Music is one of those tools that allow us to decorate our lives. Someone it relaxes, someone gets, and someone even laughs. Music is truly multifaceted. And do not think that before people were boring, only listened to classics.
People have learned to laugh with the help of music for a long time. And with the advent of the era of show business and the release of music albums, this business generally began to flow.
Today, comedic bands are no less popular than the most popular stars. Rollers spin on YouTube, collecting millions views. Let’s try to understand how this phenomenon was formed, consider the 15 most ridiculous albums in history.
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band “Gorilla”, 1967.
The first group in the genre of comedy-rock was created by a group of London boys from the art school. They were inspired by the Dadaists and the cartoon dog Bonzo. Over time, the name of the team was reduced to Bonzo Dog Band. In the 1960s, there were many humorous experiments with psychedelic rockers. However, it was this group that made humor the main thing in its work. And although the Bonzo Dog Band lasted only five years, she managed to become a cult, having become famous for her participation in the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour”. And the band started their creative career as a vaudeville team. This was especially noticeable on the first album. There were easy, surreal songs, a mix of music hall and jazz. Humor is also present in classical English, restrained and not always obvious. The group avoided sharp themes, making fun of simple things popular in those days – excessively tragic teenage experiences, and the difference between New York and San Francisco. Although humor and music were combined with these English, they can be considered pioneers. And one of the best compositions of the album “Gorilla” gave the name to the band “Death Cab for Cutie”. Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention “We’re Only in It for the Money”, 1968.
In the 1960s and 1970s Frank Zappa was one of the most famous experimentalists in rock music and was already the most colorful of its representatives. The musician stood out with his luxurious head of hair, beard and mustache. Zappa was also noted for his love of strange jokes. And he did it together with the group “The Mothers of Invention”. The team’s best album was their third, “We’re Only in It for the Money.” Not only is this the band’s most outstanding work, it’s also the most finished one. The album is divided into two conceptual parts, which coincide with the sides of the record. On the first Zappa ridicules all – right and left, conservatives and hippies. The other musician expresses his alternative views on the world. The most hasty compositions are gathered on the first side, at least it is clear how Frank Zappa sneers at. It’s interesting that some of the jokes were not even appreciated by contemporaries. As a result, publishers from MGM cut out of the album a few controversial places. Zappa himself immediately denied this entry, saying that the listeners are selling the wrong version of the album. Creativity Zappa refers to jazz, prog-rock and avant-rock. This is quite serious music, so it is especially valuable that the musician, even being strange, managed to pay homage to humor.
The Rutles «The Rutles», 1978 year.
The name of the group does not coincide with something. The team was assembled by such legendary figures as Eric Idle of “Monty Python” and Neil Ains from the already mentioned “Bonzo Dog Band”. The band was a parody of the Beatles. At first it was a fictional team, about which even the series was shot. However, the phenomenon has grown so much that “The Rutles” even released a music album. Soon the band toured already. Humor in the texts is exclusively English, as in the case of the Bonzo Dog Band. But if you do not listen to the songs, then you can generally take them for a free interpretation of Beatles compositions. Because of this, even there were ridiculous absurdities.For example, the song “Cheese & Onions” was recorded in general under the guidance of Lennon and McCartney. When “The Rutles” was going to release the song “Get Up and Go”, Lennon warned that it is too similar to the original “Get Back”. The musician promised to sue plagiarists. And although in fact, John did not already have this song, the band decided not to insert it into their album. We can safely say that The Rutles took its place in history, as the first full-fledged parody musical team. This opened the doors for the appearance in the future of such fun bands as Spinal Tap, Dread Zeppelin, Beatallica.
Spinal Tap «This Is Spinal Tap», 1984.
Like the previous team, “Spinal Tap” was originally a fictional team. They were the heroes of the pseudo-documentary parody film “This Is Spinal Tap”, Mocking different cliches about heavy metal. However, the film was surprisingly successful. It took the actors who played the musicians to become real participants of the “Spinal Tap”. In the 1980s, heavy rock was a rather awkward phenomenon, that from the musical side, that purely with the aesthetic. So joking over this was easy, but the “Spinal Tap” did it best. They paid attention to every detail – pompous verses, sweet choruses, a long guitar solo and excessive general muscularity. In the group, it was all hypertrophied and exposed. Of course, most of the time the story will remain the film itself. But the album, surprisingly, was successful. The group even tried to revive several times, the last attempt was made in the late 2000s, however, all is unsuccessful.
The Dead Milkmen “Big Lizard in My Backyard”, 1985.
This group was coined by two fellow students from Temple University in Philadelphia. At the same time, it is really a matter of inventing. Jack Talkum and Rodney Anonymus wrote several stories about the team “The Dead Milkmen” and about the adventures of her vocalist. Then the group was collected and taken seriously. When recording the first album of the group in 1985, there were already four members in its composition. “The Dead Milkmen” became the embodiment of the culture that in the mid-1980s appeared in America around colleges and their radio stations. Four friend-idler began to write ironic punk rock, but they turned out to be very witty. The theme of the album’s songs was the most unpretentious – the guys sang about what was happening in their lives – girls, the first car, going to the laundry and living in a small town. In the plate, seriousness alternates with laughter and fooling, but in fact it is about how limited a person’s life can be in his twenty years. But it was this team that showed how punk rock really should be.
They Might Be Giants “Lincoln”, 1986.
The group was created by two fellow namesakes. Jones from the city of Lincoln in Massachusetts called the album either in honor of his native town, or whether he paid tribute to the American president. Although the work “They Might Be Giants” is not considered to be a comedy rock, there are a lot of frivolity and satire in their work. And the name of the team appeared due to the eponymous film, the same in turn directly refers to Don Quixote and his mills. Musicians themselves treated themselves without pathos, so, they have written a few albums for children. Like The Dead Milkmen, TMBG is the child of an independent 1980s scene. Only now the music has become smarter. The album is considered to be an indie rock, but in fact it can find many influences – from songs of sailors to jazz. Yes, and jokes are appropriate. Most of them are so specific that they can hardly be retold. The team is considered satirical, as evidence, giving the song “Kiss me, son of God.” It is directed either against religious institutions, or even against the government, although there is a hidden implication. The best word for describing the album is “not serious”.But the team proved that composing such songs is no less worthy deed than writing serious compositions.
“Weird Al” Yankovic “Off the Deep End”, 1992.
The album belongs to Strange Elu Jankovic. This is one of the most famous parody of American actors, who has recorded more than a dozen albums and continues to humorously replay major hits today. Jankovic’s creative work has been going on for more than thirty years, during which time almost all American famous musicians became victims of it – from The Doors to Lady Gaga. And the list of the funniest albums could actually get any other album from Jankovic. After all, all of them are equally good at the showman, and he is famous for his predominantly separate compositions-parodies. In the early 90’s Jankovic was already a star, America listened to “Nirvana” with might and main. That was the first song in the album “Off the Deep End”, just a rehearsal of the cult composition “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. The rest of the tracks are not inferior to it. The genius of Jankovic is that he is capable of immaculately imitating the musical, and sometimes vocal, manner of any performer. The texts are also written to ridiculously absurd. The already mentioned “Smells Like Teen Spirit” ridicules the full of strange images of Cobain’s texts, which he also illegibly performs. With the advent of the MTV era, one of the first to recognize the power of the clips was the main clown of music – Jankovic. Currently, he has shot more than fifty videos, which led to his popularity on YouTube. Bloodhound Gang “One Fierce Beer Coaster”, 1996.
This American band performs in the style of pop punk, it was very popular in Russia in the 90’s. The team consists of people with such specific names as Jimmy Pop or DJ Billiard Ball. Although the humor of “Bloodhound Gang” can hardly be called highly intellectual, the musicians still do not fall into the black. The album “One Fierce Beer Coaster” was a classic product of the mid-90’s, when MTV was at the height of popularity, like toilet humor and base youth comedy. So in the work of musicians, there was a place for songs about the oral text, about gays, which are easier to achieve the location of girls. And one of the band’s biggest hits, Fire Water Burn, tells how a white guy tries to portray himself as a tough black gangster. True, the team tried to seem smart. For example, the same hit is a mixture of quotes from a couple of Pixies songs, and the chorus is copied from the 80’s hip-hop song “The Roof Is On Fire”. In the composition itself, Jimmy Pop also mentions several characters of pop culture – from Jimmy Hendrix to Khan Solo. In the 1990s, pop punk was quite frivolous. But among the many teams more often and deeper the others were joking “Bloodhound Gang”. It is no coincidence that the band is still on hearing, traveling around the world with tours. Tenacious D «Tenacious D», 2001 year.
This is a comedic band performing in the genre of hard rock, created by American actor Jack Black and his friend, comedian Kyle Glass. The first performances of the team took place back in 1994, but relative popularity came to the musicians in only five years. And the history of the group turned out to be closely related to cinema and television. First on the HBO was the series, though, at that moment, “Tenacious D” already existed, in contrast to the same “The Rutles”. And a couple of years later the cheerful duo released a full-length album. Soon they also shot a feature film “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny”. The humor was that “Tenacious D”, on the one hand, played all the classic clichés of heavy rock (loud choruses, long solos, virtuoso passages), and on the other hand they used images of long-time idlers with might and main. On the first album, almost all the songs told about friendship, sex and marijuana. We can say that the creativity of “Tenacious D” started a new era of comedy-rock.It became clear that the time had come when such a group could very well become popular, go on tour and even shoot a full-length film about yourself. Humor was the same as the revived in those days American comedy – good-natured and not very vulgar, working through the pathos and half-mad behavior of Jack Black. Liam Lynch «Fake Songs», 2003 year.
Liam Personal in the early 2000s became famous as a jack of all trades. MTV repeatedly told about this scriptwriter, director, musician and even a puppeteer. Lynch alone and together with his colleague Matt Krokko recorded a dozen albums. But the fame was brought to him by the feature film “Tenacious D”, about which it was already spoken. And the best work of the Lynch-musician was the album “Fake Songs”, which he called a collection of musical caricatures. Indeed outstanding can be called here only one song, in Lynch it became the most famous – “United States of Whatever”. This is a composition with a rather absurd text-improvisation about how the artist himself meets with different people and shouts “whatever!”. You can even say that the album has borrowed a lot from previous members of our list. The album also includes parody songs that are honestly called “Fake David Bowie Song” and “Fake Bjork Song”, and cheerful punk rock in the style of “Dead Milkmen”. Lynch, like Frank Zappa, makes fun of consumer society. But the album is made in the modern style of the 2000s. Guitar rock surround youth humor, which corresponds to the aesthetics of MTV. And although there are no really cool songs in the album, Fake Songs became a snapshot of the state of American comedy. While Judd Apatow and a new generation of stand-up comedians came on stage, who ennobled the genre and moved it forward, the humor of the 90s still reigned on MTV.
Flight of the Conchords “Flight of the Conchords”, 2008.
In the late 1990s, New Zealanders, musician Bret McKenzie and actor Jemane Clement created the duo Flight of the Conchords. In 2004, BBC Radio 1 began to broadcast their radio show. And in 2007 it was already transformed into a series on HBO. At the same time, both productions tell of the fictional story of two New Zealand music friends who are trying to conquer New York by their group. The album “Flight of the Conchords” compiled the most eclectic set of songs that sounded in the series on HBO. There was a place for both acoustic folk and hip-hop. Each song has its own story. For example, the romantic composition “The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room” tells how Clement’s character falls in love with a girl at a party. Walking in a row such a set can indicate the work of some kind of inflamed, or maybe a genius comedy mind. After all, genres alternate simply with kaleidoscopic speed. Interestingly, Clement and Mackenzie turned out to be good melodists – each song remains in memory for a long time. And the series itself remained in the history of the 2000s, as almost the most ridiculous. Much contributed to this and music. Jon Lajoie, “You Want Some of This?”, 2009.
Canadian comedian John Lazhoi became famous thanks to an Internet channel on YouTube. But the virtual life did not stop him from recording a very real album, which was sold using iTunes. It’s easy to guess that the album includes those songs that sound in the commercials with the comedian. It turned out that they look pretty good without a visual picture. Lajoja himself performs songs on behalf of various characters. This can be an ordinary guy, and a housewife man, who has to sit with children. The performer uses the cliche of commercial pop music with might and main, resorting to radio ballads, and then to club hip-hop. The most valuable thing for Lajo is his intonation. The comedian manages to give jokes subtly, but without giving the appearance that something funny is happening. Lajoie completely gets used to the role, making fun of his character. There are a lot of artists on YouTube who perform funny songs and make videos on them.But someone has a bad video, and someone suffers from the lack of good songs. Lazho managed to overcome these problems, being the best of the Internet comedians of our time. Reggie Watts “Why $ #! + So Crazy?”, 2010.
In our list there was a place for the only classic stand-up comic-director Reggie Waters. This black man with magnificent hair and a slightly wild look at his speeches actively used the music and read his comic freestyle under the beat immediately created. The audio version of his speech was transformed into the album “Why $ #! + So Crazy?”, Released by the channel Comedy Central. What is not a music album? Somehow it is impossible to analyze Watt’s humor in detail. He looks at his genre, as if Andy Kaufman from hip-hop, perceiving it as modern art. Watts collects whole compositions with his voice, diluting them with jokes and inconsistent freestyle. And let it not be very clear sense, but funny. And the most valuable thing is that the album turned out to be not only ridiculous, but also quite high-quality hip-hop product. And let almost all the music here is in fact the voice of the artist himself, but he is first-class beatboxer. Reggie Watts was able to bring together music and standup. He did it quite differently, like all other representatives of the list. About the music of Watts respected even Brian Eno, he also acted in an executive role even in one of the farewell concerts LCD Soundsystem, which helped him get into the film “Shut Up and Play the Hits”.
Jimmy Fallon «Blow Your Pants Off», 2012.
This singer is the most famous evening show host in America. In his transfer, Fallon sang with Barack Obama and danced with his wife Michelle. These numbers are not on the album, but there was a place for duets with Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake, who also visited Fallon. Today it is clear that a good evening show host should be a jack of all trades, as if it were a creator of the Renaissance. So Fallon is a journalist, comedian, musician and actor, while maintaining a benevolent image of “his boyfriend.” After all, this is the only way to get to yourself not only the audience, but also the star guests. It’s no coincidence that the album “Blow Your Pants Off”, though similar to a friendly skit, in which world stars took part, are not afraid to make a joke on themselves, it sounds quite professional. And alone, the host show performs well, mainly working in a parody genre. One of the songs shows how Bob Dylan would perform the title track of the series “Charles in answer”. Now, for the evening shows in America, the golden age has come. After all, it was difficult to imagine that the president of the country would appear in such a program, and even in a comedy room. Musical accompaniment plays here not the last role.
The Lonely Island «The Wack Album», 2013 year.
Three friends from the “Saturday Night Live” show joined the same company in 2001. However, they were able to become really famous only in the late 2000s. YouTube helped in this and the final legitimization of the new pop music. The group “The Lonely Island” took all the main finds and stamps of mainstream music of the last time, from club hymns to hip-hop, making extremely funny songs based on this material. Some are very smart, although they are vulgar. The trio is not just different with humor, the real music producers work on them. And thanks to the connections in the comedy world, you can shoot high-quality videos. In addition, in these songs there are many star guests. So, in “The Wack Album” there was a place to Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and many others. Although the group is initially humorous, they excellently manifest themselves in the musical hypostasis. Most of their stupid songs, for example, about the mayor of New York or even about group sex, for some reason I want to sing along. Only humor justifies such songs.After all, if they were serious, then listening to such sounds and such texts would be just a shame. Is it possible to take seriously the anthem with a semicolon? Many believe that the previous album, “Turtleneck & Chain”, was even better. However, with the help of “The Wack Album”, the position of the band, as the main comedy pop group of our time, has only strengthened.