Everyone’s talking about Okilly Dokilly, so if you don’t know who they are, here’s a quick catch up.
Okilly Dokilly have been everywhere this week so if you haven’t heard of them before, here’s everything you need to know.
1. Okilly Dokilly Aren’t New
When The Metal Report was still a part of the Gear4Geeks blog, Okilly Dokilly were the very first band we covered back in November 2016 before the blog moved twice and a lot of stuff got lost. The band was formed in 2015 by Head Ned (vocals) and Bled Ned (Drums) who recruited Red Ned, Stead Ned and Cred Ned. The band released their first single on October 30th 2016, White Wine Spritzer, followed by the music video on November 6th and their debut album Howdilly Doodilly on November 11th.
2. Okilly Dokilly Appeared In The Simpsons
Yes we’re as amazed as you are, people still watch The Simpsons! It’s a good thing though as it meant that producers got wind of the White Wine Spritzer video and included it in the closing credits of the episode that aired on Sunday, “I’m Just A Girl Who Can’t Say D’oh“.
3. Why White Wine Spritzer?
In addition to dressing like Ned Flanders, Okilly Dokilly take all of their song titles from Ned Flanders quotes that either sound harmless or menacing without context. White Wine Spritzer is taken from a series 10 episode where Homer and Ned go on a road trip to Vegas and get married. While in a bar, Ned decides to throw caution to the wind and order a white wine spritzer.
4. The Timing Is Bittersweet For Okilly Dokilly
Head Ned has never really been sure where he’s stood in terms of copyright/trademark infringement, so to be included in The Simpsons rather than be given a Cease and Desist order is a dream come true. For the other Neds in the video it’s a bit late as they all left Okilly Dokilly back in 2018 and were replaced with Shred, Bed, Zed and Dread Neds.
5. What’s Next For Okilly Dokilly?
They released their second album Howdilly Twodilly last month and released a video for Reneducation which you can watch below and you can catch them on their US tour (dates also below). The bad news is that they toured the UK back in October last year, so you may have to wait a while to see them again.
Howdilly Twodilly Tourdilly tour dates with Playboy Manbaby (4/4-4/14) & Bear Ghost (4/16-4/28):
4/9 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig*
4/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern*
4/11 – Lancaster, PA @ Lizard Lounge*
4/12 – New York, NY @ Arlene’s Grocery*
4/13 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall*
4/14 – Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall*
4/16 – Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom^
4/17 – Washington, DC @ DC9^
4/18 – Norfolk, VA @ Charlie’s American^
4/19 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall^
4/20 – Asheville, NC @ Sly Grog Lounge^
4/21 – Greenville, SC @ Radio Room: WBPR^
4/23 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub^
4/24 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable Street^
4/25 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Wilbury^
4/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade^
4/27 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone^
4/28 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Mid City Ballroom^
* = Playboy Manbaby
^ = Bear Ghost
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Ex guitarist in Zenopede, ex vocals for a goth covers band that was hailed as the future of Welsh music, former DJ, promoter and nightclub director. Writer for Gear4Geeks’ Blog4Geeks and owner of Gear4Geeks ltd. First published music critique was Kerrang letter of the Week.
Definitely has never been the future, present or past of Welsh music.