What are your Best and worst famous band names?

(51 Posts)
LikeDylanInTheMovies Thu 22-Sep-16 16:00:49

It struck me what a crap name 'The Beatles' is for a band. I guess because they are so ubiquitous and influential I'd never considered that their name contains a crap pun on the fact they were a beat group.

Some band names are crap on paper but suit the group - like The Smiths who were going for that whole anti-star vibe, others like Love are okay on paper but are the complete antitheses of what the group are about.

But setting aside the actual qualities of the music or the group, which band names do you like/dislike the most:

My favorite band names

Dexys Midnight Runners
My Bloody Valentine
The Flamin Groovies
Johnny Kidd and the Pirates
Pizzicato 5
Les Rythmes Digitales
Stereolab
Booker T and the MGs
The Marvellettes
The Upsetters
Funkadelic
The Feelies
Sly and the Family Stone

Dislike

Bellowhead
The Bad Seeds
Sam & Dave
Chas & Dave (Dave is not a nom de rock. A Dave fixes your plumbing)
Manic Street Preachers (sounds like it should belong to a mid 90s hip hop act)
Yuck
ABC (zero points for originality)
Arctic Monkeys(you can tell they were in their mid teens when they dreamed that up)
Journey
Pearl Jam
The Flying Burrito Brothers (too wacky sounding)
Bad Company
The Clientele
The Four Tops
Carlton and the Shoes (sounds like a Kids TV show)

Tanith Thu 22-Sep-16 16:07:10

I always liked Super Furry Animals - name and band smile

LikeDylanInTheMovies Thu 22-Sep-16 16:07:48

Yeah that's a good un isn't it.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Thu 22-Sep-16 16:16:35

Good= The Sex Pistols,
Happy Mondays.

Bad= One direction, just an awful awful name.

A bit shit= Massive Attack because their music is so gentle and calming, and not a massive attack.

VanellopeVonSchweetz99 Thu 22-Sep-16 16:17:33

Always thought Hole was a fantastic band name.

RebeccaWithTheGoodHair Thu 22-Sep-16 16:19:03

Oasis is a shit name for a band.

Best one is Hole.

RebeccaWithTheGoodHair Thu 22-Sep-16 16:19:32

snap Vanellope

wasonthelist Thu 22-Sep-16 16:21:41

Can't get excited about band names - very surprised by what people like and don't. If I like the music I can forgive pretty much any name. Quite a few of my favourite bands are obscure and therefore banned from this list anyway.

JellyBelli Thu 22-Sep-16 16:21:52

Best - Butthole Surfers.
Worse - The The.

liz70 Thu 22-Sep-16 16:26:20

Belly - shitest name ever.
Spandau Ballet - made me shudder when I found out its origin.

Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel - dreadful in a good way, or is it good in a dreadful way?

Nirvana - decent name, shite band.

Pulp is a crap name, too.

ThisAintALoveSong Thu 22-Sep-16 16:27:18

Like: Spock's Beard (sounds ace)
Guns 'n' Roses
Smashing Pumpkins (so random)
Huey Lewis and The News

Dislike: No Doubt (Great band, cack name)
Porcupine Tree (always reminds me of those 'hedgehogs' of
cheese, pineapple and pickled onions you get at crap do's)
Pulp - eh??
Coheed and Cambria - double eh????

ThisAintALoveSong Thu 22-Sep-16 16:27:23

Like: Spock's Beard (sounds ace)
Guns 'n' Roses
Smashing Pumpkins (so random)
Huey Lewis and The News

Dislike: No Doubt (Great band, cack name)
Porcupine Tree (always reminds me of those 'hedgehogs' of
cheese, pineapple and pickled onions you get at crap do's)
Pulp - eh??
Coheed and Cambria - double eh????

ThisAintALoveSong Thu 22-Sep-16 16:27:38

sorry for double post

ThisAintALoveSong Thu 22-Sep-16 16:28:18

Love: The Dresden Dolls

QueenArseClangers Thu 22-Sep-16 16:28:59

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Great band too.

TheNaze73 Thu 22-Sep-16 16:29:29

Saint Etienne is a great band name.

weegiemum Thu 22-Sep-16 16:34:41

My fave band are the Barenaked Ladies, and I love that as they are neither ladies nor naked!

lastqueenofscotland Thu 22-Sep-16 16:39:28

I like the manic street preachers as a name OP!!

I always liked "gaza strippers" who were a thing when I was young and cool.

FrankiesKnuckle Thu 22-Sep-16 16:39:36

Chas & Dave (Dave is not a nom de rock. A Dave fixes your plumbing)

Dave Grohl best go change his name then!

Igotboredofmyotherusername Thu 22-Sep-16 16:39:58

I'm a big Manic Street Preachers fan, but its a truly awful name.

...And you will know us by the trail of dead is a great band name

FrankiesKnuckle Thu 22-Sep-16 16:40:02

Chas & Dave (Dave is not a nom de rock. A Dave fixes your plumbing)

Dave Grohl best go change his name then!

VanellopeVonSchweetz99 Thu 22-Sep-16 16:48:14

Rebecca grin

FrankiesKnuckle Thu 22-Sep-16 16:48:20

I give you these delights.
We've got a fuzzbox and we're gonna use it,
Shortened to just Fuzzbox if I remember rightly!
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn7W-QRGNX8

Curiosity killed the cat.
Shit name.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Thu 22-Sep-16 16:57:54

Black eyed peas is pretty dreadful.

LikeDylanInTheMovies Thu 22-Sep-16 17:47:30

TheNaze it is isn't it. The football team had the coolest kit in the 1970s (which is why the band named themselves after them I think)

Pulp I like as a band name brings to mind Pulp fiction/Pulp magazines kind of fits with their traahy/glamorous aesthetic.

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