After three rounds and a full year of public online voting, the Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced their second full class.
Joining last year’s first class of The Blues Brothers, Spinal Tap and the Monkees are Gorillaz and Tenacious D.
Like last year, these selections can be considered controversial as both groups certainly blur the line between real and fictional.
Gorillaz were this year’s runaway leader in the votes. Created by Blue front man, Damon Albarn and comic genius, Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz is a virtual band complete with four animated members:
2D (lead vocals & keyboard), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar & vocals), Noodle (guitar, keyboard and backing vocals) and Russel Hobbs (drums). Each member has a distinct backstory and have actually toured live, sometimes fronted by animation and sometimes by the actual performers behind the group.
Tenacious D were also chosen. While they comprise comedic actors, Kyle Gass and Jack Black, they did have their own televsion program and had a fictionalized origin story film, “The Pick of Destiny”, thus “qualifying” them for the Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
These two inductees beat out the following finalists (in order of their vote totals) in the Final Round: