You can file this one under “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up.” Except, somebody did make it up, that is, the band members. Their real names (unfortunately for us here at BoFN) are shrouded in mystery. But the stage names are inspired:
Head Ned: vocals
Stead Ned: guitars
Red Ned: synthesizers
Bled Ned: drums
Thread Ned: bass
Sorry, I got ahead of myself.
Hi diddly ho neighborinos!
Okilly Dokilly is a Ned-Flanders-themed metal band (hence the new genre, nedal). That’s Ned Flanders, from The Simpsons.
If you’re wondering how that works, Head Ned explained it to Louder like this
“. . . we’re just nerds who really like The Simpsons and metal, and thought this would be funny. Long answer: our drummer, Bled Ned, and myself were stuck in line at a grocery store. We were coming up with really cutesy and harmless names for really hardcore bands. Okilly Dokilly came up, and we built on it. We had the idea for dressing like Ned and came up with the term Nedal. It all was, and still is hilarious to us. We went a bit too far with that humour and, well, here we are.”
That’s from their album Howdilly Doodily (2016).
In answer to the question “What are the main ingredients for nedal?” Ned Head answers,
“A few nerds with an affinity for The Simpsons and metal, some Ned quotes, green sweaters, pink shirts, grey pants, glasses, and a sense of humour. The pink flying V and keytar are also fine additions. Nedal is anything that is both brutal and Flanders at the same time.”
Rolling Stone reports that Okilly Dokilly made an appearance on The Simpsons.
On Sunday night, the closing credits of the 659th episode of The Simpsons were suddenly interrupted. The standard black screen disappeared and was replaced by five adult men tearing through a brutal heavy metal track, guzzling white wine and smashing glasses and instruments while dressed as Ned Flanders. Devout Simpsons fans with astute ears might’ve even recognized the lyrics the frontman was barking, “You only live once/give me a white wine spritzer.”
Okilly Dokilly draws their song titles and lyrics from Ned Flanders quotes (a process I can really appreciate after working out the algorithms for my blurb generator). As Rolling Stone further explains:
Head Ned says a Flanders quote must fit one of two criteria: It either has to sound super dark and metal out of context (“Nothing At All,” “Claw My Eyes Out”) or so silly it has no place in a metal song (“Godspeed Little Doodle,” “I Can’t, It’s a Geo”). When the band set out to make their second album, Howdilly Twodilly, released last month, Head Ned took on the enviable task of re-watching the first 10 seasons of The Simpsons and jotting down the best lines in a notebook.
Just like they said, Howdilly Twodilly came out last month. And you can follow their Howdilly Twodilly Tourdilly on Facebook. Or better yet, catch them live at any of the 15 US locations still left in the tour in April. If they’re not sold out.
Well, as Ned Flanders said, “I’ve done everything the Bible says – even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff!”
But if you ask me, “What can I ding dong diddly do unto others that I would have them ding dong diddly do unto me?” I’d say, Go have some fundilly wundilly at Dave’s GoFundyWundMe and clicketty lickitty at the linketty below, neighbor!