Top 10 Weirdest Bands of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Primus Primus is an American funk metal 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", more.

Jerry was a race car driver. He drove so god damn fast. Never did win no checkered flags but never did come in last. Like. what. I don't know where the hell they get their ideas I just know their songs are fun as hell to sing along to. Hope I don't cause controversy saying this, but les claypool is the Jimi Hendrix of bass. Insane techniques, funky playing and amazing riffs.

System of a Down is a great band. But in terms of weirdness, Primus takes the cake. System of a Down only have 2 or 3 weird songs, and the rest are actually on serious matters such as the government, war, and drugs. All you need to do is look at Primus's album names to know they are the weirdest.
Pork Soda, Fizzle Fry,
Sailing the seas of Cheese, tales from the punchbowl, the brown album, Green Naugahyde

Not only have Primus brought their own genre to the game, but also their famous, unorthodox outfit; throwing in a maelstrom of slap bass grooves, spiralling, improvisational guitar tones and fast, swinging drum beats. Put this all together and you have a weird, quirky vibe you strangely feel good about.

Primus is pretty much the weirdest band there is. The name of their CDs almost says it all. Pork soda, fizzle fry, sailing the seas of cheese, tales from the punchbowl. The weirdest part of the band is les claypool due to his attire, the way he moves, his singing and lyrics, and of course his mad basslines.

2 System of a Down System of a Down, formed in 1994, is an Armenian-American alternative metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. They've always been a very political band since their inception. Often being against genocide and war most notably in songs like: Pluck, more.

I don't necessarily like the band and the majority of their song but I know they're unbelievably weird. Their sound, their singers and their image is just all plain weird.

Very unusual and original. Ever seen a bassist with a 10 inch long beard? I don't think so! And check out Vicinity of Obscenity, that song is insane.

They definitely are weird. Just listen to songs like Bounce, Vicinity of Obscenity, She's like Heroin, and Peephole. Also, how could I forget I-E-A-I-A-O.

One of my favourite bands, but sometimes they make absolutely no sense at all. Also, the music itself is so quirky and random.

3 The Residents The 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.

I love a lot of the bands on this list, I find them all unique in their weird way(although some bands are questionable, like System of a Down), but although I love Primus, the Residents should be the definite number 1 of this list. They experimented even more than the bands on this list, had a unique style that in each of their albums, they were absurd, silly, basically the Kings of the Kings of weird music.

One of the most innovative bands of all time, made some of the purest, unapolagetically over the top avant-garde of all time. Also made some of the first music videos and an insanely unique live show, all while managing to keep their identities hidden for 30+ years. Easily the weirdest band on this list, if not one of the weirdest of all time.

They make System of a Down (who really are bizzare and great) seem like your typical boyband-clone by comparison. Constantinoble is totally ridiculous and almost scary, but the music video for Gingerbread Man is just a masterpiece of art. Sure, the animation is abysmal in places but the strong messages are certainly still there in this underrated classic. 'Everybody feeds the fat boy'

No-brainer, everything weird since has been derivative of the heights they took weirdness to.

4 GWAR Gwar, 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.

But they are good

5 Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention The Mothers of Invention were an American rock band from California that served as the backing musicians for Frank Zappa. Their work is marked by the use of sonic experimentation, innovative album art, and elaborate live shows.

He was as odd as he was talented. He was a musical genius who defined and influenced music and progressive, alternative and Indy music. He played jazz, Rock, classical and comic music. He was odd and talented.

Lumpy gravy, uncle meat, burnt weeny sandwich, weasels ripped my flesh, studio tan, the list goes on.

Definitely the weirdest in the list. Take a listen to Inca Roads from One Size Fits All.
p.s. Jethro Tull isn't weird... they're just ummm, unorthodox.

They have a song called "Why does it hurt when I pee? " totally weird. Enough said.

6 Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle was an American experimental rock band from Northern California. Known for a highly eclectic style, the band often cycled through several musical genres within the course of a single song, including heavy metal, avant-garde jazz, ska, disco as well as funk.

Actually sounds pretty good and the weirdness is what makes it special!

Primus, Zappa and This one should be at the top (don't mind the order), System of a Down should be close to ten, we talk about weird music no weird look

Just listen to their song "quote unquote."

The wierdest and most experimental band I ever heard! Yet so catchy!

7 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band

Listen to Dachau Blues, if you don't think its weird, you are not human. Funny how they influenced almost every indie band. But, without a doubt Beefheart's band was the apotheosis of weird brilliance.

I can not comprehend how System of a down is weirder than this. I'm honestly floored, who votes on these kind of things?

Such unique music in the 60s. Primus at #1 is understandable, but I bet they were inspired by Captain Beefheart.

Their music is in a whole other dimension, you really question what is music after hearing them.

8 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. more.

The name comes from famous sex symbol marilyn monroe and famous criminal charles manson. Manson joined these two together because he wanted a name combined with good (monroe) and evil (manson).

The other members of the band have their stage names combined with the first names of famous pop icons and the last names of famous serial killers.

Marilyn Manson is extremely different (in a good way) and is one of my favourite artists of all time. No musician would have the guts to stand up in front of millions of people and yell that they're the 'antichrist-superstar'. His gimmicks and music just spells 'D-I-F-F-E-R-E-N-T'.

I'm a big fan of manson but his music videos are insane check out Dope hat. Manson is definitely in my top 10 favorate bands along with System of a down and misfits

I'm not even a fan but wow this guy is weird. What do you get when you mix Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson? This guy.

9 Naked Brothers Band
10 Butthole Surfers Butthole Surfers is an American rock band formed by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas in 1981.

A good metal band but theirs songs and album names are seriously messed up and so are their live shows.

What kind of name is butthole surfers?

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The Contenders
11 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd are an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. 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 Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard Wright (Vocals and Keyboard). Barrett was replaced by Gilmour in 1968. more.

Extremely unique. Very creative band; each song has a strange unusual sound to it. But the members are consistently able to portray these odd techniques in a way that sounds delightful.

Try to name one Pink Floyd song that doesn't have some peculiar noise, voice, or action going on in the background. Still an amazing band nonetheless

Look up several species of small furry animals gathered together in a cave and grooving with a pict. Besides that song, they are the Best

Insanely good, insanely weird.

12 Mayhem Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. The band is also known for the infamous events surrounding them including the 1991 suicide of vocalist Dead (in which former guitarist Euronymous took pictures of Dead's more.

The cover of Dawn of the Black Hearts. That's all I need to say.

One of the most evil bands of all time.

13 Ween Ween is an American experimental rock band formed in 1984, in New Hope, PA. It's members are Dean and Gene Ween.

Scathe with a lathe all the days in the past, I can't put my finger on it!

Mister would you please help my pony?

How could they not be on the list?

Buenas... Tardes... Amigo. Hola.. My... Good friend. Cinco... De mayo... 's on tuesday. And I hoped... We'd see each other... Again.

14 Gong

So glad to see Gong is here... While I wouldn't say they're the weirdest, they are the best at being weird yet enjoyable at the same time. Couldn't say the same for some of the other strange things I've heard.

Just looking at the song titles of their album Angel's Egg can make some people believe that these Aussies are in a special class of weird people.

Radio Gnome Invisible? What was running through their minds?

Flying teapot is best album.

15 Anal C*** Anal C*** was an American grindcore band founded by vocalist Seth Putnam in 1988 in Newton, Massachusetts. The band is known for their highly offensive lyrics which included themes of misogyny, homophobia, racism, Nazism, antisemitism, and schadenfreude (ridicule of the unfortunate). Their music has been received negatively by critics, which the band stated that their music was intentionally bad, just to get negative reviews. Anal C*** ended when Seth Putnam died from a heart attack in 2011.

They are pretty hilarious. I just hope they don't mean what they say in their songs.

They have some of the most offensive songs you'll ever hear in your entire life.

"Ha ha ha holocaust
Ha ha ha holocaust."

The name is self explanatory.

16 A Cat Born In An Oven Isn't a Cake

That's a pretty weird name. Well, I can give you plenty of those like "Crappy the Clown and the Punch Drunk Monkies", "Gee That's A Large Beetle I Wonder If It's Poisonous" or "A box of fish with tarter sauce". At least there is no lack of art in this field.

Haha! Love this. How do bands arrive at these names? The mind boggles. Great stuff!

Why would someone give such a strange name for their band?

Truly #1, if I may say so.

17 GG Allin & The Murder Junkies
18 Sunn O)))

I'm listening to them right now. I'll tell you one thing, I wouldn't consider what they create as music, but auditory art. Why, you ask, is it not music. Well, there is no structure to their songs. There are lyrics and electric guitar. I say that this is a band that you just have to listen to as background music to things you do, such as typing a comment on this website. Also, their 2009 release titled Monoliths and Dimesions is critically acclaimed. I must say, I found their music boring for the first 7 minutes of listening to them. Then, I just listened which is what this band's music is for.

Look them up and you'll realize what the weirdest band truly is.

You truly are one in a million if you like this band. Good job.

But they are brilliant

19 Iwrestledabearonce Iwrestledabearonce (often stylized in all lowercase) was an American metalcore band formed in 2007 in Shreveport, Louisiana. In their nine years together, they released one EP, four full-length albums, and two remixed releases.

It looks like someone by accident put his head on the keyboard

20 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal/rap metal/rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland. They're mostly known for their singles like Break Stuff, My Way, My Generation, Nookie, Eat You Alive, Rollin', and Take a Look Around. They have made 5 albums to date.

Their name roughly translates to Weak Cookie.

21 Die Antwoord

Weirdest band ever!

Fink you Freeky is a creative freekout video alone. Check out Umshini Wam, more a mini film but weirdly wonderful how the socked it to Lady Ga Ga in Fatty Boom Boom..

22 Babymetal Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal".

Three teenage Asian chicks who don't even play instruments and don't really know what metal is...that's why they sound weird but they're not that bad

Cute imagery of J-POP infused with Dark and heavy music of heavy metal.

Love this band.

23 Nero's Day At Disneyland
24 Mindless Self Indulgence Mindless Self Indulgence is an American electropunk band formed in New York City in 1997. Their music has a mixed style which includes punk rock, alternative rock, electronica, techno, industrial, hip hop and breakbeat hardcore.

MSI are unusual but in a good way. Every new album is different from the last and they're lyrics are twisted and strange which is what makes them funny and awesome.
Jimmy Urine is an eccentric weirdo legend lead singer. Steve Righ? Is the weirdest guitarist you've ever seen on stage sometimes I wonder what goes on in his head! Kitty is a super smiley and enthusiastic drummer, and I've never seen someone look so excited on stage, she makes all of her strange frilly punk dresses herself. Lyn-Z is a badass bass player who really rocks the punk schoolgirl look and her backbend id freaky but amazing.

Creative and weird industrial/punk band. Just look at the video for their song "Straight to Video". Come on! How they could not be in the list is just messed up. Also, The Offspring aren't weird. Seriously.

Go listen to "Panty Shot" and tell me that they're not broken! I love 99% of everything that they have ever written. Jimmy Urine is my hero. Also go listen to "Stalker", it's one of their best tracks to date.

Best and only weird band in this lot. MSI makes the rest of these pricks sound like mainstream rubbish. Thank god for Jimmy

25 Tool Tool is an American alternative metal/progressive metal band, that was formed in 1990. The band is set together between Maynard James Keenan (Vocals), Danny Carey (Drums), Adam Jones (Guitar) and since 1995 Justin Chancellor (Bass). The band is known for their influences from electronic sounds and their overly complex and strangely structured songs. They released their debut album "Undertow" in 1993 and later put out other famous albums, like "Lateralus" and "10,000 Days". The band has established a legacy as one of the most well-known and beloved progressive metal and alternative metal bands of all time.

Singer Maynard James Keenan is a psychopath, guitarist Adam Jones symbolic art and messed up videos, drummer Danny Carey with his esoteric Kabbalah symbols... The most normal guys in Tool have been the bassists Paul D'Amour and Justin Chancellor... D'Amour is out (he was still weird), and Chancellor isn't the most expressive guy, plus he tends to do weird things in concerts...

Maynard James Keenan hides behind a shower curtain covered in blue paint, naked during live concerts. Their bassist paints himself red and white. Their guitarist shows off his pictures of Stimpy. Their drummer is in a Lakers jersey. Wut

21 huh? If people looked into this one more, they'd figure out this is easily top three. Abnormal & Intelligent band this one is.

They are awesome. Songs like schism, sober,and more are epic the reason people don't like them is their just over played on SiriusXM turbo. I mean dude they are epic and are not crazy or weird they are awesome. I listened to schism while playing dying light lol

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