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

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A friend was recently waxing rhapsodic about the band Pissed Jeans, but I simply can't get beyond that stupid name. Perhaps I'm missing some great music as a result. I've loved a lot of embarassingly-named bands in my day too, but I just can't support a band called Pissed Jeans.

Et vous?

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:05 (twelve years ago) link

This is terrible, but I've never given John Vanderslice's music a chance because of his last name. I don't know why.

tylerw, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:06 (twelve years ago) link

Killing Joke

Mr. Que, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:06 (twelve years ago) link

2 pac

cool app (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:06 (twelve years ago) link

harry pussy

mark cl, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:10 (twelve years ago) link

I was a fan, but I very quickly stopped telling those "not in the know" that I admired the band Garbage because of the response the name alone generated.

The Wild Shirtless Lyrics of Mark Farner (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:13 (twelve years ago) link

I quite liked Nashville Pussy when they first made the rounds (when Corey Parks was still the bass player). I've since lost interest/sobered up. I even have a Nashville Pussy t-shirt (complete with since legally-contested bobcat design), but never feel like wearing it, as it'll mean explaining to offended parties that (a) it's a band and (b) they took their name from a ludicrous Ted Nugent quote on Double Live Gonzo and (c) who really gives a damn anyway?

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:14 (twelve years ago) link

hey guys if it's OK with you I'm going to totally hate this band sight unseen for their name having the phrase "pure AT heart" in it instead of "pure OF heart." even if they did it on purpose to be 'funny' or something.

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brewer and what (some dude), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:15 (twelve years ago) link

lots of people i respect seem to think my morning jacket is alright but there is no way i can get past that name

fucken cumlord (omar little), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:16 (twelve years ago) link

Agreed on My Morning Jacket. CANNOT get beyond it.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:17 (twelve years ago) link

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.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:17 (twelve years ago) link

Gentle Giant
Scout Niblett
Blind Melon
Pearl Jam
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Wolfmother
Animal Collective

photoshop your disgusting ass partner into passive-aggressive notes (sarahel), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:19 (twelve years ago) link

Toad the Wet Sprocket
New Found Glory
Boards of Canada

james k polk, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:20 (twelve years ago) link

the whitest boy alive

lex pretend, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:21 (twelve years ago) link

I refused to listen to Death Cab For Cutie for years because of their name. Even after I inadvertently heard and liked them, I've refused to ever own any of their music, just because I hate their name.

I can sit in my car all day, and that doesn't make me a car. (HI DERE), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:21 (twelve years ago) link

Basically 95% of indie/emo bands

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:21 (twelve years ago) link

Took me a while to shell out for anything by The Butthole Surfers.

Soukesian, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:22 (twelve years ago) link

c-murder

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:23 (twelve years ago) link

clap your hands say yeah

Gentle Giant
I don't really like prog but I always liked the name

iatee, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:23 (twelve years ago) link

It took me a long time to listen to Of Montreal because I thought the name was so pretentious. My Mom despised the band Hole because of their name but I caught her singing along to Violet once!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:24 (twelve years ago) link

xp iatee: I think I have an aversion to anything that has a name that smacks of "elves and fairies in the forest" or new age/hippie stuff - Animal Collective made me think of hippie jam bands where the musicians have power animals.

photoshop your disgusting ass partner into passive-aggressive notes (sarahel), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:27 (twelve years ago) link

yeah agree on animal collective at least

iatee, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:29 (twelve years ago) link

my two were mentioned:

My Morning Jacket - got over it and think they're pretty ace
Deathcab for Cutie - i think i heard them once and found them unremarkable enough to go on ignoring

now is the time to winterize your manscape (will), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:32 (twelve years ago) link

I know it's shallow of me but no matter how many times they sweep the Voice poll I still can't bring myself to listen to The Guys Who're Gonna Beat J0hn D's Ass

Just one thing I was thinking about as I was getting on the copter (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:36 (twelve years ago) link

Big Dick McGee

brocktune (jeff), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:44 (twelve years ago) link

I like the name but I couldn't forgive him for killing his wife marion

鬼の手 (Edward III), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:45 (twelve years ago) link

Black Moth Super Rainbow OTM.

ilxor, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:46 (twelve years ago) link

clap your hands say yeah
the yeah yeah yeahs

basically

yes threads (country matters), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:49 (twelve years ago) link

Fucked Up, for awhile, now i like them a lot

wassup rockers? (M@tt He1ges0n), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:51 (twelve years ago) link

minus the bear

yes threads (country matters), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:51 (twelve years ago) link

Dr. Dog, I guess. I've still never knowingly heard them.

now is the time to winterize your manscape (will), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:52 (twelve years ago) link

It took me a while to get around to checking out Eyehategod because of the name. I'm glad I got past that.

Pissed Jeans, oddly enough, doesn't bother me as a name. It suits their sound. They're good! One of the better pigfuck revival acts out there.

buttslam is a pretty good move (circa1916), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:55 (twelve years ago) link

yeah yeah yeahs is a great band name, except for when you have to say it aloud

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 19:59 (twelve years ago) link

funny, i do remember, way back when I was a teen, hearing about this band Pavement and thinking, come on, come up with a real band name, dudes. Just sounded boring, along the lines of grunge bands naming songs "Porch."

tylerw, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:00 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

Final Fantasy
Dr. Dog

Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:03 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

!!! 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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

(oh xpost!)

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:08 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

agreed

tylerw, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:12 (twelve years ago) link

Dogs Die in Hot Cars

Genghis Khan and his brother Don (G00blar), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:21 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

^^^^I have been struggling with friends' recommendations owing to their name

yes threads (country matters), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:38 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

Gastunk has a name that just doesn't entice.

Neotropical pygmy squirrel, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 21:03 (twelve years ago) link

in *the* past

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 21 July 2021 20:14 (one week ago) link

steely dan

always irritated me in a way probably inextricable from my impressions of their weird/complicated/impenetrable cultural context. but i just looked up the origins of the name and fucking hell could these guys be any more not for me

Left, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 23:28 (one week ago) link

Not a Burroughs fan?

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 22 July 2021 01:33 (one week ago) link

i don’t know enough about the beats to distinguish them stylistically but i anything even slightly adjacent is hard for me to bear (eg lou reed, patti smith) I don’t understand that version of cool whatsoever. also not a big fan of men who kill women in general

Left, Thursday, 22 July 2021 02:09 (one week ago) link

^I'll remember that if I ever need a new reason to write off/pointedly ignore Chappaquiddick Skyline.

Tubesocks Secure (punning display), Thursday, 22 July 2021 22:49 (one week ago) link

Wait who killed women

xheugy eddy (D-40), Friday, 23 July 2021 02:03 (one week ago) link

Donald Fagen

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Friday, 23 July 2021 03:19 (one week ago) link

Left seems really annoying

clouds, Friday, 23 July 2021 04:12 (one week ago) link

Burroughs killed his wife

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Friday, 23 July 2021 04:14 (one week ago) link

Fagen's?

Max Ice (morrisp), Friday, 23 July 2021 04:17 (one week ago) link

So that's what Do It Again is about

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Friday, 23 July 2021 04:26 (one week ago) link

Sometimes I try to imagine having a conversation with a person like that in real life and I shudder.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 23 July 2021 11:53 (one week ago) link

Fagen does seem like a prick, it's true

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Friday, 23 July 2021 12:06 (one week ago) link

Like I said, I've never actually done this, but among the off-putting names that probably marred my enjoyment of the music upon discovering it, be it only for a split-second, I could cite

Aerosmith
American Football
Arctic Monkeys
The Band
British Sea Power
The Flying Burrito Brothers
Jefferson Airplane
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Megadeth
The Modern Lovers
Modest Mouse
Of Montreal
The National
Roxy Music
Soft Machine
Sonic Youth
Steely Dan
Supertramp
Thin Lizzy
Yo La Tengo

I like most of these bands btw.

pomenitul, Friday, 23 July 2021 12:23 (one week ago) link

My friend's dad thinks Roxy Music are called Sexy Music.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 23 July 2021 12:25 (one week ago) link

Megadeth is the perfect name for Megadeth.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Friday, 23 July 2021 12:27 (one week ago) link

Most of those are good band names. No accounting for taste I suppose.

Soundtracked by an eco jazz mixtape. (Tom D.), Friday, 23 July 2021 12:28 (one week ago) link

puddle of mudd
alice in chains
staind

oscar bravo, Friday, 23 July 2021 13:45 (one week ago) link

i still wanna know who killed Donald Fagen's wife

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Friday, 23 July 2021 14:06 (one week ago) link

We were promised jet packs for sure fuck those people idc if they sound like Alice Coltrane never hearing a note

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 23 July 2021 14:17 (one week ago) link

Most of those are good band names. No accounting for taste I suppose.

The Modern Lovers, Roxy Music and Sonic Youth are three band names I've always thought were really good, specifically. And yeah, I'm not really into Supertramp, Aerosmith, Thin Lizzy or Megadeth but they're pretty good for what they are too.

British Sea Power is a terrible name, no arguments.

Alba, Friday, 23 July 2021 14:46 (one week ago) link

We were promised jet packs for sure fuck those people idc if they sound like Alice Coltrane never hearing a note

― kurt schwitterz, Friday, July 23, 2021 10:17 AM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

Here, let me make that worse for you:

“The name came about after we heard a Ricky Gervais podcast,” explains Palmer. “The actual quote was ‘We were promised hovercrafts’ but we thought jetpacks sounded cooler.”

peace, man, Friday, 23 July 2021 15:19 (one week ago) link

Any band name with 'Music' in it is a no-no in my book ('The Music' are the worst offenders).

pomenitul, Friday, 23 July 2021 15:44 (one week ago) link

Was about to lay harder into We Were Promised Jetpacks but just discovered they were another high-school band who stayed together, which seems to be the case with a lot of the worst band names. God knows what name I’d have come up with at that age.

Alba, Friday, 23 July 2021 15:50 (one week ago) link

hope no one makes fun of my band Ricky Gervais Podcast

, Friday, 23 July 2021 15:51 (one week ago) link

a few locals that I refuse to listen to....

Dismembering the Carcass (oh neat you mashed up two famous metal bands into one)
Catcher AND the Rye (not convinced they don't think that's the actual title of the book and not them being 'clevar')

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Friday, 23 July 2021 15:54 (one week ago) link

imagining the lead singer dressed up like mike piazza and the surrounding bandmembers dressed up as bundles of grain

, Friday, 23 July 2021 15:57 (one week ago) link

honestly that would rekindle my interest

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Friday, 23 July 2021 16:01 (one week ago) link

Carcass in the Rye would be OK
Dismembering the Catcher also acceptable

Alba, Friday, 23 July 2021 16:04 (one week ago) link

catchers should always be dismembered

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Friday, 23 July 2021 16:14 (one week ago) link

Any band name with 'Music' in it is a no-no in my book ('The Music' are the worst offenders).

They were originally called Roxy but there was an American band with the same name.

Wouldn't disgrace a Michael Jackson (Tom D.), Friday, 23 July 2021 16:17 (one week ago) link

Luckily they didn't end up being called Roxy England

a cad, a bounder, a rotter, a really bad sort (Matt #2), Friday, 23 July 2021 16:20 (one week ago) link

The London Roxy
Roxy UK

Oh god, we were spared well.

Alba, Friday, 23 July 2021 16:28 (one week ago) link

Roxy Music much better than just Roxy imo

Alba, Friday, 23 July 2021 16:28 (one week ago) link

Definitely.

Wouldn't disgrace a Michael Jackson (Tom D.), Friday, 23 July 2021 16:34 (one week ago) link

In November 1970, Bryan Ferry, who had just lost his job teaching ceramics at a girls' school for holding impromptu record-listening sessions

I'd love to have been a fly on the wall.

Alba, Friday, 23 July 2021 16:41 (one week ago) link

Ugh my hot teddy boy teacher is making us listen to Xenakis again

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 23 July 2021 17:00 (one week ago) link

I suspect that ceramics class was somewhat oversubscribed.

Wouldn't disgrace a Michael Jackson (Tom D.), Friday, 23 July 2021 17:13 (one week ago) link

Beabadoobee is really the most impressively awful name I've encountered in some time. Maybe since Hoobastank?

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Monday, 26 July 2021 13:35 (five days ago) link

JUST IN: Mega Bog

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Monday, 26 July 2021 13:55 (five days ago) link

toiletcore

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Monday, 26 July 2021 14:18 (five days ago) link

i actually love the name mega bog

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 26 July 2021 14:49 (five days ago) link

It's kinda cute. My cousin has a (now in her thirties) kid named Meg, and called her Megabug when she was a little one. And of course we haven't let either one of them live that down.

henry s, Monday, 26 July 2021 15:29 (five days ago) link

"Roxy Music" is perfect for them and their sound.

I remember going to a friends' family's Christmas get-together one evening. Everyone was getting pissed and doing Playstation karaoke. It was mine and the patriarch's turn to do a song together, so we picked "Love Is The Drug". The Dad's big lunk of a son, 30 going on 17, goes up to him: "Dad! Dad! What you gonna sing?". Dad tells him: "I think we're going to go for some Roxy Music". Son: "What the fuck is that?"

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 26 July 2021 15:40 (five days ago) link

Just one of these exchanges that's stuck in my mind for years, it was more in the delivery of the conversation though

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 26 July 2021 15:41 (five days ago) link

i actually love the name mega bog

Unfortunately to anyone in the UK, a bog is another word for a lavatory. It's even worse in Australia though where it apparently means 'the act or an instance of defecating'.

Wouldn't disgrace a Michael Jackson (Tom D.), Monday, 26 July 2021 15:49 (five days ago) link

wow i’m even more into mega bog now that i know it means mega toilet in the uk

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 26 July 2021 16:02 (five days ago) link

I knew this but i'm sure nobody is surprised that I know of all of the names for toilet giving my posting history

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Monday, 26 July 2021 16:37 (five days ago) link

Cludgie?

Wouldn't disgrace a Michael Jackson (Tom D.), Monday, 26 July 2021 16:43 (five days ago) link

I was not familiar with the Australian term "dunny" until I watched the show Mr Inbetween.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 26 July 2021 16:48 (five days ago) link


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