If a rap opera wasn’t enough, how about a punk opera? On his second solo album, Matt Watt, the former bassist for the Minutemen, decided to combine the seemingly antithetical genres in order to tell a story that is both a personal and musical history. Contemplating the Engine Room is as much a memoir as anything written by David Sedaris, weaving together the story of his veteran father with Watt’s experiences in LA’s early punk scene. Period series have become vastly popular in today’s television, and we can’t imagine anything more riveting or with more potential for great characters than the punk rock scene of the early ’80s.
Honeydogs, 10,000 Years
Ever since Lost‘s season finale, we have been searching for a new complex, sci-fi mystery to take its place. Perhaps a series based on the Honeydogs’ 2004 album, 10,000 Years, would be able to fill the island-sized hole in our lives. Radically unique and stunningly well-crafted, it tells the story of a test-tube baby who is kidnapped by a clairvoyant and later becomes the world’s savior. While the Honeydogs craft this tale into catchy and poignant music, the album, which runs just a little over an hour, leaves many avenues to be explored.
Coheed and Cambria, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Really, any of Coheed and Cambria’s records could have made this list — theatrical and epic, their music is highly conceptual and vividly sensory. The band’s ongoing science fiction story line, called The Armory Wars, has spanned five studio albums, a comic book series, and one full length novel. Although the plot is far too intricate to try and summarize here, trust us when we say it would make for a fantastic television series. Following the cancellation of Battlestar Galactica, TV needs a new sci-fi saga.
Dr. Octagon, Dr. Octagonecologyst
Dr. Octagon is a homicidal, extraterrestrial, time-traveling gynecologist and surgeon, originally from Jupiter. Dr. Octagonecologyst, rife with non sequiturs and middle-school humor, details the doctor’s history and adventures. We’re not sure how any network would develop Dr. Octagonecologyst into a television series — we just know that it would be awesome if they did.