The Weird 100

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

Mac Sabbath

Shortly after we introduced our readers to the “drive thru metal” of Mac Sabbath last December, the L.A.-based tribute to Ozzy and McNuggets went “viral,” as the kids used to say. Over the holidays, every blog on the planet went suitably apeshit over Ronald Osbourne and co.’s “Frying Pan,” “Pair-a-Buns” and other doom metal paeans to corporate fried food. So it comes as no surprise that, amidst all the attention, Mac Sab debuts at No. 1 on our Weird List. Here’s hoping they can fend off the McAttorneys for at least another few weeks, because they need to do at least one show where they douse their audience in the green goo of Shamrock Shakes.

Elsewhere around the Weird 100: Ritualistic metal sex goddesses Rockbitch also debut in the top 10, coming in at No. 7, Chicago pop troll Jan Terri takes one of the biggest chart jumps, rising 23 places to No. 12, and goat-horned prop-rockers Rosemary’s Billygoat score the month’s highest re-entry, butting back onto the chart at No. 55 — helped, no doubt, by their shadowy affiliation with Mac Sabbath. Yep, 2015 is off to a pretty great start for Mike Odd.

For a complete alphabetical list of every band we’ve ever blogged about (276 and counting), go here.

Updated monthly(ish). Last update: Feb. 15, 2014. Previous rank listed in (parentheses). Former No. 1s noted with an asterisk. New entries in boldface.

1. Mac Sabbath – the inventors of “drive thru metal” (NEW)

2. Stalaggh/Gulaggh* – sweet serenades by (and for?) the clinically insane (1)

3. Mayhem* – murder, suicide, flying pig’s heads; just another day on the Norwegian black metal scene (2)

4. Anklepants* – the prosthetic penis-nose is the least weird part of it (3)

5. GG Allin– putting the danger (and the bodily fluids) back into punk rock (12)

6. Max Normal* – and you thought Die Antwoord was weird (4)

7. Rockbitch – the world’s raunchiest all-female, neo-pagan, pro-sex rock show (NEW)

8. Butthole Surfers– naked dancers, flaming cymbals and Gibbytronix (6)

9. Babymetal– everything’s cuter in Japan…even death metal (7)

10. Rammstein* – du bist im Weirdland! (8)

11. Little Big– with Russia, from weird (11)

12. Jan Terri– Chicago’s reigning queen of frozen-in-the-‘80s outsider pop-rock (35)

13. Sopor Æternus and the Ensemble of Shadows– the Gothiest music project ever (5)

14. Attila– Billy Joel does proto-metal…nuff said (29)

15. The Gerogerigegege– like an S&M Japanese GG Allin, only grosser (15)

16. Shibboleth– creeping cannibal doom-rock from Ireland (10)

17. The KLF– what do Tammy Wynette, Dr. Who, acid house and wanton destruction of legal tender have in common? (16)

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

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

20. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu– the new princess of J-pop is cuter than Katy Perry, weirder than Lady Gaga (21)

21. Impaled Northern Moonforest– the world’s first (and still greatest) acoustic black metal band (14)

22. Imperial Stars– the funniest Lonely Island parody ever…oh, wait, it’s real? are you sure? (25)

23. BiS Kaiden – Japanese idol pop meets extreme noise rock…weirdness ensues (NEW)

24. Cattle Decapitation– taking on the meat industry, one gory death metal anthem at a time (20)

25. Space Alien Donald– the world’s oldest gay Canadian rapper is keeping Arizona weird (9)

26. Army of Gay Unicorns– totally gay for your ear holes…and they like it rough (24)

27. Winny Puhh– how do you say “weird” in Estonian (19)

28. M△S▴C△RA (Mascara)*– weird even by witch house standards (22)

29. Here Come the Mummies* – making music even funkier than the smell of their rotting flesh (17)

30. Sparks– hello young weirdos (46)

31. TISM– This Is Seriously weird, Mum (23)

32. Crash Worship– neo-tribal/industrial/extreme audience participation insanity (34)

33. Autopsy Report of Drowned Shrimp– Japan’s funkiest crustacean-inspired trance/noise/jam band (39)

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

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

36. Primus– sailing the seas of weird (28)

37. Prussian Blue– the world’s most adorable white supremacist folk duo (31)

38. Mr. Bungle– confusing the shit out of metal fans since 1991 (32)

39. Donatan– throw your damn hands up for Polish pagan folk-hop (48)

40. Cromagnon– weird even by 1969 standards (37)

41. Pryapisme– a French prog-metal soundtrack to the 8-bit Catpocalypse (36)

42. Aesthetic Meat Front– sewing instruments into their skin since 1996 (38)

43. Bloody Death Skull– the cutest songs you’ll ever hear about dead Mormons and prostitutes (40)

44. Aphex Twin– intelligent weird music (43)

45. Naked City– the early ‘90s’ weirdest jazz/spazz/punk/thrash/surf/country/cartoon/avant-garde/noise quintet (45)

46. Nina Hagen– NunSexWeirdRock (47)

47. Tiny Tim– tiptoe through the weirdness (49)

48. Professor Elemental vs. Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer– fear of a chap planet (52)

49. Dir En Grey– Japan’s favorite metal band can beat up your favorite metal band (51)

50. Nurse With Wound– chance weirding on a dissecting table (57)

51. Metalachi– a mariachi metal band? only in L.A. (53)

52. Compressorhead– putting the “metal” in heavy metal (33)

53. Shibusashirazu Orchestra– free jazz + butoh dancers = WTF? (67)

54. Cardiacs– weird even by ’80s standards (41)

55. Rosemary’s Billygoat – do they make you horny? (re-entry)

56. Rancid Penguin Molestation– the only thing weirder than pornogrind is fake pornogrind (54)

57. Dick4Dick– something weird is happening in Poland (73)

58. Hatebeak– spiking the bird seed with an extra dose of weird sauce (42)

59. Iwrestledabearonce– weird even by grindcore standards (44)

60. Baboon Torture Division– the guy in the Ronald McDonald costume is the least weird part of it (60)

61. Death Grips– the world’s most extreme hip-hop group began and ended on their terms (56)

62. The Flying Luttenbachers– gods of brutal, apocalyptic prog chaos (27)

63. Meshugga Beach Party– getting sand in their prayer shawls since 2003 (68)

64. Dread Zeppelin– Elvis + Led Zeppelin + reggae = mercy! (78)

65. a.P.A.t.T.– Liverpudlian lunatics…also, we just like saying “Liverpudlian” (58)

66. Sun O)))– what if a bunch of druids started a drone metal band? (64)

67. The Residents– hey, who took my giant eyeball mask? (59)

68. Todd Tamanend Clark– Western Pennsylvania’s leading garage-psych-prog-rock Native American synthesizer guru (55)

69. Little Women– Louisa May Alcott would not approve (71)

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

71. Ghedalia Tazartes– a French nutjob with an accordion and a loop pedal (65)

72. Einstürzende Neubauten– Germans + power tools = the most industrial industrial band ever (70)

73. Tool– this just in: Maynard James Keenan is a weird dude (83)

74. Melt Banana– sick zip everyweird! (79)

75. Throbbing Gristle– the tranny lead singer is the least weird part of it (69)

76. Univore– I shouldn’t be driving this car! (72)

77. Beatallica– yes, even cover bands can be weird (81)

78. Loutallica (Lou Reed + Metallica)– weird is the table! (87)

79. Author and Punisher– welcome, my son, to the Drone Machines (63)

80. Dirty Sanchez– trannies, Italian satanists and trashy electro-pop (95)

81. Trippple Nippples– weirrrd electro-pppop from Japppan (91)

82. L.A.Drones!– masked banditos of stolen synth-pop (50)

83. Bum Sick– seriously weird shit…emphasis on “shit” (75)

84. Thomas Truax – antifolk hero, inventor of the Hornicator (NEW)

85. Renaldo and the Loaf– songs for swinging weirdos (97)

86. The Shaggs– the unwitting godmothers of outsider music (77)

87. Insane Clown Posse* – fucking weirdos, how do they work? (76)

88. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – sledgehammer dulcimers and Unabomber lyrics (89)

89. Magma – how do you say “weird” in Kobaïan? (88)

90. Santa Hates You – but he loves dark electro German graver anthems (re-entry)

91. The Locust– and now for a little powerviolence (80)

92. Caroliner– Bay Area freaks with a thing for blacklight paint, noise, bluegrass, and 19th century livestock mythology (61)

93. Laibach– Eins, zwei, drei, weird (92)

94. Dwarr– lo-fi stoner metal from South Carolina…need we say more? (85)

95. Vocal Trash– Stomp meets Gleein Texas, weirdness ensues (74)

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

97. Brokencyde – behold, the douchecore kids (re-entry)

98. Otto von Schirach– breakcore’s number-one weirdo…which is saying a lot (82)

99. Skull and Bones– UFOs, conspiracy theories and bad metal from Brazil (90)

100. The White Mice– escaped from the lab and wreaking noise-rock mayhem (98)

  1. I borrowed some music from your list as well as some things not on your list to compile 23 of the Weirdest Songs You Will Ever Hear: http://hackedliving.com/humor/banging-earholes/

  2. fantastic, makes for amusing reading and picked up some good bands and facts along the way. btw, has anyone here heard of jean louis costes. he wld qualify too

  3. Gustafi! Croatian folk rock band. It’s not weird to the core, but nonetheless check them out.

  4. How about Boss Lard? fucking mental and it’s free!

    http://bosslard.bandcamp.com/releases

  5. What about Caprice from russia?

  6. Where the fuck are the Residents? How about the Tiger Lillies, Esquivel, the Shaggs, Diamanda Galas? Check out some prime weird. The Residents have been anonymously putting out a voluminous supply of bizzare and brilliant tunage since the early 70’s. Primus covers several Residents tunes and Renaldo and the Loaf have a entire album collaboration with them. They really should be on this list.

  7. Weirdest Song: by Psyberdelic

  8. Hey I recognize some of these! Deathgrip, Melt Banana, The Locust, Die Antwoord and… Kyari Pamyu Pamyu ahaha! Yeah her music videos are definitely weird :P Though I’m surprised Dir En Grey made it to the list! And loved reading those tidbits of description… couldn’t stop laughing at your description of “Dick4Dick” and “Bum Sick” ahaha

    This is some good stuff man. Haven’t laughed this hard in a while. A thumbs up to you compadre! ;)

  9. octabites;sticker liver =is my suggestion

  10. I would suggest a worthy addition – Sun City Girls. They made some really bizarre stuff, while being comical. Some of their songs have gibberish blabbering as their lyrics. (this one does not, however)

  11. ed starlet wilson

    Check out a band called Little Trophy, there’s not much stuff about but if you like Cardiacs & Mr Bungle

  12. How does Rammstein make this list, but Foetus does not?

  13. Check out ‘Furfriend’

  14. Nocturnal Neurosis is fucking insane. Highly unknown band.
    nocneur.blogspot.com

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