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Mumford & Sons, Jimmy Kimmel Reveal Boy Band Roots in New Documentary

by Carolyn Menyes   Aug 20, 2015 10:59 AM EDT

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Fans of Mumford and Sons may think the band emerged from the folk rock scene in London, but on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night (Aug. 19), the origins of the "Ditmas" band were finally revealed: they were in a '90s boy band alongside Jimmy Kimmel himself.

In a short sketch on the late night talk show, Kimmel revealed that he and the men of Mumford and Sons were once in a band called Mumtown.

With hit singles such as "Girl, I'm Saying Girl, Girl," "O.M.G.U.H.O.T." and "Package 4 U," Mumtown took to malls across the United States throughout the mid-to-late '90s under the names T.D., Benjy, Winston, Marcy Marcus and Mum. As Marcus Mumford points out, Kimmel was called Mum because he "wasn't allowed to sing," though he did act as the band's chief lyricist. "The worst singer ever," Ted Dwayne said about the talk show host.

The sketch itself is a ripe parody of terrible '90s boy bands, complete with track jackets, horrible lyrics and bleached hair.

Of course, Mumtown didn't make it through the '90s after a struggle to accept Kimmel's lyrics. And, once he left the band, they discovered the banjo and the rest, as they say, is history.

After being a boy band and the carriers of folk in the early 2010s, Mumford and Sons announced it would be going electric for its third records. That first pugged in album Wilder Mind was released earlier this year. The album has been led by singles "Believe," "The Wolf" and "Ditmas."

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