Alien Ant Farm is an American alternative rock band that formed in Moreno Valley, California, United States, in 1995. Their name comes from an idea original guitarist Terry Corso had about aliens and the earth: “it was just my daydream about our planet being seeded by entities from other dimensions” The band has sold over 5 million units worldwide, and has four studio albums, and eight music videos.
Although initially grouped in with the nu metal movement of the late 90s and early 2000s, the band’s sound also crosses over into other genres, such as alternative rock, alternative metal, punk rock, pop punk and post-grunge. The band’s influences include Primus.
Alien Ant Farm typically has quirky videos, such as the Michael Jackson tributes in “Smooth Criminal”, the film “Movies” homages (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, The Karate Kid, Ghostbusters) in the primary version of “Movies”, and the personified appliances in “Glow”. They also crashed the BET Awards, a Gay Pride parade, and a scheduled performance by Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera for their music video of “These Days”.
In an interview on Vinnie Langdon’s Television Show, The Vinnie Langdon Show (Manhattan Neighborhood Network) in 2010, Dryden Mitchell seemingly regretted the humorous music videos from earlier in the decade, Claiming that, “I think we got kinda coined as this funny band, even though the music wasn’t really funny, but all of our videos were kind of a little more silly hearted, even if the song wasn’t.”