| Brave Combo (courtesy photo)
They don't have to carry all the onerous baggage of celebrity, yet they are able to benefit from one of stardom's coolest rewards: seeing themselves in animated form on The Simpsons (for a soon-to-air episode).
| Brave Combo
Ethno-musicologists with a silly streak, this band has been at the forefront of America's appreciation for world rhythms. To Carl Finch, the band's leader and musical mastermind, creating odd dance-floor juxtapositions is more than an elaborate joke. As he once declared in an interview with New Musical Express, the group sees a cosmic purpose behind its celebration of all-things polka: "I do think the acceptance of polka and other dance rhythms can help bring about world peace. If the people of the world can start dancing together, they can learn to respect each other's cultures, too." •