BATTLE OF THE BANDS
64 BECOMES 32 BECOMES 16…
LISTEN, HERE’S YOUR FINAL FOUR!!!
Thanks again to everyone who’s voted in the polls for our #SLITHERMADNESS Battle of the Bands tournament so far. We’ve been able to narrow down the field to just four bands left standing. Without any further ado, here’s your Final Four:
Alvin and The Chipmunks…. Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem…
The Blues Brothers… Jem and The Holograms…
(1) Alvin and The Chipmunks vs (13) Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem
What they’re best known for: We’re the Chipmunks! C-H-I-P-M-U-N-K!! If you don’t know who The Chipmunks are, then blame your parents for depriving you of a childhood. Since their novelty record in 1958, Alvin and his rodent brothers have recorded several Christmas albums, animated television series and feature films. Their biggest hit, The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late), is a holiday staple, but our favorite song by them is their duet with their lady counterparts, (17) The Chipettes (eliminated in the 2nd round).
Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem are, simply put, the groove and the funk behind The Muppet Show. Designed by the late Jim Henson and Michael K. Frith, these cats have been rockin for The Muppets on screen and stage since 1976. Fronted on keyboards by the aptly named Dr. Teeth, The Electric Mayhem mainly consists of Sgt. Floyd Pepper on bass, Janice on lead guitar, Zoot on saxophone and the wildly popular Animal on drums. Also in the band in later episodes was Lips on trumpet. Electric Mayhem’s hits included You Can’t Take No For An Answer, Saturday Night Life and Happiness Hotel, but anyone that’s ever watched The Muppet Movie knows they ripped it with their film debut Can You Picture That?
How they got here: Top-seeded band Alvin, Simon and Theodore rolled their way to this BotB Final Four by soundly defeating The Lipsticks, The Brady Bunch Kids, The Partridge Family and Spinal Tap. All very formidable bands, but you don’t get seeded #1 for nothing! 13th ranked Dr. Teeth and his Electric Mayhem fought their way to the Final Four by defeating Marvin Berry and the Starlighters, TheMisfits (even though their “songs are better”!), Sex Bob-omb and finally shutting down this year’s Cinderella team The Soggy Bottom Boys.
Our prediction: Alvin and The Chipmunks came into this tourney the prohibitive favorite to win it all. It’d be hard to dispute their influence, however as rabid as their fanbase might be, the last few CGI movies may have tarnished their brand a bit with the retro-nostalgia community who visit our site. Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem are just… cooler. You could probably mellow out with them, get
high drunk enlightened and in turn hang out with the rest of The Muppets crew. Not to mention they faced tougher competition to this point and momentum is on their side. And seriously, would YOU want to bet against Animal?!!
Didn’t think so!! Muppets take this matchup!
(6) The Blues Brothers vs. (31) Jem and The Holograms
What they’re best known for: The Blues Brothers started off as a musical sketch that first appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1976. They’ve since appeared on SNL two more times, then went on to release an album, 1978’s Briefcase Full of Blues, and a Hollywood feature film in 1980. Played by SNL cast regulars Dan Akroyd (Elwood Blues) and the late John Belushi (“Joliet” Jake Blues), the brothers had formed The Blues Brothers’ Show Band and Revue, which had, by the time of the 1980 movie, consisted of former members of the SNL band, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, the Bar-Kays, L.A. Express and not to mention Paul Shaffer. The band took plenty of blues standards and added rock and jazz elements to them. Their hits included Rubber Biscuit, Gimme Some Lovin, Everybody Needs Somebody to Love and the C. Thomas Howell-inspired title track Soul Man.
JEM is truly outrageous! The “truly truly truly outrageous” all-girl band debuted as a Marvel/Sunbow cartoon and Hasbro toy line in 1985. The cartoon was wildly popular and, as with Transformers and G.I. Joe, led to several millions of toys flying off the shelves. The band had an added appeal of dual identities, which is something you normally see in comic books and superhero stories. The lead singer and band frontwoman Jem was really Jerrica Benton, who owned and managed Starlight Music. Thanks to a computer called Synergy, Jerrica transforms into Jem by way of hologram, which also allows for special effects during their performances. Yes, you can say that Jem was on the original HGH! The bandmates known as The Holograms consist of Jerrica’s sister Kimber Benton on keyboards (and occasionally the keytar, which needs to make a comeback!), Aja Leith on guitar and Shana Elmsford on synth drums. The band also featured one replacement member, Carmen “Raya” Alonso. Jem released several songs both in the cartoon and on cassettes that were sold with the dolls. However, their two biggest hits have to be Jem Girls, which was the later opening theme of the cartoon series, and, of course, the theme song itself… JEM – Truly, Truly, Truly Outrageous.
How they got here: The Blues Brothers rolled past such bands as Jet Screamer from The Jetsons, The Star Wars Cantina Band, posted a shocking upset over The Five Heartbeats, and overcame the Randy Watson-led Sexual Chocolate (“that boy is good!”) to make it this far. On the other end, Jem and The Holograms’ music was so contagious that it knocked out WCW’s 3 Count, Stillwater from the movie Almost Famous, The California Raisins, and in an all-girl group throw-down they clawed their way past the legendary Josie and The Pussycats to advance to this Final Four.
Our prediction: Can Synergy put enough power in those earrings to withstand the might of Jake and Elwood rockin out on stage? Can a harmonica beat a keytar? Jem has a deeper catalog and although The Blues Brothers are more iconic, their legacy was tarnished by, you guessed it, Blues Brothers 2000 (was that MacCaulay Culkin? -cism)! If not for that abomination of a film, along with, y’know, John Belushi actually dying, The Blues Brothers might still be going strong to this day. So we gotta give this one to Jem and The Holograms! Oh, and Shana…
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Final Four voting closes on Tuesday, April 2nd at noon.
Special thanks to Will’s’ World of Wonder for supplying the prizes for the bracket predictions contest.
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