terça-feira, 2 de novembro de 2010

Weirdest Bands

The Zimmers: the rock band with the world's oldest members

Created as a feature in a 2007 BBC Television documentary, "The Zimmers" are a British band, thought to have the oldest members of any band in the world. The youngest member is 67; the lead singer, Alf Caretta, died on June 29, 2010 aged 93; and the oldest member, Buster, is 103.

The feature of forming the band and recording a single was intended to give a voice to the feelings of isolation and imprisonment suffered by the elderly. In September 2008, the band released its first full-length album 'Lust for Life', featuring cover versions of songs by Eric Clapton, The Beatles and Frank Sinatra.

The Clever Hamsters: a hamster's jazz band

Drench launched a television and online advertising campaign featuring a jubilant quartet of Jazz playing clever hamsters. Many aspiring musical hamster hopefuls “queued” outside London's Jazz Cafe practicing and waiting for their chance to audition for a starring role in the ad for Drench spring water. The ad aims to demonstrate that the best performances come from being hydrated, and features the chosen stars ‘Miles' on the saxophone, ‘Fats' on the trumpet, ‘The Duke' on the harmonica, and ‘Dizzy' on the oboe. These were the lucky four hamsters selected to form the band ‘The CleverHamsters.'

The Clever Hamsters campaign was developed at CHI & Partners by creatives Wayne Robinson and Matt Colier and agency producer Ben Clark.

All Girl Topless Band: a band from the 60's where all members would perform topless

They don't call Las Vegas the Entertainment Capital of the World for nothing, man. Where else in America do you think you could have seen five talented female musicians performing on stage, TOPLESS! And it was only 1967. This "All Girl Topless Band" that appeared with comedian Godfrey Cambridge at the Aladdin Hotel may not have gone on to fame and fortune, but would Madonna and MTV be what they are today without these brave women breaking ground?

The Burqa Band: a band formed by Afghanistan women who use the burqa to protect their identity

The Burqa Band is an all-female indie rock band from Kabul, Afghanistan. They perform anonymously, all of the members wearing burqas in an apparent protest against the Taliban's rules regarding Islamic dress. They released a single, "Burqa Blue" and a self-titled album in 2002. The group has gained some popularity in Europe in the 2000s, and has toured in Germany, where a song of theirs was remixed by DJ Barbara Morgenstern.

The Burka Band is currently inactive due to the lead singer having to move to Pakistan to find singing work, but the drummer, still anonymous and living in Afghanistan, has expressed hope in playing again in the future.

Rudely Interrupted: a band formed by handicapped members

At first glance, Australia's Rudely Interrupted is just a better-than-average power-pop band with a vaguely '80ish vibe. Not that weird at all, right? Well, look a bit closer. Five out of six of Rudely Interrupted's members are physically and/or intellectually handicapped, some of them severely so. Lead singer Rory Burnside is blind and has Asperger's syndrome (but also has perfect pitch); keyboardist Marcus Stone has Asperger's and is 80% deaf; bassist Sam Beke has Down syndrome; drummer Josh Hogan is autistic and has some physical abnormalities; and percussionist Connie Kirkpatrick, aka “The Human Metronome,” has Down syndrome and is legally blind. The only “able bodied” member of the group is guitarist Rohan Brooks, a music therapist who came up with the idea of forming a band made up of some of his students.

Rudely Interrupted could've just been a sort of rock ‘n' roll Special Olympics, but the tunes are undeniably catchy and there's a raucous, joyous quality to their live shows a lot of hipster bands could learn from. 

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