Weird Band Names

Here’s a list of weird / bizarre band names that I came across in my copy of Stephen J. Spignesi’s The Odd Index.

Completely Incomprehensible:

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
Bite the Wax Tadpole
Black Tape for a Blue Girl
Digital Poodle
The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
The Importance of Being Chuck
The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast
Myself a Living Torch
Pop Will Eat Itself
Smack Dab Queen Crab
That Petrol Emotion
Culturally, Historically, or Literarily Referential:

Agent Orange
Catherine Wheel
Chia Pet
Babes in Toyland
The Dead Kennedys
Exploding White Mice
The Loud Family
Mojo Nixon
Sisters of Mercy
Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
Vulgar Boatmen
Women of the SS
Gleefully Macabre, Sexual, Tasteless, or Gross:

Body Count
Butthole Surfers
Cannibal Corpse
Dead German Tourist
The Fried Abortions
Fudge Tunnel
Spread Eagle
Mercilessly Self-Deprecating:

Bad Brains
Bad Livers
Cosmic Psychos
Cultivated Bimbo
Dog-Faced Humans
Perfect Disaster
Pungent Stench
Rancid Hell Spawn
Revolting Cocks
Righteous Pigs
The Subhumans
Swinging Swine
Toiling Midgets
White Trash
Zero Boys
Possessing a Charming and Self-Confident Sexual Bravado:

Bang Tango
Bitch Magnet
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine
Date Bait
Miranda Sex Garden
Revolting Cocks
Righteous Pigs
The Stiffs
These Immortal Souls
Throbbing Gristle
Young Fresh Fellows
Possessing a Clever Sense of Humor:

Circle Jerks
Club Foot Orchestra
Crash Test Dummies
Every Mother’s Nightmare
The Fat Chick in Wilson Philips
Happy Fingers Institute
House of Large Sizes
Meat Beat Manifesto
Mourning Sickness
Overwhelming Colorfast
Porno For Pyros
Sandy Duncan’s Eye
Thirteenth Floor Elevators
United Dairies
Violent As Hell:

Boiled in Lead
Cop Shoot Cop
Lynch Mob
Napalm Death
Nurse With Wound
Splatter Trio
Thrill Kill Kult
Admirably In-Your-Face Honest:

Drugs ‘N’ Booze
Lords of Acid

Other Ones I’ve Heard of:

Dead Lennon
The Boo Radleys
Anal Cunt
TRS-80 (TRS-80 was an ancient computer made by Tandy Radio Shack, in 1980)
The Album - Particles Of POO !!!
2. Brazillian band, well… all the members died in a plane crash… but still

“Mamonas Assassinas”

Or translated:
“The Killer Titties”
(from BotB)

  1. nice swedish bandnames:

gudibrallan - godinthepants
the kristet utseende - (the) christian appearance
räserbajs - racerpoop
totalt jävla mörker - total fucking darkness
mobbade barn med automatvapen - bullied children with automatic weapons.

Add your own, or comment on these. :smiley:

MC 900 Foot Jesus

I mean, if you’re going to take on a name as an MC, and you want to go big, you might as well go all the way, right?


Anal Cunt, Anorexia Nervosa, Zyklon, Rotting Christ, Impaled Nazarene, 7000 Dying Rats, Extreme Noise Terror.

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head.

Not completely incomprehensible. I’ve always loved the name Birdsongs of the Mesozoic (brilliant band, too). “Bird” songs in the Mesozoic period would be limited to the cries of pterosaurs. And sure enough, the band’s first record sported photos of them wearing papier-maché pterodactyl heads.

“Bite the Wax Tadpole” was supposedly the literal translation of the phonetic Chinese characters used to advertise Coca-Cola.

“Importance of Being Chuck” belongs in the literary references category, as it’s an obvious play on “The Importance of Being Ernest.”

Sister Mary Rotten Crotch

I always thought Pop Will Eat Itself was pretty self-explanatory, actually. Shame they never did another good song after Everything’s Cool

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Plustech squeezebox
Hoover over

Frumious Bandersnatch
The Raging Tyrannosaurus of Despair

Ich Bein ein Auschlander rocked.

I liked that track too but then everybody started saying they were a Nazi band and I never really heard of them again. Was it true?
My favorite weird band name, by the way, is The Voodoo Glow Skulls

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Death Cab for Cutie


I lurrrve the band and I alway thought it was an odd name. It was named that because Rivers, the lead singer, had asthma when he was a kid and that was a nickname of his.

The Jesus Lizard

Screeching Weasel
I saw “The Dead Lennons” on the OP’s list. When I went to college in the mid 80’s at Central Washington University, I knew and hung out with “Dead Leninz.” I wonder if they could be the same?

All that and not one mention of…

“Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel”?

Jeez, back in my college radio days we were allowed to play it but NOT to mention the name of the artist.

They must have named themselves after Basiliscus basiliscus.

I wonder if the band can run on water too?

Was that rule true for all of J. G. Thirlwell’s “Foetus”-derived pseudonyms? I mean, “Foetus” seems harmless enough, but “You’ve Got Foetus On Your Breath” might not cut it.

In-your-face honest AND profane:

British band:
Half Man Half Biscuit

Their lyrics are as weird as their name