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

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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

Heltah Skeltah
Cunninglynguists
All Natural

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

Anal Cunt.... there's a tough one to defend.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 21:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

After disliking Crystal Castles, feeling meh about Crystal Stilts, and not getting much from Deerhoof, I'm unreasonably skeptical of recent advice to check out Crystal Antlers.

bendy, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 21:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah anything with "Wolf" in the title

yes threads (country matters), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 21:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

apart from "Wolf Eyes" because they were the first one I knew about and they blew my 17 year-old brain to bits

yes threads (country matters), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 21:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

Crystal Antlers are great and better than those other bands (judgment based entirely on the one show we played with them - haven't heard their recorded output)

Pre-Beatles Yoko Ono (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 21:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

for a long time one reason i didn't get into radiohead was their name. most bands have stupid names these days. and make crap music. coldplay anyone? what kind of name is clouddead? arctic monkeys i have never listened to (is their name supposed to be funny?) but i don't think i missed something. as mentioned upthread the whitest boy alive is a terrible name. like kings of convenience btw. but kings of convenience at least had some great guitar songs. twba are just plain dull. kings of leon i never listened to 'cause of the name. there must be dozens of others i can't think of right now.

alex in mainhattan, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 21:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

Rapeman, and I'm a pretty big Albini fan.

sleeve, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 22:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

Any band called The Black whatevers (Keys, Lips, Angels etc). Especially Black Kids.

Matt #2, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 22:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

dude you should check out black sabbath, good stuff

wassup rockers? (M@tt He1ges0n), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 22:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

Were they called The Black Sabbaths? Exactly.

Matt #2, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 22:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

i have no interest in them at all, but

someone still loves you boris yeltsin

has got to be among the worst names ever

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 22:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

Looking at this thread title I felt an immediate identification with the premise. But now I can't for the life think of an example of this that applies to me, although I know there are a lot.

Suggesteban Cambiasso (jim), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 22:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

Retro prog band Wobbler. Maybe they're great, but fucking hell.

Matt #2, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 22:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

more upsetting are bands whose names are dope and then turn out to be garbage

and yeah, jim otm. i felt like i had a grip of terrible band names i hate ready to drop here and now i'm dry

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 22:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

The Pooh Sticks

SORCEROUSES..roll on stage! (Pillbox), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 22:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

Fudge Tunnel

SORCEROUSES..roll on stage! (Pillbox), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 22:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

I guess I don't like to be reminded of poop

SORCEROUSES..roll on stage! (Pillbox), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 22:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

I didn't listen to Fuck Buttons for a long time because their name sounded like some stupid Vice Magazine bullshit. but I'm glad I got over it because I actually really like 'em.

I'm the head soul brother in the US. Where to now? (bernard snowy), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 23:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

also I think I would've liked Wooden Shjips about 80% more if their name wasn't spelled like that.

(interestingly, this did not keep me from diggin' Wzt Hearts)

I'm the head soul brother in the US. Where to now? (bernard snowy), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 23:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ah, but Fudge Tunnel sound exactly like what you'd expect them to with a name like that,

I too hated the Pooh Sticks for their name. Then I heard their music, and I hated them even more.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 23:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

I too am on the no-more-animals/black/crystal names anti-bandwagon. Obviously I've made exceptions, but yeah.

Matos W.K., Tuesday, 14 April 2009 23:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

bands that use thee instead of the.

Suggesteban Cambiasso (jim), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 23:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

i knew there was something i was forgetting.

Suggesteban Cambiasso (jim), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 23:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

unfortunately most of those bands are pretty quality imo

fucken cumlord (omar little), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 23:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

daimn.

Suggesteban Cambiasso (jim), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 23:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

Mi@sma & The Carousel Of Headless Horses

Matt #2, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 23:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

Looking at this thread title I felt an immediate identification with the premise. But now I can't for the life think of an example of this that applies to me, although I know there are a lot.

― Suggesteban Cambiasso (jim), Tuesday, April 14, 2009 6:28 PM (1 hour ago)

europeen handball (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 23:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

Disco Inferno sure have a misleading band name. Wish I'd looked into them a lot sooner.

I always assumed the Deftones were some kind of ska punk band. Was suprised by their actual output.

Was completely put off by the Presets assuming they were hipster shit. Well, they're not far removed from that but they're actually also pretty good.

one art, please (Trayce), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 23:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

ILM I'm disappointed in you. All this time and no Gay Dad mention? For shame.

display names have been changed to protect the innocent (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 23:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

I avoided Neutral Milk Hotel for years, and still feel embarrassed trying to convince people they should give them a listen.

Never gave Super Furry Animals a thought because of their name. Now kicking self.

staggerlee, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 23:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

I think I punched a wall the first time I heard the name Fallout Boy.

Popper, Wednesday, 15 April 2009 00:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

CHVRCHES

clouds, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 15:23 (6 months ago) Permalink

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

₴HABΔZZ ¶IZZΔ (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 15:24 (6 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 (6 months ago) Permalink

Classixx

Del the Funky Homosapien

rap is afraid of me (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 15:39 (6 months ago) Permalink

Nude Beach

₴HABΔZZ ¶IZZΔ (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 15:40 (6 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 (6 months ago) Permalink

I liked Rainer Maria in the day

rap is afraid of me (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 16:05 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 months ago) Permalink

Lol are they really? Cute then.

₴HABΔZZ ¶IZZΔ (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 00:52 (6 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 (6 months ago) Permalink

Fuds

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 01:05 (6 months ago) Permalink

Cerebral Ballzy

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 04:33 (6 months ago) Permalink


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