We are your average ordinary, SUPERHUMAN Punishers of evil rock and roll band
— The Aquabats!, "Awesome Forces!"
The Aquabats! (and yes, the exclamation mark is necessary) are an American comedy rock band formed in Orange County, California in 1994. The band started out as an eight-or-nine-piece ska band before shifting their sound towards a more New Wave-influenced style of rock and punk in the early 2000s.The most distinctive - and most Troperiffic - aspect of The Aquabats! is their prominent superhero theme. The band bills themselves as a ragtag group of superhero rock musicians, traveling the world on a quest to fight evil and rock out in equal proportion. Many of The Aquabats' songs revolve around this theme, featuring lyrics detailing the band's adventures and battles with their Rogues Gallery of villains, as well as their theatrical stage shows which include comic skits and fight scenes with costumed villains and monsters.Accordingly, each member of the band has their own superhero persona; as of 2006, The Aquabats consist of singer and Face of the Band the MC Bat Commander, bassist Crash McLarson, keyboardist Jimmy the Robot, drummer Ricky Fitness and guitarist EagleBones FalconHawk.After years in Development Hell, The Aquabats succeeded in producing their own starring television series, The Aquabats! Super Show!, which currently airs on The Hub.Also notable is the fact that Christian Jacobs, the MC Bat Commander, is the co-creator, writer and voice actor of the children's show Yo Gabba Gabba.The Aquabats! Members:
The MC Bat Commander (Christian Jacobs) - lead vocals
Crash McLarson (Chad Larson) - bass guitar, DJ
Jimmy the Robot (James Briggs) - keyboards/saxophone
Eaglebones Falconhawk (Ian Fowles) - guitar
Ricky Fitness (Richard Falomir) - drums
Chainsaw, the Prince of Karate (Corey Pollock) - guitar
Catboy (Boyd Terry) - trumpet
Ultra Kyu (Charles Grey) - guitar/synth
The Baron von Tito (Travis Barker) - drums
Doctor Rock (Gabe Parkin) - drums
Nacho (Chad Parkin) - keyboards
Prince Adam (Adam Deibert) - trumpet/synth/guitar
Ben the Brain (Ben Bergeson) - guitar
Roddy B. (Rod Arellano) - drums
1996 - The Return of the Aquabats
1997 - The Fury of the Aquabats
1999 - The Aquabats vs. the Floating Eye of Death!
2000 - Myths, Legends, and Other Amazing Adventures
2005 - Charge!!
2011 - Hi-Five Soup!
Animated Adaptation: As part of The Aquabats! Super Show!, featuring standalone shorts featuring their Lil' Bat mascot, Pablo and episodic shorts with the Aquabats animated like out of an oldschool anime (featuring character designs from long time fan, Pey)
The liner notes for "Fury of the Aquabats!" lists the villains that went after the Aquabats after Space Monster M put a bounty on their heads as including "Gas Face, the Powdered Milk Man, The Zorilla, El Demonico the Silver Skull, The Specter, Grungor, the Sandfleas, and even Grandma Peterson".
"Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!" features the following list of torments visited upon the victims of the Midget Pirates: "Slashing at us with their swords, gutting our bellies, poking our bums, clipping our knees!"
Artifact Title: Originally the band were supposedly humanoid, aquatic bat creatures from the island of Aquabania. That has since been almost completely fazed out of their mythos, leaving their name unique, but somewhat of a mystery.
Keet: Much of their musical and lyrical themes invoke this trope.
Mascot: Pablo the Aquabat, who even gets his own solo cartoons on the Supershow! Despite being non-vocal, he's a Badass Adorable little guy who does stuff like kicking sharks in the face and using their heads as surfboards after they break his original one.
Mood Whiplash: The very dark and serious "Chemical Bomb!" and the thoughtful and slow-tempoed "Hello, Good Night" definitely stand out from the rest of the 'bats songs.
Science Is Bad: Zig-zagged in "Cat With 2 Heads!"; the opening verse talks about how "Science brings gifts of convenience to the modern man", but the rest of the song talks about the horrors of the eponymous mutant feline.
Self-Titled Album: The Return of the Aquabats (which was actually their first album), The Fury of the Aquabats!, and The Aquabats! vs the Floating Eye of Death
Shock and Awe: In addition to his rapport with stripey big cats, Miklik the Tiger Rider from "Tiger Rider vs. the Time Sprinkler!" has powers of lightning control.
Silly Love Songs: Emphasis on the silly. "Lovers of Loving Love" is probably the most blatant, but there's also songs like "Red Sweater!" and "The Legend Is True!"
Spoken Word In Music: Used a few times, notably in "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!", which contains monologues regarding the eponymous group during breaks in the music.
Stage Name: As mentioned, each member of the band adopts a superhero "character" upon joining. It's part of their thing.
Stalker with a Crush: The narrator of "Hot Summer Nights (Won't Last Forever)!" comes across as a bit of this. It's no wonder his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth pretended to move to Alaska.
Take Over the World: Oddly enough, this was the band's original In-Universe goal! The band originally set out to gather a massive following through their fans (and hypnotic suggestion through their songs) to raise an army to defeat Space Monster M.
Take That, Audience!: Inverted in "Look at Me (I'm A Winner)", which seems to be mostly about how awesome the listener is.
Took a Level in Badass: The band seems to have done this, in song. Compare "The Aquabat March!," where apparently there aren't quite so bulletproof, and so beg any villains with guns not to shoot them, to "Awesome Forces!" where, well, check the page quote.