Top Ten Weirdest Bands of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Primus Primus Primus 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.

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.

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.

Don't get me wrong, I love System of a Down. But in terms of how weird they are, they don't even compare to Primus. Tommy The Cat, Mary The Ice Cube, Southbound Pachyderm, Blue Collared Tweekers, My Name Is Mud? Come on!

Primus sucks! - Userguy44

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2 The Residents 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.

When I think of weird music this is my first thought I love pretty much all the bands on this list my two favorite bands are Primus and dir en grey but the residents make Primus look completely normal if you ever get a chance buy the residents cube-E fantastic live album blows me away every time

This is my pick for the weirdest musical artist of time. - Rambles

Their music is 70's schizophrenic electronic music. Enough said.

Weirder than Primus.

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3 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

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.

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. - masongilbert74

The lyrics is very weird, but the band rocks!

And Serj's voice makes it weird too, but makes SOAD great at the same time. - Santh

This band is really good, but weird. - LeRoiDesSapins

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4 Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention 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.

Definately the weirdest in the list. Take a listen to Inca Roads from One Size Fits All.
p.s. Jethro Tull isnt weird... theyre just ummm, unorthodox. - fireinside96

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

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

He has an album called (‘) - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

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5 Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle

Listen to their Disco Volante album it's one of the strangest pieces of music I've ever heard they are nothing like any band I've ever heard the way I can describe them is a cross between Oingo Boingo and The Residents they are also one of the best bands out there and Mike Patton is a great vocalist

Just listen to their song "quote unquote."

Are all of you stupid?
Mr. Bungle is the weirdest
Look em' up

I enjoy rock bands like these that are very unique and experimental and different from your average boring pop music.Mr Bungle is the strangest rock band ever.They are strange because they change genres in their songs and the legendary Mike Patton has schizophrenic vocals he goes from rapping to crooning to singing to death metal vocals to just plain screaming.They made three albums.They broke up in 2000 which is sad.Wish I could have seen them live.The rest of my top 5 strangest bands are The Residents,Primus,Ween and System of a Down.Honorable Mentions:Gwar,Butthole Surfers,Oingo Boingo, and the Bloodhound Gang.The Residents are weird because of their otherworldly synthesized spooky sounding music and they are anonymous.Ween is strange tripped out rock and roll with strange vocal effects.Primus is awesome Funk Metal with bass God and lead singer Les Claypool and his bizarre vocals.System Of A Down is my favorite band they are a metal band with middle eastern and various other genres ...more

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6 GWAR 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.

Just look them up and you'll understand

I didn't know the villains from Power Rangers formed a band

But they are good - Ananya

7 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band

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

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

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.

Awesome and innovative music

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8 Marilyn Manson 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. ...read 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.

It was originally the name of the band manson played in, but the name just stook with manson himself.

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

One of the scariest bands of all time. But they're still awesome. I love them a lot.

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9 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were 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 ...read more.

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 - Beatlesboy9

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 - mr_crossover27

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.

Listen to their album Ummagumma. Enough said. - MaxPap

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10 Anal C*** Anal C*** Anal C*** was an American grindcore band founded by vocalist Seth Putnam in 1988. 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 ...read more.

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

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

The name is self explanatory.

Their lead singer sounds like Beavis - DoroExploro13

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11 Mayhem 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 ...read more.

One of the most evil bands of all time.

A weird band? They are black metal legends - Ananya

Rather evil than weird. - DarkBoi-X

12 Gong

Radio Gnome Invisible? What was running through their minds? - BrideiMacBella

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.

Flying teapot is best album. - Brobusky

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

Ween is the weirdest band out there people just don't really know them

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

If you make a song with the lyrics, H... HIV...H... HIV, then you're weird.

Mister would you please help my pony?

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14 Butthole Surfers Butthole Surfers Butthole Surfers is an American rock band formed by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas in 1981.

What kind of name is butthole surfers?

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

They aren't metal. They are noise rock which is more classified as a genre of punk. Still a really great band. - Oliwally

If you name yourself Butthole Surfers and still have a hell of a lot of fans, then you're pretty good mate :D

15 Sunn O)))

They are not weird either, they have created such great metal songs - Ananya

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.

Sunn O))) rules. - SammySpore

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16 GG Allin & The Murder Junkies
17 Nero's Day At Disneyland

The Strangest Band I Ever Listened
But I Like it - Glauberson

18 Die Antwoord

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..

19 Babymetal 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 - JCHOW

Love this band. - Phantasian

Yep, BabyRoachmetal is weird..They bark :( - Ananya

20 Mindless Self Indulgence

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.

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

They are awesome. Their lyrics are genius.

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21 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

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

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...

Absolutely Beautiful.

22 Magma

They invented their own language

23 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band's final lineup is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their other members of that lineup: Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

Why are they weird?

24 Stalaggh

A really creepy group known for using actual screams of terror in their songs.

Ya this should be one of the creepiest because it's just screaming in creepy ways

25 Mac Sabbath

It's mcdonalds plus Black Sabbath

26 Weezer Weezer Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner.

When I heard the sweater song by them, I swear that was one of the weirdest things I have ever heard. It WAS pretty catchy though. Plus their other songs are awesome.

My Name is Jonas makes NO sense.

That's why I love it so much.

They are still one of the best bands.

They are very weird because they all look like freaks but they make great music and actually they are very col :D weezer for live!

Fantastic but a bit odd to me - Ethansics

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27 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in 1970. The band consisted of keyboardist Keith Emerson, singer, bassist, and producer Greg Lake, and drummer and percussionist Carl Palmer.

Quote: "Soon the gypsy queen will perform on guillotine, in the stage of vasoline, what a scene, what a scene" Karn Evil 9 Part II. I do not even know if this quote is correct, but the song contains lyrics like that. Very rare was this band in terms of musicianship or unusuality.

28 Insane Clown Posse Insane Clown Posse Insane Clown Posse is an American hip hop, horrorcore and rap rock duo consisting of rappers Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, that was formed in 1989 in Detroit. ...read more.

Why the hey wasn't this added earlier even the name us weird and they're creepy.

System of a down? SLIPKNOT? korn? Tool? Foo Fighters? The offspring? And Many more before this band..just kill yo self

29 Dir en grey Dir en grey DIR EN GREY is a Japanese metal band formed in 1997 and currently signed to Firewall Div., a sub-division of Free-Will.

This band continues to push their music in a new direction with each album. They are quality musicians with a one-of-a-kind sound and lyrics that could stand on their own as art. These guys certainly aren't afraid afraid of their weirdness! As always, look forward to what they bring us in the future.

This band is weird (absolutely great too) even when they aren't trying to be weird, plus the fact that they do like to incorporate some shock value every now and again makes the even the weirder.

Once you see the video for obscure by dir en grey you can't unsee it...

30 Beatallica
31 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

Its named after a sex game_-_ I rest my case

This band is pretty weird. - LeRoiDesSapins

Erm, this isn't a "worst bands" list. If it was, then this would be #1

Amazing band amazing, edgy lyrics...
band name?

32 Green Jelly

"Little pig, little pig, let me in! " - BAKAYAROU

33 Devo Devo

This is an new wave band that mixed in dance music and called themselves Devo their look is strange with their hats and many other weird things.

This is a band that is only well known for one song and the other songs are unbelievably weird

This is one of the bands that is so weird we love them

Come on. These guys deserve to be top 5.

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34 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

I wonder where they got the band name from. Have you people ever wondered that?

The name is a pun. Beat =Music beat. Beetle=Insect. Therefore the name is the Beatles. It's a pun. - RiverClanRocks

Their song I am the walrus is just weird.

One of the first bands to be weird.

This band is so weird the song yellow submarine sucks

I wouldn't say it sucks it just gets annoying when you hear it too much. - theOpinionatedOne

35 Faith No More Faith No More Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before settling on their current moniker in 1983, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men and later Faith No Man.

Mike Patton, who is also in Mr. Bungle, is in this band. - Pony

36 Silverchair Silverchair Silverchair were an Australian rock band, which formed in 1992 as Innocent Criminals in Merewether, Newcastle with the line-up of Ben Gillies on drums, Daniel Johns on vocals and guitars, and Chris Joannou on bass guitar.

Where's that black metal band that the lead singer would take laxativesbefore concerts, crap in his had an throw it into the crowd, then comtted suicide in a shack and had an open casket funeral that he demanded that his friends would be able to it heroin on him at and get high off of that heroin later that night... I expected to see them here

37 Jethro Tull Jethro Tull Jethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band soon developed its sound to incorporate elements of British folk music and hard rock to forge a progressive rock signature.

Thick as a brick is a strange masterpiece of music. They're incredible musicians though.

Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull) is really weird, but then again, so is
Peter Gabriel. Really, watch some of the old Genesis videos live.

WHY IS THE Beatles IN THIS LIST NOW COME ON don't BE STUPID AND ADMIT THAT they're THE BEST

38 Bloodhound Gang Bloodhound Gang The Bloodhound Gang is an American rock and pop band currently consisting of Jimmy Pop (vocals, guitar), "Evil Jared" Hasselhoff (bass), Q-Ball (DJ, keyboards, synthesizers, producer), The Yin (percussion) and Daniel P. Carter (guitar) that formed in 1988. ...read more.

It's weird and bad. - LeRoiDesSapins

They are weird as all shyte and sti produce awesome music

39 Soul Coughing
40 The Death Grips

These guys are weirder than weird. Seriously, check them out.

41 The Offspring The Offspring The Offspring is an American punk rock band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1984. Formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dexter Holland, bassist Greg K., lead guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman and drummer Pete Parada.

Listen to Pretty fly (for a white guy) - Userguy44

They're awesome - PatrickStar3

Offsprinthey my favorite band of all time
Why are they on this list? Why are they weird?

42 Panic at the Disco

They are their own genre. They have so many different styles, and I love every one of them! Everything they do is a masterpiece and there's no denying that.

They are weird, but very sexy. Just watch their music video for"But It's Better If You Do". That's too sexy to handle.

I highly suggest that you listen to a couple of songs by some of the bands higher up on here (preferably by Primus, Mr. Bungle, or The Residents) before blindly voting for this. - The_Crimson_King

But I love this band!

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43 One Direction One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) were a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records ...read more.

They're weird because they're horrible

I died reading this comment. Whoever you are, know that you made my day (or morning, as it's 2:01 AM as I'm typing this). - QueenOfUnsociable123

The worst band ever...

More like the least weirdest band ever. Not unique at all.

This band is not weird. THIS BAND IS TERRIBLE. - cwoodkiter

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44 Steam Powered Giraffe

Kind of creepy. - Phantasian

LOVE THEM! love em love em love em! - cutiepiestarlight

lol

45 Flying Lotus
46 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, ...read more.

Some of the most creative metal music you will hear. - scaryness

This band has a very weird and unconventional mechanical sound to them. No other metal band sounds like them, though they also pioneered a playing style known as "Djent"

47 Ghost Ghost Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 3 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa ...read more.

Defiantly different. But they don't sound bad at all

48 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
49 The Cure The Cure The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.
50 Van Der Graaf Generator

So weird they make Jethro Tull and early Genesis sound positively mainstream. Unusual in that they had no guitars in most of their line-ups, but they did have wailing saxophones. Peter Hamill's vocals are interesting to put it mildly. I am surprised that Comus aren't on this list!

Definitely one of the weirdest-sounding 70s bands, with heavy saxophone and growling organ (! ) instead of lead guitar. Plus Peter Hamill's crazy vocals. They make early Genesis sound positively mainstream!

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