With the rise of teens being given record contracts via popularity contests a la American Idol, and the rise of a hair metal, tight leather pants-wearing, Queen homage band like The Darkness, it has become obvious to many including myself that pop rock and its fans are having a good laugh at themselves.
In keeping with that theme, I was recently told about a band called Beatallica. Oh yes. Whereas The Darkness has been remained ambiguous and reticent enough to make even intelligent people like our beloved Alphamonkey believe they are a real band, Beatallica makes it quite clear they are fucking around. The lead singer sounds just like James Hetfield as they bang through clever little Beatles/Metallica fusion songs such as ‘Justice For All My Lovin’ and ‘Hey Dude’. Crappy website, great music. (another quality find by Hodgey, inc.)