Baddest of the Bands

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Strong Badia the Free Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective
Baddest of the Bands logo
"Are you ready to be musically, sonically, and if all goes according to plan, PHYSICALLY assaulted?!!"

Baddest of the Bands is the third episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People. It has been rated E10+ for Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes and Use of Alcohol by the ESRB. Story written by Mike Stemmle and The Brothers Chaps.

When Strong Bad's beloved Fun Machine goes up in smoke, he must organize and win his own Battle Royale of the Bands to afford the costly repairs. But he's up against some stiff competition! Can he rock the stage and win the big cash prize, or will he be drowned out by the competition?

A brief trailer for the game is included in Strong Badia the Free and on the Telltale Games website.

It was released on Monday, October 27.

Cast: Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, Strong Mad, Strong Sad, The Cheat, Coach Z, Bubs, Marzipan, Pom Pom, The King of Town, Homsar, Limozeen, Marshie, Biscuitdoughhandsman, Horrible Painting

Places:

House of the Brothers Strong
Basement
Laundry Room
Strong Bad's Room
Living Room
Kitchen
Strong Mad's Room
Bathroom
Strong Sad's Room
Computer Room

Marzipan's House
Club Technochocolate
Coach Z's Locker Room
D.O.I. Concert
Cool Tapes Concert
Two-O-Duo Concert
PomStar concert

The Field
Bubs' Concession Stand
Strong Badia
The Gremlin
Snap Shak
The Drive-Thru Whale
The Stick
The Brick Wall

Contents

Preview Transcript

{The screen shows "On the next episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People" and cuts to a closeup of Strong Bad's face as he holds a microphone, while microphone feedback is heard}

STRONG BAD: {yelling into the microphone} Alllllll right, expensive ticket holders!

{Cut to The Cheat on a set of drums, then back to Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Are you ready to be musically, sonically...

{Cut to Strong Mad playing a bass guitar}

STRONG BAD: ...and if all goes according to plan...

{Cut back to Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: ...PHYSICALLY assaulted?!!

{Cut out to see that Strong Bad's band was seen atop Bubs' Concession Stand. The music stops suddenly; only a howling wind is heard in the background. Homestar watches from the ground}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Boooo...

{Cut to a shot of Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Hmm, tough crowd.

{Cut to a gray background, showing the word BADDEST written in AC/DC-type font. Strong Bad's boxing glove-clad hand is then seen adding a strip of red label tape to the bottom of the word displaying the remainder of the title, OF THE BANDS, on it. Then the usual message, "Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People — New episode every month!", is featured. Cut to The Brick Wall, and Bubs, The Cheat and Coach Z standing in front of it. Bubs and Coach Z each kick The Cheat back and forth between them.}

COACH Z: {rapping}
My name is Coach Z,
And Bubs is my cohort.
Put on your Cheat kickers,
And let's kick-a The Chort!

Inventory

  • "3 O'Clock Twist"
  • Aerosol Cheese Spray
  • Alarm
  • Album Cover Photo
  • Bat Hutch
  • Billy Club
  • Bleach
  • Bleach Photo
  • Bleached Bats
  • Bucket of Butter
  • BMW Lighter
  • Cool Tapes Entry Form
  • "DeButt"
  • Defaced Album
  • Defaced Coloring Book
  • "Doin' The Wigglie"
  • Entry Forms
  • Fake Sword
  • "Food Related Love"
  • Fun Machine
  • German Helmet
  • Glossy Photo
  • Hangar Antenna
  • "Hugo Left Me Miserable"
  • Instant Camera
  • "Left Shift-Alt-Delete"
  • Letter
  • Limozeen Coloring Book
  • Limozeen Contest Flyer
  • Lobster
  • Pomstar Entry Form
  • Poodonkis
  • "Roll with the Punches"
  • Security Jacket
  • Signed Glossy
  • "Slide to the Right, Y'all Bridesmaids"
  • Squealin' Larry Limozeen Microphone
  • Starfish
  • Stencil
  • Taranchula Black Metal Detector (now with shovel attachment)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Whale Photo
  • Zen Rock

Ranks

  1. Folk Filker
  2. Scat Oboist
  3. Wooden Fish Enthusiast
  4. Electric Slide Kazooer
  5. Contra Bassist
  6. Spandex Screamer
  7. Big Hair Wailer
  8. Three-Necked Axeman
  9. Nordic Percussion Lord
  10. Spikey Rock Deity
  11. Impossibly Rocked Out

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • When asked "what's the word?" after Strong Bad has sabotaged both the Cool Tapes and the Two-O-Duo, The Cheat replies (in cheat-speak) "Schadenfreude." Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from another's misfortune.
  • Strong Bad uses forced perspective to make Poodonkis look larger than the Gremlin.
  • Oil spills on land are typically taken care of by spreading an absorbent substance like sand or a specially made product over them, then sweeping it away. Lighting it on fire is occasionally used, though generally only in small spills on water.
  • Marzipan's Zen garden is a Japanese rock garden.
  • A matzah ball is a Jewish dumpling made from ground matzo (unleavened bread) and typically used in soups.
  • Marzipan's "pepper taser" is probably just pepper spray.
  • A forty is normally a forty-ounce bottle of beer.
  • Strong Bad refers to the photo of Limozeen by the non-polluted pond as lacking a certain "je ne say wha?". This is a play on "je ne sais quoi", which refers to a quality that cannot be easily identified.
  • The I-97 is an interstate highway that lies entirely within Anne Arundel County, Maryland. It is the shortest Interstate with a two-digit number, and the only Interstate that is entirely within a single county.
  • Ambergris is a waxy grey substance found in the digestive system of sperm whales, and was formerly used in the manufacture of perfume.

Trivia

  • Two of the e-mails sent to Strong Bad are from Mike S. and Mark Darin. The former name is probably Mike Stemmle, and both are designers with Telltale Games.

Remarks

  • Coach Z pronounces "Cheat" correctly, and then incorrectly.
  • This is the first episode of SBCG4AP for the included Teen Girl Squad not to be created via the player's input.
  • The nailed-shut door in Marzipan's house initially appeared in Quality Time, where it was just a closet. Here, it is declared to lead to the kitchen.
  • This is the first episode of SBCG4AP in which the Poopsmith does not physically appear, and is the first in which Senor Cardgage appears, though not physically.
  • One of the Awesomeness points in Strong Badia the Free involved setting the clothes on Strong Bad's bed on fire. In this episode, however, attempting to do so will have him remark that they're not flammable.
  • Marzipan gets upset about the pollution of the pond, but litters thrice by crumpling up what Strong Bad shows her and tossing it away.
  • The game has an offical website.
  • In this episode, Strong Bad claims to not know how to work the dryer, yet in Strong Badia the Free, he gets a pair of pants from the dryer, claiming he put them in the dryer to shrink them to his size.
  • This episode has several portmanteaus: rockumentary (from "rock" and "documentary"), Rock-dezvous (from "rock" and "rendezvous"), chocoholism (from "chocolate" and "alcoholism"), Tour-Bus-mozeen {from "tour bus" and "Limozeen").
  • According to Strong Sad, Marzipan keeps The Cheat and Strong Mad in Cool Tapes by letting them each write one song per album. This is probably a reference to George Harrison and Ringo Starr's status in The Beatles. A song by Strong Mad can be heard by playing Doin' the Wigglie twice at the Club during extended play.
  • Technically, since "ply" is a count of the number of layers in toilet paper, half-ply toilet paper would not be possible. It is, however, a reference to the nonabsorbent single-ply toilet paper typically found in public and sport-location restrooms. Seven-ply toilet paper would probably be so thick as to be unusable.
  • Larry Palaroncini is the only Limozeen band member to speak throughout the whole game.

Goofs

  • Only some of the songs include subtitles.
  • Strong Bad misspells his own name as "Strongbad" several times when answering the in-game emails.
  • Strong Bad's "Emergency Prop Release Lever" is quite clearly a handle on a pulley, something quite different.
  • Using the turntable in Extended Play would result in the usual response from Pom Pom and Homestar, even though the latter is absent from the scene.
  • There are a lot of subtitle mistakes, such as:
    • Strong Bad's comments during Limozeen: Hot Babelian Odyssey misspell "Nebulon" as "Nebuloid".
    • Pom Pom is always hyphenated, and Two-O-Duo is always missing the second hyphen (though it always has two on in-game text).
    • When Strong Bad asks about Homsar's Theremin, he says "What the crap is that?" when the subtitles say "What the heck is that?"

Glitches

  • Sometimes, when pulling out your map, a map icon will still be shown after you switch to the "How Awesome I am" chart. This has occurred in every other episode as well.
  • If the DÖI poster is dug up in extended play, the King of Town's guitar will be heard even though he's not there.
  • Characters' eyes and mouths will sometimes vanish when entering a scene.
  • When the metal detector is used at the Cool Tapes stage, Strong Bad will respond as though he is indoors.

Wii Version

  • In extended play, continuing to use the "Do the Wigglie" record on Pom Pom's turntable will earn you each Limozeen manual page one after another.

Inside References

  • This is another appearance of Kicking The Cheat.
  • Strong Bad refers to his Fun Machine as Senor Fun Machine.
  • Strong Sad has a Hollerin' Jimmy's Bat Hutch and a West Is Lip poster in his room.
  • Strong Bad asks Strong Sad how he got the fake sword out of Pompomerania, which reflects upon the events of Strong Badia The Free. He also comments on how Pom Pom re-claimed the katana.
  • Strong Bad also mentions the trophies won during Homestar Ruiner. Coach Z replies that he sold them for two bucks.
    • Strong Bad also comments that the shower in the locker room still smells like "Homestar onion soup", referring to the incident in Homestar Ruiner where Strong Bad tricked Homestar into rubbing himself with onions.
  • Strong Bad mentions the map that he made in Homestar Ruiner which was subsequently eaten by the King of Town in Strong Badia the Free.
  • Strong Bad offers Homestar Runner "total stardom", the same thing Thorax Corporation tries to sell.
  • Examining the cable attached to the speakers on the DÖI stage will cause Strong Bad to lament that this has become an obstacle in an episode without hedge shears, swords, or nunchuck guns. He used hedge shears in Homestar Ruiner, a sword in Strong Badia the Free, and a Nunchuck Gun in Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective (the next episode).
  • Wade from Bat-Aid refers to Marzipan once as "Melissa-pan".
  • Bubs claims he built the stages with galvanized nails.
  • The Poopsmith and Senor Cardgage are among the candidates being considered as Pom Pom's singer.
    • The Poopsmith is wearing the same suit in Pom Pom's picture as he does in the email senior prom.
  • Strong Bad tells The Cheat, "Don't forget to wear a bikini!"
  • The King of Town's guitar solo when he is introduced is identical to the tune played by Strong Bad's Black Metal Detector.
  • When counting out how much money Strong Bad got from the sign-ups, Bubs says to "carry the G".
  • Strong Bad previously Toilet Papered The Stick in 3 Times Halloween Funjob.
  • Strong Bad mentions pants and underwear several times.
  • Strong Mad mentions Lady Snake Parade.
  • Strong Bad gets the jibblies whenever he sees the Horrible Painting in Strong Mad's wardrobe.
  • Bubs uses Biscuitdoughhandsman in advertising.
  • Homestar and Marzipan's lack of visible arms is mentioned. Homestar comments that he doesn't have any handfuls of cash, while Strong Bad mentions Coach Z wanting Marzipan's hand.
  • Strong Bad's head was referred to as being husky in modeling.
  • When Strong Sad passes by Bubs' Concession Stand with the security jacket, he hums the sloshy song "We Don't Really Even Care About You".
  • The tune played when The Cheat receives the fake sword is the last part of the Strong Badathlon fanfare.
  • Many of Strong Bad's lines when putting on clothing in the Snap Shak are slightly-paraphrased quotes from modeling.
  • Strong Bad refering to Homsar as a typo was a reference to his email of origin.

Real-World References

  • The performance on the rooftop in the preview could be modeled after The Beatles' final public performance.
  • The name "Bat-Aid" is a play on the band Band Aid.
  • Bubs refers to Coach Z as the "Thin Green Duke", a reference to David Bowie's persona The Thin White Duke.
  • The riff that Strong Bad sings for "Save/Load" is based on "Breaking The Law" by Judas Priest.
  • The line Strong Bad sings for "Quit" is based on "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey.
  • The Limozeen video game is possibly a referance to the Atari 2600 game, Journey Escape, which featured the band Journey.
  • Strong Bad calls Strong Sad "Sister Christian". He also refers to him as "Teenage Lobotomy".
  • One of the potential word choices for the umlautted O in DÖI is "Oyster". This is a reference to Blue Öyster Cult which is the band that started the trend of using heavy metal umlauts by placing a nonfunctional umlaut over the "O" in Oyster.
  • Strong Sad's explanation of the theremin is paraphrased from the Wikipedia page for the instrument. [1]
  • Strong Bad tells the players not to confuse fog-bats with Foghat.
  • The cover art and lyrics for "Hugo Left Me" are based on Les Misérables, originally written by Victor Hugo. The album says it's by "The Frollos"; Frollo was a character in one of Hugo's other works, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • Strong Bad's declaration of "One Fish, Two Fish, Starfish, Carfish" and the subsequent dialogue references One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.
  • Strong Bad's line spoken as he TPs the Stick is a reference to A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • Strong Bad refers to Homestar as "Very White", a reference to Barry White.
  • Coach Z standing in front of Marzipan's house holding a boombox references an iconic scene in the 1989 romantic comedy Say Anything..., where Lloyd Dobbler (John Cusack) romances Diane Court (Ione Skye) by standing in front of her bedroom window with a boombox playing "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel.
  • Strong Bad asking Marzipan if she plans to bite off Pazquel's head, The King of Town's on-stage devouring of bats, and Marzipan's allegation of Limozeen performing bat-head-biting all refer to a notorious episode in the career of heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne.
  • If the Limozeen Coloring Book is used on Strong Bad, he uses the phrase "and name them George" - ths is a reference to a Looney Tunes short called The Abominable Snow Rabbit involving Bugs Bunny and the Abominable Snowman.
  • If you click on the fuse box at the DÖI Stage, Strong Bad remarks how his "frustration was sure to blow a 50 amp fuse." This is a reference to the Rolling Stones song "You Can't Always Get What You Want", where there is a line with a simmilar meaning.
  • After the speaker has been brought down on the DÖI stage, Strong Bad mentions that it must be Cobain-proofed, a reference to Nirvana member Kurt Cobain, who was known to destroy guitars and speakers at the climax of a performance.
  • Strong Bad calls Bubs a keytar hero.
  • Strong Bad mentions the King of Town's Richard Pryor impression as being white - Richard Pryor was a black American comedian who was known for his unflinching examinations of racism.
  • Strong Bad sends his Limozeen contest entry to Staten Island, 10301. 10301 is the zip code for part of Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City.
  • While playing Limozeen's Hot Babelien Oddysey, Strong Bad references John F. Kennedy's inaugural address ("Ask not what your country can do for you...") and the tagline for the movie Alien ("In space, no one can hear you scream").
  • When searching for Canadian coins in his bed, Strong Bad mentions that he fails to find a single Loonie. A Loonie is a Canadian one dollar coin, called such because is displays a common loon, a type of bird, on the front.
  • Strong Bad twice mentions rabies, a fatal brain disease sometimes carried by animals such as bats. He also cautions Strong Sad not to foam at the mouth, one of the common symptoms of rabies.
  • Strong Sad's "designy, foreign, put-it-together-yourself" bookshelves and vaguely Swedish-sounding name "Flurgendroon" are a reference to IKEA and similar companies, who sell furniture disassembled in flat-pack boxes, for the buyer to assemble themselves.
  • Bubs' diamond-encrusted plantanium record is a reference to diamond and plantinum records, which are given to artists for selling a certain number of albums, though the actual number varies depending on location.
  • Strong Bad's mention that the Gremlin has a smoke screen and missiles is a reference to James Bond's cars, which were typically equipped with similar devices.
    • It could also be a reference to the arcade game Spy Hunter
  • Bubs' wish that Coach Z would behave like an O.G. is a reference to O.G. Original Gangster, an album by Ice-T.
  • Coach Z's doggerel "Yo, what light breaks through yonder window there... it's Marzipan, and she's got yellow hair" is a reference to the famous balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. ("But soft! What light from yonder window breaks? 'Tis the East, and Juliet is the sun!"} He also mangles the line "wherefore art thou, Romeo", though since the line means "why are you Romeo?" rather than "where are you, Romeo?", he's misusing it as well.
  • Strong Bad calls the fake sword "Suxcalibur", a reference to King Arthur's sword Excalibur.
  • Strong Mad's "T-K-O" when cheering the King of Town is a reference to Technical Knockout, a term used in boxing. It may also indicate that Strong Mad is dyslexic.
  • Limozeen mention the Moscow Music Peace Festival.
  • Strong Bad calling the King of Town the King of Townshend refers to Pete Townshend of The Who. Strong Bad's comparing King of Town's actions to Townshend at the end of a famous performance of "My Generation".
  • One of Homestar's lines is sung to the tune of the main theme from The Neverending Story.
  • Strong Bad's calling his coloring book a "Interactive Chromatic Short-Form Novel" is a reference to mature-age readers referring to comic books as "Graphic Novels."
  • Chaka Khan is a female American singer.
  • Bubs' farewell line to Strong Bad, "Rock over London! Rock on Chicago", is a reference to schitzophrenic songwriter Wesley Willis, who would often use the lines in his songs.
  • Strong Sad's plan to become a snooty rock journalist and then sell the rights to the story of his exploits to a snooty independent movie studio refers to Cameron Crowe, who worked for Rolling Stone as a teenager and turned his story into the movie Almost Famous.
  • The line "Roadie Communication Breakdown!" and The Ugly One's consequent "It's always the same!" refer to the Led Zeppelin song Communication Breakdown.
  • Strong Bad says his stage prop is "almost better than a flying pig" and "maybe cooler than a giant robotic demon".
    • "Flying Pig" is a reference to a prop used in some performances by classic rock band Pink Floyd. It was also used on some of Roger Waters' solo tours.
    • "Giant Robotic Demon" could be a reference to classic metal band Iron Maiden, who uses elaborate stage props in their concerts, including giant puppets of demons and monsters.
  • Strong Bad refers to the Gremlin as having plus four armor, while the fake sword is negative zero. This is a reference to items in role-playing games which give a numerical boost (or penalty) to one or more of a character's stats.
  • In the scene where Strong Bad tries to find who's left for his band, The King of Town is eating a wiimote.

Fast Forward

  • At the end of the game, Strong Sad comments that Strong Bad's video game "sounds pretty dangerous". Strong Bad replies, "No. Sounds..." then hums the opening theme to Dangeresque 1: Dangeresque, Too? as the camera zooms in on his Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective poster.
    • Also at the end of the game, examining the calendar in the computer room makes Strong Bad say "Well, now that I've gotten my broken Fun Machine repaired, maybe today's the day I get to work on Dangeresque 3."

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