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(Village Voice)   The History of Terrible Band Names   (villagevoice.com) divider line 145
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2014-01-31 11:59:18 PM  
List is fail without Stevie Ray Vaughn?
 
2014-02-01 12:09:39 AM  
The trend I've noticed recently are bands named "*Blank* the *Blank*". Portugal the Man, Young the Giant, Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, etc.


There were acts named for places (Boston, Chicago, Asia)

I still maintain that any band named after a place sucks. See also: Europe, Alabama, Kansas, etc.


Then there's fun., who managed to simultaneously employ three separate horrible trends: improper case usage, punctuation, and dull, defeated irony.

I seem to recall hearing they spelled it that way because they discovered there already was a band out there named "Fun".
 
2014-02-01 12:19:48 AM  
History of Terrible Band Names would actually be a great name for a band
 
2014-02-01 01:31:39 AM  
since I was in bands in the 90's called "Sexy Freud & the Ego Whips", "Prayer Muffin", and "Sewer Company"..... I got nothing to say about bad band names.
 
2014-02-01 01:55:34 AM  
IMHO, the most off-putting of band names are generally being used by death metal and grindcore bands.
 
2014-02-01 02:41:45 AM  
The New Originals
 
2014-02-01 03:20:35 AM  
Free Beer.
 
2014-02-01 03:23:08 AM  
Puke Factory will dominate, you'll see.
 
2014-02-01 03:29:54 AM  
I feel like we've seen this crappy blog before...
oh wait, we have http://www.fark.com/comments/8065632/Crappy-band-names-A-history
 
2014-02-01 03:39:22 AM  
Glad they called out Hoobastank for that shiatty moniker.

But we all know the worst name in the history of ever: Toad the Wet Sprocket.  Don't even argue.  Doesn't get worse than that.
 
2014-02-01 03:39:50 AM  
The best band/group name is Wu Tang Clan, no one can seriously challenge them on that or their logo.
 
2014-02-01 03:39:58 AM  
I occasionally blather a good bad band name in my twitter feed...

Vacuum Balloon
Norovirus Plague Ship
Nitro Purge
Pro-zombie
Orange Plup Fiction
Amish in Space
 
2014-02-01 03:45:06 AM  
LCD Sound System. Sounds horribly ignorant and it's not even good ironic (like The shiatty Beatles).
 
2014-02-01 03:47:30 AM  

fusillade762: There were acts named for places (Boston, Chicago, Asia)

I still maintain that any band named after a place sucks. See also: Europe, Alabama, Kansas, etc.



Almost universally true. Notable exception: Portishead.

And screwy band names have always been around. This article absolutely screams "Damn these kids and their noise!"
 
2014-02-01 03:47:32 AM  
I just thought of Truck Stop Stripper the other day, solid rock band name.
 
2014-02-01 03:50:01 AM  

BonesJackson: But we all know the worst name in the history of ever: Toad the Wet Sprocket.  Don't even argue.  Doesn't get worse than that.



It's a Monty Python reference, so it gets a pass. And there's far worse.
 
2014-02-01 04:02:59 AM  

spiralscratch: BonesJackson: But we all know the worst name in the history of ever: Toad the Wet Sprocket.  Don't even argue.  Doesn't get worse than that.


It's a Monty Python reference, so it gets a pass. And there's far worse.


Not everyone apprecdiates the difficulty of playing lead electric triangle

/and then to lose an elbow
//tragic
 
2014-02-01 04:05:24 AM  
Pink Freud, my cover band composed entirely of Asian musicians.
 
2014-02-01 04:26:08 AM  
I haven't heard of any of their Aughts choices.  So I suspect they were chosen out of obscurity to try and make the premise stronger.
 
2014-02-01 04:31:34 AM  
Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire aren't more ridiculous names than Talking Heads. And I appreciate VW and AF for getting me back into Talking Heads who are farking awesome. I just rediscovered them as I was abroad and born in 1981 so I would have been around 9 or 10 when they broke up,listeng to early Weird Al... VW's latest album is really good. Arcade Fire's sort of insists upon itself....Talking Heads are still kind of timeless.
 
2014-02-01 04:37:59 AM  
Back in the 90's in Nashville, there was Brown Towel. Always stuck with me as an awful band name.

/csb
 
2014-02-01 04:44:19 AM  
Half-Bottle Drunk, logo being a family sized jug of rum on it's side. Actually, I thought of this one as a album title.
 
2014-02-01 04:49:14 AM  
Let's see.. some good names..
Apocalyptica.. good strong name, especially for a mostly cello group.
Ashes of Ares is a cool name.
Demons & Wizards.. take a guitarist from a band that sings about demons, and a singer from a band that sings about wizards, put them together, put out an album every 10 years..
Nightwish.. good name, looks like they got started in 1997 or so.
Within Temptation

Tool is a good band, but I thought it weird that someone would choose to call themselves a tool.
A Perfect Circle sounds like a reference to Michelangelo.
I'd heard that the band UB40 was names after a British unemployment form.
 
2014-02-01 05:06:29 AM  
Someone should collect all the great band names from all the fark threads.
 
2014-02-01 05:22:14 AM  
There seems to be a lot of fairly popular bands (in the circles I run in, at least) lately that have ensured that I will never in a million years listen to their music because of their smarmy garbage band names that typically involve some combination of:

-Fleeting/Ironic pop culture reference
-Pseudointellectual literary/artistic historical reference
-Pun

Andrew Jackson Jihad, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Times New Viking, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., for some examples, can all go fark themselves

Thankfully there is enough great music being produced regularly that I can easily afford to completely write a band off because of their dumb name.
 
2014-02-01 05:31:39 AM  

OtherBrotherDarryl: The New Originals


The Thamesmen
 
2014-02-01 05:35:25 AM  
"Barney Rubble and the C*nt Stubble" had the greatest band name of all time,
until Hanna-Barbera's legal department issued a cease & desist order.
 
2014-02-01 05:48:28 AM  
Band names mean nothing, if you are that good you could call yourselves "The Steaming Pile of Turds" and people would listen.
 
2014-02-01 05:59:28 AM  

spiralscratch: BonesJackson: But we all know the worst name in the history of ever: Toad the Wet Sprocket.  Don't even argue.  Doesn't get worse than that.


It's a Monty Python reference, so it gets a pass. And there's far worse.


yeah, he called out Hoobastank in his original post. No way was that better than Toad the Wet Sprocket.
 
2014-02-01 06:00:37 AM  
needs more Witch House artists.
 
2014-02-01 06:05:53 AM  
I remember seeing a video clip, from MTV's TRL or something like that, in which Mel Gibson is to introduce Limp Bizkit, and he all but spit-takes.  They're calling themselves what?
 
2014-02-01 06:14:53 AM  

MagSeven: Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire aren't more ridiculous names than Talking Heads. And I appreciate VW and AF for getting me back into Talking Heads who are farking awesome. I just rediscovered them as I was abroad and born in 1981 so I would have been around 9 or 10 when they broke up,listeng to early Weird Al... VW's latest album is really good. Arcade Fire's sort of insists upon itself....Talking Heads are still kind of timeless.


I don't know... being a kid of the eighties, an Arcade Fire would have been a tragic event for high schoolers, so I like the name... but then again, being a child of the eighties, I also liked the band name Atari Riot
 
2014-02-01 06:16:34 AM  
My favorite bad band name was a psuedo punk band here in NYC during the early/ mid nineties that had the moniker of " The Fat Chick From Wilson Philips"
 
2014-02-01 06:25:10 AM  

fearmongert: I also liked the band name Atari TeenageRiot


ftfy

I remember them opening for Beck during his Odelay tour and getting booed off the stage.

/csb
 
2014-02-01 06:27:54 AM  
The Well Hungarians.
 
2014-02-01 06:42:16 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: /and then to lose an elbow
//tragic


And there's always the chance of falling off the back of a motorcyclist...
 
2014-02-01 06:49:25 AM  
I dunno, I was just thinking the other day about Living in a Box, RandyAndy, Belfegore, Toto Coelo, all the MTV basement tape refugees...

I think that was the most important part of being a one-hit wonder... having a name people could remember... not like that one band...

you know the one... the one that had that one song that they did?
 
2014-02-01 07:02:37 AM  
The shiatty Beatles
 
2014-02-01 07:12:22 AM  
Nope, this is the worst band name ever: Live.

Non-obvious pronunciation, sounds stupid when spoken in context (See Live Live!), and looks stupid on a marquee.
 
2014-02-01 07:35:34 AM  

fusillade762: There were acts named for places (Boston, Chicago, Asia)I still maintain that any band named after a place sucks. See also: Europe, Alabama, Kansas, etc.


Not all.

theredradio.typepad.com
 
2014-02-01 07:38:08 AM  

fusillade762: The trend I've noticed recently are bands named "*Blank* the *Blank*". Portugal the Man, Young the Giant, Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, etc.


You mean like  Mott The Hoople?
 
2014-02-01 07:42:49 AM  
Nobody brought this up yet, so...

This guy is obviously no champion of music writing, but how does he even have a job in that field at all when  he thinks that Dinosaur Jr. is a 90s band? (And isn't going to bother fact checking that before putting it to paper?)
 
2014-02-01 07:50:41 AM  
So all this guy did was pretty much list band names and periodically tell us in his opinion if he liked them or not?

It may come from the Village Voice, but dude, your blog sucks
 
2014-02-01 08:00:57 AM  
Also, he claims that the 60s(/70s, since apparently 1960-1979 is just one era of rock music in his world) were a time when most names made sense, other than rare exceptions like Buffalo Springfield, Thee Midniters, the Grateful Dead, the Velvet Underground, and ELO.

I think he skipped the entire late 60s garage rock scene, or has never heard of it.
Just going off of my "Nuggets" set, there were:
The Electric Prunes, The Cryan Shames, the Blues Magoos, the Chocolate Watchband, the Nazz, The Human Beinz, Kenny & the Kasuals, The Elastik Band, The Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Beau Brummels, The Woolies, The Gants, The Golliwogs, Lyme & Cybelle, The Lollipop Shoppe, The Balloon Farm, The Third Bardo, Clefs of Lavender Hill, The Zakary Thaks, and Gonn

Not the best scene for band names that made sense when you were sober (not that that was the point.)

/I'm late to the party here, so I might just be ranting at myself.
 
2014-02-01 08:02:17 AM  
99 Knot Balloons
 
2014-02-01 08:04:01 AM  

QU!RK1019: List is fail without Stevie Ray Vaughn?


It's a lot better than Steamy Ray Vaughn.
 
2014-02-01 08:06:07 AM  
Archers of Loaf are an awesome band with an awesome name.

That is all.
 
mhd
2014-02-01 08:14:16 AM  
"Jag Panzer"

I'd like to buy a D.
 
2014-02-01 08:14:41 AM  
media.mlive.com

Leader of the Pork Pistols, Dirt Knuckle, Dickwagon, Mucous Plug, the Turdles With a D, etc. etc. etc.
 
2014-02-01 08:32:59 AM  

croesius: Back in the 90's in Nashville, there was Brown Towel. Always stuck with me as an awful band name.

/csb


Wasn't there a band in Nashville called "luvjOy" in the mid/late 90's?
 
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