Say “hi-diddly-ho” to the world’s first “Nedal” band. Okilly Dokilly, a Phoenix-based “Ned metal” band, found inspiration from an unlikely source: The Simpsons’ God-fearing, straightlaced Ned Flanders.
And the band, which consists of five members — Head Ned, Red Ned, Bled Ned, Thread Ned, and Stead Ned — embraces their concept entirely. Beyond their name, the band members also wear a uniform of green sweaters over pink collared shirts, glasses, and impressive mustaches, much like the iconic cartoon character.
“Most of our songs are direct Ned quotes,” the band writes on its Facebook page, which already has more than 9,000 fans.
In a recent interview with Australian publication Rip It Up, lead singer Head Ned explained that he and drummer Bled Ned were “entertaining ourselves by coming up with really cutesy names for really hardcore, brutal bands” when they thought of the name for their joint venture.
“The name Okilly Dokilly came up and was very funny to us,” Head Ned said. “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.”
Further proof that the band is having fun with their concept: When asked where they fit in with other Simpsons-themed music, Head Ned told Rip It Up, “Not as fast as Bartcore, and a little cleaner than Krusty Punk.”
Okilly Dokilly is not alone in their admiration for The Simpsons character, however. In 2001, the first-ever Ned Flanders Night was held by satirical website Ship of Fools at the Greenbelt Festival in England.
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