The Weird 100

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


No news is good news for Japanese mascot band Charamel, who occupy the coveted top spot on our Weird 100 chart for the second straight month. In fact, there’s very little movement in our entire top 10 this week: Stalaggh/Gulaggh and Rockbitch swap places at Nos. 4 and 5, and another Japanese group, pervy art-noise purveyors The Gerogerigegege, rise a few spots to No. 10. But other than that, it’s been a pretty steady-as-she-goes kind of month here at Weird Band HQ, at least at the toppermost of the weirdermost. (My apologies to John Lennon. That pun sounded better in my head.)

Elsewhere around the Weird 100, Denver’s eternity-defying drone duo Bull of Heaven score the month’s highest debut at No. 44; J-pop body builders Deadlift Lolita make the month’s biggest jump, flexing their way up 45 spots to No. 33; and Australia-by-way-of-North Korea cult leader divine being and pop crooner Mandek Penha leads a bumper crop of chart re-entries at No. 79.

For a complete alphabetical list of every band we’ve ever blogged about (319 and counting), go here.

Updated monthly(ish). Last update: Dec. 20, 2018. Previous chart position noted in parentheses. New entries in bold. Former No. 1s noted with an asterisk.

  1. Charamel – Japan’s yuru-chara mascots are here to rock your face off (1)
  2. Vladimir Cauchemar – he’s too sexy for his flute; also, it’s a recorder, not a flute, asshole (2)
  3. Little Big– with Russia, from weird (3)
  4. Stalaggh/Gulaggh* – sweet serenades by (and for?) the clinically insane (5)
  5. Rockbitch* – the world’s raunchiest all-female, neo-pagan, pro-sex rock show (4)
  6. Clown Core – jams from the porta-potty (6)
  7. Mayhem* – murder, suicide, flying pig’s heads; just another day on the Norwegian black metal scene (7)
  8. GG Allin– putting the danger (and the bodily fluids) back into punk rock (8)
  9. TISM– This Is Seriously weird, Mum (9)
  10. The Gerogerigegege– like an S&M Japanese GG Allin, only grosser (12)
  11. Butthole Surfers– naked dancers, flaming cymbals and Gibbytronix (11)
  12. Rammstein* – du bist im Weirdland! (19)
  13. Jan Terri– Chicago’s reigning queen of frozen-in-the-‘80s outsider pop-rock (14)
  14. Professor Elemental vs. Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer– fear of a chap planet (15)
  15. The Misfits – this just in: Glenn Danzig is a weird dude (18)
  16. Whitehouse– the inventors of “power electronics”…no, not the kind you find at Best Buy (20)
  17. Sparks– hello young weirdos (16)
  18. Rick K. & The Allnighters– this drummer is at the wrong gig (13)
  19. The KLF– what do Tammy Wynette, Dr. Who, acid house and wanton destruction of legal tender have in common? (25)
  20. Fadades – France’s shining, studded lone wolf of outsider black metal (23)
  21. Igorrr* – breakcore + classical + death metal + ambient = WTFF? (21)
  22. Dakh Daughters Band – like The Bacchae meets The Tiger Lillies meets Dead Can Dance, except even more awesome than that (26)
  23. Rudely Interrupted – one band’s disabilities is another band’s superpowers (17)
  24. Anklepants* – the prosthetic penis-nose is the least weird part of it (24)
  25. Senyawa – something weird is happening in Indonesia (34)
  26. Sopor Æternus and the Ensemble of Shadows– the Gothiest music project ever (30)
  27. Captured! by Robots – grindcore + robots = awesome (29)
  28. Cromagnon– weird even by 1969 standards (33)
  29. Cattle Decapitation– taking on the meat industry, one gory death metal anthem at a time (28)
  30. Ghost – Satanic Swedish power metal or black metal pisstake? Yes (32)
  31. Vocal Trash – Texas’ leading garbage-themed a cappella group (43)
  32. Rasputina – Victorian cello music that rocks so hard it makes us want to do a line of snuff off a chorus girl’s bloomers (41)
  33. Deadlift Lolita – starring the world’s least likely J-pop idol, Ladybeard (78)
  34. Jandek – the representative from Corwood Industries will see you now (54)
  35. Mr. Bungle– confusing the shit out of metal fans since 1991 (38)
  36. PPL MVR – yeti rock for ELO fans (22)
  37. Bow Gamelan Ensemble – banging on junk and setting fires on English waterways since 1983 (59)
  38. Impaled Northern Moonforest– the world’s first (and still greatest) acoustic black metal band (39)
  39. Primus– sailing the seas of weird (36)
  40. Autechre – glitchy electronic music is weirder in the dark (55)
  41. Shibusashirazu Orchestra– free jazz + butoh dancers = WTF? (49)
  42. The Residents– hey, who took my giant eyeball mask? (37)
  43. Naked City– the early ‘90s’ weirdest jazz/spazz/punk/thrash/surf/country/cartoon/avant-garde/noise quintet (44)
  44. Bull of Heaven – got a few quindecillion years to listen to some drone music? (NEW)
  45. Aesthetic Meat Front– sewing instruments into their skin since 1996 (50)
  46. Here Come the Mummies* – making music even funkier than the smell of their rotting flesh (27)
  47. Attila– Billy Joel does proto-metal…nuff said (35)
  48. Crash Worship– neo-tribal/industrial/extreme audience participation insanity (42)
  49. Stinky Picnic– a father, a daughter and some hairy bananas (10)
  50. Max Normal* – and you thought Die Antwoord was weird (52)
  51. Die Antwoord* – straight outta Cape Town (45)
  52. Dir En Grey– Japan’s favorite metal band can beat up your favorite metal band (58)
  53. Nurse With Wound– chance weirding on a dissecting table (48)
  54. Diamanda Galas – the litanies of weirdness (NEW)
  55. Dvar – Gorillaz-style electro-pop transmitted in a dead language by a demonic bee (57)
  56. Reynols– chicken symphonies and dematerialized CDs (47)
  57. Okilly Dokilly – Arizona’s leading Ned Flanders-themed metal band (51)
  58. Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra – no puppets, no Satan — but they do have a singing robot (79)
  59. HGich.T – German idiots dancing to bad techno – what’s not to love? (56)
  60. Björk – all is full of weird (61)
  61. Ghedalia Tazartes– a French nutjob with an accordion and a loop pedal (46)
  62. Mac Sabbath*– the inventors of “drive thru metal” (53)
  63. Autopsy Report of Drowned Shrimp– Japan’s funkiest crustacean-inspired trance/noise/jam band (64)
  64. Buckethead– the world’s weirdest guitar god/nunchuck dancer/Viggo Mortensen collaborator (66)
  65. Babymetal– everything’s cuter in Japan…even death metal (74)
  66. The Shaggs– the unwitting godmothers of outsider music (65)
  67. Prussian Blue – the world’s most adorable white supremacist folk band (100)
  68. Donatan– throw your damn hands up for Polish pagan folk-hop (60)
  69. The Godz – the godzfathers of noise-rock and no wave (62)
  70. Santa Hates You– but he loves dark electro German graver anthems (63)
  71. Eartheater – musical contortions and actual contortions (31)
  72. Army of Gay Unicorns– totally gay for your ear holes…and they like it rough (73)
  73. Cardiacs– weird even by ’80s standards (70)
  74. Throbbing Gristle– 20 weird funk greats (67)
  75. a.P.A.t.T.– Liverpudlian lunatics…also, we just like saying “Liverpudlian” (69)
  76. Frank Zappa – he’s only in it for the weirdness (77)
  77. Tiny Tim – tiptoes through the weirdness (89)
  78. Laibach – eins, zwei, drei, weird! (90)
  79. Mandek Penha – pop star or cult leader? you decide (re-entry)
  80. Nina Hagen– NunSexWeirdRock (75)
  81. Metalachi– a mariachi metal band? only in L.A. (80)
  82. Sun O)))– what if a bunch of druids started a drone metal band? (85)
  83. Evelyn Evelyn – Amanda Palmer’s weirdest music project — which is saying something (72)
  84. M△S▴C△RA (Mascara) – remember when witch house was a thing? (71)
  85. Rockets – the original French robot/alien disco band (94)
  86. Winny Puhh– how do you say “weird” in Estonian (82)
  87. Pryapisme– a French prog-metal soundtrack to the 8-bit Catpocalypse (83)
  88. The Books – sound collages, elevator music and Talkboys (88)
  89. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown – he is the god of hellfire! (99)
  90. Meshugga Beach Party – San Francisco’s leading rabbi-impersonating Jewish surf-rock band (re-entry)
  91. Compressorhead – meet your new robot rock ‘n’ roll overlords (95)
  92. Hank3 – hellbilly and cattlecore from third-generation country music royalty (96)
  93. Dwarr – guitar-toting loner from South Carolina tries to be Sabbath, ends up making an outsider metal classic (98)
  94. Aphex Twin– intelligent weird music (86)
  95. DEVO – are we not weird? (97)
  96. Threebrain – pre-YouTube lo-fi folk-punk like, “Weeee!” (87)
  97. Einstürzende Neubauten – power tools, found objects and the birth of industrial music (re-entry)
  98. Arrington de Dionyso Malaikat dan Singa – Indonesian trance-punk jams from the Pacific Northwest (re-entry)
  99. Author and Punisher – bow down to the drone machines (re-entry)
  100. Little Women– Louisa May Alcott would not approve (93)



110 thoughts on “The Weird 100

      1. Artie Barnes

        Cool. (Just giving you guys a hard time…)
        Ya know, I think I DID see that story about us from years ago. Excellent!

        Artie B.

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  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” –
    and “big pimping” –

    oh and bonus here’s a trailer for his movie, a passion project i assume.
    “the kilo connection” –

    he has 3 full albums on spotify

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