It’s hard enough to come up with a good band name. It’s even harder to come up with one that’s memorable – for the right reasons, anyway. Yesterday I mentioned a couple of trends: there’s the full sentence band name, such as Scottish indie-rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks (go ahead, see if you can forget that one), or London’s I Shouted Gun. These particular names might be clever, but it’s a trend I’d like to see a lot less of. Then there’s the use and abuse of punctuation (yesterday I whined about Fun. and Panic! At The Disco, and I’m sticking by that).
But sometimes, a band name just stinks. Intrinsically, and objectively. Like Hoobastank. I know, I know – the California rockers said it was a fun mispronunciation of a street name in Germany where one of them grew up and, as the saying goes, all of the good ones were taken. But come on.
Maybe Hoobastank doesn’t bother you. Maybe there is another band name that twists your knickers even more tightly than Hoobastank. I can’t believe it, I won’t believe it, until you post that name here.