Artists You've Written Off/Pointedly Ignored because of their name

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Killing Joke

Mr. Que, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 pac

cool app (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

harry pussy

mark cl, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

I was a fan, but I very quickly stopped telling those "not in the know" that I admired the band Garbage because of the response the name alone generated.

The Wild Shirtless Lyrics of Mark Farner (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

I quite liked Nashville Pussy when they first made the rounds (when Corey Parks was still the bass player). I've since lost interest/sobered up. I even have a Nashville Pussy t-shirt (complete with since legally-contested bobcat design), but never feel like wearing it, as it'll mean explaining to offended parties that (a) it's a band and (b) they took their name from a ludicrous Ted Nugent quote on Double Live Gonzo and (c) who really gives a damn anyway?

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

hey guys if it's OK with you I'm going to totally hate this band sight unseen for their name having the phrase "pure AT heart" in it instead of "pure OF heart." even if they did it on purpose to be 'funny' or something.

― some dude, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 12:45 PM (2 months ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

brewer and what (some dude), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

lots of people i respect seem to think my morning jacket is alright but there is no way i can get past that name

fucken cumlord (omar little), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

Agreed on My Morning Jacket. CANNOT get beyond it.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

Used to really be bothered by At the Drive-In too. Even if it's a stab at Poison's "Talk Dirty To Me" (is it?), it's just lame.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

Gentle Giant
Scout Niblett
Blind Melon
Pearl Jam
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Wolfmother
Animal Collective

photoshop your disgusting ass partner into passive-aggressive notes (sarahel), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

Toad the Wet Sprocket
New Found Glory
Boards of Canada

james k polk, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

the whitest boy alive

lex pretend, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

I refused to listen to Death Cab For Cutie for years because of their name. Even after I inadvertently heard and liked them, I've refused to ever own any of their music, just because I hate their name.

I can sit in my car all day, and that doesn't make me a car. (HI DERE), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

Basically 95% of indie/emo bands

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

Took me a while to shell out for anything by The Butthole Surfers.

Soukesian, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

c-murder

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

clap your hands say yeah

Gentle Giant
I don't really like prog but I always liked the name

iatee, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

It took me a long time to listen to Of Montreal because I thought the name was so pretentious. My Mom despised the band Hole because of their name but I caught her singing along to Violet once!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

xp iatee: I think I have an aversion to anything that has a name that smacks of "elves and fairies in the forest" or new age/hippie stuff - Animal Collective made me think of hippie jam bands where the musicians have power animals.

photoshop your disgusting ass partner into passive-aggressive notes (sarahel), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah agree on animal collective at least

iatee, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

my two were mentioned:

My Morning Jacket - got over it and think they're pretty ace
Deathcab for Cutie - i think i heard them once and found them unremarkable enough to go on ignoring

now is the time to winterize your manscape (will), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

I know it's shallow of me but no matter how many times they sweep the Voice poll I still can't bring myself to listen to The Guys Who're Gonna Beat J0hn D's Ass

Just one thing I was thinking about as I was getting on the copter (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

Big Dick McGee

brocktune (jeff), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

I like the name but I couldn't forgive him for killing his wife marion

鬼の手 (Edward III), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

Black Moth Super Rainbow OTM.

ilxor, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

clap your hands say yeah
the yeah yeah yeahs

basically

yes threads (country matters), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

Fucked Up, for awhile, now i like them a lot

wassup rockers? (M@tt He1ges0n), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

minus the bear

yes threads (country matters), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

Dr. Dog, I guess. I've still never knowingly heard them.

now is the time to winterize your manscape (will), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

It took me a while to get around to checking out Eyehategod because of the name. I'm glad I got past that.

Pissed Jeans, oddly enough, doesn't bother me as a name. It suits their sound. They're good! One of the better pigfuck revival acts out there.

buttslam is a pretty good move (circa1916), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah yeah yeahs is a great band name, except for when you have to say it aloud

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

funny, i do remember, way back when I was a teen, hearing about this band Pavement and thinking, come on, come up with a real band name, dudes. Just sounded boring, along the lines of grunge bands naming songs "Porch."

tylerw, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

You couldn't pay me a million dollars to listen to one second of the work of a band with a name like "Death Cab for Cutie". No fucking way.

Bill Magill, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

Final Fantasy
Dr. Dog

Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

ryan adams

i figured anybody w/name that close to bryan adams who didn't change it couldn't possibly be any good.

m coleman, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

maybe i'm in the minority here, but Death Cab For Cutie's name is my fave thing about them, becuz it makes me think of that funny Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band song.

tylerw, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

!!! is another one, actually

I can sit in my car all day, and that doesn't make me a car. (HI DERE), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

In case y'all didn't know:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Cab_for_Cutie_(song)

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

(oh xpost!)

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

and yet, they are totally humorless and sound nothing like the Bonzos AND are just terrible in general

Pre-Beatles Yoko Ono (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

agreed

tylerw, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

Dogs Die in Hot Cars

Genghis Khan and his brother Don (G00blar), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

They've been too ubiquitous here for me to write them off solely because of their name, but I think I might have given Arctic Monkeys more of a chance if they were called just about anything else instead.

Genghis Khan and his brother Don (G00blar), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

I gave Dananananaykroyd a listen on emusic out of morbid curiosity (expected some horrible joke band) and was pleasantly surprised with my favorite album of the year to date...

dlp9001, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

^^^^I have been struggling with friends' recommendations owing to their name

yes threads (country matters), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

Used to really be bothered by At the Drive-In too. Even if it's a stab at Poison's "Talk Dirty To Me" (is it?), it's just lame.

Haha, I never made that leap from At-the Drive In to Poison, but I love it!

display names have been changed to protect the innocent (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

i had a friend who was really into the pAper chAse & kept insisting i check them out but i refused because i thought their name looked dumb. now, "When & If The Big One Hits" is one of my favorite songs but i still don't like looking at their name.

more recently, i had a similar experience with tUnE-YaRdS.

myndbloom, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

Gastunk has a name that just doesn't entice.

Neotropical pygmy squirrel, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 21:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ween.

Enormous Epic (Matt DC), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 21:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

And also Death Cab For Cutie.

Enormous Epic (Matt DC), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 21:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

xp - at least one of them used to be in a band called Ned. cool guy.

sarahell, Friday, 9 March 2012 16:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

There's a band in Atlanta called Groove Stain, which is hilarious and the worst name I have ever heard for a band EVER.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 9 March 2012 17:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Reptar

tanuki, Friday, 9 March 2012 18:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol groove stain

Pato The Cape GOAT (some dude), Friday, 9 March 2012 18:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Most unappealing band name I have heard in a long time:

Bushwick Book Club

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Thursday, 26 April 2012 03:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Leftover Crack... I had no idea.

SeanWayne, Thursday, 26 April 2012 06:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Beatles - who wants to listen to insects?

Hinklepicker, Thursday, 26 April 2012 07:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

When Saints Go Machine is a horrible horrible name

― I want your nose, your shoes and your unicycle (dog latin), Tuesday, January 31, 2012 10:29 AM (2 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It is supposed to be a pun isn't it?

― Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Tuesday, January 31, 2012 10:38 AM (2 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

omg i just got what this pun is meant to be

i cannot

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Thursday, 26 April 2012 07:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Girls

caulk the wagon and float it, Thursday, 26 April 2012 11:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

twenty | one | pilots

jjjdoom (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 16:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dirty Projectors

Supper's Burnt (PaulTMA), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 17:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

or indeed any 'Dirty' band

Supper's Burnt (PaulTMA), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 17:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Prefab Sprout

― anagram, Tuesday, May 19, 2009 7:00 AM (3 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Prefab Sprout just recently graduated from being an Artist I've Written Off/Pointedly Ignored Because of Their Name to an Artist I Play Around Other People With Great Trepidation Due To Fear That They Will Ask Me Who It Is and I Will Have To Say Their Name Out Loud.

cwkiii, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 18:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Butthole Surfers

Dr X O'Skeleton, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 18:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I remember an band called "Weeknd" placing in some ILM poll... The missing "e" irritates me so much I never want to listen to them.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

alt-j (∆)

diamonddave85, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

I remember an band called "Weeknd" placing in some ILM poll... The missing "e" irritates me so much I never want to listen to them.

Missing or superfluous letters automatically put bands on this list for me these days. Just tired of it already.

cwkiii, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 19:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Like in Beatles maybe?

Dr X O'Skeleton, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 20:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nah, that happened before I got tired of it. ;)

cwkiii, Thursday, 30 August 2012 02:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Drive By Truckers

Vic Perry, Thursday, 30 August 2012 04:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Missing or superfluous letters automatically put bands on this list for me these days. Just tired of it already.

It's so you can Google them isn't it?

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 30 August 2012 04:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

That makes sense. But then there are newish bands with names that seem to have been chosen deliberately to defy Google (e.g. The Men, Girls) that still come up as the #1 search result when you search for their name + "band". I don't know, I guess it's mostly in my head, but I tend to avoid bands that jump on what appear to be band name trends; like if you formed some time in the middle of the last decade and have the word "Wolf" in your name, you were written off/pointedly ignored.

It's the all caps-no vowels band names in particular these days that have been bugging me. But at least this thread exists so I can take comfort in knowing I'm not alone in being unfairly dismissive!

cwkiii, Thursday, 30 August 2012 13:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Anything that makes me use Character Map.

Click here to read in HD (dog latin), Thursday, 30 August 2012 13:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Sorry

The Presets

look at this quarterstaff (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 21:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

why not just call your band "Autopilot" (actually, that's a better name) or "Phoning It In"

look at this quarterstaff (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 21:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

king gizzard & the lizard wizard

then i happened to hear one of their tracks accidentally and it was great

eat sock become sock (electricsound), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 01:48 (4 months ago) Permalink

Dirty beaches.

I mean seriously dude? Two ridiculously overused words in post - 00 band names..lets just mash em together!

I did listen to him though finally. Pretty good shit.

Dreamland, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 02:18 (4 months ago) Permalink

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

campreverb, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 15:02 (4 months ago) Permalink

Spotify is bannering me about a band called The Orwells

₴HABΔZZ ¶IZZΔ (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 15:08 (4 months ago) Permalink

But they come so highly recommended...

The Orwells: "They're like the Strokes if the Strokes got hit in the head with rocks."

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 15:10 (4 months ago) Permalink

Trying to sound literate by naming your band after an author probably 50% of middle schoolers read: C/D. Also, trying to imply that your shitty indie band is the musical equivalent of a sober, clear-eyed political critic and one of the greatest essayists of all time -- not only highly unlikely, but highly un rock-and-roll even if true.

₴HABΔZZ ¶IZZΔ (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 15:16 (4 months ago) Permalink

CHVRCHES

clouds, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 15:23 (4 months ago) Permalink

^^^ something about it screams "latecomers to Williamsburg"

₴HABΔZZ ¶IZZΔ (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 15:24 (4 months ago) Permalink

I like the fact the next buzz band to come along was called "Temples". CHVRCHES are fine, name aside, though.

Dirty beaches.

I mean seriously dude? Two ridiculously overused words in post - 00 band names..lets just mash em together!

I had assumed that it's a juvenile "dirty bitches" pun rather than evidence of an interest in marine conservation, given that's how about 75% of the world would say those words in English, but i may be wrong.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 15:25 (4 months ago) Permalink

Classixx

Del the Funky Homosapien

rap is afraid of me (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 15:39 (4 months ago) Permalink

Nude Beach

₴HABΔZZ ¶IZZΔ (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 15:40 (4 months ago) Permalink

Trying to sound literate by naming your band after an author probably 50% of middle schoolers read: C/D.

Similarly: Gatsby's American Dream

I feel like there were a few other bands in the mid '00s who were heavily influenced by their high school summer reading lists, but the only other examples I can think of right now are shitty local bands.

cwkiii, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 15:50 (4 months ago) Permalink

I liked Rainer Maria in the day

rap is afraid of me (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 16:05 (4 months ago) Permalink

You were assigned Rilke in high school?

I don't think even yr absolute standards are always a bad idea to draw from, e.g. I like the names of both Rollerskate Skinny (Catcher in the Rye) and the Boo Radleys (To Kill a Mockingbird). But "The Orwells" is just so lumpen and ham-fisted.

emil.y, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 16:18 (4 months ago) Permalink

I agree, and those are great examples. But when done wrong it's just a sad disaster.

cwkiii, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 16:25 (4 months ago) Permalink

Tempted to start a S/D: Bands Whose Names Are References to Canonical Literature thread, but will restrain myself.

cwkiii, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 16:26 (4 months ago) Permalink

Although it's neither a truly bad name nor a truly bad band, I kind of knew exactly what Perfect Pussy was going to sound like, and I just recently confirmed it.

₴HABΔZZ ¶IZZΔ (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 22:32 (4 months ago) Permalink

The Orwells are stillI IN middle school iirc so give em a break. Almost all band names are really stupid if you spend more than a few seconds thinking about them so I maximize efficiency by spending no more than 1.1 seconds. I have never gotten to the end of ...and you will know us by the trail??? but I assume the ending is satisfying

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 00:22 (4 months ago) Permalink

Lol are they really? Cute then.

₴HABΔZZ ¶IZZΔ (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 00:52 (4 months ago) Permalink

Yeah, based off of their letterman performance last year they look to be about 17-18

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 00:57 (4 months ago) Permalink

Fuds

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 01:05 (4 months ago) Permalink

Cerebral Ballzy

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 04:33 (4 months ago) Permalink


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