The Best House Band on TV


Andrew Foran, Music Director

A hallmark of a good live show is a good house band. The Tonight Show has The Roots, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has Stay Human, but there is one band that has always shines above the rest when it comes to house bands and that is the unhinged hitmakers, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

The Electric Mayhem have been jamming since the 70’s and they have shown no signs of stopping. They are also one of the only house bands to star in multiple large budget films. Featuring Floyd Pepper on bass, Janice on lead guitar, Zoot on Saxophone, and we all know who is on the drums. Of course, we can’t forget the band leader, on the keyboards, the eponymous Dr. Teeth. 

The band is known for their hits such as “Can You Picture That” as well as covers of hit songs like “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon and “Jungle Boogie” by Kool & The Gang.

But you may be asking yourself now, what makes them such a good band? Not only have they shown their talents by playing music from every genre under the sun. Such as when Zoot played Chopin’s “Polonaise in A Flat” or covers of classic numbers like “The Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by Jerome Kern. They also have an irresistible stage dynamic creating funny sketches and witty banter while the main show is going on. 

I was a kid the first time I heard Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and immediately I was captivated by their groove and sound, so much so that I make a point to see them every time they are on TV. The band has only ever performed a few times live such as their set they did at Outside Lands in 2016. The band is pretty reclusive from the spotlight but many house bands are like that so I’m not too worried about never getting a chance to see them myself because I know I can always see them on TV.

The most impressive thing about Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem though isn’t the fact that they are amazing musicians or the fact that they are charming and funny. It’s the fact that they are not humans at all. They are Muppets. 


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