The Weird 100

The top 100 bands we’ve blogged about on TWBITW, ranked according to their page views over the past three months.

Uber alles once again

Uber alles once again

Thanks to his buzzworthy Boiler Room DJ set, electro freak Anklepants came close to claiming the coveted No. 1 spot on the Weird 100 this month. But he only got as far as No. 2, so for the second straight month, the German industrial juggernaut that is Rammstein holds down the top spot. So is Rammstein really the Weirdest Band in the World? Probably not, but they sure are goddamned popular.

Elsewhere around the Weird 100: British lo-fi prankster Free Chow scores this month’s highest debut at No. 56; robot rockers Compressorhead take the biggest jump up the chart, 27 spots to No. 32; and for the first time, Igorrr and Igor Krutogolov’s Toy Orchestra are right next to each other, at Nos. 13 and 14, making this the Igoriest Weird 100 ever.

For a complete alphabetical list of every band we’ve ever blogged about (255 and counting), go here.

Updated monthly(ish). Last update:  June 17, 2014. Previous rank listed in (parentheses). Former No. 1′s noted with an asterisk. New entries in boldface.

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  1. Rammstein – du bist im Weirdland! (1)
  2. Anklepants – the prosthetic penis-nose is the least weird part of it (30)
  3. Mayhem* – murder, suicide, flying pig’s heads; just another day on the Norwegian black metal scene (2)
  4. Stalaggh/Gulaggh – sweet serenades by (and for?) the clinically insane (3)
  5. Babymetal – everything’s cuter in Japan…even death metal (4)
  6. Winny Puhh – how do you say “weird” in Estonian (6)
  7. Max Normal* – and you thought Die Antwoord was weird (8)
  8. GG Allin – putting the danger (and the bodily fluids) back into punk rock (7)
  9. Butthole Surfers – naked dancers, flaming cymbals and Gibbytronix (10)
  10. Cattle Decapitation – taking on the meat industry, one gory death metal anthem at a time (29)
  11. Hatebeak – spiking the bird seed with an extra dose of weird sauce (5)
  12. Donatan – throw your damn hands up for Polish pagan folk-hop (9)
  13. Igorrr* – breakcore + classical + death metal + ambient = WTFF? (11)
  14. Igor Krutogolov’s Toy Orchestra – instruments for children; music for grownups (15)
  15. The Gerogerigegege – like an S&M Japanese GG Allin, only grosser (12)
  16. The KLF – what do Tammy Wynette, Dr. Who, acid house and wanton destruction of legal tender have in common? (14)
  17. Whitehouse – the inventors of “power electronics”…no, not the kind you find at Best Buy (13)
  18. M△S▴C△RA (Mascara)* – weird even by witch house standards (19)
  19. Impaled Northern Moonforest – the world’s first (and still greatest) acoustic black metal band (27)
  20. TISM – This Is Seriously weird, Mum (23)
  21. Parliament-Funkadelic – we want the weird; give up the weird! (21)
  22. Army of Gay Unicorns – totally gay for your ear holes…and they like it rough (18)
  23. Attila – Billy Joel does proto-metal…nuff said (16)
  24. Crash Worship – neo-tribal/industrial/extreme audience participation insanity (22)
  25. Prussian Blue – the world’s most adorable white supremacist folk duo (24)
  26. Die Antwoord* – straight outta Cape Town (31)
  27. Autopsy Report of Drowned Shrimp – Japan’s funkiest crustacean-inspired trance/noise/jam band (28)
  28. Well Worn Boot – white-trash blues-rock flute jams from Upstate New York (37)
  29. Dir En Grey – Japan’s favorite metal band can beat up your favorite metal band (25)
  30. Mr. Bungle – confusing the shit out of metal fans since 1991 (32)
  31. Toxic Chicken – cranking out lobit anthems on his craptop (44)
  32. Compressorhead – putting the “metal” in heavy metal (59)
  33. Cromagnon – weird even by 1969 standards (40)
  34. Rick K. & The Allnighters – this drummer is at the wrong gig (39)
  35. Little Big – with Russia, from weird (20)
  36. Primus – sailing the seas of weird (34)
  37. Professor Elemental vs. Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer – fear of a chap planet (33)
  38. Melt Banana – sick zip everyweird! (63)
  39. Metalachi – a mariachi metal band? only in L.A. (43)
  40. FCKN BSTRDS – crzy xprmntl snds frm th Nthrlnds (49)
  41. Naked City – the early ‘90s’ weirdest jazz/spazz/punk/thrash/surf/country/cartoon/avant-garde/noise quintet (42)
  42. Laki Lan* – funky bugs from Poland (17)
  43. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – the new princess of J-pop is cuter than Katy Perry, weirder than Lady Gaga (38)
  44. Dick4Dick – something weird is happening in Poland (36)
  45. Pryapisme – a French prog-metal soundtrack to the 8-bit Catpocalypse (54)
  46. Tiny Tim – tiptoe through the weirdness (46)
  47. The Wet Spots – Canadians can make anything seem adorable…even taking it in the butt (26)
  48. Aesthetic Meat Front – sewing instruments into their skin since 1996 (51)
  49. The Residents – hey, who took my giant eyeball mask? (58)
  50. Bum Sick – seriously weird shit…emphasis on “shit” (57)
  51. Baboon Torture Division – the guy in the Ronald McDonald costume is the least weird part of it (50)
  52. Here Come the Mummies* – making music even funkier than the smell of their rotting flesh (60)
  53. Tool – this just in: Maynard James Keenan is a weird dude (48)
  54. Univore – I shouldn’t be driving this car! (45)
  55. Caninus – grindcore that’s off the chain…literally (41)
  56. Free Chow – don’t touch kids, you don’t know where they’ve been (NEW)
  57. Rancid Penguin Molestation – the only thing weirder than pornogrind is fake pornogrind (56)
  58. Nina Hagen – NunSexWeirdRock (62)
  59. Cardiacs – weird even by ’80s standards (69)
  60. Todd Tamanend Clark – Western Pennsylvania’s leading garage-psych-prog-rock Native American synthesizer guru (55)
  61. Sun O))) – what if a bunch of druids started a drone metal band? (53)
  62. a.P.A.t.T. – Liverpudlian lunatics…also, we just like saying “Liverpudlian” (61)
  63. Einstürzende Neubauten – Germans + power tools = the most industrial industrial band ever (75)
  64. Dirty Sanchez – trannies, Italian satanists and trashy electro-pop (65)
  65. Caroliner – Bay Area freaks with a thing for blacklight paint, noise, bluegrass, and 19th century livestock mythology (73)
  66. Nurse With Wound – chance weirding on a dissecting table (64)
  67. Ghedalia Tazartes – a French nutjob with an accordion and a loop pedal (71)
  68. Laibach – Eins, zwei, drei, weird (66)
  69. The Locust – and now for a little powerviolence (81)
  70. Panther – you don’t want your nails done, motherfucker? (NEW)
  71. Trippple Nippples – weirrrd electro-pppop from Japppan (67)
  72. Computer Jesus Refrigerator – they call it “tonk honky”; we call it glitch-tastic (70)
  73. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott would not approve (72)
  74. Insane Clown Posse* – fucking weirdos, how do they work? (68)
  75. The Shaggs – the unwitting godmothers of outsider music (79)
  76. Skull and Bones – UFOs, conspiracy theories and bad metal from Brazil (80)
  77. Iwrestledabearonce – weird even by grindcore standards (77)
  78. The Vegetable Orchestra – it’s amazing what you can produce with produce (74)
  79. Vocal Trash – Stomp meets Glee in Texas, weirdness ensues (78)
  80. Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – fast and bulbous, also weird (100)
  81. Shibusashirazu Orchestra – free jazz + butoh dancers = WTF? (84)
  82. Throbbing Gristle – the tranny lead singer is the least weird part of it (85)
  83. Beatallica – yes, even cover bands can be weird (94)
  84. Sun Ra – space is the place (NEW)
  85. Klaus Nomi – because pop music needs more androgynous, operatic counter-tenors (82)
  86. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – sledgehammer dulcimers and Unabomber lyrics (83)
  87. Kirin J Callinan – God is in the water (NEW)
  88. Dread Zeppelin – Elvis + Led Zeppelin + reggae = mercy! (97)
  89. Imperial Stars – the funniest Lonely Island parody ever…oh, wait, it’s real? are you sure? (87)
  90. Dvar – the giant demon-bee told them to do it (91)
  91. Räuberhöhle – tattooed German punk rock chick does J-pop…weirdness ensures (99)
  92. The Ass Orbiters – making fun of cripples and drunks since 2011 (95)
  93. Magma – how do you say “weird” in Kobaïan? (96)
  94. Author and Punisher – welcome, my son, to the Drone Machines (76)
  95. The Moog Cookbook – vintage synths are weird (89)
  96. Super Geek League – Seattle’s best sci-fi punk circus (re-entry)
  97. Dwarr – lo-fi, Jesus-y stoner metal from South Carolina…need we say more? (93)
  98. Foot Village – L.A.’s leading “drum ‘n’ shot” assembly (NEW)
  99. That 1 Guy – playing his Magic Pipe in public since the ’90s (88)
  100. Gout Pony – trampcore, straight outta Ipswich (35)
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  1. Ian Curtis, Daniel Johnston, Syd Barrent, they were weird. These guy up there uncreative artist who did it for the reason to be different. The people i named were weird because that was the way they were born. They made music they would like not so they different. They are different they dont force themselves to be. RIP Ian and Syd

  2. babymetal aren’t weird, they rock

  3. Chris Coates

    Psychedelic Trainwreck, c’mon man!

  4. Doctor Octagon was a pretty weird album. Definitely weirder than some of your top 100.

  5. I think you’d like to check out Semargl. They started out as a Black Metal band, but progressively changed into a Dance Pop act.

  6. no sopor aeternus?

  7. Maybe Necrosadik from Mexico?

  8. I’m surprised I didn’t see Sendai Kamotsu.
    Also, if you think Maynard is weird in Tool, he gets even more strange in his other band, Puscifer.

  9. Where is nick cave??? Ik he’s old, but he’s a classic and actually a very talanted guy In addition to being a huge weirdo. Though I will admit, it’s more about the music. Actually seems like a pretty nice dude from his interviews

  10. Thanks to post this content and information. Its a nice stuff and list.

  11. nice stuff and great list. But what the *&%$* makes Rammstein a weird band ??? They are simply very very commercially exploiting right winged sentiments. Nope I am not saying they are Nazis or even supporters of right ideologies. But they are cheap enough tpo jump the bandwaggon and a lot of their fans are. Other than that their lyrics are mostly very very simplistic brutal and not really clever or cheeky. Never understood why people would think so. But hey, at least you need to understand German to get the crudeness and plain unsesnitivity of the lyrics. There ain’t much subtility or tongue-in-cheek about them and to state that their act is ironic would be almost comparable to saying that racism and militarism in general is a good humoured joke and nothing serious. The only weirdness that applies here is this blatant sale-out to a public that loves the miltary white hegemonial show of (in combination with a pyrotechnical event). Really love your site, but this must be the greatest misser.

    • I think we have plenty of entries more questionable than Rammstein, both in terms of weirdness and dubious political ideologies. Have you checked out The Ass Orbiters?

  12. Where the fuck is Carnival in Coal ?

  13. Weird – imelik.

  14. also, these guys

    and, of course

    ^ supposedly the sounds from the above were mostly recorded in the hallways of a mental institution for the criminally insane

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