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Old 01-20-2019, 09:48 AM
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Name some of your favorite band names (please read OP for specifics)

I've been thinking about band names and have concluded that a large majority of them are stupid, lame, or, mostly, unimaginative.

And so many of the best named bands seem to be very good at selecting a name but not so great at finding success in the music biz. There are a million of them - Hostile Comb Over, Rumpleforeskin, Cindy Brady's Lisp - but those are for a different thread.

I'm really interested in bands that have made something of themselves, not bands that are known merely because they have a clever name. So maybe try to limit to those bands that have a Wikipedia page.

There are some good ones, though. Here are a few I like:

The Rolling Stones
Barenaked Ladies
Sex Pistols
Devo
The Clash


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Does it have to be a real band? Because I still think Doctor Teeth and the Electric Mayhem is a great name for a band.
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Everyone knows I'm going to toss in Cheap Trick. The back-story on how they named themselves is cool, plus they even managed to carry the general theme over to their logo. Finally, their music is, at one level, full of cheap tricks, flash, and homages to other classic bands (e.g., The Beatles).
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Some Japanese ones:
the brilliant green
Malice Mizer

Less well known, but big enough to have a few albums out...

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British
Cream (The Cream)
The Yardbirds

American
Jefferson Airplane / Jefferson Starship

Japanese
Super Monkeys / Amuro Namie and Super Monkeys (because Amuro was said to resemble a monkey)
MAX (Musical Active eXperience)

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IOI (Ideal Of Ideals since the 11 members beat out 90 other contestants and a play on Produce 101 the program)
Wanna One (Not a fan of the group, but a clever play on Produce 101 - Season 2 which created a boys version of IOI)

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Fear
Free Nelson MandoomJazz
Gay For Johnny Depp
Gigantic Brain
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Jesus Fucking Christ
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
LMFAO
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Soundgarden
Tar Babies
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UFOMammut
Universal Congress Of
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Butthole Surfers
I was going to mention them, but you beat me to it.

I remember how, for years and years, radio announcers had no problem saying their name on the air and then suddenly one day started calling them the "B-hole Surfers." It took me a really long time before I realized they were actually the same group.
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Two bands who, not only do I think they have cool names, I like their music, too.
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Butthole Surfers
The Crystal Method
Gang of Four
The Art Of Noise
Slayer
Motörhead
The Cult
Cumbeast
The Fat Dukes of Fuck
Fear
Free Nelson MandoomJazz
Gay For Johnny Depp
Gigantic Brain
Iwrestledabearonce
Jesus Fucking Christ
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
LMFAO
The Lord Weird Slough Feg
Mindless Self Indulgence
Nekrodelirium
Public Enemy
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rage Against The Machine
The Residents
Stormtroopers Of Death
Soundgarden
Tar Babies
Trapped Within Burning Machinery
UFOMammut
Universal Congress Of
Vaginal Penetration Of An Amelus With A Musty Carrot
Waco Jesus
Whores
YOB

...just off the top of my head...
This is exactly the type of post I was trying to discourage.


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I was going to mention Steely Dan, but someone already mentioned that, so I'll go with:

Led Zeppelin
Nine Inch Nails
Queensryche
Smashing Pumpkins
A Perfect Circle.
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Here's my top ten favorite names that I don't think anyone's listed yet. No particular order:

Supreme Beings of Leisure
Guns & Roses
Black Sabbath
Blood Sweat & Tears
Tower of Power
Cowboy Junkies
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Velvet Underground
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Dayglo Abortions.

Also I know we're talking about bands, so while I'm mentioning Impotent Sea Snakes, what I really want to note is their lead singer is named Buck Futt.

It might be a stage name.
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I like bands with literary allusions behind their names. Like the Doors (Blake via Huxley), Veruca Salt (Dahl), Uriah Heep (Dickens), and Modest Mouse (Wolfe). I don't know if Aerosmith even knows Sinclair Lewis wrote a book by that name though (spelled differently). There are lots more.
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Everyone knows I'm going to toss in Cheap Trick. The back-story on how they named themselves is cool, plus they even managed to carry the general theme over to their logo. Finally, their music is, at one level, full of cheap tricks, flash, and homages to other classic bands (e.g., The Beatles).
I think The Beatles qualify on their own:

A. Get it The BEATles.
B. Homage to Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

Cool band name, bro.
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Thought of a couple more:
Half Man Half Biscuit
The Darkest Of The Hillside Thickets
and local band Springbok Nude Girls, but only a South African of a certain age and culture would get it.

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I like bands with literary allusions behind their names. Like the Doors (Blake via Huxley), Veruca Salt (Dahl), Uriah Heep (Dickens), and Modest Mouse (Wolfe). I don't know if Aerosmith even knows Sinclair Lewis wrote a book by that name though (spelled differently). There are lots more.
Similar, but allusions from French lit: Pere Ubu (Alfred Jarry), The Magnetic Fields (Andre Breton) -- and someone already mentioned Belle & Sebastian (Aubry).
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I want to add:

Dead Kennedys
Parliament Funkadelic
Eric's Trip
Weeping Tile
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Bad Meets Evil

One of the members of Weeping Tile, Luther Wright, later started a band called Luther Wright and the Wrongs, which is certainly a good example of using what you got as best you can.

Massive Attack gets bonus points for not only being a cool name but being a name that sounds like they're a metal band but they're totally not.
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I like bands with literary allusions behind their names. Like the Doors (Blake via Huxley), Veruca Salt (Dahl), Uriah Heep (Dickens), and Modest Mouse (Wolfe). I don't know if Aerosmith even knows Sinclair Lewis wrote a book by that name though (spelled differently). There are lots more.
Also of course:

Steppenwolf (Herman Hesse)
My Chemical Romance (Irvine Welsh)
Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories (Salinger)
Sixpence None The Richer (C.S. Lewis)

The artist Moby gets the name from his middle name, Melville; he's been nicknamed Moby since he was a kid.
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In a "so bad its good" way I like Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

https://pigspigspigspigspigspigspigs.bandcamp.com/

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