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Deansinger
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Oh yeah, Dread Zeppelin, featuring El Vez. Sweet

More I like:
Dead Kennedys (how is it Ted hasn't drunk himself to death yet?)
Nashville Pussy (white trash rock & A Nugent reference)
Suicidal Tendencies (self-destruction & rock & roll- they fit well)
Jon Cougar Concentration Camp (another great name ruined by litigation)


And don't like:
Deep Blue Something (you're right, Leper Messiah was better)
Green Jelly (Green Jello was a tiny bit better-and made worse by litigation)
Wheatus (What, Roman cereal?)
Strawberry Alarm Clock (trying too hard maybe?)

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Band name that has always made me uncomfortable for some reason:

"Fudge Tunnel"

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Am I the only one who has heard of Groinal Bloodsurge (complete with umlauts)??

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An "almost" band name: 99 cent Jesus

A friend of mine that looked like Jesus stuck a "99 cent" price sticker on his forehead and said he was going to name a band that someday. My friends never did do anything with it, but it always stuck in my mind as a cool name.

Add to the cool names list: Dresden Dolls

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Deansinger
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New one to me, Queen.
Gaye Bikers on Acid- Good
Godspeed you! Black Emperor- Bad (what was up with that exclamation point anyway?)
X- good
XTC- okay
X-ray Spex- Bad
X-ecutioners- horrendous
Jimmy Eat World (lame to start with, even worse as an acronym)
Breaking Benjamin (ouch-bad)
The Thompson Twins-bad (Three members, none related, let alone twins, none named Thompson)
Okay, so I can't think of any band names right now that involve a name (not of a band member) that aren't lame.

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Michelle Shocked
Rhythm Method

I really liked Dread Zeppelin, especially their rendition of "Moby Dick".

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Deansinger
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Motley Crue (good misspelling, and the umlauts were a nice touch)
Enuff Z'Nuff (Bad misspelling of an annnoying phrase)
Motorhead (great speedmetal name, again the umlaut)
Okay, as near as I can tell, umlauts are always good in a metal band name.

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Some crazy kid I went to high school with called my friends and I "Frankenhookers" and said we should form a band named that.

The Well Hungarians

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Thompson Twins was after the fellas in the Tin-Tin Books.

I like punchy one word names like

Mountain
Free
Queen
Wham! (ok shite music but the name works)

Other cool names

Roxy Music
Pink Floyd (better after they dropped the "the")


I'll add more when I think of some!

My dad always wanted a punk band called "Anal Sweat"

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I just remembered the late and much lamented Jobbykrust, Pink Turds In Space and Bleeding Rectum. (Yes, they are all real bands, I can show you the records.)

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Joe Bentley, yeah, that's right. The guys were sitting around, trying to come up with a name and one of the guys said, "Deep blue... something." And it stuck. [lol]

Dallas bands seem to have pretty decent names, for some reason. (Even though DBS/Leper Messiah were more from Denton...)

Toadies (well, Fort Worth)
MC 900 Ft. Jesus
Tabula Rasa
Spot
Pop Poppins
Rev. Horton Heat
Tripping Daisy (lead singer later formed Polyphonic Spree)
Billygoat
Plaid Faction
The Nixons
Pump'n Ethel

I guess I impress easily, huh? [lol]

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quote:
Originally posted by Greg of Winter:
OH, and Led Zeppelin is spelled correctly. It should be L.E.D. Zeppelin, referring to the blimps that use light-emitting diodes to form advertising slogans.

I'm not sure if you're being serious, and I apolgize if you're kidding, but the band got their name from an insult.

I might have the names wrong, but Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were in Yardbirds, and said they were starting a band.

Someone replied, "you'll go down like a lead zepplin." That is, they're gonna bomb

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Joe Joe Joey Junior Shabadoo
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quote:
Originally posted by GaiaP5:

Leper Messiah was the original name of the band. (No points for reference -- too easy.)They changed it to (wait for it...)

Deep Blue Something.

maybe i'm slow, but i don't get it.

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I always liked the Violent Femmes as a band name. Plus, Grateful Dead is just nice and entertaining (the name, not the music).

Other very odd names:
Amazing Tentacles
Pancreas Joe and the Eskimo Leftists
and the little know: Peter Circumcision and the Foreskins

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I like the following:

Genesis
The Dream Academy
Marillion
Men Without Hats
Blue Oyster Cult (though personally I think the umlauts are just dumb)
Twisted Sister
The Moody Blues

I don't like the following:

Wang Chung
The Beatles (Yes, I know they're one of the greatest bands ever, but it's still a dumb name)
Any group of more than two whose name consists of a list of the members names, from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young to Sharon, Lois, and Bram.
The Mini-Pops
The Plastic Ono Band

Nonny

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quote:
Originally posted by Non-Vegetable-Derived Enzyme Mouse:
The Beatles (Yes, I know they're one of the greatest bands ever, but it's still a dumb name)

I liked how they made fun of that in That Thing You Do!, by having the lead singer of the band initially want to call the band "The Oneders" instead of "The Wonders," and eventually fronting another band called "The Heardsmen."

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Stupid names:

Uriah Heap (or is it "Heep"... oh, well, either way STUPID!)
Gentle Giant
Bowling for Soup (huh?)
Hamilton, Joe, Frank & Reynolds (pick a name, wouldja!)
Dexy's Midnight Runners ('nuff said)
Bow Wow Wow (see above)
Planet P Project (Pink World, great listen, stupid-a$$ name!)
Hootie & the Blowfish (Just "Darius" would've been cooler!)
Gwar (gag!)
Meatloaf (I don't care why he picked it, it's dumb!)
Lipps, Inc.
Def Leppard
Jimmy Eats World

Cool names... hmmm, lemme think.
Romeo Void (like that one)
Shooting Star (Go Cali!)
AC/DC ('kay, my all-time favorite band, so I'm biased)
Grateful Dead
Pink Floyd
Indigenous (sp?)
Elf
Dreamtheater
Marillion
B-52's
The Clash
Nickelback
Barenaked Ladies
The Nails
REM
Guns 'n Roses
Velvet Revolver
Coven
Taproot
Styx
Nirvana
Eurythmics
The Sweet

Cripes... I know there's more. Must get coffee and revive these tired brain cells before I can continue!!

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quote:
Originally posted by Siawasi:
Stupid names:

Hamilton, Joe, Frank & Reynolds (pick a name, wouldja!)

Tom "Joel who were Hamilton, Joe, Frank & Reynolds?"
Joel "Oh they were this band who had two big chart busting hits when I was a kid in the 70s."
Crow "What where they?"
Joel "Oh well the first one was Don't Pull Your Love Out on Me Baby"
Tom "Oh I remember that one."
Crow "What was the other one?"
Joel "I don't really remember the other one. I just remember it sounded an awful lot like Don't Pull Your Love Out on Me Baby"
Crow "How many members did that band have?"
Tom "Oh come on they were a trio Hamilton Joe, Frank, and Reynolds."
Crow "I thought they were a duo, Hamilton Joe Frank, and Reynolds."
Joel "Guys they were a quintent, Hamilton, Joe, Frank, and Reynolds."
Tom "No wait they were five of them!"
Joel "How do you figure?"
Tom "Well Hamilton, Joe, Frank, Ann, Reynolds."
Joel "Yeah but if Ann Reynolds is one person that takes up back to the whole trio thing."
Crow "Joel does anyone knows the answer to the Hamilton Joe Frank and Reynolds mystery?"
Joel "Well Hamilton, Joe, Frank and Reynolds..."

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Mad Capsule Markets. Japanese band. Makes me think of some psycho pharmacy.

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I know someone mentioned them before, but "Joy Division" is such a good (ironic?) name for a band with (mostly) such depressing lyrics. I mean, you go see a band with such an upbeat name, and they start singing about "dead souls calling them" and being "ashamed of the person they are"... Then the lead singer goes and offs himself, what "joy".

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quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
I know someone mentioned them before, but "Joy Division" is such a good (ironic?) name for a band with (mostly) such depressing lyrics. I mean, you go see a band with such an upbeat name, and they start singing about "dead souls calling them" and being "ashamed of the person they are"... Then the lead singer goes and offs himself, what "joy".

quote:
They chose the name "Joy Division" from a lurid novel of sado-masochism in German concentration camps during 2 WW. The novel entitled "The House Of Dolls" was written by Karol Cetinsky and it also contributes a verse to the song "No love lost".

BTW, the "joy divisions" refers to the line of huts in which the young deported women were forced to prostitute themselves to nazi officers on leave.



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Actually, I'm not sure Joy Division is really an upbeat name. According to a book I read on the group it was what the Nazis called the brothels in concentration camps and Ian Curtis's wife didn't like the name because of this.

ETA: Spanked by Jay Tea

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quote:
Originally posted by Joe Bentley:
Crow "Joel does anyone knows the answer to the Hamilton Joe Frank and Reynolds mystery?"
Joel "Well Hamilton, Joe, Frank and Reynolds..."

[lol] YOMANK! [lol]

Sia...I knew I wasn't the only one that thought it was a dumb name!...wasi

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Didn't Spandau Ballet have a concentration camp reference to theirname, too? Like the machine guns were m,ade at Spandau and using one to shoot at someone's feet to make them dance was a Spandau Ballet or something like that? Anyone remember better than I do?

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According to Band Name Origins

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Origanally called 'The Makers', the band changed their name after a visit to Berlin where one of their roadies saw some graffiti refering to Spandau Prison. Supposedly, there were many hangings there, in which the victims would twitch and jump at the end of a rope...hence, doing the "Spandau Ballet."
Although I have seen another reference as to how the Spandau machine gun was so powerful it could hold a victims body upright as it riddled him full of holes, making it look like a macabre dance of death.

Edited to fix link.

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I believe Spandau Ballet referred to people hanging themselves in the Spandau prison. At least that's what my sister told me.
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This much is true-oo, this much is true-oo-oo..

Thanks for that.

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Thanks Jay Tea and booger. I didn't know that about the band that eventually became New Order.

ETA:Actually, it is really neat to know there are other people out there who really get into the band. Around here, I usually get [Confused] when I mention Joy Division/New Order.

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quote:
Originally posted by Special Cam, Specialist:
quote:
Originally posted by Greg of Winter:
OH, and Led Zeppelin is spelled correctly. It should be L.E.D. Zeppelin, referring to the blimps that use light-emitting diodes to form advertising slogans.

I'm not sure if you're being serious, and I apolgize if you're kidding, but the band got their name from an insult.

I might have the names wrong, but Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were in Yardbirds, and said they were starting a band.

Someone replied, "you'll going down like a lead zepplin." That is, they're gonna bomb

That "someone" was Keith Moon.

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quote:
Originally posted by Siawasi:
Stupid names:

Uriah Heap (or is it "Heep"... oh, well, either way STUPID!)

The name is based on a character from Charles Dickens' novel, "David Copperfield"

quote:

Hamilton, Joe, Frank & Reynolds (pick a name, wouldja!)

From classicbands.com
quote:
This soft rock trio from Los Angeles, California consisted of guitarist Dan Hamilton (originally from Wetnatchee, Washington), bassist Joe Frank Carollo (from Leland, Mississippi) and drummer Tommy Reynolds (from New York City).


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The band name website reminds me of the rumors surrounding the name of KMFDM... It's supposed to mean "Kill MotherNFBSKing Depeche Mode".

Anyone else heard that? Maybe I should go do some reasearch... [lol]

ETA: Just checked wikipedia.

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KMFDM is an acronym for "Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid" (See the official KMFDM FAQ), which roughly means "no pity for the majority" in English. Sascha Konietzko has acknowledged that while "Kein Mitleid für die Mehrheit" is the correct German construction of the phrase (and even appears in this phrasing in the tongue-in-cheek lyrics to "Megalomaniac"), it is not what KMFDM stands for. "Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid" was shortened to KMFDM when Raymond Watts was unable to correctly pronounce the name.

When the band first toured the US in 1991, the members began using alternate English meanings for their name to tease journalists who could not understand German. The most prominent and most widely repeated was "Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode", which is attributed to Shawn Joyce. After the release of Angst, their label created a promotion, without the support of the band, where they encouraged fans to come up with 1,001 meanings for KMFDM. College radio DJs Kinslow and Smith of WKGC Florida won the contest with an entry of more than 1,200.

The lyrics to the song "Light" reveal a possible alternate meaning: "Keiner macht für dich mehr", which translates to "No one does more for you".





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The band name website reminds me of the rumors surrounding the name of KMFDM... It's supposed to mean "Kill MotherNFBSKing Depeche Mode".
Reminds me of a Kids In The Hall record store skit:

Customer: Excuse me. Do you have any Depeche Mode?

Salesman: Yeah. But they suck.

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quote:
Originally posted by mgbdriver:
That "someone" was Keith Moon.

that's right; i knew it was someone famous, but i couldn't think of who it was at the time

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quote:
Originally posted by Non-Vegetable-Derived Enzyme Mouse:
The Beatles (Yes, I know they're one of the greatest bands ever, but it's still a dumb name)

Wow. I always thought it was a great name. Anyway a darn sight better than The Silver Beatles which IIRC was the first version they toyed with that incorporated "Beatle".

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quote:
Originally posted by Mr. Furious:
... and eventually fronting another band called "The Heardsmen."

Oh man, I laughed for about ten minutes after I read that. I never caught on that that was the name of his band!

I always like band names that are the vocalist's name + 'the something.' Such as Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

And The Beatles thing reminds me of dialogue from Wayne's World:

Wayne Campbell: Hey, Tiny, who's playing today?
Tiny: Jolly Green Giants and the Shitty Beatles.
Wayne Campbell: Shitty Beatles? Are they any good?
Tiny: They suck.
Wayne Campbell: Then it's not just a clever name.

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