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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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josie777 josie777 9 years
The Energy Acid Bath Cynic Echo Jet Slayer Luke Mulholland Foetus Clayton Senne Rush Tack Cat Powers
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 9 years
Dandy Warhol's, Garbage (funny), Barenaked Ladies. I like simple names, though.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 9 years
Ooh..this is gonna be a long list: Scissor Sisters Backstreet Boys 2gether Beach Boys Bee Gees David Bowie Fettes Brot Gorillaz IAMX Robots in Disguise The Mighty Boosh Flight of the Conchords Rolling Stones Aerosmith The Temptations Arashi Dir en Grey Men Without Hats Nightwish Pink Floyd The Police Weezer AFI Coheed and Cambria Brand New Depeche Mode DBSK Queen Gary Lewis and the Playboys The Smiths Interpol Indochine Journey Kill Hannah Oasis Offspring Placebo Red Hot Chili Peppers Senses Fail Snow Patrol Sneaker Pimps Stellastarr* Taking Back Sunday Tears for Fears Arcade Fire The Cure The Monkees The Rasmus The Tragically Hip The Trax Thursday The Almost UnderOath X Japan The Used Guns 'N' Roses
sauterhead sauterhead 9 years
A lot of what first came to mind got mentioned - Voxtrot, Harry and the Potters, the Dandy Warhols. Morcheeba The Kooks (not the Kinks, though them too) Old 97s (a Johnny Cash reference!)
amofoz amofoz 9 years
Sorry, I meant to say The Airborne Toxic Event not Express :P
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 9 years
Alkaline Trio
amofoz amofoz 9 years
Oh yeah and the ones that make me giggle: Rancid and Garbage
amofoz amofoz 9 years
The Airborne Toxic Express, Vampire Weekend, Ozomatli, Peter Krebs and the Kung Pao Chicken, Hurts to Purr, Mephiskapheles
steph_b_247 steph_b_247 9 years
Arctic Monkeys. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
tratch tratch 9 years
I about flipped my lid when I saw you mention Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Mid-Missouri represent.
snapsh0t snapsh0t 9 years
Audioslave. I like the sound of it. :P
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
Crystal Castles
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Born Against Guilt The Who The Breeders Pixies The Clash and Team Dresch, because I love the way it rolls off the tongue!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
And BLLT are most likely a Smiths reference as well. Or, rather, a Morrissey reference.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Southern Culture on the Skids...almost forgot about them.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
How did I forget The Boy Least Likely Too? I even listed one of their songs for the spring playlist. That song would definitely win as one of my favourite song titles ever.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
She Wants Revenge, Nine Inch Nails (technically one dude), Sonic Youth, Pearl Jam, Bush, Garbage, The Sundays, Diggable Planet, Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies, Harvey Danger.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
Final Fantasy - so geeky. :)
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Okay, here are some more of my favorites. The Boy Least Likely To The Dandy Warhols Animal Collective The One AM Radio Kings of Convenience Billie the Vision & the Dancers Olivia Tremor Control Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich The Helio Sequence Robbers on High Street Lullaby for the Working Class Phosphorescent A Sunny Day in Glasgow
treb treb 9 years
My brother-in-law and I made up a band name, even though we've not a band: Manifest Destiny's Child and the Westward Ho's.
Staceygirl Staceygirl 9 years
Harry and the Potters The Scissor Sisters (all those s's are fun to say) Mr. Big
mellybean mellybean 9 years
Against Me! they have clever song titles, too, my favorite being "we laugh at danger and break all the rules"
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I forgot about the name Sparklehorse. That too and The Shout Out Louds and the Who. Also Beat Happening and Dolly Mixture.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 9 years
I like simple band names the best and unoriginal things like The Steve Miller Band, Dave Matthews Band etc--so simple yet it works! There are some cleaver ones that are interesting but they get old sometimes and can be a mouthful!!
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Sneaker Pimps The The Gnarls Barkley Spoon Flogging Molly Sparklehorse Funkstar Deluxe
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