The Weird 100

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


Everything old is new again here at Weird Band HQ. After two months of cuddly Japanese mascot-rock outfit Charamel occupying the top spot on our Weird 100, they’ve been dethroned by an old favorite of ours, and a much more appropriate soundtrack our pre-apocalyptic times: Stalaggh/Gulaggh, the drone/noise project featuring the eerie howls of mental institution patients. Someone should get Kid Rock to remix it so Trump can have his reelection campaign theme music.

In happier news: Slovenian industrial provocateurs Laibach take the biggest jump on this month’s chart, ascending a whopping 61 spots to No. 17, no doubt thanks to their wonderfully weird new adaptation of The Sound of Music. And faux-Mormon punks Tartar Control top a group of six re-entries onto the Weird 100, proving once again that if you want people to love your weird band, it never hurts to make sure at least one of your members is a robot.

For a complete alphabetical list of every band we’ve ever blogged about (320 and counting), go here.

Updated monthly(ish). Last update: Feb. 1, 2019. Previous chart position noted in parentheses. New entries in bold. Former No. 1s noted with an asterisk.

  1. Stalaggh/Gulaggh* – sweet serenades by (and for?) the clinically insane (4)
  2. Vladimir Cauchemar – he’s too sexy for his flute; also, it’s a recorder, not a flute, asshole (2)
  3. Rockbitch* – the world’s raunchiest all-female, neo-pagan, pro-sex rock show (5)
  4. Charamel – Japan’s yuru-chara mascots are here to rock your face off (1)
  5. Little Big– with Russia, from weird (3)
  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. Dakh Daughters Band – like The Bacchae meets The Tiger Lillies meets Dead Can Dance, except even more awesome than that (22)
  10. Anklepants* – the prosthetic penis-nose is the least weird part of it (24)
  11. TISM– This Is Seriously weird, Mum (9)
  12. The Gerogerigegege– like an S&M Japanese GG Allin, only grosser (10)
  13. Rammstein* – du bist im Weirdland! (12)
  14. Jan Terri– Chicago’s reigning queen of frozen-in-the-‘80s outsider pop-rock (13)
  15. Butthole Surfers– naked dancers, flaming cymbals and Gibbytronix (11)
  16. Professor Elemental vs. Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer– fear of a chap planet (14)
  17. Laibach – eins, zwei, drei, weird! (78)
  18. The KLF– what do Tammy Wynette, Dr. Who, acid house and wanton destruction of legal tender have in common? (19)
  19. Deadlift Lolita – starring the world’s least likely J-pop idol, Ladybeard (33)
  20. Whitehouse– the inventors of “power electronics”…no, not the kind you find at Best Buy (16)
  21. The Misfits – this just in: Glenn Danzig is a weird dude (15)
  22. Sparks– hello young weirdos (17)
  23. Fadades – France’s shining, studded lone wolf of outsider black metal (20)
  24. Senyawa – something weird is happening in Indonesia (25)
  25. PPL MVR – yeti rock for ELO fans (36)
  26. Rick K. & The Allnighters– this drummer is at the wrong gig (18)
  27. Cromagnon– weird even by 1969 standards (28)
  28. Bull of Heaven – got a few quindecillion years to listen to some drone music? (44)
  29. Rasputina – Victorian cello music that rocks so hard it makes us want to do a line of snuff off a chorus girl’s bloomers (32)
  30. Impaled Northern Moonforest– the world’s first (and still greatest) acoustic black metal band (38)
  31. Diamanda Galas – the litanies of weirdness (54)
  32. Sopor Æternus and the Ensemble of Shadows– the Gothiest music project ever (26)
  33. Aesthetic Meat Front– sewing instruments into their skin since 1996 (45)
  34. Jandek – the representative from Corwood Industries will see you now (34)
  35. Vocal Trash – Texas’ leading garbage-themed a cappella group (31)
  36. Igorrr* – breakcore + classical + death metal + ambient = WTFF? (21)
  37. Rudely Interrupted – one band’s disabilities is another band’s superpowers (23)
  38. Primus– sailing the seas of weird (39)
  39. Attila– Billy Joel does proto-metal…nuff said (47)
  40. Mr. Bungle– confusing the shit out of metal fans since 1991 (35)
  41. Cattle Decapitation– taking on the meat industry, one gory death metal anthem at a time (29)
  42. Ghost – Satanic Swedish power metal or black metal pisstake? Yes (30)
  43. Reynols– chicken symphonies and dematerialized CDs (56)
  44. Crash Worship– neo-tribal/industrial/extreme audience participation insanity (48)
  45. Naked City– the early ‘90s’ weirdest jazz/spazz/punk/thrash/surf/country/cartoon/avant-garde/noise quintet (43)
  46. Shibusashirazu Orchestra– free jazz + butoh dancers = WTF? (41)
  47. Björk – all is full of weird (60)
  48. Prussian Blue – the world’s most adorable white supremacist folk band (67)
  49. HGich.T – German idiots dancing to bad techno – what’s not to love? (59)
  50. Die Antwoord* – straight outta Cape Town (51)
  51. Buckethead– the world’s weirdest guitar god/nunchuck dancer/Viggo Mortensen collaborator (64)
  52. Dvar – Gorillaz-style electro-pop transmitted in a dead language by a demonic bee (55)
  53. Max Normal* – and you thought Die Antwoord was weird (50)
  54. Mac Sabbath*– the inventors of “drive thru metal” (62)
  55. Machida Machizo – Japan’s leading wild and crazy guy (NEW)
  56. The Residents– hey, who took my giant eyeball mask? (42)
  57. Tiny Tim – tiptoes through the weirdness (77)
  58. Nurse With Wound– chance weirding on a dissecting table (53)
  59. Cardiacs– weird even by ’80s standards (73)
  60. Frank Zappa – he’s only in it for the weirdness (76)
  61. Sun O)))– what if a bunch of druids started a drone metal band? (82)
  62. Babymetal– everything’s cuter in Japan…even death metal (65)
  63. Metalachi– a mariachi metal band? only in L.A. (81)
  64. Here Come the Mummies* – making music even funkier than the smell of their rotting flesh (46)
  65. The Shaggs– the unwitting godmothers of outsider music (66)
  66. Ghedalia Tazartes– a French nutjob with an accordion and a loop pedal (61)
  67. Mandek Penha – pop star or cult leader? you decide (79)
  68. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown – he is the god of hellfire! (89)
  69. Okilly Dokilly – Arizona’s leading Ned Flanders-themed metal band (57)
  70. Army of Gay Unicorns– totally gay for your ear holes…and they like it rough (72)
  71. Throbbing Gristle– 20 weird funk greats (74)
  72. Dir En Grey– Japan’s favorite metal band can beat up your favorite metal band (52)
  73. M△S▴C△RA (Mascara) – remember when witch house was a thing? (84)
  74. a.P.A.t.T.– Liverpudlian lunatics…also, we just like saying “Liverpudlian” (75)
  75. Captured! by Robots – grindcore + robots = awesome (27)
  76. Eartheater – musical contortions and actual contortions (71)
  77. Pryapisme– a French prog-metal soundtrack to the 8-bit Catpocalypse (87)
  78. The Books – sound collages, elevator music and Talkboys (88)
  79. Rockets – the original French robot/alien disco band (85)
  80. Little Women– Louisa May Alcott would not approve (100)
  81. Tartar Control – Mormons and robot smoke crack, weirdness ensues (re-entry)
  82. Donatan– throw your damn hands up for Polish pagan folk-hop (68)
  83. Dwarr – guitar-toting loner from South Carolina tries to be Sabbath, ends up making an outsider metal classic (93)
  84. Winny Puhh– how do you say “weird” in Estonian (86)
  85. Hank3 – hellbilly and cattlecore from third-generation country music royalty (92)
  86. Evelyn Evelyn – Amanda Palmer’s weirdest music project — which is saying something (83)
  87. Threebrain – pre-YouTube lo-fi folk-punk like, “Weeee!” (96)
  88. DEVO – are we not weird? (95)
  89. Autopsy Report of Drowned Shrimp– Japan’s funkiest crustacean-inspired trance/noise/jam band (63)
  90. Meshugga Beach Party – San Francisco’s leading rabbi-impersonating Jewish surf-rock band (90)
  91. Santa Hates You– but he loves dark electro German graver anthems (70)
  92. Aphex Twin– intelligent weird music (94)
  93. Einstürzende Neubauten – power tools, found objects and the birth of industrial music (97)
  94. That 1 Guy – playing his Magic Pipe for your amusement (re-entry)
  95. Autechre – glitchy electronic music is weirder in the dark (40)
  96. Nina Hagen– NunSexWeirdRock (80)
  97. DDAA (Déficit Des Années Antérieures) – France’s answer to the Residents and Nurse With Wound — yeah, they’re that good (re-entry)
  98. The Locust – precision powerviolence from San Diego (re-entry)
  99. Dick4Dick – something weird is happening in Poland (re-entry)
  100. Loutallica (Lou Reed + Metallica) – weird is the table! (re-entry)

116 thoughts on “The Weird 100

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  2. Qwerty

    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. Neal Page

    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.

  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 😛 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. Ro

    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)

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