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Buzz In: What Are Your Favorite Band Names of All Time?

See those fine young chaps to your right? They're the members of Does It Offend You, Yeah? — the British rock band that possesses my current favorite band name. It's a tough award to win, especially with so many other good contenders out there right now (including Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin, which comes in a close second).

Band names can convey so much, from a sense of what the music might sound like (the Weepies or the Ditty Bops) to an appreciation of music history (Pretty Girls Make Graves, named after a Smiths song) to a strange and baffling inside joke or reference (Architecture in Helsinki, Better than Ezra). Of course, then there are band names that are just purely ridiculous — Hootie and the Blowfish comes to mind — but in general, I like it when bands take a risk with names that are almost guaranteed to stick in my head.

So, I'm wondering: What band names are your all-time faves? And do you like them most for their quirky references, sense of history, or pure chuckle-worthiness?


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