Well, this one’s an absolute dream for the heavy metal/Simpsons crossover fan base (however large that may be). A new band from Phoenix has pioneered a new genre of music suitably named ‘Ned-al’ (props for the pun).
At first glance, Okilly Dokilly may seem like just five middle-aged men in forest green sweaters and pastel pink polos (reminiscent of the actual Ned Flanders), replete with mustache and not-so-metal glasses. And they are – with the exception that they also produce some pretty rad metal headbangers. Their dedication to Ned is worthy of applause – not only do they dress like Flanders, they also base entire songs around him. “Most of our songs are direct Ned quotes,” reads their Facebook, making for an aggressively enjoyable listening experience. (Quite literally aggressively enjoyable, as you’ll find in the demos below.)
“Myself and our drummer were in line at a grocery store, entertaining ourselves by coming up with really cutesy names for really hardcore, brutal bands,” explains lead singer Head Ned in an interview to Rip It Up. “The name Okilly Dokilly came up and was very funny to us. I contacted a few friends, and here we are.” These friends in question are, of course, all named Ned – Bled Ned, Red Ned, Thread Ned, and Stead Ned.
Okilly Dokilly is truly a genre-bending band – which, according to Head Ned is “not as fast as Bartcore, and a little cleaner than Krusty Punk…a happy medium in the Simpscene.”
Whether Okilly Dokilly is just a transient musical fad or here to stay, we’re happy this band exists. They even have a song about the Leftorium – listen for yourself.