Top 10 Weirdest Musical Acts

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This is a list of the weirdest bands and musical artists of all time. If they have a weird sound, weird lyrics, weird costumes, a weird stage persona, and/or anything else that makes them seem weird, then they are eligible for this list.

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1The ResidentsThe Residents are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. Since their first official release, Meet the Residents, the group has released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs.

Without a doubt, the weirdest band in existence. The have the most strange and bizarre music that I have ever heard. They perform in eyeball masks and top hats. They have been around since the 60's and their identities still remain a mystery. - sdc123sdc

2Sunn O)))

You can just tell by the name that this not a normal band. They are an experimental drone metal band with only two members. There no drums in there music at all. My description may not make them sound that weird, but if you actually listen to one of their songs, you'll probably understand why they're number 2. - sdc123sdc

3GwarGwar, often styled as GWAR, is an American heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia, United States, in 1984, composed of and operated by a frequently rotating line-up of musicians, artists and filmmakers collectively known as Slave Pit Inc.

This is a comedy thrash metal band that dress up like aliens and claim to have came to earth from the planet, Scumdoggia, brainwash heuman into willingly becoming there slaves by making pop music from Scumdoggia which we call metal on earth. - sdc123sdc

4Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band

This band is so experimental that to say that there music is weird would be an understatement. They were super unique, super strange, and also super influencial. - sdc123sdc

5NeroNero are an English electronic music trio, specialising in dark vocal dubstep, electro, drum & bass and drumstep, consisting of Daniel Stephens, Joseph Ray and Alana Stephens (née Watson). They are well known for creating a wide variety of styles of dubstep and drum and bass, combining deep vocals ...read more.

Nero have the extremely weird ideas to put their songs together to create post-apocalyptic romantic thriller stories, but the eerieness, the energy and the creativity of their music makes me love them. - PositronWildhawk

6Throbbing Gristle

Throbbing Gristle are often credited with creating Industrial music. They had a very unique, noisy, and angry approach to electronic music. They used to be very hated. Some people hated them for their subject matter. Some people refused to consider them music. They were certainly not for everyone. And don't forget the fact that the lead singer, Genesis P. Orridge, used to dress up like his wife to "have a closer connection with her." - sdc123sdc

7Pink FloydPink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard ...read more.
8Dir En GreyDIR EN GREY is a Japanese metal band formed in 1997 and currently signed to Firewall Div., a sub-division of Free-Will.

Dir En Grey is a metal band from Japan. They are known for their over the top outfits and their dark, unpredictable, and experimental style of metal. They have ran into some controversy for their extremely bizarre and disturbing music videos. - sdc123sdc

9David BowieDavid Robert Jones was born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.
10Praga Khan

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11Mr. Bungle

Though they toned down there weirdness later on in their career, their earlier stuff makes them more than deserving of a spot on this list. Mr. Bungle was an experimental metal band that added elements of Punk, Death Metal, Funk, Ska, and even carnival music. There name came from an old educational video from the 1950's. Need any more proof that they are weird, they have songs called "My Ass is on Fire" and "Everyone I Went to High School with is Dead". - sdc123sdc

12BassnectarLorin Ashton, better known as Bassnectar, is an electronic music producer from Santa Cruz, California, who specialises in dark dubstep and trap, using elements of downtempo, drum and bass, and ambient; describing his music as "amorphous and ever-changing". Notable tracks include the haunting "Underwater", ...read more.
13Gary Numan
14PrimusPrimus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys ...read more.

What happens when you take weird music videos, bizzare surrealist imagery, amazing complex bass riffs, and a strange sense of humor? You get Pimus. With album titles like "Sailing the Seas of Cheese" and song titles like "Wyona's Big Brown Beaver", you know that this is a weird band. - sdc123sdc

15MobyMoby is an American musician, who has produced inventive new styles to various subgenres of electronic music, inspired by 1950's gospel as much as by modern rock, and musicians from New Order to David Bowie. ...read more.
16KraftwerkKraftwerk is a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf. The band was fronted by both Hütter and Schneider until Schneider's departure in 2008.
17Yoko OnoYoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who is also known for her work in performance art, music, and filmmaking.

Yoko Ono is an experimental singer and performance artist. She was married to the Beatles member John Lennon and is often accused of breaking up the Beatles. She is known for making very odd sounding music. Some say that her singing sounds more like random weird noises than singing. She has developed a pretty bad reputation for her music and personal life. - sdc123sdc

18Weird Al YankovicAlfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic is an American singer, songwriter, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, voice actor, music video director, film producer, and author.
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20Lou Reed

This experimental rocker may not be the first thing that pops in your head when it comes to weird musicians, but that doesn't mean he is was not weird. He was always experimenting with music and doing things that no one else would do or think of. He even made an album using nothing but strange Industrial noises. Sadly, he passed away in 2013. - sdc123sdc

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