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Musical Comics / Comic Musicians

Postby ConMan » Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:37 am UTC

Any favourite artists or songs in this genre?

Weird Al is an ongoing talent in the field, and while I used to be able to say that the Axis of Awesome were good but relatively unknown, I think enough people have seen "Four Chords" on YouTube to counter the latter (as for the former, I like "Four Chords" for the way they play with it, and build on it with each performance, but I actually like some of their other stuff better).

Australia also has Tripod, Tim Minchin and the Scared Weird Little Guys (although apparently the Scaredies are doing a farewell tour next year), but I guess the Kiwis got to international fame with Flight of the Conchords.

Also worth asking: how many of these acts do you think have significant musical talent - enough that if they released a "serious" album you'd consider buying it?
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Re: Musical Comics / Comic Musicians

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:36 am UTC

Does this thread include those who are unintentionally funny? 1108 Thugz falls into this category.
I do recommend Incredibad
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Re: Musical Comics / Comic Musicians

Postby Dasboard » Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:52 am UTC

Spinal Tap, Tenacious D and Electric Six are all pretty obvious. And brilliant.
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Postby Phill » Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:19 pm UTC

Bill Bailey and Mitch Benn are both amazing and have lots of original material.

I saw a comedian called Rainer Hersch a few months ago who was also hilarious, apparently he's been doing shows at the Edinburgh Festival for years. That said, the show I saw was mainly based on classical music and not original stuff.

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Re: Musical Comics / Comic Musicians

Postby Sandry » Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:21 pm UTC

Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie and King Missile are both fun. Need to listen to more by the former. Also The Arrogant Worms.

Love the hell out of DaVinci's Notebook, and then subsequently Paul and Storm.

Would They Might Be Giants also qualify? Or are they insufficiently jokey?
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Re: Musical Comics / Comic Musicians

Postby philsov » Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:23 pm UTC

Also worth asking: how many of these acts do you think have significant musical talent - enough that if they released a "serious" album you'd consider buying it?


Tenacious D is the only one possibly in this category, and even then a lot of their songs are interchangeable - chord/tempo/etc-wise.

Another decent comedic act is Stephen Lynch -- the music is very forgettable but the lyrics are pretty cool. Suggested listenings would be Kill a Kitten and If I Were Gay
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Re: Musical Comics / Comic Musicians

Postby Dave_Wise » Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:01 pm UTC

Has anyone listened to Vivien Stanshaw and the whole bonzo doggie doo da band thing? I always thought Stanshaw actually had quite a bit of musical talent. Love the old, weird songs.
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Postby The EGE » Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:12 pm UTC

Rob Paravonian. Pachelbel Rant.
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Re: Musical Comics / Comic Musicians

Postby BurningLed » Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:23 pm UTC

Not sure if it's exactly what you're looking for, but Avenue Q is a great musical if you haven't already heard of it.
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Re: Musical Comics / Comic Musicians

Postby meatyochre » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:05 pm UTC

Andy Samberg's band (Incredibad). They did Jizz in My Pants and I'm on a Boat, which are pretty much the hilariousest songs ever. And as mentioned, Tenacious D. And Flight of the Conchords, fucking brilliant (Sugar Lumps is fanfuckingtastic, as well as Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor). I wish there were more bands in this genre and I'll be following the thread closely. I love good musicians who don't take their lyrics seriously.
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Re: Musical Comics / Comic Musicians

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:11 am UTC

meatyochre wrote:Andy Samberg's band (Incredibad). They did Jizz in My Pants and I'm on a Boat, which are pretty much the hilariousest songs ever. And as mentioned, Tenacious D. And Flight of the Conchords, fucking brilliant (Sugar Lumps is fanfuckingtastic, as well as Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor). I wish there were more bands in this genre and I'll be following the thread closely. I love good musicians who don't take their lyrics seriously.

I think Incredibad was the band name for their early stuff (before they released the album). They released "Jizz in my Pants", "On a Boat", and whatnot as "The Lonely Island"

I also forgot to mention Sick Animation
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Re: Musical Comics / Comic Musicians

Postby WHSTech » Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:47 am UTC

I like the Gregory Brothers (the guys who do Autotune the News and did the Bed Intruder Song), a lot of political humor and mashups.

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Re: Musical Comics / Comic Musicians

Postby 1337geek » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:35 am UTC

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Re: Musical Comics / Comic Musicians

Postby Dirk » Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:05 am UTC

1337geek wrote:Victor Borge

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Re: Musical Comics / Comic Musicians

Postby TaintedDeity » Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:46 am UTC

I'd recommed Tom Lehrer, a piano playing, mathematician satirist. Go listen to some of his songs!
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Re: Musical Comics / Comic Musicians

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:28 am UTC

TaintedDeity wrote:I'd recommed Tom Lehrer, a piano playing, mathematician satirist. Go listen to some of his songs!


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Throw in some Allan Sherman, Stan Freberg, and especially Spike Jones. Jones did some awesome things with music that Weird Al would do 50 years later. Spike Jones was one of Weird Al's biggest influences. Two of my favorite Spike Jones works involve classical pieces overlaid with commentary/narration of some sporting event:

William Tell Overture
Dance of the Hours

He also did a lot of his own versions of classical works, like Liebestraum and Holiday for Strings.

I hold no liability for the warping of minds that might occur from listening to these, or any of the other, works by Spike Jones.
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