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Now that the dust has settled from 2015 Academy Award nominations, we can revel in the news that Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash received a well deserved nod in five categories.

The mix of jazz against a gripping narrative seems to have struck a chord with the Academy and cinemagoers alike.

It comes as no surprise that music is the subject of yet another film, although not all are of the same standard. It’s a ready-made template for limitless debauchery and hijinks that more often than not is a hit at the box office.

Such a brutal concoction leads to the creation of some of the greatest on-screen fictional bands who we love and live vicariously through them if only for 90 minutes or so.

We take a look at some of the best bands in film that we’d like to see live.


Scott Pilgrim vs the World – Sex Bob-OMB

Scott Pilgrim

This gem from Edgar Wright bridges the gap between videogame geekdom and general geekdom itself in the form of Sex Bob-OMB, a band trying to make it big in the music industry.

Michael Cera as the title character and bassist in the band is your stereotypical introverted indie musician but with a quiet confidence. What makes Sex Bob-OMB appealing is the band as a whole, with Alison Pill behind the drums with a look not too dissimilar to a certain beloved Muppet.

A raw and unapologetic sound make an interesting combination in the very few times we hear the band actually play with songs such as Garbage Truck. With the possibility of an interruption from an evil ex or two it is guaranteed to be an eventful gig either way.

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