EW Looks Back

Faux Bands That Rock

Twenty-eight years ago, ''This Is Spi¨al Tap'' introduced us to Nigel Tufnel and mockumentaries that go to 11. In honor of cinema's most memorable metalheads, EW writers weigh in on their favorite phony-baloney musicians in film and on TV

1. PoP!
Music and Lyrics (2007)
Yes, the film, starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore, is lame. But it opens with a music video for the catchy tune ''Pop! Goes My Heart'' that spotlights Grant and Friday Night Lights' Scott Porter as a Wham!-esque duo, and perfectly parodies all the '80s-era MTV tropes (cue the booty shaking). Pop! goes my hysterical laughter. —Rachel Orvino

2. Sex Bob-Omb
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
With a name inspired by a Tom Jones tune and a Super Mario Bros. bad guy, the spectacularly decent power-punk trio (performing songs written by Beck) captures the fizzy, scruffy idealism of director Edgar Wright's generation-geek rom-com. The group's heart and soul is fierce freckled drummer Kim Pine (Alison Pill), who launches the band into action with the cry ''We are Sex Bob-Omb! 1-2-3-4!'' —Jeff Jensen

3. Jem and the Holograms
Jem (1985-88)
Before Sleater-Kinney or Bikini Kill, there was Jem, an all-girl band so punk-rock, they ran their own record label and penned proto-riot-grrrl anthems like ''She's Got the Power.'' Bonus points for showcasing the voice of Britta Phillips, who sang in the late, great indie-rock group Luna. —Melissa Maerz

4. Hey, That's My Bike
Reality Bites (1994)
With slacker Troy Dyer (Ethan Hawke) as their frontman, this band has promise, mixing their own existential songs with covers of artists like the Violent Femmes. They have grand ambitions of traveling the country ࠬa Woody Guthrie, but instead, lethargy keeps them stuck playing the same coffeehouse...for five years.—Jeff Labrecque

5. The Dregs of Humanity
It's Your Move (1984-85)
After losing the money to hire a band for his school dance, Matt Burton (a young Jason Bateman) creates the Dregs of Humanity — a metal quartet composed of disguised biology-class skeletons controlled like marionettes. Alas, when fan hysteria ensues, Matt ends the ruse by sending band members Graves, Bones, Wild Wolfgang, and Tombstone off a cliff. What a shame. Best damn disguised biology class skeleton band ever.—Dalton Ross

Originally posted Mar 02, 2012 Published in issue #1197 Feb 09, 2012 Order article reprints