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Malleus, Incus, Stapes!
07-02-2009, 09:41 AM
My mother tells me she heard about a band called Hydrophobic Ichthyologists.


(Oddly enough, I can't find it on Google).

misling
07-02-2009, 11:55 AM
Sounds more like an attempted googlewhack than a band :)

http://www.googlewhack.com/

Ronald C. Semone
07-02-2009, 12:08 PM
Even better is Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

BACI
07-02-2009, 09:42 PM
Little while back in OZ there was a band called "People with Chairs up Their Noses".

Does that win?

RealityChuck
07-02-2009, 09:47 PM
Free Beer (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:g9foxqy5ldse~T2) -- a bar band (of course). Always drew a big crowd.

El_Kabong
07-02-2009, 09:55 PM
My personal fave band name has always been Half Man Half Biscuit, although I must confess to never having heard any of their music.

Ichbin Dubist
07-02-2009, 11:06 PM
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness (http://www.chosendarkness.com/)

Invisible Chimp
07-02-2009, 11:22 PM
My vote is ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...And_You_Will_Know_Us_by_the_Trail_of_Dead)

Sparky812
07-02-2009, 11:25 PM
Back in High School we had a punk band named Anal Chinook.

el capitan
07-02-2009, 11:40 PM
Definitely Ye Olde Royal Shithouse Players

http://www.yorsp.com/

Askance
07-03-2009, 01:16 AM
I always had a soft spot for The Snivelling Shits (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Snivelling_Shits). How can you go past recommendations like:

"an iconoclastic mantra of amphetamine-induced sexual dysfunction"

"the Snivelling Shits reduced every cliché of the era to as few chords as possible, then spattered them with a stupidity that would have been rank if it wasn't so magnificent"

AskNott
07-03-2009, 04:51 PM
I knew a guy who was reckless in his music buying. He bought one by Dirty John's Hot Dog Stand, just because he liked the name. It sucked.

Baron Greenback
07-03-2009, 05:28 PM
My personal fave band name has always been Half Man Half Biscuit, although I must confess to never having heard any of their music.

The musicianship when they started out was very ramshackle, but it has improved over the last twenty years or so, and has now risen to the merely competent. The thing with Half Man Half Biscuit is that Nigel is one of the most acute and funny and bitter lyricists in the history of popular music.

Horatio Hellpop
07-03-2009, 08:36 PM
Dino, Desi and Billy! Who wouldn't buy a record by a band called Dino, Desi and Billy? Probably not two records, but one, for sure!

I also get a wry chuckle out of the name Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Not sure why.

digs
07-04-2009, 12:04 AM
A fellow Art Director in the early 80s would take a long lunch on paydays and come back with a stack of vinyl. With band names like "Agent Orange" or "Throbbing Gristle".

I still think "Dead Kennedys" was bold for the time. Bolder than the "Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza". And I like "Death Cab for Cutie", but only because it was first a song by (ready for cooler band name?) ... The Bonzo Dog Band!

SleepyDuck
07-04-2009, 12:21 AM
Sweaty Butt Hairs? (Eugene, Oregon (c) 1984)

It's Not Rocket Surgery!
07-04-2009, 01:14 AM
I vote for When People Were Shorter And Lived Near The Water.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_People_Were_Shorter_and_Lived_Near_the_Water

BigBertha
07-04-2009, 01:59 AM
Mott The Hoople.
Your welcome

devilsknew
07-04-2009, 05:41 AM
Strawberry Alarm Clock (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry_Alarm_Clock).

Wudda wished to have been there when that name coalesced. Sounds like a military PsyOPs operational protocol-- Noun Noun Noun structure.

DoctorJ
07-04-2009, 06:10 AM
I've been enjoying the new disc from a Scottish band called We Were Promised Jetpacks.

friedo
07-04-2009, 06:15 AM
Devastatin' Dave, the Turntable Slave.

OK, I guess one guy doesn't count as a band.

In college, some CS buddies had a trance outfit called Syntactic Sugar. They woulda made it big if they could ever figure out how to use Logic Pro.

Windwalker
07-04-2009, 12:43 PM
I'd go with The Flaming Lips.

Not as strange as some of the ones in here, but as for a name that evokes musical cool with a fiery heart, it's hard to top.

Cuckoorex
07-04-2009, 12:47 PM
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (http://sleepytimegorillamuseum.com/)

It's Not Rocket Surgery!
07-04-2009, 12:57 PM
Here's a list (http://digitaldreamdoor.nutsie.com/pages/quotes/funnyband.html) of funny band names.

Kamino Neko
07-04-2009, 01:51 PM
Sound neat/weird images:

Shadowy Men From a Shadowy Planet
The Dead Milkmen
Oingo Boingo

Confusing:

Alice Cooper (back when it was the band, not the guy, thus making it no longer particularly confusing - still amusing, though)
Jethro Tull
The Band
The Who

Myglaren
07-04-2009, 02:36 PM
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.

The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.

Fläsket Brinner.

Tasvalainen Presidentii.

digs
07-04-2009, 02:55 PM
Just a little holiday keepin'-ever'body-up-to-speed...

Devastatin' Dave, the Turntable Slave.

http://www.myspace.com/devastatindaveno1

"You don' have ta be a Gang... stah.... You got Skills!
You don' have ta be a Gang... stah... The kind that pay Bills!"

And the CLASSIC Zip Zap Rap!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clg9AziTfI4
I DARE you to listen to all of it.

"Zip dip zap, a zip wit a wabbit,
Zippy dippa wippa... got a cocaine habit,
Scooby dooby bip a zip bop blam,
It started with a quarter, now it is a gram..."

~~~
Dino, Desi and Billy
Wasn't their schtick that they were the sons of Dean Martin, Desi Arnaz... and uh.... Billy Senior?

~~~
Jethro Tull
It was fun being a fan in the early days, when they were a lesser-known bluesy band, and we could manipulate some know-it-all into saying "I've got all his albums!" We even got Marky Radditz to say "Yeah, well, I hitched to Chicago and saw him playing in a blues club".

~~~
And another link:
The 25 Most Ridiculous Band Names in Rock History
http://www.cracked.com/article_15118_25-most-ridiculous-band-names-in-rock-history.html
Opposite of the OP, but fun nonetheless.

foolsguinea
07-04-2009, 03:18 PM
My vote is ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...And_You_Will_Know_Us_by_the_Trail_of_Dead)Also Godspeed You! Black Emperor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godspeed_You!_Black_Emperor)

Sternvogel
07-04-2009, 07:46 PM
Wasn't their schtick that they were the sons of Dean Martin, Desi Arnaz... and uh.... Billy Senior?

Right on the first two, but Billy was just plain Billy Hinsche (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Hinsche), although he was once a Beach Boy's brother-in-law.

Ludovic
07-04-2009, 08:47 PM
Also Godspeed You! Black Emperor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godspeed_You!_Black_Emperor)And until their last album, Panic! at the Disco (which dropped the bang, unfortunately.)

But for minimalism, I'd have to go with "Therapy?"

silenus
07-04-2009, 09:35 PM
Black Tape For A Blue Girl

Trespassers William

Great names, and I actually know several of the members.

Sunshine and Smiles
07-04-2009, 09:40 PM
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

For whatever reason, I really like Codeine as a band name too.

bigdfrombigd
07-04-2009, 11:45 PM
Out of Dallas, Texas in the 80's........The Butthole Surfers!!!

Invisible Chimp
07-05-2009, 12:05 AM
On second thought, I'd also like to vote for the band Fuck (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:d9fuxqqhldke). By virtue of their name they will not only never get played on the radio, but they will be very difficult to be torrented.

Sparky812
07-05-2009, 06:46 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finger_Eleven
The winner is.... Finger Eleven used to be called The Rainbow Butt Monkeys!

bluecanary
07-05-2009, 06:47 AM
I only heard of this band earlier this year, but it tops my all-time favourite band name list:


The Super Funky Fever Monkeys (http://www.myspace.com/robertwaynehaagandsffm)

The song 'Closer To You' lives up to the name, too.

mobo85
07-05-2009, 09:13 AM
Every year the Onion AV Club does a list of horrible band names. Most of them are pretty amusing.

One of the most amusing band names I've found online is Yo! Kenneth Lamar Noid, which is amsuing even if you don't get the multiple references in the name.

blondebear
07-05-2009, 10:07 AM
Who trivia: there was a band meeting to decide on a name, the two choices being "The Hair" and "The Who". Pete lobbied for combining the two names, but "The Hair and The Who" didn't go over well with the other band members.

It's Not Rocket Surgery!
07-05-2009, 12:23 PM
On second thought, I'd also like to vote for the band Fuck (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:d9fuxqqhldke). By virtue of their name they will not only never get played on the radio, but they will be very difficult to be torrented.

On a similar note, I've heard Holy Fuck (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Fuck) get played a few times on Sirius radio.

Jackmannii
07-05-2009, 12:52 PM
The genre of surf rock alone has contributed many fine band names, including Insect Surfers, Laika and the Cosmonauts, Man or Astro-Man? and Don's Mobile Barbers (who of course recorded "Baby Snakes").

AuntPam
07-05-2009, 04:49 PM
The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash. My friend Doug Meyer played with them for a while...

yanceylebeef
07-05-2009, 07:32 PM
We had three in Denver until recently.

John Cougar Concentration Camp
The Gaza Strippers
REO Speeddealer.

enipla
07-05-2009, 08:05 PM
Ummmm....

How about...

Toad the Wet Sprocket.

mj_2
07-05-2009, 08:11 PM
Kiss

Simple, easy to remember and to the point. I've always thought this was the best band name ever. And who doesn't love a great kiss!?

friedo
07-06-2009, 12:19 AM
And the CLASSIC Zip Zap Rap!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clg9AziTfI4
I DARE you to listen to all of it.


Don't be a dope!
Don't smoke that coke!
We're talkin' 'bout cocaine, it's not good for your brain!


It's the sax hook that makes it art.

Gatopescado
07-06-2009, 02:28 AM
Well, maybe not the best, but pretty cool: Janet Beverage Bean and the Concertina Wire

The best might be found in post #20. I think I wanna hear some of that shit!

Serenata67
07-08-2009, 09:44 AM
Ummmm....

How about...

Toad the Wet Sprocket.

Toad (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toad_The_Wet_Sprocket) took their name from a Monty Python sketch (http://www.wordlab.com/articles/mp_rocknotes.cfm). That sketch is full of bizarre names.

My father in law was once in a band called "Excess Phlegm." They didn't really go anywhere. I personally would love to be in a band named "Slap Fart Wake Up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6vN4H6L458)"

Don Draper
07-08-2009, 09:57 AM
Some friends of mine had a band called "the Friends of Ned Flanders." They later changed their name to "Jamasaurus Rex."

Another couple other friends (I know a lot of musicians) named Russ Murphy, Jeff Putnam and Mark Bingham had a band called "Russ Murphy & the Jeff Putnam Group (Featuring Mark Bingham.)"

Hampshire
07-08-2009, 11:25 AM
I've always been partial to
Buddy Hinton's Revenge

(named after the kid from the Brady bunch who picked on Cindy for her lisp and then got punched by Peter)

Redfrost
07-08-2009, 11:44 AM
Rod Torfleson's Armada featuring Herman Menderchuck- best garage band ever!!

Seriously though, we have a local band called LoveSeedMamaJump (http://loveseed.com)who play most of the East Coast.

jjimm
07-08-2009, 11:51 AM
When she was a teenager, in the 1930s Caribbean, my grandmother was in a band called:

The Back Street Syncopators

I love that.

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