''See also'' ComicsRuleEverythingAroundMe, HeavyMithril, {{Nerdcore}}.

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* Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart once attended a concert by Music/JohannSebastianBach and was so enthusiastic that he applauded warmly and said: "Any composer could learn something from this!"
* Similarly Music/LudwigVanBeethoven was a Mozart fan.
** And both of the above men were also fans of Music/GeorgeFredericHandel, Beethoven said of him "the master of us all...the greatest composer that ever lived".
* Conductor Arturo Toscanini once saw ''WesternAnimation/TheBandConcert'' in the theater and liked the cartoon so much that he asked the projectionist to play it a second time in a row.
** Another conductor with a love for Disney was Jerome Kern, who said: "Disney has made use of music as a language."
* Frederick Delius was a fan of Music/RichardWagner.
* Music/GustavHolst loved Creator/ThomasHardy and his work ''Egdon Heath'' is a musical adaptation of the eponymous fictious location in ''Literature/TheReturnOfTheNative''.

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* Music/MilesDavis said about Music/LouisArmstrong: "You know you can't play anything on a horn that Louis hasn't played — I mean even modern. … I love his approach to the trumpet; he never sounds bad. He plays on the beat and you can't miss when you play on the beat — with feeling. That's another phrase for swing."
* Jazz bassist and soul vocalist Thundercat. Apart from the [[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}} obvious clue in his name]], he's released songs called "TheLifeAquatic" and "[[NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]" and owns a cat named {{Tron}}. The music video for the song about his cat, "Tron Song", features Thundercat wearing [[WesternAnimation/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan armor]] and exploding someone's head with his brain, resulting in a [[MortalKombat Fatality with Flawless Victory]].

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* Music/BingCrosby adored Music/LouisArmstrong and said: "He was the only musician who ever lived, who can't be replaced by someone."
* Music/FrankSinatra's big influence was Music/BingCrosby. He also felt that Music/SarahVaughan and Music/BillieHoliday were among the best singers he ever heard and Holiday in particular "the greatest single musical influence" on him. Vaughan was so good in his ears that it made him consider "slitting his own wrists with a dull razor".
* Music/TomJones is a huge Elvis fan.
* Music/JacquesBrel liked Creator/TheMarxBrothers so much that his song ''Le Gaz'' was inspired by the crowded room scene in ''Film/ANightAtTheOpera''. He also adored classical music and said it humbled him whenever success went to his head.

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* Music/ElvisPresley was apparently a comic book fan, and, as the legend goes, based the capes he wore onstage (and maybe even his hairstyle) on that of [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel Jr.]]
** He was a huge fan of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. Apparently he frequently quoted the ''Nudge Nudge'' sketch. He also owned a copy of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' and quoted incessantly from this movie, especially the ''Knights Who Say "Ni"'' sketch. Creator/MichaelPalin felt particularly great about this, because he was an Elvis fan since his youth.
** Elvis also loved ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' and enjoyed imitating Creator/PeterSellers as Inspector Clouseau.
* Guitar legend Link Wray was known for being a huge TV addict. On top of his addiction : westerns, but mostly ''Series/StarTrek'' and the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' (which he made several songs about, including a well-known cover of the theme song.).
* According to rumor, Music/TheBeatles had considered making a film adaptation of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' with Creator/StanleyKubrick in 1969. Music/JohnLennon liked ''Film/TwoThousandAndOneASpaceOdyssey'' so much that he claimed in 1968: "I watch it every week."
** Music/JohnLennon and Music/RingoStarr were big fans of the books of Creator/TerrySouthern. They put him on the cover of ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' too. Ringo even starred in an adaptation of Southern's book ''Film/TheMagicChristian'' and wrote down the line "Buy a Terry Southern Book" in the sleeve notes of his 1974 album ''Goodnight Vienna''.
** Lennon enjoyed Creator/LewisCarroll so much that entire songs were inspired by Literature/AliceInWonderland, for instance ''"I Am The Walrus"'' and ''"Cry Baby Cry"''. He even put Carroll's face on the album cover of ''Music/SergeantPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand"''.
*** Several people on the cover of ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' in general were artists the Beatles admired: Creator/FredAstaire, Creator/MarlonBrando (a throwaway line in ''Film/TheWildOne'' about a motorbike gang named "the Beatles" inspired their band name), Creator/WilliamSBurroughs, Creator/LennyBruce, Creator/LewisCarroll, Creator/AleisterCrowley, Creator/TonyCurtis, Creator/MarleneDietrich, Music/BobDylan, Creator/WCFields, UsefulNotes/CarlJung, Creator/LaurelAndHardy, Creator/MarilynMonroe, Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw, Creator/TerrySouthern, Creator/DylanThomas, Creator/JohnnyWeissmuller, Creator/MaeWest, Creator/ShirleyTemple (apart from George who disliked her), Creator/HGWells and Creator/OscarWilde.
** Music/PaulMcCartney has been a fan of the comic strip ''ComicStrip/RupertBear'' since his youth and even wrote music for an animated adaptation in the 1980s. He also called Music/TheBeachBoys ''Music/PetSounds'' his favorite album of all time and the 1971 concert by Music/FelaKuti he saw in Nigeria one of the best performances he ever saw in his life.
** All Beatle members loved early RockAndRoll, especially Music/ElvisPresley, Music/LittleRichard and Music/ChuckBerry. They were thrilled to meet their idols in person after they became famous. They all shared a love for Music/BobDylan too and put him on the cover of ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' as the only other musician, besides
** The Beatles were also fans of Creator/MontyPython, but Music/GeorgeHarrison's adoration went further than the others. Apparently, he saw the very first Monty Python episode while the Beatles were doing "Music/LetItBe" and the recording session had been all chaotic and George was depressed -- but watching Monty Python made him feel like that the spirit of fun and whimsy that used to be in the Beatles had been reborn in Python. He wrote a letter to the BBC that night, begging them to keep Python on the air. ... Later, he befriended the Pythons, and when their producer pulled out two days before filming on ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' was about to start, George put up the money himself. But even though they were all friends, according to Creator/MichaelPalin, sometimes George would drive them a little crazy by sometimes quoting Python sketches in an effort to get them to "do" the sketch with him. Michael Palin even claims that sometimes George Harrison, who always loved the "Lumberjack" sketch, would use the alias "Jack Lumber" while traveling.
*** Music/GeorgeHarrison also did walk-on parts in Creator/EricIdle's post-Python work, ''Series/RutlandWeekendTelevision'', and in the Music/TheRutles movie. He went on record claiming that it was the most faithful {{Biopic}} about the Beatles he ever saw, despite it being a comedy. He often quoted lines from it during interviews.
**** Harrison was also totally into Indian [[WorldMusic traditional music]], exemplified by the music of his personal friend Music/RaviShankar.
* Music/TheRollingStones: All band members are enormous fans of Afro-American {{Blues}} musicians. They covered a lot of the songs of these artists and brought them under attention of their own rock lovin' audience. Even their band name was inspired by the line ''like a rolling stone'' from Music/MuddyWaters' "Mannish Boy". When Waters died in 1984 they send a laurel wreath to the funeral.
** Music/BrianJones was very interested in WorldMusic and recorded an album with a Moroccan folk group, ''Music/BrianJonesPresentsThePipesOfPanAtJajouka'', which would be the only solo album released during his lifetime.
** Music/KeithRichards considers Music/ChuckBerry the man who inspired him to learn how to play guitar.
** Back in the 1960s The Stones considered filming ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' with themselves in the starring roles. The project was scrapped and when Kubrick made his famous version it was decided that [[ToughActToFollow they couldn't top that]].
* John Entwistle, bassist for Music/TheWho, started out his musical training as a "band geek" of sorts, playing principal horn in the Middlesex Youth Symphony when he was a kid. In some early interviews with the band, Entwistle still cited classical composers like Wagner when asked about his favorite musicians.
** Pete Townshend also seems to be a big fan of animation, both WesternAnimation as well as {{Anime}}
** Roger Daltrey was a big Music/ElvisPresley fan as a kid and has at least once mentioned that he's a bit of a history buff.
* Music/FrankZappa was a huge geek!
** The first record Zappa loved as a teen was ''Ionisation'' by the 20th century classical composer Music/EdgardVarese, whom he considered to be his musical mentor. He even asked for- and received- a direct phone call with Varčse from his parents for his 18th birthday. When he called Varčse's wife informed the young boy that her husband was in Brussels for the World Fair of 1958, promised Zappa that he would call him back. Varčse did and sent Zappa a personal letter afterwards, which Zappa framed and hung in his house. Sadly, the two would never meet each other in person.
** Zappa felt that the dissonant sounds of 20th century composers such as Music/IgorStravinsky, Music/BelaBartok, Anton Webern, Music/MauriceRavel, Music/CharlesIves, Music/ArnoldSchonberg, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Music/OlivierMessiaen, Alban Berg, Conlon Nancarrow,... sounded far more adventurous, exciting, interesting and versatile than composers of earlier centuries. An opinion most general fans of classical music, who prefer harmonies and melodies, wouldn't share. Certainly not his fellow teenagers in the 1950s. Zappa would play Varčse for all visitors that came by his house. Most people would flee after hearing it, but those who didn't were, in Zappa's own words: ''"people you could have a conversation with."'' One of them was his high school buddy Music/CaptainBeefheart, with whom Zappa shared a love for horror B-movies and old {{Blues}} and {{Doowop}} records which they would play the whole night through.
*** Zappa's [[TheresNoBInBMovie passion for cheap B-movies]], especially monster movies, went far. He referenced a lot of these movies in his lyrics and song titles, including "Cheepnis" from ''Music/RoxyAndElsewhere''. He even gave one of his sons, Ahmet, the middle name Rodan, in reference to ''Film/{{Rodan}}''. This also explains his adoration of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. He and the MST3K crew were actually in talks of making a movie together before he died. They also referenced Zappa a lot during their riffs.
*** Zappa's favorite guitarist of all time was Music/JohnnyGuitarWatson and he considered "Three Hours Past Midnight" his favorite single of all time. He and Watson later became good friends and Watson even recorded tracks on several of Zappa's albums.
*** Zappa's passion for {{Doowop}} was so strong that he recorded a straight {{Homage}} to the genre, ''Music/CruisingWithRubenAndTheJets'', in a time period when this music was considered to be old-fashioned, unhip and definitely not the kind of music his AvantGardeMusic fans would like at first. Talk about an AudienceAlienatingPremise that also shows his absolute dedication to something he loved!
** Zappa was also digging OutsiderMusic long before the genre even became popular. He liked Music/TinyTim, called Music/TheShaggs "better than The Beatles" and made sure that unique musicians such as Wild Man Fischer and Music/CaptainBeefheart got their own albums to record in excellent studio quality. He also gave them a lot of attention among his fans and practically launched their notability.
** Zappa was also a big fan of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', which he watched religiously during the final years of his life.
** Just the fact that he printed a list with influences on his music in the sleeve of his debut album ''Music/FreakOut'' should speak for itself. Though not all the influences are meant to be ''positive'' [[note]] The inclusion of Creator/JohnWayne and Music/ElvisPresley were added because his hatred for them was an inspiration on his work [[/note]] others were definitely artists whose work he admired. Among them a lot of classical composers, jazz, blues artists, doowop artists, but also people like Music/TinyTim, Music/RaviShankar, Creator/SalvadorDali, Creator/LennyBruce, Music/BobDylan, Music/JoanBaez and writers such as Creator/JulesFeiffer, Creator/RobertSheckley, Creator/CordwainerSmith, Creator/BramStoker, Creator/TheodoreSturgeon and Creator/JamesJoyce. Because although he claimed not to read books several people who knew Zappa noticed his eclectic language use and knowledge about musical topics revealed that he did read a lot. In a poll Zappa said he would bring the collected works of science fiction author Creator/CordwainerSmith to a deserted island with him. In ''"Being Frank"'' Nigey Lennon also revealed that Zappa had read every novel by Creator/FranzKafka, even his most obscure titles. This would also explain why Zappa advised all his fans to read a copy of Kafka's short story ''"In the Penal Colony"'' before listening to the final track of his album ''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney''.
* Music/CaptainBeefheart used to listen to a lot of blues artists along with his high school buddy Music/FrankZappa. He even modelled his voice after Music/HowlinWolf. Beefheart was also amazed by the skill and stage antics of jazz musician Roland Kirk. As a painter Beefheart drew influence from Franz Kline, Creator/SalvadorDali and Creator/VincentVanGogh. When he visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam he looked at the sun and was actually disappointed that it didn't look as brightful as on Van Gogh's paintings.
* Marc Bolan, elfin, pre-Bowie glam god of Music/TRex fame, was a notorious {{Fantasy}} lover, who actually forced his original drummer to change his name to Steve Peregrin Took.
* Music/DavidBowie is a fan of Music/FrankZappa and Music/JacquesBrel, whose "Amsterdam" he covered on ''Music/PinUps''. His love for Music/BobDylan is so strong that he wrong "Song For Bob Dylan" on his album ''Music/HunkyDory''. He was also the first mainstream artist to release a single for download; indeed, his official website also served as an ISP in the early days. He's also something of a Japanophile, has demonstrated surprisingly insightful knowledge of Japanese politics and philosophy in interviews, and included several songs from his then-latest album on the game ''VideoGame/OmikronTheNomadSoul'', as well as appearing as a character in the game ''twice''.
** Bowie was also the earliest Music/VelvetUnderground fan ever! He got hold of a copy of ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico'' before the album was even officially released and loved it. Later, when Music/LouReed's solo career wasn't going anywhere he produced his second album ''Music/{{Transformer}}'', which practically became Reed's most acclaimed record. Bowie also brought attention to Music/BrianEno and Music/IggyPop by collaborating with them and producing Iggy's albums ''Music/TheIdiot'' and ''Music/LustForLife'', which brought them to the attention of a much bigger audience.
* Later in life, Music/LouReed was a huge [[AppleMacintosh Apple]] fanboy.
* Music/IggyPop is a massive Music/JamesBrown fan and was very much inspired by Brown's stage act. The song "Lust For Life" from ''Music/LustForLife'' also has references to novels by Creator/WilliamSBurroughs.
* Both the band names of Music/SoftMachine and Music/SteelyDan were inspired by novels by Creator/WilliamSBurroughs.
* Music/{{Radiohead}}, alternative rock weirdos, made a list of their favorite (or at least Jonny's favorite) video games in a [[http://www.radiohead.com/deadairspace/index.php?a=564 blog entry]] on their website. Among those games are ''Half-Life, ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'''', ''{{Ico}}'', and the indie darling ''VideoGame/CaveStory''.
** Not to mention the Greenwood brothers love for ''Manga/AstroBoy.'' Both have worn shirts with the character on it and Jonny has an astroboy sticker on one of his guitars
** Jonny is also a huge contemporary classical music nerd, drawing influences from such composers as Stockhausen and Penderecki. This shows in his scores for movies such as ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood''.
* Music/RageAgainstTheMachine / Music/{{Audioslave}} guitarist Tom Morello. He's made cameos in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' (in the episode "Good Shepherd") and ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'', as well as ''Film/IronMan'', which also features his guitar tracks on the soundtrack.
** The man studied Political Science at ''Harvard'', and works out the settings of his effect pedals using graphs and charts. He is quite possibly the geekiest guitarist to ever rock out a stadium...
* Music/BrianMay, lead guitarist of Music/{{Queen}}, was ranked as the 39th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone. In 2007 he received a Ph.D. in astrophysics with a thesis titled "A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud." He allegedly did all the work for himself, because he didn't want a "honorary degree" -- he wanted to finish the doctorate he'd put aside when his hobby (the band) suddenly became profitable.
* Phil Lesh of Music/TheGratefulDead was originally a ''classical music'' composition major at Mills College, studying with avant-garde composer Luciano Berio as his teacher and minimalist pioneer Steve Reich as a fellow student. He supposedly gave that up for rock after a traumatic experience listening to Mahler's Sixth Symphony while under the influence of LSD. Even so, he claimed his bass-playing style was more influenced by Bach than by blues or R&B.
** Music/{{Queen}} was once known as the "best-educated band in rock", with each member holding a college diploma. To elaborate: in addition to Brian's studies in astrophysics, bass player John Deacon holds a degree in electrical engineering (which he famously applied to build a practice amp for Brian out of an old speaker and odd bits of trashed circuitry), Roger Taylor studied dentistry, and Freddie had a background in art, which he applied to the band when he designed the Queen crest (appears on several of their '70s albums, but probably best displayed on the covers for ''Music/ANightAtTheOpera'' and ''A Day at the Races'' (by the way: both titles are references to Creator/TheMarxBrothers films, which again shows off their geekiness.)
* Maybe not a huge surprise that Music/TheyMightBeGiants are a little geeky, but they have a suite of bonus tracks on one album which are all about the ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'' films.
** "The sun is a mass of incandescent gas"? Note that it was changed to "The sun is a miasma of incandescent plasma", to reflect the change in scientific consensus.
** The music video for 'Experimental Film' was a Homestar Runner cartoon.
* Charles Gillingham of Music/CountingCrows has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:CharlesGillingham Wikipedia account]].
* Various members of the post-rock group Music/{{Mogwai}} can be seen in various points in a documentary about the recording of their 5th album playing on Nintendo DS, and one member can be seen with a [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Asuka Langley]] sticker on his laptop.
* Music/{{Gackt}}, J-rock artist, voice actor, and real-life {{bishonen}} is a huge fan of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. He once managed to swing an article about building gunpla in a music magazine, and led a massive audience of screaming teenage girls in a chant of "Sieg Zeon" after reciting Gihren's speech at Garma's funeral.
** Not to mention his song Metamorphose has cover art that is directly from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Not all that surprising as it was written for the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' [[CompilationMovie Compilation Movies]].
*** One can only imagine [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6O4UonfKyM how he reacted to doing the music video for it.]]
*** And that he was present for the unveiling of the new life-sized Gundam statue in Japan.
*** His single "Ai Senshi" is the title song for Gundam vs Gundam Next.
** He's also a fan of ''Franchise/KamenRider'', and in addition to penning "Journey Through the Decade" for ''[[Series/KamenRiderDecade Decade]]'', he portrayed Joji Yuki, AKA Riderman in the ''Decade'' movie ''All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker''. And he performed the theme for that, too.
** It is also a fact that Music/{{Gackt}} voiced Genesis, one of the main characters of ''CrisisCore''. The character's appearance was even based off him.
*** He also sung the theme songs "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXp0v93ZRTs Redemption]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2MZDX_ImS8 Longing]]" for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: DirgeOfCerberus'', as well as ''physically appearing in'' the special ending as Genesis. This would make him the first ''real person'' to ever appear in a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' game.
*** Gackt is, obviously, well known in Japan for being a fan of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series. He even refers to Squall Leonhart as "Gackt2".
**** Although many fans mistakenly believe Squall is based off Gackt, Squall's design actually predates Gackt's shift to that style of dressing. Squall is in fact based on River Phoenix.
** When Internet Co. was making the {{Vocaloid}} Gackpoid out of his voice, they decided they needed a picture for the mascot character (which was standard for the Japanese Vocaloids). Kentarou Miura, who made the manga {{Berserk}}, was hired. Gackt was apparently such a fan of Berserk that he specifically requested to get another copy of the pictures even though he'd be away for filming at the time. (Ironically, Miura was willing to offer free service because he liked Nico Nico Douga that much.)
** Besides ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', he and his songs have appeared in a number of games, including ''VideoGame/{{Bujingai}}'', ''Dragon Nest'', ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors 3'', pachinko games Gladiator and Bounty Killer, as well as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygrvvyMswVI Japanese commercials for]] MetalGearSolid2. There is also a dogtag in MetalGearSolid2 with Gackt's name on it.
** Not only did he ''appear'' in ''VideoGame/{{Bujingai}}'', he provided the voice of the main character, did all of the motion capture for their ridiculous {{Wuxia}} swordfighting stunts, and helped to flesh out the setting and story himself. It's basically Gackt: [[TheMovie The Game]].
** He's also a self-proclaimed fan of ''{{Berserk}}'' and was picked by Kentaro Miura himself to voice in the commercial promoting the new [=OVAs=] for the series.
* Music/{{Buckethead}}, while rarely vocal about himself, is known to be an avid video gamer, comic book fan, ''Franchise/StarWars'' fan, horror movie geek and GiantRobo enthusiast. He's also composed music for one of the MortalKombat movies, recorded a special (and insane) solo for his song "Jordan", when it was included in the second GuitarHero game, and a remix of one of his songs also appears in the latest TwistedMetal game.
* SuperJunior's Kyuhyun is an avid gamer of Starcraft, so much so that his bandmates nicknamed him "[=GameGyu=]". Heck, that's even his Twitter username!
** Heechul is also a big fan of Starcraft and many of his outfits are based on videogame characters.
** Eunhyuk has all Manga/DragonBall manga in his room and also likes OnePiece. He has been using a meme as his Twitter avatar for quite some time now.
* Speaking of Manga/DragonBall, BigBang's [=GDragon=] has a Manga/DragonBall tatooed to his collarbone.
* Frank Ocean is an avid gamer; track titles from his first mixtape include ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Metal Gear Solid]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 GoldenEye]]''. The mixtape itself opens with a track called "[[VideoGame/StreetFighter Streetfighter]]", which even contains the menu selection music, and his first studio album opened to the sounds of a PlayStation booting up.
** He also references [[Manga/DragonBall Majin Buu]] on, appropriately enough, the song "Pink Matter".
* The OverlyLongTitle of The Orb's groundbreaking dance single "A Huge Ever-Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Centre of the Ultraworld" is actually a fairly literal description of the ''Series/BlakesSeven'' episode "Ultraworld".
** They got the name from a BBC Sci-Fi Sound Effects LP which used that description for one of its noises (which originally came from the ''Blake's 7'' episode in question).
* Music/TomWaits was inspired to begin his more avantgarde style career since the album ''Music/{{Swordfishtrombones}}'' after listening to Music/CaptainBeefheart. He is also such a fan of Music/FrankSinatra that the album cover of ''Music/TheHeartOfSaturdayNight'' directly references ''Music/InTheWeeSmallHours''. He also collaborated with author Creator/WilliamSBurroughs on his album ''Music/TheBlackRider''.
* Creator/KurtCobain listened to many alternative rock bands before Music/{{Nirvana}} became famous and made it his duty to give these groups a shout-out now and then, so that they got more attention from the mainstream.
** He admired Music/TheSexPistols' ''Music/NeverMindTheBollocksHeresTheSexPistols'' so much that the word ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'' on his own album was a title homage.
** Cobain also loved the works of Literature/WilliamSBurroughs and struck a friendship with the author. It was in fact Burroughs who introduced Cobain to Music/{{Leadbelly}}, which gave us the marvelous cover "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?". Also, he was so obsessed with ''Literature/{{Perfume}}'' that the Nirvana song "Scentless Apprentice" was directly inspired by the novel. In the album credits of Music/InUtero he thanked author Patrick Süsskind, as well as Creator/QuentinTarantino.
* Music/ToriAmos is a huge comic book fan.
** Creator/NeilGaiman based the character of [[ComicBook/TheSandman Delirium]] on her, and she does [[ShoutOut shoutouts]] to him in several of her songs.
** Her daughter's middle name is Lórien, from [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Lothlórien]].
* Pretty much every member of Music/BreakingBenjamin is a gamer.
** Considering they recorded the song [[CrowningMusicofAwesome "Blow Me Away"]] for ''{{Halo 2}}'' and even asked a crowd at a concert if they were excited about ''Halo 3'' coming out, this is pretty much self explanatory.
* Music/PhilCollins [[WordOfGod has confessed]] to being a huge video game addict. He even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlClbw21rK8 got himself written into]] GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories, making him a PromotedFanboy.
** He also happens to own the second-largest collection of Alamo memorabilia in the world. The only one ahead of him: the Alamo itself!
** His Music/{{Genesis}} bandmates also qualify. TonyBanks is a fan of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and Mike Rutherford referenced ''Series/DoctorWho'' in ''[[TheDocumentary Come Rain Or Shine]]''.
* Music/TheStrokes once interupted their own concert to do the theme song from ''WesternAnimation/Thundercats''.
* Neil Peart of Music/{{Rush}} at least used to be, if the songs ''Rivendell'' and ''The Necromancer'' are any indication.
** The entire group are huge fans of WesternAnimation/SouthPark, at any rate, and their latest album is a SteamPunk ConceptAlbum. Make of that what you will.
* Slash of Music/GunsNRoses and Velvet Revolver fame has admitted to being addicted to ''RockBand'' and is a fan of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. On top of that, he is an avid {{Pinball}} collector (he had over 20 tables at one point), and '''designed''' the ''Pinball/GunsNRoses'' pinball machine.
* Music/{{Voltaire}} is a huge Trekkie, and he even recorded an entire EP of (very, ''very'' {{NSFW}}) ''Franchise/StarTrek'' songs called ''Banned on Vulcan''. When he performed some of them at a concert, he admitted he wasn't sure if he was going to play them since ''Trek'' is so far removed from [[{{Goth}} his usual subject matter]], but then he realized "{{Goth}}s are just Trekkies in black". He also had a song parodying ''Franchise/StarWars'' called ''Cantina''.
** He now has a new album called ''Bitrektual'' which gathers "Cantina" with the ''Banned On Vulcan'' songs and adds several new scifi-inspired songs, including one for ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* Music/MyChemicalRomance are massive video game geeks and comic book nerds. Lead singer Gerard Way is also the author of the comic series ''The Umbrella Academy''.
** The band is a big fan of Grant Morrison and had him appear as a super villain in their video for Art Is The Weapon.
** Lots of celebrities will write a comic series at sometime or another. Gerard Way though is an Eisner winner, the highest award in comic books.
** Don't forget Star Wars. Jabba Glob, anyone?
** They're all huge horror movie nerds as well.
** And [[Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft Warcraft]].
** He also sang in and wrote the ending song for ''AdventChildren Complete'' (at least in the Japanese version).
*** Not to mention he ''majored'' in Cartooning in college.
*** As well as interning at DC's Vertigo imprint (during Creator/GrantMorrison's run on ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', no less) and at Cartoon Network.
** Gerard Way also collects Warhammer, name dropping Rogue Trader and Necromunda in the process.
* [[http://www.myspace.com/bloodhag Bloodhag]] are a metal band who advocate literacy and reading. All their songs are Biographies of Sci Fi and Fantasy authors. One of them is a Librarian.
* Tom Scholz, founder of arena rock band ''Music/{{Boston}}'', has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT; and was the founder of Scholz Research & Development (now owned by Dunlop Mfg Inc), the company behind the majority of the electronics used by the band; including the well-known Rockman amplifier and effects system.
** He developed the sound system for the Polaroid Land Camera. The band used "Better rocking through science" as a motto.
* Writer/director/musician Liam Lynch (best known for "United States of Whatever") has a video podcast, and had an entire episode dedicated to his massive ''Series/DoctorWho'' collection.
* Music/DanielJohnston is a huge fan of Music/TheBeatles and WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost and referred to them several times in his work, including on his album ''Music/YipJumpMusic''.
* Michael Stipe of Music/REM loves ComicStrip/KrazyKat so much that he has an Ignatz the Mouse tattoo. He also called Music/PattiSmith the biggest influence in his life.
* Music/TheMarsVolta. Both Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala are big (old-school!) ''Series/DoctorWho'' fans, citing it as an influence in their work. It also runs in Omar's family: Brothers Marcel and Marfred front a band called [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Marquise.]]
* [[http://io9.com/5592174/janelle-monae-turns-rhythm-and-blues-into-science-fiction Janelle Monáe]]. For those who don't want to click links: Monáe is a young neo-soul singer whose current project is a four-part RockOpera in which she plays a RobotGirl on the run in a dystopian future city for the crime of falling in love with a human. It's based on Fritz Lang's ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', as well as ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'' and the films of Creator/AlfredHitchcock.
* Andrew W.K.: He released an album of Franchise/{{Gundam}} covers, "Gundam Rock", to celebrate the series' 30th anniversary.
** He's also a massive Creator/ThomasLigotti fan ([[CosmicHorrorStory Cosmic Horror]] FTW!), plays bass with art-folk weirdos Current 93 and debuted with a cassette of experimental synth music on a record label run by the guys from Wolf Eyes. Yeah, he is.
** Not only did his signature song, "Party Hard", become a meme on [[ImageBoards 4chan]], but he's a self-professed /b/tard himself. And [[http://twitter.com/#!/AndrewWK/status/17064106292940801 reads Encyclopedia Dramatica.]]
** He [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTK3Kv3iiZA is also a brony.]]
* Several songs from the {{Grindcore}} band Discordance Axis' album ''The Inalienable Dreamless'' contain {{Shout Out}}s to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* Chibi, lead singer of Music/TheBirthdayMassacre, is an avid ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fan, and drummer Rhim is a Anime/{{Pokemon}} fan.
* Owen Pallett, who made string arrangements for Mika, The Last Shadow Puppets, Arcade Fire,Beirut, Pet Shop Boys and Grizzly Bear, has also made some albums as a solo artist. The name? Final Fantasy. Not to forget, he references Zelda in the song "He Poos Clouds".
* Trent Reznor is a huge ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}''/''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' fan, so much that he composed the music for [[VideoGame/QuakeI the first Quake game]]. He also played the Zelda theme in a concert and had openly admitted a massive videogame addiction.
* Founder/On and off Frontman Matt Good of From First To Last is a huge WoW nerd.
* Current Music/VanHalen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen not only plays ''GuitarHero'' himself, he also [[http://ps2.ign.com/articles/101/1012475p1.html contributed to the development of the band's licensed game by picking the guest act songs]].
* Twisted Sister vocalist Dee Snider is a huge gamer. He's made special appearances on XBox Live at certain points, and on a VH1 special once told a story about how his son accidently erased his save file in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda''.
** He also got to appear in the intro to ''Singstar 80's'' in his Twisted Sister gear.
* ''Music/DragonForce'' has Videogame effects as a trademark in their music, and have admited a passion towards videogames, which makes them total geeks, and therefore, ''OneOfUs''.
* Felix Bohnke,[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Music/Edguy?from=Main.Edguy Edguy's drummer]], is a huge fan of Star Wars [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyFmGa6BRLA this is his drum solo]] and Star trek (see his tank yous in the Mandrake album).
* Music/FranzFerdinand and Music/TakingBackSunday are ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fans.
* Music/LinkinPark [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60lmDCGgW9k really]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz-OpKuOU3c&feature=related likes]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysSxxIqKNN0 Humongous]] [[HumongousMecha Mecha]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ezSGqbuo0g anime]].
** And to top it all off, [[http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2010/09/16/bandai-announces-linkin-park-gundam/ Bandai has announced]] that a Linkin Park themed Franchise/{{Gundam}} will be packaged with the deluxe edition of ''A Thousand Suns''. Whether or not this will be [[NoExportForYou exclusive to Japan]] has yet to be determined.
** On the gaming front, Mike got bored while recording ''A Thousand Suns'' and hooked up a NES so he could play ''Metroid'' in his home studio and the entire band are pretty big fans of ''Halo'', hosting tournaments between themselves and touring partners on a dedicated bus.

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[[folder: Heavy Metal & Hard rock musicians ]]

* Music/{{Motorhead}}: Lemmy is a huge fan of early 1950s and 1960s rock 'n' roll, especially Music/TheBeatles. He is also a huge expert in military history of WorldWarTwo and collects all kinds of military uniforms, weapons and other stuff from that era.
* Music/AliceInChains former frontman Layne Stanley was a huge gamer. It's been said that he always kept his gameboy on him and played it whenever he had the chance. One of the last known photos of him also saw him wearing a Metal Gear Solid shirt, and he himself once boasted in an interview that he maxed out his first credit card buying video games at a Toys R' Us.
* Music/{{Nightwish}} songs include references to Dragonlance, Lord of the Rings, and an entire EpicRocking nerdgasm over the DisneyAnimatedCanon, and Marco has confessed to loving video games. Band leader and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen always has a figurine of [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]], whom he resembles, tied to the front of his keyboards during concerts.
* There was an article in ''Magazine/RollingStone'' where Serj Tankian of Music/SystemOfADown confessed to being a huge ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' geek and in search of a good DM.
** Also, John Dolmayan, like Nicholas Cage, purchased an authentic copy of Action Comics #1 at an auction. And not only that, he is in general a huge comic books fan and, if TheOtherWiki is to be believed, was involved in the founding of a comics publishing company.
* ''Music/LedZeppelin''. You doubt this? Listen to the song "The Battle of Evermore". For that matter, "Ramble On" specifically namechecks Gollum and Mordor.
** Robert Plant (singer and lyricist) was into Tolkien as well as Celtic mythology. Guitarist Jimmy Page, on the other hand, liked the occult and Creator/AleisterCrowley.
** Robert Plant even named his dog "Strider".
*** Before Led Zeppelin, Plant was in a band called "Hobbstweedle".
*** Although it's not the case, you can find plenty of blogs and forums claiming that "Stairway To Heaven" is about ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings.''
* The following is a list of things that inspires ''Music/RobZombie'': vintage horror movies, pornos, exploitation films, comic books, star trek, star wars etc. so yeah, Zombie's a huge geek.
* According to an issue of ''Hit Parader'', Music/{{Slipknot}}/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor is an avid comic book fanatic, especially of ''Spider-Man''.
* Lead singer of deathcore outfit Emmure Frankie Palmeri is a fan of ''Street Fighter,'' ''Naruto,'' and Marvel comics [[http://instagram.com/frankiepalmeri if his Instagram is anything to go by. (Some NSFW pics ahead).]] A lot of their songs reference this with names like "Demons with Ryu" and "Umar Dumps Dormammu."
** Not only that, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csRhCdxCtlk his apartment is littered with anime posters and other merchandise]], including a fucking ''[[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Yoko Littner]] waifu pillow''.
* George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, lead singer for death-metal band Music/CannibalCorpse, has said, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW_Lv0r-l4c&fmt=18 "World of Warcraft is fuckin' life for me."]]
** Notable enough to get an in-game character named after him
** And according to the "Centuries of Torment" DVD, he's a big ''Franchise/StarWars'' geek as well. Which makes him and Creator/MarkHamill voicing for Music/{{Metalocalypse}} HilariousInHindsight.
* Everyone currently in Music/{{Aborted}} save for maybe JB qualifies, though Sven in particular is known for his love of video games and his near-encyclopedic knowledge of horror movies.
* Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder is a [[http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=54450 self-admitted]] OneOfUs.
** One of the band's most popular songs is called "What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse", a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest''.
* [[{{Music.Anthrax}} Anthrax]] are ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' fans and have appeared on-stage dressed as Judges and done a song entitled, appropriately enough, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rVFi6qkPHE I Am The Law]]'' based on the comics.
* Music/{{Korn}}'s vocalist Jonathan Davis is, or was a confessed VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft addict. He also made plans for a music celebrity-themed fighting game called ''Pop Scars'', which never got past preliminary development. Also, he's a big Literature/HarryPotter fan.
* Many PowerMetal bands are made up of massive geeks. For Music/BlindGuardian, this is especially true.
* ''Psychostick'' songs include a lot of (usually negative) references to Facebook, Windows Vista, AwardBaitSongs, [[MoffsLaw riffing on stupid movie plots]], email spam, and Creator/BruceCampbell. In one video, one of them is wearing a {{Halo:Reach}} T-Shirt.
* Trey Azagthoth, guitarist for American death metal band Music/MorbidAngel, is also a fan of video games and anime. And if you think he's into gory stuff just because he's in a death metal band, you couldn't be more mistaken. One of his favorite animes is... ''Anime/SailorMoon!'' You haven't read wrong.
* Adam "Nergal" Darski from the DeathMetal band {{Behemoth}} is a major history nerd. He studied history and mythology in college for 6 years and is licensed to be a museum curator.
* English Heavy Metal band Pyre, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edi8Dt17Abk and how]]. When they aren't singing about [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3cP1epKF4c Who]] or [[VideoGame/SupremeCommander Supreme]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pTfg13-bx0 Commander]], they're likely to be found making blogging references to [[DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog the works of]] [[Creator/JossWhedon Joss]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndo_njisUUg Whedon]] or tutorial videos for playing the [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Cylon]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsYoAUbvXxU theme.]]
** Subverted with their track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVSEDdAmpVU My God Carries A Hammer]], which songwriter Peter Chapman insists is about the Norse deity, not the [[TheMightyThor Marvel character of the same name]], and denies having read a comic in his life.
* Irish thrashers Gama Bomb are pretty big nerds, as evidenced by their writing songs about Final Fight and Robocop, among others.
* Arthur von Nagel of Music/{{Cormorant}} is known to have a GameFAQs account. He also left the group on good terms to pursue a video game career with Creator/{{TellTaleGames}}.
* Music/Equilibrium are huge fans of Video Games and have realeased a song about VideoGame/MonkeyIsland (''Die Affeninsel'') and and a cover of the main theme of VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim named ''Himmelsrand'', the German name of Skyrim (the in-universe land, not the game)

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* Johnny Rotten/John Lydon is a fan of Music/{{Can}}, Music/VanDerGraafGenerator, Music/CaptainBeefheart and likes {{Reggae}}.
* Music/TheRamones were notably proud that apart from the usual punks, their fanbase was made up of Freaks and Geeks, as their music wasn't very popular in an era of overblown stadium rock bands like Music/{{Boston}} and Music/{{Kiss}}. A lot of their songs dealt with teenage alienation and they were notably freaks and geeks themselves (Though maybe not Johnny, though he was an anti-social outcast too). One of their most notable songs is ''Pinhead'', a general tribute to their fans that also pays respect to the film ''Film/{{Freaks}}'': ''Gabba, Gabba, We accept you, we accept you, ONE OF US!''
** Not to mention that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5P8lrgBtcU they covered the old Spiderman cartoon's theme song]] on at least one live album. You know, the "Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can!" theme song. Which is pretty nerdy.
** In the video for ''"I Wanna Be Sedated"'', one member (was it Dee Dee?) spends the entire video reading ''X-Men'' comics.
** There's also [[http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l2zmy1J8q71qzknf0o1_400.jpg this picture]] of Joey posing next to a Franchise/KamenRider statue.
** [[Music/TheRamones Joey Ramone]]'s favorite movie was ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein''.
* Dexter Holland, lead singer of the punk band Music/TheOffspring, handsome, blond, valedictorian from high school, master's degree in molecular biology, applied for a Ph.D. on the same field but turned it down in order to focus on his band.
** He's not the only punk rock science nerd. The most notable being Greg Graffin, lead singer of legendary punk act Music/BadReligion and a respected science professor at UCLA (he splits his time between the two).
** Another person in this category would be Milo Aukerman of The Descendents: The album ''Milo Goes To College'' was so named because he had decided that once the album was finished, he'd take a few years off from the band to study Biology at the University of California. He now has a doctorate in biochemistry, and splits his time between the band and his academic research.
* Apparently Music/GreenDay has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaeusGuPAGg discovered the internet]].
* Music/PattiSmith is a huge fan of ''Magazine/MadMagazine'' and claimed "after "Mad" drugs were nothing." She also adores Creator/ArthurRimbaud, Creator/WilliamBlake and Creator/WilliamSBurroughs so much that she referenced them a lot in her song lyrics. She also loves Creator/RobertMapplethorpe, a photographer whom took some of the most famous pictures of her, including one on the cover of ''Music/{{Horses}}'', and they were close friends together. Smith also wrote lyrics for several songs by Music/BlueOysterCult and performed some of them personally.

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[[folder: Pop, Soul, R&B and Electronic musicians ]]

* Say what you will about (the now late) Music/MichaelJackson, but his [[http://www.pinsane.com/pinorama/events/MJ_09/kr/michael_jackson_arcade_entry.html arcade collection]] is an impossibly wonderful sight to behold.
** Not to mention he had almost every video game console known to man. He even had a PS2 months before it came out, along with a PS3 later on.
** He was also a fan of VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog in the 1990s, and was even a composer for Sonic 3. While it's currently unknown if his music actually made it into the finished product, it's worth nothing that many fans noticed similarities between his songs and the music of Sonic 3 before his involvement was officially confirmed.
** Jackson admired Music/JamesBrown above any other musician on the planet and claimed he ''"learned everything from him"''. As a child he let his mother call him, even if he was sleeping, whenever Brown was on TV so he could watch him perform. But he also loved Jackie Wilson, Music/LittleRichard, Music/DianaRoss, David Ruffin, The Isley Brothers, Music/TheBeeGees and Creator/SammyDavisJr.
** The King of Pop was also a huge Creator/WaltDisney fan. He visited Disneyland countless times and even had the theme park characters visit his house. On his Neverland Ranch Disney songs could be heard everywhere.
*** Jackson had a particular strong obsession with Theatre/PeterPan, both the original novel as well as the Disney adaptation. He named his entire ranch ''"Neverland"'', in reference to the book, and, like Peter Pan, wished to remain a child forever. When the film ''Film/{{Hook}}'' was in production Jackson desperately tried to get the part of Peter Pan, but Spielberg never considered him, which really angried Jackson.
** Jackson was also fond of Bart Simpson. This also explains why the otherwise reclusive pop star agreed to be a special guest voice in the ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode ''"Stark Raving Dad"'' and why he anonymously wrote the song ''"Do the Bartman"''.
** The King of Pop was also endeared by classical music, especially Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky, Music/AaronCopland and Music/LudwigVanBeethoven. He also admired the paintings and sculptings of Creator/MichelangeloBuonarroti.
** Naturally he also greatly admired Hollywood musicals and the dancing talents of Creator/FredAstaire and Creator/GeneKelly. The choreography in ''Film/WestSideStory'' inspired the music videos of "Beat It" and "Bad". He was also fascinated by Music/DianaRoss, Creator/GretaGarbo and Creator/ElizabethTaylor.
* Music/{{Madonna}} calls Music/PattiSmith, Music/{{Blondie}}, Music/LedZeppelin, Music/TheSupremes, Music/TheCarpenters and Music/DavidBowie her prime influences. She also adores Creator/BetteDavis, Creator/CaroleLombard, Creator/MarleneDietrich, Creator/RitaHayworth, Creator/MarilynMonroe and Creator/KatherineHepburn as well as the art of Creator/FridaKahlo, Creator/TamaraDeLempicka and Creator/AndyWarhol. Creator/SylviaPlath is her favorite author. In terms of dancers she admires Creator/MarthaGraham and Creator/RudolfNureyev.
* Music/EltonJohn is apparently a big fan of animated Disney films and he was very excited when he was asked to help with the music for ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* Music/StevieNicks is a huge fan of ''Series/GameOfThrones''.
* House producer Porter Robinson has featured clips from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' during his performances.
* Music/{{Moby}} is a big ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' fan, even recording his own version of the ''Mr. Plow'' song.
* Music/ChristinaAguilera is a gamer and even has a mini-arcade in her house. She even loaned her image to a Nintendo ad for ''Tomodachi Life'' and adores playing the ''Super Mario'' and ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' games. Plus, her son inherited her love of games by being a massive ''Minecraft'' fan.
* Music/{{Pink}} is a huge fan of Music/JanisJoplin and would love to portray her in a movie adaptation.
* Music/GnarlsBarkley performed for an MTV show in Star Wars Costumes.
* Canadian pop singer Music/{{Lights}} is a huge VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft player (she plays a Death Knight, which is rather funny given her image); she's written [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1b2UZ6ziVY an entire song]] that's discreetly about the game. The only line that will definitely tip you off if you know what it means is [[spoiler:"I'm not the hunter, I'm not the marked"]].
** She has a tattoo of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ-omMi-WMs a sword from World of Warcraft]] on her right arm.
* Basshunter's song DOTA (from the album ''LOL <(^^,)>'') is about the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3'' mod ''Defense of the Ancients''. The same album features ''Boten Anna'' ([[{{Macekre}} translated]] as ''Now You're Gone''), a song about an IRC bot.
* Canadian electronic music artist Music/{{deadmau5}} might just be the nerdiest musician ever. He has a host of gaming related tattoos, including hearts from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'', a Space Invader, a [[{{Minecraft}} Creeper]], and even ShigeruMiyamoto's signature. He even owns a replica of the Master Sword and Hylian Shield, which proudly hangs on his wall. He also is a major internet nerd and a huge {{Troll}} and often quotes memes in his livestream. He even incorporates video game elements and graphics in his live shows. He also taught himself computer programming, web design and programming, 3D modeling (which is the source for the mau5head he performs in), and flash animation, among other talents.
* Dutch hardstyle artist Headhunterz is very fond of using memes and is very happy to tell you that he "took an arrow to the knee".
** He also made a [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] themed track, [[http://soundcloud.com/headhunterzmedia/headhunterz-dragonborn Dragonborn]], which he released as a freebie.
* It almost goes without saying that Music/WeirdAlYankovic is OneOfUs. The video for "White And Nerdy" alone has enough content to outgeek at least any two other examples on this list. That said, he's dropped enough hints in various appearances through the years that everyone knew decades before that video.
** Yankovic is also very fond of Hanna & Barbera cartoons it seems. He references them a lot in his music videos.
* NewAge singer Enya has a track titled "Lothlórien" from a good ten years before the ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' movies. (She also appeared on the soundtrack thereof.)
* The similarities to [[Manga/DeathNote Mello]] in {{Madonna}}'s ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx0mYN32Kps Jump]]'' video? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jump_(Madonna_song)#Music_video They're intentional.]]
* Will "will.i.am" Adams of the Music/BlackEyedPeas had a C-list X-Men character written into ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' for him to play, because if he couldn't play Nightcrawler, he wanted to be someone with the same powers. And really, even without the references to SF (including Transformers) in their lyrics, any group which has giant dancing mecha in their videos deserves to be on this list.
* The members of power pop band Music/Hellogoodbye are pretty big gamers, going as far as taking a mobile gaming rig with them on every tour. Keyboard and guitar player Joseph Marro wrote [[http://kotaku.com/5744102/hellogoodbyes-magic-gaming-box an editorial]] about it on Kotaku.
* Music/BrianEno once said he owned more albums by Music/FelaKuti than by any other artist and that he listened to him 'over and over again'.
* Music/{{NSYNC}} are diehard ''Star Wars'' fans and George Lucas even invited them to film a cameo for ''Attack of the Clones'', which got cut for legal reasons.
** Joey Fatone is also a mega ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' nerd and owns a storage locker that contains all of the band's old merchandise and his Superman memorabilia. His former house in Orlando even had a room dedicated solely to Superman.
** Lance Bass infamously was the voice of ''Sephiroth'' in the first installment of ''Videogame/KingdomHearts'' before being replaced by George Newbern. He admits that no matter how hard he tried, he can't defeat the character.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic is very fond of cartoons, comic strips and likes the comedy musicians that came before him: Music/SpikeJones, Creator/StanFreberg, Music/FrankZappa,...

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[[folder: Rappers and hip hop artists ]]

* Music/SouljaBoy likes ''Manga/DeathNote'' and ''Manga/DragonBall Z''. He made a song sampling Near's theme and made songs titled "Anime" and "Goku". He also likes ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Anime/AfroSamurai'', ''CaseClosed'', and ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' according to his {{Twitter}}.
* Music/SnoopDogg has been a fan of the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series since the 1990s. Not only that, but he cameos in a Dogg-themed stage in ''Tekken Tag Tournament 2'', [[http://www.destructoid.com/e3-snoop-dogg-raps-in-his-tekken-tag-tournament-2-stage-228897.phtml complete with a song performed just for the game]].
** One particular [[https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/553084_10151353197369807_673332580_n.png image]] suggests that he is also a {{Homestuck}}.
** He has also rapped for ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' as Moses.
** He is also a huge ''Series/CoronationStreet'' fan.
** He is also a big fan of ''{{Naruto}}'', which he was in fact an active follower of while the manga was still ongoing. Only days after the final chapter had been published, he shared this particular little treat on his facebook and instagram [[http://instagram.com/p/vO4jvVP9E4/]].
* CaptainDanAndTheScurvyCrew are pirate rappers, nerdy as that is, one of their songs was called [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Dead Mines]], it's about beating the shit out of [[McNinja the Defias Brotherhood]].
* For a bunch of gangsta rappers, the rap group Slaughterhouse likes to reference ''{{Voltron}}'' and comic books a whole lot in their lyrics. Joe Budden even compares himself to [[StreetFighter E. Honda]] at one point in a song.
* It shouldn't surprise you that rapper Akira the Don is a fan of anime and comics - his album ''The Life Equation'' is a reference to [[Creator/JackKirby Jack Kirby's]] [[ComicBook/NewGods New Gods]] story. What ''should'' surprise you is that album's opening track features spoken word narration from his good friend '''Creator/GrantMorrison'''.
* And of course, the entire genre of Nerdcore Rap. One of the best examples may be MC Frontalot's "It Is Pitch Dark", containing references to a substantial number of {{Infocom}}'s games.
** MC Frontalot one-upped this by teaming up with [[KingdomOfLoathing Jick]] to create a new quest in order to promote his latest album; the first ten players to complete the quest received a free copy of the CD.
* On the note of Underground Rappers, Random largely made a name for himself in the underground by making the ''Mega Ran'' and ''Mega Ran 9'' albums, which are based off of (and sample the music tracks of) the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' games.
** On one of his newest albums, check out Epoch, as he namechecks just about every major game from the last twenty years over a slightly slowed down version of the Epoch music from Chrono Trigger. And For the Gamers, it's [[http://megarankmurdock.bandcamp.com/album/forever-famicom completely evident that he's one of us.]]
* Music/KanyeWest has worked geekiness into his music every now and then. The music video for "Stronger" contains shot-for-shot remakes of scenes from ''Manga/{{Akira}}.''
** The ''"Stronger"'' video also references the Creator/LeijiMatsumoto-produced anime-styled music video for Music/DaftPunk's ''"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,"'' also known as a segment of the movie ''Interstella 5555''.
** Plus, Kanye mentioned that he used to make {{eroge}}s.
** ''"Good morning, look at the valedictorian/Scared of the future while I hop in [[Film/BackToTheFuture the Delorean]]."'' -- From Kanye's track "Good Morning."
*** Speaking of "Good Morning", the music video was actually produced by anime studio OLM, the same one responsible for Pokemon and Berserk.
* Music/JayZ did an album called ''Kingdom Come'', and its title track references a whole host of superheroes. The idea came from one of the people in his studio, who was a comic book fan, and was reading the comic book 'Kingdom Come', where Superman returns to teach the young superheroes how to follow in his footsteps (and comparing it to the state of hip-hop when Jay came back).
* Music/LupeFiasco is a dyed in the wool nerd and will casually drop references to things such as ''Franchise/LupinIII'', which he mentioned on Kanye's "Touch The Sky". He's also a big Harry Potter fan.
** While we're on the subject of Fiasco, he has dropped lines that reference Excalibur, ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', Myth/RobinHood, Spider-Man (in the same verse)... his to-be-released song Army Girl samples a remixed ''Street Fighter'' track. There's even a picture of him dressed as Darth Vader (minus the helmet, plus a gold watch). Just look up "Darth Fiasco".
** He's got Vader in the top left corner of a mixtape cover as well.
*** Speaking of covers, has anyone seen just what's on "Food and Liquor"? Among the floating stuff, he's got a NintendoDS and a ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' copy. And in the video for "I Gotcha", he's playing a classic joystick console.
**** A final thing to slap the Official Seal of Nerdiness: Everything you see on Food and Liquor? The DS, the games, the action figures...he said those were things he carried around everyday.
** Lupe also references [[DragonBall Dragon Ball Z]] in his "Free Chilly" freestyle (not to be confused with the song on his "The Cool" album) with the following line: "I push ki like Dragon Ball Z, see what I'm [[StealthPun sayin']]."
** His verse on "Don't Look Down" by fellow Musical Freak Music/KanyeWest is all about the departure of Phoenix from the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}.
** Lupe can be seen wearing ''WickedCity'' t-shirt in his "Kick Push" music video.
* The RZA, of the Music/WuTangClan, is a gigantic comic book geek. Not only is there an entire chapter in ''The Wu-Tang Manual'' devoted to the influence of comics in the Wu-Tang mythos (actual quote: "When I started to form the Wu-Tang Clan -- around the end of my comics collection -- I stopped thinking of myself as ComicBook/SilverSurfer and I started to think I was {{Galactus}}"), he actually created his own superhero alter-ego, Bobby Digital, as whom he not only recorded multiple albums but ''actually strongly considered fighting crime as''. "I had the car and I had the suit. I was getting ready to go out at nighttime and right some wrongs. That was my plan -- like on some Green -Hornet shit." ''Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)'' is full of nerdy references, starting from the title, which is a reference to classical Kung Fu movie ''The 36 Chambers of Shaolin.'' In one song, the gang refers to the group as "{{Voltron}}, and RZA is the head".
** The RZA is such an afficionado that he appears on the commentary track for ''Film/36ChambersOfShaolin'' with a man who is credited as a "martial arts film expert", and yet the entire commentary is RZA making salient points and referencing obscure works that this "expert" has never heard of. RZA's passion and knowledge on the track is palpable, and really quite endearing.
** The RZA is not the only comic geek in the Wu-Tang Clan. Method Man and Ghostface Killa often refer to themselves as [[Comicbook/GhostRider Johnny Blaze]] and [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]], respectively.
*** Method Man has a whole library full of thousands of comic books.
** The cover art for GZA's second album, Liquid Swords, was done by Denys Cowan (Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, etc).
** Ghostface Killah is a massive chess fan. Dude's pretty damn good.
** Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Method Man hired Chris Bachalo (X-men, Sandman, Death, Captain America, etc) to do no less than THREE different covers for their album "Wu-massacre".
* Pharrell Williams really does love sci-fi, cartoons and Creator/CarlSagan. He is also a Trekkie, throwin' up the Vulcan Salute in various music videos and co-founding a record label named Star Trak Entertainment, as well as a group called N.E.R.D.
** Here is the official anime-style music video to his song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPZDBF0kei0 "It Girl"]].
* In 2009, Marshall "Music/{{Eminem}}" Mathers was interviewed on Jonathan Ross's chat show. Part of the interview was spent discussing the rapper's interest in (and cameo appearances in) comics. After the interview, Ross [[http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/6730/a5bb5da3623971426bfe183.png invited Eminem back to his house to look through his comic collection]]. Which, judging by what we saw in Creator/TheBBC's documentary on Creator/SteveDitko below, is rather extensive.
** When asked about what video games he plays, his reply was "VideoGame/DonkeyKong [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]."
* Rapper Music/WakaFlockaFlame claims that he will "“Run up on his car have him eating shells like Mario Go Kart” in his song ''Karma''
** He also references [[Anime/DragonBallZ Goku]] in his verse on Machine Gun Kelly's "Wild Boy."
* Hip-hop violinist Music/LindseyStirling is a huge sci fi and fantasy fan. She recorded [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3KUyPKbR7Q a medley of songs]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' as well as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQiNVk_u0po&feature=related the main theme]] from ''Film/LordOfTheRings'', the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BSLPH9d-jsI theme from Skyrim]], as well as videos for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCL94-MsxYc Phantom of the Opera]]'', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOg8Cz9yfWg Assassin's Creed]]'', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVw8RxNvnxU Halo]]''(with pianist William Joseph), ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDsfou6UfjU Mission Impossible]]''(with The Piano Guys), ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oNpmSAvpGQ Game of Thrones]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtQb2axKpuw Star Wars]]''(the last two with Peter Hollens). And all the times in those video that she appears in costume? Yeah, she made those. She's a cosplayer.
* In addition to his single Yeah 3X (which sounds like it came from an 8-bit game), Chris Brown has been spotted wearing [[http://turbo.inquisitr.com/wp-content/2010/08/chris-brown-kirby.jpg this]].
* Underground rapper Charles Hamilton is an absolutely ''massive'' Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog fanboy, to the point where he regularly wears Sonic paraphernalia, he's created an alter ego for himself called Sonic the Hamilton, and he's devised an entire philosophy around the character.
* According to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yheoOn-mbZc this interview]] with Complex Magazine, critically acclaimed hip-hop artist [[{{Music.KendrickLamar}} Kendrick Lamar]] is a fan of classic cartoons, [[{{PowerRangers}} Power Rangers]] and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. He is also apparently a fan of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' as evidenced by his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZW7et3tPuQ music video]] for Backstreet Freestyle.
* If Twitter is to be believed, Music/IceT is something of a [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18854_the-5-most-shocking-celebrity-twitter-feeds_p2.html hardcore gamer]].
* Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill (Music/TheFugees) are both huge admirers of Music/BobMarley.
** That is correct, he did an interview with a X-Box magazine about it.
* Del tha Funkee Homosapien is another fantastic example from the rap world. Gaming is a common subject in his raps, but in the song "Proto Culture", he talks about getting calluses from playing ''Asteroids'', using the Power Glove, not being able to beat the original ''NinjaGaiden'' because his mom wouldn't answer the phone, owning the first issue of Nintendo Power with maps of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'', bragging about his collection of rare Sega games, playing ''BushidoBlade 2'' and ''{{Tenchu}}'', the output of {{Capcom}} and {{SNK}}, importing ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' from Japan, killing cops in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' and getting a SegaDreamcast before anyone else did. Unsurprisingly, this track and so many others use a lot of video game samples.
** He stated specifically in interviews that the inspiration for his concept album Deltron 3030 was the premise of Mega Man X: Himself, updated to a futuristic reality.
*** Said album includes shouts out to ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', Neo-Tokyo, and several programming languages.
* Alternative hip-hop band Music/DeathGrips are very knowledgeable, and at times downright obsessed, with the seedier, weirder side of the internet, and maintain lots of contact with their fans via ImageBoards. MC Ride namedrops 4chan's /mu/ board in the song "Fuck That", and their second album ''NO LOVE DEEP WEB'' was given a AlternateRealityGame based around both /mu/ and the Tor-based so-called "deep web", run entirely by the band members themselves. They even responded to a fan's question asking if they would accept [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin Bitcoins]] as a payment method for their album. [[http://twitter.com/DeathGripz/status/239228230580711425 They said yes.]]
* Underground rapper {{MF DOOM}} is quite possibly one of the most obvious cases. His main persona is basically a hip-hop version of DoctorDoom, almost never appearing without a metallic Doom mask. Nerdy references get dropped in his lyrics throughout, including (but certainly not limited to) ''SuperMarioBros, Franchise/StarTrek, VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', loads and loads of comic book series, ''{{Transformers}}, Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'', and so on. Hell, he even uses some samples from video games and animated series.
** Let's not forget DANGER DOOM's album ''The Mouse and the Mask'', which is basically a rap album version of A.T.H.F., including appearances by the cast of the show and special guests like Harvey Birdman and Space Ghost. We even get to hear Meatwad rap a verse from Doom's song "Beef Rap."
* For a bunch of gangsta rappers, the rap group Slaughterhouse likes to reference ''{{Voltron}}'' and comic books a whole lot in their lyrics. Joe Budden even compares himself to [[StreetFighter E. Honda]] at one point in a song.
* Despite being cheesy and ham-fistedly religious enough to seem like the second coming of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxC-Otl6fHM Carman]], Christian rapper KJ-52 could almost be considered a {{Nerdcore}} emcee due to his ProudToBeAGeek status and references to old school video games, ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' and other decidedly nerdy things.

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* Music/BobMarley admired Music/CurtisMayfield. He was also interested in Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheRollingStones and Music/BobDylan.
* Music/LeeScratchPerry has a love for Music/JamesBrown.

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* Music/FelaKuti was a huge jazz and Music/JamesBrown fan, which shouldn't surprise anyone. But when asked whom he considered his most favorite musician of all time he gave an unexpected answer: Music/GeorgeFredericHandel!
* Brazilian Gilberto Gil has said that meeting Music/FelaKuti in real life changed his life: "I felt I was a tree replanted and able to flourish".

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* Chris Barretto, vocalist of Monuments and Ever Forthright (as well as being a former vocalist of Periphery), is a massive fan of Series/BattlestarGalactica, claiming the show as one of his main inspirations for the story of The Amanuensis. Not only is this the case, but the song "Horcrux" and the part of the storyline told in that song is very much a ShoutOut to Literature/HarryPotter (the main character has to deliver a piece of himself to the gatekeepers of the Garden of Sankhara in order to proceed on his quest). He also has a tattoo of a Dalek from Series/DoctorWho.
* Music/MatthewSweet was an anime fan before it was popular. His 1991 music video "Girlfriend" was composed almost entirely of scenes from ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra''. Lum from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' (whom he reportedly has a tattoo of) was featured prominently in his "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffs_HWo7B8Y I'll Be Waiting]]" video.
* Music/YoshikiHayashi likes [[CaptainObvious fashion]], Music/{{KISS}}, HeavyMetal, Korean pop, ''OnePiece'', ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', and ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
* Music/{{Sugizo}} is a sci-fi fan.
* John Mayer once dropped over $1,700 on a rare unopened [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]] action figure. Mayer has said he isn't even a collector of action figures and bought it on impulse
* Singer and musical artist HikaruUtada is an avid fan of ''Tetris'', and is quite skilled at it too. She was invited to an official ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}} DS'' tournament, and after an obvious case of DamnYouMuscleMemory in her first two matches, she managed to win 26 of the following 28 matches for an overall 26-4 record.
** She's done songs for ''RebuildOfEvangelion''.
* [[http://twitter.com/TheMandyMoore/status/2346006722 This entry]] on Mandy Moore's Twitter page is cause for a certain degree of optimism....
** Oh, she's got a weirdo streak a mile wide. She covered New-Wavey XTC at one point, and is a big fan of outsider musician Jandek. She just had really good handlers back when her career was peaking. Now that's she married to crazy country singer Ryan Adams (himself an avid 80's gamer), I don't think she cares anymore.
* Not an exactly well known personality, but it's still worth mentioning Disarmonia Mundi harsh vocalist Claudio Ravinale once posted a thread on the band's message board about [=MMORPGs=]. [[http://forums.hmas.org/showthread.php?t=13641 See for yourself]].
* Music/DreamTheater's John Petrucci is an avid gamer, and won't tour without his favorite console, the Sega Saturn. He actually composed some music for a Saturn game, as well.
* Music/JoeSatriani, whose music includes references to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ("Borg Sex", "Party on the Enterprise", which, after legal discussion regarding samples of sound FX from the Enterprise fell through, was renamed "Crowd Chant"), Creator/KurtVonnegut ("Ice 9"), the ComicBook/SilverSurfer ("Surfing With The Alien", "Back To Shalla-Bal", and "The Power Cosmic 2000", as well as his custom Ibanez with a bas-relief of the Silver Surfer from the album cover of Surfing With the Alien.), and space travel ("Redshift Riders", based on "the idea that in the future, when people can travel throughout space, they will theoretically take advantage of the cosmological redshift effect so they can be swung around large planetary objects and get across the universe a lot faster than normal."). He also has a song about a giant robot that learns to rock.
* Eddie Argos, the lead singer of Art Brut, is a huge DCComics fan, especially ''ComicBook/BoosterGold''. There was an interview with him on the radio during which he and the host started geeking out over upcoming comics for like five minutes.
* Tony Kakko of SonataArctica is a ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' player. In fact, he got the idea for the title of the Sonata Arctica album ''The Days of Grays'' from one of his guild members.
* Ronni Le Tekro, guitarist of {{TNT}} is a fan of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', even collaborating with a choir in performing music from the series. It should be noted he hates ''GuitarHero'' however.
* MachinaeSupremacy is quite possibly the only band that rivals Blind Guardian in geekiness. Their songs tend to sit in three camps. The first is a political camp that attacks the RIAA and those who blindly allow corporate corruption to affect music and art. The second is based on various pieces of media with songs based on ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' ("The Wired"), ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' ("Missing Link"), ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' ("Loot, Burn, Rape, Kill, Repeat") and ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' ("Return to Snake Mountain") among others. The third camp is covering famous pop songs simply because it's [[RuleOfFunny funny.]] Their work has been featured prominently in InTheGroove and they wrote and performed the soundtrack to the indie game Jets N Guns. To top it all off, they happily avert DigitalPiracyIsEvil and are proud supporters of The Pirate Bay in their ongoing legal battle.
** Given the fact that they have songs named ActionGirl and Crouching Camper, Hidden Sniper, there's a good chance that at least one member of the band is a troper.
* Of Music/{{Disturbed}}, David Draiman is an avid gamer, saying his all-time favorite is the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series. Also, the band liked ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' enough to choose Todd [=McFarlane=] for their ''Ten Thousand Fists'' album artwork, then later to {{animate|dMusicVideo}} the video for their cover of "[[Music/{{Genesis}} Land of Confusion]]". They later went seeking out the former Top Cow artist David Finch to design the artwork for ''Indestructible''. They also once commissioned [[http://www.raymondswanland.com/Pages/Gallery01.html Raymond Swanland]] for ''Asylum'', popular with Creator/DarkHorseComics and MagicTheGathering illustrations. On that note, [[http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/calendar/gamewithfame/2008/0630-disturbed.htm the band has their own]] [[http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/calendar/gamewithfame/2010/0826-disturbed.htm gamer tag on Xbox Live]] to invite fans to gaming sessions.
** He also has three degrees in Business Administration, Philosophy, and Political Science.
* Charlie Simpson, singer of Fightstar (as well as Busted), is a huge [[NeonGenesisEvangelion Eva]] fan and made several songs about it.
* The j-rock band Bump of Chicken are avid gamers and anime fans, to the point that they [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tOH55740R4 wrote a song]] about [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Rei Ayanami]].
** They also performed the song "Karma" for the VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss anime opening. It can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRU1XbLGQK0 here]].
* Ed Robertson from Music/BareNakedLadies is a gamer and a fan of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. He even worked with RoosterTeeth when he voiced Captain Butch Flowers on ''Red vs. Blue'' and played the title role in Captain Dynamic, a promotional series for ''CityOfHeroes''.
** Plus, the band got RoosterTeeth to do some {{P|ublicServiceAnnouncement}}SAs for use during a tour.
* ''The X Factor'' winner Leona Lewis based her current tour around {{Labyrinth}}.
** She also happens to be a big fan of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series (even providing the EndingTheme for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', "My Hands".)
* Hayley Williams of {{Paramore}} has cosplayed as [[BloodTheLastVampire Saya]] and [[ErgoProxy Re-l]] during performances.
* BradPaisley has made his nerdiness known on "Online" and "Welcome to the Future", among others. The video for "Start a Band" also makes several (accurate) ''GuitarHero'' references.
* Turkish singer Oğuzhan Koç. If you can [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7XnDM2Bb9Y create a catchy, crowd-pleasing tune]] based off of nothing more than [[Franchise/StreetFighter a ball of fire thrown from the hands of a wandering Japanese hobo]] (well, more like its {{Mondegreen}}, but who's being technical?), then you easily qualify. One can only wonder what would have happened if he was there on ''Çok Güzel Hareketler Bunlar'' for the actual ''Street Fighter''-themed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahVvJ0Alm-s episode.]]
* Music/JonathanCoulton, who is practically the physical embodiment of this trope.
* Music/ChrisWebby is obsessed with ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' and has the [[{{Transformers}} Autobots emblem]] tattoed on his chest.
* Music/AllTimeLow frontman Alex Gaskarth is a StarCraft fan and his Twitter account contains a few gems of geekiness, including a pickup line involving {{Minecraft}}. Also, the background image for his profile is of CaptainPlanet.
* Music/JasonMraz seems to be something of a gamer. The lyrics for ''The Dynamo of Volition'':
--> VideoGame/KidIcarus on the transistor
--> Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s been givin' me the blisters.
** He also added a ''Manga/KOn'' sample twice in his song "Try Try Try" for no real reason.
* EmilieAutumn is a huge ''Franchise/StarWars'' fan and wants to play the main theme live someday. She's also a bookworm, and really knows her literature.
* EscapeTheFate are all huge fans of Franchise/{{Halo}}. "The Guillotine" and "This War Is Ours (The Guillotine Part Two)" are both about said game franchise.
* Music/AvengedSevenfold are evidently fans of VideoGame/CallOfDuty.
** But this could just make them gamer-bros.
** M. Shadows is actually appearing in an upcoming documentary about competitive gaming called "Die Noobs".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/zeldaxlove64 Christina Grimmie]]. As if her Website/YouTube username (zeldaxlove64) didn't explain everything already, she has NES sounds in her song "Counting." And that doesn't even touch the fringe of her OneOfUs-ness. She currently hosts a game review series on Disney's Website/YouTube gaming channel.
* Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence's members are geeks through and through.
** Their first album, ''Tight,'' was mixed on an Atari computer.
** One of the songs from Jimmy Urine and Steve, Righ?s' side project, The Left Rights, is titled "Genesis 16:12." It's a giant homage to the 16 bit gaming era, and the console wars. Another song, titled "I Like The Smell of My Amiga," with its heavily digitized vocals, is possibly a reference to Amiga computers.
** They wrote a comic book detailing various crazy stories from past tours.
* [[Music/{{Space}} Tommy Scott]] collects sci-fi movie figurines and shops at Forbidden Planet. His bandmate Franny Griffiths is an avid gamer - he once stated that the best present he'd ever received from a fan is a Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog game, and he's also into VideoGame/CallOfDuty and Pro Evolution Soccer.
* Acoustic guitarist Music/AndyMckee owns a Wii, a 360 and quite a few PC games. he absolutely loves ''{{VideoGame/Tribes}}''. Video Games and guitar are apparently the only two hobbies he has.
* OwlCity declared in his Twitter he is a ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fan.
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Music/Ayreon?from=Main.Ayreon Arjen Anthony Lucassen]]. All songs on the two Star One albums are inspired by {{scifi}} films. The first album takes its inspiration from movies set in space, while the second gets its inspiration from [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AfterTheEnd post apocalyptic]] and [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Dystopia Dystopian]] movies.
* Music/MikePatton is said to be an avid gamer, which makes a lot of sense as he's done voice-work for games like ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', and ''{{VideoGame/Portal}}''. [[http://www.underweb.com.br/brsabor/reportagens/1990circus.pdf A short interview from the early nineties focused entirely on his love for video games]], and had him citing ''VideoGame/RoadRash'', ''SmashTV'' and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' as his current favorites, as well as expressing a desire to one day compose music for a game.
* Rebecca Black is an adorable person. She is also a youtube fan: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwSflBfu_Nc].
* Chilli of Music/{{TLC}} is a huge fan of the {{WWE}}. She's been seen at live WWE shows on some occasions, including Wrestlemania 28.
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