Fictional Bands

Fictional Bands,“Convoy”& Opinions on Gorillaz

Some bands are are born, and some are just made up. Jim and Greg share some of their favorite fictional bands from movies, TV, and more. Plus, a review of the new album from cartoon creation Gorillaz, and the strange story of C.W. McCall's trucker hit "Convoy."

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Gorillaz Humanz

The virtual band led by Blur's Damon Albarn, Gorillaz, is back with the group's fifth album. While they may technically be a“fictional”band, their impressive record and concert sales are very real. Their new record, Humanz, features collaborations with artists like Mavis Staples, Pusha T, Jehnny Beth of Savages, Grace Jones and more. Jim thinks Humanz is another great and creative effort from Gorillaz. He thinks the guest cameos work well from track to track, and that Damon Albarn created an interesting, dystopian effort. He gives it a Buy It. Greg is also a big Gorillaz fan, and thinks that Albarn gets the best out of his guests, and particularly loves the cameos from new artist Benjamin Clementine and rapper Vince Staples. While he doesn't think much of the collaboration track from Albarn and“enemy”Noel Gallagher of Oasis, he thinks Humanz is a great end of the world party soundtrack. He gives it a Buy It.

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Fictional Bands

A fictional band is a band where everything about them is made up: from a fictitious origin story to imaginary members. However, they make real music (or at least someone behind the scenes makes it). Greg and Jim share a few of their favorites:

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C.W. McCall's "Convoy"

Convoy C.W. McCall had a surprise #1 hit in 1976 with the novelty country song "Convoy," sparking a global C.B. radio craze. But C.W. McCall was, in fact, a fictional creation. Producer Evan Chung tells the strange story of how“Convoy”became a cultural phenomenon. He speaks with the songwriters behind“Convoy”– ad executive-turned-lyricist/vocalist Bill Fries and composer Chip Davis (later of Mannheim Steamroller fame) – who reveal the origins of C.W. McCall in a series of Nebraska bread commercials. With its tale of trucker rebellion told through C.B. radios,“Convoy”reflected actual nationwide strikes by truck drivers in the '70s. Historian Meg Jacobs, author of Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s, explains how the oil crisis of 1973 upended Americans‘ self-perception as consumers and led to turmoil across the country. Like the song“Convoy”itself, it’s an odd, rollicking tale that takes many surprising turns.

Featured Songs

  1. Gorillaz feat. Jehnny Beth, We Got the Power, Humanz, Warner Bros, 2017
  2. Gorillaz feat. Grace Jones, Charger, Humanz, Warner Bros, 2017
  3. Gorillaz feat. Benjamin Clementine, Hallelujah Money, Humanz, Warner Bros, 2017
  4. Gorillaz feat. Vince Staples, Ascension, Humanz, Warner Bros, 2017
  5. Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, Sweet Tooth Jam, The Muppet Show Music Album, Pye Records, 1979
  6. Sex Bob-omb, Garbage Truck, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), ABKCO Records, 2010
  7. Dewey Cox, Guilty As Charged, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Columbia, 2007
  8. Sing Street, Drive It Like You Stole It, Sing Street, Decca, 2016
  9. The Banana Splits, The Tra-La-La Song (One Banana, Two Banana), The-La-La Song (One Banana, Two Banana), Hanna-Barbera Productions, 1969
  10. Liz Phair with Material Issue, The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana), Saturday Morning (Cartoons' Greatest Hits), MCA, 1995
  11. The Banana Splits, Doin the Banana Split, Doin the Banana Split (EP), Hanna-Barbera Productions, 1969
  12. CB4, Rapper's Delight, CB4 (Soundtrack), MCA, 1993
  13. Crucifictorious, Untitled, Friday Night Lights, NBC, 2007
  14. Carter Burwell, Wie Glauben, The Big Lebowski (Soundtrack), Mercury, 1998
  15. The Fabulous Stains, Professionals, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains Soundtrack, Rhino/Ode, 2008
  16. C.W. McCall, Convoy, Black Bear Road, MGM, 1975
  17. Glenn Sutton & Lloyd Green, Green Bluegrass, The West Indies / Country Music USA, KPM, 1973
  18. C.W. McCall, Old Home Filler-Up An‘ Keep On-A-Truckin’ Cafe, Wolf Creek Pass, MGM, 1975
  19. Tower of Power, Only So Much Oil in the Ground, Urban Renewal, Warner Bros., 1975
  20. Sammy Hagar, I Can't Drive 55, VOA, Geffen, 1984
  21. Glenn Sutton & Lloyd Green, Guitar Picking Man, The West Indies / Country Music USA, KPM, 1973
  22. Alan Parker, The Man from Arkansas, The West Indies / Country Music USA, KPM, 1973
  23. Mannheim Steamroller, Deck the Halls, Christmas, American Gramaphone, 1984
  24. The Sylvers, Hotline, Something Special, Capitol, 1976
  25. The Jam, Batman Theme, In The City, Polydor, 1977
  26. Run-D.M.C., Tougher Than Leather, Tougher Than Leather, Profile, 1988
  27. The Velvet Underground, Sunday Morning, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Verve, 1967
  28. The Velvet Underground, I'm Waiting for the Man, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Verve, 1967