15 Neat Facts About "That Thing You Do!"

Tom Hanks, the '60s, The Wonders, and that song you might never get out of your head.

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1. Some of the possible band names — as seen in Jimmy's notebook — but not discussed in dialogue include...

The Dollars, The Lords of Erie, The Pistunes, The Thorns, The Mozarts, The Ticks, The Didoctics, and The Flannels.

3. Most TTYD fans know this was Hanks' writing and directing debut, but did you know he also helped compose some of the film's music?

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Hanks wrote the jolly tune that plays over the intro called "Lovin' You Lots and Lots," which was credited to a fictitious band called The Norm Wooster Singers.

4. He also composed Guy's drum solo, "I Am Spartacus."

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That's right. Tom Hanks plays the friggin' drums like a boss.

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5. The boys of The Wonders practiced like crazy prior to the start of filming because Hanks insisted that they play accurately.

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While the songs were recorded over, the actors actually learned how to play everything.

10. "That Thing You Do" (the song) performed pretty well on the charts in 1996, reaching #41 on Billboard.

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Go ahead. You know you want to listen to this.

11. NSYNC covered it. And Lance Bass pretended he knew how to play the keyboard.

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12. New Found Glory also covered it. Their version is physically unpleasant to listen to.

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Info via Wikipedia, IMDB, songfacts.com, and YouTube.