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Christie
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Jon Cougar Concentration Camp (another great name ruined by litigation)
/sarcastic/ Yeah can you believe how touchy Mellencamp was about someone using his name like that? Where's his sense of humour?

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Names I like (these are all late 60s-early 70s):
Creedance Clearwater Revival
Three Dog Night
Santana
The Lovin' Spoonful
Buffalo Springfield
Mamas and Papas
Sly and the Family Stone
Sha-Na-Na

Names that suck (same period):
1910 Fruitgum Company
The Boxtops
John Fred & the Playboys
Eric Burden & the Animals (love the music, hate the name)
The Kingsmen
The Four Tops
Archie Bell and the Drells

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steve s
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The group Ten Thousand Maniacs got their name from a 1964 horror movie called Two Thousand Maniacs.

Has anyone mentioned Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs?

Steve S.

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Originally posted by Senior:

Names that suck (same period):
1910 Fruitgum Company

I still have that album. [Eek!]

Steve S.

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Joe Joe Joey Junior Shabadoo
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quote:
Originally posted by steve s:

Has anyone mentioned Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs?

yes! wait, you mean besides you.

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Still haven't made up my mind whether it's brilliant or stupid, but nobody else has succeeded in copying this one: ? and the Mysterians

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Originally posted by Deansinger:
? and the Mysterians

When I consider how every oldies station plays their song "96 Tears" at least twice a day, it's shocking that I should have forgotten them.

Actually it's not. ? and the Mysterians is not a name that excites me or revolts me. It's there, and that's pretty much all that can be said about this one-hit-wonder band.

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Originally posted by GaiaP5:
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]

The other alternative I remember was Kylie Minogue Fans Don't Masturbate. [Confused]

Any way, my own favorite obscure band name would have to be The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir.

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Removed. Missed the fact that somebody already posted the information.

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YNot2k
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Off topic: I've got to admit, between this subject and the bad pickup lines, I've finally been forced into joining the Snopes' board community and this is my first post! [Smile]


Off the top of my head, I can think of two movie related ones that are catchy:
Save Ferris
Surrender Dorothy

From my formative teenage and young adult years in Chicago, I like the names (and in some cases, the bands):
The Bad Examples
Material Issue
Smashing Pumpkins
Vulgar Boatmen
The New Duncan Imperials

One I didn't like, mainly because the band sucked, was Enuff Z'nuff. I guess two guys in the band had the last name Znuff.

There was also a Chicago band named The Nixons, but then another band with the same name hit it big nationally, so the local band had to change their name to The Hot Rod Nixons.

Among the foreign band names that cracked me up was the one I heard doing punk rock covers of Beatles songs when I was in Germany: Die Toten Hosen. I believe that translates to "The Dead Socks." (Anyone who speaks German can feel free to correct me!)

And then there was a posting on another board here that I thought would make a great band name: Genocide and the Angry Dead.

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Welcome to the boards, YNot2K!

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quote:
Originally posted by YNot2k:
One I didn't like, mainly because the band sucked, was Enuff Z'nuff. I guess two guys in the band had the last name Znuff.

You mean you didn't like "Fly High Michelle"? [Razz]

Band names I like:
Led Zeppelin
Mighty Mighty Bostones
Rush


Band names I hate:
Tears for Fears
Men Without Hats
Milli Vanilli (yeah I know they are fake but that was their name)

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quote:
Originally posted by YNot2k:
...The New Duncan Imperials

So tell me...did you ever win the velour? [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by trollface:

There's a band name that goes for being as offensive as possible that I think is either really crap or really brilliant in its crapness. If you're offended by naughty words, look away now. The name of the band is....Anal Cunt.

I remember the first time I saw an AC record. The cover was a parody of the Saturday Night Fever cover, with the AC logo where the SNF logo was. Same style and everything. The song was "Stayin' Alive (Oy Version)". I wonder how much I could get on Ebay for that.

And how cool is it that we've had two Jello Biafra bands mentioned so far? Do your homework, 17 pts. for correct names.....

Animal "Last Temptation of Reid" 73

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Deansinger
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Originally posted by animal73:

And how cool is it that we've had two Jello Biafra bands mentioned so far? Do your homework, 17 pts. for correct names.....

Animal "Last Temptation of Reid" 73

One is Lard, and I think I mentioned Dead Kennedys at the beginning.

So, I see that we've mentioned Milli Vanilli, Archie Bell and the Drells, Enuff Z'nuff, and I'll throw in Scritti Politti for the point. Are we agreed that, in general, rhyming in band names is bad? Are there exceptions to this?

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GaiaP5
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Originally posted by YNot2k:

Off the top of my head, I can think of two movie related ones that are catchy:
Save Ferris
Surrender Dorothy


Hey, don't forget about The Nerfherders!

From my formative teenage and young adult years in Chicago, I like the names (and in some cases, the bands):

Material Issue


Oh, how I miss Material Issue. I know it's been 10 years since Jim Ellison died, but I still miss him.

PS If I messed up the quote blocks, please forgive me. I'm still trying to figure it all out. [lol]

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animal73
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quote:
Originally posted by Deansinger:
One is Lard, and I think I mentioned Dead Kennedys at the beginning.

So, I see that we've mentioned Milli Vanilli, Archie Bell and the Drells, Enuff Z'nuff, and I'll throw in Scritti Politti for the point. Are we agreed that, in general, rhyming in band names is bad? Are there exceptions to this?

17 points for you! As far as rhyming names, I liked Quiet Riot as a name. Unfortunately, 3 of the 4 members are complete retards.

Well, I might as well tell the story. A few years back, they were here for the Football Hall of Fame ribs burnoff. (Big deal around here.) I brought an old 45 of theirs, a silver sharpie,
and the Metal Health CD cover. They get done performing, and take their seats at the autograph table.

Lead singer up first. I explain to sign the 45 on the actual vinyl in silver, and to sign the CD cover in black (they had the black marker). So he signs the record LABEL in silver and the CD cover in SILVER.

Second guy. (If I can decipher the autographs, I can tell you who was who.) Explain the same thing. Signs the record LABEL in BLACK and the CD cover in SILVER.

Third guy. The only one with a functioning brain. I explain the same thing with the markers. He proclaims that would look pretty cool, and signs the vinyl in silver, as requested. He then picks up the CD cover, and the black marker. He sees what has happened previously, and asks if I would like that signed in silver too, so it matches everyone else. I reply affirmative, so he signs in silver, whilest muttering "Idiots!". (This is WAY before Napoleon Dynamite.)

Fourth guy. Explain about the 45 in silver, have given up my quest for black on the CD cover. He signs the CD cover in silver, signs the 45 on the LABEL in BLACK and then DIRECTLY UNDERNEATH on the vinyl in SILVER!!! So I have 5 autographs from a 4 member band. Brilliance.

If anyone is still awake after my mini-rant, I could post a picture of this lovely item....

Animal "Cum on feel the noize" 73

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Deansinger
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Okay, I'll grant Quiet Riot is a pretty cool name. I got a few more to think about here, too.
My Morning Jacket- Not Good
My Chemical Romance- Brilliant. (maybe the sex drugs Rock & Roll connection inherent to such a name?)

Thinking back to San Diego in the 90's,
Drive Like Jehu is a good name
Rocket From The Crypt is good, too
The Beat Farmers- Great band, lousy name (pretty much the same lineup used to appear sometimes as "The Incredible Hayseeds", and that was a good name)
The Rugburns- Great name (Great band, too)
Lucy's Fur Coat- bad name (it's supposed to be punning on Lucifer's goat, but any play on words that had to be explained that often is not working)

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Band name I like: Jack Off Jill (just seems offensive, but funny - plus I like their stuff)

Band name I don't: The Boo Radleys (just seemed weird to make themselves a plural of a character from a book!)

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There was a local band (I think) in the early 90s called Nasty Rachel. My buddy thought that was hilarious.

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YNot2k
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quote:
Originally posted by candy from Ron Mexico:
Welcome to the boards, YNot2K!

Thank you so much for the welcome--that's the kind of friendly treatment I expected from the Snopes community.


quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by YNot2k:
One I didn't like, mainly because the band sucked, was Enuff Z'nuff. I guess two guys in the band had the last name Znuff.

You mean you didn't like "Fly High Michelle"? [Razz]
Ehhh...not so much. But you have made me think of the video for the last two days!
Funny thing though, I guess one of the Znuff boys is in a band named "Adler's Appetite." Yep, it's a Guns n' Roses tribute band fronted by Steven Adler. I honestly think I'd go see a GNR tribute band fronted by Buckethead before I'd go see Adler's version.


quote:
Originally posted by GaiaP5:
Hey, don't forget about The Nerfherders!

Oh, how I miss Material Issue. I know it's been 10 years since Jim Ellison died, but I still miss him.

PS If I messed up the quote blocks, please forgive me. I'm still trying to figure it all out. [lol] [/QB]

I did forget The Nerfherders--sorry!!!
And you're right, Jim Ellison, along with Ralph Covert of the Bad Examples, were just experts at writing great little ear-catching two and a half to four minute pop songs that you could sing along with, or the heartstrings-tugging ballad that made you really feel what they were feeling.

I remember the first time I heard MI was when my brother came up to visit me at school and before he even put his suitcase down, he was handing me a cassette (oh God, that was long ago!) and saying,"You HAVE to hear this song." That tune was "Very First Lie" off of "International Pop Overthrow," and man, I was hooked.

I do wonder every now and then what kind of music they'd be making now if they were still around, or if Jim would have been like Ralph and shut the band down and go solo at some point. It's just such a shame that he couldn't handle his loneliness and his band losing their record deal and killed himself.


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quote:
Originally posted by YNot2k:
...The New Duncan Imperials

So tell me...did you ever win the velour? [Wink]
I totally forgot about that song! No, I never won that, but I think I caught a kazoo one time. That's another one of those stories where I'd have likely never heard of them if I wasn't dating a girl who had the strangest musical tastes and I agreed to go to the concert just so I could.... yeah, well, anyways. Gotta love college!


And Deansinger? I LOVE The Rugburns (the band, people!). Great music, and you're right, great name.

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Sweeeeet! Someone else knows the Rugburns!

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I did once read a very NFBSK explanation of why Korn are called what they are, but it's even less appetising than their music. Oh and Die Toten Hosen actually means "dead trousers", which is apparently German slang for "nothing doing". I used to think Die Cheerleader were a German band too.

It's always easier to spot the bad names, isn't it? I'd include any name like My Chemical Romance that seems to be trying too hard. Also: Maroon 5, Test Icicles, The 4 Skins etc.

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I love some tribute band names, e.g.
Fred Zeppelin
By Jovi!

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quote:
Originally posted by senshisteph:
I love some tribute band names, e.g.
Fred Zeppelin
By Jovi!

I like Hayseed Dixie. [Smile]

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This isn't one in existence yet, but last night my friend lit up some cheap cigarette and another friend and I said it smelled like burning plastic ass. We all thought that would make a good band name.

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Cool Japanese band names (all by artists who did intros for the same anime):

Porno Graffiti
L'arc~en~Ciel
Cool Joke
Asian Kung-Fu Generation

candy, your Well Hungarians reference amuses me more in that according to the Rent Bible, in Rent that was supposed to have been the name of Roger's band. (The movie used MUTE, also a pretty cool name, which was Adam Pascal's band name once upon a time.)

There's always my namesake, which came from the Goo Goo Dolls. I also love the name Polyphonic Spree (music geek ^_^) and the name Third Eye Blind (although that was the first album I ever regretted buying). I liked Matchbox 20, before they decided to spell out "twenty", too. Johnny Hates Jazz is a good one, too.

For some bad band names, we actually have to get into conversations with my brother and his friends. My brother has been in bands called Crimzon (80s glam rock cover band) and Blindsight (they are horrendously bad).

My friend and I like to call radio stations and act horrified when they have never heard of Harry Likes Oral Sex, or their album Whimsey and Pills, with its hit single "Sinister Cookies". And then there's Mindfuck Afterglow, called The Afterglow for short.

ETA: I also really dug a made-up band name in something I wrote: Sonny Don't Share. This was overdo, considering previous made-up band names included Track 13 and Pink Blues (an all-girl group).

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A british-bands name that my simple-mind thought was rather grin-worthy-

"Test icicles"

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We discussed once calling our band .

Yes, the period is several spaces after the word 'band' in the last sentence. That is because the name would be literally a blank pause, no sound at all, but that abscence of sound would be the name, perhaps a momentary bodily motion as you would with any band's introduction. The name consists of no letters or sounds, but that IS the name. It was sort of an attempt to one-up "The The" or just "The."

I am not sure how it would be alphabetized though.

We decided against it, as it was only a momentary joke.

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Likes:
The Seatbelts
Rhymes with Orange
Power of Kung-Food (Bad pun, but I still find it funny)
The Dave Brubeck Quartet (Had to throw an "leader's name with number of players" band in there)

Doesn't like:
Flight of Seagulls
Bunch of others already listed.

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One word: Chumbawumba.

What is that supposed to be, exactly?!?

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quote:
Originally posted by Joe Bentley:
I have always liked Fallout Boy

Pssst. ... It's Fall Out Boy. My 14-year-old daughter would put your head in your hands for that error.

I like:

The Whisky Priests.
All-American Rejects.
Boiled in Lead.
Cowboy Junkies.
Goats Don't Shave.

And I am quite partial to The Pogues. [Big Grin]

Pogue

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quote:
Originally posted by Phil'sGirl, hoping for sun:
One word: Chumbawumba.

What is that supposed to be, exactly?!?

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According to Chumbawamba's official FAQ :

Chumbawamba doesn’t mean anything. At the time we formed (early 80’s) there was a rush of bands with obvious names. It was the time of ‘peace punk’ and you couldn’t get across a youth club dance floor without bumping into a Disorder, a Subhumans, a Decadent Youth or an Anthrax t-shirt. We liked the sound of Chumbawamba because it wasn’t nailing ourselves down. Thatcher On Acid were a good band but it’s lucky for them that Thatcher stayed in power for 11 years. If her influence had only lasted 18 months Thatcher On Acid’s sell by date would have come and gone a lot sooner. We wanted a name which wouldn’t date



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Cheers, Jay.

It's also one of the two words my friends use to decide if they are drunk yet.

Oh, and I see I spelled it wrong, oops.

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Originally posted by ottercreek:
We discussed once calling our band .

Yes, the period is several spaces after the word 'band' in the last sentence. That is because the name would be literally a blank pause, no sound at all, but that abscence of sound would be the name, perhaps a momentary bodily motion as you would with any band's introduction. The name consists of no letters or sounds, but that IS the name. It was sort of an attempt to one-up "The The" or just "The."

I am not sure how it would be alphabetized though.

We decided against it, as it was only a momentary joke.

FWIW, there is a band called !!!
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