Worst Band Names

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Nick has only himself to blame for suggesting this one. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

There are stacks of stupid names, in grindcore, death metal and black metal

Circle of Dead Children http://members.tripod.com/~circlegrind/ The google description Aural decimating grindcore possessing the perfect combination of extreme sickening brutality and emotion !

(sad isn't it)

Pig Destroyer

Anal Cunt

Festival of Dead Dear

.. there are hundreds of more, in grindcore/death metal.

DJ Martian, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

If "Grindcore" was a band name it would win.

Greg, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Cud.

jel, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

ABBA

Pete, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

supertramp

moist

ladytron

yes

city-based names: boston, chicago, etc

ratt

sundar subramanian, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Do individual performers' names count ? Then, Al B. Sure !

Patrick, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Rather stupid question really. You just don't get it. Consider the dilema of our forefathers, stuck in a rotting trench, dead bodies all around, with minutes left to live, gun & cannon fire shooting overhead & there's no way out, you'd probably laugh at your peril ! Don't mock what you don't understand.

Oh yes, Ned Raggetts Atomic Dustbin - f*ck*ng appalling name.

The Jester, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Foot and Mouth! I warned you!

Anyway, band names. The thing about band names is that so many of them have been worn down by endless usage and we forget how awful they are. eg.

The Beatles (apalling and irrelevant insectoid pun) The Beach Boys (to quote Tanya: "they are boys! they go to the beach!") Oasis (sounds like Alan Partridge's backing band)

Something I was thinking the other day - what was the first 'abstract' band name? Not a 'the [noun]s' name or something purely descriptive. Love was fairly early. Ditto Pink Floyd.

Tom, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm glad someone mentioned Ladytron. Certain people are trying to convince me that they are a band worth listening to, but I find it hard to get past the quite shockingly bad name. Someone help me.

Ally C, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I think Killing Joke is a rather ingenious name- the verbal equivalent of a logical spittake!!! It took much more imagination to come up with that name than many of the misspelled names of the eighties.

Def Leppard Motley Crue

And others are so uninspiring to hear, they have no imagination:

Girlschool Loudness Air Supply

Please give me a break from this jackassery!!!

bonkers, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Screeching Weasel Metallica No Use For A Name (oh, we just give up already!) Alice Donut Obsequious Cheesecake (sp?) Kid Rock Limp Bizkit

, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Ween. It's just *stupid*

Ally, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

keeping with the punk/crapmetal names...

a moon beneath the grindsludge.

Kevin Enas, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

you better be nice to killing joke or ill blast you in the afterlife you fucking milktoast motherfuckers.

tupac shakur, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

...and if you start talking shit about the Spin Doctors, 2Pac will *really* fuck you up.

Patrick, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The Band, of course.

And Ladytron is a shockingly good name for the band (and it is an excellent song by Roxy Music...erm...wrong thread).

Omar, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

the real people. self explanatory...

gareth, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

lacklustre: an american shoe-gazing troupe, always elicit a wry chuckle. ladytron is a fantastic name, a great song, slightly diasappointing band.

cw, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Spandau Ballet Blue Rondo à la Turk Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Gorky's Zygotic Mynci Prefab Sprout

the worst of all is Soul Coughing

What's wrong with Ladytron?

Nick, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

---- What's wrong with Ladytron? ----

Nothing of course...excellent band.

But I remembered another very bad band name (since were into the question of 80s revivalism): Johnny Hates Jazz.

Omar, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

is there a more stupid question that the one at the top of this page? i have to agree with whoever said 'prefab sprout', absolutely pathetic name. 'killing joke' is an excellent name. it implies so much that is reflected in the music. in fact, i can't think of a _better_ name for a band. more dreadful band names: daisy chainsaw, the las, travis, s club 7 and practically all manufactured bands, brilliant (youth's band after he left kj), flock of seagulls, sting (ok, not a band but what the hell), loud, the style council... plenty more where they come from

the-last-laugh, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Which reminds me of: The Police! What a dreadful name.

Omar, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Obscure and bad UK indie bands:

saidflorence - insisted on awful name being spelt lower case.

Fretblanket - no comment needed really.

Tom, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

the worst pop name has got to belil bow wow

yvette burgess, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Nelly is a pretty ridiculous stage name. I mean, it's not very hard ass, is it? He might as well be walking around calling himself Sharon.

Ally, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

'the bush the tree and me'. sweet jesus on his bike, i should have known from the name they'd sound bad. 'manyeung' - i could never tell if it was a typo. 'sir bald diddley and his wigouts' (or something) . actually i find this one amusing. 'weeping jesus' - surprisingly NOT goth metal hell. stupid things like 'coldplay', 'travis' 'idlewild' that mean absolutely nothing. still, at least it's descriptive.

alix, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Is there a worse band name than Killing Joke?

YES. I should think that Killing Jesus would be worse than Killing Joke. THERFORE, Killing Jesus is a worse band name than Killing Joke. Yes.

Yes, Virginia. There is a worse band name than Killing Joke.

Jester 86 Understands Something.....

Jester Eighty Six LOVES JESUS!

PEACE.

PS.....Cheese is Rice.

Yours In THEE LOVE of JESUS CHRIST,

CAL,

or in other words...

j86.

Corey A Lyman, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Killing Jesus would be an awesome name, actually. Except that with a name like that, you know the music will be crap. Probably some sort of nu-metal.

Ally, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

There was a "Creaming Jesus" of course.

The Jester, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

By all accounts there was a band circa 1971 called Tractor. You can't get worse than that, surely.

Apart from Taunton, of course. But then they didn't really exist ...

Robin Carmody, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Mustard Plug. Ugh.

Steven James, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The Band I thought sounded pretty stupid. Warrant, Supertramp, Monster Magnet, bush, Linkin Park and weezer top off my list for worst band names.

Grand Prize Winner for this category goes to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Papa Roach. The name is about as bad as the music.

Luptune Pitman, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Dio.

JM, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Tool & Korn & those kind of things.

D.Zarakov, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

...no wait, how about 4 Non Blondes. Or Sixpence None the Richer or Toad the Wet Sprocket...OK I won't go on.

D.Zarakov, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Warrior Soul and Reigndance.

Nicole, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Mainstream. The thought of a third-rate indie band placing themselves in the same category as Celine, J-Lo and the Spice Girls is something I find rather amusing.

Madchen, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

U2 (not a reference to the spy planr, apparently - the idea was that the fans were integral to the what the band's identity or sommat - like 'You too' - yeach!)

Deep Blue Something (in the Sixpence None The Richer bracket)

Limp Biskit

(grim, but quite apt I suppose) Muse (hateful. conclusive proof that you can judge a book by its cover, unless it's by Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and it's err.. not a book

Echoboy (yeah - cause that'll really make your band stand out)

The Style Council (was this self parody?)

Stereophonics (90s band name by numbers)

Dub Federation (might have been OK if there wasn't already a Dub Syndicate. at least ADF added an 'Asian' bit for interest)

Almost all those one-word names chosen by every shitpop chancer in mid 90s Britain.

Nick, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

...not that the meaningless one-word names favored by non-descript 90's US alt-rock bands were any better. Anyone have any fond memories of Wool ?

Also, any 90's band name with "Super" in it.

Patrick, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Ladytron: never heard of them, naturally, but 96 is right: the name sucks a big one.

Radiohead.

Coldplay.

The Cranberry Saw Us.

the pinefox, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

i dunno i never really payed much attention to band names i mean my fav band has a pretty crappy name if think about it Our Lady Peace? it has nothing to do with the theme or feel of the music yaddayaddayadda

Mog, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Hear'Say (aka Popstars) - there is nothing remotely "word of mouth" about ITV's creation. Spliff Cub 7 anyone ? (I'm sure this has been touched upon but nowt unplanned about the "spliff" incident. Pure publicity stunt to ditch their "pre-teen" audience & move into another market). Arrgh, the music business, don't you just love it !

The Jester, Saturday, 24 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Toad The Wet Sprocket is a fine name because:

a) It's a Monty Python ref.

b) They represent the West Side. Goleta Power.

JM, Saturday, 24 March 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

answer to first abstract band-name (ie no "the"):

LOVE and TOMORROW are contenders.

but maybe THEM predates?

(non-rock answer - tho of course they played rock support slots at the key moment - wd be AMM: explanation of which acronym I notice Keith Rowe is still keeping shtumm abt, in current Wire)

mark sinker, Monday, 26 March 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The Meat Puppets

Nick, Monday, 26 March 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

...I'm glad there's a band called TOOL tho' 'cause it's nice to see those guys walking around with their dreadlocks & their stupid pants with "TOOL" emblazoned across their t-shirts.

Duane Zarakov, Tuesday, 3 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Wang Chung

Nick, Tuesday, 29 May 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

My least favourite band name - echobelly I mean, who ever thought that was a good one?

Also "Northern Uproar" did suggest boring meat 'n' 2 veg britrock of the most ZZZzzz-inducing sort. Fortunately.

x0x0

Norman Fay, Tuesday, 29 May 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Don't know what it is about Commonwealth membership that makes people stupid, but any Aus/NZ/Canadian band who think their name is funny. Step forward Mental as Anything, Tragically Hip, Lowest of the Low, Barenaked Ladies, Hoodoo Gurus, Flash and the Pan, Beasts of Bourbon etc. (Although there is a band out of Toronto called Armed & Hammered, which I think is amusing, and something from Oz called I Spit on Your Gravy)

tarden, Tuesday, 29 May 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I woke up this morning with the idea of a band called the Yourinyls (pronounced "your EYE nals")

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Monday, 1 February 2016 17:09 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA-nx6TMWho

smoothy doles it (nakhchivan), Monday, 1 February 2016 17:15 (four years ago) link

itt: we name all bands

So, Yourinyls aren't real? Aww.

sbahnhof, Monday, 1 February 2016 19:04 (four years ago) link

the world is a beautiful place and i am no longer afraid to die

flappy bird, Monday, 1 February 2016 19:13 (four years ago) link

While there is irony in a band calling themselves Journalism, don't confuse it with today’s increasingly popular tongue-in-cheek cynicism. With their debut LP Faces, Journalism frontman (and former journalism major) Kegan Zema investigates the very nature of being in a band. What does it mean to make guitar rock in 2016? How do you stay afloat in a place as overflowing with bands as the Brooklyn DIY scene? Why do you stress so much over something you are privileged to even be able to pursue?

― Skaciety (pronounced the way you'd pronounce society) (DJ Mencap), Monday, February 1, 2016 10:21 AM (5 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

is this

is this ethics in journalism

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Monday, 1 February 2016 20:34 (four years ago) link

heh

Skaciety (pronounced the way you'd pronounce society) (DJ Mencap), Monday, 1 February 2016 21:02 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

When 'Airy Met Fairy

François Pitchforkian (NickB), Wednesday, 24 February 2016 10:19 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

Marty's Chicken Trigger

veggie sticks potato snacks (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 19 July 2016 19:56 (four years ago) link

R.L. Kelly

Treeship, Tuesday, 19 July 2016 22:04 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vphzZfiIcQ

this is what they sound like btw. the music is not the worst.

Treeship, Tuesday, 19 July 2016 22:05 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

lol

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal._The_Man
The band's name is based on the idea of David Bowie's "bigger than life" fame. They wanted the band to have a bigger than life feel but didn't want to name it after one of their members. "A country is a group of people," guitar player and vocalist John Gourley explains. "With Portugal, it just ended up being the first country that came to mind. The band's name is 'Portugal'. The period is stating that, and 'The Man' states that it's just one person."

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 19:13 (two years ago) link

that is indeed the worst band name

niels, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 07:03 (two years ago) link

agreed

flappy bird, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 07:44 (two years ago) link

Melkbelly

pre millennial tension (uptown churl), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:48 (two years ago) link

Milky Chance

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:59 (two years ago) link

that is indeed the worst band name

― niels, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 07:03 (fourteen hours ago) Permalink

agreed

― flappy bird, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 07:44 (thirteen hours ago) Permalink

I literally think it is. Worst one I have ever seen.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 21:40 (two years ago) link

Bandname. The Worst

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 21:40 (two years ago) link

That's awful but I think this still tops it:

Re: Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate)...

"As for the meaning behind the name, I’ve had a lifetime of bands not working out, and so I chose a name to reflect my frustration. I tend to hide lyrics and names behind a lot of dense symbolism, so here’s the general break-down of the name. “Empire! Empire!” is that one evasive dream that you want so badly, and you will always chase it, but it never seems quite in reach. The “(I Was a Lonely Estate)” portion was where I felt I was incomplete and insignificant. It’s hard to get off the ground if you can’t find reliable people to share your dream. The exclamation points mark how important the dream is, and the parenthesis signify that I feel like I am unimportant and unnoticed."

― everything, Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:51 (three years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

you can make fun of birthday parties all you want (ultros ultros-ghali), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 21:44 (two years ago) link

That explanation at least demonstrates a basic command of how language operates.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 22:00 (two years ago) link

breakfast muff is a pretty bad band name

khat person (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 22:01 (two years ago) link

"I’ve had a lifetime of bands not working out, and so [at age 22] I chose a name to reflect my frustration."

mick signals, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 22:06 (two years ago) link

Yak Ballz

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 22:28 (two years ago) link

khat person (jim in vancouver) at 5:01 17 Jan 18

breakfast muff is a pretty bad band name
Thank you for sharing this because a) I think the name's hilarious and b) this band is right up my alley.

how's life, Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:37 (two years ago) link

“We were going to be called Fanny and the Breakfast Muffs and now I’m really glad that we cut it short,” says Simone Wilson early in our chat. “We were looking through mad books like...” – adopting a creepy voice – “‘we need a really good name – a really disgusting name.’” From the off we know we’re in good company.
(via)

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:47 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Pianos Become The Teeth

Bonus points because they're part of a musical movement called "The Wave".

enochroot, Thursday, 8 March 2018 03:11 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

Snail Mail

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Friday, 8 June 2018 12:36 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

Greta Van Fleet

how's life, Monday, 24 September 2018 12:54 (two years ago) link

Honestly have to mentally correct myself that they aren't a van rental company each time.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Monday, 24 September 2018 14:57 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

90's Christian alt-metal band "Beanbag"

circa1916, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 15:59 (two years ago) link

Greta Van Fleet

― how's life, Monday, September 24, 2018 8:54 AM (one month ago) Bookmark

I actually kind of like this name, my problem is it sounds like the name of a good band, but as it happens that is not the case

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 16:03 (two years ago) link

Like them both but:

The For Carnation
The Sea and Cake (and knowing where the name came from almost makes it worse)

'Rock Me (I'm a Dais)' (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 16:07 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

ctrl-f

"Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs" not found

Ambient Police (sleeve), Thursday, 27 June 2019 02:02 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

The Pooh Sticks: https://www.discogs.com/artist/243277-The-Pooh-Sticks
(apparently the band leader went by "Hue Pooh")

enochroot, Monday, 30 September 2019 20:12 (one year ago) link

though in truth the thread should have been locked after the entry above for "Portugal. The Man"

enochroot, Monday, 30 September 2019 20:15 (one year ago) link

I’ve recently come around to the belief that it is not possible for a good band name to include the word ‘fuck’. Tropical Fuck Storm being the latest example.

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Monday, 30 September 2019 21:13 (one year ago) link

The Pooh Sticks weren't (aren't) a terrible band.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Monday, 30 September 2019 21:56 (one year ago) link

Has there been a band called Fuck Cancer? ... i think that might actually be a kinda good band name tho

sarahell, Monday, 30 September 2019 22:28 (one year ago) link

A band called Fuck Trump would get bookings however bad they were

Stockhausen Serves Empirical Jism (Matt #2), Monday, 30 September 2019 22:42 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Got an email today with the subject line "Steaksauce Mustache Announce US Tour w/ Okilly Dokilly." That's two for one.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 13 February 2020 14:50 (nine months ago) link

Sports Team

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 09:55 (nine months ago) link

Okilly Dokilly is a perfectly reasonable name for a Ned Flanders themed metal band

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BEvh6HSQc0

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 10:01 (nine months ago) link

I mean, yeah.

romanesque architect (pomenitul), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 10:05 (nine months ago) link

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal._The_Man
The band's name is based on the idea of David Bowie's "bigger than life" fame. They wanted the band to have a bigger than life feel but didn't want to name it after one of their members. "A country is a group of people," guitar player and vocalist John Gourley explains. "With Portugal, it just ended up being the first country that came to mind. The band's name is 'Portugal'. The period is stating that, and 'The Man' states that it's just one person."

― IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Wednesday, January 17, 2018 3:13 AM (two years ago) bookmarkflaglink

It's still hard to look beyond this.

Sam Weller, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 10:47 (nine months ago) link

Okilly Dokilly is a perfectly reasonable name for a Ned Flanders themed metal band

A Ned Raggett themed metal band, now that would be something.

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 10:50 (nine months ago) link

"With Portugal, it just ended up being the first country that came to mind. The band's name is 'Portugal'. The period is stating that, and 'The Man' states that it's just one person."
If the band has several members, why do they want to state that "it's just one person"?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 11:03 (nine months ago) link

A Boogie Wit da Hoodie has to be up there (or down there).

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 12:18 (nine months ago) link

This makes it slightly clearer, not less shit

BB: Where does the name Portugal, The Man come from? I kind of get puzzled looks when I say your name.

PTM: It’s an interesting name, I guess. It is kind of an alter ego like Ziggy Stardust and Sgt Pepper. It’s our character to represent us as a band. In picking a country’s name, it was one name that represents a group of people. It made sense for a while, but we have regretted it ever since that day (Laughs).

BB: Is there a reason for the pronunciation and spelling of Portugal, period, the Man?

PTM: We did that to state that Portugal was the man’s name and he is the man; he’s the shit.

https://blanknews.com/2011/06/get-name-portugal-man/

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 12:19 (nine months ago) link

Just one misplaced definite article

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 12:33 (nine months ago) link

eight months pass...

.Gif From God

https://www.discogs.com/artist/4803123-Gif-From-God

kites aren't fun (NickB), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 15:49 (one week ago) link


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