MTV Picks Top Ten List of Wizard Rock Bands

Dec 04, 2007

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Let the end of the year list season commence! MTV has now released their top ten list of the best Wizard Rock groups this year. While we at Leaky proudly salute all who WROCK, the MTV list is as follows:

  • 10. The Whomping Willows
  • 9. The Owl Post
  • 8. Catchlove
  • 7. The Moaning Myrtles
  • 6. Draco and the Malfoys
  • 5. Ministry of Magic
  • 4. The Remus Lupins
  • 3. The Parselmouths
  • 2. Harry and the Potters
  • 1. Switchblade Kittens




  • 79 Responses to MTV Picks Top Ten List of Wizard Rock Bands

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    not too sure about that order, but congrats to all of wrock as a genre!! :)

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    Hey, I like the ‘Remus Lupins’, best, myself. But I’ve never heard the ‘Switchblade Kittens’. Anyone else got a “druther”???

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    also not sure about the order…but wrock is awesome—just shows how creative the fandom is :) looove it!

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    I like the Remus Lupins and I like the Whomping Willows too! You guys WROCK!!!

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    remus and the lupins the best! non heard about kittens before, so i can trust in the one who has created that list…

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    I guess I must not be that into wrock becuase I’ve never heard of Switchblade Kittens either… but I do believe Harry and the Potters will always be number one. After all, they started this didn’t they?!

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    I have to say, I’m rather partial to Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls myself.

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    Never heard of Switchblade Kittens. How did they usurp Harry and the Potters? Not sure about the order here either, but it’s still fun, I guess!

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    I’ve heard Switchblade Kittens…. they’re really a great group, one of the first to ever release a “Wizard Rock” song (if not THE first to do so), so maybe their spot at #1 has to do with that and their musicianship.. but not necessarily their recognition by name.

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    The Switchblade Kittens wrote what was arguably the first Harry Potter themed song, “Ode to Harry Potter,” which I remember being passed to me on a tape (ON A TAPE!!) in early 2002. But they’re not an actual Harry Potter band. So that’s a little weird. But, good list. It’s weird to see the WizRock community ranked, they seem to resist such things.

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    While one could quibble about the order (and that while certainly pioneers, Switchblade Kittens aren’t really wrock), they certainly got it more right than I’d ever have expected.

    Next year, it will be different…

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    Switchblade kittens aren’t a dedicated Harry Potter band, about 95% of their songs are completely unrelated to Harry Potter; so to give them the number one spot is nothing short of madness!

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    Where’s Oliver Boyd? He’s amazing.

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    The Switchblade Kittens are also unofficially called “The Weird Sisters” and they really made their name as wrockers, though they started as a Muggle band. Episode 21 of the podcast “WZRD” has an interview with the one of its members.

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    hmm… well… I went to their websites to listen and I have to say I think they did their best work on the Jingle Spells cd.

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    I know OBatR totally rocks how it didnt make the list.

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    Remus Lupins would’ve been my #1

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    I miss Oliver Boyd as well; he is truly amazing.

    Anyway, thare are so many great bands out there, and everyone will have their own top tens. All the ones on the MTV list are good candidates to me.

    It does actually feel a bit awkward seeing the Wizard Rock bands listed on MTV like that, but on the other hand it shows how big the movenent has become. Congratulations to all the bands, whether on the list or not; you are all doing a great job!

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    I don’t think that Switchblade Kittens should have gotten #1. The Parselmouths would’ve been my vote.

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    I guess Ginny and the Heartbreakers is just too good for MTV

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    I agree with some of these rankings, but not with a lot of them. For example (echoing basically everyone else), where in the wide wizarding world is Oliver Boyd??

    I also agree with a lot of people in saying the Switchblade Kittens should not be number 1. Sure, they led the way into the genre, but they’ve since left it far behind.

    I also think Whompy should be a lot higher on the list.

    But that’s just my two cents. :-P

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    I’m not versed well enough in Wizard Rock to aregue a point of who should be where, but from what I know of the Switchblade Kittens they were the first to perform a HP related song, but otherwise aren’t wrock bands. Perhaps Oliver Boyd is number 11? I’m really surprised MTV recognised wizard rock…I was under the impression it was only the fandom…

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    I agree that whompy should be much much higher. No offense, I love Catchlove but I think Matt’s lyrics are awesome and should put him a little higher on the list. OBatR should def be on there too. The switchblade kittens had one song. ONE SONG! That doesn’t make them number one!

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    I agree mostly with that list (but not the order). But what about Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls? He’s amazing!

    Also, does it seem weird to anyone else that MTV is making this list? Like they show one segment and post a few articles and all of a sudden they’re Wrock experts.

    Or maybe I’m just in a hostile mood. xD

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    it’s all about the remus lupins. whompy should be ranked higher, i agree.

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    Oliver Boyd not being on there is just wow! He’s so amazing. A fantastic musician.

    And I sort of boggle at the Parselmouths being that high. Above Ministry of Magic, arguably the most talented wrockers out there? Let alone D&tM, tRL, and Whompy.

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    I agree with kea. They should have polled the fans to get it more accurate! And isn’t this the best of 2007? The Switchblade Kittens haven’t been around putting out wrock albums for years! Its ridiculous that they won the best of the YEAR award! Draco and the Malfoys all the way!

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    Wow, that was weird. xD They don’t seem to be going by talent, and they don’t seem to be going by recognition. Huh. I definitely do not agree with that list. I like the Parselmouths, but I’d never rank them above Whompy or Ministry of Magic.

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    Count me in as another “Why isn’t Oliver Boyd up there?” fan.

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    I think Oliver Boyd is too new for MTV to have taken notice of? Maybe? I don’t really know what I’m talking about.

    Why are they so obsessed with the Switchblade Kittens? I don’t understand you, MTV. Way to try to be HP hip and fail. I get that they are important, but as far as the Top Ten this year goes…no.

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    wow, I just left a lengthy, scathing arcticle on the website. I hope they stop trying to act like experts on something they clearly know very little about!

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    i think this list is more of the most popular (save the switchblade kittens) bands, not neccessarily the most talented. but still a pretty good list

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    They all “wrock” in my book! Congratulations to those who are listed this year and good luck to those who will be listed in future years!

    Not sure if anyone realizes this, but this is exactly how “surfer bands”, girl groups, the brit invasion, etc all got started … a ground swell of popular demand.

    Buy those EP’s now … they will be worth their weight in gold in 20 years!!!

    :-) Let the WROCK … rock on!!!

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    • marillawhite:* Oliver Boyd has been around as long as Ministry of Magic at least. He’s released two albums already.

    I would have also put The Weasel King and The Quafflie Kids on the list. I think they’re a bit underrated though. The Weasel King is amazing. _*

    Jinxx:* I guess but there are a couple bands on there I’m not very familiar with even as a big wrock fan. Owl Post?

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    Wow I wish I could edit comments! That got pretty screwed up. And it’s Quaffle Kids, not Quafflie Kids of course.

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    Who are the kittens??? I like parselmouths and the Remas and the Lupins!!

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    kelly- yeah I wasn’t sure, that was just a guess. I just got into his stuff recently…soooo awesome!!

    yeah and Owl Post. ???

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    So glad to see Switchblade Kittens beating out Harry and the Potters; H&TP are so wildly overrated. I can barely listen to them because they fact that they can’t sing just really grates on my ears.

    The Sectumsempras, Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls, and Split Seven Ways were ROBBED.

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    HatP aren’t about their albums – it’s their live experience that blows EVERYONE ELSE away. Not even they think they can sing.

    OBatR is wildly overproduced. Never heard of Split Seven Ways. Switchblade Kittens I'd never listen to except for their HP song.
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    LOL is right. H&TP are ALL ABOUT the concert experience. To be honest I’ve never had as much fun at a concert as I did at H&tP. For pioneering Wizard Rock and being a ton of fun to watch and listen to- they deserve the spot. And in their defense they actually have improved a lot. They recorded their first album in like thirty minutes not thinking anyone would listen to it. Their third album is a huge improvement and is actually quite decent. Plus, the lyrics are always hilarious.

    Obatr is wildly overproduced though? I can’t see what you mean to be honest. I’m not a big fan of Split Seven Ways. Singing falls flat too often, although I was happy to see someone actually do a song about Ron’s horcrux. Never listened to Sectumsempras.

    Also better than some on this list is The Butterbeer Experience. I’d recommend her song “Chapter 34” to anyone. She is the best female wrocker out there, jmho.

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    MTV obviously was not aware of the existence of The Weasel King and Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls.

    Good list anyway :D

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    Wow .. really? The Parselmouths over The Remus Lupins? Catchlove is on this list? I’m sorry .. so are we not recognizing Canadian artists?

    OBatR is truly amazing. Between his lyrics, the fact that his music sounds so polished, and how he does it all on his own .. the man is amazing. He deserves to be AT LEAST number eight. But hey, if the guy who created, “End of an Era,” the theme song for many a Potter Fan, isn’t on this list at all then perhaps this list is more than a lil bit off .. just saying.

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    I’m not too sure about the order there either… and the absence of The Weasel King is highly disappointing. IMO, he’s the most professional wrocker out there, presenting the highest quality songs in the whole genre. Of course, it is only my opinion, and I respect that other people may find other bands better. But still, the fact that they’ve left him out when he is so professional and down right talented is a little disheartening.

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    From the FAQ on the Switchblade Kittens’ website:

    20. What’s next for the Kittens? Drama- Well our second CD comes out July 11th and it is called The Weird Sisters. It is a CD about Harry Potter.

    Run, Kittens! That Canadian singing group is coming after you with a cease and desist injunction for using their name!

    ;)

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    WHAT? Switchblade Kittens only like made a few songs on HP. I hardly consider them a Wizard Rock band.

    Harry and the Potters should have the top spot.

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    Moss: He is definitely one of my top favorites, but for some reason he’s not that well known. Oh heck I’ll just pimp him. All of his music is available for dl on his site-

    http://www.theweaselkingmusic.com/

    Hmmm: Ita on End of an Era.

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    Consult the Wizrocklopedia and find your own favorites. MTV has undoubtedly heard less than 20 of them. They’re not amongst the people I would consider able to determine which bands are “top ten,” not that the wizard rock community even agrees with that sort of thing anyway.

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    I saw Harry and the Potters on the same bill with Draco and the Malfoys. With all due respect, Draco cleaned up the floor with Harry.

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    Oops! Try this for youtube!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7Uzx-wHPR0

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    marillawhite Oliver Boyd has been around longer than Ministry of Magic and has actually released two albums instead of just one. Not that that is what necessarily makes a band “better.”

    Either way, even though it is always great for wizard rock to get recognition and such but honestly I don’t feel MTV is the best to do it. Obviously as fans we are partial to certian bands over other but aren’t all wizard rock bands in our hearts? What I would really like to know is what the basis was for compiling this list. I don’t think they can track album sales unless they personally contacted every wizard rocker (which I doubt). So then is it on the impact the band has made? Popularity? The amount of music made? MySpace friends? What exactly?

    I agree with Ann! Watch Lauren’s video and read Matt’s blog. :-)

    Sorry for the rant.

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    Where is Oliver Boyd? Where is The Weasel King?

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    Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls is the absolute best of the bunch!

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    Yay for the Remus Lupins. xD

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    How come no one ever considers The Weasel King? To me, he has the best quality of music out of all of the Wizardrock bands.

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    Obviously all opinions are valid here, but the underlying point is that the wizard rock community as a whole would reject ANY attempt at a “top ten” list. Seriously, this list is completely absurd. It was written by one person and it only includes bands that that one person had the opportunity to meet and interview in May/June 2007. This is nothing more than a cheap assault on journalistic integrity. It’s great to see the wizard rock movement getting recognition from a mainstream media source. But please take it with a HUGE grain of salt. The list is the somewhat uneducated opinion of one person, Jennifer Vineyard, and it’s a disappointment to nearly all the wizard rockers who met her and spent significant time with her.

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    Hello Whompy. :)

    I appreciated your post on the subject matter. The list just made me angry (partly because of all the missing talent, but yeah), and finding out about the Phoenix Rising thing upset me more because adding that on it feels like they didn’t even do any research. I loved the little Wrock bit they did on MTV a few months ago, but a top ten list just comes across very… presumptuous.

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    Haha. In whose opinion? So silly.

    You also can’t make a list like that if you don’t listen to every wrock band out there, and they clearly haven’t. Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls being missing is just absurd as far as I’m concerned.

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    Oh, Matt. Didn’t read that until I posted.

    Very well put.

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    fangirls Matt and Lizz

    ‘Ear, ‘ear. Everyone get out there and take a listen to all the wonderful wizard rock available and find what suits YOU. MySpace is a great place to start. (Check out the friends of the bands to find more bands.) And of course nothing beats the experience of seeing wizard rock performed live. It makes me want to hug my books. No joke.

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    I don’t think this order is quite right. Personally, I would have ranked Draco and the Malfoys, the Ministry of Magic, the Parselmouths, or The Remus Lupins first.

    Switchblade Kittens are also known as The Weird Sisters.

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    How is Oliver Boyd and the Remembrals not on here? And who are the Switchblade Kittens?!? They are definately not better than H&tP

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    Switchblade Kittens at Number ONE?! I mean.. just because they wrote the FIRST wizard rock song. Pfft. Sorry to say, but I don’t think HatPs are that great, either. You can say their live performance makes up for it, but for most of the world, they’ve got to be able to show it in their recordings to, especially seeing as I pore over MySpace, humming along to wrock songs all day. Draco and the Malfoys should be WAAAY above them. And where is Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls?! I so totally do NOT agree with this list. All these bands are great, in their own, special ways :)

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    I think Draco and the Malfoys should have been number one I’ve never even herad of the Switch Blade Kittens

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    We all agree this is lame. We know that Wizard Rock isn’t competition. We know that it is impossible to encompass all the aspects of Wrock with a list of ten bands. We know not to take seriously any musical journalist who realistically attempts to rank such a diverse genre in the same list. And I think we can all agree that the author of the list comes off seeming about as knowledgeable about the scene as a parent spouting their generation’s drug slang to connect to their child. So why don’t we just applaud the Wrockers who have been able to gain some recognition from this and let it go?

    It doesn’t affect us at all unless we let it. The Wrock scene doesn’t depend on a musical ranking system to book venues or sell albums. Even a cursory examination of the scene will reveal to an outsider who the big names are and allow them to decide for themselves what kind of Wrock music they like best.

    Indi is trendy these days and claiming knowledge of a scene that most people don’t know about is the height of cool to the MTV drone crowd. Can’t we just acknowledge this to be another an MTV dupe’s attempt at trying to seem relevant and geek-chic by pretending to know what’s what about an unrelentingly indi scene? I for one am not annoyed or upset by the list. When you think that someone can listen to even 10 Wrock bands and completely miss the point as widely as she did… I just feel sorry for her.

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    Harry & the Potters, the originals, are still the best. I’d also have added Ginny & the Weasleys to the list in favor of most of the rest of them.

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    I think that everyone on the list is very talented. I think they made the list only of the bands they saw at Phoenix Rising when they went there to interview, and they’re only MTV people, not huge WizRock fans, so not everyone could get on there. Oh, and if you’re looking for a band that isn’t as popular as HatP, DatM, etc. but has great quality music similar to Oliver Boyd, check out The Weasel King at www.weaselkingmusic.com (or MySpace). His entire album is free to download on that website. Congrats to the ones who made the list!

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    Oh, and I’d also like to add that I think it was kind of mean of MTV to do this to the WizRock community because everyone’s so nice to each other in it.

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    I’ve never heard of the Switchblade Kittens before. Hmm. I wonder why Draco and the Malfoys were only 6, because I think they are one of the best bands.

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    Ok, I should start out by saying that I think The Whomping Willows should be number one, just because he’s awesome. But you guys are really blowing this all out of proportion; one person’s top ten list isn’t going to change anyone’s opinion on the bands. (well any true wrocker anyways). I might add, too, that the switchblade kittens are not also known as the weird sisters, they have an entire wrock album (July 2006) titled the weird sisters.

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    Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls! :)

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    I’ve recently been getting more and more into WRock… it’s so awesome. I’ve been thinking about trying to start a solo or even a duet thing with me being “Luna” and my friend being “Xenophilius”... Our songs could be about Nargles and such… quite fun. Personally, I think Draco and the Malfoy’s should be higher up on the list… It is going from worst to best, right? Like 10-1, with one being best?

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    We all have our own list. The top ones keep changing. But congrats to those MTV listed…. surely not the be all and end all…

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    lol. so the “comments” for that article is titled something like “Fierce Debate Over our Wizard Rock Top Ten List!” and is only showing four comments, one of which is negative.

    Fierce Debate? How degrading, IMHO. More like anger and confusion, that’s what I have been seeing from most people.

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    Maggie- Yeah…my new theory as to why Oliver Boyd isn’t on that list is just the mere fact that this list was lazily researched.

    not that it matters, anyway. this whole thing is so idiotic.

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    I think that Draco and the Malfoys are right up there with HatP and The Parselmouths. Switch blade kittens are dumb. Drama is really mean. I met her. She is drama.

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    i have to say… i think they sould have put Potter Noyz on here.

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    i agree wit Denisse… Potter Noyz is simply AWESOME. don’t worry though… i’m sure they’ll be up there on top 10 lists by next year. Oliver Boyd defintly deserves to be there too. And what about Riddle TM and Peeved… two other brilliant bands?

    Avatar Image says: Where's Oliver Boyd? And RiddleTM? And The Weasel King? There are so many much better bands. Also, Switchblade Kittens shouldn't be on there... WHERE ARE THE REMUS LUPINS?Avatar ImageHermioneMoreThanJustBrains says: I still cant believe MTV did this, it goes against the Fandom in so many freaking ways!

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