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Here’s Your Definitive Podcast About The Cars Of Fake Bands

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Some of my longtime friends have started a fun little project, a podcast all about fake bands in pop culture. Well, really, it started from a website way back in the early 2000s, a site started just to document made-up bands in movies and TV and other culture called fakebands.com. Then it became a book! It’s a lot of fun, and they just had me on to talk about some of the more famous cars of fake bands. We cover some of the greats, like The Blues Brothers’ Bluesmobile, the Amphicats piloted by the terrifying furries of the Banana Splits, the OMG-worthy GTO that is the Monkeemobile, and more. It’s worth a listen! I mean, what could it hurt?

For our particular audience, all of you oil-saturated gearheads, with overdeveloped left calves from clutch-pushing, it may be fun to listen to me explain things that I think we all take for granted, like landau bars and the Chicken Tax, to some non-gearhead normies.

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The cars we do cover are ones that, mostly, I bet you’ve heard of: the Bluesmobile from the Blues Brothers, the Partridge Family DeStijl-inspired bus, the Monkeemobile, the Doof Wagon from Mad Max:Fury Road, and more, including a couple really obscure ones.

To get you in the mood, let’s recall the majesty of the Doof Wagon, a converted MAN KAT 1 A1 8×8 missile launcher truck:

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…and to change the mood a little, maybe appreciate the Electric Mayhem’s International bus in its natural habitat:

While I know David would like me to write about all the stuff we discussed on the podcast here, in lovely text-and-picture form, I’m still at the hospital and they’re connecting a whole new IV bag of magnesium sulfate, so I’m going to just encourage you to listen, take a moment and really revel in the audio-ness of it all, which you can do right here, or, if you want, whatever podcasting setup you prefer. Knowing you, it’s probably something where you dub it to cassettes and play it on your Walkman.

It’s a generally great podcast, so I’d encourage you to follow them and keep listening for your limited non-car media needs! Which you should have, I guess.

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Freelivin2713
Freelivin2713
1 month ago

I just watched my DVD of Spinal Tap yet again yesterday…I love that movie, it’s so hilarious! “These go to 11” “…there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf” “No, we’re not gonna fucking do Stonehenge tomorrow!”
I love Blues Brothers too, it’s one of the best movies ever made

Hotdoughnutsnow
Hotdoughnutsnow
1 month ago

What about the Bobby Fleet and His Band with a Beat from The Andy Griffith Show, in their six door 1947 Cadillac Airport Limo?

Janek PL
Janek PL
1 month ago

Does the Monkeemobile identify itself as a charabanc with it’s three row of seats and soft top? By the way, looks of it are a weird mix of hot rod, kustom and muscle car that somehow work quite good in a cartoonish way.

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
1 month ago

Ooo, I got one. “The Tank”, which was Mystik Spiral’s 1980’s GM Vandura.
According to Trent, “They’re thinking of changing their name”.

Last edited 1 month ago by Michael Beranek
Phuzz
Phuzz
1 month ago

I’m not sure is they count as a fake band or not, but the KLF claimed that their 1988 record “Doctorin’ the Tardis” was written by their (ex-police) Ford Galaxie.
(They released it under the name of “The Timelords”, and claimed it was nothing to do with the KLF/K Foundation/The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu/The JAMS/etc., so it was kind of a fake band
Not the weirdest thing the KLF ever got up to, by any means.)

lastwraith
lastwraith
1 month ago

The Electric Mayhem’s International bus is, as the kids say, fire.

Vic Vinegar
Vic Vinegar
1 month ago

Dethklok has a whole bunch of vehicles at their disposal. Dethbus, Dethlimo, the 5 person motorcycle thing.

Space
Space
1 month ago
Reply to  Vic Vinegar

Dethklok is a real band but sadly their vehicles are still fictional.

MaximillianMeen
MaximillianMeen
1 month ago

Haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but I hope you remembered the interdimensional, jet-powered, Ford F-350 piloted by the lead singer of The Hong Kong Cavaliers in “The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the Eighth Dimension.”

Also, didn’t Wayne and Garth have their own band? So AMC Pacer?

Bob
Bob
1 month ago

Can Be Yours!
1987 Dodge Ram B250 Van from School of Rock
https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1987-dodge-b250-school-of-rock/

lastwraith
lastwraith
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

Not anymore. $21k+?!?!
Yikes dude.

Slow Joe Crow
Slow Joe Crow
1 month ago

I’m very disappointed the Leningrad Cowboys aren’t listed. They had cool wheels, a hearse in Leningrad Cowboys Go America and a sort of hippy bus in Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses. Also they played Sweet Home Alabama with the Red Army chorus.
They probably exist in a gray area as an actual band The Sleepy Sleepers who rebranded for the movie and then ran with the gag

William Sheldon
William Sheldon
1 month ago

The blues mobile had a healthy thirst for bridge shenanigans. Good thing, too. I don’t think Jake would have truly and fully accepted the blues mobile had it not both jumped the 95th street bridge and made the Illinois nazis jump off the Jackson Park bridge into the drink. I hate Illinois nazis.

This is even before the hilarious over-the-top bridge scene near the end of the movie that marks the end of said nazis as they fall from a fictional bridge hundreds (thousands?) of feet higher than the sears tower. Great stuff!

Tbird
Tbird
1 month ago

Bet the 440 plant had a healthy thirst for fuel too. “It’s 106 miles to Chicago. We have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, its dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.” They should have made it.

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
1 month ago

That bridge the Nazi Pinto flew off was in Milwaukee. Yes, the Illinois Nazis chased Jake & Elwood 98 miles north, and then Elwood drove back to Chicago in like 4 minutes.

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
1 month ago

That bridge still is in Milwaukee.

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
1 month ago
Reply to  MATTinMKE

Did they ever finish it?

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
1 month ago

They did! But it still kinda goes nowhere.

Michael Rogers
Michael Rogers
1 month ago

Ivan and the Terribles. ‘60’s GM Van. Name the movie for the win!

Bob
Bob
1 month ago

More specific than De Stijl: that bus is straight-up inspired by Piet Mondrian, especially “Composizione, 1921.”

https://miro.medium.com/v2/resize:fit:1131/1*cXZURUeagvhSi-qU4fyHTA.jpeg

Toecutter
Toecutter
1 month ago

Here is the Monkeemobile after Andrew Eldritch got ahold of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EunWH1VbpA

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
1 month ago
Reply to  Toecutter

That is probably the LEAST Gothic vehicle ever. How did they end up driving it in a video?

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
1 month ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

According to the ever tiresome Eldritch the Sisters are not goth…..

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

Not being goth myself, I will defer to the Eldritch.

But in my defense, Wikipedia disagrees.

Hoonicus
Hoonicus
1 month ago

Fake!?! My first record purchase was the Monkees album, then inadvertently saw them twice, at different amusement park outings organized by my school. I was slightly embarrassed by my early purchase, till a friend told me he was a card carrying member of the KISS army.

Urban Runabout
Urban Runabout
1 month ago
Reply to  Hoonicus

Came here to say this.
The Monkees were a real band – although a manufactured one.

Hamish48
Hamish48
1 month ago
Reply to  Urban Runabout

Mike Naismith wrote several hits

Gubbin
Gubbin
1 month ago
Reply to  Hamish48

The producer got in a lot of trouble the first time they let him play one of his own songs. They were supposed to be performers only.

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
1 month ago
Reply to  Hamish48

He was the kernel of truth.

James Colangelo
James Colangelo
1 month ago

Soooo…. The Blues Brothers was not a “fake band” in any way. They were very serious, and it’s been a long held belief that Belushi was more a blues man than an actor and it was his true passion and calling. Same with Dan Akroyd. Those guys were a force, but the band behind them had (have) deep roots in blues, like Donald “Duck” Dunn and Steve Cropper. To call them a fake band is a major disservice.

The others.. maybe. Even the Monkees were just as much a band as any other of that era, and more so I would say than the Motown groups being churned out of Detroit seemingly daily at the time.

Neat cars though .. I’ve never seen a blues mobile done right, it’s always the wrong year, probably because there are no Dodge Monaco’s left of that vintage.

Rad Barchetta
Rad Barchetta
1 month ago

The Monkees started as a fake band, became a real band, then essentially became a fake band again.

Lardo
Lardo
1 month ago

the Monkees was film producer Bob Rafelson “idea”. (work with Jack Nicholson a lot). I put that in quotes because my deceased ex-father-in-law, Paul Mazursky and his writing partner Larry Tucker came up with the name and wrote and are in the pilot (they also wrote “I love you alice b. toklas”). Bob’s pitch was “I want an American Beatles TV show”. I have a original script from the pilot somewhere…

Mike Smith
Mike Smith
1 month ago

Yes, I have a hard time labeling as fake a band that I’ve seen live, twice, and which has released several albums. Jake and Elwood may be fictional personas, but that’s hardly uncommon in the music biz.
As an aside, if anyone has a line on a reasonably solid ’74 Dodge Monaco that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, please let me know…

Chronometric
Chronometric
1 month ago

You are such a trooper generating content while being poked, prodded, hacked and drugged. And you’re doing a great job because we can’t really tell the difference. 😉

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
1 month ago

> While I know David would like me to write about all the stuff we discussed on the podcast here, in lovely text-and-picture form, I’m still at the hospital and they’re connecting a whole new IV bag of magnesium sulfate,

Pretty sure David would like you to get better first!

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