Band Names

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by HatterDon, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

    Mar 18, 2006
    Peoples Republic of South Texas
    Just a couple of days ago, I visited with my wife's nephew who has a BFA in guitar from an art school. He specialized in classical and jazz. Of course, while he was in college, he made a little money on the side playing in a Christian metal band.

    But it was his high school band [Bakersfield, CA] that interested me. It was called "Stickman's Revenge," and I purposely did NOT ask for the derivation of the name [I'm tired of answering "Why is that your band name when nobody is named Tim or Bob?" so I left it alone. I must admit that I'm fond of off-the-wall names for bands. When business took me to the Twin Cities on a regular basis, I read City Pages primarily just to read the names of the bands that feature in MSP's very active live music community. Anyhow ...

    Anyhow, what interestting or funny or just plain weird names do bands have in your area? In San Antonio, I have three favorites:

    1. Spank Sinatra
    2. Scary Manilow
    3. Los Number Three Dinners

    anyone else?
  2. WhitesBhoy

    WhitesBhoy Active Member

    Jul 9, 2008
    The Beach, For Now
    Always thought "Rich Kids on Acid" was an interesting one. And of course the Texas originals, "Butthole Surfers".
  3. FFC24

    FFC24 New Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Vegas is pretty lame for band names. I guess thee band "Numb in Public" is the most interesting name. Not sure if they're around anymore.
  4. pettyfog

    pettyfog Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    In my environs, circa 66-68 {When keyboardists played REAL Wurlitzers} a very good bar/cover band {hadthe 'Rascals' NAILED, but also did great 'Stones and Mitch Ryder.}
    - and Don can tell ya, that made for some GREAT BAR Band -
    called 'The Hand People'.

    Probably was sober enough to ask 'em what it was about, but too drunk to remember the answer.
    Since it was a cover band, I figgered it was either a reference to self-abuse or a puppet - was before Kermit made sockpuppets COOL!
  5. stlouisbrad

    stlouisbrad Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2007
    My all time favorite band name is 'The Gaza Strippers.' I love it so much I decided to give it to my fantasy football team.
  6. ChicagoTom

    ChicagoTom Administrator

    Dec 30, 2004
    My favorite band name out there right now is "Cold War Kids". I am not crazy about their music but love the band name. Another one I like is "Somebody Still Love You Boris Yeltsin." I am guessing those guys like to drink!! LOL!
  7. JP-STL

    JP-STL New Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Years ago, I saw a flyer for a band named "Zu Zu's Petals." It took me a moment to place the reference, and finally the light bulb clicked on.

    In a similar vein was a band named "Eve's Plum." I wondered why a plum instead of an apple? Then, a buddy explained the 70's pop-culture reference...Eve Plum was one of the child-actors on the Brady Bunch.

    Another favorite: Lather.Rinse.Repeat

    A 70's and 80's punk-rock band called "The Dead Kennedys." I liked that in a sophomoric, poor-taste-but-kind-of-funny way. I was a college sophomore back then.

    I've never heard the music of any of these bands, except for the Dead Kennedy's. which I hated.
  8. pettyfog

    pettyfog Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    I blame Frank Zappa!
  9. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

    Mar 18, 2006
    Peoples Republic of South Texas
    The Brits used to have some strange religion-related names, like The Jesus and Mary Chain, and -- of course -- Jesus Jones.

    The late 60s and early 70s had the stupidest names. Moby Grape came from the punch line of a 4th-grade level joke and spawned several others of that ilk: Strawberry Alarm Clock and Vanilla Fudge being prominent. Naming your band after obscure individuals let to Jethroe Tull and Lynard Skynard and a host of others -- most recently/prominantly Tesla. Then there were bands who took their names from famous blues lyrics -- The Rolling Stones, The Loving Spoonful.

    The 80s brought us the beginning of bands whose names had to be misspelled: Split Enz, Poizen etc.

    Greatest ever band name in the rock era: a little group formed by Robbie Robertson, Rich Danko, and Levon Helm -- The Band.
  10. nevzter

    nevzter Well-Known Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    A City by a Bay
    Modern-day favorites: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Flogging Molly, Queens of the Stone Age, We Are Scientists, The Mother Hips, Goblin Cock...

    ...actually, what was this thread about???
  11. FulhamAg

    FulhamAg New Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    If the name Tesla is obscure to you, you haven't taken a physics class.

    I've always liked Iron Maiden (as a name & as a band). Named for a torture device and they sing history lessons. Pretty cool in my book.

    I used to like the name KMFDM until I found out the acronym was for some German political phrase and not the rumored Kill MF Depeche Mode.
  12. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

    Mar 18, 2006
    Peoples Republic of South Texas
    It wasn't obscure to me, but it certainly was to every Tesla fan in the HS I taught in. Every time I saw the name on a jacket or a book, I'd ask, "do you know who Tesla is?" and the response was usually, "Tesla's a person?"

    Nowadays, they'd think the band was named after a car.
  13. RDG

    RDG Member

    Jan 13, 2005
    Ok, some obscure and not so:

    - The Big Fat Pet Clams From Outer Space (later just "The Clams", I guess it's sort of like The High Numbers changing their name to The Who)
    - Deaf School
    - Millions of Dead Cops (they had to change their name, due to the near police riots the name caused)
    - NWA (onther band that caused police riots)
    - Free Beer (they had to change their name, since there WERE riots when people found out it was the name of a crap band, not free beer)
    - Teenage Jesus and the Jerks
    - The Sick Fucks
    - Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel
    - Plate o' Shrimp (see the movie "Repo Man" for that reference)
    - Jim Bob and the Leisure Suits
    - The Four Skins (no, I would NEVER attend any of their gigs, as they were exactly as advertised - four skinheads)
    - Cycle Sluts from Hell (female metal band)

    I know if I went through my collection, I'd find more interesting ones.
  14. terrinh73

    terrinh73 Member

    Feb 10, 2007
    Kathleen Turner Overdrive (a real band in Atlanta referenced in the film version of High Fidelity)

    ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

    I'll think of others when I am not reeling from some strange illness I've acquired...
  15. FulhamAg

    FulhamAg New Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    Didn't mean you you, but them you. :lol:
  16. pettyfog

    pettyfog Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    I hilighted my agreed runners up for dumbest band names of the era {I thought Moby Grape was ok}... but the WINNER for dumbest band name, was..
    ........ IN CONTEXT, mind you...
    When Jefferson Airplane became Jefferson Starship

    No Rhyme or Reason I can think of for that change. I always thought Jefferson Pilot would make a better name but it was already trademarked.
  17. IanHux

    IanHux New Member

    Jan 27, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Not all that exciting but its about all I've got as far as band names go around here in the middle of nowhere..... Mustachioed. Also weird considering the lead singer/guitarist is my 7th grade science teacher....
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