a hit in Israel]], at a certain point [[NewSoundAlbum decided to shift into weird music]], and later got into a feud with Music/MileyCyrus.
* [[spoiler: Music/RageAgainstTheMachine]][=/=][[spoiler: Street Sweeper Social Club]]: A political rapper joins forces with a guitarist who sometimes mistakes his axe for a turntable.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Rammstein}}]]: Six Germans with a fire fetish.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheRamones]]: An authoritarian Republican, baseball card collector and horror movies fan, a left-wing six-feet-ten Jewish geek with OCD, a bipolar German heroin addict and their Hungarian high-school friend become models for generations to come (by making two-minute songs about sniffing glue and hitting people with bats) while not achieving commercial success until the band broke up... 20 years later.
* [[spoiler:Music/RedHotChiliPeppers]]: Four [[WalkingShirtlessScene shirtless]] Californians who like to sing about sex and their state.
* [[spoiler:Music/RedHousePainters]]: A bunch of guys play long, drawn out, slow songs about how much life sucks. Known to cause depression in listeners.
* [[spoiler:Music/LouReed]]: The former lead singer of [[Music/VelvetUnderground a band affiliated with the Warhol Factory and bananas]]. Made an album which only consisted of 64 minutes of [[HarshNoise white noise]]. Along with [[Music/FrankZappa a guy listed near the bottom of this page]], contributes inspiration for the peaceful overthrow of Communism in Czechoslovakia.
* [[spoiler:Music/RelientK]]: a rock band that sings SillyLoveSongs and the occasional Christian rock song. They've lost all but two of the original members over the years, but ever time someone quits, they're quickly replaced.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{REM}}]]: Band named after a type of sleep. Took their most famous album name from the sign on a local restaurant. Has a hit where [[SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein nobody understands the lyrics.]] Sang songs about a radio station, rivers, train drivers, [[Creator/AndyKaufman a dead comedian]], and were generally so melancholy that [[Music/KurtCobain the singer]] in [[Music/{{Nirvana}} another band]] had one of their [=CDs=] in his stereo when he shot himself.
* [[spoiler:REOSpeedwagon]]: A bunch of college students from Illinois get together to make power-ballads.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheResidents]]: Four anonymous guys from Louisiana wearing eyeball masks and making music that is both funny and a test to your endurance.
** Alternatively: A group of people nobody knows make music so obscure even ''they'' sometimes forget it exists.
* [[spoiler: Music/RhapsodyOfFire]]: Italian band tells an EpicFantasy saga through Symphonic Metal
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Rihanna}}]]: A chick from Barbados sings songs about sex and love while wearing very little.
** [[spoiler: The "Diamonds" music video]]: Bizarre imagery is shown for some reason.
* [[spoiler: Music/RiloKiley]]: Pinsky from SaluteYourShorts and the girl for TroopBeverlyHills and TheWiz become indie darlings.
* [[spoiler:Rod Stewart]]: A hard rocker makes increasingly mellow music until he becomes a standards singer full-time. Married a woman much younger than him and (according to an urban legend) had semen pumped from his stomach.
* [[spoiler: Music/TheRollingStones]]: Four British musicians tough to kill and/or retire.
** [[spoiler:Music/TheWho]]: ̶F̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶r̶e̶e̶ Two British musicians. Tough to retire, but easy to kill.
*** [[spoiler:''Music/{{Tommy}}'']]: Kid becomes InspirationallyDisadvantaged and goes to the arcade.
* [[spoiler:Music/RonnieJamesDio]]: A middle-aged New Hampshirite with a heroic tenor fit for [[Music/RichardWagner Wagner]] fronts a few metal acts, invents a new hand gesture and sings a lot of songs about [[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows rainbows.]]
* [[spoiler:Music/GioachinoRossini]]: A [[BrilliantButLazy lazy genius]] of an Italian [[SupremeChef connoisseur]] born on [[LeapDay the twenty-ninth of February]] constantly [[SelfPlagiarism reuses his music for his operas]], the [[Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville best-known of which]] is about a [[AlmightyJanitor jack-of-all-trades]] [[TheBarber barber]] who helps a young nobleman [[LoveAtFirstSight obtain the woman he has become enamored with]] and was written thirty years after its [[Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro sequel]] premiered. His other well-known works, most of which are [[StandardSnippet five- to eleven-minute extracts from his other operas]], [[EarWorm usually get stuck in people's heads]].
* [[spoiler:The Royal Guardsmen]]: Six guys from Florida write songs about a dog from a comic strip.
* [[spoiler:Music/RufusWainwright]]: The gay, bilingual MartyStu son of two folksingers, with a flair for the dramatic (or more specifically, the operatic). Possesses a voice that could either [[Literature/TheOdyssey wreck ships]] or [[NailsOnABlackboard peel paint]], [[LoveItOrHateIt depending on whom you ask]]. Sings about beverages and vices in his SignatureSong.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheRunaways]]: A DirtyOldMan writes creepy songs about teenage girls having lots of sex and assembles a band of actual jailbait to perform them in their underwear.
* [[spoiler:Music/RunningWild]]: A bunch of German guys singing songs about pirates and history in general. {{Trope Maker}}s for "[[HeavyMithril Pirate Metal]]".
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Rush}}]]: Two high school dropouts and a long haired man with an incredibly high voice perform songs about philosophy and Mark Twain books.
* [[spoiler: {{Sabaton}}]]: A band that sings about historical events. And about how tough various Nazi military units were.
* [[spoiler: Schoolyard Heroes]]: High school buddies write horror-themed songs. Once responded to a Moral Guardian by blaming their behavior on fast food.
* [[spoiler:Music/FranzSchubert]]: An Austrian choral singer writes over a thousand works before his [[AuthorExistenceFailure premature death]].
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Scooter}}]]: Techno with singing chipmunks and a German guy screaming random English phrases.
* [[spoiler:The Servotron Robot Allegiance]]: A group of robots hate you and are afraid of Radio Shack.
* [[spoiler: Music/SexPistols]]: Band managed by a London shopkeeper, who hired the singer because he liked his t-shirt. Had a hit with a song named after the British National Anthem. The only reason that song never became a number one hit was to avoid controversy, so the chart was rigged to keep them out of that position. Bassist couldn't play [[DreadfulMusician at all]] and tended to have his amps turned down. Toured America but it was a bit of a disaster so they broke up.
* [[spoiler: Music/TheShaggs]]: Four sisters with no musical talent whatsoever.
* [[spoiler: Showbread]]: Two brothers form a worship band for their church youth group as an excuse to play terrible Music/{{Nirvana}} covers, get way into weird punk and theology and [[NewSoundAlbum change their sound]] so much they alienate all the fans who thought they were a {{Metalcore}} band, along with [[RevolvingDoorBand most of their members]]. Had two lead vocalists for a time, one of whom was a black guy named Ivory.
* [[spoiler: Music/TheSistersOfMercy]]: A snarky British polyglot with a leather fetish implies at length that he really likes drugs, girls, and guns.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Slayer}}]]: Four Californians [[RockMeAsmodeus go on about Satan]] despite one of them being Catholic. May be useful in [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark ridding your town of unwanted hippies]].
* [[spoiler: Sleigh Bells]]: A former girl group singer and a former {{Post-Hardcore}} guitarist get together to play dance music that [[LoudnessWar abuses dynamic range compression]].
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Slipknot}}]]: An 8 person band from Iowa that believes Halloween should be celebrated all year long. Met their lead singer in a porn shop.
** [[spoiler: Stone Sour]]: The lead vocals and one of the guitarists wear normal clothes occasionally.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Skrillex}}]]: A long-haired, bespectacled, pale man who performs for entire stadiums with nothing but a [=MacBook=] and a drumpad, and is somehow famous.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Skyclad}}]]: British man who sounds like orc barks out generally angry, misanthropic lyrics that somehow resembles Shakespearian poetry to thrash metal with violins. Also had to cancel tours once because guitarist felt like it was a good idea to jump over the nearest fence while wearing sunglasses.
* [[spoiler: Music/SongsToWearPantsTo]]: Asian guy asks people what his songs should be about.
* [[spoiler: Music/SonicYouth]]: Three guys and a girl from New York who can't sing and can't play music don't tune their guitars before playing and get really popular amongst hipsters.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Soundgarden}}]]: Rock band named after a sculpture in a Seattle park. Were very popular but not quite as much as two other bands from the same city. Their biggest hit is melancholic, [[WordSaladLyrics nonsensical]] and [[BlackSheepHit unlike their other work]].
** [[spoiler: Music/{{Audioslave}}]]: The lead singer of the above band joins forces with the band of the turntable-guitarist after the rapper ditches them. High point is performing on a country ravaged by a dictatorship.
* [[spoiler:Music/SpandauBallet]]: Five guys dress up in kilts and spend their entire career trying to decide what their style should be. Their biggest hit has a name commonly found on tests with two answer choices.
* [[spoiler:Music/BritneySpears]]: Disney star decides to [[BareYourMidriff bare her midriff]] and show how she's ReadyForLovemaking. Later has a breakdown, shaves her head and adds [[TakeThatCritics shots at dissers]] to her resume.
* [[spoiler:Music/ReginaSpektor]]: Russian girl who sings songs about lost wallets, whacks her piano bench with a drum stick, and pronounces 'better' as 'betow'.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Spiritualized}}]]: Psychedelic shoegaze complete with trumpets, a gospel choir, and lyrics about life, love, and heavy usage of drugs.
* [[spoiler:Music/BruceSpringsteen]]: A guy sings about cars, New Jersey, poor people, and people driving cars to deal with the fact that they're poor and in New Jersey. For almost 40 years and counting.
* [[spoiler: {{Music/Starflyer59}}]]: A truck driver lives his dream of starting a rock band, then fails to become a ''famous'' rock band. The music is melancholy because the truck driver can't sing fast enough to make happy music. After four albums, he ran out of stuff to write about, so he's been singing about his own life ever since. He's currently up to album number 13.
* [[spoiler: Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam]]: The British son of a Greek man and a Swedish woman starts off writing pop songs in his teens, then gets sick and becomes a folk singer, making his comeback with an album [[spoiler:bearing a phrase used to refer to his penis]]. In his late twenties he converts to a religion that he takes up as his surname, taking nearly thirty years off in doing so while devoting himself mainly to his faith.
* [[spoiler: [[DevinTownsend Strapping Young Lad]]]]: Man with a skullet teams up with a gigantic Texan, a guitarist [[LimitedWardrobe who always wears the same shirt]] and a stout bass player to make some of the most influential extreme metal in the 90s and mid 2000s.
* [[spoiler: Music/IgorStravinsky]]: Russian musician forced to become a lawyer flees to Paris to stage his ballets, many of which [[NightmareFuel scare its listeners]]. His best-known ballet caused a massive riot at its premiere and is shown in [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} an animated film from 1940]] where it is performed [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs by dinosaurs]].
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Stryper}}]]: Four guys dress in tight yellow and black spandex and rock out about how much they love Jesus.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Suicide}}]]: Two New Yorkers play music vastly unpopular for their time and subsequently get an axe thrown at them.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Supertramp}}]]: A bunch of Brits, whose first two albums sold so poorly they fired most of the band, sing cynical songs about school, the mental health system, growing up, and each other.
* [[spoiler: Symphony of Science]]: Autotuned scientists.
* [[spoiler: Music/SystemOfADown]]: Four Armenian guys write political music with nigh IndecipherableLyrics.
* [[spoiler: {{Music/Taiji Sawada}}]]: A Japanese bassist fuses BadassBiker, TheWestern cowboy style, and VisualKei. He's kicked out of the first band he goes major with, goes OffTheWagon, has an awful life - but all along the way creates CrowningMusicOfAwesome and is one of the ''best'' slap bassists in the world. He dies of suspicious causes in a third-world backwater of the UnitedStates, and only after his death is some of his work truly recognized to be as awesome as it is.
* [[spoiler: {{Music/Talking Heads}}]]: Three guys and a girl from New York. The lead singer wrote a song about a piece of paper and once sang a song to a lamp.
* [[spoiler: Tame Impala]]: Some Australian kid's home-recording project becomes a band of five people who play music that nobody has listened to in nearly fifty years. They mostly sing about losers.
* [[spoiler: TAS-1000]]: Canadians find cassette full of messages in their answering machine and decide to make music with it.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Tatu}}]]: Russian child psychologist hired two fourteen-year-old girls to masquerade as lesbians and make out in the rain. Their biggest international hit was the English version of a song that was originally in Russian.
* [[spoiler:Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky]]: Russian homosexual whose most famous works involve fairy-tale settings and cannons.
* [[spoiler:Music/TearsForFears]]: A pair of emo British teenagers write synthesizer-heavy political songs.
* [[spoiler:Music/TedNugent]]: A very conservative guitarist with a cowboy hat who spends a big part of his concerts talking about politics. Despite being a rocker, he has never taken drugs in his life. He is known to piss off his own fans. He was a member of a one-hit wonder band in the 60s and another popular band from the early 90s.
* [[spoiler:''Music/TenaciousD'']]: Well-known Hollywood actor and his bald friend play pastiche rock'n'roll songs, mostly on acoustic guitars.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheLivingTombstone]]: An Israeli fan of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic tiny sugar-colored horses]] who makes music appertaining to such things as the month of September, guns made from cakes, and lab rats.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheyMightBeGiants]]: A rock band consisting entirely of nerds named either John or Daniel, except for the one guy named Marty. They've got an accordion, a guitar, and a drum machine. Their songs make no sense. It's awesome. Eventually, they started making kids music.
** Two coffee-addicted nerds write intentionally cryptic, catchy songs, a majority of the narrators of which are probably insane. They leave the meanings of their songs up to the fanbase to argue about.
* [[spoiler:Music/JustinTimberlake]]: One of the boys from Music/{{NSYNC}} gets famous by his many songs about sexing women up.
* [[spoiler:Music/TomWaits]]: An empty soup-can full of wet, rusty nails gets behind a piano and sings.
** [[spoiler:''Ol' 55'']]: A man annoys busy morning freeway traffic by driving way too slow.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Tool}}]]: A bald man from UncannyValley, a long-haired drug addict, a man interested in the occult, and another long-haired man who likes to play crotch-bass get together to perform songs about such topics as drug abuse, child abuse, and transcendence. They also make [[NightmareFuel insanely disturbing]] and [[MindScrew mind-screwy]] stop-motion music videos for some of the songs.
** Or: Four talented musicians spend most of their career not releasing albums or doing interviews.
** [[spoiler:Music/APerfectCircle]] The aforementioned bald UncannyValley guy starts a new band with his other band's guitar tech. They're LighterAndSofter than the other band, but still have a whole album about drug abuse. The current lineup also includes a drummer who will play with absolutely anybody, a guitarist who was a founding member of a famous nineties rock band but barely played anything on their commercial breakthrough album, and a bassist no one's ever heard of with the word "Junk" in his last name.
** In both cases, the bald guy also had a wrestler take his stage name from part of his.
* [[spoiler:Music/ToriAmos]]: [[FieryRedhead Flame-haired]] feminist artist who writes songs about [[RapeAsDrama rape]], [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbating to Jesus]], and [[WordSaladLyrics things that seem to have been the result]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs of drug use.]] Also re-invents rock songs into piano-driven dirges. Has a crazy, obsessive fanbase and is one of the hugest gay icons in AlternativeRock.
* [[spoiler:The Tornados]]: A bunch of British guys, one of whom is the father of the alternative/progressive rock guitarist above, and a German perform songs without words. Their most famous song, which is named after a satellite, was written by a gay record producer who had no real talent for music.
* [[spoiler:[[Music/MarcBolan T. Rex]]]]: A band fronted by a guy in a top hat and glitter. Its style devolved over the course of its career, going backwards from long psychedelic songs to Chuck Berry-esque three-minute pop songs. The band is considered to be one of the main influences of HairMetal. Their biggest hit was revived by a mid-80's supergroup.
* [[spoiler: {{Music/Toto}}]]: A band that played on hundreds of hit records, some of which were their own. They are named after a famous dog and are best known for singing about a continent with mostly black people.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Twiztid}}]]: Two guys who love horror movies, comics, toys, marijuana and cigarettes rap about being serial killers and wear face paint.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{U2}}]]: Four musicians from Ireland that promote [[GreenAesop awareness for the Environment]].
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Ultravox}}]]: English art students perform a quirky mixture of glam and proto-punk rock in the mid - late 1970s. They lose their leader and are directionless for a spell before picking up a former member of a Scottish boy band. They become a cool synthpop/New Romantic quartet who make iconic music videos and symbolize TheEighties.
** Alternatively: British band with no definite genre, led most famously by a short, moustached Scotsman who shares his name with an insect. Their most famous discography includes a song about a nuclear meltdown, a hymn about looking for answers, and a song that has the accolade of being Britain's favourite number two.
* [[spoiler: Music/UriahHeep]]: British band named after a character in ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'' who's had [[OneHitWonder only one Top 40 hit]], a bassist who became a member of The 27 Club, and a bunch of [[RevolvingDoorBand people coming and going over the years]].
* [[spoiler: Ritchie Valens]]: Teenager from California combines rock 'n' roll with Latino music, recording one of his most famous songs, originally the B side of a single with another song about his then-girlfriend, entirely in Spanish. Was [[spoiler: the youngest person killed in a plane crash that took two other musicians' lives]].
* [[spoiler: Van Canto]]: 5 people make guitar sounds with their mouths instead of playing instruments.
* [[spoiler: Music/VanHalen]]: A pouty-lipped Jew, a Polish-American, and two biracial immigrant brothers revolutionize pop music with watered-down heavy metal. Their guitarist channels Johann Sebastian Bach by twiddling his fingers really fast. Later on, the pouty Jew is replaced by a guy who doesn't mind getting speeding tickets. Also, the Polish-American's eventual replacement was a teenager. The group denies that [[CanonDiscontinuity they ever did an album with a third singer]].
* [[spoiler: Music/VelvetUnderground]]: East Coast band that performs songs about drugs and other nonsense. Famously discovered by Creator/AndyWarhol.
* [[spoiler: Music/GiuseppeVerdi]]: Opera's greatest composer who tried retiring three times -- the first after his second opera failed -- and just came back. His operas include cursed jesters, replications of famous assassinations and Ancient Egypt.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Versailles}}]]: Japanese PowerMetal [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys band full of]] {{pretty boy}}s formed by a singer obsessed with [[TheVampireChronicles Lestat]] and a guitarist with [[WholesomeCrossdresser a penchant for ballgowns]]. Known for [[CostumePorn wearing ridiculously elaborate costumes]] reminiscent of French aristocracy and [[SomethingAboutARose having roses literally everywhere]]. Their first bassist [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy claimed to be an alien]] until [[AuthorExistenceFailure he died of mysterious causes]], and he was eventually replaced with a guy who [[KindheartedCatLover really loves his cat]]. Also includes a [[BareYourMidriff midriff-baring]] guitarist and a drummer who loves booze a lot.
* [[spoiler:Music/VillagePeople]]: Interracial disco group (four white, two black) that has each member dressing as a different everyman occupation.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Vocaloid}}]]: A group consisting of people who don't actually exist.
** Alternatively: A text-to-speech program with cool box-art. They can sing.
** [[spoiler:Music/{{mothy}}]]: Someone who writes songs using computer programs, most of which are about horrible people, people dying, or horrible people dying.
*** Alternately (at least one [[Franchise/EvilliousChronicles song series]]: Various horrible things happen in what is beginning to not count as a RockOpera anymore. {{Satan}} is the most sane character. [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory It actually happened, sort of.]]
** [[spoiler:Night ∞ Series]]: A girl goes into a mansion full of mildly creepy people, and promptly winds up in a [[MindScrew mind-screwy]] GroundhogDayLoop with them that is [[SanitySlippage very unpleasant for all involved]].
* [[spoiler: Music/RichardWagner]]: German writer heavily in debt takes opera to the extreme, being [[MusicToInvadePolandTo embraced by the wrong guys]] and [[BannedInChina forbidden in Israel]]. [[StandardSnippet You may frequently hear his works]] [[LohengrinAndMendelssohn at weddings]] and [[Music/RideOfTheValkyries in old cartoons]].
* [[spoiler: Music/WallOfVoodoo]]: First line-up: Music/HenryMancini [[XMeetsY meets]] [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]. Second line up toned down the Mancini aspect, and added more Country. Their only hit was probably a number one hit in the country south of the United States.
* [[spoiler:Music/TheWanted]]: British-Irish boy band whose only American hit was about being happy that a girl orgasmed. Once their rivals arrived Stateside, it was all over for them.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Ween}}]]: Two misogynistic, homophobic, racist middle-school buddies get high off household cleaning products and use an 8-track to record songs about tropical fruit and fellatio.
* [[spoiler:Music/{{Weezer}}]]: Four musicians, one of whom is a soccer-loving geek who took 10 years to graduate from Harvard and the other three of whom [[FaceOfTheBand nobody knows]]. Originally opened for a band led by Creator/KeanuReeves. Their music videos are mostly famous due to the [[CelebrityStar celebrities]] in them.
* [[spoiler: Music/WesleyWillis]]: A diagnosed schizophrenic backed by a Casio drum machine wails nonsense.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Whitehouse}}]]: Three Englishmen make loud noises and shout offensive things. The frontman cited Yoko Ono as his primary influence.
** [[spoiler: Sutcliffe Jügend]]: A spinoff group lead by a man whose biggest claim to fame was being in the above band for about three years.
* [[spoiler: Wintersun]]: Absolutely epic and high-energy album follows the musings of a man lost in the wilderness as he slowly freezes to death.
* [[spoiler: Music/TheWhiteStripes]]: This rock band has '''two''' band members (any rock band worth its salt would have at least three) who were married until 2000. Their last name takes the name of the band. The main singer and instrumentalist does almost all the work, with the girl just bashing drums loudly. They enjoy [[CoveredUp butchering]] songs done by other artists. Their most famous song's title can refer to an international military alliance.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Wire}}]]: Four English art students have fun noodling around with musical instruments, making all kinds of tuneful noise in the process. Suffered a disgraceful pop music period in the late 1980s. A female-led alternative band from TheNineties famously ripped off their sound.
* [[spoiler: Music/WoodenToaster]]: A guy from Great Britain makes songs about [[SurpriseCreepy surprisingly eerie]] weather factories, waking up, and Halloween analogues. These songs are based on [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic a children's show]].
* [[spoiler: TheWorldInfernoFriendshipSociety]]: A bunch of drunk anarchists play all kinds of instruments in songs about dead people, psychic powers, and getting into fistfights.
* [[spoiler: X]]: A couple of poets, a rockabilly musician, and a drummer form a punk band. The poets get married. The band plays songs about their hometown, being broke, and being married. The poets then break up. The band makes a metal record now considered CanonDiscontinuity, the rockabilly musician leave, the rockabilly musician returns, and the band keeps playing live shows.
* [[spoiler:Music/XJapan]]: An effeminate pianist writes speed metal songs about drugs, sex, and murder, sometimes all three at once. The band spent 29 minutes singing about the drummer's HeroicBSOD, and that was ''before'' the lead guitarist killed himself in a bizarre incident involving [[NoodleImplements a towel and a doorknob.]]
* [[spoiler: Music/WeirdAlYankovic]]: A man known primarily for parodies of other people's music. His Top 40 hits are from the perspectives of (in order): A parent trying to get the kid to eat, a grunge rocker who'd rather not enunciate, a card-carrying nerd, and a grammarian who's letting off some steam.
* [[spoiler: Music/TheYardbirds]]: A bunch of guys from London, although most people only remember three guitarists, one of whom formed a band named after a milky substance while another formed the band who screwed up old blues songs. The bassist produced several albums by the British religious convert.
* [[spoiler: Music/{{Yes}}]]: Five Englishmen write songs about vaguely religious gibberish that never end, best known for having a keyboard player who wore a cape and eventually wrote music about dead kings and their wives.
* [[spoiler: Music/YukiKajiura]]: A GenderBender {{Expy}} of the deaf German man up above, pre-deafness, who even grew up in his hometown despite being originally from another continent.
** [[spoiler: See-Saw]]: Two Japanese women, one of whom was an OfficeLady until she RageQuit, sing love songs with twisted lyrics for the benefit of HumongousMecha.
** [[spoiler: [=FictionJunction=]]]: A series of ripoffs of the Svengali/Trilby relationship named after a narratological term and a type of civilian infrastructure.
** [[spoiler: Kalafina]]: Three ElegantGothicLolita singers and one insane pianist. Their breakout hit involves screaming the word "[[spoiler:oblivious]]" in GratuitousEnglish over and over.
* [[spoiler: YokoKanno]]: A Japanese musician writes mainly [[{{Anime}} cartoon]] [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly soundtracks]], and is beloved for it.
* [[spoiler:Music/FrankZappa]]: A weird guy from Southern California creates [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly at times insane, genre-defying music]] inspired by early 20th century avantgarde classical music, jazz, blues and doowop with [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments outrageously funny lyrics]] attacking politics in sarcastic satire, while at the same writing songs about groupies, motels and tourbuses, who [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude gives his kids weird names]], and, despite no significant commercial success, goes on to inspire generations of musicians and the peaceful, intellectual revolution that overthrew the Communist government in [[UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic Czechoslovakia]].
* [[spoiler: Music/ZZTop]]: Three homely blondes from Texas sing about lower appendages and find a ''surprising'' number of metaphors for [[IntercourseWithYou the deed]].
** Or: A band famous for not shaving. Ironically, the one member you'd expect to have a beard does ''not'' have one.
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