rock > mid 1950s > comedy rock
stylistic origins: rock / comedy
cultural origins: mid-1950s to early 1960s, United Kingdom
Comedy rock is rock music mixed with comedy, often satire and parody, several comedy rock bands have experienced mainstream commercial success.
With over 12 million albums sold, song parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic remains the highest-selling comedy act in history, with his 2014 album Mandatory Fun having debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.
1985: Eat It (Best Comedy Recording)
1988: Fat (Best Concept Music Video)
2004: Poodle Hat (Best Comedy Album)
2015: Mandatory Fun (Best Comedy Album)
“Weird Al” Yankovic videos – “Eat It”; “Fat”; “Handy” (from album Mandatory Fun):
Acoustic-based duos Tenacious D and Flight of the Conchords both released platinum-selling albums:
Song List: Kielbasa, One Note Song, Tribute, Wonderboy, Hard Fucking, Fuck Her Gently, Explosivo, Dio, Inward Singing, Kyle Quit the Band, The Road, Cock Pushups, Lee, Friendship Test, Friendship, Karate Shnitzel, Karate, Rock Your Socks, Drive-Thru, Double Team, City Hall
Boom – Flight of the Conchords:
Dan Finnerty with his The Dan Band has made legendary comedy rock appearances in the Todd Phillips films Old School and The Hangover spoofing The Dan Band and “Candy Shop”
Rock has been the target of many spoofs and several spoof bands have gone on to have hit records, for example, Spinal Tap in the U.S., and The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Bad News in the U.K. The band Steel Panther has become a fixture on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip with their parody of 80s glam metal.
Other spoof bands such as Dread Zeppelin, Beatallica, and Those Darn Accordions rely on unusual or intentionally contrasting genre-mixing for comic effect. Comedy rock duo Ninja Sex Party, who has collaborated with Steel Panther on occasion, blend rock and synthpop and have produced songs that parody the dubstep and heavy metal genres. They have enjoyed success from their online popularity.
Punk rock and pop punk have made its contribution to the comedy rock ranks, with such bands as The Aquabats, Blink-182, Bowling For Soup, Patent Pending, Dead Kennedys, The Dead Milkmen, and The Radioactive Chicken Heads.
Heavy metal has also produced many humor-oriented and satirical bands, including Green Jellÿ, Lawnmower Deth, Massacration, M.O.D., Psychostick, and Scatterbrain, while other bands like GWAR and Rosemary’s Billygoat utilize outrageous costumes and over-the-top stage shows. The virtual band Dethklok is death metal spoof featured in the Adult Swim animated TV Show Metalocalypse and their album entitled The Dethalbum debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard Top 200 list.1 En.wikipedia.org. (2018). Comedy rock. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comedy_rock [Accessed 16 Aug. 2018].
Dethklok-The Dethalbum Deluxe Edition + Bonus CD Full Album:
playlist comedy & parody rock bands:
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