The Weird 100

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

Anklepants

Anklepants, humble farmhand turned international electronic superstar (Photo by Dina Schweiger)

I’m sure Berlin-based electronic antagonizer Anklepants’ nose will stiffen with glee to hear that he remains our  No. 1 weirdo for the second consecutive month. Our congratulations to Dr. Reecard, the man behind the mask, and we promise we’ll post that interview we did with you eons ago very soon.

Elsewhere around the Weird 100: Two artists debut in the top 10 this month, which is pretty exciting: German Goth serenader Sopor Aeternus and Chicago-bred noise mutants The Flying Luttenbachers. We have six new artists on the Weird 100 all told this month, plus two re-entries, including one of our favorites, Miami breakcore/bass freak Otto Von Schirach. Texas junkyard a cappella group Vocal Trash scores this month’s highest jump, moving 31 places up to No. 54, followed closely by French electronicore cat lovers Pryapisme, who move up 25 spots to No. 15.

For a complete alphabetical list of every band we’ve ever blogged about (267 and counting), go here.

Updated monthly(ish). Last update: Sept. 5, 2014. Previous rank listed in (parentheses). Former No. 1s noted with an asterisk. New entries in boldface.

1. Anklepants – the prosthetic penis-nose is the least weird part of it (1)

2. Sopor Æternus and the Ensemble of Shadows – the Gothiest music project ever (NEW)

3. Stalaggh/Gulaggh – sweet serenades by (and for?) the clinically insane (2)

4. Mayhem* – murder, suicide, flying pig’s heads; just another day on the Norwegian black metal scene (3)

5. Babymetal – everything’s cuter in Japan…even death metal (5)

6. Max Normal* – and you thought Die Antwoord was weird (6)

7. Rammstein* – du bist im Weirdland! (4)

8. Butthole Surfers – naked dancers, flaming cymbals and Gibbytronix (7)

9. GG Allin – putting the danger (and the bodily fluids) back into punk rock (8)

10. The Flying Luttenbachers – gods of brutal, apocalyptic prog chaos (NEW)

11. Cattle Decapitation – taking on the meat industry, one gory death metal anthem at a time (9)

12. Impaled Northern Moonforest – the world’s first (and still greatest) acoustic black metal band (12)

13. Igorrr* – breakcore + classical + death metal + ambient = WTFF? (13)

14. The Gerogerigegege – like an S&M Japanese GG Allin, only grosser (14)

15. Pryapisme – a French prog-metal soundtrack to the 8-bit Catpocalypse (40)

16. Winny Puhh – how do you say “weird” in Estonian (10)

17. M△S▴C△RA (Mascara)* – weird even by witch house standards (18)

18. Whitehouse – the inventors of “power electronics”…no, not the kind you find at Best Buy (15)

19. Here Come the Mummies* – making music even funkier than the smell of their rotting flesh (28)

20. The KLF – what do Tammy Wynette, Dr. Who, acid house and wanton destruction of legal tender have in common? (17)

21. Little Big – with Russia, from weird (35)

22. Hatebeak – spiking the bird seed with an extra dose of weird sauce (16)

23. Compressorhead– putting the “metal” in heavy metal (19)

24. TISM – This Is Seriously weird, Mum (20)

25. Army of Gay Unicorns – totally gay for your ear holes…and they like it rough (21)

26. Rick K. & The Allnighters – this drummer is at the wrong gig (29)

27. Autopsy Report of Drowned Shrimp – Japan’s funkiest crustacean-inspired trance/noise/jam band (24)

28. Prussian Blue – the world’s most adorable white supremacist folk duo (23)

29. Crash Worship – neo-tribal/industrial/extreme audience participation insanity (25)

30. Die Antwoord* – straight outta Cape Town (22)

31. Mr. Bungle – confusing the shit out of metal fans since 1991 (31)

32. Donatan – throw your damn hands up for Polish pagan folk-hop (11)

33. Death Grips – the world’s most extreme hip-hop group began and ended on their terms (46)

34. Attila – Billy Joel does proto-metal…nuff said (30)

35. Aesthetic Meat Front – sewing instruments into their skin since 1996 (43)

36. The Rhythm Coffin – who’s ready for some cockroach coffee? (42)

37. Dir En Grey – Japan’s favorite metal band can beat up your favorite metal band (32)

38. Cromagnon – weird even by 1969 standards (33)

39. Bloody Death Skull – the cutest songs you’ll ever hear about dead Mormons and prostitutes (NEW)

40. Primus – sailing the seas of weird (36)

41. The Von Deer Skulls – France’s leading skull-themed animal doom rock band (47)

42. Professor Elemental vs. Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer – fear of a chap planet (34)

43. Parliament-Funkadelic – we want the weird; give up the weird! (26)

44. Metalachi – a mariachi metal band? only in L.A. (38)

45. Meshugga Beach Party – getting sand in their prayer shawls since 2003 (60)

46. Naked City – the early ‘90s’ weirdest jazz/spazz/punk/thrash/surf/country/cartoon/avant-garde/noise quintet (41)

47. Aphex Twin – intelligent weird music (NEW)

48. Cardiacs – weird even by ’80s standards (49)

49. Mr. Vast – tongue-in-cheek New Wave electro-glam-pop, with sangria (NEW)

50. Skull and Bones – UFOs, conspiracy theories and bad metal from Brazil (51)

51. Tonttu – saving the world from the gnome menace (70)

52. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – the new princess of J-pop is cuter than Katy Perry, weirder than Lady Gaga (44)

53. Tiny Tim – tiptoe through the weirdness (45)

54. Vocal Trash – Stomp meets Glee in Texas, weirdness ensues (85)

55. a.P.A.t.T. – Liverpudlian lunatics…also, we just like saying “Liverpudlian” (66)

56. The Shaggs – the unwitting godmothers of outsider music (55)

57. The Residents – hey, who took my giant eyeball mask? (48)

58. Melt Banana – sick zip everyweird! (27)

59. Nina Hagen – NunSexWeirdRock (53)

60. Ghedalia Tazartes – a French nutjob with an accordion and a loop pedal (63)

61. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott would not approve (67)

62. Computer Jesus Refrigerator – they call it “tonk honky”; we call it glitch-tastic (84)

63. Nurse With Wound – chance weirding on a dissecting table (73)

64. Todd Tamanend Clark – Western Pennsylvania’s leading garage-psych-prog-rock Native American synthesizer guru (71)

65. Rancid Penguin Molestation – the only thing weirder than pornogrind is fake pornogrind (64)

66. Tool – this just in: Maynard James Keenan is a weird dude (56)

67. Baboon Torture Division – the guy in the Ronald McDonald costume is the least weird part of it (54)

68. Einstürzende Neubauten – Germans + power tools = the most industrial industrial band ever (62)

69. Igor Krutogolov’s Toy Orchestra – instruments for children; music for grownups (37)

70. Author and Punisher – welcome, my son, to the Drone Machines (74)

71. Sun O))) – what if a bunch of druids started a drone metal band? (68)

72. Throbbing Gristle – the tranny lead singer is the least weird part of it (77)

73. Univore – I shouldn’t be driving this car! (61)

74. Trippple Nippples – weirrrd electro-pppop from Japppan (65)

75. Dick4Dick – something weird is happening in Poland (59)

76. The Wet Spots – Canadians can make anything seem adorable…even taking it in the butt (58)

77. Iwrestledabearonce – weird even by grindcore standards (75)

78. Albert Kuvezin and Yat-Kha – Tuvan throat singing + classic rock = weird (98)

79. The Locust – and now for a little powerviolence (79)

80. Shibusashirazu Orchestra – free jazz + butoh dancers = WTF? (88)

81. Loutallica (Lou Reed + Metallica) – weird is the table! (99)

82. Dvar – the giant demon-bee told them to do it (96)

83. Dirty Sanchez – trannies, Italian satanists and trashy electro-pop (72)

84. Insane Clown Posse* – fucking weirdos, how do they work? (89)

85. Laibach – Eins, zwei, drei, weird (69)

86. Panther – you don’t want your nails done, motherfucker? (52)

87. Dread Zeppelin – Elvis + Led Zeppelin + reggae = mercy! (86)

88. Bum Sick – seriously weird shit…emphasis on “shit” (91)

89. Otto von Schirach – breakcore’s number-one weirdo…which is saying a lot (re-entry)

90. Heiter bis Wolkig – weird German cabaret bullshit (NEW)

91. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – sledgehammer dulcimers and Unabomber lyrics (92)

92. Magma – how do you say “weird” in Kobaïan? (97)

93. Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band– fast and bulbous, also weird (80)

94. Dwarr – lo-fi stoner metal from South Carolina…need we say more? (re-entry)

95. Beatallica– yes, even cover bands can be weird (83)

96. Räuberhöhle– tattooed German punk rock chick does J-pop…weirdness ensures (90)

97. Caninus– grindcore that’s off the chain…literally (81)

98. FCKN BSTRDS – crzy xprmntl snds frm th Nthrlnds (100)

99. Free Chow– don’t touch kids, you don’t know where they’ve been (39)

100. Caroliner– Bay Area freaks with a thing for blacklight paint, noise, bluegrass, and 19th century livestock mythology (93)

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