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Fake Bands

On the 19th November 1990, Milli Vanilli were stripped of their Grammy Award for Best New Artist when it was revealed that they didn't sing any of their own songs. Naughty, naughty, they may have had us fooled but they're not the only fake band that was out there.

Here is our list of the top ten, some of these guys even had real hit singles.

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Fake Bands
Josie and The Pussycats Josie and The Pussycats
The Carrie Nation The Carrie Nation
Spinal Tap Spinal Tap
MILLI VANILLI MILLI VANILLI
The Archies The Archies
JEM JEM
THE FOLKSMEN THE FOLKSMEN
The Rutles The Rutles
The Monkees The Monkees
The Partridge Family The Partridge Family
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JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS - an all-girl pop music band that toured the world with their entourage, getting mixed up in strange adventures, spy capers, and mysteries during the 1970s. Each episode featured a Josie and the Pussycats song played over a chase scene
THE CARRIE NATIONS - a fictional all girl band from the 1970 film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls who were originally known under the name The Kelly Affair
SPINAL TAP - a parody heavy metal band most famous for their mockumentary film 'This Is Spinal Tap'. The band has performed at concerts and released music under the Spinal Tap name
MILLI VANILLI - Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus fronted this R&B pop and dance project had pulled the wool over everyone's eyes until LA Times author Chuck Philips revealed that lead vocals on the record were not the voices of Morvan and Pilatus
THE ARCHIES - a fictional garage band founded by Archie Andrews, Reggie Mantle, and Jughead Jones, from the animated TV series, 'The Archie Show' The band released a series of singles and albums their biggest hit was "Sugar, Sugar"
JEM - and her band the Holograms, was the alter ego of record producer Jerrica Benton, the animated series ran from 1985 to 1988 and featured everything that made the 80s outrageous
THE FOLKSMEN - a fictitious American folk music trio made up of Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. Originally created in 1984 for a Saturday Night Live sketch, however the trio is best known for its depiction in the mockumentary film A Mighty Wind (2003)
THE RUTLES - The 1978 Monty Python side-project with Michael Palin, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Neil Innes all starring in the mockumentary film 'All You Need is Cash'. Although the film was a flop their album sold very well and even won a Grammy!
THE MONKEES - initially a tv series about a fictional mop-topped foursome the actor-musicians soon became a real band, earning the right to collectively supervise all musical output under the band's name. Although the sitcom was canceled in 1968, the band continued to record music through 1971
THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY - Although David Cassidy did sing, the rest of the band were just pretty faces
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