Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Best real-fake band 1: The Misfits

The Misfits from Jem and the Holograms: Jem and the Holograms are probably more credible than most 80's synth bands because they make no pretense that they are anything other than a cartoon. Jem was actually a woman called Jerrica(!) and if you ever wondered where Hannah Montana came from, it's pretty much the same story line - normal girl by day, international celebrity by night trying to keep her real identity a secret. Except Jerrica transforms to into Jem by using holographic ear rings activated by a super computer called synergy. She runs a record label, a children's charity and the Holograms are made up of here sisters (real and adopted). In Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus puts on a wig and is famous. That is all.

Anyhow, while Jem was all pure and good (adopted sisters and charities - c'mon), their major rival band was the Misfits who were constantly trying to upstage the Holograms. They were awesome for three reasons:
1. They share their name with the real Misfits.
2. They have a song called Welcome to the Jungle, which was either written just before or at the same time as the Guns N' Roses version.
3. Unlike the Holograms, these were not good people. They were shameless fame whores who would do nothing to fuck over any band to get famous. They were also kind of skanky.

Even the theme tune gets better when they turn up in it for five seconds. You may well ask how can a band with a keytar player be better than a band without one? Well, that can only happen in a cartoon about 80's all girl pop bands.


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