Groupies, Hits And Idiots: A History Of Band Managers In The Movies

Being the guy or girl who can legitimately say “I’m with the band” is a lofty aspiration, but Stu McCullough has earned his spot in the green room after almost a decade running his artist management company. Being an artist manager is hard work: you’ve got egos, schedules and groupies to deal with, and you’ve got to be there when the shit hits the fan. Think you got what it takes? Sign up for our Artist Management 101 Pedestrian Coach session with Stu as your teach. In the meantime get an insight into the music industry (or not) with the band managers that fiction created…


Stillwater’s manager Dick
Roswell generally had the band’s interests at heart but you’ve got to
admit he was a bit of a questionable character, especially after he sold
the band’s groupies “Band-Aids” to UK rock band Humble Pie for fifty bucks and a case of Heineken during a poker match.

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Almost Famous


Becoming hometown famous off the
back of one song – ‘That Thing You Do’ – The Wonders were quickly signed
to Play-Tone Records by the man with no apparent first name, Mr White.
Purely off the back of that one song, they toured across America,
entered the Billboard 100 Charts and even appeared in a low-budget
beach movie – with Mr White milking them for all they were worth. When
the time came to finally record an album, White revealed they were
basically signed as a cover band. Understandably, everyone cracked the
shits, White terminated their contract and wrote them off as one hit

With ambitious plans to make
black artists household names with white audiences, Curtis Taylor Jr did
what any heartless marketing man would – put the
ever-so-slightly-less-talented-but-slightly-more-voluptuous lead singer
in the back and put the babin’ Beyonce Deena in the front. Ex-lead singer Effie got mad, Curtis dropped her and replaced her with his secretary. #ouch

If the slimy long hair and the rose-tinted glasses don’t scream seedy-as-fuck, what does? Working with the United States government,
band manager / label promoter Wyatt Frame brainwashed teenyboopers to
spend their babysitting dollars on the latest trends through the
subliminal messages planted in sugary pop songs. And if an artist
happened to actually be smarter than they looked and questioned him?
They *mysteriously* disappeared..

Right so tour manager Mats was the good one here. He actually listened to lead singer Izzy and helped him stay grounded which then lead him to quit the band. :/

Ian was probably the dude that OKed the all-black album cover – seriously, who in their right mind would think that’s a good idea?

Clifford loves the girls like a wilderbeast loves five lionesses chewing at his legs but when it comes to the record execs, he’s putty in The Chief’s hands (and entirely clueless as to wtf he’s talking about). In his words: “Babies are allowed to be overdue, you’re not.”


Jimmy had big dreams, man. He wanted to create the greatest soul band in the world. Modelling their sound on Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin, he pulled a ragtag bunch of peeps together and attempted to make the impossible possible. He almost pulled it off too, but then of course, that would’ve made for a boring movie.

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Groupies, Hits And Idiots: A History Of Band Managers In The Movies