What is the worst rock band name ever?

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Is it Pearl Jam?

Famous Athlete, Friday, 8 November 2002 21:59 (twenty years ago) link

actually, yes.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Friday, 8 November 2002 22:04 (twenty years ago) link

As is so often the case with such questions, the answer to this question is Grand Funk Railroad.

Lee G (Lee G), Friday, 8 November 2002 22:07 (twenty years ago) link

Mott The Hoople

chaki (chaki), Friday, 8 November 2002 22:08 (twenty years ago) link

Toad the Wet Sprocket


jel -- (jel), Friday, 8 November 2002 22:12 (twenty years ago) link

Third Eye Blind

Id also like to say the most ironically appropriate title for a band would be "Default", because really, they're the default rock band.

David Allen, Friday, 8 November 2002 22:14 (twenty years ago) link

hootie and the blowfish.

kate, Friday, 8 November 2002 22:21 (twenty years ago) link

Anal Cunt.

Ronald McDonald, Friday, 8 November 2002 22:37 (twenty years ago) link


Jonathan Williams (ex machina), Friday, 8 November 2002 23:18 (twenty years ago) link

Madge Bishop's Shellsuit.

david h (david h), Friday, 8 November 2002 23:31 (twenty years ago) link

Van Gogh's Daughter

donut bitch (donut), Friday, 8 November 2002 23:34 (twenty years ago) link

The Soup Dragons

Nate Patrin (Nate Patrin), Friday, 8 November 2002 23:58 (twenty years ago) link

Emmerson, Lake & Palmer

Juan (Juan), Saturday, 9 November 2002 00:01 (twenty years ago) link

Preston School of Industry

Keith McD (Keith McD), Saturday, 9 November 2002 02:44 (twenty years ago) link


jack, Saturday, 9 November 2002 03:02 (twenty years ago) link

Limp Bizkit and Korn.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 9 November 2002 04:59 (twenty years ago) link

Was (Not Was)
It's a Neautiful Day
Porno for Pyros
Gay Dad
Brand New Heavies
Wiggy Bits
Weather Report
The Pork Dukes

Evan, Saturday, 9 November 2002 08:55 (twenty years ago) link


and other 'ironic' mis-spellings

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Saturday, 9 November 2002 11:31 (twenty years ago) link

Raging Speedhorn.

I mean, is the concept of an angry speedhorn supposed to scare me or something?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Saturday, 9 November 2002 12:57 (twenty years ago) link

Puddle Of Mudd.

The name "Toad The Wet Sprocket" was thought up by Eric Idle, as a deliberately bad and stupid band name title.

Chriddof (Chriddof), Saturday, 9 November 2002 14:04 (twenty years ago) link

Erase "title" from my last post. This place really needs an edit thingy.

Chriddof (Chriddof), Saturday, 9 November 2002 14:05 (twenty years ago) link

I always thought The Sex Pistols was a rather shite name, although the shiteness of the name is useful in that it doesn't mislead people into thinking the music is any better.

Callum (Callum), Saturday, 9 November 2002 20:00 (twenty years ago) link

Barenaked Ladies
Haircut One Hundred
Michael Learns to Rock

My name is Kenny (My name is Kenny), Saturday, 9 November 2002 22:42 (twenty years ago) link

Crash Test Dummies
Nerf Herder

brg30 (brg30), Saturday, 9 November 2002 23:02 (twenty years ago) link

Youth of Today

Ian Johnson (orion), Monday, 11 November 2002 06:04 (twenty years ago) link

pork tornado
collective soul

jq higgins, Monday, 11 November 2002 15:01 (twenty years ago) link

i always found johnny hates jazz particularly annoying

H (Heruy), Monday, 11 November 2002 15:09 (twenty years ago) link

I think Johnette Napolitano had a little project called Vowel Movement.

nabisco (nabisco), Tuesday, 12 November 2002 04:26 (twenty years ago) link

blink 182
sum 41
link 80
matchbox 20


Lynyrd Skynyrd

gabriel (gabe), Tuesday, 12 November 2002 05:32 (twenty years ago) link

seven years pass...


nsuomy (ramon cora), Sunday, 14 February 2010 02:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Hell Yeah

Evan, Sunday, 14 February 2010 03:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Some friends of mine at one point in time were talking about starting an 'erotic grindcore' band and I don't recall the hypothetical name but it was somethin like that.

Möbius dick (╓abies), Sunday, 14 February 2010 03:23 (thirteen years ago) link

I mean if I had moved into a place and found a shoebox full of erotic poetry that would have been my first inclination too but just sayin, the idea doesn't really lend it self to really good band names.

Möbius dick (╓abies), Sunday, 14 February 2010 03:24 (thirteen years ago) link

Dr. Dog

SourPatchCorpse, Sunday, 14 February 2010 04:34 (thirteen years ago) link

relient k

lukevalentine, Sunday, 14 February 2010 06:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Cock and Ball Torture is a fantastic name

da Wesley CRUSHER (latebloomer), Sunday, 14 February 2010 06:18 (thirteen years ago) link

I always kind of regret not buying the tape by Barney Rubble and the Cunt Stubble that I saw in 1991.

joygoat, Sunday, 14 February 2010 07:44 (thirteen years ago) link

lb otm

twice remembered / twice removed (electricsound), Sunday, 14 February 2010 07:50 (thirteen years ago) link

On the same note,

The Genotorturers

"They proclaim themselves to be 'The World's Sexiest Rock Band'."

nickn, Sunday, 14 February 2010 08:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Whoops, Genitorturers.

nickn, Sunday, 14 February 2010 08:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Cock and Ball Torture is afantastic name

henri grenouille (Frogman Henry), Sunday, 14 February 2010 08:58 (thirteen years ago) link

I have the genitorturers' first album.

I'm not proud of this.

m the g, Sunday, 14 February 2010 09:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Beatles. Well, there's a band here called Engineers from Hawaii and they are nearly as awful as their name

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Sunday, 14 February 2010 15:31 (thirteen years ago) link

nine months pass...

cerebral ballzy

cerebral ballzy

livin' next door to phallus (electricsound), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 22:06 (twelve years ago) link

G. Love and Special Sauce

thirdalternative, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 22:09 (twelve years ago) link


thirdalternative, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 22:09 (twelve years ago) link

cerebral ballzy

― livin' next door to phallus (electricsound), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 22:06 (43 seconds ago)

that's a neat deconstruction of the alt/bro, apollonian/dionysian schism of ROCK, and not without paranomastic elan

calpolaris (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 22:11 (twelve years ago) link

Without question Hoobastank

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 22:31 (twelve years ago) link

Raging Speedhorn

Reminds me of piss, wrong coloured denims and drastic hair

Fer Jessie the Drunk Dutch Mountain Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 23:49 (twelve years ago) link

Paranomastic Elan

m0stlyClean, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 03:42 (twelve years ago) link

In a similar vein, Bed Wettin' Bad Boys is one of the worst name but also hilarious and they are good so I have to give them a pass

Beautiful Bean Footage Fetishist (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 14:27 (two weeks ago) link

(xpost in a similar piss-drenched vein, I mean)

Beautiful Bean Footage Fetishist (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 14:28 (two weeks ago) link

that this thread is 21 years old but no-one has mentioned dumpy's rusty nuts yet is a crime tbh

That’s a great name!

Every post of mine is an expression of eternity (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 14:39 (two weeks ago) link

Re:piss. I bought the Yellow River Boys album thinking it was going to a be a pleasant album of Chinese folk tunes…

Every post of mine is an expression of eternity (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 14:41 (two weeks ago) link


Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 14:41 (two weeks ago) link

The Diarrhea of Anne Frank
(saw them open for the Jesus Lizard in the 90s)

The Terroir of Tiny Town (WmC), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 14:43 (two weeks ago) link

Re: Dumpy's Rusty Nuts

Main guy is called Graham "Dumpy" Dunnell
The music and look is based around old-school Brit biker culture
"Rusty nuts" is a double entendre referencing both poorly maintained motorbike parts and rarely used sexual apparatus
Hence Dumpy has both a potentially dangerous vehicle AND isn't getting any

So in many ways this is closer to the best rock band name ever, rather than the worst.
Hope it all makes sense now!

john cooper mellencamp (Matt #2), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 14:51 (two weeks ago) link


A dry (as it were) joke on my part.

Every post of mine is an expression of eternity (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 15:15 (two weeks ago) link

Garcia People’s
Drive by Truckers

calstars, Wednesday, 17 May 2023 15:48 (two weeks ago) link

Five Finger Death Punch

the manwich horror (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 15:48 (two weeks ago) link

Saw it on a t-shirt the other day for the millionth time but for some reason it just struck me... DEF LEPPARD is a truly terrible name for a band...

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 16:24 (two weeks ago) link


The correct answer is Slint.

sane clown posse (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 16:27 (two weeks ago) link

Stunned to realize that neither Umphrey's McGee nor əkoostik hookah have been mentioned yet itt. I consider both band names to be acts of violence.

Beautiful Bean Footage Fetishist (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 18:06 (two weeks ago) link


This made me laugh a lot, I love it

nate woolls, Wednesday, 17 May 2023 19:46 (two weeks ago) link

also Bathtub Shitter, but it's also one of the best ones simultaneously

the manwich horror (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 19:47 (two weeks ago) link

my friend's wife grew up in Youngstown, OH and years ago, when i had a fb acct, her little brother excitedly wrote on her wall "hey sis! i got us costumes for Shpongle!"

i legit thought that's what they call Halloween in Ohio for months afterwards, until she told me otherwise.

No, 𝘐'𝘮 Breathless! (Deflatormouse), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 19:58 (two weeks ago) link

came here to post king gizzard or w/e but its taken so i will offer:

infected mushroom

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 21:27 (two weeks ago) link

I guess (hED)PE is more “horribly formed” than “bad”. I should have started a new thread.

brimstead, Wednesday, 17 May 2023 21:36 (two weeks ago) link

the jam band world is littered with terrible names (apologies to those already covered by astute ilxors):

Deep Banana Blackout
The Disco Biscuits
ekoostik hookah
Hypnotic Clambake
Leftover Salmon
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
String Cheese Incident

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 21:58 (two weeks ago) link

Rage Against the Machine

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 22:15 (two weeks ago) link

genuinely great band name imo

your original display name is still visible (Left), Wednesday, 17 May 2023 23:10 (two weeks ago) link


nate woolls, Wednesday, 17 May 2023 23:23 (two weeks ago) link

genuinely great band name imo

Fucking awful imo, but then again I hated their music too. The Clash without the wit.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 18 May 2023 19:32 (two weeks ago) link

i just encountered BlueBucksClan

budo jeru, Monday, 22 May 2023 16:49 (one week ago) link

Theory Of A Deadman
Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong
The The
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly
Portugal. The Man
Pretty Girls Make Graves

My favorite bad band name is Ralph Macchio And The Steaming Dumps

A local band that was widely derided for having a terrible name (that I always thought was great, imho): Hamburger Hotdog

Bathtub Shitter is an amazing band name.

Fatuous Rump, on the other hand...

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 22 May 2023 17:03 (one week ago) link

Hypnotic Clambake

Agreed, but I loved these guys' accordion-driven hijinx.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 22 May 2023 17:13 (one week ago) link

The Front Bottoms.

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Tuesday, 23 May 2023 19:00 (one week ago) link

Get Cape Wear Cape Fly

I always liked this name, it reminds me of text adventures.

emil.y, Tuesday, 23 May 2023 19:10 (one week ago) link

i thought it was an intentional reference! particularly since the name is I think "get cape. wear cape. fly."

Kate (rushomancy), Tuesday, 23 May 2023 19:19 (one week ago) link

Drink potion

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 23 May 2023 19:20 (one week ago) link

Oh yeah, I think it probably is intentional, I just wasn't sure so didn't want to assert it as fact.

emil.y, Tuesday, 23 May 2023 19:23 (one week ago) link

tbh this reminds me that I've always struggled to come up with an apt comparison to "Car Seat Headrest". It's such a perfectly maximized trio of mundane, arbitrary and clunky. The perfect worst band name ever. Like naming your band Bottom Left Cabinet Hinge or something else from a random page of a product manual.

― Evan, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 15:29 (two years ago) link

But his face would not turn into hot Kirby (Evan), Tuesday, 23 May 2023 19:29 (one week ago) link

Gay witch Abortion

ian, Tuesday, 23 May 2023 19:35 (one week ago) link

Just "Gay Witch" would be pretty good.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 23 May 2023 19:36 (one week ago) link

good band!

The Front Bottoms.

― husked, tonal wails (irrational), Tuesday, May 23, 2023 2:00 PM (forty minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

this one makes me cringe more than any other


beamish13, Tuesday, 23 May 2023 19:47 (one week ago) link


m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Tuesday, 23 May 2023 21:43 (one week ago) link

It really may be the Front Bottoms

young sussy (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 23 May 2023 21:50 (one week ago) link

idk someone pointed out "ekoostik hookah" and now I'm not so sure

young sussy (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 23 May 2023 21:52 (one week ago) link

Has anyone said Perfect Pussy yet?

ian, Tuesday, 23 May 2023 22:14 (one week ago) link

Garcia People’s

^^ genuinely love these dudes and couldn’t get into the name at first but have since gone to appreciate its youthful sincerity.

ian, Tuesday, 23 May 2023 22:19 (one week ago) link

Gay Witch Abortion is one of the best band names, wtf?

budo jeru, Tuesday, 23 May 2023 22:20 (one week ago) link

Just got a promo email about an artist (not a band, just a guy) named Cautious Clay.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 24 May 2023 13:19 (one week ago) link

Perfect Pussy is a great band name

Imperfect Penis is not as good

And yeah Audioslave is a really bad band name


― m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Tuesday, May 23, 2023 5:43 PM bookmarkflaglink

ahem u meant this for 'best band names' thread

the manwich horror (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 24 May 2023 13:56 (one week ago) link

yall weird af

ian, Wednesday, 24 May 2023 15:37 (one week ago) link

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