Over the years there have been many television shows and movies that included fictional musical artists. Whether it be a movie based on a fictional duo who travel the country playing blues or an all girl goth band in a cartoon, fictional characters always made a story more entertaining. Sometimes they're so
good, you wish they were real. Here are some of the coolest fictional musicians from a TV show or movie.
1. Sex Bob-omb
Sex Bob-omb is a fictional band from the movie based on a comic book series Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
(2010). Sex Bob-omb is an indie rock band that the main character Scott Pilgrim, aka Michael Cera, plays bass in. The band's songs are written by alternative music legend Beck and performed by the actors. Throughout the movie the band takes part in the Toronto International Battle of the Bands where they go up against multiple bands in the style of a fighting video game battle.
Powerline is another great fictional pop star inspired by none other than Bobby Brown voiced by Tevin Campbell. His music first appears in the Disney classic A Goofy Movie
(1995) when the main character Max hijacks the school auditorium
during an assembly to perform one of Powerline's hit songs to impress his crush.
3. Blues Brother
This duo might be the best and most well known on the list. The Blues Brothers
(1980) is a movie about characters originally developed from an SNL sketch. The brothers were conceived by Dan Aykroyd and John Landis and played by Aykroyd himself and John Belushi. The characters Jake and Elwood Blues met in a catholic orphanage, where they grew up. In the beginning of the movie, the brothers visit the orphanage and find out that they will be closed down if they don't come up with the money they owe in taxes ($5,000). They come up with a plan to reform their old band The Blues Brothers to raise the money to keep the orphanage afloat. Throughout the film there are cameos from famous artists of many genres -- some even a part of the band itself like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, Steve Cropper, and Chaka Khan, just to name a few.
4. The Get Down Brothers
This rap group from the Netflix original The Get Down
(2016), narrated and produced by Nas, is the most recent fictional character on this list. The Get Down Brothers is a rap group from a show that takes place in the South Bronx during the inception of hip-hop. The group is made up of Shaolin Fantastic who is the group's DJ, MC Books who write all the rhymes, and three brothers Ra-Ra, Dizzee, and Boo Boo who all have their unique talents. Throughout the show the group tries to get their music off the ground by learning how to write basic rhymes and DJing all while navigating New York City in the late 1970s.
5. Hex Girls
The Hex Girls is probably my oldest memory of a fictional artist. This all girl goth rock band has been recurring characters on various ideations of Scooby Doo
since 1999. They first appeared in the movie Scooby Doo and the Witch's Ghost
when Scooby and the gang stumble upon the group while they are rehearsing. At first, some of the gang think the girls might actually be witches because that is what they traveled to New England to investigate. The Hex Girls also appear in Scooby Doo and the Legend of the Vampire
when the gang travels to Australia to see their new friends the Hex Girls perform at the Vampire Rock Music Festival. They have also appeared on the television show What's New, Scooby-Doo?.