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Why Jake went to prison[edit]

it is not true that we don't know why jake was imprisoned - it was for robbing either a liquor store or gas station to pay money the band owed on a bar tab. i am pretty sure the scene where you find this out is the scene at the holiday inn where "murph and the magictones" are playng.Joobie 22:18, 22 June 2004

  • That's correct. Wahkeenah 04:09, 27 December 2005 (UTC)

hoi —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:17, 4 October 2009 (UTC)

link to film rather than band?[edit]

Why doesn't it go straight to the article about the film when I type in The Blues Brothers? I meant the fucking film, not the band.


It seems to me that the text of this article was lifted word for word from Fumblebruschi 20:33, 13 August 2006 (UTC)

Hehe. Wikipedia does in fact supply with, well, answers. Not the other way round. --Jake Papas 18:45, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

blues brothers are 2 missionised men that go to missions all the time. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:37, 9 February 2010 (UTC)

Blues Bros Game[edit]

Wasnt there a popular computer game with this brothers as characters? - --Cyprus2k1 13:15, 5 Jun 2004 (UTC)

I am not sure about a PC game, but I am sure that there was a Super NES game based on the Bros (I own it). Sadly it's a sub-par game at best. There may have also been a NES version as well.

There is indeed a NES Blues Brothers game, and it does indeed suck. --I. Neschek | talk 17:44, 19 Nov 2004 (UTC)
According to [1], the Blues Brothers game was released for DOS, NES, SNES, Atari ST, Amiga, Commodore 64 and GameBoy. There's also a Blues Brothers 2000 game ([2]). --Levin 17:04, 1 Dec 2004 (UTC)
I played the DOS version back in the day. It was awesome! But it probably didn't age well. — Slicing 04:01, 13 December 2005 (UTC)

There was also a N64 game if im not mistaken...

Yes. It got a 4.4 on gamespot: [3] Thewonderwaffle 16:30, 13 April 2006 (UTC)


In 1998, Blues Brothers 2000 was released to theaters but had none of the spirit and charm of the first film and failed miserably

This doesn't sound very NPOV... Ausir 01:38, 13 Jan 2005 (UTC)
indeed, it did suck bigtime. You could throw records as a weapon.

That's terrible, I liked it. It shows you what happened 18 years later with the same actors. Now, it doesn't have the same charm as the Blues Brothers, but it has it's own charm. The only thing annoying is the police pile up near the end.

If nothing else, it was worth watching to see the all-star band performing at the end. 19:36, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

Where's Jake?[edit]

Does anyone know how they explained Jakes absence in Blues Brothets 2000? Me mam talked over that bit when I watched it, daft tart.--Crestville 22:02, 21 Feb 2005 (UTC)

He died. (Both in real life and in the movie.) At one point, the Penguin says something along the lines of "I was very sorry to hear about your brother," to Elwood. 23:48, 1 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Also, at the beginning of the movie Frank Oz (who played the guard who gave Jake back his effects in the first movie) is playing the warden. He notices Elwood outside the prison still waiting and asks if anyone "told him about Jake". The next seen shows him talking to Elwood (presumably passing the news). (talk) 17:39, 5 April 2008 (UTC)

   That's a pretty important bit of the film!

Chaka Khan[edit]

I changed her appearance to "credited", she is in the VHS and TV versions of the film. Maybe she was left out of the original distribution print? I feel for you.


If anybody cares, Elwood gave his address as 1060 West Addison (Wrigley Field...). Twiggy drove a metallic gold E-type, & was stunning. Trekphiler 02:51, 27 December 2005 (UTC)

Yes, the 1060 West Addison address is mentioned both in this and the Wrigley Field article. Also, she was stunning, wasn't she? And Twiggy was cute, too. :) Wahkeenah 04:07, 27 December 2005 (UTC) Yes, Chaka Kahn did appear in the movie release, as the soloist for the chorus. However, they are "flash scenes", where she's only seen for a second or two. And by the way, the credits mention a "girl on the cutting room floor. Who is she? (talk) 16:50, 28 September 2009 (UTC)JAwamax

Goofs in Location of Blues Brothers[edit]

Now watching the movie, I've identified most of the locations where some scenes were filmed. It seems that the locations vary across the Chicagoland area. See the chronological order below:

  • 1. Joliet Correctional Center - the opening scene, taking place in Joliet.
  • 2. Bridge Jump - the next scene, with the Chicago Skyway bridge visible in the background. This is the scene where they are heading northbound on Houston Avenue?, turn eastbound on East 95th Street, go under the Skyway, go under a railroad bridge, jump the Calumet River bridge, and end up in the South Chicago area.
  • 3. Interstate 90 - the scene where the Bluesmobile is seen traveling northbound up Interstate 90 towards Chicago. I assume that this is the skyway due to the single interstate signage visible in the movie (I-90 only, not combined with I-94 in the Dan Ryan)
    • That's not necessarily true - as I remember it at the time (late 1970s), on the Dan Ryan, sometimes an I-90 assembly was posted on one light post and an I-94 one was posted on the next. In fact, having just reviewed it, I think the skyline is too close for it not to be the Dan Ryan.... Mapsax 18:47, 17 March 2006 (UTC) Added: According to the URL below, I was right! Mapsax 01:01, 21 March 2006 (UTC)
  • 4. Orphanage - the scene which is located at the former Schoenhofen Brewing Company Powerhouse on Canalport and Normal southwest of downtown Chicago (see photo).

If you are from the Chicago area and recognize the locations in the movie, you know the major differences in locations. From Joliet to South Chicago in 10 seconds? The trip that they traveled was probably not the most ideal to get from Joliet to downtown Chicago.

Anyway, the average person outside of Chicagoland wouldn't care, anyway. --Isipeoria 03:25, 1 January 2006 (UTC)

  • Awesome insights. I wouldn't call them "goofs" so much as "taking liberties". Maybe you know that the point where they approach the "ramp to nowhere" (decades before Speed) was filmed in Milwaukee'. Wahkeenah 04:07, 1 January 2006 (UTC)
  • Yes, the Interstate 794 "bridge to nowhere"... The filmers were lucky that they got that shot - the interstate was extended a few years after the movie. I think I-794 goes as far south as Layton Avenue now. --Isipeoria 06:09, 1 January 2006 (UTC)
  • I understand the "liberties" that the film crew took. According to the credits, Harvey and Waukgean were used for filming. Harvey is obvious; what took place in Waukgean? --Isipeoria 06:23, 1 January 2006 (UTC)
    • I'm thinking Waukegan was where the beach scene was filmed, but don't hold me to that. Meanwhile, I am pretty sure there's a website that talks about all the filming sites in a painstaking detail. I don't know what it is, though. Wahkeenah 07:37, 1 January 2006 (UTC)
    • The website is It incorporates Google Maps with the locations (great idea).
    • Long Grove was also used as a backdrop, you can see mailboxes as they drive by announcing the show. 02:39, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

I'm not 100% sure but I believe the scene where the police car ends up in the truck "this is car fifty-five...we're in a truck" was filmed on Route 41 out by Waukegan. (talk) —Preceding comment was added at 17:45, 5 April 2008 (UTC)

Merge discussion[edit]

Do it. The bar bit is a stub, is unlikely to become more than a stub, and would make a relevant minor addition to this article. One puppy's opinion. KillerChihuahua?!? 01:57, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

-Agree. What more information is anybody ever going to add to the Blues Brothers Bar article? Include the information in the Blues Brothers (Band). --- 19:27, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

-Agree. User explained it. Thewonderwaffle 16:28, 13 April 2006 (UTC)

Split 'Blues Brothers (Band)/Blues Brothers (Movie)'[edit]

Akroyd and Belushi's group may have been a playful alter-ego concoction, but the Blues Brothers is as real as any other band; they performed shows, put out recorded material, and as a blues cover band they brought awareness of the musical genre to people who otherwise would never have heard the music of Robert Johnson or his ilk. They should be given an article discussing their start as a Saturday Night Live sketch and progress to musical output, with discussion of their vehicle movie moved to a separate article where the film can be given proper focus. -- 19:33, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Given that the movie now has a separate article The Blues Brothers (film), shouldn't some of the film-related categories be removed from The Blues Brothers? -- 06:12, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

This article fails to address one important topic[edit]

Many people who are familiar with the Blues Brothers believe it not to be a real musical band, but rather a concotion for part of a film plot. Can someone please clarify what the difference is between the Blues Brothers films and the "Blues Brothers" in real life...and possibly how these two things are even related. Thanks, -The-A-Man. 6 March 2006, PST.

  • Here's the best way I can describe it. The Blues Brothers in real life can be considered a virtual band. It's sort of like with Gorillaz. The charatcers that make up the bands are completely seperate from the people who play those charatcers. It's meant to be that Jake and Elwood are playing, not Belushi and Aykoyd. CardinalFangZERO 10:34, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
  • The Blues Brothers only made the movie because their first album sold 2.5 million records. The band still performs regularly around the world. Just because Elvis made movies doesn't mean he wasn't a real musician. Same with the Blues Brothers.

More information at: Blues Brothers Central : About the Blues Brothers

Split Blues Brothers from Blues Brothers 2000[edit]

I feel that the two movies should each have different entries. Just like most movie sequals in here have their own page.

The second movie has a very different feel to it. Elwood has definately grown up, and is even more mellow then before. In addition, the truely all-star band deserves much more in-depth coverage. For several members, this was their last appearance. 19:40, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

John Goodman and .... Mike Myers?[edit]

Did any one notice that mike myers has been added to the credits for the page. I dont remember seeing him in the movie. I have little to no experiance editing, so can someone with experiance fix it. Caval valor 22:33, 15 June 2006 (UTC)

This would be a good star for you. If it goes tits up, I'll correct it. Shouldn't be hard - good luck & don't be afraid to try new things (!)--Crestville 22:36, 15 June 2006 (UTC)

How Belushi got to know the blues?[edit]

In the "The Best of the Blues Brothers" documentary released in 1993 by broadway video, Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) says that it was he who introduced Belushi to the blues while the two were hanging at Akroyd's apartment.

Aykroyd's claim is false. It was musician-singer-songwriter Curtis Salgado. If you check his personal website which is linked from his Wiki page you'll find on the home page a "Belushi Connection" link. This takes you to a lengthy newspaper article which tells the whole story. Belushi is quoted as saying that Salgado entered his life at the right moment. He was "sick of rock and roll" and "needed a place to go. I hadn't heard much Blues before." It's a very interesting story. --Spyneyes 08:21, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

It's not quite false. Dan was a huge blues fan and talked to John about the Blues, and they listened to it together. While filming Animal House John (and his wife Judy) met Curtis, who reminded them both of Dan. Judy even talks about it on the 25th Anniversary DVD ("Remembering John").


I've moved the quotes to the film page as they relate to the movie and not the band.

Quality of Band[edit]

>>The two "brothers" assembled what could have possibly been the greatest concentration of studio talent in the history of music

This doesn't seem Neutral POV to me. Needs to be cited, or else deleted TheHYPO 07:01, 24 July 2006 (UTC)

Merger of The Blues Brothers and The Blues Brothers Band[edit]

The Blues Brothers and The Blues Brothers Band are virtually the same article. I'm proposing that the "band" article be merged into this one. -Wisekwai 21:07, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

  • Support - Sounds like a good idea. *Spark* 21:23, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

The merger of the two band article is complete. Information about the films has been pared down considerably, however there is a main article link for both films. Some information about the film's reception has been moved to the main film articles as well. – WiseKwai | Talk | Contribs 17:18, 25 November 2006 (UTC)


I have removed "*Inspired after visiting the "House of Blues" in Orlando, Cinema Dave Montalbano and Tim "Hurricane" Bain created "Blues School" for the Broward County Libraries Division. A free education and entertainment program promoting Blues education, Cinema Dave and the Hurricane are featured in the following web video;" from the list of Blues Brothers pop culture references, because it is pure spam.


I THOUGHT THEY WERE COMEDIANS N JUS PLAYED A BAND —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 23:33, 10 March 2007 (UTC).

I think both aspects of that are true. They were comedians playing characters, but the band was real and they were really singing.--Crestville 12:25, 13 March 2007 (UTC)

"Beatnik fashion" ???[edit]

The article says

The suits were inspired by beatnik fashion,

which is utterly unsupported by the lk and contradicted by the popular impression of beat style. In the absence of a beatnik fashion article, i've added a {{fact}} tag; if that elicits no reference, the phrase should be removed.
--Jerzyt 16:56, 27 July 2007 (UTC)

With no reference yet, I'm removing the entire sentence per above. Carl.bunderson 05:32, 30 July 2007 (UTC)


The page appeared to have been vandalised 18th Oct 2007 (First section modified to refer to another, possibly ficticious, band called the burnt brothers. I came accross it by chance and unid the revisions done that day. Be careful to avoid them if you are trying to revert back. I don't know if there is any way these edits could be definitevly removed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:59, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

Box office success[edit]

There has been a long-standing misconception in this article about the success of the 1980 film. It previously said that The Blues Brothers "had a limited run when it was screened theatrically, but has since become popular through television, home video and late-night cinema screenings." The implication that the film was not successful in its initial theatrical release is very misleading. The film ranked #10 among the top-grossing films of the year, ahead of such well-known movies as Caddyshack and Friday the 13th. [4] The movie's run was not specifically "limited"; although it opened at 594 theaters, which would be considered a low number by 2008 standards, that was not particularly low for an opening weekend in 1980. Private Benjamin opened at 763 theaters, Caddyshack opened at 656 theaters, and Coal Miner's Daughter opened at 437 theaters. Even The Empire Strikes Back, by far the year's highest-grossing movie, opened at only 126 theaters. Box Office Mojo doesn't have data indicating the extent to which most of these films expanded their releases after opening week, which occurred more commonly then than it does now -- except that it does indicate that The Empire Strikes Back eventually expanded to 1,278 theaters. --Metropolitan90 (talk) 10:22, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

The Return Of The Blues Brothers[edit]

The article doesn't mention "The Return of The Blues Brothers", as listed on here. I don't have a copy of this, so I can't usefully add anything to the article myself, other than the information shown on Amazon. Anyone else have any information on this? (talk) 00:13, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

In Popular Culture[edit]

This section needs major culling/rewriting to comply with WP:POPCULTURE. Lists of mindless trivia are not encyclopedic, and most of it is unreferenced anyway. magnius (talk) 21:59, 13 June 2009 (UTC)


Phil Collins during the Genesis Tour of 84 pay tribute to the music of the film. Look on YouTube for Genesis Medley 1984, in the Invisible Touch Tour. Phil puts the hat and the glases of Jake, maybe there should be a mention of this in the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:46, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

At the very least we would need a RS for this. carl bunderson (talk) (contributions) 06:49, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

Band? WTF ?[edit]

wtf is "Blues Brothers" getting me here and not to the article about the film ? WTF is wrong with you people ? I don't know how to fix this or I would. >-: (talk) 03:35, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Musical genre?[edit]

The corresponding article on the German Wikipedia claims that in spite of their name the music was derived from soul and rythm and blues classics rather than from blues. From my limited knowledge I would consider this correct but I would appreciate some more comments on this before I go ahead and change the article. --KaiKemmann (talk) 13:33, 11 October 2016 (UTC)

I don't think they can be defined as being derived from any one genre. "Shotgun Blues" is clearly blues. --Meve Stills (talk) 13:41, 11 October 2016 (UTC)