Actual musicians also like to make up fictional bands, some to sing about, and some to use as an alias, or a character to play. Bennie and the Jets and Uncle John's Band are good examples. There are also a few used for entire albums. Probably the most famous example is Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, but Ziggy Stardust ought to be mentioned too, and Garth Brooks' alter ego Chris Gaines. Here are two more.
Fictional band: Eddie and the Cruisers.
Real band: John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
Eddie and the Cruisers soundtrack
1983. Scottie Brothers.
produced by Kenny Vance
- On the Dark Side
- Tender Years
Briefcase Full of Blues
produced by Bob Tischler
- Rubber Biscuit
- Soul Man
Unlike Eddie and the Cruisers, who never did anything under that name studio or live after that one soundtrack release, The Blues Brothers toured as a real band, in character, and released a few albums. According to Aykroyd, John Belushi really wanted this project to work and used it as creative outlet outside of acting. So, to be fair, this isn't really a fake band. They perform all covers, digging deep into the blues catalog. When I was little, after seeing the movie, I thought all blues was like the big band sound of the Blues Brothers and Cab Calloway. It took me a little while to realize that the blues can be very different.