The Weird 100

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



It’s been a long since we updated this list, so there’s all sorts of new entries and re-entries and a brand new No. 1 band in the form of Rockbitch, the coven of sex-positive hard-rockin’ ladies who terrorized the prudish for a few glorious years in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Another defunct, cult-like band, Crash Worship, leaps 37 places to No. 2, and their heirs apparent, Denver punk drum corps Itchy-O, scores the highest debut at No. 11. If there’s a lesson to be learned from all this, it would seem to be that if you want to be a popular weird band, you’d best put on one hell of a live show.

For a complete alphabetical list of every band we’ve ever blogged about (284 and counting), go here.

Updated monthly(ish). Last update: Feb. 2, 2015. Previous rank listed in (parentheses). Former No. 1s noted with an asterisk. New entries in boldface.

  1. Rockbitch– the world’s raunchiest all-female, neo-pagan, pro-sex rock show (2)
  2. Crash Worship– neo-tribal/industrial/extreme audience participation insanity (28)
  3. Stalaggh/Gulaggh* – sweet serenades by (and for?) the clinically insane (1)
  4. Mayhem* – murder, suicide, flying pig’s heads; just another day on the Norwegian black metal scene (3)
  5. Anklepants* – the prosthetic penis-nose is the least weird part of it (5)
  6. Mac Sabbath*– the inventors of “drive thru metal” (4)
  7. Little Big– with Russia, from weird (12)
  8. Igorrr* – breakcore + classical + death metal + ambient = WTFF? (13)
  9. Butthole Surfers– naked dancers, flaming cymbals and Gibbytronix (7)
  10. Jan Terri– Chicago’s reigning queen of frozen-in-the-‘80s outsider pop-rock (17)
  11. Itchy-O – like an anarchist mariachi drum corps, only better (NEW)
  12. GG Allin– putting the danger (and the bodily fluids) back into punk rock (11)
  13. The Gerogerigegege– like an S&M Japanese GG Allin, only grosser (14)
  14. The KLF– what do Tammy Wynette, Dr. Who, acid house and wanton destruction of legal tender have in common? (15)
  15. Sparks– hello young weirdos (10)
  16. Cattle Decapitation– taking on the meat industry, one gory death metal anthem at a time (16)
  17. Whitehouse– the inventors of “power electronics”…no, not the kind you find at Best Buy (18)
  18. Max Normal* – and you thought Die Antwoord was weird (8)
  19. Shmu – sounds like 10 different bands playing at the same, because that’s kinda what it is (NEW)
  20. Tartar Control– two nice Mormon boys, a robot, and some raging punk rock (6)
  21. Dwarr– lo-fi stoner metal from South Carolina…need we say more? (100)
  22. Rammstein* – du bist im Weirdland! (19)
  23. Winny Puhh– how do you say “weird” in Estonian (21)
  24. Dakh Daughters BandlikeThe Bacchaemeets The Tiger Lillies meets Dead Can Dance, except even more awesome than that (NEW)
  25. Babymetal– everything’s cuter in Japan…even death metal (9)
  26. Impaled Northern Moonforest– the world’s first (and still greatest) acoustic black metal band (24)
  27. Army of Gay Unicorns– totally gay for your ear holes…and they like it rough (27)
  28. Sopor Æternus and the Ensemble of Shadows– the Gothiest music project ever (22)
  29. TISM– This Is Seriously weird, Mum (29)
  30. Primus– sailing the seas of weird (23)
  31. Attila– Billy Joel does proto-metal…nuff said (20)
  32. Nina Hagen– NunSexWeirdRock (36)
  33. M△S▴C△RA (Mascara)*– weird even by witch house standards (30)
  34. Professor Elemental vs. Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer– fear of a chap planet (48)
  35. Die Antwoord* – straight outta Cape Town (26)
  36. Here Come the Mummies* – making music even funkier than the smell of their rotting flesh (31)
  37. Cromagnon– weird even by 1969 standards (35)
  38. Naked City– the early ‘90s’ weirdest jazz/spazz/punk/thrash/surf/country/cartoon/avant-garde/noise quintet (40)
  39. Mr. Bungle– confusing the shit out of metal fans since 1991 (32)
  40. Nurse With Wound– chance weirding on a dissecting table (45)
  41. The Shaggs– the unwitting godmothers of outsider music (71)
  42. Autopsy Report of Drowned Shrimp– Japan’s funkiest crustacean-inspired trance/noise/jam band (37)
  43. Aesthetic Meat Front– sewing instruments into their skin since 1996 (43)
  44. Rick K. & The Allnighters– this drummer is at the wrong gig (42)
  45. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu– the new princess of J-pop is cuter than Katy Perry, weirder than Lady Gaga (25)
  46. Compressorhead– putting the “metal” in heavy metal (46)
  47. Fadades – France’s shining, studded lone wolf of outsider black metal (NEW)
  48. Five Starcle Men – mysterious high desert purveyors alien drug torture music (NEW)
  49. Tiny Tim– tiptoe through the weirdness (33)
  50. Rancid Penguin Molestation– the only thing weirder than pornogrind is fake pornogrind (56)
  51. Metalachi– a mariachi metal band? only in L.A. (38)
  52. Cardiacs– weird even by ’80s standards (39)
  53. Dir En Grey– Japan’s favorite metal band can beat up your favorite metal band (52)
  54. Prussian Blue– the world’s most adorable white supremacist folk duo (44)
  55. Donatan– throw your damn hands up for Polish pagan folk-hop (50)
  56. Buckethead– the world’s weirdest guitar god/nunchuck dancer/Viggo Mortensen collaborator (79)
  57. Santa Hates You– but he loves dark electro German graver anthems (61)
  58. Ghedalia Tazartes– a French nutjob with an accordion and a loop pedal (65)
  59. Danielson– God loves you, even if you’re weird (80)
  60. Dick4Dick– something weird is happening in Poland (69)
  61. Tool– this just in: Maynard James Keenan is a weird dude (72)
  62. Aphex Twin– intelligent weird music (47)
  63. Dread Zeppelin– Elvis + Led Zeppelin + reggae = mercy! (78)
  64. The Residents– hey, who took my giant eyeball mask? (55)
  65. Computer Jesus Refrigerator– they call it “tonk honky”; we call it glitch-tastic (75)
  66. Baboon Torture Division– the guy in the Ronald McDonald costume is the least weird part of it (68)
  67. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy – proto-psychobilly freakouts that inspired Bowie and scared everyone else (re-entry)
  68. The Locust– and now for a little powerviolence (62)
  69. Renaldo and the Loaf– songs for swinging weirdos (95)
  70. Reynols– chicken symphonies and dematerialized CDs (49)
  71. Insane Clown Posse* – fucking weirdos, how do they work? (99)
  72. Sun O)))– what if a bunch of druids started a drone metal band? (70)
  73. Pryapisme– a French prog-metal soundtrack to the 8-bit Catpocalypse (60)
  74. Einstürzende Neubauten– Germans + power tools = the most industrial industrial band ever (59)
  75. Shibusashirazu Orchestra– free jazz + butoh dancers = WTF? (64)
  76. Bum Sick– seriously weird shit…emphasis on “shit” (97)
  77. Parliament-Funkadelic– we want the weird; give up the weird! (re-entry)
  78. Throbbing Gristle– 20 weird funk greats (73)
  79. Melt Banana– sick zip everyweird! (58)
  80. Univore– I shouldn’t be driving this car! (88)
  81. Rosemary’s Billygoat– do they make you horny? (91)
  82. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum– sledgehammer dulcimers and Unabomber lyrics (96)
  83. Imperial Stars– the funniest Lonely Island parody ever…oh, wait, it’s real? are you sure? (51)
  84. Death Grips– the world’s most extreme hip-hop group began and ended (and then began again) on their terms (76)
  85. Trippple Nippples– weirrrd electro-pppop from Japppan (89)
  86. Bloody Death Skull– the cutest songs you’ll ever hear about dead Mormons and prostitutes (57)
  87. Meshugga Beach Party– getting sand in their prayer shawls since 2003 (86)
  88. Brokencyde– behold, the douchecore kids (77)
  89. a.P.A.t.T.– Liverpudlian lunatics…also, we just like saying “Liverpudlian” (67)
  90. Quintron & Miss Pussycat – puppet shows, Drum Buddies and swamp-tech (re-entry)
  91. Little Women– Louisa May Alcott would not approve (74)
  92. Sir Ivan– all we are saying is give weird a chance (53)
  93. Loutallica (Lou Reed + Metallica)– weird is the table! (84)
  94. BiS Kaiden– Japanese idol pop meets extreme noise rock…weirdness ensues (41)
  95. Meow the Jewels – cats + hip-hop = winning the Internet (NEW)
  96. Puddles Pity Party – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be freaked out by an extremely tall clown (re-entry)
  97. Otto von Schirach– breakcore’s number-one weirdo…which is saying a lot (66)
  98. The County Medical Examiners– the world’s most anatomically precise goregrind band (92)
  99. Iwrestledabearonce– weird even by grindcore standards (81)
  100. Hatebeak– spiking the bird seed with an extra dose of weird sauce (34)
  1. Xiu Xiu? Current 93? Skinny Puppy?

  2. No the Goat and Your Mom?

  3. 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:

  4. 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

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

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

  7. What about Caprice from russia?

  8. 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.

  9. Weirdest Song: by Psyberdelic

  10. 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 😛 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! 😉

  11. octabites;sticker liver =is my suggestion

  12. 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)

  13. ed starlet wilson

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

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

  15. Check out ‘Furfriend’

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

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