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Bad Band Names, Redux

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 12:22 PM

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.

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Comments [4]

Kimberlyn from Boise

there is NOTHING wrong with fun.'s band name and Panic! At The Disco's band name. they are the best two bands IN THE WORLD!!!! (in my opinion)

Jul. 11 2012 11:20 AM
Jessi Evans from Dallas,Texas

1st: The band name does not matter. For example, Panic! At The Disco and Fun. DO use a misuse of punctuation but they have good music and that is all that matters.

2nd: Fans love the ironic band names.
Love&Rockets-Jessi Evans

Jul. 10 2012 04:43 PM
Heather from Seattle, WA

I nominate "Hookah Stew". They must be friends with the Hoobastanks.

Jun. 14 2012 03:16 PM
Bill from Broonlyn

You only mentioned one band with exclamation points in the name. What about !!!, On!Air!Library!, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Schwervon!, Volcano!, Oh! Belgium, Cause Co-Motion!, Pants Yell!, Los Campesinos!, Weave!, Taxi Taxi!, Get Back Guinozzi!, Thunderbirds are Now!, Pacific!, Pony Up!, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Go! Team, Die! Die! Die!


Jun. 14 2012 01:35 PM

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