The Weird 100

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


I gotta say, it’s pretty nice to come back from a long hiatus and discover that a.) people actually still read our blog occasionally, even when it’s just sitting there, totally un-updated, and b.) the band that ascended to No. 1 on our Weird 100 chart while we were gone is, in fact, one of the most genuinely weird bands we’ve ever written about. So congratulations to Stalaggh/Gulaggh on finally being crowned Weirdest Band in the World. We hope you and your mental patient vocalists can celebrate with an extra dose of meds.

Elsewhere around the Weird 100: Two artists debut in the top 10, geriatric rapper Space Alien Donald and Irish noise polluters Shibboleth; a whopping five bands re-enter the chart, led by the so-bad-they-must-be-kidding-but-nope-they’re-not-kidding rap-rockers Imperial Stars; and Bay Area “industrial bluegrass” experimenters Caroliner take the biggest jump within the chart, rising 39 places from No. 100 to No. 61. All of this seems good and right to us, except Imperial Stars vaulting out of nowhere to land at No. 25. We’ll try to figure out why there is sudden renewed interest in those jokers and report back pronto.

For a complete alphabetical list of every band we’ve ever blogged about (272 and counting), go here.

Updated monthly(ish). Last update: Dec. 7, 2014. Previous rank listed in (parentheses). Former No. 1s noted with an asterisk. New entries in boldface.

  1. Stalaggh/Gulaggh– sweet serenades by (and for?) the clinically insane (3)
  2. Mayhem* – murder, suicide, flying pig’s heads; just another day on the Norwegian black metal scene (4)
  3. Anklepants* – the prosthetic penis-nose is the least weird part of it (1)
  4. Max Normal* – and you thought Die Antwoord was weird (6)
  5. Sopor Æternus and the Ensemble of Shadows– the Gothiest music project ever (2)
  6. Butthole Surfers– naked dancers, flaming cymbals and Gibbytronix (8)
  7. Babymetal– everything’s cuter in Japan…even death metal (5)
  8. Rammstein* – du bist im Weirdland! (7)
  9. Space Alien Donald – the world’s oldest gay Canadian rapper is keeping Arizona weird (NEW)
  10. Shibboleth – creeping cannibal doom-rock from Ireland (NEW)
  11. Little Big– with Russia, from weird (21)
  12. GG Allin– putting the danger (and the bodily fluids) back into punk rock (9)
  13. Igorrr* – breakcore + classical + death metal + ambient = WTFF? (13)
  14. Impaled Northern Moonforest– the world’s first (and still greatest) acoustic black metal band (12)
  15. The Gerogerigegege– like an S&M Japanese GG Allin, only grosser (14)
  16. The KLF– what do Tammy Wynette, Dr. Who, acid house and wanton destruction of legal tender have in common? (20)
  17. Here Come the Mummies* – making music even funkier than the smell of their rotting flesh (19)
  18. Whitehouse– the inventors of “power electronics”…no, not the kind you find at Best Buy (18)
  19. Winny Puhh– how do you say “weird” in Estonian (16)
  20. Cattle Decapitation– taking on the meat industry, one gory death metal anthem at a time (11)
  21. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu– the new princess of J-pop is cuter than Katy Perry, weirder than Lady Gaga (52)
  22. M△S▴C△RA (Mascara)*– weird even by witch house standards (17)
  23. TISM– This Is Seriously weird, Mum (24)
  24. Army of Gay Unicorns– totally gay for your ear holes…and they like it rough (25)
  25. Imperial Stars– the funniest Lonely Island parody ever…oh, wait, it’s real? are you sure? (re-entry)
  26. Rick K. & The Allnighters– this drummer is at the wrong gig (26)
  27. The Flying Luttenbachers– gods of brutal, apocalyptic prog chaos (10)
  28. Primus– sailing the seas of weird (40)
  29. Attila– Billy Joel does proto-metal…nuff said (34)
  30. Die Antwoord* – straight outta Cape Town (30)
  31. Prussian Blue– the world’s most adorable white supremacist folk duo (28)
  32. Mr. Bungle– confusing the shit out of metal fans since 1991 (31)
  33. Compressorhead– putting the “metal” in heavy metal (23)
  34. Crash Worship– neo-tribal/industrial/extreme audience participation insanity (29)
  35. Jan Terri – Chicago’s reigning queen of frozen-in-the-‘80s outsider pop-rock (re-entry)
  36. Pryapisme– a French prog-metal soundtrack to the 8-bit Catpocalypse (15)
  37. Cromagnon– weird even by 1969 standards (38)
  38. Aesthetic Meat Front– sewing instruments into their skin since 1996 (35)
  39. Autopsy Report of Drowned Shrimp– Japan’s funkiest crustacean-inspired trance/noise/jam band (27)
  40. Bloody Death Skull– the cutest songs you’ll ever hear about dead Mormons and prostitutes (39)
  41. Cardiacs– weird even by ’80s standards (48)
  42. Hatebeak– spiking the bird seed with an extra dose of weird sauce (22)
  43. Aphex Twin– intelligent weird music (47)
  44. Iwrestledabearonce– weird even by grindcore standards (77)
  45. Naked City– the early ‘90s’ weirdest jazz/spazz/punk/thrash/surf/country/cartoon/avant-garde/noise quintet (46)
  46. Sparks – hello young weirdos (re-entry)
  47. Nina Hagen– NunSexWeirdRock (59)
  48. Donatan– throw your damn hands up for Polish pagan folk-hop (32)
  49. Tiny Tim– tiptoe through the weirdness (53)
  50. L.A.Drones! – masked banditos of stolen synth-pop (NEW)
  51. Dir En Grey– Japan’s favorite metal band can beat up your favorite metal band (37)
  52. Professor Elemental vs. Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer– fear of a chap planet (42)
  53. Metalachi– a mariachi metal band? only in L.A. (44)
  54. Rancid Penguin Molestation– the only thing weirder than pornogrind is fake pornogrind (65)
  55. Todd Tamanend Clark– Western Pennsylvania’s leading garage-psych-prog-rock Native American synthesizer guru (64)
  56. Death Grips– the world’s most extreme hip-hop group began and ended on their terms (33)
  57. Nurse With Wound– chance weirding on a dissecting table (63)
  58. a.P.A.t.T.– Liverpudlian lunatics…also, we just like saying “Liverpudlian” (55)
  59. The Residents– hey, who took my giant eyeball mask? (57)
  60. Baboon Torture Division– the guy in the Ronald McDonald costume is the least weird part of it (67)
  61. Caroliner– Bay Area freaks with a thing for blacklight paint, noise, bluegrass, and 19th century livestock mythology (100)
  62. Computer Jesus Refrigerator– they call it “tonk honky”; we call it glitch-tastic (62)
  63. Author and Punisher– welcome, my son, to the Drone Machines (70)
  64. Sun O)))– what if a bunch of druids started a drone metal band? (71)
  65. Ghedalia Tazartes– a French nutjob with an accordion and a loop pedal (60)
  66. Maywa Denki – Japan’s leading maker of “nonsense machines” (NEW)
  67. Shibusashirazu Orchestra– free jazz + butoh dancers = WTF? (80)
  68. Meshugga Beach Party– getting sand in their prayer shawls since 2003 (45)
  69. Throbbing Gristle– the tranny lead singer is the least weird part of it (72)
  70. Einstürzende Neubauten– Germans + power tools = the most industrial industrial band ever (68)
  71. Little Women– Louisa May Alcott would not approve (61)
  72. Univore– I shouldn’t be driving this car! (72)
  73. Dick4Dick– something weird is happening in Poland (75)
  74. Vocal Trash– Stomp meets Glee in Texas, weirdness ensues (54)
  75. Bum Sick– seriously weird shit…emphasis on “shit” (88)
  76. Insane Clown Posse* – fucking weirdos, how do they work? (84)
  77. The Shaggs– the unwitting godmothers of outsider music (56)
  78. Dread Zeppelin– Elvis + Led Zeppelin + reggae = mercy! (87)
  79. Melt Banana– sick zip everyweird! (58)
  80. The Locust– and now for a little powerviolence (79)
  81. Beatallica– yes, even cover bands can be weird (95)
  82. Otto von Schirach- breakcore’s number-one weirdo…which is saying a lot (89)
  83. Tool– this just in: Maynard James Keenan is a weird dude (66)
  84. Parliament-Funkadelic– we want the weird; give up the weird! (43)
  85. Dwarr– lo-fi stoner metal from South Carolina…need we say more? (94)
  86. The Wet Spots– Canadians can make anything seem adorable…even taking it in the butt (76)
  87. Loutallica (Lou Reed + Metallica)– weird is the table! (81)
  88. Magma– how do you say “weird” in Kobaïan? (92)
  89. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum– sledgehammer dulcimers and Unabomber lyrics (91)
  90. Skull and Bones– UFOs, conspiracy theories and bad metal from Brazil (50)
  91. Trippple Nippples– weirrrd electro-pppop from Japppan (74)
  92. Laibach– Eins, zwei, drei, weird (85)
  93. Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band– fast and bulbous, also weird (93)
  94. Dvar– the giant demon-bee told them to do it (82)
  95. Dirty Sanchez– trannies, Italian satanists and trashy electro-pop (83)
  96. Räuberhöhle– tattooed German punk rock chick does J-pop…weirdness ensures (96)
  97. Renaldo and the Loaf – songs for swinging weirdos (re-entry)
  98. The White Mice – escaped from the lab and wreaking noise-rock mayhem (re-entry)
  99. Mr. Vast- tongue-in-cheek New Wave electro-glam-pop, with sangria (49)
  100. Heiter bis Wolkig– weird German cabaret bullshit (90)
  1. What about Caprice from russia?

  2. 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.

  3. Weirdest Song: by Psyberdelic

  4. 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! ;)

  5. octabites;sticker liver =is my suggestion

  6. 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)

  7. ed starlet wilson

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

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

  9. Check out ‘Furfriend’

  10. Nocturnal Neurosis is fucking insane. Highly unknown band.

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