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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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

Greg, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Cud.

jel, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

ABBA

Pete, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

supertramp

moist

ladytron

yes

city-based names: boston, chicago, etc

ratt

sundar subramanian, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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

Patrick, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Ween. It's just *stupid*

Ally, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

keeping with the punk/crapmetal names...

a moon beneath the grindsludge.

Kevin Enas, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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

Patrick, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

the real people. self explanatory...

gareth, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

---- 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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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

Omar, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

the worst pop name has got to belil bow wow

yvette burgess, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

'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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

There was a "Creaming Jesus" of course.

The Jester, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Mustard Plug. Ugh.

Steven James, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Dio.

JM, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Tool & Korn & those kind of things.

D.Zarakov, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

...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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Warrior Soul and Reigndance.

Nicole, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

...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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

The Meat Puppets

Nick, Monday, 26 March 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

...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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Wang Chung

Nick, Tuesday, 29 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Son of Salami/Joey Pizza Slice

a poetic ODE to FORNICATION (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 1 August 2015 03:16 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

just had notification that Drinks will now be supported by Stacking Chairs

feargal czukay (NickB), Wednesday, 2 September 2015 15:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Car Seat Headrest

how's life, Wednesday, 2 September 2015 16:17 (two years ago) Permalink

There's a list on the rolling album covers thread that features both King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and Captain Kickarse and the Awesomes. Both strong contenders right there.

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 2 September 2015 18:16 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Fat White Family

motörhead - or gaz, matron? (NickB), Thursday, 26 November 2015 10:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Meatraffle

motörhead - or gaz, matron? (NickB), Thursday, 26 November 2015 10:26 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

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, 1 February 2016 15:21 (two years ago) Permalink

hahaha christ

ZESTY O'PRIDE (imago), Monday, 1 February 2016 15:28 (two years ago) Permalink

still think that I dislike Algiers at least 40% because of their stupid, stupid name

ZESTY O'PRIDE (imago), Monday, 1 February 2016 15:35 (two years ago) Permalink

why stupid?

smoothy doles it (nakhchivan), Monday, 1 February 2016 15:37 (two years ago) Permalink

this seems to be in the same sort of priggish WE'RE EMPHATICALLY CHECKING OUR PRIVILEGE AS A GUITAR BAND camp, except worse because it's claiming to be Journalism, having its cake and faceplanting into it too

I don't like any bandname that is also a placename, but calling your band a placename that has recent historical weight even though you've had nothing to do with it strikes me as...crass. It'd be like calling a band Basra, ffs

ZESTY O'PRIDE (imago), Monday, 1 February 2016 15:39 (two years ago) Permalink

Coming soon to a town near you...LOCKERBIE

ZESTY O'PRIDE (imago), Monday, 1 February 2016 15:39 (two years ago) Permalink

algiers is a very large and important city not a village
by recent historical weight you are probably referring to something that happened over half a century ago unless you take more interest in maghrebi politics that would be apparent from your posts

smoothy doles it (nakhchivan), Monday, 1 February 2016 15:41 (two years ago) Permalink

that paragraph is cool and worth quoting but there's something to be said for people calling their shit indie rock bands stupid names just to get a rise out of rubes on twitter etc

smoothy doles it (nakhchivan), Monday, 1 February 2016 15:43 (two years ago) Permalink

still think it's crass

bandnames laying claim to numinous concepts like important 20thcentury placenames or human demographics or professions are almost all shit, give me counterexamples

ZESTY O'PRIDE (imago), Monday, 1 February 2016 15:43 (two years ago) Permalink

u.s. girls missing out is a heinous and abysmal tragedy of listening that i'd have thought ilx would avoid but clearly not

― I remember you was vote-splitted (imago), Thursday, January 28, 2016 12:41 AM (4 days ago)

smoothy doles it (nakhchivan), Monday, 1 February 2016 15:47 (two years ago) Permalink

not sure I ever heard their music but I think about these guys every so often https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorry_About_Dresden

Skaciety (pronounced the way you'd pronounce society) (DJ Mencap), Monday, 1 February 2016 15:48 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah i remember them idk if i heard them

http://www.discogs.com/artist/941324-The-Vichy-Government

smoothy doles it (nakhchivan), Monday, 1 February 2016 15:50 (two years ago) Permalink

I like the name Algiers for some reason. It looks good in bold font and somehow I got a sense of their vibe just from the name before I listened to them, which must be saying something.

canoon fooder (dog latin), Monday, 1 February 2016 15:50 (two years ago) Permalink

The Police had some good songs

sarahell, Monday, 1 February 2016 15:51 (two years ago) Permalink

definite article immediately improves numinous thing, c.f. the mountain goats etc

u.s. girls is a weirdly qualified demographic which >>>> 'u.s.' or 'girls' on their own

ZESTY O'PRIDE (imago), Monday, 1 February 2016 15:59 (two years ago) Permalink

Laibach

François Pitchforkian (NickB), Monday, 1 February 2016 16:04 (two years ago) Permalink

Journalism should release a record called Today's Increasingly Popular Tongue in Cheek

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Monday, 1 February 2016 17:05 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

itt: we name all bands

So, Yourinyls aren't real? Aww.

sbahnhof, Monday, 1 February 2016 19:04 (two years ago) Permalink

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

flappy bird, Monday, 1 February 2016 19:13 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

heh

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

three weeks pass...

When 'Airy Met Fairy

François Pitchforkian (NickB), Wednesday, 24 February 2016 10:19 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Marty's Chicken Trigger

veggie sticks potato snacks (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 19 July 2016 19:56 (one year ago) Permalink

R.L. Kelly

Treeship, Tuesday, 19 July 2016 22:04 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (five months ago) Permalink

that is indeed the worst band name

niels, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 07:03 (five months ago) Permalink

agreed

flappy bird, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 07:44 (five months ago) Permalink

Melkbelly

pre millennial tension (uptown churl), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:48 (five months ago) Permalink

Milky Chance

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:59 (five months ago) Permalink

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 (five months ago) Permalink

Bandname. The Worst

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 21:40 (five months ago) Permalink

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 (five months ago) Permalink

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

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 22:00 (five months ago) Permalink

breakfast muff is a pretty bad band name

khat person (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 22:01 (five months ago) Permalink

"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 (five months ago) Permalink

Yak Ballz

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 22:28 (five months ago) Permalink

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 (five months ago) Permalink

“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 (five months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Snail Mail

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


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