Musings on the byways of popular culture
27/02/2016 by James Blast 149 Comments
Rigid Digit says
27/02/2016 at 21:40
27/02/2016 at 21:42
(I might have made that one up for “comedy” purposes)
James Blast says
27/02/2016 at 21:46
Yeah, The Faeces woulda bin better.
27/02/2016 at 21:45
The Beatles. U2.
27/02/2016 at 21:47
Oxy and the Morons
Uncle Mick says
27/02/2016 at 21:48
Wonky Alice…”smacks head”
Arctic Monkeys. Rubbish. But a great band so they got away with it (see also: Beatles).
27/02/2016 at 21:57
Note – only one of the above is the name of a band. AFAIK
H.P. Saucecraft says
27/02/2016 at 23:39
Yebbut The Doors is called The Doors because Aldous Huxley. Not Bob The Builder.
28/02/2016 at 02:19
I know that silly. It’s still a shite name.
Sewer Robot says
28/02/2016 at 06:16
There’s an Irish band called The Walls – in their defence the band was started by two brothers whose surname is Wall.
Also, the logic of your post is liable to collapse as you left out The Foundations ?
28/02/2016 at 08:51
Well, no, hang on, I thought it was pretty good “back in the day” because it was so surreal, so different. They were from the Left Coast but had a very non-psych-summer-of-love name which was absolutely unique at that time. I hadn’t a clue about the Of Perception link at first (read the book when I learned about it). Also, they’re a rare exception to the “don’t trust a band with a logo” rule. Love was another one, also on the fantastic Elektra label. Fair do’s, Mousey, maybe it hasn’t aged well because the context has changed, but when they were around it was a great band name.
Moose the Mooche says
28/02/2016 at 09:15
The Byrds had a logo too. Must have been an LA thang.
28/02/2016 at 17:17
How about Yes?
29/02/2016 at 00:38
I don’t think they were from LA, Tig.
Peanuts Molloy says
29/02/2016 at 00:44
Jon Anderson is from Accrington which is Northern for “The Angels”. Little known fact.
28/02/2016 at 10:19
No, it wasn’t a great band name ever.
But I liked them. I liked their songs and – um, “the band” – much later I found out how it was Ray and Robbie and – um, John.
They played well, especially without a bass player. Ray was great.
Still a crap name though…
The Smiths occupies that rare position of being both an incredibly bland and shite name, yet also incredibly inspired
27/02/2016 at 22:04
Runrig. Am I doing this correctly?
27/02/2016 at 22:07
I think you mean “The Scottish Band” Pedro.
27/02/2016 at 22:36
Big Country then.
27/02/2016 at 23:40
Jessie Rae. That was always a crap name for a group.
04/03/2016 at 19:57
Crapper than Vinegar Joe?
27/02/2016 at 22:05
I used to think Echo and the Bunnymen was a shite name but I grew into it, whereas The Teardrop Explodes is the greatest band name EVAH!
Harold Holt says
28/02/2016 at 11:05
We’ve got Pseudo Echo dahn ‘ere in Sydney. They’re doing the 80’s revival circuit apparently. Not sure if they had any worthwhile hits here, let alone anywhere else.
I also remember a show advertised on the local sub-Tommy Vance show on BRMB in Birmingham, probably in the late 70s, with a double bill of Legs Akimbo and The Bum Bites, not sure who supported who, or how, but who were apparently prepping themselves for this very thread.
27/02/2016 at 23:43
Oh Christ yes. Just irredemably horrible. What were they thinking? “Ironic”? What is the worst name we can possibly think of?
Johnny Concheroo says
28/02/2016 at 03:27
Wasn’t it one of those Moby Grape-type punch lines to a long forgotten joke?
28/02/2016 at 07:43
It may well be but bleedin’ horrific in any case.
GCU Grey Area says
28/02/2016 at 16:47
Isn’t their name a mondegreen?
‘We got married in a fever,
Hotter than a prefab sprout’
27/02/2016 at 22:18
Severed Head and the Neck-Fuckers
27/02/2016 at 22:20
That’s pretty good. I would go and see them on the grounds of the name alone.
27/02/2016 at 23:24
Sadly not a real band, but an embryonic version of Bad News from an early Comic Strip sketch by Nigel Planer and Peter Richardson.
That’s not to say it wasn’t co-opted by real bands later, a la Toad The Wet Sprocket.
27/02/2016 at 22:41
There was Severed Heads, I fondly remember their “Goodbye Tonsils”.
27/02/2016 at 22:19
There was a Ord article on Glastonbury which listed the worst band names performing. My (least) favourite was ‘Not In The Face!’
27/02/2016 at 22:22
Jimmy the Hoover
27/02/2016 at 22:38
Fuck Buttons. Some people take a love of zips a little too far if you ask me.
27/02/2016 at 22:40
And, indeed, their dislike of panto characters.
27/02/2016 at 23:44
*bowtie revolves, lights up*
27/02/2016 at 22:51
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Black Type says
27/02/2016 at 23:01
27/02/2016 at 23:02
As several people have commented, a great band can make an appalling name into something great
The Pink Floyd? The Rolling Stones? They are scarcely wonderful names.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is an appalling name. But they are one hell of a band.
27/02/2016 at 23:47
It has to be The Pink Floyd ‘tho. Pink Floyd just doesn’t cut it and while I’m here, what the fuck is Biffy Clyro all about?
28/02/2016 at 17:26
Apparently, it’s a backhanded tribute to Cliff Richard. As a laugh, they used to think up merch for him. Cliffy Biros became…
27/02/2016 at 23:22
Trampled By Turtles.
I fucking ask you!
28/02/2016 at 00:23
Duke, Duke and the Dukes ?
Cat Mother and the All-Night News Boys?
28/02/2016 at 00:33
Well, Gay Dad.
Also, Fitz and the Tantrums.
Jim Cain says
28/02/2016 at 01:15
The worst band name of all time is ‘Does It Offend You, Yeah?’
Thanks for asking.
28/02/2016 at 07:58
That’s true. Close the thread.
I think Humble Pie runs it close, for very different reasons. Stodgey flavourlessness encapsulated in a band name.
Bingo Little says
28/02/2016 at 09:20
Fun fact: that name is a quote from David Brent.
28/02/2016 at 19:55
It is indeed (I think we’ve discussed this before). However, I still think they should’ve realised its potential to make them look like wankers.
Junior Wells says
28/02/2016 at 02:41
Hiatus Kaiyote. Melbourne “future soul” band doing quite well currently. To the informed the name is a piss take on west African names Mali \ Guinea region.
Butthole Surfers. Commercially ill advised conceptually erk. A more subtle variant Chocolate Starfish.
28/02/2016 at 03:16
Maybe not shite, but I like some of the death metal band names, such as Impaled Nazarene, Cradle Of Filth etc.
The kind of shock name that appeals to rebellious young boys
Dr Volume says
28/02/2016 at 03:40
Here are some of the shite-est.
Taking Back Sunday
M*mford and S*ns
Coco and The Butterfields
Theory of a Deadman
You, Me, and Everyone We Know
You Me At Six
Puddle of Mudd
Funeral for a Friend
I’ll stop there (there is probably a band called that as well)
Harry Tufnell says
28/02/2016 at 03:48
Gandalf Murphy and the Slabovian Circus of Dreams.
But I agree with @Jim_Cain, Does it Offend You, Yeah? Is by far the worst name for a band and frankly I wouldn’t tire of slapping them just for having such a shite name.
28/02/2016 at 03:56
Hootie & the Blowfish
Spanky & Our Gang
Longpigs (yes, I know it’s a term for a human used as food, but still deeply unappealing)
28/02/2016 at 05:24
Then there’s !!! (Chk Chk Chk. That’s just taking the piss.
28/02/2016 at 05:25
Sorry, forgot to close the brackets. It’s
!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
28/02/2016 at 05:45
Cabbages and Kings
Not only genuine (and shite) names but all playing the pub at the end of my street this week.
Black Celebration says
28/02/2016 at 06:21
Curiosity Killed the Cat was made worse when they renamed themselves Curiosity. This is very much the territory of David Brent with Foregone Conclusion. Such a boring name for a band. I also once saw a band called Can’t B Bad (oh yes they can)
28/02/2016 at 06:28
Meal Ticket. I saw them supporting Ry Cooder once in the late 70s. They had at least one album on United Artists. Not shite perhaps but deadly dull
28/02/2016 at 07:14
I once saw a duo called “Norfolk & Goode” in a pub in Chesterfield.
28/02/2016 at 21:35
I think Norfolk and Goode became a trio
Weir, Norfolk and Goode
Then they added a female singer
Weir, Norfolk and Goode and Nora Yoo
Still a better name that get cape, wear cape, fly
28/02/2016 at 21:36
Dave Amitri says
28/02/2016 at 07:30
Shit band names? Nope can’t think of one….
28/02/2016 at 07:46
Panic! At the Disco
Ctrl Alt Delete
Sixpence None The Richer
Evil Edna’s Horror Toilet
The Pigeon Detectives
Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
28/02/2016 at 07:52
There are certainly some bad’uns.
I’ve always had a big problem with the Smashing Pumpkins, Gorky’s…., Super Furry Animals and My Morning Jacket.
And dont get me started with those who fuck with letter case kd lang, TuNeYaRdS, dEUS.
…or use characters. sunn::))), Therapy?
28/02/2016 at 08:08
Back in the mid 80s I Fuck a Nun were often to be seen in the pubs of north London.
Also – not a fan of Bogshed, Nurse With Wound, Crywank, Johnny Hates Jazz …
Freddy Steady says
28/02/2016 at 09:16
I’ve always loved Bogshed!
28/02/2016 at 11:18
Is it pronounced bog-shed or bogs-hed? Always wondered.
28/02/2016 at 17:54
It’s bog-shed. Innit?
28/02/2016 at 13:55
I always liked Nurse With Wound as a name – suitably enigmatic and vaguely creepy, and therefore just like the music.
28/02/2016 at 08:28
Quango – they sounded shite too.
Noddy’s Puncture – great ELP tribute band.
Worst of all any band that is lazy enough to simply use surnames. I’m looking at you Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe. What’s wrong with Almost Yes?
28/02/2016 at 08:57
Almost Yes should have been Probably.
28/02/2016 at 08:53
28/02/2016 at 14:05
TG is, I would argue, an excellent name for a band which had grim northern tendencies with a sleazy (!) sexual element.
28/02/2016 at 08:56
… in fact, I think my Gnidrolog beats Jim Cain’s Does It Offend You, Yeah?
28/02/2016 at 13:05
Totally unimportant fact:
The name Gnidrolog was an almost-reversal of the band-founding Goldring brothers’ surname.
I saw them play once. Multi-instrumentalist prog. They were OK.
28/02/2016 at 13:30
“In Spite Of Harry’s Toenail” was the title of one of their albums.
Crazy name, even crazier album name, crazy guys
28/02/2016 at 13:31
Yes, you can see why they changed Gnirdlog to Gnidrolog – rolls off the tongue. And they were an acceptable night out, as you say.
28/02/2016 at 09:17
Ridiculous band names are usually quite amusing, but ‘Does it Offend You, Yeah?’ surely takes the biscuit for sheer up-its-own-arse complacent fuckwittery.
Jim is still the leader in the clubhouse.
(That’s the name of my band, by the way, not a comment on this thread).
Vim Fuego says
Greatest (albeit fictional) band name of all time? Sonic Death Monkey.
28/02/2016 at 13:08
Screaming Headless Torsos is (or at least was not so long ago) the name of an actual band.
28/02/2016 at 09:28
Passion Fruit and Holy Bread.
28/02/2016 at 10:17
04/03/2016 at 19:55
Nup! Brilliant name.
04/03/2016 at 19:56
The Guess Who is shite as were the band.
28/02/2016 at 10:34
Bob Delyn a’r ebillion.
(Yes, I know it’s welsh but it is confusing.)
Cobweb Steve says
28/02/2016 at 10:35
Dogs Die in Hot Cars
Ken Dodd’s Dad’s Dog’s Dead
Turkey Bones and the Wild Dogs
Anything with ‘Dogs’ in really.
28/02/2016 at 16:52
28/02/2016 at 10:59
The Police. I got used to it eventually but it used to make me cringe t was such a bad name.
The Muswell Hillbilly says
28/02/2016 at 11:12
The Airborne Toxic Event
Pooh Sticks (good reference, unappealing band name)
Any band that’s just a list of names.
28/02/2016 at 11:53
Pooh Sticks were often supported by Wee Smells.
28/02/2016 at 12:00
Don’t tell the others but you’ve always been my favourite
28/02/2016 at 12:48
28/02/2016 at 11:58
This ain’t going to win against the competition above, but how could I forget…
– My Friend The Chocolate Cake (who are/were wonderful), or Not Drowning, Waving (ditto)
– Goo Goo Dolls (many moments of genius), and
– Toad The Wet Sprocket (must be disqualified because they are a Monty Python sketch come to life and being deliberately obtuse)
28/02/2016 at 12:05
(with a special bonus point for nasty album covers)
28/02/2016 at 12:18
Jim is still the leader in the clubhouse.
28/02/2016 at 12:46
It’s fortunate that Prog bands don’t have shite names. Well, except for…
Blue Sausage Infant
Their Dogs were Astronauts
Dream The Electric Sheep
Oceans Of Slumber
Beyond The Labyrinth
Etcetera (there is a Prog band with that name)
They are merely plucking words out of a dictionary. The classic example being Barclay James Harvest.
29/02/2016 at 08:52
Now you mention it…The Enid. Also has the distinction (for me at least) of being a band I’ve actually seen, albeit at a festival and not deliberately.
28/02/2016 at 12:55
Epileptic Fridge Boy
Alf Ramsey’s Porn Dungeon
I Am A Horse!
Kid Dynamite says
28/02/2016 at 13:12
Nu-metal threw up some terrible names
Alien Ant Farm
Puddle Of Mudd
There was another one but I cant quite remember it. Soft Cracker or something
28/02/2016 at 14:17
28/02/2016 at 13:17
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Neither name inspires me find out what they sound like.
Diddley Farquar says
28/02/2016 at 14:23
AYWKUBTTOD works fine I think as the name for purveyors of arty noise. It evokes the darker side of modern America and the times we live in, as well as element of popular culture. Suggests there’s a bleak kind of wit behind it. It’s not unlike something Zappa could have come up with as a title.
28/02/2016 at 13:36
The word “Yeah” seems to result in pretty bad band names:
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Does It Offend You, Yeah
I have just discovered that the latter come from my home town. Despite this local knowledge, this does not change the fact that is is a bit of a shite name
28/02/2016 at 21:31
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Case proven, m’Lud.
28/02/2016 at 13:48
Grab Grab The Haddock – utterly appalling on many levels.
14 Iced Bears – terribly twee, just like their music.
28/02/2016 at 14:03
Poached Trout In A White Wine Sauce
28/02/2016 at 14:18
Sigue Sigue Sputnik
28/02/2016 at 14:38
I’m not having that! It’s a brilliant name.
28/02/2016 at 15:12
OK. In which case I’ll go with
Remus Down Boulevard
28/02/2016 at 15:06
Late 80s/early 90s – Berkshire/Hampshire band called My Wife Drinks Pints.
Another one of those “brilliant, yet also quite bad” band names
28/02/2016 at 15:27
Heavy Metal Kids – why would anyone think that is a good name?
28/02/2016 at 15:32
Now you’re just trying to be clever (and/or wackily different).
You won’t sell many records because no-one will know how to pronounce your name, and Internet searches just get confused.
The engine Driver says
28/02/2016 at 15:33
Blodwyn Pig. Dreadful album cover!
28/02/2016 at 16:54
28/02/2016 at 17:27
Shi-ite band name? Oasis. Couldn’t be more dull and bland.
28/02/2016 at 18:11
More so than Blur?
28/02/2016 at 19:03
Blur is more interesting and effective. Has a certain ambiguity. Life goes by in a blur, modern life is a blur, the blur of movement of a rock band playing. Has a good sound to it.
28/02/2016 at 18:23
I Like Trains
Think about it for more than 5 minutes, guys. This is the name of your band, for fucks sake. And I’m mates with one of them; I could have stopped it!
28/02/2016 at 20:08
hubert rawlinson says
28/02/2016 at 22:40
Band from Leeds early 90s
Have we done T’Pau yet? T’Pau.
And Spock’s Beard.
29/02/2016 at 00:58
Two poor support bands from Ireland in the 80s…
Ambition in Glass supported Aztec Camera. Audible hilarity when they introduced themselves and their drum machine.
Too Much for the White Man – I’m not making this up. A West of Ireland band with a hint of reggae and a proto-Joey the lips Fagan ie. Old git on brass accompaniment.
29/02/2016 at 09:04
The Band, no imagination
Or worse The Banned, fictional group formed on Eastenders in a sort of ‘Let’s do the gig right here guys” sort of way.
Also had the unforgivable consequence of starting Nick Berry’s, (thankfully), short career as a pop singer.
29/02/2016 at 09:11
Exactly. The Band – lazy. Yet beloved combo of hipsters worldwide
29/02/2016 at 10:21
I disagree about The Band.
I’ve put this argument out at the old place, that the name is simply a statement of their supreme confidence in their own ability and the towering quality of their output. They were THE Band; everyone else was just fannying around.
29/02/2016 at 10:41
Don’t forget that the original name of The Banned on EastEnders was ‘Dog Market.’
Also a pretty terrible name.
29/02/2016 at 10:47
And don’t forget that the original name of The Band was The Eagles.
(… waits …)
29/02/2016 at 20:31
“Interestingly…” on a Red Dwarf episode there was once a human character called “Dog” that evolved from a dog in a similar way to the established Cat character.
Anyway, that character wore a Dog Market T-shirt that came from Eastenders.
29/02/2016 at 21:47
Glad to see Red Dwarf getting some attention on the AW. Thanks BC.
Let’s not forget that civilians and others can help to make a band sound more exciting.
Taming Parlour has been mentioned. I always though that the New Young Pony Club were the Neil Young Pony Club which sounded like Shakey’s equestrian fan club.
29/02/2016 at 22:14
Yebbut, what about Gryphon offshoot, the (real) Banned
Gryphon????? Yup, weird but true…….https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Banned
29/02/2016 at 09:13
If anybody mentions this band THEY WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH ME.
Stephen’s Green – flipping great name.
What were they thinking of ectect.
aging hippy says
29/02/2016 at 13:51
X (unless they were all illiterate, in which case it’s perfectly acceptable maybe clever even)
29/02/2016 at 18:48
01/03/2016 at 11:26
A real stinker from Finland: Have you ever seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?
From a trio of youngsters who have probably never seen a VHS tape.
Well I suppose it got my attention and they sound rather fun.
Noboru Wataya says
02/03/2016 at 21:03
chilli ray virus says
04/03/2016 at 02:37
Always hated the n’ in Guns n’ Roses. Its Guns AND Roses FFS
04/03/2016 at 03:34
And 50% of the time people get it wrong, usually putting the apostrophe before the “n”.
Every music paper has a style guide listing commonly misspelled band names etc and Guns N’ Roses is near the top of the list. Or it was when they were relevant.
04/03/2016 at 07:58
Nope, it’s officially Guns N’ Roses: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns_N%27_Roses (or Gn’R)
04/03/2016 at 08:11
Isn’t that what I said?
04/03/2016 at 09:09
I was replying to chilli ray, who presumably hates the spelling of NSYNC and 5ive, too 🙂
04/03/2016 at 12:23
I can’t believe that this thread has gone for so long without anyone mentioning Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel.
04/03/2016 at 12:35
The All Nude Foetus Review is fine ‘tho.
11/03/2016 at 22:19
I always thought Terrorvision was a terrible name for that band. Made them sound like a heavy metal band and they were much better than that.
My fantasy band names:
The… (years before The The, and the ellipsis was integral).
Back Comb Johnny and the Blow Waves
Bunny in the Gutter (which I still think is great name).
Just this week me and the wife came up with
Infection of Hate
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