The Weird 100

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

Rockbitch

 

We heard some of you missed the Weird 100 list, so we’re bringing it back. Just pretend it’s sexy and we’re Justin Timberlake. Actually, don’t. That last JT album sucked.

Even after keeping this list offline for three years, the No. 1 band hasn’t changed. It’s still Rockbitch, which is clear proof of one of two things: 1) not enough people besides us have written about the awesomeness of Rockbitch, or 2) everyone’s still fascinated to an unreasonable degree by the concept of a sexually empowered, frequently naked, all-female pagan rock band.

Once you get past Rockbitch, there are over 30 new entries since our last update, which makes sense after a three-year hiatus. The highest new entry is Clown Core, probably because they’re also awesome but also possibly because people love clowns almost as much as they love breasts.

For a complete alphabetical list of every band we’ve ever blogged about (308 and counting), go here.

Updated monthly(ish). Last update: Sept. 11, 2018. Former No. 1s noted with an asterisk.

  1. Rockbitch– the world’s raunchiest all-female, neo-pagan, pro-sex rock show
  2. Stalaggh/Gulaggh* – sweet serenades by (and for?) the clinically insane
  3. Clown Core – jams from the porta-potty
  4. GG Allin– putting the danger (and the bodily fluids) back into punk rock
  5. Mayhem* – murder, suicide, flying pig’s heads; just another day on the Norwegian black metal scene
  6. Igorrr* – breakcore + classical + death metal + ambient = WTFF?
  7. Little Big– with Russia, from weird
  8. Butthole Surfers– naked dancers, flaming cymbals and Gibbytronix
  9. Jan Terri– Chicago’s reigning queen of frozen-in-the-‘80s outsider pop-rock
  10. Rick K. & The Allnighters– this drummer is at the wrong gig
  11. Vladimir Cauchemar – he’s too sexy for his flute; also, it’s a recorder, not a flute, asshole
  12. Rammstein* – du bist im Weirdland!
  13. Sparks– hello young weirdos
  14. The Gerogerigegege– like an S&M Japanese GG Allin, only grosser
  15. TISM– This Is Seriously weird, Mum
  16. Whitehouse– the inventors of “power electronics”…no, not the kind you find at Best Buy
  17. Cattle Decapitation– taking on the meat industry, one gory death metal anthem at a time
  18. Fadades – France’s shining, studded lone wolf of outsider black metal
  19. Anklepants* – the prosthetic penis-nose is the least weird part of it
  20. PPL MVR – yeti rock for ELO fans
  21. Professor Elemental vs. Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer– fear of a chap planet
  22. Ghost – Satanic Swedish power metal or black metal pisstake? Yes
  23. Attila– Billy Joel does proto-metal…nuff said
  24. The Misfits – this just in: Glenn Danzig is a weird dude
  25. The KLF– what do Tammy Wynette, Dr. Who, acid house and wanton destruction of legal tender have in common?
  26. Dakh Daughters Band – likeThe Bacchae meets The Tiger Lillies meets Dead Can Dance, except even more awesome than that
  27. Sopor Æternus and the Ensemble of Shadows– the Gothiest music project ever
  28. Impaled Northern Moonforest– the world’s first (and still greatest) acoustic black metal band
  29. Björk – all is full of weird
  30. Here Come the Mummies* – making music even funkier than the smell of their rotting flesh
  31. První hoře – more bands should have clown accordionists, don’t you think?
  32. Buttress O’Kneel – excruciating postcore compop from Australia
  33. Primus– sailing the seas of weird
  34. Mr. Bungle– confusing the shit out of metal fans since 1991
  35. Okilly Dokilly – Arizona’s leading Ned Flanders-themed metal band
  36. Aesthetic Meat Front– sewing instruments into their skin since 1996
  37. Crash Worship– neo-tribal/industrial/extreme audience participation insanity
  38. Ghedalia Tazartes– a French nutjob with an accordion and a loop pedal
  39. Mac Sabbath*– the inventors of “drive thru metal”
  40. The Residents– hey, who took my giant eyeball mask?
  41. Justice Yeldham – bleeding for glass-and-KY noise performances since 2003
  42. HGich.T – German idiots dancing to bad techno – what’s not to love?
  43. Cromagnon– weird even by 1969 standards
  44. Eartheater – musical contortions and actual contortions
  45. a.P.A.t.T.– Liverpudlian lunatics…also, we just like saying “Liverpudlian”
  46. Nurse With Wound– chance weirding on a dissecting table
  47. Brokencyde– behold, the douchecore kids
  48. Die Antwoord* – straight outta Cape Town
  49. Shibusashirazu Orchestra– free jazz + butoh dancers = WTF?
  50. Rasputina – Victorian cello music that rocks so hard it makes us want to do a line of snuff off a chorus girl’s bloomers
  51. Buckethead– the world’s weirdest guitar god/nunchuck dancer/Viggo Mortensen collaborator
  52. Naked City– the early ‘90s’ weirdest jazz/spazz/punk/thrash/surf/country/cartoon/avant-garde/noise quintet
  53. Army of Gay Unicorns– totally gay for your ear holes…and they like it rough
  54. Rudely Interrupted – one band’s disabilities is another band’s superpowers
  55. Evelyn Evelyn – Amanda Palmer’s weirdest music project — which is saying something
  56. Dvar – Gorillaz-style electro-pop transmitted in a dead language by a demonic bee
  57. Reynols– chicken symphonies and dematerialized CDs
  58. Sun O)))– what if a bunch of druids started a drone metal band?
  59. Winny Puhh– how do you say “weird” in Estonian
  60. Captured! by Robots – grindcore + robots + Journey covers = awesome
  61. Aphex Twin– intelligent weird music
  62. Throbbing Gristle– 20 weird funk greats
  63. Otto von Schirach– breakcore’s number-one weirdo…which is saying a lot
  64. Itchy-O – like an anarchist mariachi drum corps, only better
  65. The Shaggs– the unwitting godmothers of outsider music
  66. Autopsy Report of Drowned Shrimp– Japan’s funkiest crustacean-inspired trance/noise/jam band
  67. Imperial Stars– the funniest Lonely Island parody ever…oh, wait, it’s real? are you sure?
  68. Babymetal– everything’s cuter in Japan…even death metal
  69. DDAA (Déficit Des Années Antérieures) – France’s answer to The Residents? Mais oui
  70. Santa Hates You– but he loves dark electro German graver anthems
  71. Cardiacs– weird even by ’80s standards
  72. Max Normal* – and you thought Die Antwoord was weird (8)
  73. Venetian Snares – insane breakcore from the frozen shithole that is Winnipeg
  74. Einstürzende Neubauten– Germans + power tools = the most industrial industrial band ever
  75. Threebrain – pre-YouTube lo-fi folk-punk like, “Weeee!”
  76. Death Grips– the world’s most extreme hip-hop group began and ended (and then began again) on their terms
  77. Little Women– Louisa May Alcott would not approve
  78. DEVO – are we not weird?
  79. Pryapisme– a French prog-metal soundtrack to the 8-bit Catpocalypse
  80. Vocal Trash – Texas’ leading garbage-themed a cappella group
  81. Metalachi– a mariachi metal band? only in L.A.
  82. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown – he is the god of hellfire!
  83. Glenn Branca – Theoretical Girls and 100-guitar symphonies
  84. The Books – sound collages, elevator music and Talkboys
  85. Nina Hagen– NunSexWeirdRock
  86. Moondog – the Viking street musician of Rockefeller Center
  87. Kool Keith/Dr. Octagon – hip-hop’s weirdest alien gynecologist
  88. Hank3 – hellbilly and cattlecore from third-generation country music royalty
  89. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum– sledgehammer dulcimers and Unabomber lyrics
  90. Senyawa – something weird is happening in Indonesia
  91. Ween – push th’ little weirdos and make ’em come up
  92. Mandek Penha – like Jim Jones, minus the Kool-Aid and with a much catchier soundtrack
  93. Dir En Grey– Japan’s favorite metal band can beat up your favorite metal band
  94. The Verboden Boys – wanna start your own chapter of a franchise punk band?
  95. Tartar Control– two nice Mormon boys, a robot, and some raging punk rock
  96. Melt Banana– sick zip everyweird!
  97. Renaldo and the Loaf– songs for swinging weirdos
  98. Meshugga Beach Party– getting sand in their prayer shawls since 2003
  99. Donatan– throw your damn hands up for Polish pagan folk-hop
  100. Compressorhead– putting the “metal” in heavy metal
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103 thoughts on “The Weird 100

  1. Dan

    I’m a little surprised at the lack of Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band. Anyone who was responsible for the musical direction of Tom Waits’ Swordfishtrombones deserves a mention.

  2. Weird Weirdo

    This list is only weird if you are a normal person . Someone should make a list of actual weird bands for actual Weirdos. There are only a few on here that qualify as weird, hasn’t gotten weird enough for me!

  3. Bowser

    What about Mindless self indulgence, fuckface unstoppable and on a lesser extent bloodhound gang or is this more about appearance then lyrics?

  4. i’ve been a fan of weird stuff for a long time but this dude confounds me. this guy is beyond “outsider music,” less than 30 views on most of his videos. his name is jaye mitchell (not to be confused with “jay mitchell”)

    i found him through random chance, when i stumbledupon a “music licensing” website.

    videos reminded me of tonetta somehow mixed with wesley willis.

    here’s the videos for “dance baby dance” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCCZgyaNoho
    and “big pimping” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oeju6VRd68

    oh and bonus here’s a trailer for his movie, a passion project i assume.
    “the kilo connection” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C39DDp_yLPI

    he has 3 full albums on spotify

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