Afternoon Inquisition

AI: Skeptical Boy Bands

This week’s Afternoon Inquistion comes courtesy of last week’s COTW winner, AmateurScientist, who writes:

Looking at my faded New Kids on the Block tattoo, I realized two
things: 1) I should never have gotten drunk at that elementary school
sleepover and 2) all boy bands follow a formula. There’s the cute one, the mysterious one, the dangerous one, the goofy one, and the one with the rattail.

If you had to cast a boy [ED: or girl!] band composed only of notable figures from the skeptical community, who would you cast in which roles? And what would you call the band?

The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear daily at 3pm ET.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor.

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  1. Ani DiFranco as the dangerous one, Maynard James Keenan as the mysterious one, Marilyn Manson as the goofy one, Henry Rollins as the cute one, and Penn Jillette as the one with the rattail.

    And as per Penn, I’d call the band Mandatory False Dichotomy

  2. @ChaoSkeptic:

    I love me some George Hrab!

    My favorite of his podcast episodes is when he discusses the penis of Jesus for atleast ten minutes. Unfortunately, I was running in a very public place when listening to it and laughed hysterically for 30 additional minutes. Oh the looks I received.

  3. I loves the Hrab too, but that’s kind of an easy call!

    Richard Wiseman and Phil Plait would co-write the song
    Penn Jillette would play bass
    Christopher Hitchens would play (angry) piano
    Dawkins would be some sophisticated violin or something prissy and English ;)
    PZ would play reliable, constant rhythm guitar
    Randi would shred lead guitar solos with a flying-V
    Rebecca would play uncomfortable sounds on the Keytar.

  4. Andre Mayne at a TAM had a slide of his skeptic boy band go up on the big screen. He also had Phil Plaitt going out on his own with a CD called “Space Cowboy”. It was HILARIOUS. I wonder if Andrew or Phil still have the photos?

  5. To answer my own question…

    The cute one: Randi. I mean, look at that beard.

    The mysterious one: Derren Brown. What’s his deal, anyway?

    The dangerous one: Penn Jillette. No one is more dangerous around a china cabinet.

    The goofy one: Richard Dawkins. Just because being called “the goofy one” is bound to make that sourpuss squirm.

    The one with the rattail: Donnie Wahlberg. Obviously.

    The name: Logical Fantasy.

  6. Adam Savage: Dangerous one
    Phil Plait: Goofy one
    George Hrab: Sexy leader
    Randi: Older sophisticated one
    Richard Saunders: Mysterious one with the sexy accent

  7. Dan Barker: the straight laced one, and piano player
    Randi: the one that kinda looks like Jerry Garcia
    Roy Zimmerman: the goofy guitarist
    PZ: the bad boy
    Einstein: the crazy frontman

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