#TheSimpsons has been around for 28 seasons, and has become a permanent fixture in pop-culture. We didn't know the true extent of the show's reach until last year, when the public was introduced to a heavy metal band that took inspiration from one of the characters: #NedFlanders.
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That's right, your favorite church-going, left-handed neighbor is now immortalized forever, in the form of the heavy metal band #OkillyDokillly. Their highly anticipated first album, entitled Howdilly Doodily, pays homage to the beloved Simpsons character. The album features such Flanderized tracks as "Flanderdoodles,” “All That is Left,” and “Godspeed Little Doodle.”
Their first video dropped along with the album. Check out the video for 'White Wine Spritzer' below:
A Band Of Flanders
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, the band is wholly inspired by Ned Flanders — they even call their brand of music "Heavy Nedal". The band members all dress as Flanders , going by the names: Head Ned, Bled Ned, Red Ned, Thread Ned and Stead Ned. The concept envelopes their whole act, and because of its unique premise, the band was famous before they even played their first gig. After they began playing shows, their act gained even more followers. This isn't at all surprising because their website describes their live shows as follows:
Okilly Dokilly's live shows are high energy affairs that weave together comedy and brutality. Guttural screams and pounding drums provide a soundtrack for the pummeling of an inflatable donut as green sweaters and round glasses blur across the stage.
Check out one of these live performances below:
To date, the band has attracted tons of media attention, has become a viral sensation, and gathered over 40 thousand Facebook followers before their first album was released. Their popularity is only rising with the release of their first album, and raises some questions about the conception of the band. In an interview with Rip It Up, Head Ned spoke of the origin of the groups:
Myself and our drummer [Bled Ned] were in line at a grocery store, entertaining ourselves by coming up with really cutesy names for really hardcore, brutal bands. The name Okilly Dokilly came up and was very funny to us. We ran with it. I contacted a few friends [Red Ned, Thread Ned and Stead Ned] and here we are.Most of us have played in other bands around our hometown. This is definitely the heaviest sounding project any of us Neds have done.
They have a great gimmick, and their first album backs up their talent. So, it looks like Okilly Dokilly is here to stay. You can buy Howdilly Doodilly on BandCamp, and enjoy all the Ned Flanders goodness that you never knew you needed. The band is preparing to go on tour to promote the release of their album, however, dates are not available yet.. Make sure to check out their website OkillyDokilly.com, and keep on rockin' neighborinos!
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