ST is also more authentic. There's nothing worse or less funny than an actor pretending to play bass it just looks hammy.
So McKean, Shearer and Guest are all playing their basses live on "Big Bottom", then?
Well they ARE the band, they are the musicians that were in the studio making those records. That does, in a way, give them the edge.
ST and the Rutles are the only two fake bands I can think of who made music I would listen to outside of watching their comedy films. And of the two, I actually prefer Tap. The movie soundtrack is an absolutely serviceable hard rock album from the early 80s. Things like the classical quote in "Heavy Duty", or singing about "gettin' out my pitchfork, pokin' your hay, plowin' through your bean field, leavin' my spray." That's totally plausible, and as such not laugh out loud funny. But it's true satire. They bypass a lot of obvious dopey laughs to stay on point.
And if anyone has not watched the hour plus of outtakes on the DVD, you really should. They left nearly a whole other movie on the cutting room floor, almost as funny as the one they put out.
I have some affection for Bad News, when I was first flirting with my now-wife, she invited me over to her place to watch it. But somehow I have no memory of them or their music. Maybe we did something besides watch the movie the whole time? But we did watch some of it. It must not have made a big impression. And I loved the Young Ones so was expecting it to be pretty good.
Still Crazy, the best I can recall is that I did watch it, and there was some music in it. Were they even trying to be funny? It seemed like a thrown together story containing every rock and roll cliche in the book. "Oh the crazy stuff those bands do on the road really catches up to you in your old age, don't it? It was wrong, but at the time, it felt so right. How do you still play a young man's game when you're getting older? There are now all these new artists people prefer to us!" I didn't get into it at all. Am I on target here or am I remembering Hard Core Logo instead?