Band names that are parodies of other bands' names

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R.E.O. Speeddealer
Dread Zeppelin
Public Enema

These are all real- any more?

Neil Stewart (Neil Stewart), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 10:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the Breetles
John Cougar Concentration Camp

Deluxe (Damian), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 10:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Is there any relation between Steely Dan and Steeleye Span? I know the `Dan (ugh, does anyone refer to them this way?) took their name from Burroughs, but....

Fairport Convention -----> Fairground Attraction.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 10:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Obviously I was forgetting the Rutles...

Also: The Thamesmen, The Originals, The New Originals, and there must be some other Tap names...

Neil Stewart (Neil Stewart), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 10:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Mr. T Experience.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Frank Spencer Blues Explosion
Fred Zeppelin
Tex Pistol
the Shirehorses

Deluxe (Damian), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Folk Implosion

Deluxe (Damian), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Beatles were Buddy Holly fans. Geddit?

snotty moore, Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

On a Rutles tip, there's always the Punk Floyd.

Deluxe (Damian), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Jah Division
Jay Dee (a parody of Jay-Z)
Jay-Z (a parody of J-Zone)

Nick Sylvester, Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

There's an Irish Sisters of Mercy tribute band called Sisters of Murphy. ugh.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Def Leppard is arguably a parody/homage to Led Zeppelin, no?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I guess tribute bands are a fertile area for this kind of thing- here are a few more to add to the ones above:

The Rolling Clones
Nowaysis

And a non-tribute band:
AB/CD

Also, Camper Van Beethoven would kind of qualify!

Neil Stewart (Neil Stewart), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Jah Division

hahaha

sleep (sleep), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Thin Lizzy - Fat Les (Ha bloody ha ... luvvie actor Keith Allen once again trying to prove he's a 'real man'.)

Jez (Jez), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hayseed Dixie

AaronK (AaronK), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Dead Kenny Gs
Crack Sabbath

(both slightly retarded Skerik side-projects)

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Jah Division is real!

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

JEWDRIVER

DJ Mencap0))), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Sex Pistols -> Celibate Rifles

mookie, Wednesday, 1 June 2005 11:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Sid Presley Experience
The Yeastie Girls

peepee (peepee), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 12:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Sex Pistols -> Celibate Rifles

Wasn't it Love Guns -> Sex Pistols first?

joseph cotten (joseph cotten), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 12:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hugh Reid and the Velvet Underpants.

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 13:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

AC/DShe

On that note, my friend Sarah wants to form an all-girl Priest coverband named Judas Priestess.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 13:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

AC/DShe

and Hayseed Dixie

fact checking cuz (fcc), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 13:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Gayrilla Biscuits!

astropatty (adr), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 13:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Goth Brooks

(Prospective concept floated by some friends of mine in college--goth covers of country songs. Never got off the ground, sadly.)

The Mad Puffin, Wednesday, 1 June 2005 13:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Courtney Love (the Lois Maffeo band)
Donna Summer (aka Jason Forrest)

The Sensational Sulk (sexyDancer), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 13:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

El Vez, obv.

And it just occurred to me on seeing the Mint Condition thread that "Spearmint Condition" would be a pretty good band name.

The Mad Puffin, Wednesday, 1 June 2005 13:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the kenn firpo rent explosion

(best.williamsburg.band.evah.)

fact checking cuz (fcc), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 13:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

NEARvana

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 13:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

duran duran duran

hmmm (hmmm), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 13:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Diff'rent Strokes

PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 14:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Donna Summer

giboyeux (skowly), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 14:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The John and Spencer Booze Explosion (John Atkins/Spencer Moody one-off covers EP)

Daniel Cohen (dayan), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 14:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

trulio discracias

superultramega (superultramarinated), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 14:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Ugly Kid Joe (see: Pretty Boy Floyd)

xhuxk, Wednesday, 1 June 2005 14:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Stretching the concept a little, there was a band from Chicago called 'Mary Tyler Morphine'

mzui (mzui), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 14:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Thelonious Monster, ok, Monk is not a "band", but it must be worth something that for a time (sometime in the late 80s?) they changed their name to Thelonious Monster Mellencamp.

These Robust Cookies (Robust Cookies), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 14:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Cher UK

brianiac (briania), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 15:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Arguably any band called The ________ Experience owes a debt to Hendrix, tho it's not always a parody.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 15:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

stock, hausen & walkman

fauxhemian (fauxhemian), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 17:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

pansy division (DUH!)

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 17:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Boy Division

sibsi (sibsi), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 17:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

John Cougar Concentration Camp

naus, Wednesday, 1 June 2005 18:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Brian Jonestown Massacre


pansy division (DUH!) (HUH?)

Ben Dot (1977), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 19:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Elvis Costello

xhuxk, Wednesday, 1 June 2005 19:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Chicks on Speed -> Lesbians on Ecstasy

naus, Wednesday, 1 June 2005 19:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

MFDMK

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 19:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Descendents -> The Offspring

naus, Wednesday, 1 June 2005 19:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Todd and Pat from U.S. Maple were in a band called The Beatles that changed their name to The Mercury Players (Orson Welles radio troupe) when it came time to make records.

Miek DXN, Tuesday, 7 June 2005 00:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Blind Boy Fuller: Blind
Blind Lemon Jefferson: Blind

Blind Melon?

Not blind. Dumb.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 01:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Abstürzende Brieftauben

Colin Meeder (Mert), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 10:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Bristol's finest (OK, only) Beyonce/Destiny's Child tribute act is called Beyonce Knowle.

Yes, that's a Bristol joke.

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 10:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Jefferson Airplane -> Jefferson Airhead

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 11:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Joan of Arse

the leglo (the leglo), Tuesday, 7 June 2005 13:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

Chet Faker

dumb, not gonna listen

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 21:52 (three years ago) Permalink

Joanna Gruesome

MarkoP, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 21:55 (three years ago) Permalink

^ another one I have already ruled out ever listening to

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 21:55 (three years ago) Permalink

Hey guys, how about John TROLLCANE! It's like this troll, with a cane! Man, it's crazy how substituting letters into words can make different words.

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 21:57 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I've seen that Chet Faker name around. gtfo.

The one that really bugs me lately - although it's not a band parody - is Nipsey Hussle.

Deliciously hard yet very accessible (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 22:23 (three years ago) Permalink

Buck Cherry

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 22:30 (three years ago) Permalink

Cheap Schtick

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 22:31 (three years ago) Permalink

There are a bunch of all female cover bands in town:

Sheezer
Hervana
Vag Halen

...all real.

m0stlyClean, Thursday, 30 October 2014 02:04 (three years ago) Permalink

The Monkees

benbbag, Thursday, 30 October 2014 02:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Stalingrad Cowgirls
2 Live Jews
Bytches With Problems (I assume the name is a parody of NWA?)

Tuomas, Thursday, 30 October 2014 08:23 (three years ago) Permalink

Jickael Mackson

Moka, Thursday, 30 October 2014 08:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Joy Orbison

Moka, Thursday, 30 October 2014 08:30 (three years ago) Permalink

Also real and awful:

Gringo Star
Ringo Deathstar
Kanji West
Eltron John
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr
Kylie Minoise

Moka, Thursday, 30 October 2014 08:37 (three years ago) Permalink

Surprised to hear that Kurt Vile is an actual name not a play on Mr Lotte Lenya => Kurt Weill.
Wonder if his parents were aware of the composer?

Stevolende, Thursday, 30 October 2014 08:39 (three years ago) Permalink

In the pre-rock era, perhaps the most famous singers in Finland was named Olavi Virta. Now, "Virta" is a common Finnish surname, literally it translates to "stream". Then, in the 00s, this promising young singer broke through, with the name Olavi Uusivirta. "Uusivirta" is a rare Finnish surname, but "uusi" also means "new" in Finnish, so you can interpret this guy's name as "the new Olavi Virta". Everyone assumed it was a joke, but turns out Olavi Uusivirta is his actual birth name. (I assume his parents realized what they were doing when they named their kid "Olavi".) This is pretty much the same as if an upcoming American singer was called "Frank Newsinatra".

Tuomas, Thursday, 30 October 2014 08:52 (three years ago) Permalink

haha I quite like Ringo Deathstar
& Joanna Gruesome too!

nxd, Thursday, 30 October 2014 08:52 (three years ago) Permalink

Sly and the Family Drone

the bowels are not what they seem (aldo), Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:19 (three years ago) Permalink

cunt and the gang

keep the meat alive: pampas grass (wins), Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:52 (three years ago) Permalink

Frank Sonata

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:28 (three years ago) Permalink

Deathray Davies

Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:30 (three years ago) Permalink

Hey, We're Frank Sinatra

emil.y, Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:31 (three years ago) Permalink

this is such a terrible trend

marcos, Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:41 (three years ago) Permalink

xp: lol

how's life, Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:44 (three years ago) Permalink

Eagles of Death Metal

and in his absence, she (Lee626), Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:48 (three years ago) Permalink

I can't really take anybody seriously who does this.

Also can't believe Trashcan Sinatras haven't been mentioned yet.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:48 (three years ago) Permalink

The Nuns (all-female Monks cover band)

cwkiii, Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:55 (three years ago) Permalink

Clap Your Hands, We're Yes

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:56 (three years ago) Permalink

The Pains of Being Heart

cwkiii, Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:57 (three years ago) Permalink

A Place To Barry Sanders

cwkiii, Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:00 (three years ago) Permalink

is Trashcan Sinatras a pun that I'm missing? don't think invoking a major 20th-c cultural icon is equivalent to Joanna Gruesome or whoever

well-behaved wingmen really hate Mystery (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:40 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I was just gonna say I actually kinda like that juxtaposition. TS's wiki says it's just two words they put together after an early practice banging on trashcans. It's a better name than The Dandy Warhols anyway, imo.

Deliciously hard yet very accessible (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:56 (three years ago) Permalink

Chubby Checker (cf. Fats Domino) has always made me snort.

Sam Weller, Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:19 (three years ago) Permalink

And You Will Know Us By The Trails, Man, The Dead!

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:21 (three years ago) Permalink

love this^^^

marcos, Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:24 (three years ago) Permalink

hahaha

Οὖτις, Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:28 (three years ago) Permalink

Chubby Checker (cf. Fats Domino)

woah

well-behaved wingmen really hate Mystery (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:55 (three years ago) Permalink

Obese Rook

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 30 October 2014 20:08 (three years ago) Permalink

Pudgy Marble

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 30 October 2014 20:08 (three years ago) Permalink

Zaftig Die

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 30 October 2014 20:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Skinny Puffy

Οὖτις, Thursday, 30 October 2014 20:13 (three years ago) Permalink

Matching Mole

Mark G, Friday, 31 October 2014 12:41 (three years ago) Permalink

Not sure where Henry Cow comes from since I think they disavowed Henry Cowell

Stevolende, Friday, 31 October 2014 13:39 (three years ago) Permalink

A bit like how Modest Mouse didn't come from Modest Mussorgsky?

Mark G, Friday, 31 October 2014 13:43 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Darkhouse Family

sbahnhof, Saturday, 10 February 2018 20:56 (three months ago) Permalink


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