Daily Distraction: The Ringer goes long on making the (fake) bands

From Stillwater in 'Almost Famous' to lesser knowns like Pink Slip, here's how some fictional bands came to be celebrated in real life

Andy Downing
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Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean in "This is Spinal Tap."

A recently published feature in the Ringer opens by correctly making the case that no fake creation better captures the look, feel and sound possible in a fictional band than Spinal Tap, which nailed every element from the appearance of the various group members to the songs themselves.

Writer Illana Kaplan notes that the band experienced such success offscreen, even headlining a tour in 2009, that it "laid the foundation for future faux groups to have real success." These include Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the Wonders, whose "That Thing You Do," penned by the late Adam Schlesinger, sounds like a lost 1960s classic even though it was written for the 1991 film.

To get a better sense of how these fictional bands were created, as well as the ways they've maintained a legacy in the years since, the Ringer spoke to people including Cameron Crowe, Zooey Deschanel, Andy Samberg, Emily Haines and more.

Give the whole thing a read here (which, for me, included scanning the entire text for Crucifictorious).