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Peter Dinklage also had a rap/rock band in the '90s

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When you’re watching Tyrion Lannister command respect from a room full of lords, ladies, and battle-hardened warriors using nothing but his charm and wit, it’s easy to forget that behind that eminently watchable character there is really just a man. A man who wakes up every morning, gets out of bed, puts his pants on one leg at a time, and, like all of us, was the lead singer of a rap/rock/punk/funk band in the mid-’90s. That man’s name is Peter Dinklage and that band was Whizzy.

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Recently, the sleuths over at NME discovered some pictures of Dinklage performing with Whizzy at Columbia College back in the day. This was a few years before his film debut in the Steve Buscemi-led indie film Living In Oblivion, so, as difficult as it may be to imagine, there’s a chance Dinklage’s biggest claim to fame at this point was being “that guy from Whizzy.”

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Though no video or audio recordings of the band seem to have survived, it’s easy to tell from these photos that they had all the hallmarks of a classic ’90s ensemble. Unnecessary horn section? Check. Too many frontmen? Check. Wardrobe that looks like each band member pulled randomly from a different Goodwill donation bag? Check.

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It’s no wonder Dinklage’s performance of “Space Pants” on SNL was such a hit. For all we know, that was a Whizzy original.

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