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Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 1:16 PM


Might be a by-product of being from the UK, but I was looking up a website claiming to list the top ten fake movie bands of all time - - (not gonna write the quiz now!) and was kinda surprised to see not Spinal Tap, as I surmised, but Eddie and the Cruisers at the top.

I thought I was a bit of a movie buff, but confess never to have heard of it. (Although obviously Tom Berenger & Ellen Barkin went on to better things. Well, Ellen Barkin did).

Can this movie band REALLY be better than some of the other luminaries mentioned?

Help a poor Scottish child in the throes of musical anguish!!

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 1:37 PM

That was a popular movie, and had a couple of tunes in it that got a lot of air time.

The best fake movie band ever was The Commitments -- no doubt about it. Loved the music, and even own the CD. Think I'll go listen to it now.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 1:40 PM

I've seen the movie. I even own it. I don't care for it though. From what I remember, it was a typical story of boy wants fame, boy gets fame, boy can't handle fame, throws it all away and goes on a pity party. I've never been big on pity parties.

Haven't you ever heard "The Dark Side" from that movie?

Lucimoore  (Level: 192.1 - Posts: 1732)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 1:56 PM

Have watched this movie more than I care to admit. Loved the music! Here's the site for a sample:

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 2:01 PM

Thank you for the links.
Hmm - not impressed!
Maybe it's a transAtlantic thing...

Agree that The Commitments is much better, Osuz.

Lodi, have you seen the Brit movie Still Crazy? I think it would rather appeal to you...

Bill Nighy, ('Davey Jones' from Pirates of the Carribean), shoulda been a rock star!

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 2:48 PM

LOVE Bill Nighy. Boss Vamp in the Underworld flicks, Slartibartfast in HHGTTG, Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Martin, did you see him in The Girl in the Cafe, where he's a diplomat at a summit in Iceland and has a fling with a young thing? He's amazing.

My kids were crazy for Eddie and the Cruisers. Thought it would make Michael Biehn (sp?) a big star. That Beaver Brown song near 'bout drove me insane.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 2:56 PM

The rest of the list is pretty accurate (really loved Almost Famous), but no way is Eddie and Cruisers number one (or even #11). I do have the soundtrack and it's not bad - and believe it or not there is a soundtrack to Eddie and the Cruisers II and even a John Cafferty and Beaver Brown Band CD which I also have. Why do I have them? - because they exist.

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 2:58 PM

"Eddie and the Cruisers" was better than most, but I can't call it the best. As a total package "The Commitments" is one I have no qualms about calling the top film.

But "Dark Side" and "I Can Dream About You" were both Top 10 singles, so maybe Eddie's music trumps The Commitments film quality.

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 2:58 PM

Nope, I am gonna say the Blues Brothers.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 3:07 PM

For pure joy and entertainment, I love The Blues Brothers! There was some awesome music out of that one as well.

By the way, whenever we go to Universal Studios here in Orlando I always watch the Blues Brothers Show on the street. It's awesome. The singers are good and really get the crowd moving. I always get right up front so that I can be at the start of the conga line that ends the show, hanging on to Jake and Elwood. Woo hoo! Pure fantasy and lots of fun.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 3:20 PM

I believe "I Can Dream About You" came from Streets of Fire, not Eddie and the Cruisers.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 3:27 PM

Eddie and the Cruisers was one of those movies I wound up watching 70 skrillion times in the 80s when HBO would replay the same 3 movies over and over and over again. I get tics and guttural verbal outbursts just thinking about it, thank you very much.

(The other two were "Howard the Duck" and "Grease II" for anyone wishing to totally do me in)

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 3:59 PM

Oh Come on, Grease II is a classic.

"I'll be your girl for all seasons........."

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 5:24 PM

Dang! You are absolutely right....I am filled with shame.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 9:34 PM

One of my favorite songs though. Kudos for knowing it. BTW, Michael Pare' was in both films.

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 8:45 AM

The best fake band is Spinal Tap!!!! They're used as a pop culture reference all the time!
"This one goes up to 11".
And, when a work or band position can't stay filled, it's like it's a drummer for Spinal Tap.

Praetorian  (Level: 160.7 - Posts: 349)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 9:41 AM

Spinal Tap shredz!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 2:34 AM

Is "shredz" a good thing or a bad thing????
Can't keep up these days.......

Markieboy  (Level: 269.4 - Posts: 198)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 4:13 AM

What about that 1975 classic - Flame starring Slade........

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 12:31 PM

Ahem.. I already did a quiz on this subject.. as well as fictional bands on television (not a plug or anything though ) lol

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 2:44 PM

I watched the movie - probably more than once - and probably only because I happened to be flipping channels and "The Dark Side" was playing - LOVE that song....

Spacecat  (Level: 164.6 - Posts: 673)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 11:58 AM

Saw all those movies except "School of Rock".

Foogs  (Level: 280.1 - Posts: 848)
Sat, 5th Jul '08 7:25 AM

Streets of Fire is one of my favorites.

Young Willem Dafoe in leather overalls. Oh Yeah!

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Sat, 5th Jul '08 7:41 AM

Eddie and the Cruisers??? I'm from the U.S. and I was probably around target-audience age when that came out, and I'm really surprised that it's at #1. Blech. I couldn't stand "On the Dark Side" and it played on the radio constantly when that came out. (I did think Michael Pare was kinda dreamy though.)

That top spot should either go to Spinal Tap (for most popular) or The Commitments (for best).

Alvandy  (Level: 240.3 - Posts: 7692)
Sat, 5th Jul '08 8:49 AM

I always love watching the Blues Brothers movie.

Besides Jake and Elwood- Ray Charles; Aretha Franklin; & Cab Calloway rocked!

Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6770)
Sat, 5th Jul '08 10:55 AM

Let me add my votes for
The Commitments and
Almost Famous.

Blues Brothers and maybe Spinal Tap are in there; a Mighty Wind was also entertaining.

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Sat, 5th Jul '08 3:24 PM

1. Blues Brothers
2. The Commntments
3. Otis Day and the Nights

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Wed, 9th Jul '08 2:56 PM

Can't resist a quote

I do not, for one, think that the problem was that the band was down. I think that the problem may have been, that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf. That tended to understate the hugeness of the object

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