Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 26
  1. #1
    Forum Regular nobody's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    1,964

    Really Crappy Band Names?

    Ever think if a band didn't have such a crappy name they may have actually had a better career?

    My wife and I were pondering this question last night when we heard Mary's Danish playing a great song, Killjoy. We both agreed that the band's name was so crappy that even though that album with the cheeseburger on the front (I can't remember the name, but it was probably crappy too) was pretty darn good at the time, they pretty much fell off the map after that. I say the name was at least one reason. Mary's Danish? What made them think that was a good idea? Why not Bob's Donut? Why not just about anything else?

    Anyohne else have some band names you think hurt a group? Or that just bug the hll outta ya?

  2. #2
    Rocket Surgeon Swish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    3,918

    I got one. How about.....

    Quote Originally Posted by nobody
    Ever think if a band didn't have such a crappy name they may have actually had a better career?

    My wife and I were pondering this question last night when we heard Mary's Danish playing a great song, Killjoy. We both agreed that the band's name was so crappy that even though that album with the cheeseburger on the front (I can't remember the name, but it was probably crappy too) was pretty darn good at the time, they pretty much fell off the map after that. I say the name was at least one reason. Mary's Danish? What made them think that was a good idea? Why not Bob's Donut? Why not just about anything else?

    Anyohne else have some band names you think hurt a group? Or that just bug the hll outta ya?

    the Beatles. Those guys could have chosen something much more interesting, like the Turtles or the Animals.

    Swish
    I call my bathroom Jim instead of John so I can tell people that I go to the Jim first thing every morning.

    If you say the word 'gullible' very slowly it sounds just like oranges.

  3. #3
    THC no THD!
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Posts
    128

    The The

    The The.

    'nuff said...

  4. #4
    Audio Hobbyist Since 1969 Glen B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    517
    Butthole Surfers. Ugh. What were they thinking ?

  5. #5
    very clever with maracas Davey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    on some faraway beach...
    Posts
    2,916
    Yeah, most band names are kinda lame, even some of my favorites. I mean, check out some of the bands I've been listening to lately like, Black Heart Procession, Eleventh Dream Day, Willard Grant Conspiracy, The Walkabouts, Red Red Meat, The Deadstring Brothers, Built To Spill, The Appleseed Cast. Kinda goofy, one and all. And what about that perennial Rave Recs favorite, Porcupine Tree? Talk about making it hard on yourself. If ever there was an award for silliest band name ...

    But speaking of Mary's Danish, and yeah, stupid name, but Julie Ritter went on to put out a great rock album in 1999 called Songs Of Love And Empire. Very accomplished. Don't know what's been happening to her in the last few years, but she definitely caught my attention back then.

    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/julieritter

  6. #6
    42 Regular
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    West of the fields, long gone
    Posts
    1,338
    I remember reading somewhere that the members of Echo & the Bunnymen always regretted saddling themselves with that dumb name.

    Among current bands, I have to agree with Davey about Built to Spill. Anytime someone asks me what I'm listening to these days, they are one of the bands I always mention...and the listener invariably says, "what?"

    And maybe it's just me, but what the hell does "Coldplay" even mean?

    NP: 10,000 Maniacs
    Mr. MidFi
    Master of the Obvious

  7. #7
    Man of the People Forums Moderator bobsticks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    down there
    Posts
    6,852
    Kajagoogoo--'nuff said
    So, I broke into the palace
    With a sponge and a rusty spanner
    She said : "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing"
    I said : "That's nothing - you should hear me play piano"

  8. #8
    Crackhead Extraordinaire Dusty Chalk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    below the noise floor
    Posts
    3,636
    Yes. As opposed to what, "No"?

    The Who.
    Eschew fascism.
    Truth Will Out.
    Quote Originally Posted by stevef22
    you guys are crackheads.
    I remain,
    Peter aka Dusty Chalk

  9. #9
    Forum Regular
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Posts
    356
    Dead Kennedy's

  10. #10
    Do What? jrhymeammo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    3,275
    Steely Dan..... if you have to ask me, then I will tell you. But my post may get deleted with a warning from Eric the head huncho.

  11. #11
    Equipment Brutalizer Registered Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Towson, MD
    Posts
    1
    Using THE in front of band names is a godawful convention that should be outlawed! It is unnecessary and dated, IMO.

  12. #12
    Musicaholic Forums Moderator ForeverAutumn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    9,769
    Quote Originally Posted by j1102873mn
    Using THE in front of band names is a godawful convention that should be outlawed! It is unnecessary and dated, IMO.
    So does that mean The The, should just be called The?

    Barenaked Ladies don't have a The. But everyone puts one in anyway.

  13. #13
    Crackhead Extraordinaire Dusty Chalk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    below the noise floor
    Posts
    3,636
    Quote Originally Posted by j1102873mn
    Using THE in front of band names is a godawful convention that should be outlawed! It is unnecessary and dated, IMO.
    You joined just to post that?

    (applauds)
    Eschew fascism.
    Truth Will Out.
    Quote Originally Posted by stevef22
    you guys are crackheads.
    I remain,
    Peter aka Dusty Chalk

  14. #14
    Close 'n PlayŽ user Troy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Highway 6, between Tonopah and Ely
    Posts
    2,318
    Personally, I like the band names The Butthole Surfers and Dead Kennedys. They are punk bands with a lot of quirk. The names fit the band.

    Mary's Danish always cracked me up too.

    Steely Dan was named after a dildo. It's ok to say that here, isn't it? You do know what 10CC was named for too, right?

    I always thought the name Tears for Fears was particularly lame. Umphrey's McGee too. The The? Off the stupid scale.

    I've had enough of names like INXS, XTC, ELP, ABWH, etc.

    Porcupine Tree is stupid, yeah, but Spock's Beard is WAY worse.

  15. #15
    Loving This kexodusc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Department of Heuristics and Research on Material Applications
    Posts
    9,025
    Rainbow Butt Monkeys, Goblin Cock, and Franz Ferdinand are stupid. And any band name that tries to sound dark, morbid, depressed, tortured, etc...aka Disturbed, Hurt, Pain of Salvation, Staind, Morbid Angel, Rizn Angel, pretty much anything loosely related with an angel, anything gothic, etc....
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  16. #16
    Do What? jrhymeammo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    3,275
    Man, I forgot abou this one, the band is called EyeHateGod. I've partied with'em after a show YEARS ago. It's kinda funny cuz they are just sweet hearts. Hehehehehehe.

  17. #17
    Forum Regular
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Vail, AZ
    Posts
    74
    Death Cab for Cutie? Fall Out Boy?

    Or these gems--

    EnuffZnuff
    Britny Fox
    Kix

    And to a small extent--Metallica. Generically creative? Or just generic?

  18. #18
    Forum Regular
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    173
    The BrianJonestown Massacre
    -clever but impractical

  19. #19
    Stone Stone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    1,587
    Quote Originally Posted by rob7
    Death Cab for Cutie?
    Named after a Bonzo Dog Band song, which have a pretty bad band name, if you ask me.
    And the world will turn to flowing pink vapor stew.

  20. #20
    Suspended superpanavision70mm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Posts
    619
    Jethro Tull....still to this day people think that's the name of the singer.

  21. #21
    Rocket Surgeon Swish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    3,918

    Maybe, but do you know who Jethro Tull really was?

    Quote Originally Posted by superpanavision70mm
    Jethro Tull....still to this day people think that's the name of the singer.
    That was the name of a Dutch farmer who invented crop rotation...or something like that. I was at a hockey game tonight and had several beers, so I may be a little bit out of touch with reality.

    Swish
    I call my bathroom Jim instead of John so I can tell people that I go to the Jim first thing every morning.

    If you say the word 'gullible' very slowly it sounds just like oranges.

  22. #22
    Silence of the spam Site Moderator Geoffcin's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    3,326
    "Toad the wet sprocket"

    Mescaline induced for sure
    Audio;
    Ming Da MC34-AB 75wpc
    PS Audio Classic 250. 500wpc into 4 ohms.
    PS Audio 4.5 preamp,
    Marantz 6170 TT Shure M97e cart.
    Arcam Alpha 9 CD.- 24 bit dCS Ring DAC.
    Magnepan 3.6r speakers Oak/black,

  23. #23
    Suspended 3-LockBox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Hey! Over here!
    Posts
    2,746
    Crappy band names are, as crappy band names do...just like some of those radical NFL uniforms. If an NFL team changes uni's to some radical design, but the team still sucks, then its a crappy inform; but if the team starts winning, then everyone will buy that team's jersey, no matter how gastly it looks.

    Most all rock bands (progressive or otherwise) have crappy names. Some are tolerated because the music is good.

    My nominee:

    The GooGoo Dolls. WTF? Double wammy here...crappy name and the music is abominable.

    Anyone hear their cover of *Supertramp's 'Give A Little Bit'?

    *(an example of great band, dumb name)

  24. #24
    Forum Regular KEXPMF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    142
    how 'bout the ones you can't even pronounce?

    zzyzx (they copied it from that road you see on the way from L.A. to Las Vegas)

    Athenaeum (I think they later changed it and had more success?)

    PEOPLE PLEASE...DON'T NAME YOUR BAND SOMETHING UNPRONOUNCEABLE! What ARE you thinking??
    "If everybody asked you to look at their website, you'd never have time for your own blog."
    - Wes Stace a.k.a. John Wesley Harding

  25. #25
    Forum Regular KEXPMF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    142
    Quote Originally Posted by Troy

    Steely Dan was named after a dildo. It's ok to say that here, isn't it? You do know what 10CC was named for too, right?

    I always thought the name Tears for Fears was particularly lame. Umphrey's McGee too. The The? Off the stupid scale.

    I've had enough of names like INXS, XTC, ELP, ABWH, etc.

    Porcupine Tree is stupid, yeah, but Spock's Beard is WAY worse.
    Armageddon Dildos. (what is it with the German bands and ridiculous names... someone needs to do a marketing survey)

    Umphree's McGee - an awful name for a damn good band
    "If everybody asked you to look at their website, you'd never have time for your own blog."
    - Wes Stace a.k.a. John Wesley Harding

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •