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marky33
09-07-2005, 09:56 PM
Discussing the rockumentary Dig the other day, we wondered at how both bands featured - Brian Jonestown Massacre and Dandy Warhols - had puns as names when there were so few others that do.
The only others we managed to think of were The Beatles and Beasts of Bourbon -- but there must be others. What are they?


btw, we discounted U2 because it could just be the name of a spy plane, which just happens to sound like "you too".

Mr. Blue Sky
09-07-2005, 10:00 PM
Dread Zeppelin

cosmosdan
09-07-2005, 10:06 PM
You Too?

cosmosdan
09-07-2005, 10:07 PM
Dam!! Missed that discounted thing :o

marky33
09-07-2005, 10:12 PM
Dread Zeppelin
... other than tribute bands. (Dread Zepp is a tribute band, isn't it?)

Morbo
09-07-2005, 10:22 PM
Lipps, Inc.
Timbuk 3
The Newlydeads
Kathleen Turner Overdrive


and my favorite: Shitty Shitty Band Band

Flipstrip
09-07-2005, 10:29 PM
The Ditty Twisters.

Stephe96
09-07-2005, 10:36 PM
Extreme might qualify. As I recall, the some of the members were from a group called 'Dream.' Extreme = Ex-Dream.

Yes? No? Maybe?

Miss Purl McKnittington
09-07-2005, 10:38 PM
The Band?

Hung Mung
09-07-2005, 10:40 PM
Sinomatic (Cinematic, Sin-o-matic...eh, either way, they were FAR better than Buckcherry when I saw them at the House of Blues).

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
09-07-2005, 10:46 PM
There was once a band named "Thunderpussy" that played at a local club. Maybe there's another somewhere called "Octaball."

marky33
09-07-2005, 10:48 PM
Sinomatic .
For some reason that reminded me of another: Sunscreem.

Superdude
09-07-2005, 10:51 PM
Not a pun, per se, but the Ben Folds Five had only three members.

Marley23
09-07-2005, 10:58 PM
Has anybody read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius? It has a whole bunch of them. I remember JFKFC and Scott Beowulf. I think there was a Robert Downey Jr. Mint in there, or something like it. A bunch of good ones.

Marley23
09-07-2005, 10:59 PM
I meant to add that those aren't real band names, but someone may have appropriated them since then. They're good ideas, anyway. ;)

jimpatro
09-07-2005, 11:09 PM
Contraband

Sniff and the Tears

Leviosaurus
09-07-2005, 11:14 PM
Mary Tyler Morphine
Apocalypstick
Apocalypso
Trepanned Nation
Jehovah's Waitresses
Jehovah’s Witness Protection Program
Jesus Chrysler Supercar

And my personal favorite: Jim Jones and the Kool Aid Kids.

I actually lived with their lead singer for a couple years in college. This was after they had broken up.

Excalibre
09-07-2005, 11:27 PM
Lipps, Inc.
Dude. I never got that until now. Am I the only one who totally didn't get the joke?

Marley23
09-08-2005, 12:11 AM
Isn't there a band called the Goblin Cocks?

jackelope
09-08-2005, 12:31 AM
A certain member of this message board was in bands called Pornado and The Diarrhea of Anne Frank. (It wasn't me. I'm not that clever.)

Chanteuse
09-08-2005, 12:42 AM
Dude. I never got that until now. Am I the only one who totally didn't get the joke?

I only got it a few years ago, when I heard it said aloud on some TV show--I felt really stupid, because I'd always said it as "Lips, Incorporated." But just the other day, I got to feel better about it--after I heard a DJ mispronounce it exactly the same way.

So, no, you're not the only one! :)

panamajack
09-08-2005, 01:36 AM
Interestingly enough, JFKFC comes from here (http://www.jfkfriendshipcenter.org/index.php?lang=en).

A couple more:
Camper Van Beethoven
Reel Big Fish

A few not-quite puns, but some wordplay :

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Booth and the Bad Angel ( play on Angelo Badalamenti's name)
Emergency Third Rail Power Trip (not quite a pun since this is exactly what the signs say)



But the winner for way, way, too clever band name :

The Kinsey Sicks

Birdmonster
09-08-2005, 01:48 AM
Great one: John Cougar Concentration Camp.

rinni
09-08-2005, 02:36 AM
I had a hearty laugh when I read the following name in a list of "Weird Band Names". Never heard of the band, but if they exist, great name!

New Squids on the Dock.

Mr2001
09-08-2005, 05:43 AM
The Crystal Method
Freezepop
Richard Cheese (eww)

parthenokinesis
09-08-2005, 06:47 AM
Inxs ?

RealityChuck
09-08-2005, 07:54 AM
XTC

At first, I thought The Allman Brothers Band was a pun -- "all men (are) brothers"

Snickers
09-08-2005, 07:59 AM
Not the band, but their album - Van Halen's OU812.

Jonathan Chance
09-08-2005, 08:02 AM
Eve's Plumbs would be one.

Mooch
09-08-2005, 09:59 AM
Average White Band

Alessan
09-08-2005, 10:23 AM
Rock4 (Israeli band, early 90's).

BurnMeUp
09-08-2005, 10:27 AM
The Amazombies - a female punk band
Black Velvet Flag - A group who does lounge covers of punk music (velvet for the covers and black fag being a seminal punk band)
Boris the Sprinkler (based on the Who's Boris the Spider)
Lunachicks
The Spinatras

dwc1970
09-08-2005, 10:27 AM
The Greg Kihn Band (http://www.msn.fullfeed.com/~dale/discography.html) isn't a pun in and of itself, but several of its album titles are:

Next of Kihn
GregRocKihnRollBand
Kihntinued
Kihnspiracy
Kihntagious
Citizen Kihn
Kihnsolidation
Greg Kihn Unkihntrollable
Kihn of Hearts
Kihnspicuous Taste

stpauler
09-08-2005, 10:42 AM
And my personal favorite: Jim Jones and the Kool Aid Kids.

That is brilliant!

BurnMeUp
09-08-2005, 10:51 AM
A band that doesn't exist that I always thought should is Pontius Pilate and the Nail Driving 5

Hung Mung
09-08-2005, 11:01 AM
Black Velvet Flag - A group who does lounge covers of punk music (velvet for the covers and black fag being a seminal punk band)
:eek:
Never heard of them. If they're young republicans, they have completed the trifecta.

yanceylebeef
09-08-2005, 11:06 AM
REO Speeddealer got sued by the band and now is just Speeddealer.

My personal fave is Freddy and the Four Gone Conclusions!

Not to mention they rock as well. Features Freddy Fortune from Fortune & maltese.

BurnMeUp
09-08-2005, 11:08 AM
:eek:
Never heard of them. If they're young republicans, they have completed the trifecta.

Hehehehe of course i meant Black Flag. :)

Hung Mung
09-08-2005, 11:13 AM
I also thought I'd throw in some fake band names from Illuminatus!.

Fillet of Soul
The Gospel According to Marx
The Pubic Heirs
Acapulco Gold-Diggers
Occidental Ox
The Horseless Headsmen
MC Squared
Gorilla Warfare
I Opening
Reddy Willing and Unable
Nothin' Sirius

Waaay too much time on somebody's hands.

Superdude
09-08-2005, 11:26 AM
New Squids on the Dock.

Similarly, Me First & the Gimme Gimmes

And, although the name (and bacd) are from a movie, The Oneders (not the O-Knee-Ders).

Does Question Mark & the Mysterians count?

An episode of Quantum Leap had Sam playing a disc jockey, and, when there was dead air, he attributed it to Dull Needle & the Statics.

vibrotronica
09-08-2005, 11:26 AM
A certain member of this message board was in bands called Pornado and The Diarrhea of Anne Frank. (It wasn't me. I'm not that clever.)That would be me, although Pornado never actually performed and I missed last weekend's Diarrhea of Anne Frank reunion due to family reasons.

Meanwhile, there's a Memphis band called The Joint Chiefs who totally rock.

Kevbo
09-08-2005, 11:32 AM
Mid '80s saw this quartet perfroming regularly in Boulder, CO.

The 4 Nikators

Superdude
09-08-2005, 11:32 AM
Meanwhile, there's a Memphis band called The Joint Chiefs who totally rock.

There's also a local band who calls themselves The Electric Amish.

Mr. Blue Sky
09-08-2005, 11:43 AM
The Greg Kihn Band (http://www.msn.fullfeed.com/~dale/discography.html) isn't a pun in and of itself, but several of its album titles are:

Next of Kihn
GregRocKihnRollBand
Kihntinued
Kihnspiracy
Kihntagious
Citizen Kihn
Kihnsolidation
Greg Kihn Unkihntrollable
Kihn of Hearts
Kihnspicuous Taste

They left one out:

SicKihntired.

Morbo
09-08-2005, 01:19 PM
Dude. I never got that until now. Am I the only one who totally didn't get the joke?

I found out the hard way - by calling them "Lipps, Incoporated" in front of my brothers and getting teased unmercifully as a result.

Time to pay it forward:



HAH-hah!



:)

AskNott
09-08-2005, 03:20 PM
Last week's Prairie Home Companion show featured the Wailin' Jennys, a Canadian girl group.

In these parts, there's a band called The Vulgar Boatmen, from the very old Volga Boatman.

Has anybody mentioned the Dead Kennedys yet?

The Notting Hillbillies, Mark Knopfler's retro band.

The Hellecasters. Studio guitar wizards.

Hayseed Dixie is a bluegrass band that plays AC/DC covers.

Max Carnage
09-08-2005, 03:53 PM
There's also a local band who calls themselves The Electric Amish.

The Fortress of Solitude is in Indiana?

Enderw24
09-08-2005, 04:02 PM
My Dixie Wrecked.

marky33
09-08-2005, 09:28 PM
Please could someone explain the puns in these names, which have all been put forward in this thread:
Eve's Plumbs
Average White Band
Jim Jones & The Kool Aid Kids
Me First & the Gimme Gimmes
Electric Amish
Dead Kennedys

Mr. Blue Sky
09-08-2005, 09:34 PM
Please could someone explain the puns in these names, which have all been put forward in this thread:
Eve's Plumbs
Average White Band
Jim Jones & The Kool Aid Kids
Me First & the Gimme Gimmes
Electric Amish
Dead Kennedys

Eve's Plumbs = Eve Plumb was Jan on the Brady Bunch

Jim Jones = was the leader of a cult. He forced his followers to drink poisoned Kool Aid

Electric Amish = The Amish live a 19th century lifestyle without modern amenities such as electricity

Dead Kennedys = San Francisco punk band ripping on JKF & RFK and their untimely demise.

ftg
09-08-2005, 10:00 PM
Jello Biafra

marky33
09-08-2005, 10:22 PM
Jim Jones = was the leader of a cult. He forced his followers to drink poisoned Kool Aid

Electric Amish = The Amish live a 19th century lifestyle without modern amenities such as electricity

Dead Kennedys = San Francisco punk band ripping on JKF & RFK and their untimely demise.
So none of these are actually puns?

Marley23
09-08-2005, 10:49 PM
So none of these are actually puns?
They're jokes, but not puns.

Green Bean
09-08-2005, 11:28 PM
This is really embarrassing--but I still don't get the "Lipps, Inc." thing.

Mr2001
09-08-2005, 11:32 PM
Lip sync

Green Bean
09-08-2005, 11:37 PM
I got it right after I posted! :smack: But thanks anyway.

Superdude
09-08-2005, 11:51 PM
The Fortress of Solitude is in Indiana?

Nope. But the Fortress of SoliDude is.

Reminds me of the book How to Be a Superhero. In it, the writers were discussing bad answers to media questions. Allow me to paraphrase:

"Captain Dynamo, can you tell us where your secret base is?"

"Sure...438 W 92nd Street...dammit! Forget I said that!"

Morbo
09-09-2005, 01:17 PM
I got it right after I posted! :smack: But thanks anyway.



HAH-hah!



:)

Sternvogel
09-09-2005, 02:01 PM
Ever since FilmGeek mentioned the band in a previous thread, I've thought of Onward Crispin Glover (http://www.lawrence.com/bands/onward_crispin_glover/) whenever this topic comes up.

My brother was once in a group called 6S (success) and my dad is part of an ensemble known as the Standard Thyme Band (playing the "standards" with a bit of spice).

Ernest Evans took the stage name Chubby Checker as a play on Fats Domino, whose actual first name is Antoine, as the recent news from New Orleans reminded/informed us.

I once saw an episode of Family Feud which featured a Caucasian woman who had a hip-hop act and billed herself as Plain White Rapper.

Fake (as far as I know) name which I've found amusing since hearing it when I was in college: Dr. Sausage and the Missing Links.

jsc1953
09-09-2005, 03:11 PM
I got it right after I posted! :smack: But thanks anyway.

Don't feel bad. I never got "Camper Van Beethoven", and was just about to post an Idontgeddit....when the light dawned.

"Chevy Van Beethoven" would've been better, though.

panamajack
09-09-2005, 05:40 PM
"Chevy Van Beethoven" would've been better, though.

Not for a band from Santa Cruz ... :)


What's the story on Mr. Boucher? Was there Biafran leader with a name that sounded like Jello? A city in Biafra? Or is it something I'll realize right after I post ...

Beware of Doug
09-09-2005, 06:00 PM
I Spit On Your Gravy

jsc1953
09-09-2005, 06:04 PM
Not for a band from Santa Cruz ... :) .

Good point. So Ludwig Van Conversion wouldn't work, either.

Mister Rik
09-09-2005, 06:51 PM
There is a local classic rock band that calls itself Salmon Dave.

Another local band was trying to come up with a name, and so asked the general public to submit suggestions. At one point the band was strongly considering one suggestion: Al Dente and the Pastafarians.

jsc1953
09-10-2005, 12:17 AM
Grand Funk Railroad

beckwall
09-10-2005, 12:57 AM
Blame mr. beckwall if this one disturbs you. He swears it's a real band name.

Crucifucks :eek:

*d & r*

DarRRva
09-10-2005, 05:10 AM
okay... so was I the only person in the world who thought that inxs was pronounced ink-sis ?

:smack:


I seriously heard someone say it for the first time about 2 years ago and the ball dropped.

fishbicycle
09-10-2005, 05:22 AM
My fave band name ever, aural sects.

And there's a local outfit called Cream Abdul Babar.

Skywatcher
09-10-2005, 09:31 AM
I've heard of a female Elvis impersonator who performs as Elvis Herselvis.

Lisa-go-Blind
09-10-2005, 12:16 PM
Blame mr. beckwall if this one disturbs you. He swears it's a real band name.

Crucifucks :eek:

*d & r*

I'll verify this one. It's the band Steve Shelley was in before Sonic Youth, if I recall correctly.

dinahmoe
09-10-2005, 01:10 PM
My 1982 Trouser Press (pun!) guide to New Wave Records lists several bands called the 4-Skins, and one called Phil 'n' the Blanks.

Miss Mapp
09-10-2005, 04:00 PM
There is (was?) a folk-singers band called the Motherfolkers.

JKellyMap
09-10-2005, 04:04 PM
I've heard of a female Elvis impersonator who performs as Elvis Herselvis.

And there's El Vis , the Mexican Elvis impersonator.

docandjean
09-10-2005, 04:19 PM
We used to have a local Celtic band whose name was "Ireland Butterfly".

Marley23
09-10-2005, 06:07 PM
I've heard of a female Elvis impersonator who performs as Elvis Herselvis.
The lead singer of Dread Zeppelin is Greg Tortell. He performed as Tortelvis.

phoebo32
09-14-2005, 10:04 PM
okay... so was I the only person in the world who thought that inxs was pronounced ink-sis ?

:smack:


I seriously heard someone say it for the first time about 2 years ago and the ball dropped.

nope, not the only one....although I only learnt when the show came out.

Although it always does take me a few seconds to click on to things like that, just prefer not to mention the inxs thing out loud.

Thats my girl always doing the stupid thing.

pravnik
09-14-2005, 10:17 PM
REO Speedealer, since changed to simply Speedealer following some strongly worded letters. I always wanted to do REO Speedweenie, but now it's ruined.

pravnik
09-14-2005, 10:21 PM
And there's El Vis , the Mexican Elvis impersonator."El Vez," actually. I've seen him, he's awesome.

pravnik
09-14-2005, 10:26 PM
Whoops, I was behing the curve on Speedealer. Okay, then: The Deftones.

MisterThyristor
09-15-2005, 02:35 AM
There's an "alt-country" group that calls itself "Hillbilly Idol".

MisterThyristor
09-15-2005, 02:51 AM
Oh, and I almost forgot: The Sultans of Bing

elfkin477
09-15-2005, 10:06 AM
Aww, the first one I thought of is in the OP - Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Cloud ten
Pist*on
Modern Day Zero
Velvet Teen
Gemma Hayes (I think it's a play on Gamma Rays, anyway)

Mr2001
09-18-2005, 09:21 PM
The Plimsouls

Mr. Blue Sky
09-18-2005, 09:22 PM
The Plimsouls

'splain?

Sternvogel
09-18-2005, 09:35 PM
'splain?

A plimsole (http://www.answers.com/plimsole&r=67) (also spelled plimsoll or plimsol) is a sneaker. The "sole" syllable of the (variant spelling of the) word is itself a pun -- the word ultimately derives from the name of Samuel Plimsoll, a merchant memorialized in the nautical term Plimsoll mark (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?method=4&dsid=1555&dekey=P0376400&gwp=8&curtab=1555_1&linktext=%3CSMALL%3EPLIMSOLL%20MARK%3C%2FSMALL%3E).

RealityChuck
09-18-2005, 10:09 PM
I can't believe I didn't think of this one sooner: Flash and the Pan

marky33
09-19-2005, 01:18 AM
One more that has yet to be mentioned: Terrorvision.

Superdude
12-14-2016, 01:59 PM
Fitz and the Tantrums

WordMan
12-14-2016, 02:01 PM
This is an eleven year old thread.


The Zombies? ;)

running coach
12-14-2016, 02:11 PM
We've got Spam, Spam, Spam, Spaghetti and Spam.

Reported.

snoe
12-14-2016, 02:12 PM
Stephin Merritt's side project, "The Gothic Archies."
(Also had a project called "The 6ths," named to aggravate lispers.)

Also, the solo act known as "Kurt Vile."

Giles
12-14-2016, 02:17 PM
It wasn't formed in 2006: 2NE1, a K-Pop girl group, can be read as "twenty one" or "to anyone".

Chronos
12-14-2016, 02:21 PM
[Moderating]

Although this thread was bumped by a spammer, there have been three legitimate on-topic posts after that, so it looks like there's interest in continuing the discussion. So I'll keep it open.

Superdude
12-14-2016, 02:25 PM
Great. Disappearing the spammer's post makes it look like I bumped it.

Biggirl
12-14-2016, 02:28 PM
Did I miss a mention of The Beatles?

running coach
12-14-2016, 02:29 PM
We've got Spam, Spam, Spam, Spaghetti and Spam.

Reported.

Great. Disappearing the spammer's post makes it look like I bumped it.

Which is why I make the reporting post like that.

Ludovic
12-14-2016, 02:32 PM
Elvis Depressedly
Peace Corpse

edwards_beard
12-14-2016, 03:27 PM
The all-female Iron Maiden tribute band is The Iron Maidens

buddha_david
12-14-2016, 03:42 PM
Not a band name, but original Beatles drummer Pete Best released an album called Best of the Beatles.

RealityChuck
12-14-2016, 03:56 PM
When I first heard the name, I thought The Allman Brothers Band was a pun: "All men (are) brothers."

kenobi 65
12-14-2016, 04:03 PM
Electric Light Orchestra (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_Light_Orchestra#Name) is a pun / reference to "light orchestras", which were popular in England up through the 1960s, playing "light music (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_music)."

Trancephalic
12-14-2016, 04:10 PM
11 years and no-one thought of Rockapella??

But I don't blame y'all for forgetting about Nsync...

Snowboarder Bo
12-14-2016, 04:10 PM
When I first heard the name, I thought The Allman Brothers Band was a pun: "All men (are) brothers."
Aye; you mentioned that (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=6557951&postcount=27).

Are you and Northern Piper (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=813700) feeling okay? :p

JKellyMap
12-14-2016, 07:37 PM
I've been patiently waiting eleven years. Won't somebody please explain:

Jello Biafra
Average White Band

JKellyMap
12-14-2016, 08:00 PM
Aye; you mentioned that (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=6557951&postcount=27).

Are you and Northern Piper (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=813700) feeling okay? :p

Threadja vu! (not my coinage -- I'm just diffusing the term.)

Snowboarder Bo
12-14-2016, 08:07 PM
I've been patiently waiting eleven years. Won't somebody please explain:

Jello Biafra
Average White Band

Jello Biafra came about because of the massive amount of donated non-nutritional (and non-makeable due to a lack of clean water) food stuffs donated by Americans for the relief of starving people in the short-lived nation of Biafra (which had attempted to secede from Nigeria). He likes the ridiculousness of the dichotomy and the way it pokes at American's notions of their own goodness as evidenced by their charitable acts.

Jello's current project, btw, is called Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine. They are very much in the same vein as old Dead Kennedys stuff. His albums with Allen Jourgensen and Paul Barker under the Lard moniker are excellent. His one-off collaboration with D.O.A., Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors is also excellent and contains the classic (IMO) Full Metal Jackoff (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJMP0FEz51U). ---Not sure why but this video took a few seconds to start for me; just FYI in case it does that for others eh---

-------

No idea why AWB called themselves that.

:D

Ludovic
12-14-2016, 08:07 PM
Average White BandYeah I'm not seeing a pun there, if any, either. I've wondered if that was a phrase used back then to describe a white rock band playing a "typical" hard rock, and if so, the name could be a humorous takeoff on the fact that they played a different style of music from what people would think an "average white band" would play at the time, but I still don't see it being a pun.

JKellyMap
12-14-2016, 08:10 PM
I've been patiently waiting eleven years. Won't somebody please explain:

Jello Biafra
Average White Band

Okay, did my own research. Jello Biafra is not a pun, but rather a wry commentary akin to "let them eat cake*". Average White Band is a pun, but of a very obscure reference that a handful of people would have understood in 1970, let alone today:

Running out of time, British diplomat pal Rab Wyper's catch phrase 'too much for the average white man' is adapted, and Average White Band is born.

*Thanks to Cecil, I can never read or hear this phrase without immediately picturing Marie Antoinette tripping on LSD while declaring "the theme is quest"! :)

ETA -- Thanks, Bo! Fits with my summary. And Ludovic, thanks -- but now we know.

Snowboarder Bo
12-14-2016, 08:10 PM
Threadja vu! (not my coinage -- I'm just diffusing the term.)

If it's a case of bad threamory, I think you can get member berries for that now in South Park.

:D






I think 'thread vu' is an excellent term and I will add it to my lexicon!

tenacious j
12-14-2016, 08:39 PM
NM.

nearwildheaven
12-14-2016, 08:46 PM
The Greg Kihn Band (http://www.msn.fullfeed.com/~dale/discography.html) isn't a pun in and of itself, but several of its album titles are:

Next of Kihn
GregRocKihnRollBand
Kihntinued
Kihnspiracy
Kihntagious
Citizen Kihn
Kihnsolidation
Greg Kihn Unkihntrollable
Kihn of Hearts
Kihnspicuous Taste

Those album titles were decided by his record company, and he hated them. :dubious:

I have a relative who played in a band many years ago called the Moving Van Goghs. :p

nearwildheaven
12-14-2016, 08:49 PM
Blame mr. beckwall if this one disturbs you. He swears it's a real band name.

Crucifucks :eek:

*d & r*

It was real. When my brother was in high school in the mid 1980s, he had a radio show through the school, and a colleague was kicked off the program after saying that word on a live broadcast. :eek:

(Didn't realize this was a zombie thread right away, either.)

nearwildheaven
12-14-2016, 08:52 PM
Also, the solo act known as "Kurt Vile."

That's his real name.

Saintly Loser
12-14-2016, 09:34 PM
I know we're not looking for tribute bands here, but what the heck. . .

There is (or was, a few years ago, anyway) an all-woman Kinks cover band in San Francisco (they weren't really a tribute band, because they didn't try to sound exactly like the Kinks) called the Minks.

They billed themselves as "just like the Kinks, but less ladylike."

Superdude
12-14-2016, 09:46 PM
Okay, did my own research. Jello Biafra is not a pun, but rather a wry commentary akin to "let them eat cake*". Average White Band is a pun, but of a very obscure reference that a handful of people would have understood in 1970, let alone today:



*Thanks to Cecil, I can never read or hear this phrase without immediately picturing Marie Antoinette tripping on LSD while declaring "the theme is quest"! :)

ETA -- Thanks, Bo! Fits with my summary. And Ludovic, thanks -- but now we know.

I always thought that "Average White Band" was along the lines of "Five Man Electrical Band." Just kind of a "truth in advertising" name.

hogarth
12-14-2016, 09:54 PM
The Original Caste is another punny name (famous for "One Tin Soldier").

Kamino Neko
12-14-2016, 10:21 PM
Did I miss a mention of The Beatles?

Nope, but you beat me to it.

Others spotted in a quick glance through my music folder...

Flight of the Conchords
Halestorm (the lead singer and drummer are Lzzy and Arejay Hale).

The latter reminds me there's also a band named Alestorm.

Snowboarder Bo
12-14-2016, 10:22 PM
A friend of mine once put together a band to do punk rock covers of Neil Diamond songs for a wedding. They were so good that they decided to start gigging around town and during sessions to think of a name, I suggested Jehovah's Eye Witness but they went with The Giving Heads instead.

Banksiaman
12-15-2016, 01:05 AM
Michael Franti's old band - The Beatnigs

Australian band The Porkers started as the Pork Hunts

Rap ensemble including an Australian Aboriginal man - A.B. Original

Melbourne Cowpunk band - The Sacred Cowboys

stillownedbysetters
12-15-2016, 01:07 AM
Michele Shocked

Banksiaman
12-15-2016, 01:15 AM
And ....

Louis Tillet's band - The Aspersion Cast

Seminal punk band The Saints spawned a splinter group that didn't invite the lead singer - toured as The Aints.

Vulgar Beat Men

pulykamell
12-15-2016, 01:30 AM
Did I miss a mention of The Beatles?

Nope, but you beat me to it.


Actually, you might want to re-read the OP....

Half Man Half Wit
12-15-2016, 01:56 AM
Beasts of Bourbon
James Blast Orchestra (now JBO after legal trouble)
Joint Venture

Half Man Half Wit
12-15-2016, 01:57 AM
Beasts of Bourbon

OK, that one was in the OP... but well, that was eleven years ago!

hogarth
12-15-2016, 05:19 AM
Rose Royce
Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes

campp
12-15-2016, 06:28 AM
There's an aging boomer rock band in a local retirement area (Sun City), called One Foot in the Grave.

Nava
12-15-2016, 07:14 AM
While Mägo de Oz (wïzard of oz) isn't a pun per se, the umlaut is.

RealityChuck
12-15-2016, 07:52 AM
Aye; you mentioned that (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=6557951&postcount=27).

Are you and Northern Piper (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=813700) feeling okay? :pHey, eleven years is a long time. :)

RealityChuck
12-15-2016, 07:55 AM
Electric Light Orchestra (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_Light_Orchestra#Name) is a pun / reference to "light orchestras", which were popular in England up through the 1960s, playing "light music (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_music)."It also refers to an electric light. This is made clear by the cover of their first album (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Electric_Light_Orchestra_(album)#/media/File:ElectricLightOrchestranoanswer.jpg). So it's both "Electric Light" Orchestra and Electric "Light Orchestra."

JKellyMap
12-15-2016, 08:05 AM
I always thought that "Average White Band" was along the lines of "Five Man Electrical Band." Just kind of a "truth in advertising" name.

Yes, that was certainly the idea they wanted to get across...but the "pun" aspect is the obscure reference I mentioned.

Dallas Jones
12-15-2016, 08:32 AM
I haven't seen The Ted Dancin Machine mentioned yet.

Jumpbass
12-15-2016, 11:06 AM
My band is called The Smart Fellers. Not a pun, but a spoonerism. We call our pianist Carrie Hunt. (Not really- she'd kill us.) Amazing how many people don't get it. We get called The Smart Fellas, The Smart Fellows, etc. It's funny when folks DO get it. The look of dawning comprehension is priceless.

I've been thinking of taking the stage name Charlie Foxtrot.

There used to be a band around here called The Uncalled Four.

Miss Mapp
12-15-2016, 12:41 PM
I was going to mention The Motherfolkers, and then I saw that I already did... a long, long time ago.

Steophan
12-15-2016, 12:54 PM
The all-female Iron Maiden tribute band is The Iron Maidens

There's also Judith Priest, I imagine you can guess who they're a tribute to.

JKellyMap
12-15-2016, 02:03 PM
My band is called The Smart Fellers. Not a pun, but a spoonerism. We call our pianist Carrie Hunt. (Not really- she'd kill us.) Amazing how many people don't get it. We get called The Smart Fellas, The Smart Fellows, etc. It's funny when folks DO get it. The look of dawning comprehension is priceless.



I was in a spoonerism "band," for a month or so in high school -- Dain Bramage. Yours was much better, since it still has meaning either way.

JKellyMap
12-15-2016, 02:05 PM
As for Average White Band...there's also their visual pun (of sorts) -- the "W" on their album covers stylized to resemble a curvaceous woman's derriere. Even as an eight-year-old, I could tell that was titillating and rather naughty.

pulykamell
12-15-2016, 04:39 PM
I was in a spoonerism "band," for a month or so in high school -- Dain Bramage. Yours was much better, since it still has meaning either way.

Yeah, I would never in a million years have recognized Smart Fellers as a purposeful spoonerism for "Fart Smellers." I mean, it is, but it works the regular way that if it was ever pointed out to me, I would have thought it accidental/coincidence. Well played.

E-DUB
12-15-2016, 08:42 PM
One of my favorite ficticious names: Billy Rocca and the Rockabillies.

edwards_beard
12-15-2016, 09:28 PM
There's also Judith Priest, I imagine you can guess who they're a tribute to.

Stryper? :p

I don't know how I forgot this local RI Metal band from the late 80's Wargasm.

Jumpbass
12-16-2016, 10:34 AM
I was in a spoonerism "band," for a month or so in high school -- Dain Bramage. Yours was much better, since it still has meaning either way.

pulkamell sez: Yeah, I would never in a million years have recognized Smart Fellers as a purposeful spoonerism for "Fart Smellers." I mean, it is, but it works the regular way that if it was ever pointed out to me, I would have thought it accidental/coincidence. Well played.

Thank you. It's based on an old tongue twister.

tim-n-va
12-16-2016, 11:04 AM
Tribute/cover: Lez Zeppelin

Zu Zu's Petals - saw a poster for them years ago.

Garfunkel and Oates - maybe they fit the category.

Kamino Neko
12-16-2016, 03:59 PM
Zu Zu's Petals - saw a poster for them years ago.

How is that a pun?

JKellyMap
12-17-2016, 10:59 AM
How is that a pun?

Not a pun, just a rather obscure cultural reference I had to look up (a scene in It's a Wonderful Life).

bobo blesinger
12-17-2016, 01:15 PM
the yeasty girlz

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